Don’t reach for your halo too soon

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist You can be too shiny. Those words may not be profound, but they are true. The good news of the gospel, someone once wisely said, is that God loves ordinary people. We don’t have to shine ourselves up, or fool ourselves about how shiny we are, or wax on […]

WWII veteran made musical impact

By Don McAlavy: Local sport In 1991 Bruce DeFoor, teacher-artist, at CCC, wrote the following words: “Norris McPherson,’Big Mac,’ has long ago attained legendary stature as one of the greatest musicians in Clovis history, a former employee of the Clovis school system, he retired in 1987 with a life threatening illness, still today his jazz […]

Obama’s words of sacrifice vague

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist I don’t know what President Obama means when he says “We must all expect to sacrifice during these times.” But never mind the details. Does he want to enact laws that force us to sacrifice? Is that his job? What exactly does the president consider a sacrifice? Does […]

An old-timer said it well in 1949

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist In 1949 at the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Clovis High School, Cash Ramey was called on to make a few remarks. These are his words: “Way back yonder, 48 years ago this month, I came to Clovis. Clovis was a town about 100 people. “As I look over this […]

Two words tacked onto the ‘Great Commission’

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist My wife and I and some fine friends just returned from a four-day motorcycle trip to the Texas Hill Country. It was wonderful! As we were rolling back into the Greater Muleplex on Sunday evening, trip meters rolled to 1200 miles. It takes time to get back into the normal […]

Two Words Tacked Onto the “Great Commission”

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist My wife and I and some fine friends just returned from a four-day motorcycle trip to the Texas Hill Country. It was wonderful! As we were rolling back into the Greater Muleplex on Sunday evening, trip meters rolled to 1200 miles. It takes time to get back into the […]

Jesus can see us through dark times

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist I have heard news this last week of much sadness: a baby dies, a young man dying in the prime of life, and a young woman and man killed in car accident. I have no words of wisdom and pressed for words of comfort for these situations. I just know […]

Hold off before criticizing Phelps

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Michael Phelps, who inspired me to finally learn to swim, is apparently human. In the shadow of the Super Bowl, a photo surfaced, showing Phelps smoking marijuana from a bong at a November 2008 party. Call my editors. I need an extra 300 words. I can’t fit all the punchlines: […]

Two words make huge difference

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist No one has to convince me of the power of words. So why am I so often surprised by the power of the two little words, “thank you,” as they lift the corners of my mouth and make my heart soar? It was 1992 when a good-hearted fellow named […]

We as adults are children compared to place in heaven

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Columnist Do you remember the cute things your children said when they were little and trying to develop a vocabulary? Many times the way they pronounce those words in no way resembles the object they are trying to describe. Then again, sometimes their words have a certain ring to the real […]

God writes his love in one word

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I love words. Perhaps I’ve not fallen into epeolatry yet, but it’s always fun and interesting to meet a new word. (Like “epeolatry,” which is “the worship of words.”) One of the best places I’ve found to discover new words and interesting things about words of all sorts is […]

Romans 14: Wise words for Christians in all times

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist I didn’t want to write this column. First, it might sound political. I try to avoid that. Second, I’m already hearing in my brain all the warning bells one hears before he decides to stick his hand into a buzz saw. Smart move, Curt. Oh, well. I dread the November […]

‘Kids’ reminder of times gone by

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist It just took five words. It killed a conversation, showed our differences and outlined our dependence on the superficial. But a few months ago, those five words started a conversation, showed our similarities and outlined our dependence on the superficial. “I don’t have a television,” she said, starting the conversation, […]

Education feature: Clovis school gives 50/50 language mix

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lockwood Elementary School kindergarten students Halynn Garcia, right, tells Katelynn Wideman the instructions the teacher gave the class in Spanish moments before. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer When Ana Rodriguez asked her second grade class for words that begin with the letter “B,” birthday was rejected. “Yes, but words […]

For awareness, let’s go ride a bike

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Though seemingly not right around the corner, it may in fact be so, at least for the purposes of this column. The reason I say that is I plan to issue an invitation, or a challenge, and it may involve you, the readers who […]

Checkpoints only further police state

Freedom New Mexico Benjamin Franklin either originated or borrowed these words: “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Franklin wasn’t talking specifically about sobriety checkpoints, but his words apply. New Mexico Department of Public Safety is conducting a “100 Days and Nights of Summer […]

A few words of thanks

LaShawna Young e-mails to say thanks to the maternity staff at Plains Regional Medical Center:

April 20, 2008 Library Books

Books available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: The Life of Graham Greene by Norman Sherry was donated Michael Pollack in memory of Elsie Heden. Through access to letters, diaries, and Greene himself, this volume reveals the life of the novelist and playwright who also served as a British double agent during World War II. Louder […]

A few words with Joe Yankovich

Blogger Mike Higgins has a brief interview with former Clovis Wildcat football standout Joe Yankovich.

Hot mustard sauce, the universe, and God’s love

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist  This column is not about hot mustard sauce; it just starts with it—the stuff you find in most Chinese restaurants. I think it’s mislabeled. I know a little something about food and a little something about words, and I don’t think “hot” is the right word.  Jalapeño peppers are […]