DairyFest set for Saturday

CNJ staff United Dairy Women will host DairyFest 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. The event provides free dairy products, games, a tour of the dairy industry and musical performances from the Fun Brothers Band, Colby Carter and Mark Chesnutt. Tickets are $1 at the door. They are also available in […]

Farwell mayor spot up for grabs

CNJ staff A mayor’s race in Farwell is among those to be decided Saturday in nearby Texas communities. Saturday is recognized as a day for city elections, along with other elections handled by the city, such as hospital and school boards. Bovina, Farwell, Friona, and Muleshoe all have at least one position up for grabs. […]

Libya conflict leaves U.S. in tough spot

Freedom New Mexico Our country’s overly aggressive interventionist foreign policy led us to invade Iraq. It has caused Americans to pay for multiple interventions in which the goal was to save women and children abroad from monstrous regimes and to spread “democracy” by force. Seldom since World War II, with the obvious exception of Afghanistan, […]

Hounds positioned for playoff spot

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullock ENMU junior forward Aaron Edwards had 20 points and eight rebounds off the bench in a 116-111 quadruple overtime win Wednesday at Angelo State. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Eastern New Mexico University’s men are positioned for the program’s first Lone Star Conference tournament berth in five years, but […]

Education feature: James Bickley teams take top spot in problem-solving competition

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Courtesy photo Two James Bickley Elementary School Destination ImagiNation teams won first place in their division, both led by Gifted and Talented teacher Carol Littlejohn, far left. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer For the third consecutive year, James Bickley Elementary School’s Destination ImagiNation teams took first place at a state tournament held in Albuquerque […]

Local lakes stocked for free fishing day

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Oasis State Park is a busy spot for local anglers these days after being stocked Tuesday with catfish for this Saturday’s Free Fishing Day. Approximately 400 pounds of flatheads were brought in Tuesday to restock the lake at Oasis Park. In February 2008, New Mexico Game and Fish issued […]

Spot in heaven more valuable than gold

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist For many years, the idea of Fort Knox and the wealth that it holds has been of interest. In fact, sayings have originated around the term “Fort Knox.” For instance, think about these sayings: Rich as Fort Knox… I would not give you all the gold in Fort Knox for […]

Hill eyes eventual D-I spot

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Former Clovis High standout Bryce Hill has started the last 13 games for Jacksonville (Texas) College. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Before ending with “God bless,” Bryce Hill’s voice mail requests a message that’s “brief, but substantial.” It’s kind of what the 2008 Clovis High graduate is hoping for at his current basketball stop. […]

How to spot a real cowboy

By Glenda Price You can tell a lot about a cowboy by his clothes — how old he is and where he came from and whether he’s a ranch hand, a rodeo cowboy or an imposter. Stuffing your pants inside your boots does help when you’re horseback and not wearing chaps. Leather grabs leather, you […]

Bliss trumps wrongs

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist Children ask all sorts of embarrassing questions and sometimes put us on the spot. This weekend, I had a lot of explaining to do when we visited New Orleans. I went with my five children and my teenage babysitter — naturally hubby still deployed. We thought that it would be […]

Calling out ‘wrongdoers’ backfires

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I was closing out my treadmill session at the gym a few weeks ago, and I saw something I couldn’t stay silent about. There was somebody parking his truck in the handicapped spot in front of the gym. Without a handicapped plaque visible in his cab. While walking in […]

Obama becoming Democrats’ long-awaited answer to Reagan

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is running for president. He’s appeared in New Hampshire, where he will need to make a mark, drawing crowds at fund-raisers and autographing his obligatory, pre-campaign memoir. He is running for president, but maybe it’s temporary. Our latest political phenom even made an appearance on the high-profile, Monday night football game […]

Republican ad provides comic relief

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist Democrats are complaining about a Republican ad that ran in Tennessee making fun of Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. It features mock voters giving dumb reasons to vote for him, such as “Terrorists need their privacy,” “Harold Ford looks nice — isn’t that enough?” and “So he took money from […]

The sky is calling: Pilots take to flight early

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By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer It starts like this. “I want to become a pilot. I think it’s awesome. I want to be a fighter pilot. My second choice would be a commercial pilot. Then a stunt pilot. Then a test pilot,” said Andres Gallegos of Albuquerque. His aspirations, at this stage, are simply […]

Companies hope expensive ads pay off in revenue.

CNJ staff and wire reports NEW YORK — There were plenty of tried-and-true techniques used in this year’s Super Bowl ads — talking animals, Clydesdale horses, celebrity cameos. But then came Gladys Knight as a rugby player, an airborne ’72 Impala and a “Mama’s Boy” action figure who was somehow plugging anti-perspirant. Clovis resident Charles […]

Flocking together

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European starlings often group together during the winter months, especially at dusk as seen here Sunday near the corner of 21st Street and Sasser Drive. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Richard Sharick watched as swarms of birds filled the sky Sunday evening outside his home in the 100 block of […]

Garcia pushing for starting spot

By Rick White As a high school free safety, Joey Garcia was known for his bone-crushing hits, leaving a trail of woozy players in his wake. In his freshman year at Texas Tech, about the hardest thing the former Clovis standout has hit is the books — so far. His grade-point average for the fall […]

Zias clinch spot in LSC volleyball tournament

CNJ STAFF PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team clinched its 11th Lone Star Conference tournament berth in the last 13 years Friday night with a 30-28, 31-29, 30-19 Lone Star Conference South Division win over Angelo State at Greyhound Arena. ENMU (14-14, 6-3 South) can do no worse than tie for the […]

Web site shows sights of our nearest neighbor

By Tom DiFrancesca The Martians are coming! Run for your lives! At least that’s what some folks around the world are saying. Why? Because the planet Mars has drawn nearer to the Earth, closer than it has in a very long time — 60,000 years to be exact. What a great photo opportunity. In fact […]

Nuttall facing season-ending surgery

By Rick White Former Clovis standout Nathan Nuttall is scheduled to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery today, according to the New Mexico State coaching staff. A 6-foot, 195-pound redshirt freshman, Nuttall was battling for a starting spot at strong safety for the Aggies until he was injured Aug. 15 during practice. “It’s a tough deal for […]