Cities should advance citizen freedom

By Steven Greenhut: Guest columnist Most Americans have the naïve notion that their local city officials busy themselves fixing potholes, providing police and fire services, dealing with the occasional code violation and quietly running the parks and recreation service. But those who run city government have their own prerogatives and ideologies. Their priorities aren’t happenstance, […]

Internet provides oppressed citizens outlet for opinion

By Freedom Newspapers As the old saying goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” When it comes to getting information to the people, Chinese Internet journalists are proving that maxim true. In a nation where for decades the government has maintained strict control over the media, the Internet is bringing new hope and new […]

Cameras replace traffic loops

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer What it is: A computerized control system that uses sensor cameras to control traffic at intersections. How it works: The light stays green on the main throughway until vehicles approach from side streets. When vehicles from the side streets approach, the light turns green […]

Wet spring creates bug concerns

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom Newspapers An unusually wet spring has caused an early arrival of summer pests in the Clovis area. Local pest experts said they’ve seen an increased insect activity for this time of year. “We have found larvas of mosquitoes and disposed of them already in Clovis,” said Marcus Brice, chief code compliance […]

Tragedy prompts prayers

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Everyone is talking about the Virginia Tech tragedy. We are shocked as individuals and as a society. As a parent, I cannot imagine the pain and anguish families and students must be experiencing. I then think about the young man’s family and the anguish they must be going through. I can’t […]

Criminal control, not gun control, will ease violence

Few details were known about Monday’s senseless killings on the Virginia Tech campus before many analysts jumped to the same conclusion they always reach: The way to stop gun violence is to impose further controls on the legal ownership of guns. In an editorial Tuesday, for instance, The New York Times opined: “What is needed, […]

DWI charges can stick, even if you’re not driving

By Capt. Rob Palmer According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), one in every three Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related automobile crash at some point in their lives. In 2005, the most recent year for which MADD and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have compiled statistics, there were 189 alcohol-related traffic deaths […]

April 3, 1948

Dr. Gil Knutson and Gorilla Poggi were preparing to square off against Ace Freeman and Olan Boynton in an Australian tag-team wrestling match at the Clovis Armory. Ringside seats were $1.75, and available at Duckworth Drug and Busy Bee Café. … Wanda Wilson was student of the week at Clovis High School. … The “Legal […]

Limiting student press bad precedent

By Carol Singletary: Guest columnist Quick. How free is the American press? With our First Amendment protections, we should be setting the standard for freedom in the press, right? Wrong. The Reporters Without Borders fifth annual World Press Freedom Index places the United States 53rd out of 168 countries (we tied with Botswana, Croatia and […]

Jail employees need supervisors’ support

Letters to the Editor Regarding the Feb. 20 CNJ article headlined “Jail guards arrested in assault:” How is it that a jail inmate can complain he was not handled more delicately by Curry County Adult Detention Center officers and disrupt so many lives? And when these allegations were made by inmate Walter Dixon on Feb. […]

County man killed in vehicle rollover

CNJ staff A 31-year-old Curry County man died Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle rollover near Texico, according to state officials. Raul Trevino was driving east on Curry Road 10 about 7:30 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, according to New Mexico State Police officer Kenneth Olson. The vehicle flipped several times and Trevino […]

Small changes can help control time, lessen stress

Master Sgt. Michael McNeil The 27th Fighter Wing community is experiencing the effects of overload. Many are experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety, depression and burnout. Our personal and work lives have gotten busier and more hectic, and we all feel pressed for time, which can make us feel overwhelmed and out of control. But life […]

Dogs attack elderly Clovis woman

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Grace Gault, 78, has walked the same route almost daily since her doctor advised her three years ago walking would aid in her recovery from cancer, she said. Monday, she had gone to the grocery store to get syrup to make peanut brittle for Christmas. She had just walked […]

Domestic Violence must be stopped

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist October is a month devoted to the playful celebration of horror. Witches and goblins, ghosts and vampires populate our imaginations. Travel Channel takes us to the most haunted sites via video. Refreshments for parties are given joyfully gory titles. AMC shows its favorite horror flicks, and the children put time […]

Bees make havoc for businesses

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer In 1964, long before high school junior Lewis Hightower had decided to choose pest control as a career, he read an article in Time magazine about “killer bees” that escaped a laboratory in Brazil. He kept up with the news over the years, reading estimates that this species, known […]

New agency for strays

27th Security Forces Squadron Have you encountered a stray dog or cat on the base? Cannon now has a method to retrieve these strays. The 27th Fighter Wing has a contract with One 4 All animal rescue organization to retrieve and control stray animals on the main base and in Chavez housing areas. One 4 […]

Controlling supply a business key

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: CNJ Columnist Have you heard the story about the young man who walked into the grocery store and was astonished to see pile after pile of salt bags? The young man exclaimed to the owner, “Boy! You must sell a lot of salt.” “No, I hardly ever sell any salt,” the store […]

Wet weather means mosquitoes abound

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Francis Warner, a Vector Control Officer for the City of Clovis, looks at a test tube filled with creek water. Warner takes samples of water with mosquito larvae to test for West Nile virus. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In the pre-dawn hours, while most residents are sleeping, Francis […]

Officials say dogs, schools bad mixture

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Concerns that a child could be bitten, injured or exposed is the reason behind a zero tolerance policy for wandering dogs at bus stops and school grounds, according to city officials. With the onset of the school year, animal control officers plan to routinely patrol school grounds for loose […]

Relaxation cannot and should not be controlled

Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist We’re such control freaks these days. We like to control our time. Control our space. Control how long our meetings last. Control agendas. Control how much input and output we will take from others and so on. I’m an admitted control freak. I control the air conditioner in my car. I […]