Nations R Us a lousy idea

Our current travails in Iraq should chasten those who look at the world, survey its failing, troubled or tyranny-plagued states and are struck by a burning desire to reinvent them according to the American model. We’re now being reminded the hard way that it’s never as easy, bloodless or pain-free in practice as ivory-tower theorists […]

Local non-profit now a local branch

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Big Brothers-Big Sisters program of Curry and Roosevelt counties has become a branch of the agency based in Roswell, an organization’s official said. Jill Dennis, executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pecos Valley, said she hopes to have a program coordinator in Clovis by the middle […]

Youth agency shuts doors

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor For the first time in more than 30 years, the local Youth Opportunities Unlimited organization will cease to service the youth of Clovis and Portales. The non-profit agency did not receive enough money from the state’s Children Youth and Families Department to sustain a full-time staff in the upcoming […]

Letters: CIA has reasons for insisting on secrecy

In reference to the Clovis News Journal’s decision to name the Central Intelligence Agency officer who had planned to speak at Eastern New Mexico University last week: Having grown up and worked in Washington, D.C., I’ve known a number of people who worked for the CIA. Their wives know who they work for; the guy […]

Different era calls for changes in agency operations

Freedom Newspapers Did we hear CIA director George Tenet correctly? Did he really tell the 9/11 commission last week that it will take “another five years of work to have the kind of clandestine service our country needs” to combat al-Qaida and other terrorists? And did he really go on to assert that “the same […]

Big fuss over past intelligence failings ignores the present

Freedom Newspapers In obsessing over intelligence failures of the past, Americans may be overlooking intelligence failures of the present. It’s not that we discount the value of knowing more about exactly what went wrong in American spy and law enforcement agencies in the years leading up to the massacres of Sept 11, 2001. But we […]

Big Brother’s merger still stalemated

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Jill Dennis, executive director of the Roswell-based agency, answers questions about financial matters involving the contract presented to the Curry/Roosevelt County agency Tuesday. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich A two-hour meeting on Tuesday between the local Big Brothers and Big Sisters agency and the Roswell-based agency about a possible merger ended with […]

Big Brothers, Big Sisters try to mend sibling rivalry

By Ryan Lengerich Local Big Brothers and Big Sisters officials are hoping a meeting on Tuesday with the Roswell agency will ease tensions between the two entities and get the Clovis agency back up and running. The Clovis-based agency serving Curry and Roosevelt counties had its office shut down on March 1 when Clovis officials […]

Clovis Big Brothers, Big Sisters in limbo

By Ryan Lengerich Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Curry and Roosevelt counties has lost its central office in Clovis. The result of an organizational restructuring leaves four staff members and dozens of children at least temporarily in limbo. The Clovis-based agency may face a merger with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Pecos Valley […]

Q&A: Muleshoe mayor to devote time to restaurant commitments

Muleshoe Mayor Victor Leal, 41, has announced his intention to resign in January. He said he plans to move to Amarillo and open a new Leal’s Mexican Restaurant. Q: You’ve made no secret about your political aspirations. How has politics influenced your decision to move to Amarillo after spending most of your life in your […]