Rural schools such as Ranchvale important

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Ranchvale Elementary School northwest of Clovis has quite a history. The first school in that area was located two miles east of present Ranchvale, taught by A.J. Reid. It was open only three months each year. In 1917-18, when four neighboring schools consolidated, they agreed to open Ranchvale Elementary School with […]

Bird learns dirty talk

Bob Huber: Local Columist Our son Glen brought home a baby raven one day, and we named it Weird Harold. Glen claimed it had fallen from its nest on a ledge of the Federal Building in Santa Fe, and it was his notion to teach the bird to talk dirty by Halloween so he could […]

Beauty of Voice: Communication comes in many flavors

Ryn Gargulinski There’s nothing as pleasing to the ear as a baby’s first words (unless, of course, it’s the sound of coffee being brewed). Some children murmur “mama,” others “papa.” My first words were “hot dog.” Our eight-week old puppy Lulu found the joy of her voice just the other morning. Yes, Lulu learned to […]

Don’t take Halloween away from 4 feet candy raiders

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist The time is coming, and is indeed now upon us, when goblins and ghosties, black cats and Harry Potters, Disney princesses and superheroes, will prowl the streets and gather booty, threatening us at our very doors and proving once again that, even in our own homes, we are not safe from […]

Oct. 16 Club Notes

Encanto Garden The Encanto Garden Club met Tuesday at the home of Elsie Dean with Jacque Wuest, vice president, presiding. Guest speaker was Gina Shelly of Makin’ It Natural Health Food Store. Gina distributed gift bags to each member and explained that her motto is “Take charge of your own body.” She also said that […]

Oct. 16 Week School Menus

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Breakfast burrito, cold juice and milk. Lunch — Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes w/ gravy, hot homemade roll, fresh apple, cold milk. Tuesday: Breakfast — Sausage biscuit, cold juice and milk. Lunch — Italian spaghetti, garden fresh salad w/ ranch dressing, fruit jello, cold milk. Wednesday: School favorite. Thursday: Breakfast — […]

Oct. 16 Week Senior Happenings

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St. Sunday: 1-5 p.m. — Dance. Please bring finger-foods. Monday: 9:30 a.m. — Blood pressure checks; 10 a.m. — Health insurance benefits assistance. Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. — Sopapilla luncheon; 2 p.m. — Indoor exercise; 7 p.m. — Circle 8 Square Dancing. Wednesday: 9:30-10:30 a.m. — Blood sugar […]

Oct. 16 Honors, Births, Weddings, Engagements, Birthdays

Honors A poem by Stephanie Turner, a tenth-grader at Clovis High School, was published in Young Poets, the 2005 poetry edition. Stephanie is the daughter of Steve and Sandy turner of Clovis and the granddaughter of Caleb and Donna Chandler. Weddings Jennifer Stovall and Cole Bartlett, both of Clovis, were joined in marriage on Sept. […]

10/14 Religion Calendar

Today Single Living in Christ — 7 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1800 N. Norris St., Clovis. Child care is provided. Information: 769-1971. Saturday Religious Education classes — 8:30 a.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe, 108 Davis St., Clovis. Classes for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Information: 762-7343. The Evening Ball — 6 p.m., […]

Preschool director receives award

CNJ staff Ten busy hands and 10 little feet surround Sylvia Bean on a daily basis. As director and teacher of Immanuel Lutheran Preschool of Clovis, Bean works with five students ranging in age from 3 to 5. She said the best part of her job as a preschool teacher is watching their eyes light […]

Choices can lead to God — or stomachaches

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist I wrote about Mother’s two cousins about five years ago. The time has come to tell their story again. This childhood story illustrates the point that the decisions and choices we make affect us. These two grew up in northeastern Arkansas. In grade school they participated in a school club […]

10/14 amos

Editor’s note: In response to a reader’s request, Amos has asked that we reprint a favorite “wordy” column. Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. amos plays word games boss while i was rummaging through some old — really old — newspaper clips the […]

Common sense and bureaucracy rarely meet

By Curtis K. Shelburne Lately at our church we’ve been studying the “fruits of the Spirit.” We plan to talk about “Patience” soon, but I think I need the lesson right now! Recently, I had under my care a genuine, certifiable, hurricane refugee (excuse me, “evacuee”). She was and is my sister, flown up to […]

Reynolds searches for grave of Ruth of Tolar

Don McAlavy “I wanted to see Tolar again,” said Stephen Reynolds, a former game warden in eastern New Mexico. “Mainly I wanted to search for Ruth. Both the town and the child had been forsaken, but in different ways: Ruth, around 1910 when our family had to leave her grave behind, and Tolar almost 35 […]

Two cows explain politics

Bob Huber You haven’t reached life’s high-water mark until your grandkids ask, “What’s the difference between Republicans and Democrats?” The upshot is, if you’re smart, you’ll devise a basic list of replies designed to be understood by children. Take my personal favorite, the “Two Cows Response.” Here’s a sampler. It begins with, “If you are […]

Playin’ and Dancin’

Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The boys don’t line up on one side of the room with the girls on the other — each waiting for the first couple to get on the dance floor. In fact, there’s little to no hesitation as soon as Bill Case and the Velvetones launch into the opening bars of […]

Death intriguing because it’s unknown to people

Ryn Gargulinski Dead things surround us: The mosquito squished on the windshield. The tomato that rots in the fridge. This morning’s mouse stuck fast on a glue trap. OK, the mouse was only half-dead and still squirmy. But you get the gist. The dead thing that haunted my boyfriend and I most recently was stuck […]

Attending local events makes difference in others’ lives

Clyde Davis Reader be warned: This is another column about what’s right with the Clovis/Portales area. If you wish to complain, whine, gripe, or cry in your beverage, this is not the column to read today. It was important to me that my freshman English classes attend the drama department’s Diversity Festival at ENMU. It […]

Oct. 9 Senior Happenings

Baxter-Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory St. Monday: 9 a.m. — Exercise. 5 p.m. — Business meeting; 5:30 p.m. — Potluck dinner; 6 p.m. — Socials night. Tuesday: 8 a.m. — Quilting; 10 a.m. — Art class; 6:30 p.m. —Musical. Wednesday: 9 a.m. — Exercise; 1 p.m. — Crafts. Thursday: 8 a.m. — Breakfast; 8:30 a.m. […]

Oct. 9 week school menu

Clovis Elementary Monday — Observance of Columbus Day. No school. Tuesday — Breakfast: Blueberry muffin, milk. Lunch: Italian dunkers, garden-fresh salad, ranch dressing, pineapple tidbits, milk. Wednesday — Breakfast: Go-gurt, toast, milk. Lunch: Oven-baked chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, carrot sticks, hot homemade roll, milk. Thursday — Breakfast: Wonderful waffles, cold juice, milk. Lunch: Burrito […]