Aug. 24 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 8 a.m. Aug. 17 an officer responded to an apartment in the 1000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard about a credit card. A man told the officer he found his neighbor’s credit card […]

Witness recalls threat

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Witness Cynthia Peninger, left, listens to defense attorney Gary Mitchell during cross-examination Monday at District Court in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Prosecution and defense attorneys agreed Monday that prosecution witness Cynthia Peninger was threatened about revealing what she knew about the 2005 deaths of Doris […]

Don’t call it a purse; call it convenient

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Out in the west Texas town of El Paso, I saw my friend Shannon, who’s a girl. It’s a bad song, but it’s a true story. We went out to bowl, we went out for walks, we went out to see her friends. All throughout, we took photos and […]

Tips for document replacement

CNJ staff Social Security card Cost: Free What you need: A completed SS-5 Application for a Social Security card Proof of citizenship: U.S. driver’s license, state-issued identification card or U.S. passport If you can’t obtain any of those listed documents, an employee identification card, school identification card, health insurance card, military identification card or adoption […]

Education Digest: Alliance updates state data cards

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Alliance for Excellent Education recently updated its New Mexico State Card. The card gives a statistical snapshot of the status of high schools in the state, according to an Alliance press release. The cards were developed to provide data for policymakers, government officials and concerned citizens, and are […]

New phase of paying

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Credit, debit and gift cards are changing the way people pay while simultaneously increasing profit margins for businesses. (MCT Illustration) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When the tuition bill rolls around each semester at Eastern New Mexico University, Roma Vivas throws down her Discover card even though she has the money on hand. Several […]

Letters to the Editor: Individual disrespect for rules hurts others

I recently witnessed a disturbing incident outside a local store. The father and son parked beside me had just finished putting their purchases in their car and the young boy (perhaps 10 or 12) took the shopping cart and gave it a great shove. It sped across the drive and into the parking spaces for […]

Report card revise in works

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Report cards for Clovis elementary students may get more detailed, according to Clovis Municipal Schools administrators. Administrators said they are testing the water for new report cards that reflect state standards and benchmarks. A report card revision would allow “parents to see how their children are actually performing,” CMS […]

Student profile: Ouellette

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Sarah Ouellette is a Clovis Christian School senior. She is the daughter of Roy and Christy Ouellette. Extra-curricular activities: Drama and art Hobbies: I love NASCAR, old musicals, movies, tap dance, MySpace, playing card games, cooking, reading the Bible, shopping and making people laugh. Future plans: Get married and […]

You should know; I told you so

Bob Huber : local columnist When things go wrong, someone is always there to say, “I told you so.” And that fosters in me a vengeful yearning to do the same thing to them. But I never had a chance until one day I was in Levelland, Texas, and a money machine outside a bank […]

Mother’s Day options abound in Land of Enchantment

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers It’s that time of year to thank one of the most important people in the world — mommy dearest. After all, if not for her, we wouldn’t be here in the first place. This fact, sadly, is frequently twisted and used against her by the angry teen who screams about […]

Change in Bush staff should include change in policy

Freedom Newspapers Well, it’s not quite the independent, seasoned Washington veteran — perhaps a respected former senator or Cabinet member — that many Republicans, including former Reagan deputy chief of staff Ken Duberstein, had suggested. The replacement of White House chief of staff Andrew Card by his former deputy and current head of the Office […]

Take steps to protect against identity theft

Terry Blaschke: Guest Columnist Identity theft is the nation’s fastest-growing crime. More than 40,000 Americans reported incidents of identity theft during 2000, with more than half of the complaints involving credit card fraud, according to the Federal Trade Commission. That’s roughly one case of identity theft reported every 19 minutes. Identity thieves can strike at […]

Take time out to love yourself this Valentine’s Day

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local columnist TUCUMCARI — When you are trying to quit smoking, everyone lights a cigarette. When you’re on a massive diet, the only trucks that ramble by are owned by Sara Lee. And when, like I am, you are moving 1,942 miles to the West Coast and leaving behind five goats, a […]

Gift cards can make fast food even faster

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McDonald’s and Sonic have launched pre-paid, debit-style cards for purchasing food. (Staff illustration: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The fast-food experience seems to be getting faster with the inception of a new payment option at two local restaurants. McDonald’s has launched The Arch Card, while Sonic is calling its version My Sonic […]

Gulf Coast Disaster Questions Keep Surfacing

By Curtis K. Shelburne As daily we are seeing more ramifications of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the Gulf Coast, new dimensions of the disaster continue to impress themselves on our minds.   It is very hard to wrap your mind around such widespread devastation, but the pictures and sound-bytes just keep pouring in. Water everywhere. Wrecked […]

Farwell burying centennial time capsule

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer FARWELL — A container the size of an oil barrel will harbor a time capsule to commemorate the community’s 100th anniversary. The time capsule will be buried in the city park July 30 during Border Town Days, an annual event hosted by Farwell and Texico. A 100th edition of […]

People can improve without Big Brother

By Tibor Machan A while back Bill Cosby made news for chiding black parents for not being responsible enough with their kids’ education. Stop buying them huge speakers, start buying them books, he urged. This made sense because it does appear that when one is surrounded with even a modest library in one’s youth, one […]

ID Act will punish law-abiding citizens most

Freedom Newspapers Is it over-dramatizing to say that the historic and chilling command, “Achtung! Your papers, please!” could find a modern-day American equivalent if the federal Real ID Act becomes law? Maybe so, but that danger and fear does come to mind as Congress moves forward with the Real ID Act. The bill mandates that […]

Huggins, Alice

Alice Huggins Services: Have been held. Alice Marie Huggins, 63, of Taylorsville, Utah, died Thursday, April 21, 2005, at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. She was born May 28, 1941, in Clovis to Ed and Minnie Ramm. Family members said she was a GE Corporate Card Specialist and the biggest NASCAR No. 8 fan […]