Musical legacy left behind

Music has lots of ways of connecting people, sometimes when we least suspect it. After writing a newspaper column for close to 25 years I’ve learned not to fight it when a good topic comes along. Sometimes they don’t come seeking my muse at all, the good Lord and my editor know only too well. […]

Less incentives for troops this year

The fiscal 2012 defense budget taking shape in Congress could have the fewest significant initiatives for military personnel, retirees and their families in a generation. Blame the ballooning debt crisis, which has left Republicans and Democrats alike looking for ways to curb federal spending, including for defense. And credit a long list of pay and […]

Legislative session ends with some gains, some setbacks

Kevin Wilson New Mexico legislators left Santa Fe this weekend, and they are assuming they’ll be gone until September. “But we never know,” said Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs. The 60-day session closed Saturday, with some legislators touting local gains and bemoaning statewide disappointments. Legislators did send a $5.4 billion budget with more than $150 million […]

Police blotter — March 20

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 10 p.m. March 12 an officer responded to a restaurant in the 3000 block of North Prince Street for a theft of services report. A manager said a group of five men had eaten, ordering more than $180 in food and […]

Cowboys aren’t afraid of honesty

My father left his parents’ Texas home at age 14 with thirty-six cents in his pocket. He became a cowboy, one of the best in the business, and he never moved back in with his parents and eight siblings. Actually, he never went back for a visit, either, until he was 32 years old. My […]

Police determine speed, inattention factors in wreck

Freedom New Mexico Excessive speed and driver inattention caused a wreck that left 19-year-old Micheal Galvan of Portales dead Monday, State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said. Police would turn their reports over to the District Attorney’s Office for review and a decision on possible charges, he said. Glascock identified the female passenger injured in the […]

Water utility officials hoping for leftover federal money

Argen Duncan The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority representatives hope to get federal money left over from other projects at the end of the year since the Ute pipeline project wasn’t included in the president’s proposed budget. The utility authority met Thursday morning at Clovis City Hall. Regarding federal money, pipeline project manager Scott […]

Curry inmate charged in attack

CNJ staff A 32-year-old Curry County inmate has been charged in connection with an attack Tuesday that left another inmate with a broken nose. Norman Bonner was arrested for aggravated battery and intimidation of a state’s witness, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said Daniel Spurlin told investigators Bonner kicked and punched him in the […]

‘Nedward’ giving it another shot

Newspapers across New Mexico reported the outgoing governor left a letter on her desk for the incoming governor. It’s a tradition. They all do it. Only here will you get the real scoop. Susana wrote back. Your humble columnist has the only known copy of that letter. William, I hope you don’t mind my dispensing […]

Holiday time for charity

Clyde Davis Before really getting into this column, I need to make a disclaimer. Either by typographical or some other error, I left readers of this column last week with the impression that my Facebook Veterans’ Day posting was not favorably received. The line should have read “many comments were positive.” Okay. Wonderful things to […]

Birthdays — Nov. 7

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Chavez [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Happy first birthday to Karlie Renae Chavez from your mommy, daddy and brothers. We love you, Baby Girl. Karlie was born Nov. 6, 2009, and is the daughter of Elias Chavez and Nicole Castillo. She has three brothers, Joshua, Christopher and Andrew.

Think of lefties with consideration

I remember one afternoon in kindergarten when my teacher tested each student to determine whether we were right- or left-handed. I wanted badly to test right-handed because I thought it sounded cooler, but the results told me what I probably should have already figured out in penmanship class: I was a terminal lefty. This may […]

Family suspects dogs responsible for goat deaths

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Beatrice Gutierrez looks at her lone surviving goat Tuesday afternoon. Gutierrez said her family doesn’t know what killed the other five goats Saturday night. Sharna Johnson Shocked to find five goats dead in their pens Sunday morning with only one survivor left behind, Beatrice Gutierrez speculates the culprits were stray […]

Kid’s pardon better left by wayside

Karl Terry Some want to see Billy the Kid exonerated of his crimes and riding the trail as a hero. Some, like Billy the Governor Richardson, might want to steal a little of his fame not unlike the Kid used to rustle cattle on the High Plains. I’ve kept silent for the last few months […]

Day trip: Roswell theatre offers variety of performances

Place: Roswell Community Little Theatre Location: 1101 N. Virginia St. Roswell, is about an hour-and-a-half from base. Drive on U.S. 70 from Clovis, go through Portales, Elida, and Kenna. Take exit 1A to U.S. 285 and go south. Stay on U.S. 285 South and turn left at the Wendy’s restaurant. What is it? The Roswell […]

Embryos best left to owners’ discretion

Freedom Newspapers A federal judge on Monday put a halt on President Barack Obama’s 2009 announcement that research could begin on new stem cells. At this stage in the debate, the ruling was the right thing to do. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that a lawsuit challenging Obama’s decision can proceed, and its implementation […]

Weddings — Aug. 15

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Miller [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Andrea E. Roman and Michael J. B. Miller of Albuquerque were married July 24, 2010, in Albuquerque. The bride is the daughter of Michael and Jacqueline Roman of Osteva, Mich. The groom is the son of Stacy J. Miller, Jr. and Vicki Miller of Clovis. Bridesmaids were Valerie Meissner and […]

School menus — Aug. 15

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Breakfast pizza. Lunch — Hamburger on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and pickle, baked French fries, chilled fruit. Tuesday: Breakfast — Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch — Beefy cheesy nachos,Sunshine corn, applesauce. Wednesday: Breakfast — Strawberry/banana French toast. B Mac and franks, Grand green beans, chilled peaches, chocolate cake. […]

Honor rolls — Aug. 8

The following honor rolls were inadvertently left out of Freedom New Mexico’s most recent special edition:

Reader-submitted content: WWII soldiers return home to bury comrade

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Courtesy photo From left, George Gushwa, Jim Robinson, Johnny Morgan, Oliver Fenton, RE Self, Carol McClusty, J.W. Capps, George Barton (kneeling). By Johnny Morgan On March 11, 1941, 26 young men from Roosevelt County left Portales to be drafted into the U.S. Army in Santa Fe. We walked from our hotel to the armory for […]