Coyotes reminder that West still wild

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist I’m not going to choose sides when it comes to ranchers and coyotes. That’s another one of those political hot potatoes. Let’s just say I admire the coyote for expanding its range despite being shot, trapped, poisoned and dodging the growth of civilization across the North American continent. The first […]

Risk-takers like Disney great part of American story

Freedom Newspapers As Disneyland launches its 50th birthday celebration, it seems appropriate to consider the founding father who turned his last name into an enduring brand and created a media giant that bestrides the planet. Walt Disney, as many have noted with varying degrees of accuracy, was not always the kindly, genial Uncle Walt who […]

ENMU seeking fall feel for spring game

By Dave Wagner The 2005 opener is four months off, but the Eastern New Mexico University football squad gets its first taste of “game” competition in today’s 4 p.m. Silver & Green Game at Greyhound Stadium. Rosters were selected on Wednesday for the contest, which will be conducted under as close to game-like circumstances as […]

Experience on Pojoaque’s side

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Experience will be on the side on Pojoaque in today’s Class 3A boys semifinal against Portales. The Elks are making their fourth trip to the state semifinals in five years while Portales is making its first state appearance since winning it all in 2001. Pojoaque (20-7) knocked out […]

Old age has as many side effects as pills

by Bob Huber: CNJ columnist I’ve been out of focus the last few days — a flu bug bit me — but I’ve kept busy wallowing in self pity and researching the bad side effects of medicines I saw advertised on television. When you have the flu, you do silly stuff like that. What I […]

Strangers to each other, but not to God

Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist I can still recall the man who used to roam the streets of Clovis. Our children named him the “strange guy.” The first time we noticed him was on one of our usual trips to the grocery store. He was peculiar, we thought, as he held his chin high, holding his […]

Tug of war battle a lesson in education

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist A tradition persisted in my hometown involving freshman hazing at our local college, the Colorado School of Mines. It culminated in a public showing of manly strength in the center of town as sophomores faced freshmen in a mighty tug of war across Clear Creek. You have to understand that […]

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Bob Huber Here at the Institute for Nitty-Gritty we raised our scholarly sights recently to delve into that age old conundrum, “Why does a chicken cross the road?” From a variety of sources we found answers from celebrities, some of them dead and rightfully so. Simply precede each quote with the question. • Ernest Hemingway: […]

Apartment residents find windows bashed

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This blue Chevrolet is one of at least 10 vehicles parked at the Clovis Apartments that were vandalized early Saturday morning. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Residents of Clovis Apartments awoke early Saturday morning to find that windows in at least 10 vehicles had been shattered. Resident Jackie Brown, a retired […]

Fahsholtz, Gulley help South take All-Star tilt

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Not only did recent Clovis High grads Scott Fahsholtz and Steven Gulley finally got a chance to play side-by-side, but they helped the South dominate the second half of Friday’s 61st annual New Mexico High School Coaches Association Class 4A-5A football game. Although their South team would go on to […]

Teal, Eva

Eva Loree Teal, 88, of Odessa, Texas, died Monday, June 28, 2004, at Blue Bonnet Nursing Home in Albany, Texas. She was born on March 24, 1916, in Comanche, Texas, to George C. and Elizabeth Gleaton Anderson. She was raised in Comanche, Weatherford and Littlefield, Texas, and in Springer. She married Julius Crofton Teal on […]

Road-side trash is another man’s treasure

There are stories in those things people throw from their cars and trucks as they zip down the road. Riding my bicycle, I’ve become acquainted with the flotsam and jetsam along the roads of Curry County. The message of most of the stuff is litterers have no consideration for others: Drink cups and bags from […]

Discount stores dot west side

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent While most of the attention in a recent wave of Clovis business expansion has gone to the development in the north part of town, a quieter pair of retail openings is changing the way some west-siders go about their shopping. Since the Gibson’s Discount Store on 21st St. closed in […]

Strength better than ‘golden’ diplomacy

Mona Charen The vice president suggested in a recent speech that the election of 2004 will be the most significant in 20 years. He’s right. In 1984, we were engaged in a worldwide struggle that one party was committed to winning and the other party did not even want to fight. If Walter Mondale had […]

The only assurance we have in life is Jesus

By Judy Brandon The Salt River Canyon highway in Arizona is about 10 miles of winding road meandering between steep mountains on one side and deep rugged canyons below. Once a traveler gets to the bottom where the river runs, it is time to start back up the other side. The narrow highway with its […]

Video Reviews 10/30

Scott Jones The Hulk — PG-13 Featuring: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliot, Josh Lucas, Nick Nolte The comic book character created by Stan Lee comes to life in “The Hulk.” Bruce Banner (Bana), a brilliant physicist, is bombarded by an experimental gamma radiation. Soon, an unexpected side effect takes over him. The monster that […]

Mother appeals for help

Reporter’s Notebook Nora Cross and her daughter, Teresa, got a shock Sept. 4 that hasn’t let up yet. On being examined at Women’s Medical Center here in Clovis, Teresa was told her unborn son has a rare condition in which the left side of his heart — which pumps oxygenated blood to the body — […]

Would you like fruit and yogurt parfait with that?

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Wanda Montoya (left) and Kayleigh King work at Subway, where officials claim to offer healthy sandwiches. CNJ staff photo: Darrell Todd Maurina Gary Mitchell Fast-food restaurant officials say they are offering healthier fare these days — meals that will still tempt the tastebuds as the fat and calorie content of their core products come under […]

The joy of discovering African roots

By Leonard Pitts Let me tell you where I come from. Born in Southern California, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Both parents from Mississippi, but I’m not referring to that, either. I mean before that. Before Mr. James Crow laid down his law. Before raiders and slave traders dropped anchor in West Africa. […]

Zias edged by club team in scrimmage

CNJ STAFF PORTALES — The first-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team played competitively in a 1-0 loss to the Midland (Texas) Alliance Under-19 club team Saturday in the Zias’ initial scrimmage. ENMU, which opens the regular season on Aug. 29 against College of the Southwest in a four-team get-together at Adams State College […]