Hot mustard sauce, the universe, and God’s love

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist  This column is not about hot mustard sauce; it just starts with it—the stuff you find in most Chinese restaurants. I think it’s mislabeled. I know a little something about food and a little something about words, and I don’t think “hot” is the right word.  Jalapeño peppers are […]

Education Feature: Schools stress parents’ input

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Municipal Schools officials said there are a few things to remember when the first report cards of the year are issued next Thursday. They said parents should understand the importance of being involved in their child’s education and know there are programs available to help struggling students. “Let […]

Bull riders to make stop in Clovis

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Bull riders will stop in Clovis for a chance to move up in tour standings in hopes of qualifying for November’s Professional Bull Riders Final in Las Vegas, Nev. PBR Tour organizer Marc Andrus said 74 riders in what is considered the bull riding minor league will compete in […]

First Person: Director ‘adopts’ elderly

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Gutierrez Vicki Miller By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Vicki Miller was recently appointed director of Clovis’ Department of Older Adults. She worked in the Clovis-Carver Public Library before she was approached to become interim director in June and assumed full responsibilities last week. Miller’s department is based out of the […]

South wins again in 1A-2A volleyball

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Two words can accurately describe the South’s performance in the Class 1A-2A All-Star Series: utter domination. Although the South only breezed through one game, it won for the 21st time in the 24 years of the series on Tuesday as Tularosa’s Sabrina Herrera put away 16 kills and […]

Letters to the Editor: Non-English speakers still contribute

In answer to comments made by Glenda Bly (“Richardson’s Spanish debate angers American voter”) in last Sunday’s CNJ, I would like to tell a story about my grandparents. Guadalupe and Ignacita Martinez (both American citizens), were born and raised here in New Mexico. My grandmother was deaf and my grandfather was seriously hearing impaired, but […]

Effects of smoking ban vary

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A week since a statewide smoking ban took effect, Clovis bars and restaurants are looking into ways to accommodate smokers. Business has been slow at the Prince Lounge, bartender Monkey Padilla said. She estimates about 80 percent of the bar’s customers are smokers, and weekend receipts are down by […]

Cage fights draw strong support

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Staff photo: Gabriel Monte Brandon Head of Prime Performance Boxing and MMA captured his match against Jonathan Petit of Kensu Studio of Portales. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Despite the wind and rain blowing in through the side of the arena Curry County Fairgrounds, more than 600 fans gathered to see watch cage fighters […]

Ready or not, smoking ban in effect

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Ashtrays were no longer on tables at Webb’s Watering Hole Thursday in preparation for a law that goes into effect today. State legislators voted in February to ban smoking in bars, restaurants, stores and workplaces. “We’ve put sand buckets outside, if people do want to smoke,” said Webb’s Watering […]

Reid, Aggies sitting sixth in WAC tourney

CNJ staff RENO, Nev. — Clovis High grad Travis Reid has shot even-par 72 each of the first two days in the Western Athletic Golf tournament, helping the Aggies to sixth place with today’s final round remaining. Teammate Kevin Lozares has also shot 72 on each of the first two days, leaving the Aggies pair […]