Yes, tennis star Roger Federer is human

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Roger Federer, the most successful tennis player in the recorded history of the game and winner of his 15th Grand Slam championship on July 5 at Wimbledon, is — contrary to suspicions voiced by Roger Cohen of The New York Times, in a column titled “Roger Federer Unbuttoned” […]

Train museum features Clovis history

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist It has been a long time since I was in Phil Williams’ “Clovis Depot Model Train Museum.” The old Clovis Santa Fe Passenger Depot now houses Phil’s museum which has been restored. Phil’s museum, to be exact, is at 221 West First St. in Clovis, south of U.S. 60/80 on […]

My version of ‘When Harry Met Sally’

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist There was an important lesson to be learned from a recent movie night. If not learned, history will repeat itself … even if that history is complete fiction. Last week, I wrote about a movie experience and changed friends’ names to protect the innocent because I didn’t seek their permission […]

Ticket feature: Little Texas to help kickoff county centennial

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Courtesy photo Little Texas, a country band from Nashville, Tenn., will perform at the Curry County Centennial kick-off event Saturday at the Curry County Special Events Center. Freedom New Mexico Little Texas is coming to New Mexico to help Curry County celebrate 100 years of history. Saturday marks the start of public events for the […]

Curry County centennial celebration events start Saturday

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Members of the Curry County Centennial Committee met Monday at the Curry County Events Center to make final plans and to get an update on the April 18th activities. CNJ staff Curry County is set to kick off its commemoration of 100 years of history later this week, a start […]

State moving closer to repealing death penalty

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican New Mexico for centuries has been reluctant to execute criminals, even though the state has had some form of capital punishment law on its books for virtually all of its history since the Spanish colonial era. Even during the blazing days of the Wild West, judges routinely requested Territorial […]

Mexican drug cartel strong, growing force

Freedom New Mexico This week marks the anniversary of one of the saddest events in the history of our nation’s war on drugs. Twenty years ago, University of Texas pre-med student Mark Kilroy disappeared during a spring break jaunt into Matamoros; his remains and those of others were found a month later in a horrific […]

Education Feature: committee involves students in celebrating county history

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kacy Mares won first place and a $500 bond for her history of Curry County essay and drawing. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Centennial Committee is teaching the history of the county to its students through art and writing. The Centennial Committee hosted an art and […]

To some, Obama inauguration triumph

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer President-elect Barack Obama enters the history books today as the country’s first black president. To members of the black community in Clovis, Obama’s historic inauguration is a product of the struggles for civil rights. William Hall, who organizes the city’s Juneteenth celebration, said he views Obama’s inauguration as a […]

Despite tough times focus on blessings

Freedom New Mexico We gather today with family and friends at a difficult time in our history. The nation’s economy lags like it hasn’t since the 1930s. Thousands of Americans have lost their jobs, and many of those who are still employed worry that their positions also are in jeopardy. Then there are those families […]

Disclosing medical history vital to election

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Thesis tells story of Clovis’ history

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Pair of letters show Clovis history

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist This columnist, Don McAlavy, has two letters that Norvell G. Tate and W.H. “Bill” Duckworth wrote to each other in 1934. The first letter was from N.G. Tate of Albuquerque, June 25, 1934. “Mr. W. H. Duckworth, Clovis, New Mexico. Dear Sir; I am attempting a thesis for a master’s […]

Cowboy hat remains constant icon

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Luis Saena steams a cowboy hat so he can adjust the brim for a customer at Joe’s Boot Shop. Saena began cleaning and selling hats when he was 7-years-old. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer There are few items that signify the history of the Southwest or that carry the […]

Helms holds place in U.S. political history

Freedom New Mexico Some politicians are controversial without being important. The history books and newspaper pages are littered with the names of also-rans who managed to snag a few headlines by virtue of scandal rather than substance. You can’t say the same about Jesse Helms. Love him or hate him — and quite a few […]

Chuck Wagon Cook-Off serves up history

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ken Romine of Brownfield, Texas, pulls a chicken fried steak out of a pot of hot oil during Saturday’s Chuck Wagon Cook-Off. Romine said he’s been chuck wagon cooking for 15 years. Steve Woods, 60, of Denton, Texas, served a hearty cowboy dinner of chicken fried steak, beans, mashed potatoes, […]

County association holds first meeting in Portales

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Association of Counties is meeting in Portales today for the first time in its history. The group plans to discuss issues ranging from county budgets and wildfires, to CPR training for state employees and federal benefits for jail inmates. Representatives from all of the state’s 33 […]

Cinco de Mayo: American history as well

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ Columnist Welcome to Cinco de Mayo 101. For today’s history lesson — which will not include step-by-step instructions on how to make the ultimate taco; watch the Today show for that — we’ll learn actual history. Some of you may ask, “Why is Cinco de Mayo celebrated in the U.S.?” After […]

April 13, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Big Book of Quick Rotary Cutter Quilts produced by Oxmoor House will help make your quilting a faster, more rewarding experience with techniques and tools that ensure accurate cutting for perfect piecing. The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss recreates a bygone time and place […]

Smith staunch, active citizen of Clovis

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist I have very little history on C. Roy Smith of Clovis. His full name was Charles Roy Smith. For some reason, he is not in our history books, but he had a good keen sense of what to do with $5,600 in 1934. With two employees, without salary, but with […]