Ned Houk races set for 21st season

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com The cheapest ticket available to Saturday’s Manny Pacquaio-Floyd Mayweather fight ($1,500) in Las Vegas, Nevada, would buy a pretty solid television and home theater system, with still plenty left over to buy the fight on pay-per-view. But ask the people going to the event, and they’ll tell you nothing […]

AG office should be above partisan politics, pandering

When the attorney general of the state of New Mexico is asked for a legal opinion, or to seek redress in a civil matter, or to look into prosecution of an alleged wrongdoing, you expect that office to carry out its duties irrespective of party lines. Ditto when the state auditor is doing the work […]

McManigal: Finance without taxation possible

I am amazed when otherwise intelligent people believe they couldn’t find a way to provide necessary infrastructure and services without committing taxation against their neighbors. It makes me wonder how many abolitionists were accused of hating farms and cotton by those who couldn’t imagine how fields could be worked in the absence of slaves. For […]

Render: Clintons mixed up in uranium deal

Gazprom, a Russian energy company, is generally conceded to be the largest extractor of natural gas in the world. The company provides Europe with about 30 percent of their natural gas. The Russian government currently holds a majority stake in Gazprom and they wield this power diplomatically and strategically when dealing with their European colleagues. […]

Showcase unveils unexpected surprises

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com At the Clovis High School Spring Showcase, unexpected surprises unfolded behind classroom doors all around the school. In the theater room, students were showing off their impressive improvisational acting skills. With the roll of the dice, students would transition from acting out encountering a dog in the ocean to […]

God fills life’s background with blessings

By: Curtis Shelburne “Music with dinner,” writes G. K. Chesterton, “is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.” In wordsmithing and logic, no one beats Chesterton, and I think he’s right on this subject at hand, more often than not. If the musician is not very musical. If the violin or guitar or […]

Alumnus chose medical field over battle field

Carl Dellinger feels fortunate he avoided fighting in an unpopular war that changed a nation. He attended ENMU during a tumultuous time on campus across the nation. “I was in the first year of the lottery system to go to Viet Nam. I got number 210 and was not selected,” remembers Dellinger, who graduated from […]

Police Blotter

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations Wednesday April 29. • 3:52 a.m.: Shoplifting report, 600 block of south Prince Street. • 8:32 a.m.: Burglary (auto), 800 block of Merriwether Street. • 9:51 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 5600 block of Winchester […]

Salvation Army ‘soldiers’ grow in number

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Just as churches have elders, the Salvation Army has soldiers, according to Clovis Salvation Army commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. And the local army of soldiers is growing. This past weekend, the Clovis Salvation Army added three new soldiers to the organization, bringing the total number to seven. George Hostler, […]

Southern Baptists lend new churches helping hands

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com A funding program created by the Southern Baptist Convention helps new churches get on their feet. “Our role is to find local churches that are wanting to create a partnership and we bring the financial piece to it,” said Joseph Bunce, executive director of the Baptist Convention of New […]

ENMU appoints new Board of Regents member

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico University announced Thursday that Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Dan Patterson to replace late Board of Regents member Brett Leach. Patterson has more than 40 years of experience in education, including in administration. He served as superintendent and deputy superintendent of school districts throughout New Mexico and Colorado, including Moriarty […]

Prairie Chicken Festival cancelled for second consecutive year

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Despite the range-wide number lesser prairie chickens having increased by 20 percent, the local Prairie Chicken Festival has been canceled for the second consecutive year due to lack of population. The festival was held every year in April for 11 years. “Due to the drought-induced dip in prairie chicken […]

Good gates ‘well worth’ investment

By: Audra Brown Getting gates is no fun, running gates is a lot of work, and doing either in the wind is likely to cause bodily harm to something. Nonetheless, gates are very important and the kind of a gate can make all the difference. The most well-balanced and always appropriate sort of gate, is […]

What’s happening

Today Job Fair for Military Veterans — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1000 Broadyway Blvd. SE, Albuquerque Information: Johnny Johnson 505-884-5575 or email jrjohnson@nmtrucking.org Saturday United Way’s “Big Boys and Big Toys” Expo —  All day Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd. Information 575-769-2103 Ongoing Artist of the Month —  Essie Minton, Clovis-Carver Public Library. […]

Editing, trust key to storytelling

By: Patti Dobson I came across a quote recently: “Gossip can be entertaining; occasionally, I’ve heard the most fascinating things about myself I never knew” — Vanna Bonta. It reminded me of something that one of my all-time favorite professors, Bill Sheridan, told me: “Never believe your own press, good or bad. You’re never as […]

Proverbs: Sins are not mistakes

By: Judy Brandon What is the difference in a mistake and a sin? When I think of mistakes and think about goof ups like these: Putting the whites in with the dark colors in the wash; adding five eggs to the cake batter when the recipe only calls for two; forgetting to carry the 2 […]

Pages Past: May 1

On this date … 1975: A Clovis man was convicted of abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death. Prosecutors said Curtis Babers, 22, was responsible for the death of 3-year-old Angela Johnson. Babers said he spanked the child with a belt, but admitted he also hit her with his hand. Testimony from a pathologist […]

Amos: All tangled up

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. amos all tangled up boss in case you re wondering why there s kool-aid and coffee stains all over this week s column it […]

Clovis boys still seeking third leg

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com A few tough holes for everybody, and the Clovis boys golf team just missed its third and final qualifying leg for the state tournament. The Wildcats placed third with a 318 at the Murphy Black Invitational in Lovington, but needed a 311. The boys have one more chance to […]

ENMU recruit honored by USA Today

Staff report A Rio Rancho High senior signed to play for the Greyhound basketball team next season was named the state’s player of the year by USA Today. Brady Patterson, who also repeated as a selection for the Albuquerque Journal’s All-Metro Team, led the Rams to the semifinals while averaging 21.3 points and 6.4 assists […]