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 […]