Music says much about personality

By Clyde Davis: Columnist During the summer between my second and third years of seminary, I was living in the single men’s dorm, remaining on campus, since one of the ways I kept the bills paid was to contract rough carpentry and painting work. Everyone, it seemed, was on the opposite end of the theological […]

Clovis sweeps Hereford

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Clovis High’s Jordan Jacobs dives back to first base against Hereford on Thursday afternoon at Bell Park. CNJ staff Clovis rode the one-two offensive punch of Parker Wood and Jarod Kiser in the opener and a pitcher-by-committee approach in the nightcap Thursday en route to sweeping Hereford in a summer league […]

Custom Classic draws 115 teams

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Tomas Gallegos is hoping his Clovis Looscrewz team can make a run to another title in the 24th annual Plateau Wireless Custom Classic this weekend at Guy Leeder Complex. He knows it’ll be a little tougher, because Looscrewz moved up from men’s Class E to Class D this season. […]

Road to motorcycle license can be long

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Sharon Taylor wanted to ride her Kawasaki Vulcan 800 on the weekends with her husband. To do that, she needed to get a motorcycle license. After taking the written test at the Clovis field office of the Motor Vehicle Department, she was told to come back the next day […]

First Person: Judge parts from judicial system

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Judge Fred Hensley, 70, worked for 35 years in the local judicial system, spending the last decade as officer of the Curry/Roosevelt Domestic Violence Office. He is retiring June 29. Hensley talked with the CNJ about his experiences. The early years: I was planning […]

$10 million Hotel Clovis plan proposed

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle The city and Clovis MainStreet would seek grants to cover their costs of $1 million, according to Clovis MainStreet’s vice president, Lisa Dunagan. By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Hotel Clovis may become a home for seniors under a $10 million plan proposed by Clovis MainStreet. The Clovis City Commission […]

God’s love should flow full force

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist When the children were smaller, we lived in a newly developed area with a large, vacant field in front of our house. Many days an exciting sight unfolded on the corner of our street. On those days, a fire engine and a smaller fire department truck with several firemen would […]

Bedford jury finds aggravating circumstance

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson District Attorney Matt Chandler shows a picture of Odis and Doris Newman during a response to the defense’s closing argument in Thursday’s death-penalty hearing for Stanley Bedford at District Court in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque jury on Thursday found murder in the course […]

In Tribute: Former pastor defies doctor’s predictions

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer When Otis Foster had a stroke, doctors predicted he wouldn’t make it through the night. The Baptist deacon, farmer and grandfather of 30 defied the odds for 18 years before he died May 16. He was 96. “I told my dad he was a bull, he was going to […]

Garden full of home-grown goodness

By Grant McGee: Local columnist “How’s your garden?” This is a question I get from time to time from folks I know around town. We have a pretty good li’l’ ol’ garden, a verdant oasis on the High Plains. I’d like people to think that I planned it all, worked the soil with my bare […]

Little rejection can be good for everyone

By Helena Rodriguez: CNj staff writer Let the rejection begin. I recently began looking for a full-time job in the academic arena, which I can hold while continuing work on a second master’s degree in English, and voila, I’ve received my first rejection letter. It reads: “While your skills are certainly impressive, we have decided […]

More checks, balances needed to protect citizens

By Freedom Newspapers U.S. District Court Judge John Bates has set a July 5 deadline for the FBI to hand over documents relating to the bureau’s possible misuse of what are known as National Security Letters, or NSLs, under the Patriot Act. An earlier Justice Department audit found the FBI had improperly and sometimes illegally […]

God loves ordinary people

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist  God loves ordinary people, and that is one of the most amazing and hope-filled truths of the Christian faith.    That truth was Exhibit A in the Pharisees’ case against Jesus. Pharisees are hard people to make happy. As Jesus noted, “John came neither eating nor drinking, and they […]

Cage fight scheduled for fairgrounds

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Ending his class at American Karate Studios, Markanthony Baca charges his students to display good sportsmanship and to stay out of trouble during the upcoming cage fight Saturday night at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Part of the proceeds from the fight will go to Clovis’ American Red Cross. This […]

Rugged religion

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Jim Hunsucker, right, watches Travis Odell drain water from a pot of potatoes Wednesday at Ned Houk Park. Odell and Hunsucker prepared food for the Mesa Redondo Cowboy Camp Meeting. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer The picnic tables filled as close to 100 people filed through the line with […]

Muleshoe man scheduled for death

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Gilberto Reyes of Muleshoe is scheduled to die by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas, tonight for raping, beating and strangling his former girlfriend more than nine years ago. Reyes, 33, was convicted in 2000 of killing Yvette Barraz. A last-minute appeal could come but at this point everything is […]

Education Feature: Officials: CCC safety step ahead

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community College is ahead of a state safety plan to prepare colleges for a Virginia Tech-type event, a CCC official said. Soon after the Virginia Tech shootings, new locks were installed on doors inside buildings at the college for a lock-down procedure in the event a gunman opens […]

Growth group considers hiring consultant

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Local Growth Management Committee members say they’re impressed with the efficiency of their sister organization, the Local Growth Management Organization. They say planning for the transition at Cannon Air Force Base to Special Operations is falling in place right on cue. “It’s amazing the people they have surrounded themselves with,” […]

Death penalty phase of Bedford trial set to begin

CNJ staff An Albuquerque jury will reconvene today to begin the penalty phase for Stanley Bedford, convicted last week of killing Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. The jury on June 14 handed down a guilty verdict for eight charges against Bedford, including two counts each of first-degree murder and kidnapping in connection with the […]

Student Profile: Garrett

Jordan Garrett is a graduate of Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Danny and Kathy Garrett. What’s so great about your favorite sport? Softball has so many positives. I love the adrenaline rush it offers but also the friendships and teamwork associated with it. What do you envision your life being like in […]