Author remembered as friend

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers While Portales people knew him as “Jack,” the Eastern New Mexico University professor and all-around nice guy, Jack Williamson, cast a large shadow in the science fiction community. Terms and even ideas adopted by science or Hollywood often had their roots in science fiction. Williamson coined or made popular a […]

April showers signal advent of spring workouts

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers April usually means flowers and showers — except, of course, in New Mexico — but the month also has another important classification attached to it. It’s time to prepare for bikini season. True, the High Plains don’t really have a lot of surf where one can loll around in the […]

Residents seek alternatives to ‘pits or holes’ in developed areas

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Clovis city commissioners view ideas for storm-water management during a presentation Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clovis City Commissioner Cathy Haynes says storm-water retention ponds in the city are unhealthy, unsightly and dangerous. Several area residents shared her views on […]

Legislators, lobbyists and Leno: Yikes

By Ned Cantwell: State coulumnist This is a wonderful time of year for civics students. They get to see how the system works here in New Mexico. Here’s how it works. We pay tax when we fill the tank, earn a paycheck, or eat a meal at a restaurant. For the test at the end […]

God plays big part in modern medicine

By Judy Brandon My sister Susie lives in Rochester, Minn., where she has made friends with a wonderful lady. While caroling two Christmases ago at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester with some other volunteers, Susie got coupled with Sister Dora, a 78-year-old Catholic nun who is also a nurse. The two soon became great friends […]

Candidates named for judicial seat

CNJ staff The names of the four candidates for a new judicial seat in the 9th Judicial were released Friday by officials at the University of New Mexico law school after the application process closed. They are: • Robert S. Orlik — resident of Curry County and is an attorney. • Kent Peterson — resident […]

Man creates art from dead trees

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Richard L. Gonzales carves a sculpture of a family of bears out of a tree stump at the Pow Wow Inn in Tucumcari. (Freedom Newspapers: William Thompson) By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — There used to be three large tree stumps in the Pow Wow Inn’s courtyard near the swimming pool. Now, thanks to […]

Curry County volunteers get ‘thank you’ from community

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ Staff writer National Volunteer Week honors those who help others Clovis has more than 50 volunteer organizations — 20 under the umbrella of United Way of Eastern New Mexico — and dozens of other church, social, sports and veterans clubs. As diverse as their causes and backgrounds, they all have one […]

Art is more than form of expression

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The first thing I notice — the power of which only sinks in later — is the juxtaposition of the two still-life portraits. A young woman, freshly beautiful, sits on the step of an urban house. Oblivious to the observer, she is contemplating — what? The light informs us it […]

City workers: We deserve raise, too

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Less than 12 hours after Clovis police received a hefty pay increase, roughly 100 city employees protested Friday by taking a sick day. City employees were protesting the fact there is no plan to increase wages of all city employees, though several said they were happy the city commission […]

Public works asks for cleanup funds

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Monitoring well number five at the Clovis land fill was the first well to detect levels of Perchloroethylene from the old city land fill. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Jack King Clovis’ Public Works Department will ask the city commission to approve spending $117,000 to fund the first steps in cleaning up a half-mile-long plume […]