Valentine’s Day marks sacrifice for love

Helena Rodriguez If you think Valentine’s Day is just for lovers, you’re wrong. There’s no reason anyone should be excluded because love is giving a part of oneself to others in many ways, not just in an affectionate way. On Valentine’s Day, it is better to give than to receive, just like during Christmas time. […]

Change can be bad, no change is worse

Leonard Pitts Jr. “Hope I die before I get old.” The quote, of course, is from Pete Townshend of The Who. It’s a lyric from “My Generation,” a song that came out in 1965, the year Townshend turned 20. He was, at that age, a long-haired rock star famous for windmilling his arm and smashing […]

Jesus’ words are God’s, undeniably clear

Letters to the Editor Why is it that we seem to fail to understand the amazing simplicity of God’s word? I realize at times we find verses that don’t seem so simple. But there are those verses that are painfully clear. I know because of the ones I read that the Lord really gets me […]

Theater manager looking for patrols

Abby Parrish, manager of Allen Theaters, said groups of young people tend to gather at the mall and North Plains Cinema 4 and take part in fights, vandalism, flashing gang signs and robbery. By Jack King Fights, vandalism, flashing gang signs and robbery — it’s all just a day at the mall for some Clovis […]

Snackin’ ain’t what it used to be in school

All Clovis students will soon have an alternative to “junk food” in campus snack machines as plans are in the works to incorporate milk, fresh fruit and other healthier alternatives as snacks. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Sue Gilmore Snacking in Clovis schools just got a little healthier, but it’s still up to the […]

A remarkable young lady gives us perspective

Tom DiFrancesca It was a beautiful sun-filled day this past Oct. 31. The waves off of Makua Beach in Hawaii were at a lull. Tall, lanky, 13-year- old Bethany Hamilton, a surfing protege about to turn professional, was lazily resting on her surfboard. In the wink of an eye, a gigantic 14-foot tiger shark broke […]

Cannon maintenance group contends for top award

By Darrell Todd Maurina Cannon Air Force Base is a finalist for a top Air Force award — the best maintenance group in Air Combat Command. A team of inspectors visited the base last week to decide whether Cannon should be recognized. According to Col. Mark Atkinson, 27th Maintenance Group commander, Cannon has shown a […]

Organization puts right ‘SPIN’ on parenthood

Eric Butler Editor’s note: This is the 11th in a series of United Way agency profiles scheduled for publication each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through Nov. 21. Single Parents In Need have no need to put a SPIN on anything. Simply put, young people who are at high school age or just beyond need more […]

Game is symptom of larger problem

Leonard Pitts Jr. I guess I’m obligated to be offended by this new board game. After all, Al Sharpton says I should. And not just Rev. Al, either. Many other people — including NAACP President Kweisi Mfume and radio host Tom Joyner — have pronounced themselves offended by the game. Not that I blame them. […]

Peddling the fall harvest

By Helena Rodriguez About this time of year, as leaves turn auburn, orange and yellow; bright pumpkins, straight from the patch, add to the colors of the season as they begin appearing at roadside stands. Fall time also means harvest time, a time when passersby can still get the last tastes of summer — in […]

You’ll never rise above violence until it’s faced

Clyde Davis The set evokes my stark image of a Wyoming autumn on the high prairie. Risers overlap to several heights and simple block stools provide seating, and at every entrance there is the fence — the fence of rough wood on which Matthew Shepard spun out his last conscious moments. The play set focuses […]

Cats take on Tascosa

Clovis running back Mark Repolgle tries to find a hole during the second half of Saturday’s game in Albuquerque. Clovis had 260 yards on the ground in rolling to a 42-0 win. Photo by Eric Kluth By Eric Butler Scouting the Clovis High football team this year, for opposing coaches, has been a matter of […]

Bovina’s Chisom adding finesse to straight-ahead power

Bovina senior Jonathan Chisom’s combination of size and speed makes him one of the top running backs in the area. Photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White BOVINA — Jonathan Chisom is learning the quickest way to the end zone is not always a straight line. Part of the problem, according to his coach, is […]

Texas preps begin grid workouts today

By Dave Wagner High school football practice begins today in Texas, and the three area programs have something in common: All are trying to improve on 4-6 records from 2002. David Wood begins his eighth season at Muleshoe, which went to the Class 3A semifinals three years ago but is coming off its first sub-.500 […]

Young drivers revving it up

Bo Mitchell, 12, of Farwell, races in a heat at Ned Houk Motor Speedway on July 25 during a race with the Clovis Kart Association. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez The go-kart track at Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex north of Clovis may be a far cry from NASCAR, but for some diehard […]

Time for a refresher on the Golden Rule

By Judy Brandon Several months back, I had an appointment in town. I arrived about 30 minutes ahead of time really hoping to get in a bit early. The waiting room was not that large, but there were about 10 chairs. After signing in at the desk, I turned to find a chair and saw […]

Keeping fit spiritually very important

By Judy Brandon I’m trying something new, and I really enjoy it. The thing is that I have been trying to exercise and the cardio cycling class at the college fits right into my schedule. The teacher is great, the people in the class are friends, and it’s a real uplifting experience. I just got […]

Clovis wins summer opener

CNJ Staff HOBBS — Sean Cruce went 4 for 5, leading a 16-hit attack, and the Clovis Wildcats opened their 2003 summer schedule with a 16-4 victory over Hobbs Saturday afternoon. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled due to rain and lightning. The Cats scored four runs in the second for a […]

Singing the blues about matrimony

By Leonard Pitts A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a music critic. In fact, I spent 18 years reviewing and interviewing everybody from Gladys Knight and Dolly Parton to Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder. I left the beat (no pun intended) almost 10 years ago, driven by the realization […]

Million Dollar Man’ trades wrestling persona for ministry.

Gary Mitchell Ted DiBiase has exchanged his role as the “Million Dollar Man” for a minister of the Gospel — and says he has no regrets moving from the wrestling ring to hitting the evangelistic trail. “I was a classic Scrooge in wrestling,” DiBiase told an audience of about 450 youth and adults at Wednesday’s […]