You, not Congress, know what is best

By Walter E. Williams: Syndicated columnist One of the great contributions of Nobel Laureate economist Friedrich Hayek was to admonish us to recognize the insurmountable limits to human knowledge. Why? Not even the brightest minds, and surely not the U.S. Congress, can ever have the knowledge to shape an economic system entirely to our liking. […]

In wake of trial, Dorian a breath of fresh air

By Ned Cantwell: Syndicated Columnist Just when the Treasurer’s Office stink wafts over the capital, just when we start to think all public servants are crooked, just when we are about to turn our backs forever on self-serving Santa Fe bureaucrats, in walks Dorian. Just in time. She is the spring rain in a desert […]

Cars leave tracks on memory lane

Grant McGee: Local Columnist There was some show on public TV the other night; some in-depth news thing about high crimes and misdemeanors in Peru. In one of the shots of the Peruvian Palacio de Justicia in Lima, a Bajaj motorcar zipped past. Bajaj is an Indian vehicle manufacturer. They make three-wheeled cars and scooters. […]

J. W. “Mac” McDonald

Sharna Johnson After spending 30 days in the English Channel onboard ship waiting for the Germans to surrender… Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. J. W. “Mac” McDonald Dates of […]

Harsh regulations will mean hardship for auto industry

Freedom Newspapers Some pointless ideas die hard, which is an accurate description of the fuel economy standards the federal government imposes on automakers. The Bush administration, although allegedly in favor of freer markets, announced new standards this week that will require higher gas mileage ratings for the light trucks that dominate U.S. roads. The standards […]

Hybrid vehicles on rise

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A small emblem on the back of Michael Lee’s silver SUV declares it different. It is a hybrid car, powered by gas and electricity. Lee, 54, a railroad engineer, wishes it were bigger. “More people might ask me about the car,” Lee said, breaking slowly for a red light […]

Route 66 Festival kicks off Thursday

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Many of “The Best Little Festival on Route 66” events will take place at the Tucumcari Convention Center where this Route 66 monument was erected for a restoration project a few years ago. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Every year, cities along “The Mother Road” embrace the rich history that built […]

What a time we had in 1949

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Clovis and Curry County had a great year in 1949. Here are some of the things that happened: • On April 25, 1949, a groundbreaking took place at 12th and Main for the new St. James Episcopal Church, built in the Spanish adobe style. It’s still the most attractive church […]

Vicious explosion rocked Tolar 60 years ago

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer On a quiet day in eastern New Mexico, Nov. 30, 1944, a train of 81 cars was traveling west out of Clovis. One of the crew members had detected a hot box under a fuel oil tanker car and the engineer was slowing the train to a stop west […]

Flooding closes roads

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Richard Rees, 14, of Clovis walks on 14th Street past the lake at Chavez Park Tuesday afternoon. The level of the lake had risen within a couple feet of the road by late afternoon. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Sammy Cordova said he pushed at least 20 cars out of […]

Mother urges neighborhood drivers to slow down

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Krisha LeClear has been watching the cars zip by on Tierra Blanca for three years, and she does not like what she sees. Her oldest child is in second grade, but he is not even allowed on the sidewalk in front of her house. The section of street where […]

Melrose hosting Old-timer’s Celebration

By William Thompson Melrose will hold its annual Old-Timer’s Celebration today and Saturday and Mayor Ray Hester said he expects 300 to 400 people will take part in the festivities. “The old-timer’s celebration has been going on for 25 years or more,” said Hester. “It’s a way for us to honor the old-timers here in […]

Unique replica honors ‘Herbie the Love Bug’

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Jack Quaif, of Clovis, works on Sgt. Rob Burke’s 1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle Saturday at Jack’s Bug Hut in Clovis, getting it ready for the fifth annual Roswell 2K (Beetle) car show. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: ÇNJ News Editor Two years, a few thousand dollars, and many hours in a Clovis auto […]

Clovis racers on their soap box

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer Seventeen Clovis youngsters are signed up to race in this year’s Clovis Soap Box Derby, sponsored by the Clovis Rotary Club. The winner of Clovis’ “Gravity Grande Prix” will join more than 400 other young racers for the 67th running of the American Soap Box Derby at Derby Downs […]

Summer’s heat can burn finish on car

By Ryan Lengerich, CNJ STAFF WRITER Mirrors fall off, glass shatters, dashes crack and warp if untreated. Art Farro said he will repair 20 to 30 rearview mirrors in upcoming months. He has seen hot windows shatter when cold water touches the pane. The owner of Art’s Automotive Paint and Body on Commerce Way said […]

Clovis police department officials consider new cars

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Police Department may soon have $125,000 added to its budget to purchase new police cars. At a meeting Tuesday morning, Clovis City Commission’s Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to recommend the full city commission add that amount to the police department’s capital budget to pay for police cars. The […]

New electric cars met with concern, applause

By David Arkin A bill signed by the governor that will allow electric cars to be driven on city streets and highways is receiving mixed reviews. The bill, which was crafted by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed into law by Richardson last week, would allow “neighborhood electric cars,” which are four-wheeled electric motor vehicles […]

The only assurance we have in life is Jesus

By Judy Brandon The Salt River Canyon highway in Arizona is about 10 miles of winding road meandering between steep mountains on one side and deep rugged canyons below. Once a traveler gets to the bottom where the river runs, it is time to start back up the other side. The narrow highway with its […]

Arrest of two suspects may solve up to 15 cases

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police say Tuesday night’s apprehension of two juveniles may close 15 or more car burglary cases. According to officer Roger Dial, police decided they were being “hammered” by a mounting number of car burglary reports and assigned Dial and a new recruit, Brian Jenne, to do an undercover patrol in […]

Racers dash for cash in Billy the Kid Shootout

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CNJ staff photo: Loretta Kos/Modified Stock cars come out of the fourth turn during a qualifying heat of the Billy the Kid Shootout on Sunday at Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex. Gary Mitchell Ted Hamm and Mark Harris got a little too close in a qualifying race Sunday that took them out of the main […]