Open conference question comes to state senate

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican To open conference committees to the public or not? That seems to be a key question before the state Senate this session, one that’s nearing a vote on the chamber’s floor. The Senate is considering two measures to allow the public and the media into conference committees, […]

Web portal necessity for MVD

Editor’s note: Freedom New Mexico Publisher Ray Sullivan discussed Web portals in his column in Thursday‘s CNJ. This is Rick Homans’ counterpiece. When an individual comes to the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) to apply for a driver’s license or a vehicle registration, we ask that person to entrust us with a lot of personal and […]

Law-making doesn’t need secrecy

By Dana Bowley: Guest columnist Anyone who pays attention to the Legislature has had this experience: Differing versions of a bill pass the House and Senate; the bills go to a conference committee; then the bill that comes out is substantially different from the two that went in. What happened? Hard to tell. Why? Because […]

Editorial: Challenging deficit comes too late for GOP

As much as President Barack Obama tries to blame his predecessor, he has to take some ownership of a careening federal deficit that apparently will reach $1.75 trillion this year. That jaw-dropping number came from Obama himself last week

Tops in Blue coming to Portales

CNJ staff The U.S. Air Force’s premier entertainment showcase, Tops in Blue, is offering a free night of family entertainment at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena in Portales. The performance includes Latin sounds, All-American country music, and chart-topping hits, music from movies and Broadway shows. The Tops in […]

Truest love in the world comes from the heart of God

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist With Valentines Day approaching, I have been thinking a lot about the meaning of love.

Regarding goals, perceptions matter

By Margie Blatnik: Guest Columnist Our perceptions matter a great deal when it comes to achieving our goals.

Hockey: Air Force comes back for win over UConn

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A look back at ’08 and ahead to ’09

USAF photo: Greg Allen Cannon airmen participated in the 19th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March in March to pay tribute to the men who died and survived captivity. More than 4,400 military personnel from throughout the world participated in the annual event. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs As […]

Black Friday rush just too much

By Karl Terry: Local Columnist It comes once a year and they call it Black Friday. Somehow I’ve managed to avoid the full measure of this annual spectacle — until this year. After purposely planning to purchase a new television with our

Harder fall comes for those with bigger egos

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist In last week’s column, I wrote to extol the virtues of physical labor, reasoning that our minds work a lot better if our bodies do some hard work also from time to time. I closed with the Apostle Paul’s words, “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to […]

Halloween a chance to enjoy childhood, not practice immaturity

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist Yearly the debate comes around, well under way by this time. What is good, what is bad, what is acceptable, what is not, in terms of celebrations of Halloween, aka. All Hallow’s Eve — the night before All Saints’ Day? So much returns to individual ethics or taste and, incredibly, […]

Grants will make cleanup of Hotel Clovis possible

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The first step toward the redevelopment of Hotel Clovis is on the horizon. Clovis MainStreet announced Thursday it landed a $300,000 grant from its state-level organization to aid in the removal of asbestos from the landmark. The grant comes from a New Mexico MainStreet pool of $1 million. Combined […]

AARP works to educate senior drivers

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico The numbers are alarming when it comes to senior drivers: • 6,512 seniors (65 years old and older) were killed in traffic accidents in 2005 — 15 percent of all traffic fatalities. Experts predict that number will swell to 23,000 annually by 2030. • 79 percent of fatal accidents […]

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Men not so tough when it comes to women's issues

By Anita Doberman Men, and military men in particular, can take a lot. They are tough, hard working and have high tolerance for pain. Take my beloved hubby. He almost died of a burst appendix because he didn’t go to the hospital right away — he preferred to take the pain than go to the […]

Alive Campaign comes to Clovis

Five Baylor University students are scheduled to bike into Clovis today promoting suicide prevention. They’ll be in Fort Sumner on Saturday.

Businesses work to offer variety of flavors

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield Portales resident Robert Locke picks up a jar of peanut butter at Sunland Peanuts’ retail store outside of Portales in April. Sunland produces several different flavors and types of peanut butter. Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield When it comes to developing new products, local peanut and candy manufacturers rely on […]

One spouse is plenty

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist I am Italian and somewhat jealous when it comes to my husband. It runs in our blood. The concept of sharing a husband with other women is completely incomprehensible to me. I’ll often remind my husband that there are still numerous passion murders when a husband is found to have […]

More than one wife not the life for some

By Anita Doberman