Scholarship helps CHS senior pursue dream

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Robert Cordova, a Clovis High senior, graduates today. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer A prestigious scholarship and a background in construction has paved the way for Robert Cordova to pursue a civil engineering degree. Cordova is one of 352 students expected to receive diplomas during Clovis High School’s graduation […]

‘Twas the night of a soldier’

By Destini Arguijo Editor’s note: Destini Arguijo is a sixth-grader at Lockwood Elementary. She wrote “Twas the Night of the Soldier” in response to a school assignment in which students were asked to write a poem. “I have a cousin in the Navy,” Arguijo, 12, said. “I wanted to write something for him.” Twas the […]

Author releases first book

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer TWO LIFE-ALTERING events led a former Clovis resident into the world of fiction. IN MAY 2001, Barbara Cook flew to her native England to arrange her mother’s funeral. Meanwhile, a devastating tornado was ripping through Colorado, where Cook was living at the time. Cook said the events destroyed her […]

Author develops early passion for writing

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Lois Duncan is an award-winning author best known for her suspense novels for adolescents and teens. In early October, her novel, “Daughters of Eve,” was pulled from elementary library shelves in Clovis schools. The former state resident told the Clovis News Journal the suspense novel was not appropriate […]

Gates’ philanthropy raises bar for us all

Leonard Pitts : Syndicated Columnist In the first place, I never knew Bill Gates was a Spider-Man fan. But his stated reason for transitioning out of day-to-day responsibilities at Microsoft two years from now to devote his energies to charity work (“… with great wealth comes great responsibility…”) comes suspiciously close to the creed by […]

Valentine’s: The most romantic day of the year

Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist To those who are born romantics, our favorite holiday is fast approaching. Have you given any thought to Valentine’s Day ? Perhaps this column will lead you in that direction. We are always on the lookout for new ways to embrace the woman or man in our lives and help him […]

Increased incarceration not solution

By Anna Crook Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. When I was asked to write about some of the issues we as legislators would be addressing in the […]

Rock ‘n’ roll teacher performs in Clovis

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Bovina High School music director, John Steinhardt will perform in Clovis as Schizoid Johnny, Saturday. By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer After more than 20 years of touring as Schizoid Johnny, a one-man band, John Steinhardt became a music teacher at a school in California. “In order to do the art, I had to actually […]

Write-in candidate elected Parmer County attorney

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor For the first time in roughly 40 years, a write-in candidate won an election in Parmer County. And this time it wasn’t because an incumbent candidate forgot to file. Write-in candidate Kathryn Gurley of Friona defeated Farwell Republican Jeff W. Actkinson 2,014 votes to 1,606 on Tuesday night. Bonnie […]

Weather changes shooting plans

By Cotty Chubb: Believe in Me Producer Editor’s note: The producers of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s Oklahoma girl’s basketball team’s run at the state title, will write a daily diary in the Clovis News Journal until filming ends in Clovis later this month. We’re glad your drought’s broken, but wow! At […]

Chandler will be attorney for the people

By Bennie Nieves: Guest columnist Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal on Thursday offered a guest column to both district-attorney candidates in Tuesday’s primary election. Incumbent Brett Carter chose to write his own report, while challenger Matthew Chandler asked his honorary campaign chairman to write the report. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 […]

Freedom of press an annoyance … NOT

Allison Jaramillo: Guest colunist I write in response to the Clovis High School in-school suspensions of the Purple Press newspaper staff: I am appalled to see that free press was even allowed in our public schools. As a Clovis High School senior, I firmly believe that learning should be censored and restricted by the administration. […]

Texas primary looms for Muleshoe voters

By Michelle Seeber MULESHOE — Voters will have 12 local candidates from which to choose in the Texas primary election on March 9. Seven are vying for Bailey County Commission seats. Two are running for sheriff. The remaining offices — two constable positions and the county tax assessor’s seat — are uncontested. County Clerk Sherri […]

Writer’s goal not influence

A couple of weeks ago, the occasion being the baptism or christening of a child, I focused the homily on “Why We Do What We Do.” In other words, why do we baptize as we do, why do we revere the sacrament of baptism, etc.? In a similar vein, today I choose to address why […]

Being fair, balanced is a balancing act

David Stevens Our newspaper faces potential conflicts of interest almost every day. Our news editor has close family ties with Clovis law enforcement. Two staff members teach in the public schools. Our religion writer is often a guest preacher at area churches. And the editor’s cousin is a controversial figure with the Muleshoe police force. […]

Pastor pens novel

By Gary Mitchell When Mike Eberhardt decides to fulfill a dream, just give him a little space and about a month. That’s what it took for him to complete his first novel, “Westward Bound,” which was published in February by PublishAmerica, an online publisher based in Baltimore. “It was sort of a dream I had […]