Work hard to escape, even on vacation

By Helena Rodriguez: CNj staff writer I don’t get a real vacation this summer because I don’t have a real job … yet. But when I did have one, I remember how hard it was to get away from work completely. I always remember what it was like going back to work on Monday morning, […]

Poetry doubles as therapy

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Nico Barela, of Las Vegas, N.M., says “my poems are my life story.” By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer On paper and off, Nico Barela, 17, can break your heart. “Have you ever lived my life? Spent one minute in my shoes? If you haven’t, then tell me why you […]

March 20, 1966

Frances Liles reported the purse stolen from her several days earlier had been found in the alley behind Sutton’s Bakery, 515 Main. Thieves took $15, but failed to find a $20 bill she had “secreted away” in a photo compartment of her billfold, she said. … Phil Crystal, Curry County’s extension agent, was writing a […]

March 20, 1966

Frances Liles reported the purse stolen from her several days earlier had been found in the alley behind Sutton’s Bakery, 515 Main. Thieves took $15, but failed to find a $20 bill she had “secreted away” in a photo compartment of her billfold, she said. … Phil Crystal, Curry County’s extension agent, was writing a […]

Motherhood is full-time position

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Everyone has a strong opinion on whether a mother should work or stay at home with her children. Working moms say that it’s not the amount of time spent with their children that matters but the quality of time they have together. Stay-at-home moms say that the only way to raise […]

Business Digest: Grant writing workshop scheduled

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor A grant writing workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Holiday Inn, according to the organizer. Author and educator Don Myers will hold the workshop. Myers is author of “The Joy of Writing Grants” and heads RCS Grant Writing Systems, a […]

CNJ wins 14 awards

CNJ Staff The Clovis News Journal captured 11 first-place honors and three second-place awards Saturday in the New Mexico Press Association contest. Two other Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico, the Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, earned four first-place awards as well. First place for newspapers with under-10,000 circulation went to the Clovis News Journal […]

Some weeks writing comes easier than others

By Curtis K. Shelburne I might as well confess: it’s “one of those weeks.” What I mean is that it’s the kind of week that comes along occasionally for everyone who tries to line up words on a page where none of those words seem to be waiting in line just to be lined up. […]

Education feature: CCC administrator turns passion for history into books

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David Caffey’s biography on New Mexico. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Jutting mountains and rugged trails called David Caffey to the Cimarron region of New Mexico for 12 summers, just as it had Frank Springer roughly a century earlier. As Cimarron grew dearer and dearer to Caffey, so did the […]

Writers, fans flock to Portales for annual lectureship

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Science-fiction experts traveled Thursday to Eastern New Mexico University to praise living legend Jack Williamson for his nearly eight decades of writing. Because of his health — Williamson turns 98 in April — his attendance at the lectureship named in his honor was in doubt. When he arrived […]

Sci-fi lectureship honors Portales Legend

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Portales will be the center of the science-fiction world Thursday when experts join local science-fiction writing legend Jack Williamson of Portales for the 30th annual Williamson Lectureship. “I enjoy the variety of people who have different points of views,” Rick Hauptmann of Portales said. Hauptmann, a friend of […]

Former editor talks about New Mexico boyhood

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian After five years of writing a column for the Curry County Times, I got a call from the editor of this newspaper: W. W. “Bill” Southard. This was right after Jan. 1, 1982. He told me I could get more readers if I moved over to the Clovis News Journal. […]

1/31 Letters to the editor

Wage increase will help reduce poverty I am writing in response to State Rep. Anna Crook’s declaration that bringing the minimum wage up to $7.50 will hurt the economy. This kind of thinking only proves that she is not in touch with reality. Increasing the minimum wage will help reduce poverty in New Mexico. New […]

Mother uses writing to help cope with children’s deaths

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Holly Campbell’s “Rainbows Through the Storm” is about her struggle with faith following the deaths of two children. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Holly Campbell has a welcoming smile and large expressive eyes that reflect her every emotion, including the grief she has carried for the last five years. Campbell, […]

Author visits area elementary students

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James Bickley Elementary fourth grader Andres Garza plays a pot belly pig as interaction with author Susan Stevens Crummel during a her presentation at the school Friday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Her granddaughter refers to her simply as “book.” It isn’t too difficult to understand why: Susan Stevens-Crummel is the […]

Farwell burying centennial time capsule

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer FARWELL — A container the size of an oil barrel will harbor a time capsule to commemorate the community’s 100th anniversary. The time capsule will be buried in the city park July 30 during Border Town Days, an annual event hosted by Farwell and Texico. A 100th edition of […]

Clovis wins top honors for fourth straight year

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis News Journal won best of show in the smaller-paper circulation division for the fourth straight year Saturday in the New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors annual contest. The CNJ earned first-place honors in continuing coverage, investigative reporting, columns, sports writing, graphics/illustrations, spot news photo, photo essay and tied […]

Hectic life can have bitter consequences

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I saw a scary commercial on TV the other day, a Wal-Mart spot showing a woman with a hectic lifestyle who looks into the camera and says: “I like being busy all the time.” Don’t we all? We just love driving around like maniacs, our cell phones glued to our […]

FNNM papers awarded

CNJ staff The Texas Panhandle Press Association awarded seven plaques to the Clovis News Journal on Saturday for work published in 2004. The CNJ earned first-place awards for feature writing, front-page layout and headline writing. The paper received a second-place honor for news writing and third-place awards for editorial writing, sports photography and its lifestyles […]

Creativity evolves from past memories

By Clyde Davis The writing student with an exceptional talent for storytelling was talking with me about his fiction, a field to which I’d encouraged him to devote some time and energy. It became a discussion of style and approach when I told him there was a certain element in his writing that resembled the […]