Kids can say the darnedest things

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist If you’re looking for answers that have eluded mankind for a dozen millennia, find a bunch of kids. They have all the answers. I received a real-life list of these answers recently from my niece Whitney, a soon-to-be college graduate. (No gifts please; send money!) Here they are: How do […]

Crocodile Hunter inspiration to many

By Anita Doberman: Lifestlyes Columnist Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, recently passed away. Like many people around the world, we were sad to find out about Irwin’s passing. Our family has enjoyed watching his show, and our children loved to imitate his Australian accent. We laughed at Irwin’s jokes, expressions, and his contagious zest for […]

Blind hatred, intolerance have been around for generations

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist This was another piece of the family reunion we attended several weeks ago. It was the less joyful piece, and it was the piece that made one stop and think about a darker side of life. It was a piece of this family’s history, but in other forms, it is […]

Deployments: Making the best of the situation

Janet Birkey Marc Abel is part of a different group of military spouses – a male who will make permanent change of station moves, but doesn’t deploy. As an Airman’s husband, he is the one left behind to handle the everyday stuff and figure out how to make a satisfying life that can be both […]

Bentley guilty of second-degree murder

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Linda Bentley, left, wife of defendant Jimmy Bentley and Sarah W. Phillips, mother of shooting victim Joseph Phiilips, embrace after the guilty verdict was read Thursday at the Curry County Court House. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis jury on Thursday found Jimmy Bentley guilty of second-degree murder […]

How Has Technology Affected the Way We Work?

By Curtis K. Shelburne The CBS “60 Minutes” segment I watched recently focused on technology and how it affects the way we work.  In general, according to the segment, the way Americans work is, well, a lot. The United States was way up toward the top of the list of nations with regard to the […]

Admit you cannot do everything

By Anita Doberman: local columnist As if being a military wife is not difficult enough, I sometimes find myself wrestling with what I call the “super military wife syndrome.” This condition lies dormant, but can be aggressive when activated. It peaks during husbands’ deployments, when the sufferers attempt to become Super Heroes. In the wives […]

American Bullfighter

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Andy DeLisle One might not think to find bullfighters at the Pioneer Days Rodeo in Clovis, NM. The image of a red cape and sword come to mind when mentioned. No capes or swords were present but american bullfighters were there keeping the riders safe. Corey Wall has been an american bullfighter for 17 years.

Prankster’s final joke a doozy

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Those of us who worked the news side of the Denver Post became concerned when Downhill Updyke stopped inventing elaborate practical jokes. When we asked him about it, he said he was just getting too old to play games. Pranks in those days were common in the city room, and […]

Student profile: Victoria Pallaschke

Victoria Anne Pallaschke is a senior at the Clovis High School. She is the daughter of John and LaVonda Pallaschke. What is your idea of a perfect day? Laying out under the warm sun. Who’s invited to your fantasy dinner party, and why? One of my grandfathers because I never got to meet him and […]

2/10 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. the search for st valentine boss i realize that it will soon be valentine s day and the other day i wanted […]

Valentine’s Day calls for unique gift ideas

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist It is time, friends and neighbors, to prepare our hearts and minds — especially our hearts — for the celebration of romance and other forms of love, which we know as Valentine’s Day. A list of unique ideas occur to me. • Get some ideas from the Internet. I did […]

Airman’s Attic a treasure trove of deals

Janet Taylor-Birkey The Airman’s Attic, in Building 1249 on Arcadia Ave., carries just the kind of things one might expect to find on a treasure hunt. While there probably will not be antiques and such, someone may find the item they’ve been looking for and at a price that is too good to pass up, […]

Gay cowboy love story may be most frightning movie ever

By Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist I went to see “Brokeback Mountain” last week, mainly to prove to myself that I could. This was after reading a New York Times piece by Larry David of “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fame in which he wrote that, though he loves gay people and supports both gay […]

God comes to us — just as we are

By Curtis Shelburne At first the quotation I’m about to share may sound a bit cynical, but when you have a little time to think about it, I think you’ll agree with me that it is not only realistic and true, it is filled with hope. You see, when God came into this world “in […]

Holiday memories fueled by variety of experiences

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist What are the pieces that compose the collage of memories that you have marked “Christmas and holiday season?” What are the sights, the sounds, and the special places that they take you in your mind at this time of year? In the middle of all the frantic juggling of schedules and […]

Wayland staff helps man find pathway to faith

By Teresa Young: Wayland Baptist University Raymond Atchley admits he was unsure of his faith when he enrolled at Wayland Baptist University’s campus in Clovis a few years ago. “I’m not really sure that I’m a Christian, and I may be agnostic,” he told Carol Green, then dean of the Clovis campus, asking if he […]

My dog ate my homework

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ columnist “My dog ate my homework.” That excuse is no longer particularly original, but that’s one thing I like about it: it’s stood the test of time. Ever since teachers started assigning homework, 95 percent and more of homework has been biodegradable and largely digestible (presumably whether the words were misspelled […]

Air Force team ‘will leave no stone unturned’ in finding mission

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Randy Harris uses a map to promote assets at Cannon Air Force Base — including its unrestricted air space — during Thursday’s meeting with an Air Force team at Clovis Community College. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Matters of military value were dwarfed by matters of a more personal nature […]

Every season should bring out thankful heart

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. Christmas comes next and then Easter — which is the order of my favorite seasons. I suppose fall and all its colors of the changing season reminds me of life’s changes. We are not in one season for all the times of our […]