July 18, 2006 Letters to the Editor

Killing prairie dogs illegal and senseless Regarding the June 30 CNJ report on prairie dogs: While the prairie dog is not on the endangered species list, the burrowing owl is, along with the black-footed ferret, both of which are protected by federal law. Prairie dog burrows provide homes for these and a variety of other […]

Force shaping pyramid revamped for equal distribution

The current force shaping round will take a “slice” from every level of leadership in the Air Force. This should ensure that no one particular level of experience is effected more than the rest and it will keep stability in the work force. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Force shaping, right-sizing or negative retention, regardless of […]

Grass fire closes roads

Staff and wire reports A grass fire that charred 1,500 acres of land along State Highway 467 and temporarily shut down two stretches of road Wednesday was ignited by a lit cigarette or the heat from a vehicle’s catalytic converter, according to a New Mexico State Forestry release. The blaze started in a ditch on […]

Alamogordo pulls away from Wildcats

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Clovis’ Michael Lewis blocks out Alamogordo’s Will Bynum during a 1-and-1 free throw situation in Tuesday’s game at Alamogordo. (Alamogordo Daily News: Ellis Neel) By Gidal Kaiser: Alamogordo Daily News ALAMOGORDO — Clovis just wasn’t able to match Alamogordo’s final run. The host Tigers used a quick 6-0 run as the catalyst for a game-ending […]

James Morgan, Melvin C. Waltman

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. James Morgan Date of birth: Nov. 7, 1926 Dates of service: January 1944 to April 1946 Hometown: Portales Lives in: Portales Theater and location […]

Cut cable disrupts Internet

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A cut fiber optic cable and muddy conditions left eastern New Mexico citizens with compromised Internet and long distance service for more than nine hours Monday. The buried fiber optic cable, no wider than a strand of hair, was accidentally cut in downtown Roswell around 11 a.m. by workers […]

Nothing compares to Atlantic Ocean

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer My little blue pool just doesn’t cut it. Now that summer’s here and temperatures are more blistering than the time I fell asleep with the space heater on, there is one thing I miss most about New York. No, it is not the summer stench that emanates from every […]

Farmer’s Almanac never gets old

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Ed and Yvonne McPeak of Farwell have had a garden 11 of the 13 years they have lived at their home in Farwell, using the Old Farmer’s Almanac all but one year to plant crops. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ STAFF WRITER Many farmers swear by it. Local stores can’t seem […]

Greenwalt still battling for spot in WNBA

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer So far, so good for Cisti Greenwalt. The Clovis native, who played in college at Texas Tech, is enjoying herself as she battles to make the roster of the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs. “Everything’s been going really good,” said Greenwalt, who was taken in the third round of April’s draft. […]

Tucumcari superintendent says he can offer unbiased outlook

Editor’s note: This is the fifth and final interview with the finalists for the Clovis Municipal Schools superintendent position: William Reents, superintendent of Tucumcari Municipal Schools. Q: What qualifies you to serve as superintendent of Clovis schools? A: I have 30 years of administrative experience, both public and private, in five states. I have a […]

Taxpayers should lobby for less spending

Freedom Newspapers We would like to say it’s shocking, but it really isn’t. As Brian Riedl, a budget analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said, “Congress’ natural inclination, regardless of party, is to spend money.” Still, it is disheartening that some of the first reactions to President Bush’s budget proposal were Republicans complaining that modest, […]

Views of Social Security wildly different

By Steve Chapman Listening to liberals and conservatives bicker about Social Security is like hearing someone talk about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Their perceptions are so different that it’s hard to remember they are both talking about the same thing. Liberals see it as a sacred social welfare program that shields the elderly and […]

Christmas trees take care

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Christmas trees line the parking lot of Allsup’s during Thanksgiving weekend in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Christmas tree is a venerated and centuries-old symbol of Christianity and the holiday season. Not to mention a beacon of joy for children come Christmas day. But it can also be […]

It’s a wrap for feature film shot in Clovis

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer After over a month of filming in eastern and central New Mexico, the “Believe in Me” cast and crew are calling it a wrap and heading back home. James Carter, director of cinematography for the movie, said the next stage of production could take many months to complete, and […]

Kerry’s tax plan may not be what he thinks it is

‘Hope is on the way,” promised Sen. John Edwards over and over in his vice presidential nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. He meant, “Higher taxes are on the way.” After listing a number of proposed new government programs, he explained, “So now you ask how are we going to pay for this? […]

Chavez makes cut in Florida golf event

CNJ STAFF ORLANDO, Fla. — Clovis High senior Guillermo Chavez shot a four-over 76 Wednesday and just made the cut after two rounds of the American Junior Golf Association’s 72-hole HP Boys Junior Championship golf tournament at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Country Club & Lodge. Chavez, who shot a 78 on Tuesday, finished the day […]

Riders in the storm

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Clovis city officials are considering closing Ned Houk Park to recreational vehicle riders because of safety concerns and rising costs. Clovis City Manager Ray Mondragon said the issue will go before an upcoming Ned Houk Board meeting. The seven-member group, which has not yet scheduled a meeting time, will face […]

Kerry’s war comments tend to contradict

Mona Charen There he was, the 27-year-old John Kerry, hair spilling down over his eyes, Kennedyesque a’s (as in “cahn’t imagine”) rolling off his tongue, and lanky legs seeking room on the cramped talk show set. C-SPAN was rebroadcasting an episode of “The Dick Cavett Show” from 1971. Opposing Kerry was a hard-charging, highly intelligent […]

U.S. in danger of losing already modest tax cuts

Freedom Newspapers T he House Budget Committee recently rejected legislation that would have prevented future tax cuts unless they are “paid for” by spending cuts or increases in other taxes. If the proposal had passed, it would have made it almost impossible to extend or make permanent the modest tax cuts the administration pushed through […]

Food bank not saved by funds

By Glen Seeber Life Saver Food Bank personnel had hoped $50,000 from the state would help “save their bacon,” but the funds were crossed off the capital outlay list on Wednesday. For Nancy Taylor, executive director of the food bank, it was an opportunity to say “cheese” and put on a happy face — but […]