Animals have part in holiday traditions

Glistening lights, glints of gold, decadent treats, wafting cinnamon and cloves, perfectly creased ornate paper, topped with perfect bows… Ah, the traditions of Christmas. Over the years, we’ve polished and refined the season, making Christmas sound, look, taste and smell better than any other single day on the calendar. If we were to go back […]

Letters to the editor: Tax revenues could be better spent

Tax revenues could be better spent What a contrast in the two big items on the front page of Thursday’s CNJ: The Hotel Clovis project is under way because there was money found to fund it, but the dairy festival is called off because of the tough economy. Do you think anyone noticed that funding […]

Commissary boss: Value overlooked

Military grocery stores operate so efficiently that the discounts provided to shoppers are worth double the value of tax dollars being spent to deliver this prized benefit worldwide to U.S. service members and families. Joseph H. Jeu, director of the Defense Commissary Agency, made that point and more in an interview last week amid rising […]

First person: Cooking camp

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Courtesy photo Clovis High School culinary teacher Judy Uerling works on the cost specifics of a mac and cheese recipe in the Golden Corral test kitchen. Clovis High School ProStart and culinary teacher Judy Uerling spent a week in July getting what she called the best professional development training she’s had in years. Uerling was […]

Jesus can be found in books other than Bible

Curtis Shelburne Oh, my aching back! I knew it would hurt today. I spent too much time yesterday on a bar stool. Oh, you thought . . . No, I was sitting on a stool at the “bar” in our kitchen. I like to work there, but my back doesn’t like it when I do. […]

Too much time spent on problems

I enjoy solving problems. Not abstract puzzles as much as real-life situations, although the occasional puzzle can sometimes be fun, too. This does not mean I like having problems arise that need to be solved, or that I enjoy people who intentionally cause problems for me. Enough little things crop up spontaneously to provide ample […]

Our people: Gene Bieker oversees maintenance at Clovis Municipal Schools

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis Municipal Schools Executive Director of Operations Gene Bieker said he enjoys ensuring that Clovis students learn in safe and clean buildings. Clovis resident Gene Bieker has worked for the Clovis Municipal Schools for 13 years and is headed for retirement this summer. Bieker retired from a career in the […]

First person: Community cop

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Daron Roach is the Clovis Police Department’s new community relations officer. The Clovis native has been with the department since 2006. Officer Daron Roach has spent a lifetime getting to know Clovis. Now he’s trying to do the same on behalf of the Clovis Police Department. Roach is in his […]

Story’s message transcends religion

Clyde Davis Okay, so I have spent a lot of time with this particular work by Charles Dickens — a lot ot time lately. I looked at plenty of versions and radio scripts of it- apparently it was often dramatized during the golden days of radio- and sorted through for the best of each. It […]

Surely, we will miss Leslie Nielsen

As my attention spent Monday wading in the links to Cyber Monday deals and the 49ers-Cardinals Monday Night Football game that somebody had to win, I almost missed the passing of a great comedic voice. Leslie Nielsen, who appeared in more than 100 movies and hundreds of television shows, died Monday at age 84. Whether […]

In Search of Ponies: Gift horses tether to Grandpa

Sharna Johnson The childhood memories are many and vivid. There were the sweets; sugared mulberries and raspberries on top of vanilla ice cream, butterscotch candies, the nectar from honey suckle blossoms, boxes of oranges and grapefruits at Christmas and thin ribbon candy. And the countless hours I spent at Grandpa’s house, sitting in the branches […]

In Search of Ponies: Procedure may lighten load

Sharna Johnson He knew something was up when I spent an extra second scrubbing behind his ears, then rinsed and combed out his unruly curls. And he slept a little closer to me, stealing more of my pillow than usual — nudging me when the alarm went off at 4:30 a.m. Oh yeah, I knew […]

Clovis native lights music festival stage

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Liliana Castillo Clovis native Jason Davis, who now lives in Lubbock, comes back often but not usually to work so much. Davis is in charge of the lighting and sound for the Clovis Music Festival. He and a crew of four spent days preparing for three nights of music at the Curry County Events Center. […]

Getaways should be unforgettable

By Wendel Sloan: Guest columnist Some prefer mountain vacations, but having spent much of the ’70s in high places at Jimmy Buffett concerts, I now try to stay more sea-level-headed. A frequent getaway is the Texas coast (where I’ll be Saturday). I love getting up at the crack of 10 a.m. and strolling the beaches […]

Colonial Heritage health care facility may be closing

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Caretakers are concerned at news Colonial Heritage Personal Home Health Care may be closing. Sharna Johnson The future of Colonial Heritage Personal Home Healthcare in Clovis has at least one caregiver wondering what to do now. Dejon Ruiz said she went to the facility Tuesday to pick up time sheets […]

In tribute: Defense attorney remembered as peacemaker

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File photo Fred Tharp, shown in this 2007 photo, practiced law for 41 years and was the state’s first public defender. Kevin Wilson Fred Tharp spent years learning the law, and decades more applying it. But he tried to live his life by a law that wasn’t in any courtroom. “When we stop caring about […]

U.S not ready for influx of refugees

While Americans spent Sunday celebrating Father’s Day, a darker commemoration drew much of the world’s attention. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees marked June 20 as World Refugee Day. For many Americans, the term “refugee” spurs thoughts of war-torn and famish-plagued countries in Africa, Asia or the Middle East. Many refugees find their way […]

Students building robots for state competition

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Tyler Chavez, left, Jeremy Scales, middle, and Christopher Romero practice controlling their robot via remote control Tuesday at Clovis Community College. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis High student Rosstin Ahmadian spent the last school year building a robot for a statewide competition. When it comes to robots, he […]

Tucumcari schools assistant superintendent accepts position in Texico

CNJ staff Tucumcari schools Assistant Superintendent Dennis Roch has accepted a similar position at Texico. Roch said he begins work at Texico, where he previously spent 8 1/2 years as a teacher and coach, on July 1. “I am looking forward to returning to Texico, though my wife and I will certainly miss the many […]

Other ways to facilitate relief in Haiti

Freedom New Mexico As relief efforts have continued in Haiti following a Jan. 12 earthquake that killed an estimated 250,000 people, criticism has arisen that United Nations funds have not been spent properly. “The United Nations has quietly upped this year’s peacekeeping budget for earthquake-shattered Haiti to $732.4 million, with two-thirds of that amount going […]