Today’s generation lacks hope

This is difficult to write. One does not want to showcase his dark side. Yet, truth must out. Here’s my dirty little secret. I have good friends who are New Mexico bankers. Yes, among that despised crowd with their imperial debit card charges and overdraft criminality are those who seem to be pretty good people. […]

How you can be a positive sports parent

Jack Perconte Positive parenting in sports is a choice parents make that allows sports to be about kids and not about parents. Parents who are out to relive their playing careers through their kids are the source of a lot of negative parenting in sports. The choice to be positive is not easy because of […]

Officials: Runway extension set for completion by late September

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A 1,800 foot expansion of the runway at the Clovis Municipal Airport is underway and will be completed by late September or early October. Kevin Wilson An extension of the runway at the Clovis Municipal Airport should be completed by late September or early October, according to city officials and […]

Emissions cap would be disaster

By Anna Cook: Guest columnist It would be a grave mistake for New Mexico to impose the strict greenhouse gas emission cap that is being considered by the Environmental Improvement Board. The proposed cap, which would apply only in New Mexico, would set us apart not only from surrounding states but from every single state, […]

Editors face multiple challenges

By Don McAlvay: Freedom columnist Editors, as a lot, are usually decent, hardworking and totally dedicated to their task. Editors of small town newspapers in the old days, not too unlike their counterparts today, often found it difficult to please everybody. The editor of Clovis’ first daily newspaper, The Pony Post, in his first issue […]

High school sports cancellations

With classes canceled and New Mexico roads difficult to traverse, local school sports events scheduled for Thursday are cancelled.Local games cancelled include a game between Roswell and Clovis’ girls, and a doubleheader with Springer and Clovis Christian.Clovis girls coach Jeff Reed said there will be a “wait and see” approach for Friday’s home game against […]

Press release: Seidenwurm tenders resignation effective June 30

Dr. Rhonda Seidenwurm, Superintendent of Clovis Municipal Schools, has tendered her resignation to the Board of Education effective June 30, 2010. The Board wishes to recognize the outstanding accomplishments and difficult situations Dr. Seidenwurm has led the district through. She came to Clovis just as the Base Realignment & Closure (BRAC) Commission was attempting to […]

Hounds, Zias face difficult tests in return to action

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Zias freshman guard Sorrel Huntington, who has started the last three games for Eastern New Mexico, scored a season-high 10 points in the Zias’ 69-68 win Dec. 21 against Texas Woman’s. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Saturday will easily be one of the most challenging days in the history […]

Jury system imposing on business

I operate a small company with 14 employees. It is difficult for me to find professional, trained help, so each employee is vital to my business’ everyday operations. Panel jurists are not informed until after 5 p.m. whether they have jury duty the next day. Scheduling is impossible to plan, not knowing whether an employee […]

Real contentment is as rare as it is priceless

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist During these difficult economic times, I’ve often heard someone say, “Well, one good thing always comes from tough times. People are reminded of what matters.” I think those folks are saying that difficult times often cause us to reassess our priorities. In tough times we get the opportunity to […]

Gates’ proposed defense reforms highly unlikely

Freedom New Mexico In proposing a major reshaping of defense spending even before the White House has processed the proposals and added its stamp of hopeful approval to the blueprint, Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged that it will be difficult “to make tough choices about specific systems and defense priorities based solely on the national […]

Family-owned La Hacienda restaurant closing after 33 years

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Freedom New Mexico: Sarah Meyer Owners of the La Hacienda on North Avenue K posted notices on Thursday of the restraurant’s closing after opening more than 30 years ago. Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Today will be the last day of business for a 33-year-old Portales restaurant. The family-owned and operated La Hacienda is closing […]

Despite tough times focus on blessings

Freedom New Mexico We gather today with family and friends at a difficult time in our history. The nation’s economy lags like it hasn’t since the 1930s. Thousands of Americans have lost their jobs, and many of those who are still employed worry that their positions also are in jeopardy. Then there are those families […]

God gives us reason to be thankful

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Thanksgiving is a time to remember that God is the author of all blessings. I know from experience that even the smallest little happening in a day can be the result of a holy God watching out after me and meeting my needs at the time. He works out the […]

Feb. 26 – Wind blown

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Marietta Valdez of Clovis battles the wind while lowering the Flags in front of Cameo Elementary School Monday afternoon. Valdez said, “the wind made it a little more difficult then normal.” Winds were clocked as high as 50 mph on Monday.

Convicted killers sentenced in child’s death

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks District Attorney Matt Chandler, left, argues in Monday’s sentencing hearing of Demetrio Salas and David Griego, for the 2005 shooting death of Carlos Perez. Seated at right are Salas, his attorney, Gary Mitchell, Griego and his attorney, Roger Bargas. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — An attorney for […]

New Iraq strategy banks on influence we may not have

By Freedom Newspapers In his State of the Union message, President Bush made it clear that his current strategy in Iraq is not up for negotiation. “Our military commanders and I have carefully weighed the options,” he said. “In the end, I chose this course of action because it provides the best chance of success.” […]

Conflict problem for most marriages

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist This week my husband and I had an argument. Every married couple fights once in a while, but fighting when someone is away, especially during military deployments, makes it all the more difficult. For starters, there is no way to call back. Then, there is the pressure of trying to […]

Pets require patience

By Anita Doberman: Lifestlyes Columnist Even though pets are difficult, we still love them to death. My husband and I have three pets: two dogs and a cat. We have had our two pugs, Monty, a male, and Tiny, a female, since they were puppies. While they love us unconditionally, Tiny is a normal dog […]

School shooters leave nation wondering why

By Freedom Newspapers People may disagree about what exactly constitutes evil and what its sources might be. But it is virtually impossible to think about what Charles Carl Roberts did Monday in the little township of Bart, Pa., without using that particular word. Troubled, mentally disturbed, unhinged and even depraved just don’t suffice here. Whatever […]