History of segregation repeating itself

By Helena Rodriguez: CNj staff writer I’m enjoying teaching a multicultural history class through the Upward Bound program at Eastern New Mexico University this summer. But it’s chilling that history seems to be repeating itself. My class is a six-week course for college-bound high school students, which focuses on Native American, African American and Mexican […]

Farewell flight

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Col. Scott West hands Lt. Col. Brad Kearney a bottle of champagne Thursday after Kearney completes one of the last two flights by the 523rd Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Like a well-choreographed dance, two F-16 jets soared side-by-side above Cannon Air Force […]

Parmer County celebrates centennial

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CNJ Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Stormi Lookingbill of Friona roasts corn at the 100 year celebration of Parmer County. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent There was no school Saturday, with the possible exception being on the grounds near the Parmer County Courthouse in Farwell. At the Parmer County centennial celebration, residents from each of the […]

Tornado claims second life

CNJ staff report The March 23 tornado that thrashed through Clovis has claimed another life. Walter “Snap” Cravy, 90, of Clovis died Thursday evening at Lubbock Covenant Hospital, according to his son, Thomas V. Cravy. Cravy said his father spent 20 days in the hospital before succumbing to the severe injuries he sustained in the […]

Meaning of Easter needs resurrection

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers And then he bowed his head and died. John 19:30 sounds like a great ending to a dramatic story, but for billions of Christians worldwide, it marks a new beginning. The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two. The earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were open and the […]

History comes to life

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Speaker Van Ann Moore brought to life Carrie Wooster Tingley and Katherine Kennedy O’Conner to the delight of the audience during the seventh annual Women’s History Brunch and Exhibit on Friday at the Portales Public Library. Moore described the contributions and accomplishments of Tingley and O’Conner during the 1920s and […]

Gonzales’ exit long overdue

By Freedom Newspapers Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should save President Bush the trouble of asking for it — a procedure that obviously pains the president when it come to loyal aides — and submit his resignation immediately. Gonzales may well be a decent person with a compelling personal history. And the position of attorney general […]

History could be slipping away

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Like the history its members work to preserve, the High Plains Historical Foundation could soon be a thing of the past. Harold Kilmer, president of the foundation since the 1980s, said the history group’s members are growing old, and without new blood the foundation could soon be nonexistent. “The […]

Book recounts area’s basketball lore

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Chaparral middle school teacher Bill Stockton remembers his grandfather, Bill, telling him stories about his time on the Forrest High School varsity basketball team in the early 1930s. Clovis boys basketball coach J.D. Isler recollects his father, Jerry, reciting tales of his days on Wheatland High School’s team in […]

No matter who says it, n-word stings

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist The N-word has had few friends better than comedian Paul Mooney. Put aside that the word was long a staple of his act. Put aside the promotional pamphlet he once sent out that screamed the word in big, fat type. Consider instead what he told anyone who argued that blacks […]

Readers make columnist’s job easy

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Comes now the argument that just might shape the dimensions of the cockfighting debate this coming statehouse session once legislative leaders hunker down and Gov. Bill Richardson throws his considerable weight in whichever direction he intends to throw it. From Cotton City, which Google places near Animas, a grandma gamer […]

Local legend leaves lasting impression

Editorial “Once I owned a few cattle myself, all descendants of a spotted heifer named Easter. One dry spring, they all died from grazing on shinnery brush except one dogied yearling steer. He unwisely stood by a barbed-wire fence when a thunderstorm broke the drought, and died of lightning. It was such misfortune that kindled […]

For Clovis’ cutest couple, it was love at first sight

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Bob Vivian, back in 1978, gave me a 1924 Clovis High School “All-Band” photo. What appeals to those who see it in the Curry County History book, page 77, at the Clovis library, is Selecta Cumpton, the band’s mascot, whom everyone called Midget. As a child she was so small […]

November 4 popular day for birthdays

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist What do Walter Cronkite, Will Rogers, Laura Bush, Matthew McConaughey, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Doris Roberts, Ralph Macchio and yours truly have in common? We were all born on Nov. 4. Granted we weren’t all born in the same year, we were born on the same day, and during the […]

ENMU to induct eight into Hall of Honors

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University is planning to add eight inductees to the school’s Athletic Hall of Honors during halftime ceremonies of tonight’s homecoming football game against Abilene Christian at Blackwater Draw. They include Monte Best (rodeo 1975-79), Gary Diehm (student athletic trainer 1981-85), Katheryne Hickman (women’s basketball 1997-2001), Charles Howard Gant (football and […]

Day Trip: Fort Stanton offers historical getaway

Freedom Newspapers Fort Stanton, near Ruidoso, has had a varied and long history, but according to those working to preserve it, the former cavalry post remains in remarkably good condition. Located in the shadow of the Sierra Blanca mountains, Fort Stanton was established on May 4, 1855. It was named for Capt. Henry W. Stanton, […]

Professor: 9/11 changed U.S. sense of vulnerability

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Five years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the event Americans call 9/11 is still affecting people’s lives. According to local historians, the event is probably still in search of its place and perspective in history. “It really made us aware that we are […]

Holly-lujah

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Sonny West will be playing at the Clovis Musical Festival. West wrote the Buddy Holly’s classic hit songs “Oh Boy” and “Rave On.” File photo By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The spirit of rock ‘n’ roll will be resurrected at the upcoming Clovis Music Festival. Artists slated to appear at the event which starts […]

Creative thinking must be protected

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist Huey Long, the fabled Louisiana populist governor and senator, had no special reverence for intellectuals and generally did his best to sound like an unlettered hayseed. But during his time in power, he poured money into Louisiana State University. His inspiration came from 18th-century Prussian ruler Frederick the Great, whom […]

Get your head around hat history

By Ryn Gargulinski: local columnist The other day I was throttled back to the New Mexico plains when I glimpsed a tan man in a cowboy hat. Granted, this guy’s hat was straw and had a surfer dude sticker on it, and he was peering out of an SUV with a pile of wetsuits in […]