Scriptures, like poetry, requires reading into symbolism

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Down here in Texas we tell Aggie jokes. Up around Minnesota, the Norwegians tell “Olie & Lena” jokes instead. In a recent “News from Lake Wobegon” segment, storyteller Garrison Keillor managed to incorporate a few of those. One caught the attention of the grandfather under my hat. As the […]

Our direction is secure with God

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist It is wonderful to have guidance! When Charlie and I are on a trip, gone are the days to plead with him to stop and ask for directions. No more are the days of reading a paper map. Now time is not lost stopping at convenience stores and asking for […]

Editorial: Child insurance program only proves costly

The great American journalist H.L. Mencken tried to tell us, way back in 1920: “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.” That’s a pretty good characterization of the $115 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, commonly known as SCHIP, that President Obama signed earlier […]

Lone Scout remembered as wise man

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist A Lone Scout, they tell me, is a Boy Scout without a troop or a troop leader. I didn’t know about the Lone Scout program until I met a Lone Scout who has been living in Clovis a long time. He was Sam Covington, who reached the age of 93, […]

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 […]

Closure offers time for reflection

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist They tell me I may very well have been the last authorized “civilian” allowed to go over the now-closed Hull Street Bridge.

Somebody tell her how the story ends

Dianna Hernandez is blogging again.

Memoirs tell of drama in Portales

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Memoirs left by Levi J. Whiteman, grandfather of the author’s wife Kathy McAlavy brought to life a drama that was produced in Portales in 1907 by Whiteman, then 20, and his friends. The historical melodrama was written in 1888 by John A. Fraser. The melodrama was called “A Noble Outcast” […]

Students lacked proper supervision

By Walter Bradley: CNJ guest columnist Remember the game of telling someone a story and they tell 10 more people … and the last person tells a different story? That’s what’s happened with the recent school yearbook issue in Clovis.

Students lacked proper supervision

By Walter Bradley: CNJ guest columnist Remember the game of telling someone a story and they tell 10 more people … and the last person tells a different story? That’s what’s happened with the recent school yearbook issue in Clovis.

Pregnancy inspires nosiness

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist When a woman is pregnant, people develop an uncontrollable urge to tell her what to do.

Pregnancy births uninvited comments, curiosity

By Anita Doberman

Pet of the day: Bella

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Name: Bella About: Bella was adopted from my friend Carole (God rest her soul) when she was a kitten back in 2005. Bella is a domestic black short hair with a sometimes bad attitude. She’s about 12 1/2 to 13 pounds. People ask me what I feed her — I tell them what ever she […]

First Person: Santa Claus

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CNJ Staff Photo: Sharna Johnson Saylor Garza, 4, tells Santa she wants a “Baby Alive” doll for Christmas. Randy Rhue said he makes sure the real Santa gets the message about what kids want. When he walks in the room, all eyes, young and old, are on him. But peel away the beard, the faux […]

Texas Playboys highlight of festival

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Did you go to the Clovis Music Festival? I’ve got to tell you my favorite act was Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys. I can tell you when I first discovered Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. I was in college back east and was browsing through the racks of vinyl at […]

Pavarotti work ethic just as powerful as voice

Freedom Newspapers If toward the end he became almost a caricature of himself — expanding in girth, canceling performances, indulging his appetites, leaving his wife for a young secretary, earning barbs from critics for sometimes sloppy performances — there were solid reasons Luciano Pavarotti was the most celebrated opera singer since Caruso. Pavarotti, who died […]

Defense paints Bedford as victim

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Defense attorney Gary Mitchell addresses jurors during opening arguments Thursday in Albuquerque. Mitchell’s client, Stanley Bedford, is accused of killing a Portales couple. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — The state called Stanley Bedford a plotting killer who even scares people who know him. His defense attorney calls […]

Mother still one of the true greats

By Grant McGee: Local columnist My mom is the greatest mom there ever was and I love her just a whole lot. Well, I know there are lots of folks who think their mom is the best. I’m not exactly happy about where my mom is. She’s 88 years old and spends her days in […]

Exercise your body and it will thank you for it

Melissa Bruggeman You have a busy schedule. Between work, kids and your social life, you convince yourself that you don’t have time to work out. Your body isn’t in that bad of shape, you silently tell yourself. Besides, you’re too tired or depressed. You think you get enough exercise in your normal day to day […]

‘In the military’ means belonging to special fraternity

By Col. Peggy Poore The other week, I had the pleasure of attending Cannon’s Senior Noncommissioned Officer Induction Ceremony. Like many of the other official functions I’ve attended, this event included a short ceremony that paid special tribute to our prisoners of war (POW) and missing in action (MIA) service members. As I stand for […]