Cowboys loyalty part of childhood

Since I grew up in legendary Cowboys quarterback “Dandy” Don Meredith’s hometown of Mt. Vernon, Texas, and hauled hay for his parents, it is illegal for me not to be a Cowboys fan. As a youngster, I rode 100 miles to a Dallas-Green Bay pre-season game at the Cotton Bowl with my father and his […]

On the shelves — Sept. 18

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library Heroes For My Son by Brad Meltzer was given by Jane and Pat Miner in memory of Paul Huerta. To offer positive role models for his son, a father compiles the stories of fifty-two heroes, tells the behind-the-scenes stories of the moment that made them great, […]

Commissaries to be consolidated

In these tight budget times, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has learned it must cut current spending to fund new initiatives for veterans. For example, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., committee chairman, would pay for her Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 by extending by three years, to 2014, a higher fee on veterans who reuse their […]

Thursday morning briefing: Remembering heroes and hot bikes

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Remembering heroes At Saturday’s game against Midwestern State, the Eastern New Mexico University athletic department will take a moment for players, coaches, administrators and spectators to remember servicemen and their families who were victims of Sept. 11, 2001. Rockin’ bikes Get your motor running […]

Real heroes have gone unnoticed

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist This is a test. Have you heard of Elvis Presley? How about Oprah Winfrey? Or Johnny Carson? Yes, of course we all know about those people. Here’s the rest of the test: Ever heard of Sir Alexander Fleming? How about Dr. Allan L. Drash. No? We have Fleming to thank […]

‘First order’ friend wonderful blessing

My brother-in-law once told me a story about two lost Texans. I like stories where Texans are heroes. This is not one of those. A veteran teacher, Randal also works for the Forest Service in New Mexico—which is why he was one of the folks who got the call and ended up spending more than […]

Armstrong last of heroes with integrity

Freedom New Mexico As heroes go, Neil Armstrong found himself in a spotlight like no other. A worldwide audience of 600 million watched their televisions 40 years ago Monday as he stepped from the lunar module Eagle and onto the moon’s surface. They hung on every word as Armstrong uttered his long-anticipated pronouncement, “That’s one […]

Comic strips paved path for heroes

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series. The first part ran in the Jan. 25 Clovis News Journal. The forerunner of the comic book was of course comic strips. Comic strips have been around as early as 1896. The first “comic book” was a collection of comic […]

Strong women can be found in Bible

This past week I was reading about some women heroes — women who had done undeliverable things against all odds. Their stories ranged form climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to starting a foundation for special needs children to feeding the homeless in a huge tent fashioned from many old tents. The will and determination of these women […]

Silver screen offers plenty of heroes

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist “Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this son of York.” So begins the Shakespearean play, Richard III, as the misanthropic and misshapen title character vents his ambiguous response to his brother’s attainment of the throne. Anybody who has been exposed to this drama knows that […]

Americans emulate cowboy heroes

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist Our fondness for cowboy heroes is typically American. “We may be the loneliest people on earth, and it’s no accident that the cowboy who rides alone should be the symbol of the American,” said Anthony Padovano, author of a number of books and a faculty member at Fordham University. Padovano […]

Student profile: Maher

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Megan Maher is a Clovis High School senior. She is the daughter of Robert and Angela Maher. Tell us about your pets: I absolutely adore my two cats. Gizmo joined our family a few years ago when we got her from a friend, and Gadget, my black cat, was […]

Jan. 31, 1978

Clovis awoke to 4 inches of snow, forcing traffic to a crawl. … Henry Winkler and Sally Field were starring in “Heroes” at the Hilltop Twin. … Dennis the Menace complained that “anybody old enough to be cold is old enough to have an electric blanket.” … Woolworth was selling packages of 60-minute cassette tapes […]

Volunteers deserve recognition for all they do

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist The unsung heroes are numerous. They are not always the ones who commit heroic deeds, who rise to the crisis. The heroes on whom we focus this column are heroes who live, ongoing, in a way that will impact children. They include the science professor who volunteers as Scoutmaster with […]

Bogus medals reprehensible, but not criminal

Freedom Newspapers Perhaps more than a winner, Americans love a hero. Heroes embody qualities we believe represent the best of the American spirit, including the resolve to see something through to the end, battling against fearsome odds and a never-say-die attitude. Our ancestors displayed these qualities as they forged a new nation out of the […]

Where have all the heroes gone?

Clyde Davis Baseball players on steroids. Basketball players going into the stands to beat up fans half their size and twice their age. Rock musicians who think they are entitled to break not only rules, but laws, and then whine when they get caught. Actors who speak on subjects they have no knowledge of, and […]

Cancer ride full of true heroes

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist Baseball players on steroids. Basketball players going into the stands to beat up fans half their size and twice their age. Rock musicians who think they are entitled to break not only rules, but laws, and then whine when they get caught. Actors who speak on subjects they have no […]

Officer wants to honor Death March veterans

Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Local committee considering memorial. Chief Petty Officer Richard Robertson’s heroes wear camouflage to work. They tote guns, drive tanks and fly planes during wartime. They defend America. But the Clovis native and Vietnam War veteran doesn’t feel the men and women of the armed forces are honored enough for what […]

Portales native honored by Cannon airmen

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Dewey Langston displays a war tunic he recovered during a World War II battle Monday at the Cannon Air Force Base chapel. Langston was added to the Wall of Heroes at the base’s Airman Leadership School. Freedom Newspapers photo by Kevin Wilson. By Kevin Wilson CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Dewey Langston never considered himself […]

Bike ride honors cancer survivors

By Clyde Davis I am looking forward to the Ride for the Roses, our long distance bicycling effort in mid-October. This is a cancer fundraising event, whereby the riders take pledges for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, an organization dedicated to cancer causes, survivor issues, and people living through and beyond cancer. Self-evident from the name, […]