Education feature: Getting back into the groove

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo First-grader Naci Durham puts her books and supplies in her desk on the first day of school after the holiday break at Sandia Elementary School. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Naci Durham wasn’t looking forward to going back to school Wednesday. The first thing she said Wednesday morning was […]

Winter weather on way

Freedom New Mexico Old man winter wasn’t expected to bring much snow overnight to eastern New Mexico. But look out. National Weather Service forecaster Mark Fettit said overnight and most of today not much in the way of snow should be happening in Clovis and Portales. “Once we get this one system out of the […]

Despite surroundings, we can all bloom

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist As a columnist, from time to time I get tipped off to things that leave me scratching my head. What can I do with this little nugget? This past week I had one of those calls. A reader whom I know personally called me up one evening and told me […]

State facing foster home shortage

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Ten years of being foster parents in Nebraska wasn’t enough for the Stacys. Four months ago, the couple became foster parents again in Clovis, filling a need every community deals with, Marti Stacy said. Stacy said the couple learned from a friend that the area was short on foster […]

Sandra Bullock and the five stages of grief

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I had never walked out on a movie, and I wasn’t starting now. The following is a true story. The names of the people involved are changed, the names of the movies involved aren’t. Sunday. 4:38 p.m. In one hand I hold my soda; the other, two tickets for the […]

Domestic violence bills move forward

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Domestic violence wasn’t one of the big topics mentioned much at the start of this legislative session, but bills to crack down on offenders are already making progress. The House on Tuesday approved a measure that would prohibit anyone convicted of domestic violence offenses from becoming a police officer […]

Killer’s family: ‘He was a good kid’

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Hesiquia Ramirez says her brotherAlbert was an honor roll student as a small child. “He was a good kid,” she said, as she flipped through photo albums filled with keepsakes from her brother’s childhood. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer They watched helpless as the youngest child in the family […]

Most committee chairmen stay despite pro-tem fight

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican It was the Senate committee chairmen shake-up that wasn’t. After Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings was re-elected Tuesday with the help of 15 Republicans and eight Democrats, including himself, some expected that chairmanships would change hands Wednesday. That didn’t happen, although some current chairmen sweated whether they’d keep […]

Balanced Zia squad holds off Southwestern Oklahoma State

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CNJ Staff Photo: Kevin Wilson Zia guard Tori Northcutt strips a loose ball from Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Tobey Beer in the second half of Monday’s game at Greyhound Arena. Northcutt had six steals in Eastern New Mexico’s 59-53 victory. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer When Cat Clay wasn’t knocking down big shots, her teammates […]

Bulldogs use hot shooting to hold off Hounds

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CNJ Staff Photo: Kevin Wilson Greyhound guard Jimmie Marshall drives the baseline on Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Abduallah Lawal in the first half of Monday’s game at Greyhound Arena. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Effort wasn’t the problem for Eastern New Mexico University’s men Monday night. Southwestern Oklahoma, coming in shooting nearly 40 percent from […]

Souls require feeding

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist I wasn’t very good about feeding my soul. I was great at feeling badly about my contradictions and doubts. My path to faith, which is more often than not ridden with questions, wasn’t easy. Whose is? Let’s just say that my favorite apostle is without a doubt, no pun intended, […]

Football’s future

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Brendan Mehl of the Red Raiders breaks free for a touchdown on Saturday at Jim Hill Field in a game against the Longhorns. The Red Raider went on to win by a score of 12-6. The Red Raiders and Longhorns plays in the 1-2 grade division. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ […]

Clovis welcomes much needed rain

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It wasn’t much more than a drop in the bucket in the grand scheme of things, but Wednesday morning’s rain was a welcome sight for agriculture producers. Measuring at a quarter inch at Cannon Air Force Base, it was the first measurable rain in Clovis in nearly five weeks […]

Fairgrounds hosts first Trade Days

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Cousins Leslie Vannatta, left, and McKinzie Davis, 5, browse some jewelery Saturday during Curry County Trade Days at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Davis said she “wanted some bling.” By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer The finish wasn’t perfect for Lee Chaffee, but the price was. A California native, and a […]

Fears must be faced

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Rome has a nice, mild climate: we usually have four seasons and no extreme weather phenomenons. Growing up, the most I worried about when it came to weather was to make sure that I avoided riding my scooter when it was raining hard. I never experienced a tornado until I moved […]

Extension clubs served real purpose in mother’s life

By Don McAlvy: Columnist I always thought extension clubs were started so lonely mothers could have other women come to give them some company. That meant us kids would have a lot of new stuff to eat. (And they would make a quilt if they had time!) The reason my mother’s club, the Claud Rainy […]

Mother can’t hide her team spirit

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist My older daughters, ages 4 and 6, have recently started competitive sports. The younger one is on a gymnastics team and the older one on a cheer squad. I knew I had a competitive streak, but wasn’t aware that it would come out full force with my offspring. I started […]

In Tribute: Family remembers court clerk’s kindness

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Christine Casaus’ desk at the district court clerk’s office still has socks in the drawer and her jacket on the chair two weeks after she died June 15. Casaus, 52, was a deputy court clerk in the 9th Judicial District Court for 15 years. Family and friends remember her […]

Canyon steer wrestler takes lead

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Stetson Herrera of Portales rides Darla’s Pride in the Bareback Bronc Riding competition at the 37th annual Clovis Pioneer Days PRCA Rodeo on Friday at Curry County Mounted Patrol Area. Herrera scored a 74 with his ride. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Entrants in the second night of competition of this […]

Duct tape fashioning never out of style

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The man looked into my eyes and asked me, “Are you an American citizen?” It wasn’t a deep philosophical question — it was a border patrol agent, and I’d just left El Paso. However, I’ll treat it like one. Yes, I’m an American citizen, and I’m well versed in […]