Keep it short, simple and straightforward

Last Monday I attended a "Secrets of Superlative Writing" workshop with Paula LaRocque at a Fort Worth conference. Before becoming a consultant and novelist, LaRocque was a well-known writing coach for the Dallas Morning News. I talked to her afterward, and she confirmed that my obsession with teaching students (and others) to write, "The XXX […]

Ag Meister comes around

I came of age listening to Evan Slack every morning on the radio telling us the current market. "Higher, higher, higher!" he'd say. Every week I could read a four-word headline in the Livestock Weekly by Elmer Kelton describing how the sheep market is goin' to San Angelo in a Handbasket! Then DTN came along. […]

Road Construction – March 31

Area road construction and closure information for this week: Curry County Curry County grading and renovations on Curry Road 13 west of N.M. 268 in Melrose this week. Please be aware of workers and posted speed limit signs. State and Federal Constructors Inc. will be working from Avenue K, half a mile, going west and […]

Windy season brings some damage

Spring has arrived, and with it comes seemingly endless howling winds, dust storms and brownouts. This year's windy season has already brought its fair share of damage, with gusts reaching 60 mph, causing a train derailment near Fort Sumner. "It's been a pretty active late winter and spring so far, but it's nothing atypical," said […]

Event Calendar – March 31

Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m. Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Zumba — 5:15 p.m. Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Circuit Training — 5:30 p.m. Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Tuesday Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m. Roosevelt County Courthouse Commission Room. Information: 356-5307. Books N […]

My Turn – Writing coach offers techniques

Last Monday I attended a "Secrets of Superlative Writing" workshop with Paula LaRocque at a Fort Worth conference. Before becoming a consultant and novelist, LaRocque was a well-known writing coach for the Dallas Morning News. I talked to her afterward, and she confirmed that my obsession with teaching students (and others) to write, "The XXX […]

Candy hunt is on

Children jumping and swinging Easter egg baskets eagerly awaited the start of the Easter egg hunt Saturday at the Softball Complex. Carmen Polk brought her nephew Josiah, who hoped to find Laffy-Taffy, bubble gum, and chocolates in the little plastic eggs. Notorious for its short and furious duration, Carmen expected the egg hunt to last […]

Easter brings blessings

We asked area residents why they feel blessed this Easter. Here's what they said: Trevor Weaver, 22, a senior airman stationed at Cannon Air Force Base "I'm feel blessed that my grandfather came to visit from St. Louis and I got to spend a wonderful day with my girlfriend Bobbie. It feels great to be […]

Suspects arrested in triple stabbing

A Clovis teen is dead, two other men are recovering and police arrested two suspects within hours after a party in Clovis erupted into a violent showdown early Saturday at a house near 14th and Reid streets. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The home at 14th and Reid where three men were stabbed Saturday when […]

Rams cruise in round-robin finale

After sweating out a pair of wins the previous night, the Portales Rams got to relax and enjoy one on Saturday. PHS combined nine hits with seven walks, three hit batsmen and six Tucumcari errors to roll to a 16-2 win over the Rattlers in the finale of a four-team, round-robin weekend event at Ram […]