April 17, 1935

Officials declared that anyone living in Curry County before January 1912 was a “pioneer.” An old-timers reunion was being planned and a committee was putting together an invitation list. … The Clovis Evening News-Journal published an editorial calling for more sporting events in town. “In order to do this it will be necessary to organize […]

Jesus’ story survived, even without TV

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist News spreads within minutes these days. Major earthquakes, fires in California or “leaks” in governmental investigations are spread around the world in minutes via 24-hour news channels. However, the breaking news that weekend Jesus was crucified spread quickly even without sophisticated technology. Jerusalem was a packed city because of Passover, […]

Pretend presidential run must be fun

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I’m in a fortunate position where I can expend 500 to 600 words reflecting on whatever I want. Sometimes, a thought of mine simply isn’t enough to fill that word amount. So here’s a bunch of thoughts worth sharing but not worth their own column: • If somebody lures […]

Talking hard habit to tame

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I am a big talker. I love to speak my mind. When I get in a discussion with someone, I can go on for a while, especially if I feel strongly about an issue. My easygoing husband, knowing me as well as he does, senses when I am about to plunge […]

Election chatter heard ’round table

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist An exhaustive political season and its climatic November showdown still have people talking. Snippets of conversations that might take place at Thanksgiving dinner tables around New Mexico. At a mansion in Santa Fe: “The thing I am most grateful about, and I think most New Mexicans are grateful about, is […]

Real freedom not type seen on talk shows

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Think about it: Daytime talk shows can be really offensive. The strange and weird are more the ordinary on these shows. For some of these shows, producers and hosts all connive to parade guests that boast about deceitful and immoral living. The audience usually applauds when these people “spill” their […]

Age just a number for military group

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In 1947, Richard “Gene” Pershall of Clovis was infatuated with the military and wanted to follow in his older brother’s footsteps. At the age of 15, he pestered his father to let him join the Army Air Corps. Reluctantly, his father agreed and signed a consent form stating Pershall […]

Small talk leads to major annoyance

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I felt naked as I left for work Monday, but it was a good feeling. A few blocks into my drive to work, I realized I left my cell phone at home, and it felt as if I were going to work while missing an item of clothing. I […]

Three years, little progress in Tucker case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer It was a late Thursday night when sheriff’s deputies were called — a Clovis man was found by his family, shot to death at the business he owned. Three years later investigators still don’t know who killed J.C. Tucker, owner of Tucker Auto Sales and Tucker Self-Storage on U.S. […]

Liberal ‘culture capture’ must be undone

Mona Charen: syndicated columnist A parent from Plymouth, N.Y., has sent along another example of liberals gone wild. Fishing through her son’s backpack (he’s a ninth grader), she found a crumpled up handout from the health teacher. The title caught her attention: “Dysfunctional ‘Family Rules.’” The handout is reproduced below with punctuation, grammar and capitalization […]

Columnist takes heat for paper editorials

Ned Cantwell : State Columnist Miss Thistlewhistle, when you’ve finished popping chewing gum and making purring noises over the phone to Hank the Hunk, I need some help here. No, you won’t need the IPOD, just a notepad. Help me get a message out. Call David Stevens at the Clovis News Journal. If he’s not […]

Police 10-codes dying language

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Radio communication by police and emergency workers has traditionally been done through a number coded system, known as 10-codes. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An almost 70-year-old unique American language will be laid to rest as law enforcement works to homogenize communications in an age of disaster preparedness. Earlier this […]

Man scarred by smokeless tobacco to speak in area

By William P. Thompson Area students will think twice about using smokeless tobacco after listening to Gruen Von Behrens talk about his battle with cancer, according to anti-tobacco advocates. Von Behrens, who has undergone more than 35 surgeries on his face since being diagnosed with oral cancer at 17, will speak about his experiences next […]

Press needs to get priorities straight

By M ona Charen: Syndicated columnist There are few less edifying sights than Terry McAuliffe in full battle cry. But alas there was no avoiding him after the Cheney hunting accident. There he was demanding to know why the vice president waited 22 hours before informing the press and shouting that if Al Gore had […]

Support group offers aid to parents who have lost children

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Gina Gutierrez sorts through items that belonged to her firstborn son Jake, who died 13 years ago from a staph infection. Gutierrez and three others are forming an Eastern Plains chapter of The Compassionate Friends. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer She keeps his tiny, blue socks in a plastic container […]

Radio waves hide unknown announcer

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Inspired partly by Tom Petty’s “Last DJ,” and partly by a lonely stretch of late night radio reception, somewhere northeast of Amarillo, this piece is entirely fiction. Or, maybe not. I can’t tell you where I am. Not exactly, or even within a close proximity. The FCC has been tracking […]

Economist to explain financial safeguards

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A former bank chief and published economist will give advice to local residents Thursday about how to safeguard their nest eggs, especially since Cannon Air Force Base has been recommended for closure. Larry Bates will talk at the Economic and Political Risk Conference at 7 p.m. at the Clovis […]

Campos addresses Democrats

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Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, talks with local Democrats Monday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, reviewed a long list of legislative accomplishments at Monday’s Curry Democratic Party Town Hall Meeting, which included funding for Pre-K and tax cuts for low-income […]

Children’s language changing constantly

By Mona Charen The day is not far distant when I will not understand a word my children say. As it is, I’m moderately fluent in kid-speak, but losing ground all the time. My husband barely speaks the language at all and is often reduced to gaping at them over his morning coffee as they […]

Cowboy’s death still mystery

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers A year has passed since a 20-year-old Logan cowboy died on a ranch near Grady, but New Mexico State Police still have not ruled on what caused his death. At the time of Juan Lucero’s death on Feb. 24, 2004, State Police Sgt. Cleo Baker said it appeared Lucero had […]