Cats roll to pair of wins

CNJ staff Jonathan Ware pitched a six-inning no-hitter Thursday night as Clovis completed a doubleheader sweep of Portales with a 10-0 win in summer high school baseball at Bell Park. The Wildcats won the opener 12-2 as both games were shortened by the 10-run rule. Portales filled in for Shallowater, which was unable to make […]

Business partners comb garage sales for decor

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Connie Carnes, left, and Laura Ellis have recently expanded their operation, from a small, rented corner in a downtown craft store to a Main Street storefront of their own. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Their artistry is revealed in details: a rocking chair with a carefully woven fabric bottom; a […]

Artistic inspiration spares junk from culling for move

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local columnist Packing all your things for a massive move is about as much fun as getting a splinter. Actually, I did get a splinter while packing. Actually, actually, it was prior to packing when I was showing off my broken puke-gold Salvation Army couch to a friend while I told her […]

Suspenders fashion faux pas

By Bob Huber: Local columnist By the time I reached the sixth grade, my mother began to slip. I found out later that this phenomenon was rather widespread. I just hadn’t noticed before. I first spotted it when she allowed me to wear belted pants. Prior to the sixth grade I wore only bib overalls. […]

Resolutions to make roads, bathrooms safer

Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — While collecting New Year’s resolutions around town in honor of a new beginning for the next 12 months — or 12 days, depending on how long the resolutions last, I hit on a cow-pie mine. Not only did I uncover the fascinatingly unprintable, but I also came across some […]

Bikers give toys to needy

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Israel Reynosa, 11 months old, watches the action Saturday afternoon as area bikers prepare for the annual High Plains Harley-Davidson toy run. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A pair of dark, sleek shades covered his eyes; a pair of thick, black leather chaps his jean-clad legs; a bandana his hair. […]

Twelve-year-old’s death a damnable lie

Mona Charen The image has achieved iconic status: 12-year-old Muhammad al-Dura crouching behind a concrete barrier next to his father as (presumably) Israeli bullets ricochet around the pair. Moments later, the boy lies dead in his father’s arms. The video dates from September 2000, the start of the Second Intifada, and has become the world’s […]

Hair today, regrets tomorrow

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers What’s round and bald and looks like an egg shell? My boyfriend’s head. Yes, he decided on the Telly Savalas look last week. Just don’t call him Kojak or he gets really mad for he thinks the man a pompous dandy and said he himself would never chew on a […]

Boots make for kickin’ occasion

By Ryn Gargulinksi: CNJ staff writer Boots have always had a special place in my heart — and feet — ever since I was a kid. Mom may have even had my first pair bronzed and made into excruciatingly garish bookends before I learned to walk. When I did learn to walk, I started off […]

Urban, Wildcats start season strong at Invite

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Clovis sophomore Sean Cruce tries to turn a double play as Hobbs’ Tyler Barnett slides into second during Saturday’s Clovis Invitational at Bell Park CNJ staff photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White Even a fast-moving cold front on Saturday afternoon couldn’t cool off Richard Urban. The Clovis senior lashed a pair of two-run singles […]

Endorsements have a time, place, person

Ned Cantwell A politician’s worst nightmare has to be waking up one morning to the “Today Show” to learn he has just been endorsed by Britney Spears. “I just think Western Clark would do a real good job when he gets to the round office, or whatever you call that thingee,” the gum-popping teen idol […]

Clovis man hid robbers, inspired ballad

Don McAlavy “Old Fred Pair was a ring-tail tooter, “A cane raiser, and an out-house shooter. “He stood outside his kitchen door “And plugged that privy with a forty-four.” The time was 12:30 on the afternoon of Sept. 5, 1945, and the place was the little town of Morton, Texas, about 50 miles southeast of […]

Keeping things in the family

By Eric Butler Royce Ford doesn’t mind wearing hand-me-downs. His father, five-time world champion Bruce Ford, won the spurs at the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association in Clovis five years ago. Now the younger Ford, who lives in Kersey, Colo., is looking for a set of his own when the 33rd annual Pioneer Days PRCA Rodeo […]