Danger, risk part of every sport

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist At what point does the line in the sand get drawn, when the topic is professional athletes? Who decides, and more to the point, who owns the athlete? In what sense is she no longer the captain of her own ship? These type of questions ought to arise in the […]

Snow closes schools, government agencies

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bruce Nguyen, owner of USA Nails, shovels off the walkway to the salon on Prince Street Thursday as high winds and snow from a fierce winter storm continue pelting eastern New Mexico. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A wintry mix of freezing rain, high winds and fast falling snow […]

Miep Gies’ heroism made diary possible

Freedom Newspapers For millions of people, “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” has provided insights into the suffering of some of the victims of the Nazis’ vicious campaign of state-supported terror against Jews. But the book would never have seen the light of day if not for the courage and resourcefulness of Miep […]

County commission schedules meeting to discuss investment concerns

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer County commissioners have questions about a $2.3 million investment made by Curry County Treasurer Bernice Baker and have scheduled a special meeting Wednesday to examine the fund’s performance. A report compiled in December shows the investment with fund manager Macquarie Allegiance Capital lost money in its first three months […]

Richardson: No to food tax, state layoffs

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Gov. Bill Richardson, who recently had said he was leaving open the possibility of reinstating gross receipts taxes on food, made it clear Tuesday he will oppose bringing back the food tax. During his final State of the State speech before a session of the state Legislature, […]

China’s limits on Web will affect trade

Freedom New Mexico The Internet search-engine company Google made quite a splash last week with its decision to stop cooperating with the Chinese government’s campaign of Internet censorship and its suggestion that it might end its operations in China. While some have questioned whether Google’s motivations are entirely noble, the move is welcome, not least […]

Education digest: Albuquerque Youth Symphony to perform

Albuquerque Youth Symphony to perform The Albuquerque Youth Symphony will be in Clovis Friday to perform for students and the public. The symphony is made up of high school students from Albuquerque. The group will perform 1:30 p.m. Friday at Marshall Auditorium for students and again at 7 p.m. Friday at Marshall Auditorium for the […]

President’s actions don’t warrant Nobel

Freedom New Mexico To his credit, in his acceptance address, President Obama addressed several of the ironies involved in his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for Peace with humility, humor and a thoughtful disquisition on the delicate relationship among conflict, war, fanaticism and peace. Although he made the best of the situation, there was […]

Friendship quilt returns to Friona

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Emma Lu Stewart said she plans to keep a recently discovered quilt, made in Friona the 1940s, to show it to people. Then she hopes it will be added to the Friona museum. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A piece of Friona history has made its way back to […]

11/24 4-H results

The following are winners of the Curry County 4-H Awards Banquet held Monday at the county fairgrounds. Members complete a book of records about their projects throughout the year. The books are judged and the youth are awarded on how well they do in completing the task. The Adam Burford Award is a $250 scholarship […]

Wilson Rule would net improvement

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist The mantra is that rules are made to be broken. I disagree. Rules are made to be replaced by better rules. I was reminded of this while at a not-so-close volleyball match at the state tournament last weekend at the Santa Ana Star Center (rejected slogan: “We’re not the casino, […]

Blessings lost when people are divided

By Curtis Shelburne: Local columnist Some of the most beautiful truths of the Christian faith can be found in our great hymns, the treasures held mostly in common by Christians of all flavors. We may be divided over lots of molehills made mountains, but, thank the Lord, even behind the walls we’ve built to separate […]

Wife’s purse contents mystifying

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist I know better than to call them like I see them, especially when it involves a purchase my wife has just made. But I’m stupid and I did it anyway. As I inspected what appeared to be some type of new wardrobe accessory my wife had left on the counter, […]

Letters to the editor: Fair has made vast improvements

Fair has made vast improvements I want to thank Lance Pyle, the county commissioners, Jan Riley and Lee Delk and his grounds crew for making the Curry County Fair so handicap friendly. They have a little ways to go, but what they have done is a 100 percent improvement over the past few years. I […]

Faith outweighs material goods

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist A millionaire California investor with a wife and five children owned a massive sky rise apartment building. Not only was the businessman financially successful, he was a deeply spiritual man. He had a firm conviction that what wealth he acquired came from God and must be returned to God. The […]

Obama failing on transparency promise

Freedom Newspapers It should hardly come as a surprise that once in office elected politicians forget about, abandon, or fudge on promises made to get elected. President Barack Obama’s record on transparency and openness, however, is more disappointing than most such instances. During the campaign, candidate Obama promised an unprecedented degree of openness and transparency, […]

Shop instructor made life of teaching

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist It was Frank A. Foster, superintendent of Curry County schools, that woke me up to become an artist when I was only in the 6th grade in the old Claud school. I’ve said this before, but I’ve told many in my columns about Frank Foster visiting my country school and […]

Coach remembered for compassion off field

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It was a passion for sports that made Bruce Scroggins a coach. But those in his field said it was his compassion for the athletes that set Scroggins apart. Scroggins, 59, was a coach for numerous schools in New Mexico and Texas, a state champion many times over and […]

Arrest made in 2007 kidnapping of Oklahoma girl

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File photo The Allsup’s store where the girl was found. By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer The wife of a Canyon, Texas, man accused of kidnapping a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl and dropping her off in Clovis played an integral part in her husband’s arrest. Terrance Lynn McGuire, 27, was arrested without incident at 8:30 a.m. […]

WWII veteran made musical impact

By Don McAlavy: Local sport In 1991 Bruce DeFoor, teacher-artist, at CCC, wrote the following words: “Norris McPherson,’Big Mac,’ has long ago attained legendary stature as one of the greatest musicians in Clovis history, a former employee of the Clovis school system, he retired in 1987 with a life threatening illness, still today his jazz […]