Tornado tales: Clovis parent surprised by damage

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Cody Johnson figured the obvious — her mobile home probably wasn’t safe for her or for 6-year-old Kaitlyn during Friday’s tornado. They rushed to a friend’s house, and realized she wasn’t the only one in a hurry as visibility worsened. “It was raining so hard, and hailing so hard,” […]

Major League pitcher shares Christian testimony

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Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brandon Claussen spoke to about 200 Fellowship of Christian Athlete students Monday at Rock Staubus Gym. Claussen was drafted by the Yankees and later traded to the Reds. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The sea of fans was so dense it eclipsed all 6 feet, 1 inch […]

Suggested testing of weapons beyond weird

By Freedom Newspapers Here’s one of those incidents that should leave Americans uneasy, unsure whether to get angry or laugh. Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne said last week that the United States should use high-power microwave devices and other nonlethal weapons on American citizens to test them before using them on foreign enemies, according to […]

ENMU wins final match, takes dual

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Eastern New Mexico University senior Elyse Jacques hits a return against Central Oklahoma’s Julie Vo in their No. 1 singles match on Friday at Zia Tennis Complex. Vo won the match, but the Zias took the dual 5-4. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — After earning Lone Star […]

Political racing best left to politicians

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Tuesday is election day in Clovis. I sure am glad there are folks who will step up to the plate and run for political office. It ain’t my cup o’ tea. I could make up a list of all kinds of reasons why politics doesn’t interest me: the meetings, trying […]

2/3 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. alphabetic amos boss i shoulda known better my momma told me to never play around kitchen stoves i shoulda known better but i did it anyway marcellus the big fat cat was at it […]

PC lingo will get you on Bob’s list

Bob Huber : Local Columnist Now comes Christmas with its roasted chestnuts and guys begging change for charity in front of Wal-Mart stores, all of which makes me watch my language. I learned that yuletide lesson as a youngster when my mother utilized her Nebraska wit by saying, “If you can‘t talk clean during the […]

Being in charge question of integrity

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Who wears the pants in the house? That’s a question often asked today, and I’m not just talking about husbands and wives. I’m talking about parents and children. My teenage daughter Laura and I recently went through a tough ordeal that really tested us as a family. It pitted us […]

Cats blanked at Roswell

CNJ staff ROSWELL — The Clovis High boys soccer team suffered a 2-0 loss on Saturday to Roswell High in the Wildcats’ final tuneup for the start of District 4-5A play. Guerreno Morales scored about 16 minutes into the match for the Coyotes, while Juan Perez added a second-half goal. “We fought hard,” CHS coach […]

Find out if you are old or not

Bob Huber: Humor Columnist I was rocking my chair last week when it dawned on me that I might be over the hill — a hair-raising experience for someone as young and vibrant as I am. So I called my daughters to confirm my youthful status: “What brought this on?” they asked. “Well, things are […]

College life far from a magic carpet ride

Grant McGee On a trip out of town a couple of months ago, I fell in love with a bicycle. Now this wasn’t your typical bicycle. It’s designed differently. It gives a real cushy ride and it has gears and a speedometer and other neat stuff. So I saved up my money and bought it. […]

Ex-Texico hoop standout sitting out at Eastern

By Rick White Elizabeth Richards, who led Texico to three straight state titles and was a driving force in Eastern New Mexico University’s dramatic turnaround last season, has decided not to play basketball this upcoming season. The Zias’ leading rebounder and second-leading scorer told ENMU coach Dan Buzard Wednesday that she plans to sit out […]

City champ wins again after 7-year long layoff

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David Gutierrez, of Clovis, finishes a drive on the 18th tee during the Clovis City Golf Championship on Sunday at the Clovis Municipal Golf Course. He won the title with a two-round total 137. (CNJ staff photo, Loretta Kos) CNJ staff reports Some golfers are eternal pessimists. Dave Gutierrez won the Clovis men’s city championship […]

Americans who abused Iraqis must be made to pay

The photographs of American soldiers abusing and humiliating Iraqi prisoners of war at the Abu Ghraib prison — a site synonymous with Saddam Hussein’s regimen of torture — cannot be dismissed as the result of insufficient training, as some of the perpetrators of these acts have described it. One doesn’t force naked prisoners onto a […]

Same name, different state a coincidence

By Jack King Jeff and Phyllis Putney said it was just a “coincidence” they ended up in Clovis, N.M., after spending most of their lives in Clovis, Calif., a city in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Jeff worked for the Post Office in nearby Fresno and Phyllis worked in a local doctor’s office. But when Jeff […]

Mounted Patrol’s origins more than ceremonial

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David Downey of Clovis, a member of the Mounted Patrol Unit, drives steers on Wednesday before the start of the 2003 Steer Roping Classic at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Darrell Todd Maurina Today’s Curry County Mounted Patrol is best known for sponsoring the Clovis Pioneer Days Rodeo and participating in various parades […]