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Freedom New Mexico receives honors

By CNJ staff The Clovis News Journal picked up 15 awards Saturday, including the top two prizes, at the 98th annual Panhandle Press Association’s convention in Amarillo. The staff earned the General Excellence award overall in the Division II category for larger newspapers. CNJ also picked up the Community Service award and its $250 cash […]

Albuquerque Tribune closing down

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The Albuquerque Tribune, a victim of plunging circulation in the Internet age, will publish its last edition Saturday. Editor Phill Casaus said the newspaper’s 38 editorial employees were told of the decision during a staff meeting Wednesday morning. Casaus said the last three editions will feature stories about The Tribune’s […]

Balance, contentment hard to find

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist When I started to write this column, I think I thought it needed to be excellent. But somewhere in the first three lines, I changed my mind. I’ve decided to opt for what might be technically described as something in the range of reasonably good, somewhat helpful or a […]

Oct. 9, 1949

Members of the American Business and 20-30 Clubs of Clovis toured the Clovis News-Journal plant in observance of National Newspaper Week. … A General Electric automatic mixer could be purchased at Shaw’s, 815 Main. … The Clovis Wildcats football team lost 40-7 against the Artesia Bulldogs. … And Gordon Smith, a business specialist, was born […]

How far should letters to editor go?

By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico Editor Eva Torres presents a journalistic dilemma. The Clovis woman has written a letter praising staff at Plains Regional Medical Center and would like to have it published on our newspaper’s Opinion page. “They had compassion, utmost patience and caring, loving attention for my brother,” she wrote about the […]

Former local publisher promoted

CNJ Staff The Orange County (Calif.) Register named a newspaper veteran from Arizona as its new publisher Wednesday and a former Freedom New Mexico publisher was promoted as part of the change. N. Christian Anderson III prepares to leave after 27 years with the OCR and its parent company, California-based Freedom Communications, Inc. Anderson will […]

Educator of year uses newspaper as teaching tool

CNJ staff Gattis Junior High School teacher Dennis Padilla has been chosen as the Clovis News Journal Newspapers in Education teacher of the year. “I’m ecstatic about being chosen,” Padilla said, “but at the same time I’m humbled because there were so many others who were deserving.” Nominated by their principals, the teacher of the […]

’44 storm hit some of same areas

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The Sept. 18, 1944, Clovis News-Journal captured damage from the Sunday evening storm. By David Stevens: CNJ Editor The March 23 tornado that ripped through southeast Clovis wasn’t the city’s first, but it was by far the most damaging in about 75 years of record keeping. Officials said one person was killed, 35 people were […]

April 10, 1916

Local merchants were preparing for “dress-up week.” A headline in The Clovis News read, “Local merchants prepare to satisfy sartorial longings for each and every citizen of Clovis. Get togged out for Easter. Country-wide movement has at last found place in Clovis.” … Five couples exchanged vows in an “exceptionally busy marriage week in police […]

Work mistakes can rack up big bill

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers And you thought making a few innocent mistakes at work was bad, such as accidentally hanging up on your boss or inadvertently deleting an e-mail message you were supposed to forward. Or you felt guilty for wasting company resources, such as accidentally using two instead of one of those little […]

Black Friday doesn’t sound all that festive

By Karl Terry: Local columnist Black Friday. In recent years, it’s come to mean the Friday after Thanksgiving. But the name itself seems pretty negative to me. With a wife who spent a good deal of her professional career in a family retail business I know full well how important the Christmas season is to […]

Vigorous fight needed to match mounting power

By Freedom Newspapers The worst of it was that the murder was so blatant. Anna Politkovskaya, 48, a special correspondent for the Novaya Gazeta newspaper, has ruffled the feathers of Russian authorities for a decade, particularly with her unrelenting reporting of Russia’s “dirty war” in Chechnya. The government has been cracking down on independent journalism […]

Bloopers create perplexing journalism

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I never wanted to drown Little Miss Merry Christmas, but I was accused of plotting this unthinkable crime when my headline came rolling out of our newsroom printer. On this fateful day in the early 1990s, my then colleague Janet Bresenham came waving a piece of paper I had just […]

Cold case sleuth has Clovis ties

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Rocky Mountain News photo: Todd HeislerLou Smit, left, Scott Fischer, center, and Charlie Hess are cold-case investigators with the El Paso County, Colo., Sheriff’s Department. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A Clovis native who developed a taste for crime fighting as a local newspaper reporter and photographer played a role in a convicted Colorado […]

Columnist takes heat for paper editorials

Ned Cantwell : State Columnist Miss Thistlewhistle, when you’ve finished popping chewing gum and making purring noises over the phone to Hank the Hunk, I need some help here. No, you won’t need the IPOD, just a notepad. Help me get a message out. Call David Stevens at the Clovis News Journal. If he’s not […]

Press workshop introduces students to journalism

By Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers Twenty-two high school students from around the state scrambled around a computer lab Monday afternoon desperate to meet their Tuesday evening deadline for The Future Press, a small newspaper students produce in the New Mexico Press Association’s yearly journalism workshop. In its 26th year, the workshop at Eastern New Mexico […]

NIE honors Clovis special ed teacher

CNJ staff A stack of newspapers greets Tonnette Carpenter and her students twice a week. Horoscopes, comics, and sports immediately grab the attention of the students. But Carpenter directs her pupils to local and national articles, using words printed on the page as a learning tool. “The more one reads, the better reading skills become,” […]

11/27 Letters to the editor

Reason for school merger hypocritical The Nov. 15 school board meeting was historical. With little compassion shown by the board, except for two, and certainly not by the administration, an execution date has been set for the guillotine to fall on Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy. Despite the objections of both communities, hundreds of students from Bella […]

Blog, blog, blog: CNJ editor goes online

David Stevens I like Dylan as much as Tom T. Hall. I like rain and snow and people with passion. I don’t like mornings much. My all-time favorite movie is “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” but “Hud” is a close second and “Toy Story” is a close third. I love a good quote, a […]