Storytelling part of Christmas custom

There are stories, and stories told on film, that come to mean Christmas to each one of us. Though the list differs, the reality of hearing these seasonal favorites remains the same, in its essence, for most people. This year, actually for the first time, I got to see “It’s a Wonderful Life” in its […]

In Search of Ponies: Dogs adept at catching birds

Oh yeah, they eat crow. And pigeon, dove and grackle too. In fact, their prowess has grown to the point that I am actually starting to think Sylvester was miscast and should have been played by a dog. You would think the fly-boys and girls would spread the word amongst themselves to avoid my yard, […]

God uses both Mars and Venus to make Earth work

If I ever actually had any doubt (and I didn’t) that, to borrow from the wise guy’s book title, men really are from Mars and women are from Venus, one evening’s dinner drama would have put that doubt to rest yet again. There was no fuss. My wife and I really don’t fuss much. Well, […]

Politicians interfere with process

Kevin Wilson All things considered, the last 24 hours had been quite good. My baseball team was in the running to host a playoff series, I actually made a decent dinner and the movie I couldn’t find at the rental place was available for free online (no movie piracy took place). But leave it to […]

Foreign exchange students learn about Clovis’ musical heritage

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Julie Grandjean, left, an 18-year-old exchange student from Belgium, looks at a jukebox Friday with Cristobal Bastias, 17, from Chile, center, and Christian Damvig, 16, from Denmark. The teens were among a group of foreign exchange students to tour the Norman and Vi Petty Rock and Roll Museum. Benna Sayyed […]

Rite of passage: the busted wing

Landon Hall For my 5-year-old daughter, a broken arm actually has been a positive learning experience. She’s learned that her body isn’t invincible — and yet it’s not fragile, either. She’s learned how the body works, and how it heals. On Aug. 2, she fell while playing hide-and-seek with the neighbor kids, smacking her elbow […]

In search of ponies: Egg-citing discovery

Sharna Johnson I have to admit and even I am surprised, but I am actually enjoying having chickens. Racquel and Molly — they came with names — are perfect ladies and are actually kind of neat to have around. They don’t like to be touched, but by the same token they like to shadow me […]

Vacation mishap makes story

Hearing about students and families on spring breaks this last week or so has brought out a streak of jealously in me. I did spend a few spring breaks backpacking, though, and actually had one beach vacation when I was in college. It wasn’t your typical beach spring break, though. A buddy and I who […]

Letter to the editor: Strangers saved me from attack

Strangers saved me from attack On Aug. 26, I was running my usual route along Llano Estacado headed west when a large stray dog came up to me. At first he seemed to be friendly and actually just ran along with me for awhile. Then suddenly he started circling me and jumped on my back. […]

Makeshift pool keeps us cool

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I heard that someone actually stole one of those blue pools you see all over the place. You know the ones; they’re huge plastic blobs with an inflatable ring at the top to support it. I guess it wouldn’t be too hard, come to think of it. Just collapse the […]

Connecting with animals natural

Karl Terry My authority makes my wife jealous. To clarify, I have little or no authority over her but the fact that our dogs actually listen to me and occasionally do what I say makes her mad. They don’t usually listen to her and rarely do what she asks. The best example is making the […]

Tough to make adult choice

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I remember the day Sarah told me she loved me. She nzever actually said it, but she showed it. She called, said she wanted to spend the afternoon with me, and she’d just have to record “Days of Our Lives.” Recording means you’re making the adult choice, whether that choice […]

Allegations are grossly overstated

I have been disturbed by the recent allegations brought by the Concerned Citizens of Curry County. Statistics published in the Clovis News Journal would suggest minority hiring percentages for management level employees at Clovis schools have actually gone up in the last five years. Maybe there’s something I’m missing here, but in view of that […]

Opportunity wasted for unusual

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer There are certain things I wish would have been different. I wish I had asked that girl out to dinner instead of making small talk. I wish I was riding in the car when (according to police records) a group of four people planned out a bank robbery in […]

Aviation group’s project taking off

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The EAA plane will weigh 245 pounds without a pilot when finished compared to the 1,500-pound Aerostar stored next to it. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico In the northwest corner of the Blue Sky Aviation hangar at Clovis Municipal Airport, a rickety-looking frame of a plane is waiting to […]

Police chief says crime declining overall

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Though year-to-date figures show an increase in burglaries, Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said the numbers are actually declining and overall crime in the city is down. Burglaries — auto, residential and commercial are all tracked under one heading — rose about 10 percent from January to October by […]

Cameo Elementary’s Parent Center offers space for children, parents to spend time together

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools History is in the making. Now, I know each day we live, we are actually making history, but what you might not know is that you are actually reading a part of history…right now. Yep, this article is making history in two ways. First, this is my first official […]

City commission considers legislative priorities

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission had some doubts on how many of their legislative priorities could actually get tackled with state budget crunches expected to last through 2010. But at least, commissioners said, there’s been enough progress the 2010 priority list differs from the 2009 list. With two of its […]

Wheat variety selection important

By Rex Kirksey: NMSU More than with any other crop, it seems that producers of wheat save their own seed from year to year, rather than purchase seed for planting. That practice may not always be a sound business decision. As producers look for opportunities to reduce input costs, saving money on purchased seed may […]

Texas dream becomes reality

By Anita Tedaldi I felt like a child on a sugar high as I sat in rush hour traffic on I-635 in Dallas, laughing inside my mini-van and telling my children how great it was to actually experience the Metroplex traffic first hand. They weren’t too impressed, and asked, “Is there a road with fewer […]