Forgiveness often means adding God to equation

Have you ever experienced events that you never dreamed you would experience? I am thinking about over the last 10 years of my life. I have done some things I thought I would never do. Here is the list: • tried to water ski once again at my age when I have not water-skied in […]

Halloween not for mocking other cultures

Freedom New Mexico Halloween is in large part an escapist holiday, allowing people of all ages to dress up for scares or for laughs. But the joking stops and damage is done when costumes center on racial or cultural stereotypes. As reported by the CBC News, Ohio University’s Students Teaching About Racism in Society, or […]

Police blotter — Sept. 4

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 9 p.m. Aug. 26 an officer responded to a crash in the 1200 block of Mabry Drive. When the officer arrived, he found a man lying on the ground in front of his vehicle, which had crashed into the side of […]

Family time best present for Father’s Day

Freedom New Mexico Not that long ago, fathers led more simple, focused lives. They got up, had some coffee while reading the morning paper, went to work and came home when the job was done. Then it was dinner, maybe a question about whether all the homework was done, the 10 p.m. news on TV […]

Letters to the editor: Readers debate increasing GRT

Tax increase best choice for city I would like to commend the city staff, city commissioners, and the mayor on their conscientious efforts to determine the best and most efficient method by which to obtain the funds to support the Ute Water Project. They have worked diligently without prejudice to find the best acceptable solution. […]

Melrose student selected as County Manager for day

CNJ staff A Melrose high school senior will be following the Curry County Manager to work today. Richard R. Rush was selected to shadow Lance Pyle as part of the County Manager for the Day program the second year it has been done. The program is part of National County Government Month. Rush lives on […]

Feels good to purge closet

It had to be done. Critical mass had been reached. Something had to go or my side of the closet would burst at the seams. I had long ago ruled out expanding into my wife’s side. When we moved in, she pointed out the three rods she would be taking and the one that was […]

Prince Street overpass closed due to resurfacing project

CNJ staff With the temporary closure of the Prince Street overpass, drivers accessing south Clovis will have to use alternate routes for an estimated four weeks. A state resurfacing project on U.S. 70 is the reason for the closure, said Clovis City Engineer Justin Howalt. In the meantime, drivers can use either south Norris Street […]

State of the City address

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Mayor Gayla Brumfield gives her third annual state of the city address Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex. Editor’s note: The following is the full text of Thursday’s State of the City address, provided by Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield: “Solve for yes”2010 was a great year for the […]

Squashing political speech not answer

Freedom New Mexico We add our thoughts and prayers to the many for Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the six people killed, including a senior federal judge, a 9-year-old girl fascinated by politics, a congressional aide and three other innocents, as well as the 13 people wounded, in the attack Saturday in Tucson. The accused, […]

Administration dragging feet on civil liberties

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has pretty much confirmed what most observers have taken to be a done deal, anyway. Despite President Barack Obama’s campaign promises, the prison at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba for detainees in the undeclared, misnamed, and ill-conceived “war on terror” will remain open for the foreseeable future. […]

Lighthouse Mission to host senior day

Liliana Castillo The Lighthouse Mission is gearing up for the first of two events in honor of seniors in 2011. The mission initiated Senior Day in 2010 as a way to appreciate what senior citizens have done, said Executive Director Richard Gomez. “They’re the ones that have made the city what it is. We want […]

County attorney: Video OK in courthouse

Sharna Johnson Curry County officials have done nothing wrong in playing an informational video related to Tuesday’s election in the lobby of the courthouse, its attorney said Tuesday. A petition seeking removal of the video argues it is campaign material promoting approval of a new judicial complex. Such promotion is not permitted within 100 feet […]

Residents can’t rely on feds to get job done

The idea of letting “the government” take care of all our problems has become so ingrained in our collective psyche that even people in the government are starting to believe it can happen. Three Texas county judges are complaining because the Department of State Health Services has turned down their request to start aerial spraying […]

Bethlehem is about what God has done and still does

By Curtis Shelburne: Local columnist The glory of Christmas is that it centers on something only God could have done. No committee could ever have come up with Bethlehem. While God was busy saving the world, they’d have still been arguing over the shape of the table or the wording of the mission statement or […]

Road work scheduled

CNJ staff The Curry County Road Department has scheduled road repair Tuesday on Buffalo Road from Curry Road 11 to Coyote Road, according to a press release. The work will be done from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The road may be closed during phases of the work, the release said.

Homeowners dispute work done on homes

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Norman Woodard displays a sign labeling KL General Contractor as a lemon in the front yard of his home on Springfield Street in north Clovis. Woodard said problems in the house range from major issues to cosmetic ones. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis residents Woodie and Kathy Woodard […]

Big government on president’s true agenda

Freedom New Mexico It is almost difficult to parody the incoherence of the Obama stimulus plan and administration statements about the state of the economy in the past couple of days: Although only 6 percent of the $787 billion stimulus package passed in January has been spent, it has done the trick nicely, and the […]

Point of contention

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Dairy owner Alva Carter Jr. pulls the cap off a groundwater quality monitoring well beside the wastewater lagoon at his family’s dairy south of Portales. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Environment Department and dairy producers disagree on how dangerous dairies are to groundwater and what should […]

Keep tabs on the money — every month

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Local columnist Well, here it is the end of another month and whether a business has a bookkeeping service or their own computerized accounting program, chances are a profit and loss statement is available. What should be done with it? Don’t just file it away. It’s a valuable tool and this is […]