Sweet Home New Mexico: Proud to be part of a select few

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Sometimes, I wonder if I am the only one that feels a special sense of pride when I hand my military I.D. to the friendly gate guards as I make my way onto the base. As soon as I am beyond the gate, I can’t help but feel this little surge of glee that I […]

TSA spreads its wings beyond U.S. airports

Freedom New Mexico Weren’t airport pat downs enough? The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its reach of checkpoints and control far beyond protecting airports. “TSA teams are increasingly conducting searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and other mass-transit locations around the country,” the Los Angeles Times reported. Ray Dineen, the air marshal […]

Gun-toting man misses mark

Twenty thousand motorcycles were coming, but despite that vroom-vroom until two in the morning and beyond, our hip but sleepy village inspired wanderlust for brighter lights. Just my luck. Baking under the Phoenix sun, we get word Ruidoso is suddenly the news hotspot of New Mexico. TV trucks running around, reporters hustling here and there […]

Groundbreaking marks step beyond discussion for Ute pipeline

Kevin Wilson Thursday’s groundbreaking marks another step for an effort to building a pipeline from Ute Reservoir — a step outside. Discussed, and shelved, and discussed again for decades in public meetings and congressional offices, the pipeline project makes a partial move from a discussed project to one putting in groundwork. “I remember that forever, […]

Diamond notes: Go beyond minimum expectations

By Master Sgt. Brian M. Rollefson: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron Editor’s note: Diamond Notes is a monthly column from the 27th Special Operations Wing’s first sergeants. The first sergeant is the senior enlisted member of a unit and reports directly to the commander as the chief adviser concerning the enlisted force. He or […]

Chaparral CC owner: Sale not pending

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The owner of the Chaparral Country Club said despite communications to his customers that may have indicated otherwise, he has not gone beyond negotiations with the City of Clovis or anybody. City officials confirmed over the weekend they were in negotiations to buy the club, which would be part […]

Now GOP’s chance to rein in spending

Freedom New Mexico A s a new Congress reflecting the will of the voters as of November finally assumes office, with Republicans holding a majority in the House and more effective power in the Senate, we can expect symbolic gestures and a few substantive moves in the direction of less-intrusive government. Whether legislators will move […]

Be wary when placing trust in junk science

A recent poll asked Americans who and what they trust. It found that Republicans trust religion more than science; Democrats trust science more than religion. Neither should trust in science, as it is a discipline of proof. Most religious beliefs cannot be proved, so those who submit to religion do so in nothing more than […]

Hospice goes beyond medical care

By Stacy Gleaton: Guest columnist In the past, many families took care of their own and never sought outside assistance. Nowadays, many families just don’t realize the great services that are available to them. Plains Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Hospice began in 1994 and has been providing excellent end of life care ever since. PRMC […]

Business feature: Realtors say home sales turnaround may be on horizon

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For reasons that extend to Cannon Air Force Base and beyond, a turnaround seems on the horizon for local home sales. Over the last two months, Clovis Realtor Kathy Corn said, deals on 96 properties in Curry and Roosevelt counties have been finalized, with an average price of $138,143. […]

DECADE IN REVIEW: Y2K and beyond

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CNJ file photo Tornadoes tore through Roosevelt, Curry and Quay counties in March 2007, damaging about 500 homes and businesses, injuring 35 people ” and for the first time in 100 years of area record keeping •” killing two. By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico Editor Y2K didn’t hurt a bit. The hours and days […]

God sees beyond the surface

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist Paul wrote in his Roman letter: “So then every one of us shall give an account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:12) People might minimize that scripture but the ramifications are worth contemplation. We might rationalize and admit, “Well I know what the Bible says but….” Yet, will we […]

Mother’s Day time for cultural reflection

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist Beyond the sentiments, what are your roots? What I mean is, inspired by Mother’s Day but not limited to that, what do you know and value about your ethnic origins, your cultural origins, your background in terms of heritage, location, awareness of who you are and who you have sprung […]

For Valentine’s, think outside box

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist I would encourage you, if you are reading this, to begin thinking about Valentine’s Day, and to think beyond the box. What can you give the special person in your life that is unusual, creative, and unique? One of the gifts which my wife gave me for Christmas kind of […]

Education feature: Pro rodeo clown brings bullying program to local students

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Marvin Nash was in Curry County this week working with the sheriff’s department to introduce the program “Bullying Hurts” at rural schools. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Bullying in schools has changed and its impact reaches further than most people think, according to Marvin Nash. Nash, a professional rodeo […]

Rock ‘n’ roll hitmakers showcase hits

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Tommy Vee, left, plays with Chris Montez, right, Friday during the second concert night of the Clovis Music Festival at Marshall Auditorium. Montez performed songs such as “Come on Let’s Go” and “Before the Next Teardrop Falls.&#82 By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Visitors from all parts of the United States […]