April 14, 1951

Coach Rock Staubus was near death at Clovis Memorial Hospital following a heart attack and stroke. He died a week later at age 51. … Eugene Field school awarded athletic letters to 28 boys in grades four through six. … Joe Borrego, Willard Ehrhardt and Pat Randall, all Chicago Cubs farm hands, were getting ready […]

Mexican weddings loaded with tradition

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers There’s nothing like a wedding dance to remind your family what a bad dancer you are. But when I was with familia at my sister Becky’s recent wedding, I was like, “What the heck?” I just had to dance “La Marcha,” which no Mexican wedding would be complete without. Then […]

Mother nose best

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist My 3-year-old, Eva, is a funny child. She likes to make people laugh and imitate cartoon characters. She is fairly calm and isn’t the one getting hurt jumping off the couch like her 4-year-old sister, or eating marbles like her 14-month-old bother. Perhaps this is why I overlooked certain clues […]

Warrants sought in alleged school assault

CNJ Staff Police are seeking arrest warrants for two junior high male students after a female junior high student reported being assaulted by them, according to a police report. A female student told Gattis Junior High School Assistant Principal Tamara Callahan she was leaving school on Oct. 30 when two boys approached her and began […]

Donations to racist universities must stop

By Walter E. Williams: Columnist There are some ideas so ludicrous and mischievous that only an academic would take them seriously. One of them is diversity. Think about it. Are you for or against diversity? When’s the last time you said to yourself, “I’d better have a little more diversity in my life?” What would […]

Livestock sale fair tradition

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Ring men Wayne Kinman of Elida, front, and Johnny Ogden of Floyd work the livestock auction crowd Friday at the Curry County Fair. (Staff photo: Andy deLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The contours of smooth-soled cowboy boots and treaded sneakers decorate the dirt. A man in a peach Oxford shirt dances across the […]

Hands-on approach fits local workers

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleLuis Saenz, 17, of Muleshoe steams a hat Friday to help in the cleaning and shaping process at Joe’s Boot Shop in Clovis. Luis learned everything he knows about hat creasing through hands-on experience at the store. Freedom Newspapers Editor’s Note: The following is a series of profiles of people in […]

‘Someday’ comes in form of dream car

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist The car glides to a stop in front of the hotel. Light splashes off gleaming black metal as the valet gets out. He hands the keys to my wife. Marilyn says, “These aren’t my keys.” The valet says, “Yes, they are.” Marilyn says, a little more forcefully, “These aren’t my […]

High school dancing rite of manhood

By Bob Huber: Local columnist When I started high school, no one warned me that students danced cheek to cheek every day during lunch hour in the gymnasium. Had I known, I would have stayed in the eighth grade until Mr. Roosevelt drafted me or Social Security kicked in, whichever came first. What happened was, […]

If a stranger calls, let it ring

Janet Taylor-Birkey New DoD policy prohibits using cell phones while on the road Effective Monday, vehicle operators on Cannon will not use cell phones unless the vehicle is safely parked or they are using a hands-free device, according to an updated Department of Defense Joint Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervision Regulation. The regulation further says that […]

Dishwashing soothing — except for pans

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I’m waiting a week to reveal my New Year’s resolutions for two reasons: • I need to make sure they don’t fall apart by next week. • There’s a more pressing matter: dirty dishes. Dirty dishes are a critical issue. In fact, there’s probably some dirty dishes sitting in your […]

Passing combo leads Mayfield into title game

By James Staley: Las Cruces Sun-News LAS CRUCES — Ah, the familiar sights of Mayfield football. During a recent practice Trojan coach Jim Bradley growled at his kicker as David Bustillos and Chris Hernandez perfected the chemistry that has made them arguably the deadliest quarterback-wide receiver duo in the state and helped boost Mayfield to […]

First Thanksgiving rooted in act of giving

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist ‘M y hands are small, I know,but they’re not yours, they are my own but they’re not yours, they are my own and I am never broken.” — Jewel.  Well, my hands aren’t really very small. They are — hey, one of the coolest things that happened to me in junior […]

Reporter’s notebook: Storyteller visits James Bickley Elementary School

The storyteller gestured wildly with his hands, his voice undulating high and low, his face like putty, able to morph into a variety of characters. As his ghost story unfolded, more than 30 students sat cross-legged around him, slack-jawed and wide-eyed. “You have to experience the story yourself before it can become real for your […]

Cell phone bans impossible gesture

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist When it comes to cell phones in cars, there are two kinds of people: those who make calls behind the wheel and those who hate them. The latter group includes not only me but a large majority of the Chicago City Council, which recently banned motorists from talking on hand-held […]

Independence, equality important values

By Judy Brandon On this Independence Day weekend, it is good to think again about freedom. What is a deposit in freedom? A student told me about his mother while we were standing in the parking lot one day discussing a class assignment. That inquiry led to a conversation on the essence of freedom and […]

Pioneer Days gets a twist

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Children scramble to find their boots during the 29th annual Little Bucaroo Rodeo/Clovis Pioneer Day’s 5-and-under boot race in June 2004 at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Most of Clovis has seen a rodeo — specifically the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, […]

Comics page undergoing some changes

By David Stevens: CNJ Editor Our newspaper’s black-and-white comics (Page 3C today) have a new look. After months of thinking about it, asking readers’ opinions and drawing our own conclusions, and finally, negotiating prices with syndicates, we’ve added five new comics and eliminated three. We made space for the new features by moving the daily […]

A safe, warm and cost-effective winter is all about preperation

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Jake Cavanaugh, 3, plays in the freshly fallen snow in Truckee, Calif., Oct. 26. The Sierra Nevada city got about a foot of the white stuff in the latest storm. By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Before cars, heaters and grocery stores, fall was a season dedicated to preparing for winter, but modern conveniences haven’t […]

Human Existence is resilient, stubborn

By Leonard Pitts, Jr. Wherever we go, a parade follows. It strings out behind us, a march of gangly 10-year-old boys, dusty toddlers clad only in panties, shy girls with watchful eyes, all laughing and reaching and chattering at once. Makes it harder for us to work, for photographer Sarah Glover to frame her pictures, […]