Encounters all part of God’s plan

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist My friend told me her story of the new friend she met on the plane. I thought of this verse: “For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” ( 2 Corinthians 4:18) Recently a colleague of mine was in an international […]

First Person: Driver enjoys ghostbusting

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Lorrie Menkens has been a CATS driver for seven years. Lorrie Menkens is a driver for the Clovis Area Transit System during the week and a ghostbuster on the weekends. The 46-year-old travels with a friend across the state to cemeteries and sanitariums searching for an entity from beyond the […]

Homemade jelly recipe for disaster

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist One day my friend Mary Lee and I were riding in the foothills among the juniper and cactus just when the prickly pears had made their fruit. The little fruits, about the size of your thumb, are a pretty red, and we had heard somewhere that jelly made from them […]

Team pays tribute to friend

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Josh Romero of Clovis Scum picks up a grounder during the second inning of the team’s matchup against Clovis’ Los M’s Saturday during the New Mexico USSSA men’s class E state tournament at Guy Leeder Complex. Scum won 23-2. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico They weren’t hard to spot […]

A funeral, and the depth of family love

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Columnist I went to a funeral yesterday for the wife of a fine friend. She was a dear friend, too, of course. Her family and my family had been friends, her father and my father close colleagues since before I was born. I am richly blessed to have been one of […]

The Alaska Plane Wreck

Our friend Jim Connelley raised high-powered performance Quarter Horses, but before that occupation he had another – Alaskan bush pilot. He was small, only about 5 feet 5 inches tall, so he fit those small planes just fine. He delivered fishermen, hikers, etc … to the back country and then picked them up after their […]

Mommy guilt, anyone?

By Anita Doberman I recently made plans to go see a movie with a friend and scheduled a babysitter to watch my five children for a couple of hours. When the time to leave came, I felt terrible because all the kids were crying and seemed so unhappy to see mommy leave.

Grady friend returns for graduation

From Freedom New Mexico correspondent Martha Hardwick:

Jan. 25 Solstice

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Name: Solstice, “Sully” for short About: Sully is 10-years-old. He was adopted from a friend. A Sun Conure, Sully could live to be 40-years-old. He loves sunflower seeds, crunch and munch and attention. Owner: Mary Bowlin

In tribute: Friend’s helping hands will be missed

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Friends and family agree — Rocky Horton would give you whatever help you needed, whether it was a hand, some money, or even a toilet. On Dec. 23, he gave his life. Horton, 44, died in an accident while doing plumbing for a friend in need in Farwell. Childhood […]

Pet of the day: Bella

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Name: Bella About: Bella was adopted from my friend Carole (God rest her soul) when she was a kitten back in 2005. Bella is a domestic black short hair with a sometimes bad attitude. She’s about 12 1/2 to 13 pounds. People ask me what I feed her — I tell them what ever she […]

Emergency causes neighborhood excitement

Jennifer Laurent I have learned I am terrible in an emergency. Well, at least one that involves me. Recently I realized we were more than halfway through my husband’s deployment and nothing all that terrible had happened. The lawnmower hadn’t broken, the sewer had not backed up and neither of our cats had fallen ill. […]

Faith, art walk hand in hand

By Clyde Davis: Columnist A book by Madeliene L’Engle, “Walking On Water,” given to me by a close friend almost a year ago, explores the relationship between art and religion, or more dynamically, between art and faith. Coincidentally, I was giving it a reread last week, seeking for some inspiration. It caused me to rethink […]

Headstrong children hard to control

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Last week I met a friend for lunch at a local restaurant. A few minutes after we were seated, a family of three, which included a 4 or 5 year old boy, was seated in the booth behind us. As my friend and I began filling each other in on our […]

War interrupts friendship

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The disappearance of Lily Kimura haunts Berna Jene Kreitzberg Sanders. Open up Sanders’ photo album. On page 13 is a photograph of Kimura in knee-high socks and a headband. Look in her home. Stowed away is an aging doll Kimura gave her some seven decades ago. “It’s beginning to […]

Clovis softball legend key in local development

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Guy Leeder, who for decades was synonymous with Clovis softball, died Monday night at 64. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the Marshall Junior High Auditorium. Leeder, a state softball hall of fame inductee, was called the cornerstone of the state’s Amateur Softball Association by its director, […]

In tribute: Businessman found strength in faith

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer In his 31 years, Marcus Grau built a successful business and had a short college basketball career. However, his proudest accomplishments weren’t the points he scored or the sales he made, but the wife and children he came home to every day. “His family always came first,” said Marty […]

Wife defends Macias at trial

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Defendant Robert Macias, left, reads the transcript of a phone call on Friday with defense attorney James Klipstine Jr., as the conversation is played in court at the Curry County Courthouse. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The wife of homicide defendant Robert Macias told jurors Friday her husband was […]

Reporter’s Notebook: ‘Bored’ resident creates social site

AN EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY student hatched a Web site for people who are bored in Clovis. Daniel Garcia, 28, fathered www.boredinclovis.com in 2006 when he was directed to create a useful Web site for a college class. Inspired by the popular Web networking site MySpace, www.boredinclovis.com has 183 members. Garcia said his experience in […]

All’s fair when fighting anonymity

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Anonymity’s a conditional thing, I’ve come to find. When I’m running errands and nobody tells how good my columns, photos and news stories aren’t, anonymity’s a good thing. On the flip side, anonymity is a bad thing when it comes from my best friend’s parents. What follows is a […]