Press Release: Calling all duck callers

ALBUQUERQUE – Every good duck caller knows the key to calling duck is practice, practice, practice. Every contest caller knows it will take more than just practice to win the 2009 New Mexico State Duck Calling Contest. It’s going to take a clear tone, steady cadence and a mountain of courage to claim victory against […]

May 8 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 11 p.m. an officer responded to a residence in the 500 block of Gidding for a report of harassment. A woman said her former boyfriend had been calling her repeatedly, even though she asked him to stop. She said he had […]

Sunshine Week brings attention to right to know

Freedom New Mexico E very week of the year has been designated by somebody as National Something Week, designed to bring public attention to issues and causes. Such a din of commemoration makes it likely for some of the more serious issues to get lost in the shuffle. So we devote this space today to […]

Sunbeams shine where they are called

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist As a child I was involved in Sunbeams at church. Sunbeams was a mission organization for children. We sang about being a sunbeam for Jesus and bringing light into the world. When my family moved from Kansas City to New Mexico, one lady was saying goodbye to my parents and […]

Association honors square-dance couple

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers If there is square dancing in heaven, James Pettus is probably calling one right now. The Portales resident, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2003, and his wife Wanda were the heart and soul of square dancing in eastern New Mexico for three decades, according to local square dancers. The […]

Woman accused of phone threats

CNJ Staff A woman accused of harassing another Clovis woman included a police officer in a barrage of phone threats Tuesday, according to a police report. Isabel Sanchez, a convenience store clerk, called police because she said a woman was calling and threatening her at work, the report said. When the officer arrived, Sanchez, 28, […]

Missionaries can be found close to home

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Our church’s 75th anniversary is coming up. It was at that church that my father, Dr. Carl Scott, was minster for 25 of the church’s 75-year history. I have many wonderful memories of growing up at the church on Eighth and Hinkle. So in the light of this anniversary, a […]

Midnight phone calls elicit interesting responses

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Here at the Appalling Malady Institute, we’re studying really important stuff about human behavior, such as why folks say bizarre things when they wake up at night to answer the phone. For a moment they’re not themselves but lost souls lingering in a la-la land between George W. Bushisms and […]

Immigration’s big problem is illegality

By Walter Williams: Snydicated columnist My sentiments on immigration are inscribed at the foot of the Statue of Liberty: “… Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” […]

Firefighters train for flames

If firefighters fall or are injured, motion sensors on their packs trigger a siren to alert their fellow firefighters that they are in need of help. Janet Taylor-Birkey Receiving calls daily, the Cannon Fire Department provides more than relief from fire emergencies. In addition to the obvious job of fighting fires, these Airmen and civilians […]

2/15 Local roundup

Transportation dept. launches DWI blitz The New Mexico Department of Transportation launched a February Super Blitz on Friday, which consists of more DWI checkpoints, increased law enforcement and a pumped up media campaign throughout the state, according to a release from the NMDOT. NMDOT encourages New Mexicans to program the Drunk Buster Hotline into cell […]

Economist to explain financial safeguards

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A former bank chief and published economist will give advice to local residents Thursday about how to safeguard their nest eggs, especially since Cannon Air Force Base has been recommended for closure. Larry Bates will talk at the Economic and Political Risk Conference at 7 p.m. at the Clovis […]

Is it Bingaman or is it a recording?

Ned Cantwell Funny, isn’t it, how life can suddenly reverse course? How when once a drab existence breaks through the murk and begins basking in sunshine? Take me, a struggling, nobody columnist who can’t even get Billy Sparks to pay him any attention. That’s Billy Sparks, the governor’s press guy. I mean, you would think […]

Teachers must work to be good

Clyde Davis Thank you, John Timmerman. When we had you for freshman English, we looked up to you. We thought you were a good teacher. So the day we came up to talk to you, having heard that you pitched college baseball, we wanted you to join our intramural softball team. Since I was going […]

You never know where you will find your calling

Judy Brandon There was a time in my life when I thought I would be a junior high schoolteacher forever — or at least until I retired. Yet, after seven years of junior high school days filled with spit wads, students sent to the office with disciplinary notes, early morning pep rallies and hall duty, […]

El Paso native finds calling in teaching

Cheryl Cunningham Editor’s note: Cheryl Cunningham, 40, is a fifth-grade teacher at Cameo Elementary School in Clovis. She lives in Friona with her husband Joe and their three dogs, Goose, Buddy and Betsy. The El Paso native teaches language arts and social studies. With a degree in business management, I am the untraditional, back-door teacher. […]