Petraeus: Loans force families apart

Many military homeowners who saw their homes plummet in value in the financial crisis still can’t get relief from “under water” mortgages that leave families owing more to loan servicers than their homes are worth. The situation is especially difficult for the military where families must move every two to four years. Some affected members, […]

ENMU-Incarnate Word basketball capsules, Dec. 3

CNJ staff Men ENMU (7-2, 0-1 Lone Star Conference) at Incarnate Word (4-3, 0-1) When: 3 p.m. (MST) today at San Antonio. Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 Last time out: The Greyhounds saw their seven-game winning streak end in an LSC-opening 77-69 loss at Texas A&M-Kingsville on Thursday. The Cardinals dropped their LSC opener at home to […]

Memorial statue commissioned from Fort Sumner sculptor

Courtesy photo Fort Sumner-based artist Mike Scovel has been commissioned to recreate a saluting boy he created for a veterans memorial in Temple, Texas, for a veterans plaza in Schertz, Texas. The original was created nine years ago with his grandson, Kolter West of Fort Sumner, serving as the model. By Kevin Wilson When Ruth […]

Little learned in last 10 years

By Kent McManigal: FNM columnist Last weekend America observed the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Apparently few Americans have learned anything in the past 10 years. At least, that is the lesson I take away from what I saw of the commemorations. If the terrorists hate us for our freedom, they […]

In search of ponies: Lamb lesson

Sharna Johnson It was Easter time a couple of decades ago and my father had a surprise up his sleeve. My brother and I thought it was just another of many exploratory trips when we pulled up to the farm and saw the sheep milling about in the field — until Dad told us to […]

Communicating God’s truth calls for wisdom

Curtis Shelburne I still remember, and cringe when I remember, the TV interview I saw years ago featuring a Scripture-quoting preacher or church leader trying to defend the well-meaning but largely indefensible actions his church had taken which had landed them in court. I felt bad for the guy. He’d not done anything needlessly provocative […]

In search of ponies: Residents share neighborhood with fox

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Courtesy photo: Karene Cass A fox was spotted sunning on the roof of a north Clovis home Tuesday morning. Residents of the neighborhood say the fox has been sighted off and on for about a year. Sharna Johnson Somebody must have told him it was one of the prime neighborhoods in town. Or maybe he […]

Police blotter — March 27

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 4 p.m. March 16 an officer responded to a business in the 1700 block of Wallace Street for a report of a fight between two female juveniles. A girl said she and her friend were skating and they fell, causing a […]

Census: Clovis population up 15.6 percent

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CNJ staff photo: Dianna Hernandez Clovis’ population increased 15.6 percent — a counted population of 37,775, up from the 2000 census total of 32,667. Kevin Wilson Local leaders expressed optimism Tuesday, as U.S. Census numbers showed double-digit percentage growth over the last decade throughout eastern New Mexico. Clovis saw the biggest increase with 15.6 percent […]

McGee: The American Farmer

Riding my bicycle along a county road I spied a piece of bent metal. I paused and looked at it in the dust. Was it worth saving? Was it an art treasure waiting to be developed? Bent rebar as art? Such thoughts only came to me after a trip years ago to Santa Fe and […]

Story behind ‘Secretariat’ inspiring

I recently saw the movie “Secretariat” about the horse many people believe to be the best Thoroughbred race horse ever. Secretariat, born in Virginia in 1970, grew to 16.2 hands (one hand is approximately four inches) and weighed 1200 pounds at maturity. His official color was chestnut, but he was called Big Red by those […]

Education column: Technology aids in education

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy It was in a middle school classroom that I recently saw the writing on the wall … literally. Energetic history teacher Brandi Thomas, at Yucca Middle School, carried a wireless digital tablet (about the size of a clipboard) around her classroom, and as she wrote on it, the writing appeared on the large […]

Reader-submitted content: WWII soldiers return home to bury comrade

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Courtesy photo From left, George Gushwa, Jim Robinson, Johnny Morgan, Oliver Fenton, RE Self, Carol McClusty, J.W. Capps, George Barton (kneeling). By Johnny Morgan On March 11, 1941, 26 young men from Roosevelt County left Portales to be drafted into the U.S. Army in Santa Fe. We walked from our hotel to the armory for […]

Police blotter — March 25

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8 a.m. March 6 an officer responded to a parking lot in the 3900 block of North Prince Street for a report of a man falling. The caller told the officer he saw a man fall, then get into a vehicle. […]

Paul’s writings set trend for spiritual fashion

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Some weeks back I was reading a previewabout New York City fashion shows. I found out what’s anticipated to be in and what’s out for the up coming season. I saw what’s cool and what’s hot for the women’s wear for this next season.I read about lipstick, flowers pinned in […]

Rumors spread quicker than flu

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist When the announcement came that the New Mexico Activities Association was suspending athletic events due to swine flu outbreak concerns, I have to admit I was on the fence. From my platform as a media representative, I saw a positive in that it makes immediate coverage a little bit easier. […]

U.S. can’t push Middle East peace process

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps the most poignant headline we saw regarding last week’s parliamentary elections in Israel ran over a Reuters story: “Israel faces gridlock, peace prospects dim.” Big surprise. Israel has a parliamentary system, meaning a prospective prime minister must put together a majority coalition in the 120-member Knesset, or Parliament. Current foreign minister […]

Navajo mysteries brought to life by author

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist I saw in the Florida’s St. Petersburg Times on Monday that Tony Hillerman had died this last Sunday of pulmonary failure. He was 83. I almost cried, as I had been reading his great books since 1971 and still have some of them now. Hillerman was born in Sacred Heat, […]

Nov. 2, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8 a.m. Oct. 24 an officer on duty at a school in the 1500 block of Sycamore Street got a report of a theft. A student said he set his backpack down before school and when he went back for it, […]

In tribute: Former detective loved challenge

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Courtesy photo Bill Bollinger was a former Clovis police detective and city commissioner. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When Bill Bollinger saw something he liked — a case to solve, a piece of wood to form, or a person to care about —he never let go. The former Clovis police detective and city commissioner […]