New sports blog is live

Mike Higgins’ sports blog is live on our Freedom New Mexico sites today. He writes about high school, college and professional sports of local interest. You can find the feature under “Blogs” in the blue bar atop the Clovis News Journal home page or go to: Short Rutts • • • New Mexico lawmakers recently asked […]

New bloggers on the way

We’ll be adding two new bloggers to our Web site in the coming weeks. Mike Higgns has been one of the Golden Spread’s biggest sports fans the past five decades. His “Short Rutts” blog should be live any day now. Andy Kastelic, a theater major at Eastern New Mexico University, will be writing about his […]

Sunbeams shine where they are called

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist As a child I was involved in Sunbeams at church. Sunbeams was a mission organization for children. We sang about being a sunbeam for Jesus and bringing light into the world. When my family moved from Kansas City to New Mexico, one lady was saying goodbye to my parents and […]

Sunday alcohol sales to appear on ballot

Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers A local group’s petition will allow Clovis voters to decide in the March 4 municipal election if they want alcohol sales on Sundays in Clovis restaurants. While some city officials think Sunday alcohol sales would be good for the city, others say they will leave it to the voters to decide […]

Something to do on January 2

Now that Christmas is over, you can get rid of your live, ornament-and-tinsel-free Christmas tree by placing it next to your dumpster or taking it to the landfill located on East Brady. To notify public works that you have a tree that needs to be picked up call 769-2376.

Decision coming soon on ethanol plant permit

CNJ staff The state’s Environmental Improvement Board is scheduled to deliberate Monday the fate of an air quality permit for the Clovis Ethanol Plant. The New Mexico Environment Department approved the permit in May. Several community groups filed an appeal against the permit. They said the food company did not clearly state the location of […]

Clear boundaries not slavery but freedom

By Judy Brandon I must be very naïve. If most of the people live like the dysfunctional guests on daytime televisions talk shows, then I am really not in touch with how most of America thinks and lives. The strange is has become the norm on these shows. The live audiences on these various shows […]

Commissioners support firefighting facility

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners pledged support during Tuesday’s commission meeting for a facility where Clovis firefighters can train in live-fire exercises. Interim County Manager Lance Pyle said commissioners will vote in their next meeting whether to add the facility to a list of projects the county will asked to be […]

Don’t eat that meatball until …

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I don’t remember how old I was; I just remember that I was hungry. I was a boy. I was alive. So I was hungry. It was early — early, at least, for a Sunday morning. My mother had been doing some cooking, probably for a church dinner, when […]

Memorials don’t have to be about death

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Navajo author Luci Tapahonso wrote about a Native American family who was traveling on the deserted dirt road between Oak Springs, Ariz., and Shiprock many years ago. The family of three was traveling on horseback through this deserted area. On the way, the couple’s baby girl became sick. So far […]

Far-out philosophies often backfire

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Several years ago, I scanned a news story headline that read, “Woman considers poisonous snakes brothers.” This piqued my interest, so I read on. Apparently a woman was worried about the environment and especially concerned for venomous snakes and their survival. She felt that society was wrongly killing poisonous snakes, […]

Gore’s ‘Live Earth’ benefit concert hits flat note

By Freedom Newspapers We didn’t catch much of Al Gore’s “Live Earth” extravaganza last weekend. A Gilligan’s Island marathon was running on TV Land and we couldn’t tear ourselves away. But we weren’t surprised to read that it was a poorly received, and reviewed, dud. Some “cause concerts,” like some causes, are better than others. […]

Caring for the environment is imperative

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Recently, Earth Day was observed. Like so many days that call notice to some relationship of importance, the danger exists that we will simply stop action, worry about that focus for a day or two, then go back to life as normal. In this case, the ideal of ecology may preoccupy […]

In tribute: Family describes mom as Lucy, Harriet, Martha

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Jim Spencer described an “Ozzie and Harriet” lifestyle with Helen Spencer as his mother. Younger sister Lisa Spencer said Helen and her sister Hazel were like the “Lucy and Ethel” of the neighborhood and Helen was like Martha Stewart in the home. Regardless of the time frame or show […]

Letters to the Editor: Academy’s name should honor Gattis

Clovis’ new freshman academy will be called the Clovis High School Freshman Campus. The educator for whom this school was named in 1957 — W.D. “Doc Gattis” — has been somewhat slighted. Perhaps I feel this way because my sister and I attended Gattis during the late 1960s. I had a paper route and the […]

Dreams on display

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India Cooper of James Bickley Elementary School finished first in the Clovis Martin Luther King Jr. elementary school poster contest, sponsored by organizers of the city’s annual observance. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) The essays below were the winning entries in an essay contest sponsored by organizers of the 15th annual Clovis Community-Wide Observance of […]

Fountain of youth flowing with wine

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist A couple of months ago, the journal Nature published a study showing mice that ingested a substance found in red wine demonstrated remarkable longevity. There is, so far, no evidence that the substance, resveratrol, has a similar effect on humans. Nonetheless, there has been a rush on the product; health […]

Following one’s passion worth most any risk

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist Shocking news made headlines with the death of pilot Guy “Doc” Baldwin who crashed while performing in last week’s Tucumcari air show. It was sudden, sad and unexpected. Nor did anyone expect “alligator man” Steve Irwin, who spent years mingling with deadly beasts, to have a stingray thrust a barb into […]

Ex-CHS standout playing in California

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Saddleback High coach Jeoff Meek said he felt like he won the lottery when former Clovis Wildcat Rishard Matthews enrolled at the Santa Ana, Calif., school earlier this month. Matthews, who left the Wildcats in the second week of the season to live with his father, made his California […]

National Chicken Month is upon us

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist A little bird, quite aptly, told me that September is National Chicken Month. For New Mexico this is an extra-special thing since the land is enchanted with a few distinctive chickens of its own. The foremost to be honored is the glorious High Plains prairie chicken, for which an entire festival […]