Easier to change self than state

You can see anything more clearly after taking a step back from it than you can while you are in the middle of it. If you want the truth about a cult, you ask someone who was once a part of it, but who got out. You can’t get an accurate version of the truth […]

Still too early to celebrate fiscal recovery

Freedom New Mexico Good news for a change, at least in California. California exports have been soaring. “The value of shipments in March totaled $13.95 billion, up 12.8 percent from $12.37 billion reported in March last year,” the Sacramento Bee reported, using figures from the U.S. Commerce Department. “The value of the dollar is down, […]

JROTC holding change of command ceremony

CNJ staff The Clovis High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp will hold the last Commander’s Call and Change of Command ceremony for the 2011 academic year. The event will take place 7 a.m. Wednesday at the AFJROTC Drill Pad. JROTC will pass the leadership of the corps on the next class of cadets and […]

Melrose schools tagged for audit

The Associated Press Vowing to change what she described as a “systemic issue,” Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera said Wednesday that a preliminary review showed serious flaws in special education data reported by school districts statewide. Nine of the 34 districts targeted this month for review by the Public Education Department will be subjected to an […]

Friday morning briefing: On marriage, no degree and a deadly fire sparks change

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing.Quirky quote of the day “An open marriage is nature’s way of telling you that you need a divorce.” — Ann Landers Peek-a-blog Political blogster Joe Monahan’s latest posting includes this comment from Tommie Newman of Clovis regarding questions raised about possible GOP Senate candidate […]

Time change has lighter side

Well if you missed church you’re either a heathen, didn’t read my column first thing or just forgot to spring forward. I’m actually looking forward to getting another hour of light on the end of the day. Normally, I’ve been in the other camp on this whole Daylight Saving thing — not happy about getting […]

Bingaman’s retirement could change political landscape

Kevin Wilson Jeff Bingaman’s Senate seat will be filled by another New Mexican come 2013 — whether it be Republican, Democrat or third party. But New Mexico’s Senate clout may take years to return — if it does. Bingaman’s retirement in 2012, coupled with Pete Domenici’s 2008 retirement for health reasons, eliminates 66 years worth […]

Bill would change schools’ measure of success

Liliana Castillo A bill that would change the way student success is measured in New Mexico’s schools is headed to state legislators this session. Bill sponsor Rep. Dennis Roch, an assistant superintendent with Texico schools, said under the bill, House Bill 355, each school in the state would be rated by a letter grade, A, […]

Clovis restaurant to change hands

CNJ staff The ownership of the Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizza store in Portales has entered into an agreement to purchase the Clovis store, which has been closed since the holiday season. Oma Creighton, co-owner of the Portales location, said the goal is to re-open the location on Prince Street in early March. “It’s […]

U.S. must let Egyptians work through conflict

Freedom New Mexico Protests in Egypt aimed at regime change have resurrected longstanding questions among many Americans about the role the United States should play in other nations’ internal conflicts. Up until Tuesday, when his administration quietly advised Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak not to seek re-election, President Barack Obama walked a tightrope of diplomatic-speak attempting […]

Grant McGee: Cargo pants practical fashion

Do you have any cargo pants in your wardrobe? You know, they have regular pockets and below those there are some bigger pockets with flaps. I think cargo pants are great. I keep my change in one of the lower pockets and it doesn’t roll out when I sit in a car. I have room […]

DA launches crime notification system

An automated system designed to keep crime victims informed has been launched in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (V.I.N.E), alerts victims and other concerned citizens with a phone call or e-mail when there is a change in a criminal offender’s status, according to a press release from the district attorney’s […]

Small video stores keeping pace with change

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sarah Scioli of Clovis, a manager at Talico Video and Book Exchange on Prince Street, places a video back on the shelf Tuesday. Scioli said the store has been in business for 30 years. Kevin Wilson Here lies the mom and pop video store. The eulogy’s been written numerous times, […]

Candidate profiles: Land Commission

Liliana Castillo The race for state land commissioner pits a veteran against a newcomer, both counting on voters’ thirst for change. Specifically, a change to transparency. Democrat Ray Powell of Albuquerque, 60, had the job from 1993 to 2003. Republican Matt Rush of Portales, 36, is new to politics. Current Land Commissioner Republican Patrick Lyons […]

Letter to the editor: Smiles can change person’s life

I have lived in Clovis for near most of my life. On Sept. 20, I had to make a police report on an incident that happened the Monday before (nothing too serious). I have been sick for quite some years and lately I’ve been in physical pain with some mental anguish and distress. I believe […]

Sometimes food bites back

Sharna Johnson Hunger and need change everything — even those rules we believe to be black and white. It’s a thought I arrived at this week while talking with a friend. “You know, I’ve been meaning to tell you, you’re mean,” he said jokingly. He proceeded to point out he was struck by the thought […]

Mexico needs to change perception of success

Freedom Newspapers A lot of recent data show how Mexico is doing as a country; some figures are surprisingly good; others, however, suggest the country’s progress could come more slowly than we might hope. Mexico’s government reported last week that some 28,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since the government began its crackdown […]

Letter to the editor: Public shouldn’t ignore red lights

Has there been a change in law regarding running red lights? Public shouldn’t ignore red lights I ask because quite frequently I see individuals run the light at Prince and 21st streets. Specifically, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, I saw three vehicles run a red light in front of a Clovis police officer who did nothing. […]

Letter to the editor: Clovis’ trash system doesn’t need change

Clovis’ trash system doesn’t need change I have some questions and concerns regarding the proposed transition from Dumpsters to poly-carts: • How will the city pay for the new carts and the new trucks to handle the new carts? • Will schools, churches, hospitals, commercial properties, and apartment complexes still be allowed to use Dumpster? […]

Officials: Change in landfill fees designed to encourage cleanup

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer City residents will be able to take small loads of solid waste to the landfill free of charge under guidelines clarified Wednesday by the Public Works Committee. The change is effective immediately and is designed, in part, to encourage cleanup in the community. The committee decided city residents may […]