Mothers can still be daddy’s girls

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist I never thought of myself as daddy’s girl. My dad, who is a tour manager in Rome, recently went back to Italy after spending several weeks with me during my husband’s deployment. My hubby left a few days after my fourth C-section, and my parents were concerned about my situation […]

Jan. 19, 1925

James M. Rodin of the Kendall Dry Goods Co. returned to Clovis from markets in the eastern United States. He said he encountered snow in every city he visited on a three-week trip to purchase spring and summer goods. … Rev. J.F. Nix was about to celebrate his second year as pastor at Clovis’ Baptist […]

New Year time for renewing life’s pursuits

Freedom Newspapers Celebrating the coming of a new year is one of the oldest traditions in human civilization, beginning in ancient Babylon some 4,000 years ago. Being one of the few holidays based on natural phenomena — the Earth does take 365 1/4 days to revolve around the sun, creating regular and observable cycles in […]

Some resolutions worth keeping

By Ray Sullivan: Publisher of Freedom Newspapers This is a personal tale about the only New Year’s resolution I’ve ever made that has stuck. The decision saved me from myself. I write about it not for praise, but in case someone reading it wonders if they should quit drinking like I did 21 years ago. […]

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 process hindered, not helped, by feds

By Freedom Newspapers The curse of the hanging chads still haunts America. It isn’t all the fault of dunderheaded Floridians who threw the 2000 presidential election into turmoil because they couldn’t manage the simple mechanics of voting, however. The curse really began in 2002, when Congress attempted to fix what wasn’t really broken by passing […]

Limiting media’s freedom hinders public freedoms

By Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to take a case involving a prosecutor seeking the telephone records of two reporters with The New York Times. The decision is regrettable — even though it is far from certain that the high court would have decided the case as we would have preferred. […]

Have A Happy Thanksgiving!

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Generally speaking, even though I really enjoy my daily work, I enjoy holidays a great deal. I like special times when most folks take a much-needed day or two off to enjoy each other, eat too much, and goof off a bit. Taking a little time off on occasion, […]

Earmark errors won’t stop with Democrats

By Freedom Newspapers If anyone still believes the changing of the guard in Congress will curtail the annual raids on ye ol’ pork barrel, or end the practice of earmarking special expenditures for the home district or state, they didn’t read last Sunday’s story in The New York Times, “As Power Shifts in New Congress, […]

When it comes to health, there’s no free lunch

Col. Kenneth Hall It’s easy to take for granted that which we enjoy every day. What is firmly in hand one moment can be snatched away the next. And what goes neglected or mistreated will prematurely fail. Health is a perfect example, especially for a young and robust population such as ours. All too often […]

Promises to God should be carried out

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist During this week of Thanksgiving, another woman Bible character is an excellent example for all women. Why? She is not known for her Thanksgiving meals nor is she known for an immaculate house and entertaining in the most impressive way. She is known for something far greater. She was obedient […]

Zias ride balanced attack past Highlands

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ENMU senior forward Elizabeth Richards drive past New Mexico Highlands junior Tamra Collazo for a layup in Tuesday’s game at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Linden Weese knows his Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team has work to do, but he believes the potential […]

Cops and Courts: Man gets 25 years for stabbing, rape

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man convicted of stabbing and raping his girlfriend was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Ricardo Sena, 19, was convicted by a jury in June of kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration, aggravated battery, child abuse […]

Local legend leaves lasting impression

Editorial “Once I owned a few cattle myself, all descendants of a spotted heifer named Easter. One dry spring, they all died from grazing on shinnery brush except one dogied yearling steer. He unwisely stood by a barbed-wire fence when a thunderstorm broke the drought, and died of lightning. It was such misfortune that kindled […]

Clovis High band plays on

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent From the first day of summer practice, Clovis High band members have one competition constantly on their minds: the Zia Marching Festival. Clovis and 31 other bands from New Mexico and neighboring states participate today in Albuquerque in the state’s premier marching competition. “This is what we aim for from […]

Exemptions should be given to all, not some

By Freedom Newspapers A recent New York Times front-page article, “Religion Trumps Regulation As Legal Exemptions Grow,” the first in a series on the topic, raised the following question: Why are religious organizations increasingly exempt from the rules businesses and many other organizations must follow? The Times focused on two Alabama day-care centers. “At any […]

Local golfer notches pair of aces

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Bob Rogers of Clovis plays golf at Municipal Golf Course last Thursday. Rogers has golfed with the same group for the past seven years, and usually plays four days a week. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent There’s an old story around the clubhouse at Clovis Municipal Golf Course about one […]

Teenagers killed in Farwell accident

By CNJ Staff Two Farwell High students died in a one-vehicle rollover Tuesday two miles south of Farwell, according to the Parmer County Sheriff’s Office. Billy Hernandez, 14, and Frankie Reyes 14, were killed when the Suburban they were traveling in with six other area students rolled over several times on County Road 1 about […]

Dear God, how could you let this happen?”

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist We’ve all had times when through our pain and tears we ask, “Dear God, where are you? How could you let this happen? How long can you stomach this kind of atrocity before you break in and do something to stop it?”   Maybe it’s a senseless mass murder […]

Greenwalt back in Seattle

CNJ staff Clovis’ Cisti Greenwalt is back in the WNBA, and back in Seattle. The 2001 Clovis High graduate played in four games with the Storm earlier this season, then was traded to the expansion Chicago Sky in late June and promptly cut. The 6-foot-5 center, who had been living and working out in Sacramento, […]