Something to do on January 10, 2008

Clovis-Carver Public Library hosts a pre-school story hour at 10 a.m. Children attending will hear about birds and build a bird feeder. Information: 769-7840.

Memories define holiday season

By Clyde Davis: Columnist The other day, while doing some browse-shopping in our local chain bookstore, I came across two books to put on the “maybe” list. Complete scripts, or at least apparently complete, for “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “Miracle On 34th Street.” Since both rank high on my favorite blond’s list of touching […]

Veterans deserve respect, thanks

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Growing up I loved to hear my grandparents talk about their experiences during WWII, especially their escape story. During German occupation, my grandfather, who had worked for the Italian government in the past, was ordered to come back and collaborate with the Germans. Unwilling to do so and opposing the regime, […]

Local artists deserve support

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Among the hoped for fall events of Pintores, the local art league, is a fund-raising auction featuring art by local artists. A similar auction, held in 2005 in Portales, raised several thousand dollars for the benefit of students at ENMU who had been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The question raised by […]

Portales Abengoa plant on market

Freedom Newspapers Abengoa Bioenergy, of St. Louis announced Thursday that it intends to sell its Portales plant, according to plant officials. The global company acquired the Portales facility in 2002 and has since that time increased production capacity to approximately 27 million gallons per year, according to a story online in the Cherry Creek News […]

Terror suspects treated without shadow of doubt

By Freedom Newspapers One news story painted the conviction Thursday of terrorism suspect Jose Padilla as “a significant victory for the Bush administration.” It was far from that. If anything, it was a repudiation of the way the administration handled his case. Padilla, 36, is the former Chicago gang member who converted to Islam and […]

Man sought on three warrants arrested in Texas

CNJ Staff A 34-year-old man wanted by Clovis Police on three outstanding warrants was captured Friday in Weatherford, Texas, following a high-speed chase. Anthony D. Morgan led city, county and state police on a chase before crashing his vehicle, according to a story on the Weatherford Telegram Web site. After the crash, Morgan broke into […]

Soggy Potter book could be sign

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Guest columnist My life is not so boring that I need to go out of my way to poke somebody, offend a few, or otherwise provoke e-mail to further bury my in-box. (My saved e-mails just broke into five figures.) But, I’ll tell you anyway: I love Harry Potter. If confession […]

U.S.’ approach to drug problem needs revamped

By Freedom Newspapers We couldn’t help but notice a recent wire story headlined “Illegal drugs getting scarcer.” The report began by noting that the availability of most illegal drugs is down and drug seizures are up. Drug warriors point to this information as proof the war on drugs is succeeding. Not everyone, however, is reaching […]

Mother uses “Sad Story” in attempt to curb meth

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Freedom Newspapers: Helena Rodriguez Sheila Savitz, left, visits the grave of her son, Rob, in Portales Cemetery with her daughter, Amanda Ziegler. A copy of Rob’s last letter, “My Sad Story,” is embedded in the gravestone for all to read. The letter is as a warning to would-be meth users. By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers […]

Blackmail affects Clovis citizen

By Don McAlvy: Columnist Arthur E. Curren, first newspaper publisher in Clovis, told a strange story that happened in Clovis in its early days. Curren had come to Clovis from California in 1929. He came to celebrate the joining of his old Clovis News to the Clovis Journal and creating the Clovis Evening News-Journal. Arthur […]

Daughter’s pursuit of degree inspiring

The graduates are on their way. The diplomas have been handed out, now it’s on to the next stage. For some it’s more schooling, for others it’s a job; some waited for that diploma to get married, others will be going into the military and some will go into the family business. This is a […]

We could have used better words

By David Stevens/CNJ Editor Our newspaper recently published a story about an F-16 pilot killed in Iraq last year. The story reported details about the cause of the crash. The main headline read: “Pilot error caused crash” The secondary headline was: “Air Force report: Pilot of Cannon F-16 died protecting ground troops.” Several readers have […]

Education feature: Cultural calling

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Students at La Casita Elementary School listen attentively Wednesday as Native American storyteller Debra Morningstar shares stories with the students that demonstrate how to live in balance and harmony. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Here, there is no museum mentality. Rattles, turtle shells, rabbit pelts, animal skulls and handmade […]

Army owes it to fallen soldier to reveal truth

By Freedom Newspapers Friendly fire killed Pat Tillman almost three years ago in Afghanistan. But his death continues to haunt us. Maybe it’s because his sacrifice seems so supreme: relinquishing the ease and wealth of life as a respected NFL football player for the brutality and danger of fighting on the front lines. It’s a […]

Low budget doesn’t hold back ‘Believe’

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The Lady Cyclones basketball team progresses under the tutelage of a new coach in “Believe in Me.” (Courtesy photo) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When I got an invite to an early-morning “Believe in Me” screening, I envisioned a consequence-free movie review. If I say it’s great, I give extra motivation to an eastern […]

Grand disappearing act stuns classmate

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The question is simple: Would you rather be rich or famous? The answer is also simple: I’d rather be rich, because you can be famous for the wrong reasons. Now I have proof, because I grew up with somebody who’s now famous … and I’m not sure if it’s […]

Aid necessary in ‘Pursuit of Happyness’

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That’s what our United States Constitution guarantees. However, the “happiness” is the tricky part because it’s an inalienable right that is not guaranteed. One must pursue it. It’s this pursuit of happiness that brings a grown man to tears in the moving big-screen […]

Group of 26 transported by power of prayer

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Editor’s note: This column is being rerun at the request of several readers. A missionary from Africa told this true story while visiting his home church in Michigan. As a missionary doctor in Africa, he worked in a hospital far out in the country. When he needed supplies, he had […]

Convicted Clovis killer dies in prison

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The May 1976 issue of Front Page Detective featured a cover story on the 1975 investigation of the death of a Melrose resident. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A man convicted of brutally raping and murdering a Clovis convenience store clerk more than 30 years ago died Tuesday in a state prison. Stanley Deon […]