Bullying won’t get Limbaugh’s message across

Clovis Media Inc. The language wasn’t the worst part about Rush Limbaugh’s tirade last week, in which he called a Georgetown University law student a “slut” and a “prostitute” because she wants contraception to be a requirement of health insurance. Limbaugh’s decision to target a private citizen, rather than, say, President Obama who has championed […]

McGee: Faded denim not enough to get hot dates

I ran across an article the other day that told of the clothing industry shying away from buying denim things that had been sandblasted. Sandblasting gives that “worn look” that some folks like when they buy jeans. It seems workers doing the job were destroying their lungs by breathing the fine silica in the air. […]

Filing day Tuesday for municipal elections

CNJ staff Tuesday is filing day for municipal elections across eastern New Mexico, with an 8 a.m.-5 p.m. window to file for office. The following is a list of items of residents who have made public announcements of their intentions to run in Clovis’ March 6 election. • The mayor’s race. Incumbent Mayor Gayla Brumfield […]

Cotton harvest plummets

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Close-up of a cotton plant in farmer Kendall Devault’s field southeast of Farwell. Across the region, cotton yields this year are about half what they were one year ago, said Crag Rohrbach, general manager of the Parmer County Cotton Growers Co-Op. Robin Fornoff Farmers across the region say this fall’s […]

Opinion: Sloan’s slogans get point across

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I have begun a line of inspirational T-shirts. You know the kind: “Please Be Patient: God Isn’t Finished with Me Yet” — “Until They Pry It from My Cold Dead Fingers” — “Mama Mia, That’s a Spicy Meatball!” My color-coded shirts let passersby know instantly whether they are blood-pressure friendly: Red for Republicans, blue for […]

In search of ponies: Success understood across species

We just didn’t speak the same language. And it wouldn’t have been such a big deal if he didn’t have the ability to run over me like a Mac truck, a point which was driven home with every nervous or confused twitch he made. I can still see him standing there, nose to the fence, […]

USDA lifts bovine TB restrictions

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Department of Argriculture has determined the threat of bovine tuberculosis has been eradicated from the state of New Mexico, according to a press release issued Friday by U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall. In September 2008, USDA placed ranches and dairies across the state of New Mexico under mandatory […]

Let’s get started

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Music teacher Sara Hennessy talks about hitting notes at the right volume on the xylophone during a Monday afternoon music class at The Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Kevin Wilson For approximately 9,000 students across 19 Clovis schools, Monday was the first day of pencils, pens, teachers and books. It […]

Major school construction projects on schedule

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The new special education building at Marshall Middle School will be state-of-the art, said Clovis Municipal Schools Deputy Superintendent of Operations Joel Shirley, and will be surrounded by an Americans with Disabilities Act compliant courtyard. Liliana Castillo Each summer is busy for the operations side of Clovis Municipal Schools. But […]

National Guard hosting open house

The New Mexico National Guard is hosting an open house from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Clovis armory. During the event, the National Guard will have equipment on hand to demonstrate its capabilities along with guided tours of the armory. Equipment demonstrations include a ride in a HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer, a […]

Our people: Lady of the dance

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis resident BJ Bernet enjoys teaching dance and says her staff of dance instructors are different and provide great support for one another. Clovis resident BJ Bernet toured with the Beach Boys across the country in the 1980s. Bernet, 44, worked as a “moving prop” as she jokingly called herself […]

Prom schedules

Freedom New Mexico High school proms at schools across eastern New Mexico and west Texas: Farwell High School — 8 p.m. (CDT) May 21 at the Clovis Civic Center. Fort Sumner High School — 8 p.m. May 14 in the High School Auditorium. Grady High School — 7:30 p.m. May 14 at Grady School. Muleshoe […]

Time for fed to make return to gold standard

Freedom New Mexico Families across America are suffering what we’ll call pump shock: A doubling of gas prices in the past two years. A couple days ago, one of us paid $4.27 a gallon, spending about 43 bucks to fill up a Toyota Corolla. At a Town Hall meeting in Reno last week, President Barack […]

Plans for dormitory put on hold

Liliana Castillo Building projects at 21 bases across the country have been put on hold due to the budget stalemate in Congress. The list includes Cannon Air Force Base’s 96-room dormitory project. The Air Force Times reported that the stalemate has locked the Air Force into last year’s spending amounts and prevented the start of […]

Old-timers should be consulted

I recently came across the following in a U.S. government publication: “Realistically, livestock are the primary practical tools for altering vegetation on rangelands because of environmental concerns about herbicides and the high costs of treating vast acreages of rangeland.” The story described a “recent development” called “conservation grazing,” and said it had “resulted in a […]

Area youth share spring break activities

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Derik Kuykendall, 14, of Clovis takes his turn at bat at his friend Taylor Stratton’s homemade wiffleball field on Howard Cowper Street. Clovis has its own sandlot. Stu Stratton of Clovis set up a wiffle ball field in an empty lot across from his home on Howard Cowper Street. Stratton […]

Going the distance: Cannon Commandos raise funds for Ride 2 Recovery

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Staff Sgt. Angela Hearn taught a class of spinners March 26. Liliana Castillo About 75 Air Commandos participated in a national spin-a-thon on March 26 at the Cannon Air Force Base gym. The gym was one of over 200 facilities that participated in Spinning Nation 2011 across the country Saturday. Proceeds […]

Residents prepare for Super Bowl

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Friday afternoon, Eastern New Mexico University Kappa Sigma members, from left to right, Juan Duran, Kyle Suadheier, Brian Campbell and Joe Wilson prepared the recreation room in the Kappa Sigma house for their upcoming Super Bowl party. Alisa Boswell Sunday marks the day football fans across the nation wait for […]

List helps keep life lessons in mind

I was glancing over some old e-mails last week and came across an e-mail that a friend from far away had sent me some months back. Along with this friends greeting, she sent an entire litany of statements titled “18 things I have learned.” She said she received the email from someone else who also […]

Road condition websites

The following are websites for checking road conditions across New Mexico and adjoining states: http://www.nmroads.com/ http://nmshtd.state.nm.us/main.asp?secid=15536