Memorial to be built for little known black community

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Courtesy photo Members of Geni Flores’ “Teaching Multicultural History of the Southwest” class at ENMU visited the Blackdom site and historic marker last spring. By Helena Rodriguez: FNM Correspondent A small black community between Roswell and Artesia was an epicenter of social life during its heyday in the early 1900s. Before succumbing to ghost town […]

Editorial: Earmarks not going away soon

During his hot-blooded adolescence, while grappling with the urgency of conversion and the pleasures of the flesh, St. Augustine, of the famous “Confessions,” is said to have prayed: “Lord, grant me chastity and self-control – but not just yet.” President Obama may have uttered something similar to himself last week, as he delivered a speech […]

Tabloid reality seems ghoulish

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist This column finds its genesis in one which was recently written by Mr. Leonard Pitts, whose syndicated work appears in this newspaper. Mr. Pitts, an African American male, is around my age and writes from the slightly, but not overly, conservative side of the spectrum. Though I frequently find myself […]

Hand life’s worries over to Christ

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist The CEO of a famous company spoke at a church in another city last Sunday. The gentleman was a skilled business leader, a husband, father, and a dedicated Christian. His words were forwarded to me by a person who attends that church. Here is basically what he said: “This week […]

Clovis has share of famous visitors

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist A newcomer to Clovis was asking if any famous people ever came to Clovis. I told him that one of the earliest famous persons to Clovis was Charles Lindberg, and his wife Ann Morrow Lindberg, and the famed pilot Amelia Earhardt. That was in 1929-1930 when Lindberg selected the air […]

Sept. 14, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Captured!: The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience by Stanton Friedman was given by David, Mary, and Sierra Stalker in memory of Wanda Carter. The famous story of the world’s first documented alien abduction is taken apart, meticulously re-examined by Betty’s niece and nuclear physicist […]

Amos becomes famous

Amos the churchmouse is scurrying out into the real world.

Look who’s 70

One of Portales’ more famous former residents — and Eastern New Mexico University’s most famous graduate — will be turning 70 next month.

Famous artist, author among honorees

To honor the originality, beauty, imagination and multiple dimensions of women’s lives, the National Women’s History Project has chosen Women’s Art: Women’s Vision as the 2008 theme for National Women’s History Month. To ensure that a diversity of art and artists are represented, the 2008 honorees were selected based on their art, their vision, their […]

Grand disappearing act stuns classmate

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The question is simple: Would you rather be rich or famous? The answer is also simple: I’d rather be rich, because you can be famous for the wrong reasons. Now I have proof, because I grew up with somebody who’s now famous … and I’m not sure if it’s […]

State of comedy no laughing matter

By Leonard PItts Jr.: Syndicated columnist Lionel Richie always seemed like one of the good guys. I interviewed him many times back in the ‘70s and found him friendly, funny, gregarious, a great guy to be around. So it has always surprised me that his daughter is such an idiot. Maybe I shouldn’t care. There’s […]

Recounting Hollywood memories

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Remember when Hollywood swept into New Mexico in the 1960s, ruthlessly taking over hearth and home from innocent, downtrodden natives who had carved a state out of the wilderness after moving here during the Eisenhower years? I was a United Press foreign correspondent in Santa Fe at the time and […]

Where have all the heroes gone?

Clyde Davis Baseball players on steroids. Basketball players going into the stands to beat up fans half their size and twice their age. Rock musicians who think they are entitled to break not only rules, but laws, and then whine when they get caught. Actors who speak on subjects they have no knowledge of, and […]

Cancer ride full of true heroes

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist Baseball players on steroids. Basketball players going into the stands to beat up fans half their size and twice their age. Rock musicians who think they are entitled to break not only rules, but laws, and then whine when they get caught. Actors who speak on subjects they have no […]

Clovis banker’s son once famous actor

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Take a look up at the top of the two-story brick building at 416 Main St. You’ll see it says “Rogers-Awalt 1908.” The Rogers refers to Bert Rogers, who came with his family to Clovis from Olathe, Kan., in 1908. He and A. L. Awalt built the 416 Main St. building. […]

Knowing important people not same as knowing God

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Because of some family records and oral family history, our cousin has long maintained that we are related to the famous writer, Mark Twain. As some might say, that is “my only claim to fame.” But as a child, it was always a real thrill for me to say I was […]

True endorsements come from first-hand accounts

Judy Brandon What is an endorsement? It is a testimonial that someone gives on behalf of a person, company, product or service. The person who endorses something may be a character admired by Americans or a successful athlete or renowned movie celebrity. Advertisers pay famous athletes and gold medal winners to endorse their shoes, tennis […]

Kids’ tests really do say the funniest things

By Bob Huber In my relentless quest for award-winning journalism I often explore the zany world of “kidspeak,” which is teacher jargon for stuff kids write on test papers. My wife Marilyn’s all-time favorite is, “I just love Tommy Buford. He’s tall, dark, and on probation.” So for my in-depth report today I’ve selected a […]

Billy the Kid still famous after all these years

By Don McAlavy Again Billy the Kid has gained access to the front pages of newspapers. Witness the latest from Gov. Bill Richardson’s office where he (the state) will investigate whether Billy is really buried in Fort Sumner; whether Brushy Bill Roberts is really Billy; whether Sheriff Pat Garrett helped Billy escape the Lincoln County […]