Special Olympics money lost

By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer Chris Morgan said she is having a hard time forgiving herself. She’s already making more blankets to sell and maybe she’ll organize a yard sale. She’s determined her daughter and other area Special Olympics athletes won’t have to skip a beat. Saturday morning, Morgan said she got an oil […]

Hard work, effort make for successful soap box derby

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis High School Football center Juan Lopez said lifting the cars onto the 6-foot high ramp was similar to the workouts he does three times a week. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Now Brian Chambers and Earl Stewart know how the weight guesser at a carnival feels. The Clovis […]

Bahama Buck’s slated for early summer opening

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Ronnie Marez of Clovis, applies chalk on the bottom of a roof eave Monday at the Bahama Buck’s being built on Prince Street For additional informationm, see today’s business feature. By CNJ Staff Clovis residents Stephen Powell and Chris Foster are working hard to open a surf-themed shaved ice shop […]

Dairy hit hard by storm

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Mike Mitchell stands outside the rebuilt milk barn at Grande Vida Dairy on Saturday. After the 2007 tornado the block wall of the building was a pile of rubble. Mitchell rode out the storm just inside the door in the middle of the building. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico […]

Richardson: No more Mr. Nice Guy

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Think back to the great couples, their linked identities warming our hearts. So many come to mind. Elvis and Priscilla. Pebbles and Bam Bam. Sonny and Cher. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Ike and Tina Turner. Al and Tipper. John Smith and Pocahontas. Ken and Barbie. Bill and Hillary. Bill […]

Machinist preserves icon

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De Baca County News photo: Scot Stinnett Derrill Mitchell has parts ready for a new windmill to be erected near Las Vegas, N.M. The project was delayed by 12 inches of snow in the area. By Shaminder Dulai: The Associated Press FORT SUMNER — It’s hard to imagine the American frontier without a windmill poking […]

Giant upset

Reader reaction to New York’s 17-14 upset win over New England in Super Bowl XLII on Sunday night. • “All that I can say is it’s nice to be from NEW YORK. Fantastic.” – Steve Gershon • “Three boring quarters (if you like offense), but a frantic and fantastic last five minutes. Glad the ’72 […]

Living in ‘fatosphere’ has good, bad points

By Anita Doberman I recently stumbled upon an interesting article in the New York Times about something called the fatosphere. Yes, those who inhabit this corner of cyberspace insist on calling it the fatosphere, where fat is in, or at least not as out as it used to be. The people who frequent this space […]

“Fatosphere” has good, bad points

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist I recently stumbled upon an interesting article in the New York Times about something called the fatosphere. Yes, those who inhabit this corner of cyberspace insist on calling it the fatosphere, where fat is in, or at least not as out as it used to be. The people who frequent […]

‘Brokeback Mountain’ star Heath Ledger found dead

The Associated Press NEW YORK — On a day meant for celebration in Hollywood, Heath Ledger, one of film’s bright young stars, was found dead at age 28, his promising career extinguished just as it was reaching full expression. Hours after the Academy Award nominees were announced, pomp and circumstance gave way to the sad […]

Adoptive parents give back daughter

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist Hard to believe, but a Dutch couple returned their adopted Korean daughter after seven years. The parents had adopted the little girl from South Korea when she was 4 months old. Reports of how the situation unfolded were contradictory but it appears that the girl was given over to the […]

In Tribute: Family: Practical joker took God seriously

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Sterling Graham worked hard as a farmer, a hospital maintenance supervisor, and to never lose a practical joke battle. But Graham’s greatest work, his children said, was trying to be the best Christian, father and grandfather he could be. Graham died Oct. 9 at Parmer County Community Hospital in […]

Grace is amazingly hard — and amazingly wonderful

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Grace is hard. It is almost incomprehensibly wonderful. It seems almost too good to be true because it actually is almost too good to be true. It is amazing! But it is hard. Grace is hard because accepting it means nothing less than death to our pride. If the […]

Whole new world: Chinese immigrant joins Air Force

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Courtesy photo By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Airman 1st Class Yi Liu felt she had no hope for a future in China. Immigrating to America and enlisting in the Air Force changed her outlook. The 24-year-old will soon be promoted to senior airman. She is hoping to trade her job at the Cannon Air Force […]

STATE GOLDEN GLOVES: Defending champion impressive

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Clovis’ Kala Combs left, fights Albuquerque’s Sabrina Montoya in the 119-pound female division of the state Golden Gloves boxing tournament on Friday night at Roy Walker Community Center. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Just leave it to a defending state champ to illustrate one rule of boxing: It’s not how […]

Tornado tales: Clovis parent surprised by damage

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Cody Johnson figured the obvious — her mobile home probably wasn’t safe for her or for 6-year-old Kaitlyn during Friday’s tornado. They rushed to a friend’s house, and realized she wasn’t the only one in a hurry as visibility worsened. “It was raining so hard, and hailing so hard,” […]

Happiness requires hard work

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Apparently there is a secret being revealed to the world through a book, appropriately titled “The Secret.” In it, philosophers, Reiki masters, speakers and authors describe how they got all the great things they wanted, such as wealth, good health, great jobs and perfect relationships, by simply wishing for them. The […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats face tourney-hungry Hobbs

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s seed is probably not much in question for the start of next week’s Class 5A state tournament — the Lady Wildcats should easily be in the top eight and get a first-round home game. Hobbs, on the other hand, has a bit more to play for tonight, […]

Lady Buff energized

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Melrose junior post Toni Burdine, above, said she looks to her sister as not only a role model, but also as a driving force to succeed. She has helped Melrose to an 11-8 record this season. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) Melrose junior post Toni Burdine spends most of her time organizing her many after-school […]

Ligion prepares to rock Prince Lounge

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Clovis’ and Portales’ legion of hard rock fans have plenty to get excited about Saturday as the rock band Ligion appears at the Prince Lounge in Clovis. “Melodic hard modern rock is the way I would characterize these guys,” KICA-FM corporate program director and afternoon drive personality Jack Shaw said […]