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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Music teacher Sara Hennessy talks about hitting notes at the right volume on the xylophone during a Monday afternoon music class at The Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Kevin Wilson For approximately 9,000 students across 19 Clovis schools, Monday was the first day of pencils, pens, teachers and books. It […]

Animal ambassadors

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Kathleen Kosman, a zookeeper with the Rio Grande Zoo, tells children about the leopard gecko. The gecko can shed its fatty tale to get away from predators. The Rio Grande Zoo program called Zoo To You does just that. The group of animal ambassadors visited children and youth July 8 […]

Lieutenant governor candidates display few differences

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Kent Cravens, left, answers a question while Brian Moore, center, and John Sanchez look on during Thursday’s Republican lieutenant governor forum at the Master’s Center. About 70 people attended the hour-long forum. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The three lieutenant governor candidates who visited Clovis Thursday had little differentiation […]

God, Jesus ingredients that transform lives

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist A childhood friend of mine visited an upscale, gourmet bakery in New York City. She was fascinated with the variety of breads she found displayed there. Bread was in various shapes and textures. There was black pumpernickel bread and white potato bread, and hundreds of varieties in between. Some breads […]

Cannon airmen deliver valentines to veterans

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Staff Sgt. Christopher Sanderfur, 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, righ, poses with a veteran for a photo during the Valentines for Veterans visit on Feb. 13. By Senior Airman Thomas Trower: 27th SOW Public Affairs Veterans of World War II through the Vietnam War were joined by […]

Honor 9/11, but don’t forget Iraq war woes

Freedom New Mexico Just seven years ago, unmitigated evil visited our shores. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, remain vivid in most Americans’ memories and our military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan — as well as the increase in security cameras and airports’ growing collections of confiscated nail clippers — are continuing reminders that […]

Beatlemania hits Tucumcari Thursday

Freedom New Mexico Paul McCartney visited an antique shop and restaurant on Thursday, according to customers and store owners. McCartney and a lady friend visited with Ruth Daniel at her shop, Things, on Route 66. Then he moved on to Del’s Restaurant for lunch, also on Route 66, where he ordered a take-out. According to […]

Denish addresses local citizens’ concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo During her visit to Clovis, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish visited with constituents to hear their concerns. Nancy Taylor, executive director for the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, came to keep Denish informed on the work the food bank has been doing. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Lt. Gov. […]

April 20, 2008 Club Notes

Cloudy Day Rainy Extension Club The Claud Rainy Day Extension Club met Feb. 27. Guests were Glenda Belcher and LaWanda Meeks. Eight club members visited the Smithsonian Institute display March 12 at the Eastern New Mexico University’s library. Planning and preparation days for hosting the Nite Owls Extension Club for an afternoon tea held March […]

Exaggerations undermine credibility

Freedom New Mexico Some consider it a cynical joke, but it may just be the beginning of wisdom to take as a default position the likelihood that anybody who would even dream of running for president is automatically disqualified for the job. The combination of self-importance, ego, sense of entitlement and outsized perception of one’s […]

Earl’s on the defensive

Have you visited Earl’s cartoon world? Today he has some explaining to do to the game warden. Earl’s world

Soldier remembered

Memories of U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin: • Bethaney Beach said her brother was a music and sports lover. She said he enjoyed singing along with the radio and often said he would be Kenny Rogers or Garth Brooks if given the chance. • Beach recalled a teenage Kassin who coaxed his friends into […]

Even short acquaintance can touch life

By Don Reid: Guest Columnist I met Martin “Butch” Gibbons about a year ago. He pulled up in his anniversary-edition Corvette and leisurely strolled into my store. I asked if I could be of help; he said he was just looking. Then he turned and said, “You don’t look like you could help anybody.” He […]