Predictability part of ’Trotters’ charm

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I set the flash up like normal. I stood in the same spots. I said hi to the same Greyhound Arena staff. For all intents and purposes, this was a normal basketball game for me. Except it wasn’t. It was the Harlem Globetrotters. It was the third time I’d […]

Police on lookout for pumpkin smashers

CNJ Staff About half a dozen Clovis residents woke Thursday morning to discover their vehicles had been damaged by thrown pumpkins, according to police. Capt. Patrick Whitney said there were five calls from the northeastern area of town, in the area of Lew Wallace Street, Northglen and Circle Drives, reporting broken vehicle windows and other […]

Trouble named Rufus runs overhead

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I just heard Rufus again as he ran across the attic in my sons’ house in Mbale, Uganda. Though we hear him fairly regularly, mainly at night, we’re not sure that anyone has ever actually seen Rufus. But we’re 99.9 percent sure that Rufus, who is actually Rufus II […]

Tattoos’ meanings not always obvious

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It was surreal, but in a good way — and kind of spooky. It came as an attachment to an e-mail the other day — my mother’s face, a portrait of her as a young woman. Thing is, it was a tattoo, a very good one, on the arm of […]

Too many choices make selection tough

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist There was one copy of this magazine sold from Hastings in Clovis last year. I know, because I am the one who bought it. The magazine is the Competition edition of Wildfowl Carving, which features the best of the previous year’s carving competitions, primarily in wood, for those who focus […]

Playing the point

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Texico junior point guard Faith Martin has had a basketball in her hands for as long as she can remember. Martin leads the Lady Wolverines with 12 points and five assists per game. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Junior point guard Faith Martin played libero for Texico’s 2006 volleyball […]

All’s fair when fighting anonymity

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Anonymity’s a conditional thing, I’ve come to find. When I’m running errands and nobody tells how good my columns, photos and news stories aren’t, anonymity’s a good thing. On the flip side, anonymity is a bad thing when it comes from my best friend’s parents. What follows is a […]

Walking in others’ shoes good exercise

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist This is for a reader who demands to know why I write about gay issues. His conclusion is that I must secretly be gay myself. Actually, he doesn’t express himself quite that civilly. To the contrary, his e-mails — which, until recently, were arriving at the rate of about one […]

Election results may cause U.S. harm

Letters to the Editor Let me be among the first to congratulate the Democrats for taking back both houses of Congress and to express my deep appreciation to those who voted them in. At least we no longer have to be exposed to those horrible, corrupt Republicans with their scandals! And, it is quite comforting […]

Space travel means one pricey ticket

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist George Bush, the first and arguably the brighter George Bush, first spoke in 1987 about “the vision thing.” The vision thing. It’s the concept of looking past my tiny world and dreaming of what could be. I don’t have the vision thing. Noting my inability to project beyond current reality […]

Wood-burning stoves require more attention

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Now that cooler temperatures are creeping in like mice beneath a breadbox, I had to do something I’ve never done before. Use a wood stove. The only heating elements I’ve ever known include hissing radiators, steam from the rice pot that inevitably boils over and a portable heat fan I […]

To dust we, and cows, must all return

By Grant McGee: Local columnist While bicycling along the country lanes of Curry County I’ve seen a lot of dead bovines by the side of the road. If I were one of those high-dollar journalists who write books and attended soirees in Santa Fe and Sedona, I suppose I could write “purple prose” about the […]

Baskett flying high

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MCT Photo: George BridgesHank Baskett will suit up for his first NFL regular-season game Sunday when Philadelphia plays the Texans in Houston. By Jon Marks: CNJ Correspondent PHILADELPHIA — On Labor Day, Hank Baskett worked. And also packed. He worked for his new employer, the Philadelphia Eagles, having learned over the weekend — while he […]

Field mice can be difficult to exterminate

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Here at the Old Reporters’ Retirement Home, I’m spicing up each day by writing a horror story. It’s a TV documentary inspired by an actual event. Hollywood will love it. It’ll star Arnold Schwarzenegger. I call it “Gnaws.” The actual event went like this: We remodeled our house one time, […]

Nothing can separate man and his sofa

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The phone rang and woke me from a glorious Saturday afternoon nap. The Lady of the House took the call as I slowly re-entered reality. I smiled to myself. Life doesn’t get any better than this: resting on pillows, bare feet sticking out over the end of the sofa, easy […]

Enemy not afraid of death hard to battle

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist When Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert addressed the Knesset and claimed victory against Hezbollah, some members of the body audibly scoffed, reports WorldNetDaily.com. Israel’s tentative military campaign, Olmert asserted, “changed the strategic balance in the region.” Well, he’s right about that part. By failing to crush Hezbollah, as 90 percent […]

New project symptom of age

By Bob Huber, Local Columnist During the Dark Ages of my married life, I bought a prehistoric Volkswagen camper and spent the national debt fixing it up. I named it “The Titanic.” It had all the necessary gismos for modern camping — a gas stove, electric ice box, a sink, a bed, a radio, a […]

New Mexican cuisine not just green chile

Ryn Gargulinski Real New Mexicans don’t eat green chile quiche, someone recently told me. After thanking the person for the insightful information, I pointed out I never asked in the first place. But it did get me to thinking what real New Mexicans do eat. When I lived in the Land of Enchantment, I ended […]

UFO story makes skywatchers of us all

Grant McGee: Local Columnist So Clovis had its own UFO incident, eh? Very cool. The story of the 1976 sighting was on the front page of last Sunday’s Clovis News Journal. There are pictures of it. People are talking about it again. The article got me thinking about UFO encounters I’ve had and heard about. […]

Relaxation cannot and should not be controlled

Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist We’re such control freaks these days. We like to control our time. Control our space. Control how long our meetings last. Control agendas. Control how much input and output we will take from others and so on. I’m an admitted control freak. I control the air conditioner in my car. I […]