ENMU sophomore Chase Kyser proves lack of size doesn’t matter

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo ENMU sophomore Chase Kyser has 13 receptions this season and plays on most of the Greyhounds’ special teams. Chase Kyser wasn’t necessarily high on Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo’s radar screen two years ago. He just kept hearing about the then-Roswell Goddard senior. Eventually, Ribaudo went to […]

Education column: Accomplishment doesn’t have to be big to be meaningful

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy I came across a quote by Viktor Frankl, Holocaust survivor and author of Man’s Search For Meaning, which read: “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” It made me think about purposeful living. How easy these days to fall victim to information overload in the […]

‘Scarlett’ doesn’t understand me

Kevin Wilson “I get into enough trouble talking to people,” I said. Or at least, that’s what I would have said at the register last week. Or last December, or October, for that matter. For then I could have declined the ability to talk to my machines. The trouble started for me last week when […]

One size doesn’t always fit all

For most of human history, it used to be standard practice for parents to insist their children live by principles the parents have found to be sound. They also insisted children adopt all sorts of practices of dress, play, work, taste and so forth that they approve. Father was a barber, so son, too, had […]

Crying not sign of weakness

Clyde Davis Popular enough, on Facebook and other social networking sites, are those questionnaires that reveal categorical details about who you are, by insight into certain categories-favorite food, best movie you ever saw, and so on. I am going to propose one I have never seen, which doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist, and as […]

Licensing rule reveals multiple pet ordinance violators

Sharna Johnson Police Chief Steve Sanders said an unexpected result of a city pet licensing ordinance passed in July is the discovery numerous residents are violating a multiple pet ordinance. But Sanders said animal control doesn’t have the resources to proactively enforce. “We have found that since we started the licensing program that several citizens […]

Bingaman says he’s confident Obama will be re-elected

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., answers questions Wednesday during an interview at the Clovis New Journal. Kevin Wilson Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., is glad he doesn’t have to face a re-election bid this year, but he’s confident President Barack Obama will win his two years down the road. Bingaman talked about […]

Not many food items on ban list

Karl Terry Michelle Obama doesn’t like beets and apparently neither does her husband. My grandmother once called me her little beet-eater because I liked the red root vegetable that I really only ever got at her table. I don’t think they were fresh beets too often but their sweetness seemed to me a little like […]

Green energy leaves countries in red

Freedom newspapers When the sun doesn’t shine, and the wind doesn’t blow, solar and wind energy producers don’t produce, making them highly unreliable. When government subsidies come to their inevitable end, such alternative energy sources no longer are economically viable. Even if so-called renewable energy sources created legions of high-paying domestic jobs, which they don’t, […]

Former interim jail administrator ‘let go’

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Former Interim Deputy Administrator Kirk Roberts doesn’t believe he was “let go” for reasons being cited by the new administrator at Curry County jail. Roberts was dismissed Wednesday morning as part of what Administrator Keith Norwood classified as restructuring at the facility. “Dismissed is rather a strong term. He […]

Spill doesn’t substantiate cap and trade

The White House was more successful Wednesday forcing a private company — British Petroleum — to set up a $20 billion fund to pay for damage from the oil spill than it has been in stemming the flow of crude fouling the Gulf of Mexico and the coastlines of several states. Chances are BP stood […]

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? […]

Ag Sense: Staying optimistic on wheat

By Mark Marsalis It doesn’t take very long while driving down the road to notice that things this spring are looking especially green and healthy. For wheat farmers this year, particularly dryland farmers, hopes are high for a good crop yield come harvest time. In fact, the anticipation has been building over the winter with […]

Competition heavy for state races

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For a position that many candidates say doesn’t really do anything, plenty of people seem to want it. The lieutenant governor’s race has five Democrats vying to be the next Diane Denish, and three Republicans ready to serve who they hope will be the next Republican governor. The field […]

Letter to the editor: Seidenwurm doesn’t deserve attacks

Seidenwurm doesn’t deserve attacks I’ve been a physician in this community nearly 30 years. Much of my service has been to our Hispanic and minority population. We’ve raised two children through the Clovis schools, a system that supported them and helped them become successful adults. Both are fluent in English and Spanish; their mother is […]

EPCOG still without director

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Six months after the dismissal of its director, there doesn’t seem to be much of a hurry to find a new executive director for the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. “As of this point, we haven’t even advertised,” said Richard Arguello of Clayton, EPCOG chairman and acting executive director. […]

Dog names reflect habits

By Karl Terry: Freedom columnist Sometimes a given name just doesn’t suffice for a dog. A nickname sometimes works better. The new dog at the Terry household, Ranger, earned one early on in his residence for his tendency to find out of the way, even hiding places to sleep. We found him behind the couch […]

Quality of service often overlooked

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist One of the greatest ways to end the old year, or begin the new, is to be handed a column idea that really works by someone who doesn’t even know they are doing it. So I would like to extend a big thank you to the hostess in a local […]

Education feature: Receptionist watched school change over 31 years

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bestella Gardner retired from Clovis schools after 31 years. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Bestella Gardner retired from the Clovis Schools after 31 years of working at the building that is now Lincoln-Jackson Family Center. That doesn’t mean she’s done. Gardner said Lincoln-Jackson is important to her and she […]

Stores hope for busy and safe Black Friday

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Mike Hall has worked a lot of Black Fridays, but he doesn’t really consider the day to be that dark. “The worst part is thinking about it coming, but once it gets here, it’s fun,” said Hall, store manager for Wal-Mart in Portales. “You get to do a lot […]