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 […]

Chili dogs, TweetDeck top my list

By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico I have much to be thankful for today, including a family full of colorful characters, dogs that like to play ball and a cat that doesn’t scratch (me anyway). My house has central heat and air, my car has cruise control and I won the lottery last […]

Federal criticism of Fox-TV unjust

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It doesn’t matter if Fox-TV news is unbalanced, biased, partisan or whatever. All newspapers, magazines, journals and such have leanings — they are produced, managed and edited by individuals who have agendas and however much they wish this had no influence on them, that just isn’t realistic. Of […]

Chamber: Agency selling ads not part of map project

CNJ staff The Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce is cautioning residents that an out-of-state agency selling advertising space for maps is not connected with the chamber, according to a news release. A chamber spokesperson said they have received reports the agency is incorrectly representing their product as a chamber project. The chamber map […]

New policy changes for Friends of Cannon

USAF photo: Greg Allen An identification card is scanned using the Defense Biometric Identification System. As of Oct. 1, Friends of Cannon members will be required to obtain a DBIDS identification card for access to the base. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs The Friends of Cannon program has undergone changes as […]

Emergency calls on the rise

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Donna Gonzalez of Clovis takes a call at the Clovis Police Department dispatch center. Gonzalez has 17 years of dispatch experience. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The fire department is responding to a significant increase in calls for help lately. The majority are ambulance calls and there doesn’t appear […]

The three Rs of summer: reading, relaxing and more reading

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis educators are urging students to read through the summer, which Yucca Middle School seventh-grader Hanna Langan said won’t be a problem for her. “I like sad stories,” she said. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis educators are reminding students that summer vacation doesn’t mean it’s time to drop […]

Advice would still ring true today

By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Greg Southard doesn’t have to guess what his father the editor might say if he’d been here Tuesday to award the annual Bill Southard Scholarship to a communications student at Eastern New Mexico University. “Since I worked at the paper for him as a kid, I know […]

Torture doesn’t necessarily bring out truth

Freedom New Mexico The release of the so-called “torture memos” last week, in response to an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, has renewed debate about whether torture, or “enhanced interrogation” was useful or justified as part of what officials then called the “war on terror.” The debate is healthy, but if we don’t learn something […]

March 20 Commander's Action Line

What is the base policy for reserved parking? It doesn’t seem like the base has a standardized method of assigning parking spaces. Thank you for your question. This is very timely because the 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group commander signed a revised base parking plan in February, 2009. This plan standardizes the allowable reserved […]

Wheat in need of moisture

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo With almost negligible moisture since October area wheat farmers are concerned about their wheat crops. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico By Argen Duncan PNT Senior Writer argen_duncan@link.freedom.com No rain and a lots of bugs have wheat farmers across the region wondering if they will have a crop this year. […]

Child rearing doesn’t always require violence

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connection columnist I

Isler back on local hardwood

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Former Clovis High guard Jaden Isler worked out this week at the Wildcats’ practice. Now playing at Lubbock Chritian, Isler is close to full health again after collapsing in Canyon, Texas, last spring. By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer To this day, former Clovis High guard Jaden Isler doesn’t know […]

Poor cotton harvest doesn’t deter couple

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Houston and Mary Lee’s family has farmed cotton on land west of Floyd for five generations. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County’s cotton scene has nearly disappeared, and this season’s crop fell below usual amounts, according to two farmers. Mary and Houston Lee, who live near Floyd, said […]

Law enforcement frustrated by juvenile system

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Anchalee Sanchez, left, trains Melissa Johnson on proper booking and releasing procedures Thursday at the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Local police and the state agency that oversees troubled youths are at odds on how to handle juvenile criminal suspects. Clovis Police Capt. Patrick […]

Auto industry doesn’t deserve federal bailout

Freedom New Mexico U.S. automakers have been running on empty for years. Now they want American taxpayers to fill up their tank. Detroit’s Big Three — General Motors, Ford and Chrysler — are seeking a slice of the $700 billion federal bailout pie to help them meet payroll and fund pension obligations. And they have […]

Mudslinging doesn’t add to campaigns

Freedom New Mexico If you can’t say anything nice … you might as well run for office. Every year brings primaries and general elections for various posts at the local, state and federal levels. Every year brings tactics aimed at making candidates look — no other word for it — bad. And every year, the […]

County jail ‘a mess’ and needs changes

We agree with all who say the most pressing issue of the day is catching those who escaped from the Curry County jail Sunday night. Once that’s done, there is an immediate need to establish an independent investigating body to assess the entire jail operation, starting with how this latest jailbreak by eight highly dangerous […]