5/14 Births

Word Noah Scott Word was born May 1 at Elmendorf Medical Hospital in Anchorage, Ala., to Caryn and Scott Word. He weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and has one brother, Laylon Helfferich, 14. The mother is a former Melrose resident, and the father is from Naperville, Ill. Grandparents are Johnny and Terrell Thompson of Clovis; […]

Naming quarter half-serious business

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Let’s establish something right up front. This is serious business. The state needs a new quarter. To be precise, it will not be a state quarter, but a federal quarter saluting New Mexico. We have not yet begun to mint our own money. But keep your eyes on Gov. Bill. […]

Good conscience worth its weight in gold

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist The third grade is when I learned that a good conscience is really worth its weight in gold. The lesson came from an unlikely episode. I was in Mrs. Hood’s third-grade class at Highland Elementary School in Clovis. Mrs. Hood had a routine for spelling. On Mondays, we were introduced […]

Zia Elementary fifth-grader advances to national bee

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Zia Elementary fifth-grader Lucas Donaldson, 10, waits in his seat for the next round during the 2006 Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday at Clovis Community College. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Stephanie Stancell did the prerequisite work on “prerequisite,” studying the word and practicing its spelling, she said. But when […]

Unique word usage never ceases to amaze

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Every time I think I have heard the utmost, the latest, that I am actually keeping abreast of the latest slang or the latest in terms, somebody will concoct a new creative phrase that catches me completely off guard. Since I am involved in the classroom instruction of college freshmen, […]

LOCAL BRIEFS: Zias suffer shutout loss at Commerce

CNJ staff COMMERCE, Texas — Erin de Wolfe scored two goals Friday and Texas A&M-Commerce handed struggling Eastern New Mexico University its fourth consecutive shutout with a 4-0 win in a Lone Star Conference women’s soccer match. The Zias (10-7-1, 3-4-1 LSC), who have managed two scoreless ties during the drought, close the LSC and […]

9/23 view from under the pew

Editor’s note: Last week, Amos described an encounter with a college hamster named Henry, an agnostic who sincerely wanted to know how to have faith. Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. the agnostic hamster – part two silly me boss i decided to […]

N-word returns to Africa — and back

Leonard Pitts Respect yourself — The Staple Singers Fair warning: This column will use the N-word. And I’m not going to call it the N-word. The term offends my eyes, but I’ll have to move beyond the shelter of euphemism for you to see what David Sylvester saw. He’s 40, black, a personal trainer in […]

Zias fall short against Incarnate Word

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team waited until the final five minutes or so to get its wake-up call on Friday. As it turned out, that was almost enough time, but not quite. Incarnate Word was cruising to victory when suddenly a foul on Cardinals goalkeeper Amy […]

Profiling key method for recognizing Texans

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Today’s lecture will cover the methods employed by airport security officers to recognize dangerous persons and then delay them until their plane has been retired, scrapped, and turned into a fleet of riding lawn mowers. It’s called “profiling,” the evil scourge of the 21st Century. No one is safe from […]

Weeden, LeRoy

LeRoy Weeden, 82, of Clovis, died Monday, June 13, 2005, at V.A. Medical Center in Amarillo. He was born on Dec. 29, 1922, in Tunika, Miss., to Joseph and Etha Lee Weeden. He served in the U.S. Army during Word War II. He married Estrella Maria Manluluyo on Sept. 19, 1979, in Clovis. He worked […]

6/12 Letters to the editor

Troops at Okinawa should come home An article in Monday’s CNJ reported how Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is meeting with Japanese officials to discuss the deployment of U.S. forces in Japan. As the article pointed out, the Japanese are concerned with, among other things, the continued presence of U.S. forces on the island of Okinawa […]

Taking religion out of Christmas is discrimination

Freedom Newspapers It’s one of the most astounding examples we’ve yet seen of Orwellian “doublespeak,” which turns the meaning of a word or phrase on its head. Denver officials busily purging all references to Christ from the city’s “holiday” celebrations are actually using the world “inclusive” to describe and justify their patently exclusionist actions. “We […]

Holiday messages from country’s leaders

by Ned Cantwell Thanksgiving messages from some of the best and the brightest: n Gov. Bill Richardson: We are thankful for New Mexico. This nation, this nation that we all love, is a better place with New Mexico in it. And I would like to add my personal thanks that the New Mexico press and […]

Wacky word definitions increase humor

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist A few weeks ago the Washington Post published its annual Pulitzer Prize winning list of wacky word definitions. It was a slow news week. But I enjoy lists like that. This particular file was sent my way by Maurice and Ethel Trimmer of Santa Fe, because as old friends they […]

A good conscience can bring one peace

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist The third grade is when I learned that a good conscience is really worth its weight in gold. The lesson came from an unlikely episode. I was in Mrs. Hood’s third-grade class at Highland Elementary School in Clovis. Mrs. Hood had a routine for spelling. On Mondays, we were introduced to […]

‘Reresupper’ stumps spelling bee contender

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Zack Gillooly and several modern-day dictionaries had something in common Wednesday morning: None of them recognized the word “reresupper.” Zack, representing the eastern New Mexico region in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., lost in the first speaking round after misspelling the word by one letter, using […]

Local pastors expect large congregations for Easter

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Senior church member Ken Bartley washes the feet of Rector John Rollinson at Thursday’s service at St. James Episcopal on Main Street. The foot washing is a symbol of Jesus washing Peter’s feet at the Last Supper. CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer While most churches in Clovis are […]

Once upon a time, in a press conference

Ned Cantwell (Writer’s note: Any resemblance to the New Mexico county now awaiting a threatened lawsuit over its issuance of gay marriage licenses and the fictional county below is purely coincidental. Well, almost.) Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the national press. My name is County Clerk Needon Attension, and we welcome you here to […]