Prep news & notes

Dave Wagner FORMER CLOVIS AND Muleshoe assistant coach Eddie Kilmer knew he wasn’t exactly walking into a football cathedral when he took the head coaching job this season at Slaton, Texas. After all, the Tigers were on a 31-game losing streak, beginning with a playoff loss in 1999 and continuing through consecutive 0-10 marks the […]

Advocacy center driven by truth

By Eric Butler Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of United Way agency profiles scheduled for publication each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through Nov. 21. The Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center in Clovis is an organization driven by the needs of more than one arm of law enforcement to interview the same child. […]

Clovis not spooked by Halloween fun

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about Halloween. Some responses: “Halloween, as in any activity, can be fun or evil. I believe this age-long tradition should be a fun time for children. We as adults should find ways to pass along the fun times for our children. There is enough evil […]

Local churches offer holiday events

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Many area churches, including Parkland Baptist Church, shown here with items ready for games, are offering alternatives to trick-or-treating for children on Halloween. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina While many area children will be walking around next week to collect trick-or-treat candy, there are alternatives. One of the largest and longest-running […]

Halloween is all about fun, not evil

Clyde Davis Once upon a place and time, there was a magical, charming, innocent world. The autumn days would follow frosty nights, moving from jacket to shirtsleeves to jacket again, and the buckeyes and acorns would leap from the trees into the waiting paws of squirrels or little boys who threw them at unwary targets. […]

The rules on the bus…

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Clovis school district buses line up to wait for students Wednesday afternoon to depart Clovis High School. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell Transportation officials for Clovis schools and Adair Inc. will observe “School Bus Safety Week” from Sunday through Oct. 25. Gov. Richardson encouraged citizens “to exercise courtesy and caution concerning school […]

Perish the thought of prayer in schools

Ned Cantwell Wanda and Joe are in a stew as they brood over morning coffee in their modest Las Cruces home. Worry lines crease their faces. “So, what do you think? Shall we let him go to school this morning,” Wanda wonders? “Him” is son Bobby, a sophomore at Las Cruces High. “I’m at wit’s […]

Tales of 91 years in Clovis as a family

Don McAlvy Fred J. and Lou Ella McCarty were the start of a dynasty in Clovis. Fred was a railroader for the Santa Fe in Kansas. He carried a pistol at work there. He was sent to Clovis in 1912 to straighten the railroad out. That’s what his kids thought. (He was actually the bonus […]

Teaching kids good vs. evil wherever I can

Editor’s note: Victor Leal, 41, is mayor of Muleshoe and owner/operator of Leal’s Mexican Restaurant. His diary began Monday and will be published through Friday. What glorious weather we had to celebrate a day of rest. Thoughts of leisure swirled through my mind as I finished my first cup of coffee in the coolness of […]

Mules look to rebound from opening loss

By Dave Wagner MULESHOE — The Muleshoe Mules didn’t get off to the kind of start they’d hoped for Friday night. The smaller, quicker Mules held a bigger Seminole team in relative check most of the way, but couldn’t break through on any of their own handful of scoring opportunities in absorbing a 7-0 homefield […]

Eastern hangs playoff hopes on defense

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson/Corey White applies a stiffarm to Kwame Darko on a punt return during Saturday’s Eastern New Mexico University football scrimmage. Dave Wagner PORTALES — If the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds are to end a 20-year playoff drought, they will rely heavily on a veteran defense and an offense that has some […]

Firefighters fill the boot

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A driver stops to give a donation to Clovis firefighter Clay Wilhoit for the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association “Fill the Boot” campaign Sunday afternoon at the intersection of First and Prince streets. Photo by Janet Bresenham. By Janet Bresenham Every year near Labor Day, firefighters in Clovis and across the nation take to the streets […]

Education focus should be coping, not hiding

By Leonard Pitts New York City school administrators begin filtering back to work next week. Students will return next month. And Harvey Milk High will become reality. That’s Harvey Milk as in the openly gay San Francisco politician who was famously murdered in 1978. Milk High, you see, is the nation’s first public school for […]

First day always includes hiccups

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Sarah Turk (left) and Stephanie Geraldsen, eighth-graders at Gattis Junior High School, laugh with Principal Manuel Molina over lunch on their first day of school. Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina. By Darrell Todd Maurina Editor’s note: Monday was the first day of school for Clovis public school students. CNJ staff writer Darrell Todd Maurina spent […]

Counselor hopes to start gang intervention program

Clovis will soon have a new program designed to combat gangs, according to a psychotherapist who already works with the Pathway House in Clovis. Known as “New Mexico New Start,” the organization will be run by Julian Gomez, who came to Clovis on Aug. 8 to introduce a former gang member from Los Angeles who […]

St. Vrain teen wins Sweepstakes

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Justin Lockmiller, 15, a Curry County resident, talks about winning the Curry County 4-H project entries sweepstakes Thursday in the Home Arts building at the fairgrounds. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Eric Butler Have a large amount of wall space that needs covered? Perhaps a core group of 4-H kids can help you out. After […]

Doing their fair share

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Police Explorer LaToya Wright reports to Clovis police officer Lizzie Larsen on the safe return of a lost young girl to her parents during the Curry County Fair on Monday night. Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina. By Gary Mitchell The call came Monday night to the Police Explorers/Clovis Police Department Tag-A-Tot booth at the Curry […]

Fair mixes fitness, fun

By Darrell Todd Maurina Getting stuck in the arm by a nurse wielding a sharp needle wasn’t K’Lynn Ferguson’s idea of fun, but her mother Sabrina said she was glad Wednesday’s health fair combined fun with important medical services. Ferguson was among the dozens and dozens of Clovis children and teenagers who showed up at […]

School uniforms could solve problems

By Ned Cantwell Scott Peterson will be named Husband of the Year before New Mexico schools adopt student uniforms. Threatening New Mexicans with school uniforms is like telling a Ku Klux Klansman he has to wear a blue sheet. You might as well tell the president of the local NRA chapter he has to get […]

Effects in ‘Spy Kids’ will have you hooked

By Stacy Allen Show: Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Stars: Daryl Sabara, Sylvester Stallone, Ricardo Montalban, Alexa Vega Summary: Juni Cortez rejoins as an agent in order to save his sister from an evil Toy master. Showtimes: 1, 3:05, 5:15, 7:30, 10 Spy Kids 3-D is the third installment of Spy Kids. This movie is […]