Choice means running own life

You do have a choice, but it is not the choice you are usually presented with. The real choice is between being responsible for governing your life or allowing someone else to govern you. To put it more bluntly, the choice is between liberty and slavery. However, if you listen to anyone other than libertarians […]

Our people: Driven by music

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Courtesy photo J.T. Montoya began playing music at age 11 and played keyboard for a Tejano band at 16. J.T. Montoya lived in Clovis for 8 years until breaking out on his own in Phoenix to be a musician. His artist name is Keize which is a derivative of keys and seize. It originates from […]

Listen to your inner cricket

You know who you never hear about anymore? Jiminy Cricket. Not that I should be surprised. Pretty much every Disney character that exists has more exposure than Jiminy — I really haven’t seen the green moral compass since the 1988 film, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” Also, I’ve usually met somebody sharing a name with other […]

Our people: Hunger buster

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Nancy Taylor, executive director of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, enjoys watching and participating in horse riding events. Nancy Taylor has lived in Clovis since 1972. She was instrumental in starting the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico in 1983 and loves what she does because she helps people. Tell us how you […]

Believing in Father Christmas

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist This time of year has long meant pheasant hunting, an activity associated, for me, with the holiday season, regardless of whether or not any birds were brought home. Ironically and sadly, this year I will be unable to go. Thus we introduce the idea that the holidays are not usually […]

Music says much about personality

By Clyde Davis: Columnist During the summer between my second and third years of seminary, I was living in the single men’s dorm, remaining on campus, since one of the ways I kept the bills paid was to contract rough carpentry and painting work. Everyone, it seemed, was on the opposite end of the theological […]

Some thoughts on a four-word discovery

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist The best discoveries we make in life are not about anything new; we make them when we finally “see” something that has long been much at work but hitherto unexamined and taken for granted — sort of like gravity.   Unless we’re falling in the shower, gravity is the […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Wildcat stands tall despite size

By Greg Price CNJ sports writer Shortie. Short stuff. Little man. Name the short joke and Clovis senior cornerback and wide receiver Keaton Howell has heard them all. At 5-foot-4 and 155 pounds, Howell is the smallest player on state-playoff-bound Clovis Wildcats. However, what Howell lacks in size, he makes up for in brains, Clovis […]

Music best when it mirrors real life

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Think authentic. Think about that which is real, not fake or overdone and overly constructed, think real not fake. My readers know (and if you’re new to this column, you may as well find it out) that I am not a music critic of any training. I sing like a […]

Graduates could use words of wisdom

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist It’s hard to believe that 21 years ago it was me walking across the stage to receive my high school diploma from Portales High School. I was filled with ambition, dreams and a strong determination to be somebody. I had a specific plan of action and then, from there on, […]