Teen of the Week – Shea Chase

Shea Chase, 18, is the son of Debra Feltner and Steve Miller and is a senior at Clovis High School. What is your theme song? Thunderstruck (AC-DC) Who’s invited to your fantasy dinner party, and why? My family and those who are close to me, and most importantly, God! What do you envision your life […]

Return of the King is edge-of-your-seat thriller

By Stacy Allen Show: The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler Summary: All of the Lord of the Rings are tied together in the final chapter of Return of the King. Showtimes: 12:30, 4:30, 8:30 This is the first Lord of the […]

Clovis girl, D.J. Babbitt, stars in movie at Santa Fe Film Fest.

By Jack King “Bollocky Simper” — the title means “a pure, nostalgic smile,” according to its author — is a traditional girl-meets-boy story. It’s even filmed in black and white with dialogue cards like an old silent movie romance. Except that all the “boy” and “girl” parts are played by two young women. And there […]

No evidence that secession is unconstitutional

By Walter Williams A fortnight ago, in “Let’s Do Some Detective Work,” I provided unassailable evidence that Congress had vastly exceeded powers delegated to it by our Constitution. In a recent column, I argued that liberties lost are seldom regained, but there was an outside chance to regain them if enough liberty-minded Americans were to […]

Santa Claus has his own Christmas story

By Ned Cantwell Some years back this writer landed an exclusive interview with Santa Claus and wrote the following report that was, surprisingly, snubbed by CNN but published elsewhere. Ned Cantwell: So, Santa, if you had to do it over again, would you change anything? Santa Claus: Heavens, yes. This whole fat-guy-at-the-North-Pole image was a […]

Man, myth or legend, reflect on why we celebrate Jesus

More than two millennia ago, during the last time the Middle East probably has ever experienced peace, a child was born whose life in this temporal realm became the most important turning point in human history. Of course, archeology, history, anthropology and other scientific fields have cast reasonable doubt upon many elements of the biblical […]

Burch, Herbert

Herbert Burch Services: Have been held. Herbert L. Burch, 85, of Anahuac, Texas, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at the Bayside Community Hospital in Anahuac. He was born on April 17, 1918, in Clovis, to Dennie L. and Cora Harmon Burch. He resided in the Clovis and Anahuac areas throughout his life. He was a […]

Former CHS star on national TV

By Dave Wagner No matter what happens in New Mexico’s Christmas Eve appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl against Oregon State, former Clovis High standout Hank Baskett has already had at least one personal highlight for the year — an appearance on ESPN’s “Top 10 Plays.” His moment came in a game against Mountain West […]

Area churches plan special services

CNJ STAFF REPORTS Many churches in and around Clovis are conducting special services today for Christmas Eve, or on Christmas Day. Here is a partial list of area services, listed by time. Today St. James Episcopal Church, 12th and Main. 5 p.m. candlelight service. (Also 8 p.m.) Details: 763-4638. Sacred Heart Catholic Community, 911 Merriwether. […]

There will be Christmas closings in Clovis

CNJ STAFF REPORT All city and county offices will be open until 5 p.m. today for Christmas Eve, officials said. However, most city and county offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Christmas holiday, they added. City sanitation trucks will not make pick ups Thursday, Christmas Day; however, the trucks will make commercial […]

Merchants have gifts for little kids and big ‘kids’

By Jack King If you’re the parent, relative, or even a close friend of a preteen girl, among the most popular ways to say “Merry Christmas” this year is “Bratz.” The fashion-plate dolls were mentioned most often when Clovis merchants were asked Wednesday which are the hottest-selling toys this year. “Craft kits are also really […]

Coughenour, JoAnn

JoAnn Coughenour Services: Have been held. JoAnn Coughenour, 72, of Cassville, Mo., died Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, in Aurora, Mo. She was born on May 3, 193l, in Seymour, Texas, to Walter Lee Nall and Maude Nall. Her family moved to New Mexico when she was 3, after her father was killed in an accident. […]

Cancer victim faces lonely Christmas

By Eric Butler This holiday season, as in most years, the burdens that Sophie bears will be hers alone. With little income to stretch out for things like Christmas gifts, maybe it’s lucky for Sophie (not her real name) that she doesn’t have to worry about accommodating wishes by children and grandchildren for specific, out-of-her-price-range […]

Thurmond’s daughter exposes nation’s hypocracy

By Leonard Pitts “All the laws of Washington and all the bayonets of the Army cannot force the Negro into our homes, into our schools, our churches and our places of recreation and amusement.” — Strom Thurmond So I guess ol’ Strom didn’t mind a little integration after all. Granted, he made opposition to it […]

Little boy’s dreams of a cowboy Christmas

By Don McAlavy It was cold that December of 1936. The drought the preceding summer had ruined the wheat crop on the small farm. There wasn’t a lot of money to be spent on Christmas. The father worked part time for a neighbor, herding sheep for a dollar a day, but this had to go […]

Base closure criteria raises cheers and concerns for Cannon backers

Eastern New Mexico received an early Christmas present on Monday when the Department of Defense published its criteria for closing and realigning military installations in 2005. The standards suggest Cannon Air Force Base is a strong candidate for surviving the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, and even for expansion. “If anything, we’re pleasantly surprised,” […]

Trees that keep giving

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By Eric Butler Some Clovis residents don’t just buy their Christmas trees for the holiday season. Their purchase is for the duration. A tree farm outside the city, operated by Joe and Jill Whitehead, supplied about 70 Clovis families their Christmas trees this year. When the festivities are done and the lights come down, these […]

Officials find base closure criteria encouraging news

Mike Linn Criteria set to help determine which military bases will close after 2005 were made public on Monday, and local officials expressed confidence Cannon Air Force Base will remain open. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said he believes New Mexico bases are positioned ‘‘to not only stay off the closure list, but to possibly gain […]

Family feels Christmas spirit through adversity

Eric Butler o Fund could help relieve pressure for a family new to the Clovis community. By Eric Butler CNJ CORRESPONDENT Even through the tough times, Margie tries to remember the reason we celebrate Christmas. She won’t be able to offer her two children much in the way of gifts this year, but Margie (not […]

Police name alleged counterfeiters

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Police Department has released the names of six people charged in an ongoing counterfeiting investigation. A seventh who shared a home with a counterfeiting suspect has been charged with narcotics violations discovered while executing a search warrant on their home. Police Chief Bill Carey said his department released the […]