Children’s logic often produces smiles

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Whenever I write about the wonder of school children and their test papers, I get enough fodder for another column from teachers who save them. Some, of course, are a little too shady to appear in a family newspaper, and so I sell them on the black market. Here are […]

Death evokes suspicion

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The body of Emmett Salisbury, 36, is removed at 6 p.m. Monday from a thrift store on East Grand Avenue by investigators and mortuary staff. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Clovis police are investigating a death they’ve termed “suspicious” after the body of a 36-year-old man was discovered in a […]

Death penalty motion OK’d

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James Smith,right, is escorted into the court room of Judge Joe Parker at the Curry County Courthouse Monday afternoon by Transport Officer Cliff Chilcoat. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. A district judge ruled Monday probable cause exists […]

Impact of McNaughton slaying still lingers

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David and Maria Beardmore placed a cross to mark the location where the body of their daughter, Laura McNaughton, was found a year ago. (File photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Case file • The victim: Laura McNaughton, 30, mother of two. Her nude body was found Dec. 10, 2005, by hunters near Pleasant […]

The art of healing

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleDavide Cabassi performs during an Arts in Healing program Friday at Clovis Community College. The Italy native said in times of sickness he turns to his piano and music for comfort. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In a metal chair on a chilly stage, ViolaMontoya closed her eyes and heard […]

Slaying victim’s family visits site

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson David and Maria Beardmore view a cross they placed Thursday to mark the location where the body of their daughter, Laura McNaughton, was found by hunters in December. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer On the edge of a desolate, wind-whipped field stands a small homemade cross wrapped in a […]

Highlights of PRMC report

The following is a summary of deficiencies cited in the report: • Infection control A tour of the operating room revealed waste from a recent surgery had been placed in the regular trash rather than the bin for infectious waste. Infectious waste in New Mexico — which can include organs, blood, used needles or any […]

Local building custom truck

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Jay Queener shows off a truck on Monday that he is building for a client in Roswell. Queener has worked on this truck for almost a year. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Forget the way the word is used to describe some modern engines, because what’s happening at Jay Queener’s garage […]

Jesus’ death, resurrection just simple facts

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Daddy, Susie and I faithfully used to watch “Dragnet.” Jack Webb was a no-nonsense kind of guy and a skilled investigator. He was focused on getting the facts right. He said many times over in that series, “Just the facts, ma’am, just the facts.” Did Jesus really die? Did he […]

Political racing best left to politicians

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Tuesday is election day in Clovis. I sure am glad there are folks who will step up to the plate and run for political office. It ain’t my cup o’ tea. I could make up a list of all kinds of reasons why politics doesn’t interest me: the meetings, trying […]