Christmas performance makes religion personal

Judy Brandon: Local Columnist All of the children’s Christmas programs scheduled for December remind me of the time I participated in the Flat Creek Baptist Church Christmas play. It really wasn’t a play, but a simple program with several of the farm children who lived in the area. On this particular pre-Christmas Sunday, Susie had […]

Goulish politics: Company says mask sales can predict presidential winner

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By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Halloween is usually a time for ghosts, ghouls, and other disturbing, gooey things. But this year it’s not just Democrats who think President Bush is scary. According to www.anniescostumes.com, which claims to be the “web’s most complete source for costumes for all holidays and occasions,” Bush masks have outsold […]

Police investigating infant’s death

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Clovis police are investigating the Friday death of a Clovis infant as child abuse, according to a press release from the Clovis Police Department. Detective Tony Bosque said a suspect has agreed to speak with police today about the incident. The 41-year-old suspect — who maintains his innocence — […]

Clovis baby’s reaction to food not related to California poisoning

CNJ Staff An 8-month-old Clovis child who stopped breathing on Tuesday night and was later resuscitated by two Army National Guardsmen had an allergic reaction to baby food, according to information the child’s father provided to officials at Cannon Air Force Base Public Affairs. It doesn’t look like the child’s baby food was poisoned, said […]

In the end, our lives are memorials to God

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Luci Tapahonso, the Navajo author, recorded a poignant account of a Navajo family of long ago. When Luci was just a child, she with her little brothers and sisters were riding in the back of their parents’ pickup on the way to Shiprock. As they rode along, an older relative […]

Dora’s Stokes had zest for life

By Mike Linn DORA — Almost two dozen Dora High School students squeezed into the principal’s office Monday to remember Clayton Stokes, an energetic and mischievous junior who died late Saturday night in an automobile accident. Clayton was the starting point guard on Dora High’s basketball team and earned the nickname “spark plug,” for his […]

It’s a new year baby

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Maria Rodriguez holds her new baby boy Francisco Saturday at Plains Regional Medical Center. Francisco was first born in 2004 at 8:16 a.m. Friday, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King Maria Rodriguez of Muleshoe, Texas, said she wants to thank the many Clovis businesses and individuals who donated […]

Organization puts right ‘SPIN’ on parenthood

Eric Butler Editor’s note: This is the 11th in a series of United Way agency profiles scheduled for publication each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through Nov. 21. Single Parents In Need have no need to put a SPIN on anything. Simply put, young people who are at high school age or just beyond need more […]

Name omissions were not arbitrary

From the editor’s desk The Clovis News Journal did not print names of suspects recently in two high-profile criminal cases. In both cases, we knew the suspect’s name and other news organizations published or broadcast that name. The first incident occurred early on Oct. 19 when a Portales woman said she found a baby in […]

Mother charged with filing false report

By Darrell Todd Maurina Portales police have arrested a woman who said Sunday that she found an abandoned baby in a park. Police said Tuesday they now believe the newborn belonged to the woman who said she found the baby while jogging in Rotary Park near her dorm room at Eastern New Mexico University. The […]

Abandoned baby found in Portales by jogger

By Mike Linn PORTALES — A newborn boy is in good health after a woman said she found him abandoned at a park on Sunday morning while she was jogging. Police say they have identified the mother and further investigation and charges are pending. The jogger told police she heard the baby crying and later […]

Emergency delivery

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Jessica Taylor delivered son Aidan at her home in June, with the help of husband, Aaron, who was being coached by Clovis 911 dispatcher Carolyn Aragon. Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina. By Darrell Todd Maurina When Airman 1st Class Aaron Taylor went into the Air Force on June 19, 2002, he knew he might have […]

Friends say volunteer leaves a legacy of service

By Gary Mitchell Karen Shayotovich left a lasting impression on everyone she met, according to family and friends. Karen Sue Shayotovich, 59, died June 21 at her home in Clovis after a valiant struggle against cancer. A two-time cancer survivor, the last battle took its toll. “She had a long, hard fight, but none of […]

Criticism may not be deserved, but relevant

Clovis law enforcement officers have faced some public criticism in the past week for their actions in two unrelated cases that occurred last weekend. We support the rights of those who have questioned authority — indeed we have given them a voice through the pages of this newspaper. But we are hesitant to join in […]

More questions arise in child abuse case

By Gary Mitchell After Clovis police arrested Myrena Rodriguez on Saturday for abandoning her 9-month-old daughter, family members began to question the way police handled the case. In turn, police detectives have a few questions of their own — both about the statement given by the 18-year-old mother now in custody on a $60,000 cash-only […]

Abandoned baby remains hospitalized

CNJ STAFF An 8-month-old baby girl found abandoned Saturday afternoon and suffering from dehydration and malnutrition remained in critical condition Sunday evening at a Lubbock hospital, police said. But Clovis Police Sgt. Rich Johnson said emergency room medical personnel at University Medical Center reported they were able to get the baby hydrated and in more […]

Mother arrested when children found abandoned, malnourished

By Janet Bresenham By Janet Bresenham CNJ STAFF WRITER janet_bresenham@link.freedom.com A Clovis mother of two was arrested Saturday after police found her 8-month-old daughter abandoned, dehydrated and malnourished inside a travel trailer, police said. The baby, in critical condition late Saturday, was flown by medical helicopter to University Medical Center in Lubbock, said Clovis Police […]