Hot mustard sauce, the universe, and God’s love

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist  This column is not about hot mustard sauce; it just starts with it—the stuff you find in most Chinese restaurants. I think it’s mislabeled. I know a little something about food and a little something about words, and I don’t think “hot” is the right word.  Jalapeño peppers are […]

2,400 toys collected for wildfire victims

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Rebecca Struthers, left, and Diana Blaschke, both of Clovis, toss stuffed animals into a box headed to California. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Arik and Ben Yeager thought they would have made some progress by Monday in their goal of collecting stuffed animals for victims of the California wildfires. […]

Music livens up most mundane tasks

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I remember when a new priest, Father Juan Montoya, came to Portales in the 1980s. At the end of his first Mass he said, “Now let’s go home and do some gringo house cleaning!” I’m not exactly sure what he meant by that. I think he meant some deep spring […]

My candidate is better than yours

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Primaries are coming up pretty soon, and I think it’s time I let you down gently. Voters just aren’t going to back your candidate, and I think it’s time you came on board with me and my candidate. I know you’ll defend your candidate with all you are, but […]

Angelo prevails in 2 OTs

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jason Walker can’t haul in a pass between Angelo State secondary members (from left) Brandon Eubanks, Jared Hicks and Michael McLeod on a fake field goal attempt in the third quarter of Saturday’s LSC South Division game at Greyhound Stadium. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — For […]

Romantic gifts not necessarily costly

By Clyde Davis: Columnist It may be true that the thermometer in your car, as did mine, read 94 degrees last week. That makes it hard to think about Christmas. But in the tradition of encouraging and enhancing romancing, it is time for most of us to think about Christmas presents for the MVW (most […]

Music to their ears

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte John Mueller performs as Buddy Holly during Friday’s Buddy, Roy and Elvis tribute show at the Clovis Civic Center as part of the the Clovis Music Festival. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Old-fashioned cherry lime drinks were popular once again last week at the Foxy Drive-In as thousands flocked […]

Labor Day showcases workers’ pride

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist “The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on Sept. 5, 1883.” — U.S. Department of Labor Web […]

Team looks to fill holes

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CnJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis High School cross-country coach Mark Bussen leads the varsity boys team during practice Wednesday afternoon at Ned Houk Park. The team opens the season with the Clovis Invitational, set for 3 p.m. Friday at Ned Houk Park. By Dave Wagner: CNJ Sports Writer The Clovis High girls got close […]

Room to grow

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CNJ Staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis senior Stephanie O’Neal, left, watches coach Shane Leatherwood lead a defensive drill during practice earlier this week. The Lady Wildcats open their season Friday in a tournament in Artesia By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s been a few years since the Clovis High girls soccer team has put […]

War tough on loved ones left behind

By Grant McGee: Local columnist My daughter Robyn lives back east and has been seeing a young enlisted man. I’ve never met him. I’ve just heard her talk about him, heard the smile in her voice when she talks about the places they go, the things they see when they get time together. By all […]

Garcia has NFL hopes after Tech

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent He was Joey when he left Clovis. Now, he’s just plain Joe. But Joe Garcia is certainly no ordinary Joe as far as the Texas Tech Red Raiders are concerned. Expected to be one of the leaders this year for Tech’s defense at strong safety, the 6-foot-1 inch, 222-pound senior […]

Letters to the Editor: Blood-alcohol level beside point

Regarding recent events surrounding Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas: I would like to raise some very serious concerns. I am truly appalled that our city commissioners actually have the gall and audacity to think it is acceptable for Thomas to keep his job. I realize he was under the legal limit for drunken drivers when […]

Hounds get good work in

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ENMU senior running back Kyle Harris rambles 15 yards for a touchdown during Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage at Blackwater Draw. The Greyhounds open the 2007 season next Saturday, facing Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — For a Saturday in August, the weather was […]

Q&A: Senator supports Richardson’s run for White House

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Jeff Bingaman is serving his fifth term in Congress and is chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Following Tuesday’s Senate field hearing at Clovis-Carver Public Library, he answered a few questions for Freedom Newspapers. Q:You came to Clovis for the field hearing regarding the Ute Water Project. […]

County fair has much to offer

By Clyde Davis: Columnist It’s time to think about the Curry County Fair. In the area of “things kids would rather not discuss,” this also means the beginning of the school year, but in balance of that fact, many children are beginning to grow weary of summer anyway. My love affair with county fairs dates […]

Amos: a tribute to Howie

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. a tribute to howie boss the other day i was so depressed i went to the phone to call dial-a-mousey- friend but a recording came on which said we re sorry but all our […]

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 […]

Longtime Lady Rams coach steps down

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — After leading the Portales girls basketball team to five New Mexico Class 3A state championships, and seven consecutive championship game appearances, Lady Ram head coach Brenda Gomez is stepping down after 22 years as head coach. Gomez will be coaching girls basketball at Robinson High School in Waco, […]

Effects of smoking ban vary

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A week since a statewide smoking ban took effect, Clovis bars and restaurants are looking into ways to accommodate smokers. Business has been slow at the Prince Lounge, bartender Monkey Padilla said. She estimates about 80 percent of the bar’s customers are smokers, and weekend receipts are down by […]