Warning signs

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist My computer just gave me a warning. A box with a big red light popped up at the bottom of the screen: “Warning! User Resources Are Low!” A few clicks of the mouse and a quick re-boot of the machine, and I’m back in good shape. A few months […]

Spanish speaking skills lost in translation

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist There’s a joke I heard from some educator-types: What do you call a person who knows a few languages? Multilingual. How about someone who knows two languages? Bilingual. And someone who knows one language? American. For one reason or another, I’ve tried to learn foreign languages. My first experience with […]

amos: amos finds an harmonica

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. amos finds an harmonica boss i was strolling out behind the music store next to the church building the […]

Creativity evolves from past memories

By Clyde Davis The writing student with an exceptional talent for storytelling was talking with me about his fiction, a field to which I’d encouraged him to devote some time and energy. It became a discussion of style and approach when I told him there was a certain element in his writing that resembled the […]

Drama festival becomes recruiting tool

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A half-century ago, Eastern New Mexico University decided to create a drama festival as a way to educate high school students about the school. In its 50th year on the ENMU campus, the festival has had another effect —as a feeder system for theater education in New Mexico. […]

Clovis youths plan trip to see Legislature

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Natasha Beachum is interested in seeing how laws are made first hand. The Yucca Junior High eighth-grader will be one of about 90 Clovis students scheduled to leave at 4:30 a.m. today for a trip to the state capitol fourth African-American Day. “You can learn about it in books […]

Boy, Cub Scouts offer invitations

Officials with the El Llano Grande District of the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts are inviting Clovis, Portales and Cannon Air Force base first- through fifth-grade boys to join the organization, according to a news release from the local Boy Scouts organization. Scott Kilian, the senior district executive, said he is looking forward to two […]

Local personal histories needed

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist This article had its genesis in a conversation with my mother-in-law. I bought her a book, which was really a compilation of articles from the Santa Fe New Mexican, spanning the paper’s inception in the mid 1800s until the 1950s. This got her to thinking and talking about some of […]

Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist

Habla español? Yo no espeako espanish, but as for Spanglish – a mixture of Spanish and English – si, yo espeako most of that. After a lifetime of speaking broken Spanish, slang and Spanglish, I’m finally on the road to learning Spanish once and for all. There have been all kinds of excuses and blame […]

Virtual trip can help before actually traveling the miles

By Tom DiFrancesca III, columnist I was driving back to Clovis a few weeks ago, ending what had become a 3,000 mile trek across the country. Somehow (well, I needed gasoline for the Dodge), I ended up in Post, Texas. While filling up the truck’s fuel tank and while grabbing a bite to eat at […]

Who says Washington wasn’t our first president?

Tom DiFrancesca Re-writing history — that seems to be a popular endeavor as of late. I’m quite sure, that 10 years from now, the history books will tell our children and grandchildren what a great president Bill Clinton was, and how he had an unblemished presidency. Where am I going with this? If you jump […]

Surfing your way into Las Vegas is smart and easy

Tom Di Francesca Greetings from the floor of the Las Vegas (Nevada) Convention Center. I and my trusty sidekick “K” (short for Kyocera) — which is actually a combination cellular telephone and Palm Pilot — are here to attend COMDEX. COMDEX is an acronym for “computer dealer exposition” and the event takes place in November […]

On-line xeriscaping class to be offered

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Cactus is used as a means to landscape a front yard in Clovis. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez People who want to learn to xeriscape their lawns for themselves may want to head to the electronics store instead of the garden store. An on-line class at Eastern New Mexico University this fall will […]

Internet helps planning trips

By Tom DiFrancesca I hope that everyone had a “fantabulous” Memorial Day weekend. I hear that it was a wet one in eastern New Mexico. Miss Susie Q and I hopped into the “Country Cadillac” (pickup truck) and headed to the western side of the state to do some exploring, so, unfortunately, we missed out […]

Girls to have firsthand experience in politics

By Janet Bresenham Six Clovis High School girls will have a firsthand chance next week to learn more about their country and its government, as well as delve into the world of politics. On Sunday, the students — who will be seniors next year — will travel to Socorro for a week to participate in […]