Education column: District host to quality teachers

In visiting classrooms across our school district, I am continually surprised by the caliber of educators we have. One such remarkable teacher is Terry Pipkin, a science teacher at Marshall Middle School. Now in her 27th year of teaching, I had an opportunity to watch her preparing for a class and observe her interactions with […]

Foreign exchange students learn about Clovis’ musical heritage

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Julie Grandjean, left, an 18-year-old exchange student from Belgium, looks at a jukebox Friday with Cristobal Bastias, 17, from Chile, center, and Christian Damvig, 16, from Denmark. The teens were among a group of foreign exchange students to tour the Norman and Vi Petty Rock and Roll Museum. Benna Sayyed […]

Christ’s sacrifice should always be remembered

I heard this true story first hand about three years ago. The following true incident happened in the summer of 2008. An American family was recently vacationing in Prague. Early one morning, the father went to an outdoor cafe before the other family members awoke. He began visiting with an elderly Czech man who said, […]

Food at the speed of life: Mousse dessert easy to whip up

Sweet, creamy … and low-calorie. One of my friends has a great recipe for mousse. She often makes it with the help of visiting children, since the recipe is simple, doesn’t involve hot equipment and contains no eggs and therefore no worries about salmonella when kids want to lick the bowl. She says it’s impossible […]

Press release: Cannon AFB to Conduct Exercise Oct. 20 – 29

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M.– Cannon will be conducting an Operational Readiness Exercise October 20 through October 29 and residents on or near the installation may notice increased activity, use of the public address system, and may hear sirens and/or simulated explosions. These types of exercises are vital to hone the skills of its Airmen […]

Press release: Cannon AFB to Conduct Exercise Oct. 20 – 29

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M.– Cannon will be conducting an Operational Readiness Exercise October 20 through October 29 and residents on or near the installation may notice increased activity, use of the public address system, and may hear sirens and/or simulated explosions. These types of exercises are vital to hone the skills of its Airmen […]

Nomads continue to grow in third rugby season

Kevin Wilson Saturday is game time for the Clovis Nomads, with the rugby squad well into its third season. The Nomads (2-2) have been in operation for four seasons, and first started league play in the 2008-09 season. Players on the team run from 18 to 40 years old, and interest has run high enough […]

Airport scanners digital Peeping Toms

This is creepy. When the government started using full-body scanners over the past few years to screen passengers at airports and people visiting federal buildings, it promised the electronic images would not be stored. That’s because the scanners basically see through clothing, revealing a nude image. (Magnetic scanners, in use for decades, do not reveal […]

Bullying program’s co-creator visiting Clovis

CNJ staff Starvin’ Marvin, co-creator of the Bullying Hurts Program will be in Clovis Friday and Saturday for the J.K. Bull Riding event at the Special Events Center. The Bullying Hurts Program is an initiative introduced in Clovis by Sheriff Matt Murray and has been implemented at numerous local schools. Designed around a concept of […]

Lujan visiting Portales, Clovis through Tuesday

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Visiting speaker saved Clovis Boy Scouts program

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist A brief article in the Clovis News of Dec 23, 1920, said, “Boy Scouts organized in Clovis by Rev. Polston at the Christian Church. Sixteen boys are meeting regular.” This troop was evidently short lived as nothing else was found about it. Clovis was active in helping organize the Council […]

Police blotter — Aug. 26

CNJ staff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 11 a.m. Aug. 15 an officer responded to the 200 block of 11th Street for a found handgun. A man said he was there visiting a friend and saw a handgun lying on the ground next to his vehicle. […]

Santa Fe Opera visiting Clovis

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Courtesy photo The Santa Fe Opera will make a stop in Clovis during its tour through New Mexico and Texas as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. Freedom New Mexico The Santa Fe Opera is stopping in Clovis during its tour through New Mexico and Texas — part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural […]

Udall will visit area schools

CNJ staff U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is visiting local schools to help students and families learn about service academies. Udall, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, is visiting 13 New Mexico high schools with representatives from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard. […]

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 […]

Jan. 11, 2008 Passing through

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Valerie Nye By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant Name: Valerie Nye Hometown: San Manuel, Ariz. Traveling to: Headed back to Arizona after visiting her husband, whose job has him temporarily living in Clovis. Thoughts on Clovis: “The people in the library are real friendly. It is very windy and cold here.” Passing through is compiled […]

Some thoughts on skedaddling and worship

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist It’s getting harder and harder when you’re out traveling to find a church to visit that agrees with you on the fine print of the Christian faith. These days, diversity even between churches whose signs are painted with basically the same denominating words is greater, and the proliferation of […]

East German prison metaphor for country

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist BERLIN — More than 16 years after the Wall fell, West Berlin and East Berlin have melded together enough that a visitor wandering around the city often can’t tell which was which. But at a dingy gray building surrounded by concrete walls topped with barbed wire, there is no escaping […]

Former gang member shoots straight

(CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) Anthony “Tre” Ravenel speaks to students Tuesday at Clovis High School about his life growing up in Compton, Ca., in gangs and drugs. Ravenel, who turns forty in a couple days, spent half his life in prison. Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Anthony “Tre” Ravenel, wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, black […]

Victim only visiting, deputies say

By Darrell Todd Maurina A city resident told police he was visiting a friend when he was shot last week in South Clovis, according to Curry County Undersheriff Roger Bowman. Curry County deputies found Phillip Gee, 41, shot outside the mobile home of Larry Gomez, 45, on the 100 block of Mississippi on the evening […]