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, […]

Earning badges not just boy’s sport

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It took a scrolling headline this morning to let me know I’d accomplished nothing in my life. The headline was about James Calderwood, an 18-year-old resident of Chevy Chase, Md. Other than living in a town whose name peaked 15 years ago, Calderwood is famous for completing merit badge […]

Stealing not worth it — that’s the truth

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House and I were in Truth or Consequences the other weekend. One place we visited was a secondhand store. In places like this I look for old music and bicycle parts. She looks at everything. So I usually finish first. While she continued to search for […]

Iranians use epic film as political weapon

By Freedom Newspapers The movie “300” is making news all over the country, earning $70 million at the box office during its March 9 opening weekend, the biggest March movie opening ever. The movie depicts the ancient Battle of Thermopylae; it’s an epic tale of the little guy (King Leonidas and his army of 300 […]

Fill yourself with the best of media

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Religion Columnist The word “media” encompasses a wide variety of devices and systems these days. When my sister Susie and I were growing up, media meant radio, the newspaper, Reader’s Digest and especially television. Susie and I had our favorite TV shows, and one of them was “Gunsmoke.” As I remember, […]

Can Santa deliver White House view?

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Dear Santa, I have been a very good boy the last few years with the possible exception of letting it slip I maybe pitched a no-hitter in a World Series game. But, no kidding, my picture really was on a baseball card a long time ago. Do you get Fox […]

Walking in others’ shoes good exercise

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist This is for a reader who demands to know why I write about gay issues. His conclusion is that I must secretly be gay myself. Actually, he doesn’t express himself quite that civilly. To the contrary, his e-mails — which, until recently, were arriving at the rate of about one […]

Drinking in Corona certainly eventful

By Grant McGee: Local columnist One of our county extension agents is leaving. Les Owen and his young family are moving to Las Cruces. Les has been here for the past few years doing county extension things like working with 4-H kids and answering questions for me about rabbits and zucchini. Les’ big business, though, […]

Underdog not out of political running

By Ned Cantwell: Syndicated Columnist Here’s how I got it figured. Jim Madison, Alex Hamilton and the boys are sitting around the pub after a hard day of constitution writing, and they are trying to figure out the finer details on how this thing called the United States of America is going to work. And […]

Turtle’s life isn’t just day at the races

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist The other day I encountered a smooshed Southwestern box turtle on Kimberly Lane while tooling along on my bicycle. I paused for a minute to look at the little guy. No fuss, no muss, the turtle was just smooshed. “Well, I guess you won’t be in the turtle race,” I […]

Governor caught in teddy bear scandal

By Ned Cantwell: state columnist Let’s see, how do I start this thing? There’s something beary strange going on in Gov. Bill Richardson’s office. B-e-a-r-r-y strange! No, too cutesy. This column has called Bill Richardson a gruff old guy with a teddy bear heart. Could it be he collects the stuffed animals? Nope, a tad […]

Believe it, loitering is a skill

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Today, in our continuing series “What Makes Guys Tick,” we explore the question: How can husbands kill time in stores while their wives shop? This is a tough one, because in the first place, if a guy has the brains of zucchini, he will never accompany his wife on a […]

5/21 Engagements

Pond/Smith Stuart and Tresa Pond of Grady announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Taris Pond, of Clovis to Taylor Smith of Clovis. He is the son of Guy Smith of Colorado and Julie Abernathy of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 3 p.m. on June 3 at Kingswood Methodist Church, and […]

Clovis’ Baskett still in NFL draft limbo

CNJ staff writer Clovis High School graduate Hank Baskett will have to wait another day to learn his NFL fate. Baskett, an all-conference receiver at the University of New Mexico, was not selected in the first three rounds of the NFL draft. Rounds four through seven are today. Jim Ivler, Baskett’s agent, said of course […]

Drawing right calf can make all the difference in roping

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Joshua Garrett of Gugdell Farms of Logan said 222 calves will be used in this weekend’s event. (Staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Although it’s random, calf ropers know drawing the right calf can be the difference between a average run and a big payday. At Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping this […]

More money, fewer duties; sign me up

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Dear editors, Just a heads up here that I probably will be quitting the column. Let’s keep it just between us. If word leaks to the readers, I am going to be flooded with e-mails saying … “Promise?” Let me take this opportunity to apologize for having recently exposed the […]

Attorney Mitchell has unenviable job

I’d rather shovel muck at the Farmington race track. I’d rather be the guy who logs Gov. Bill’s flight miles, even though it has to be a backbreaking job. I’d rather be the doctor who says to the teenager, “Sorry, young lady, the test’s positive.” Just don’t make me be Gary Mitchell. In some circles, […]

Truth exposes fallibility of death penalty

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” — John 8:32 It’s too late for the truth to be of any help to Ruben Cantu. He was executed by the state of Texas 13 years ago after being convicted in a 1984 robbery and murder that […]

State should gamble future on better things

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Stay out of our bedrooms, you busybody feds. While you’re at it, stay out of our kitchens, and living rooms, and workplaces. Most of all, keep your grubby hands off our casinos. If we want a giant jackpot machine beckoning visitors as they cross into our state on I-25 or […]

Billboard slogans return

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist I opened a box of Pandoras a couple years ago when I wrote about those good old days of Burma Shave signs — you know, the little red billboards on every highway that kept us awake, clean shaved, and the children from being bored. (It didn’t take much to entertain […]