Every season should bring out thankful heart

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. Christmas comes next and then Easter — which is the order of my favorite seasons. I suppose fall and all its colors of the changing season reminds me of life’s changes. We are not in one season for all the times of our […]

W Carpenter, I Butler

Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Willard Carpenter Date of birth: Sept. 11, 1924 Dates of service: 1944 to 1946 Hometown: House Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of service: Italy Branch: Army Rank: Corporal Unit: 10th Mountain Division, 85th Infantry Regiment. In his words: Spring thaw had begun and it was then the push began. […]

Aiding children not means to end

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist At times I watch BBC World News because it covers more international issues than even CNN. So the other night I was watching and there was a report on the AIDS epidemic in Africa. The report gave some harrowing information as well as quotations from people trying to raise funds […]

James “Bud” Shipley, Eugene “Tooter” Fish

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. James “Bud” Shipley Date of birth: Sept. 4, 1924 Dates of service: 1944 to 1946 Hometown: Clovis Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of […]

Evacuation picks up speed, with growing cooperation

Knight Ridder Newspapers NEW ORLEANS — Block after block, door by door, eye to eye, police officers and soldiers edged closer Thursday to extracting the last holdouts from this dying city. Authorities did not wield brute strength — yet — but they employed considerable powers of persuasion. “The soldier talked to me, and I’m sick, […]

‘Vets’ appreciate local rodeos

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Quinton Ellis hangs on during the 9-12 year old steer riding competition Thursday at the High Plains Junior Rodeo. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Kids like Dana Lewis and Jared Eshleman, both of Clovis, are getting to the age where they can now appreciate rodeos that take place near their […]

Clovis native helps woman in distress

By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Duke Younger boarded Southwest Airlines flight 533 on June 6 in Dallas on his way to Albuquerque for business. Little did he know just outside of Lubbock, he would aid in perhaps saving the life of a female passenger, whose name he never caught. Younger, a former Clovis resident […]

Here’s a Great Measuring Stick for Character

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ religion columnist I wasn’t looking for anything particularly profound the other day, just enjoying a good book, a great story, and a quiet meal when I stumbled across a little nugget of wisdom that surprised me. Sometimes that which is truly profound and wise reaches out and grabs us unexpectedly. Well, […]

Mexican reporters’ bravery deserves recognition

Freedom Newspapers The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights clearly states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a […]

A man named Jesus

Clyde Davis T he vast majority of Christians, and even some non-Christians, maintain that slightly less than 2000 years ago a man by the name of Jesus — a Jewish itinerant rabbi — confirmed his own claims to be God’s unique Son by being raised from death. This being said then, what does resurrection mean […]

Schiavo case being hijacked for political gain

Freedom Newspapers Congressional grandstanding sank to an all-time low over the weekend as the House convened in an emergency session — not about the threats facing our troops in Iraq, not over concern about the eventual collapse of our Social Security and Medicare systems, but to intervene in a husband’s decision to carry out his […]

Christmas spirit resonates here and around world

CNJ staff On Christmas Day, like no other on the calendar, compassion and generosity resonate. Children are the center of our universe. Our bonds are celebrated. Hope lives. It is Christmas. This is the day the birth of Jesus is observed in Christian communities from Tucumcari to Portales and across the world. As told in […]

God’s love brings security through life changes

By Judy Brandon: CNJ staff writer I have a flag hanging on the front of my house that says “Give Thanks,” and has a picture of a big fat turkey smiling like he is exempt from any event during Thanksgiving. Yes, Thanksgiving is here and the scattered leaves on the ground across our property remind […]

The Bible is the world’s magnifying glass

Judy Brandon: Local columnist Any mother with children has experienced splinter days. When our children were small, any day could become a splinter day. They might have been in the back yard or on the swing set but suddenly they would come running into the house, complaining about a splinter in a hand. On one […]

As the axis of evil turns, war continues

Helena Rodriguez Three years, more than 1,000 lives and hundreds of billions of dollars since Sept. 11, 2001, I ask, “Have we made a dent in fighting world terrorism or have we unleashed a bigger monster?” Have we become part of the problem or the solution? Saturday marks the third anniversary of that horrid day […]

1959: Year of Clovis High walkout

By Don McAlavy Mykell Jackman Brewer, a Clovis High School graduate who now lives in Virginia, wrote recently to report the CHS class of 1959 will hold its 45th reunion at the Downtown Sheraton Hotel in Albuquerque, Sept. 17-19. She was looking for any good stories that I might know from that era. I never […]

Heavy rains, wind pound area

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By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor An army of rain marched through eastern New Mexico and West Texas on Tuesday night, bringing big grins to those who work in agriculture and big frowns from motorists traveling through some of the more waterlogged areas. Portions of three major highways — State Highways 206 and 88 and […]

Man took illness, life in stride

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Richard Rubio coached his daughters’ softball teams, brought his daughter lunch everyday when she was in elementary school and was generally known as a giving and involved father. Suffice it to say he believed in the importance of family. “He was honorable, humorous and trustworthy,” said daughter Sonya Rubio, who […]

This has been a year rife with epiphanies

Grant McGee: Guest columnist You know how you feel when you suddenly have an answer about some of the mysteries of life? You might feel like a light bulb has blinked on in your head. I’ve had a whole year like that. For instance: families. When I see families who function the way we as […]

Pesticides kill bugs, save many lives in Africa

Freedom Newspapers Most political movements and public policies have their good points and bad, so it’s imperative that Americans try to subject everything to hard-headed analysis. Unfortunately, the environmental movement still basks in the glow of unquestioned praise, so some of the ills that have occurred as the result of environmentalist policies go unchecked. Perhaps […]