Food at the speed of life: Recipe may have you back for seconds

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Joe Blair, a life-long Portales resident and World War II veteran, told me you can’t have just one bowl of his red beans. Here’s how Joe does it: • First, he doesn’t believe in soaking the beans. • Put 2 cups of beans in a pressure cooker with a 2-inch chunk of salt pork. Add […]

Birthdays — Oct. 10

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Long Margaret “Maggie” Long was given a surprise 98th birthday party on Sept. 19. It was hosted by her daughter, Patsy Welsh. Friends and relatives attended the card party.

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Reader submitted: Marching band first runner up at Tumbleweed Classic Starting with a 7:30 a.m. rehearsal, the Clovis Wildcat marching band began its day last Saturday. It was a long day of music, marching and extreme tension all combined. At 10 p.m., almost 15 hours later, the results of the Tumbleweed Classic held in Denver […]

Zoo officials hope to purchase second giraffe

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File photo Approval of a budget transfer at the Clovis City Commission’s meeting Thursday evening could pave the way for a male partner for Jael the giraffe at the Hillcrest Park Zoo. CNJ staff City zoo officials hope a tall order can be finished in the next few weeks. Staff at the Hillcrest Zoo have […]

Military mama: Hard getting used to idea of growing old

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I recently celebrated my birthday, and am soon attending a high school reunion. I though nothing else could remind me more that my teens have long since slipped away. Apparently I was wrong. I realize that I’m nowhere near “old” in relation to a traditional lifespan, however there are subtle reminders that make me inwardly […]

Ground broken on Melrose clinic

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Courtesy photo: Emily Crowe Ground was broken Wednesday for a new healthcare clinic in Melrose. Completion of the building is expected by January. CNJ staff The Village of Melrose broke ground Wednesday on its new health clinic. County Manager Lance Pyle said more than 80 people attended the long anticipated event, including Melrose Elementary students, […]

Commentary: Star Wars fun can have unintended consequences

By Tech. Sgt. Heath Fortenberry: Flight Safety NCO Not that long ago, in a town not that far away, I sat on my back porch having a drink while enjoying the many stars in the beautiful Saturday night sky. As fun as this may sound, believe it or not, boredom kicked in rather quickly. This […]

Letter to the editor: Hispanics have long history in U.S.

Hispanics have long history in U.S. The homeland of the free and the brave should not be interpreted to mean the exclusive homeland of the Anglo English speaker. In a recent letter to the editor, it was implied that an American should not have to “press 1 for English” and that those who prefer to […]

Israel should consider bribes as peace option

Freedom Newspapers Our position on the situation between Israel and the Palestinians long has been that the United States should leave the matter to the two parties. If that happened, then Israelis and Palestinians would have to deal with one another without the meddling of Washington, possibly bringing about an agreement. We also long have […]

God saves those who trust in him

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist The son of some dear friends of mine lost his battle this week. The family feels defeated. It had been a long battle. For two decades, this young man had fought a battle with drugs. One night this week his much-abused body gave up. And now his family, long […]

Time to end double tax on Americans

Freedom New Mexico America long has been, and remains, a refuge for “your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” as Emma Lazarus’ poem on the Statue of Liberty puts it. But, increasingly, Americans are going the other way — to foreign countries — to escape the U.S. government’s repressive tax laws. […]

Foreclosure process long, frustrating

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For dozens of Clovis property owners, April 1 didn’t feel like much of a joke. That’s the day the city filed a foreclosure suit on their properties with the city poised to take over titles for liens ranging from $180 to nearly $50,000. There were 128 properties on the […]

Schools urged to keep long-term planning, saving in mind

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Robert Gorrell, executive director of the New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority, talks during Monday’s New Mexico School Board Association Region V meeting at the Clovis High School Freshman Academy. Gorrell emphasized ways schools could save long-term money on new facilities. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Think leaner, think […]

Taxpayers target of confusing system

By Don McAlavy: Freedom Columnist The Revised Gettsbury Address (Author Unknown) (Yes, I said Gettsbury, not Gettsburg.) Three score and five years ago our fathers brought forth upon this nation a new tax, conceived in desperation and dedicated to the proposition that all men are fair game. Now we are engaged in a great mass […]

Shooting victim’s family says long journey ahead

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Sandra Bousquet had spent the last five years working to turn her life around and rebuild family relationships. Now the 36-year-old Clovis woman lies paralyzed in a Lubbock hospital bed, shot in the neck Feb. 3. Police said her neighbor, 61-year-old James Fitzpatrick, shot her during a dispute over […]

First person: Volunteer receives state recognition

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Millie Lees of Clovis says there is nothing better than doing something for someone else. Millie Lees of Clovis was awarded the K. Rose Wood Memorial Award by the New Mexico Aging and Long-term Service Department for her work with AARP in Clovis and Portales. Because Lees suffered a stroke […]

Local leaders discuss upcoming challenges

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Col. Stephen Clark, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, talks about base housing during Monday’s city/county luncheon at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Not too long into Monday’s city/county luncheon, County Commissioner Bobby Sandoval spoke of what kind of […]

Letter to the Editor: Hull Overpass repair long overdue

Hull Overpass repair long overdue How ridiculous can our government get? In Tuesday’s Clovis News Journal, 16 people were shown participating in the groundbreaking for the Hull Street overpass. Our question to the state government is this: Why was it necessary to even have a groundbreaking? This overpass was built decades ago with taxpayer dollars […]

Cannon solicits contractors for housing privatization

By Airman 1st Class Jette Warnick: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs In order to comply with the DOD directive that all Air Force Bases are to have housing privatization, Cannon has joined with several bases from the Northern United States in negotiating contracts to solicit civilian contractors. Because at one time Cannon was slated […]

Origin of ENMU mascot unclear

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ENMU courtesy photo An 800-pound bronze greyhound graces the campus of Eastern New Mexico University, a gift from Huo Baozhu, president of a sculptural art company in the People’s republic of China. ENMU is expecting two real greyhounds as mascots at events. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has long been […]