Overview: 27th Special Operations Wing emblem

USAF courtesy illustration The colors of the shield, Ultramarine Blue and Air Force Yellow, are the official colors of the United States Air Force. By Rick Shea: 27th SOW historian What’s in an Air Force emblem? Do they truly mean anything? How do some emblems derive their elements? And what’s with that flower on our […]

Jan. 30 Honors

The following airmen scored a 90 percent or higher on their Career Development Course exams: 27th Special Operations Support Squadron • Senior Airman Edith Aguilar-Millett,

Studies provide different scripts on film tax rebate

By Robert Nott: The Santa Fe New Mexican There’s an old saying that the devil can quote scripture for his own purpose. It can also be argued that economists can use financial data to paint the portrait that best suits their needs. Small wonder, then, that two recent studies of the financial impact of New […]

Traffic changes frustrate residents

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer George Baker told the city it’s not worth risking his children to educate Clovis drivers. Baker lives on Yucca Avenue, a few blocks away from the intersection of Plains Avenue and Main Street. The intersection of Plains and Main, traditionally a four-way stop, is currently a two-way stop. The […]

DA reviewing police shooting report

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JaWayne Helfferich, 39, was shot by a Texas officer after a police chase in November. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A months-long investigation into the shooting of a Clovis man after a police chase by Texas officers is now in the hands of the district attorney’s office. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday morning […]

United Way donation deadline near

Clovis ~ So far, $530,857 has been donated or pledged to United Way by individuals, business owners, and corporations. That’s 85% of the $627,000 community-wide goal and approximately $52,000 less than was raised in last year’s campaign.

Fluctuating fertilizer prices hurt farmers, dealers

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Curtis Breshears of SPRA-Green Inc. saw his fertilizer sales drop by two-thirds last year because of high prices. However, decreases in fertilizer costs this winter have things looking better, he said. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Fueled by roller coaster oil prices, high fertilizer prices are hurting not only […]

Businesses anticipate busy Super Bowl Sunday

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Abbie Potts draws a beer for a customer at Pizza Hut on north Prince Street. Pizza Hut is one of the area restaurants that is expecting to have a busy Super Bowl Sunday because of Sunday alcohol sales. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Area restaurants are gearing up for […]

Habitat for Humanity hosts work day

Freedom New Mexico Habitat for Humanity has scheduled a work day to hang drywall from 8 a.m. to midafternoon Saturday at 309 E. Kaywood in Portales. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Please RSVP so leaders can coordinate lunch. Information: Marge Rhode at roosevelt_curryh4h@yahoo.com

United Way approaches deadline

Friday is the deadline for donating to The United Way of Eastern New Mexico — still 15 percent away from its goal of $627,000, according to a news release. So far, the campaign has raised $530,857, which has been donated or pledged by individuals, business owners and corporations. Donations to United Way help families in […]

Feral hog population threatens agriculture industry

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The feral hog is rapidly becoming the new coyote, or pest, for farmers across eastern New Mexico, a state agriculutural official said Thursday at the 41st annual Agricultural and Home Economics Seminar in Tucumcari. State officials outlined the problem as well as a creative program still being developed to […]

Jan. 30 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Jan. 22 through Wednesday: • Jose M. Sanchez Jr., 46, to Yolanda F. Sanchez, 47, both of Clovis • Mario Junior Zaragosa, 18, of Muleshoe, to Nellie Vanessa Gomez, 19, of Clovis

Portales woman killed in car crash

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Kacee Lovato, 20, a Portales High graduate and aspiring singer, died in an automobile accident early Thursday morning in Roosevelt County. Lovato graduated from Portales High School in 2006. She was a singer destined to go places, according to Bill Rice, a drummer who knew Lovato through the Floyd […]

Jan. 30 Religion Calendar

Saturday Food and clothing give away — 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Matt 25 Hope Center, 1200 Thornton St. Information: 763-4400. Sunday Sunday school — 9:30 a.m., Living Stones Community Church of the Nazarene Worship service — 10:30 a.m., Living Stones Community Church of the Nazarene Men’s non-denominational bible class — 9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m., North Plains Mall […]

a view from under the pew: overcoming writer s block

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist overcoming writer s block the other day i stumbledacross a ripped-out pagefrom the m encyclopediaboss and it intrigued me on the ripped-out pageit had a picture of apainting created by thefamous renaissance artist michelangeloit was called the creationof adam and it wasenthralling

Good snow is a fine blessing

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I’m glad I live in a place where we have seasons. I’m not sure I could lock in my vote for a favorite. Each one features uniquely delightful gifts from the God who gives us all seasons. About the only weather feature that I appreciate not at all is […]

Uncle misguided in his pursuits

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Editor’s note: This column is being rerun at the request of a reader. With so much talk of the terrible condition of our economy, my great Uncle Harris came to my mind this last week. Of course, the economy is a cause for concern for all of us. Yet, the […]

No bond stronger than man, boots

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Every real cowboy I’ve ever known hated wearing what they call “hand-me-down” boots — the ones purchased in a western wear store “off the shelf.” My dad’s bootmaker lived in Tucumcari. Whenever Dad needed a new pair he called his bootmaker, and in a month or so they came in […]

Our pursuits trump Obama’s plans

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist In his inaugural address, our new president averred that “Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions — who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free […]

Government’s hand doesn’t belong in banks

Freedom New Mexico With the government, under a Republican president, taking equity positions in banks as it has injected money into various financial institutions, the talk around Washington is whether under a Democratic president the government will go ahead with what seems to some the next logical step: Why not just nationalize certain banks and […]