Reader-submitted content: WWII soldiers return home to bury comrade

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Courtesy photo From left, George Gushwa, Jim Robinson, Johnny Morgan, Oliver Fenton, RE Self, Carol McClusty, J.W. Capps, George Barton (kneeling). By Johnny Morgan On March 11, 1941, 26 young men from Roosevelt County left Portales to be drafted into the U.S. Army in Santa Fe. We walked from our hotel to the armory for […]

‘No female’ rule on ranch unfair

Glenda Price My dad was a ranch manager for absentee owners, so he was the on-the-ground boss. When we were quite young my brother and I began working alongside him. He called us his “top hands,” which made us feel proud – and work even harder. I remember one day after we had about 300 […]

Nation should remember those who made sacrifices

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Gen. John Alexander Logan first thought up the idea to set aside one day to honor Civil War dead. May 30, 1868, was the first Memorial Day to honor those who had died in battle by remembering them and decorating their graves. On this Memorial Day, I cannot help but […]

Jamboree draws young and old

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Amy Carter of Portales opened up the 60th Floyd Jamboree with “Thanks A Lot.” This was her sixth year to perform at the jamboree. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Young and old came out for music and a special anniversary for the Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree. Among many […]

First person: Cultivating success

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Farwell’s Ryan Williams was named one of four National Outstanding Young Farms by The United States Junior Chamber. Ryan Williams of Farwell was chosen as one of four National Outstanding Young Farmers by The United States Junior Chamber. Williams is the fourth generation to farm his family’s land in Farwell. […]

Young Don McAlavy took winding career path

By Don McAlavy: County historian Coming from the country this farm boy had a lot to learn about town life in Clovis. I was enrolled in the 7th grade at Clovis Junior High in Miss McCasland’s home room. The first thing after an hour, a bell rang in the hallway and everyone jumped up and […]

Homecoming like family reunion

By Lynn Moncus: FNM columnist A recent trip to New Mexico State University to attend Homecoming was quite an event for this woman from lma. As I wandered around on campus one afternoon, I realized one more time how far over-the-hill I am. While looking at those young people, I really felt my age because […]

Letters to the editor: CHS athletes credit to community

CHS athletes credit to community I had the privilege of being in a Lovington restaurant on Thursday when the Clovis Wildcat high school cross country team came to dine. I would like to praise each and every one of these young athletes for behaving like fine young ladies and gentlemen. They were extremely polite and […]

Student heads to Italy for arm wrestling championship

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Ashley Romero and her Husband Pete Romero are headed to Italy where she will compete in the 31st World Arm Wrestling Championships. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico When Ashley Romero was young, her father told her never to date a guy she could beat at arm wrestling. That didn’t […]

First person: Young fiddler full of talent

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Portales’ Coby Carter said he started playing the fiddle after hearing George Strait play. The 13-year-old has been playing five years. Thirteen-year-old Coby Carter has been playing fiddle for five years. He has played with big name bands, including Restless Heart at last year’s Dairy Fest. This year, he’ll be […]

Financial advice found in guide

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks The Military Families Money and Mobility handbooks are available at the Airman and Family Readiness Center which is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at Building 1802. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico At the end of a long, distinguished career in the military, those in the service […]

Bad judgment or Christian charity? CCS boss under fire

Freedom New Mexico Clovis Christian Schools Superintendent Steven Schultze has made some questionable decisions in recent weeks. First, he allowed a suspected child rapist to live in his home with two young children. Then, after the suspect was arrested and mistakenly released by law officers in Missouri, Schultze continued his association with the man. He […]

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 […]

Ex-Hounds assistant longs to return

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Greg Young is head coach at Jacksonville, Texas, Junior College. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent PORTALES — Greg Young is certainly one coach who believes that the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team can successfully compete in the Lone Star Conference. If not, the current head coach at Jacksonville (Texas) Junior College wouldn’t have […]

Press release: N.M. hunter education certifies 1,402 students

New Mexico’s Hunter Education Program certified 1,402 students in March as young hunters scrambled to become eligible for the April 8 application deadline for 2009-2010 big-game hunting licenses and permits.

ENMU Hosting Bucky Covington in concert on April 8

“American Idol” participant and country singer Bucky Covington will perform at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 in Greyhound Arena at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Tickets are $10 for the general public, and free to ENMU students. Covington is from North Carolina and began playing music with his buddies at a young age.

Spring opera tour coming to Clovis

Three talented young singers will soon set out on The Santa Fe Opera’s annual Spring Opera Tour with performances in 12 communities in New Mexico and Texas.

Air Force families boost area home sales

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Weichert Realtor Carolyn Spence discusses shelving in 2nd Lt. Jon Clark and his wife Hailey’s new home in Clovis. Jon has been reassigned to Cannon Air Force Base. The couple is one of many Cannon families looking for homes in Clovis and Portales. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When […]

Tabloid reality seems ghoulish

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist This column finds its genesis in one which was recently written by Mr. Leonard Pitts, whose syndicated work appears in this newspaper. Mr. Pitts, an African American male, is around my age and writes from the slightly, but not overly, conservative side of the spectrum. Though I frequently find myself […]

Life: Our vessel for doing Lord’s work

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Columnist The following story is one I heard first hand from one who knows. A multi-million dollar organization for seriously ill children was the inspiration of a young Jewish boy living in a concentration camp in Europe. His parents had both been killed by the Nazis, and only the young boy […]