Time to leave behind spiteful behavior

Clovis Media Inc. Enough already. In the last three months, a lot of us have expressed views — sometimes even boos — about former Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield and new-old Mayor David Lansford; the evils of socialism and conspiracy theories; federal funding needs and city government priorities; and the nation’s opinion of Clovis versus who […]

Commissioners praise Curry County jail plan

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Courtesy photo/ Paul C. Reed Architects Courtesy photo/ Paul C. Reed Architects An architect’s three-dimensional concept a new addition to the Curry County jail to be funded by a proposed $9.3 million bond issue before voters on April 3. The addition is the portion marked SHU, which is an acronym for Special Housing Unit. By […]

Portales businesses upbeat on liquor sale approval

Alisa Boswell With Sunday liquor sales approved by voters on Dec. 13, businesses serving alcoholic beverages are already in the process of turning in their applications for Sunday liquor licenses, according to Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. “We called them all to make sure they all got the same information,” Martinez-Terry said. “The Bureau of […]

Up to half a foot of snow falls in area

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Chelsea Monroe of Clovis shovels the driveway at her house Monday afternoon. Area schools canceled classes due to the Monday snowfall. Snow is expected for Tuesday, as well, with the storm system clearing up Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Kevin Wilson Up to half a foot of snow […]

Citizens’ group challenges city parks plan

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Kevin Wilson For the third consecutive meeting, a group of citizens frustrated with plans to repurpose the long-unused Hillcrest Park Pool asked the Clovis City Commission to stop action. The commission offered a compromise to vote on the matter, but noted their concerns with such an action and the benefits a park restructuring is already […]

Personal goodness not enough to save us

I am sure that I share many growing up experiences with other baby boomers my age. Many things in many areas of our lives are different in 2011. Think about cleaning supplies. In stores we now can find throw away wipes, cleaning sheets with the cleaning mixtures already in them and dust mops with special […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: You know there are teenagers in the house when…

Marla Jo Fisher I have a friend whose children are old enough now to strike fear into the hearts of their mother, as she dreads the coming transformation from adorable kid to hulking, hairy creature from the black lagoon. Since my kids are already well into this transition, Barb views our family like a big, […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: When I am named ruler of the Earth …

Marla Jo Fisher I am planning to run for Supreme Ruler of Earth, as soon as I get a spare minute. In case you don’t know, the Supreme Ruler gets to do whatever she wants and make the rules for everyone else. Everyone kisses your backside and laughs at your jokes. Sort of like running […]

Act like what you already are: God’s kids!

Curtis Shelburne “All through the New Testament,” William Barclay writes, “there rings a plea for Christian unity.” Yes! Jesus himself asked, in his John 17 prayer to the Father, “May they [his disciples] be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me . . .” Evidently Jesus believes that one […]

Military digest: Board says military retirement overly generous

By Tom Philpott Gen. Martin Dempsey, Army chief of staff, seemed to splash figurative cold water on ideas surfacing at the Pentagon and elsewhere to cut future retirement obligations and other personnel costs, deeply and soon. Testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee to become the next chairman of the Joint […]

Letters to the editor: New course betters life in Clovis

New course betters life in Clovis Regarding negative comments about the new city golf course: What I understood is the money was already there to be spent on just parks and recreation projects. So I’m not sure where it would be wasted unless we didn’t use it to improve our way of life in Clovis. […]

Those who profess holiness loudly usually not

You already know this, right? But you should never trust the “holiness” of anyone who is loudly “holy.” According to recent news reports, a treasure trove of “intelligence” information is not the only thing Osama bin Laden had locked up in his hideout in Pakistan; he also had stacked up a serious stash of pornography. […]

Bin Laden reaction: He needed to be brought to justice

They were already planning to move back to New Mexico to be closer to their families, but Eastern New Mexico United Way Director Erinn Burch said Sept. 11 made she and her husband want to come home that much more. “We decided we didn’t need to find the perfect job; the perfect this or that […]

Local businesses, shoppers preparing for Black Friday

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Sharna Johnson Local merchants are already a step ahead of Thanksgiving, preparing for “Black Friday,” the traditional kickoff for the holiday shopping rush. At Triangle Ace Home Center, General Manager Randy Petty said the store will open an hour early at 7 a.m. and offer a promotional sale Friday. Bracing for the day, Petty said […]

Press release: Bingaman says health insurance reform law already benefiting New Mexicans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he is pleased New Mexico is able to expand its ability to provide affordable health insurance coverage for high-risk uninsured residents – one of the first benefits of the newly enacted health insurance reform law Bingaman helped write. The law will provide at least $37 million to […]

New pastor joins New Beginnings Church of God

CNJ staff Wendon Pettey is now serving as the pastor of the New Beginnings Church of God. Pettey, recently located from Mayhill, said he has been in ministry for 25 years and looks forward to reviving the small congregation. Already, Pettey said he has launched a church web site, launched youth and children’s programs and […]

Obamacare will cause economic heart attack

Freedom Newspapers Less than a month old, Obamacare already is loaded into an ambulance on its way to the ER. The first crisis for the health care overhaul plan is a shortage of doctors. “At current graduation and training rates, the nation could face a shortage of as many as 150,000 doctors in the next […]

Tucumcari reverses in-school suspension policy

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari High School has reversed its in-school suspension meal plan after a student’s mother complained. “A child is already being punished by being placed in ISS,” said Peggy Brown, the parent of a student placed in ISS. Brown said food should not be used a punishment, noting tax dollars […]

Nothing lost by completing Census

By Kevin Wilson Checking my mail after a week at the state basketball tournament was an adventure in futility. Bills I already paid online, magazines I won’t read and coupons I won’t use. But wait, something I have to do — the Census. I had my problems with the Census, particularly the $2.5 million Super […]

Support will aid Chile in its recovery

Freedom New Mexico Our thoughts go out to the people of Chile in the aftermath of the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Saturday near the city of Concepcion. The quake is being called the fifth-largest ever recorded and hundreds of times more powerful than the quake that ravaged Haiti in January. Collapsed highways, overturned cars, […]