Military mama: Being mom means letting little things slide

There’s something about motherhood that makes becoming a public spectacle acceptable, as long as that cranky child turns his or her sobs to giggles. Those moments in the grocery store when the last nap and next meal are just too far apart for your little one to maintain composure. Suddenly mommy has to think quickly […]

Recession may be over, but effects still here

T echnically, the recession ended last year. So say experts who calculate such things. Most people probably didn’t notice. The national unemployment rate hovers at 9.6 percent. We imagine out-of-work Americans don’t feel a year removed from recession. Sales in many industries continue sluggish. In some industries, worse than sluggish. Those folks probably don’t feel […]

Book review: “Fly Fishing, Life, and Other Things I Have Tried”

Former Portales resident Joe Farr has written a humorous book about his fishing and RV experiences. Joe lived in Portales from 1973 to 1985. He opened his first KFC in Portales in 1974 and operated it until 1985. He also owned the KFC in Clovis from 1981 to 2007. He is now retired and lives […]

CCC marking 20 years of independence

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson It was 20 Septembers ago that Clovis Community College came to be, when a mill levy vote dissolved its affiliation with Eastern New Mexico University. Kevin Wilson A lot of things didn’t go as planned in 1990 — the Time Warner merger, Mike Tyson’s title defense against James “Buster” Douglas. […]

Growing up in Clovis all about ‘little’ things

Don McAlavy Well, I came across some notes left me by the late Clovis historian Tom Pendergrass, and he too remembered the “little” things: “The town of Clovis was started in May 1907 with the original town site surveyed and sale of lots starting about the first of May 1907. Not long after that, my […]

God makes all things new

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Christians serve a God who is making “all things new.” In the “Revelation,” the Apostle John contrasts the new heaven and the new earth with the old heaven and old earth that, he says, will pass away. He sees a new city, the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming […]

Playoff beard not winning move

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Whether personal or political, the things that came to my head for this column didn’t quite stretch into the space I must fill. So here’s a small shot of each: • The playoff beard returned, and left. Consistent fans of my column, which may or may not include more than […]

Roping event grows

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CNJ file photo Organizers say this weeks four-day Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping event has become the largest in the nation and draws top national competitors. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Four things draw ropers to Clovis’ Joe’s Boot Shop calf roping event: • Good prize money • Comfort • Fresh calves • A […]

My mind is shallow bubble bath

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer On a weekend out of Clovis, I had a lot of time to think about things … mostly how the roadrunner pizza (pepperoni, sausage, green chili) should be featured everywhere and how commercials for a new season of “24” can always get me out of a bad mood. Here […]

Editor shares thanks for family

By Chris Schmaedeke: FNM columnist I am thankful for three things this holiday season: • Family • Friends. • Football. Actually, I am thankful for many things this year. I have had many life-changing events and most have worked out in my favor. I am thankful for my wife. Stephanie and I got married on […]

In tribute: Homemaker remembered for spirit, determination

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Courtesy photo Arnetta Foster died Oct. 4, 2009 at age 85. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Her soft, welcoming voice, kind generous spirit, determination and attention to detail are but some of the things her family remembers about Arnetta Foster. Foster, 85, died Oct. 4, 2009, in Clovis. She was the matriarch of the […]

Portales native killed in collision

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Courtesy photo Ashleah Richards died in a car crash early Sunday morning, three miles south of Hale Center in the Plainview, Texas. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Ashleah Richards liked to do things that stereotypically interest many girls — fix up hair, put on makeup and the like. But Richards was tough as nails, […]

Compassion more important than law

God walked this globe full of grace By Curtis K. Shelburne Some things never change. Most things, in fact. “In times like these,” said one wise man, “it helps to remember that there have always been times like these.” Yes, and people, too. While no one is absolutely one or the other, people here will […]

Clovis Fire Department turns 100

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman looks up documents from the “history file” at the Clovis Fire Department. The department turned 100 Friday. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer In his 34 years at the Clovis Fire Department, Ray Westerman has seen things that made him laugh, things he never wants […]

Talking aids strengths

By Anita Tedaldi My husband returned home for a short visit before taking off again. I guess we should be used to the routine, the coming and going, and to the changes we adjust to, but each time I’m taken back by how tough it is, no matter the preparation and good intentions. As with […]

Perspective always changes as we age

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist Lots of things change as we get older. If you don’t believe that, just take a look at your kids. And I don’t even have to look that far. I can just look at my kids’ dogs. Ol’ Zeke, the college dog, is a Great Dane. Our son Chris called […]

Meetings watch: Clovis school board

CNJ staff A Clovis Municipal School Board meeting will be held at Zia Elementary School at 5:30 tonight. Among things to be discussed are: • Recognition of the volunteer of the year and state board of education’s Excellence for Student Achievement award recipient. • A name change from the CHS Freshman Campus to the CHS […]

“I Love You, Mrs. Blackburn”

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist One of the finest gifts pastors and authors and, for that matter, friends of many sorts, can do for us is to help us think new thoughts and learn new things. One of the most important ways they do that is by reminding us of old but true things […]

Kites color skies over Cannon

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Cannon Connections photo: Heather Bumguardner William Epperson and his family just arrived in New Mexico and took a day to enjoy kite flying, games and food. In the spring winds, professional kite flyers, games and more helped get things off the ground at Cannon Air Force Base’s sixth annual Kite Karnival on April 18 at […]