Meaningful guest-worker program needed

Freedom New Mexico One might expect a crowd of cattle at the National Cattle Congress Fairgrounds in Waterloo, Iowa. Instead, today’s visitor to the cattle grounds would see hundreds of mostly Hispanic workers, herded into the fairgrounds cattle-style to live as prisoners in a modern American internment camp. And why are they here? They’re herded […]

Wind advisory issued

Ken De Los Santos, emergency management director for Clovis and Curry County, passes along this wind advisory for Curry and Roosevelt counties: A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 11 PM MST THIS EVENING. EXPECT INCREASING SOUTHWEST WINDS TO 35 MPH WITH FREQUENT GUSTS TO 50 MPH. WINDS WILL BE […]

Up to an inch of snow expected

CNJ staff Weather report from National Weather Service in Albuquerque for Curry, De Baca and Roosevelt counties: THU DEC 27 2007 SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY EVENING. EXPECT AN INCH OF NEW SNOW OVER NORTHERN ROOSEVELT AND CURRY COUNTIES…AND ACROSS EASTERN SAN MIGUEL COUNTIES…WITH AN EXTRA INCH POSSIBLE IN SPOTS. EXPECT LESS THAN AN […]

Zias’ new coach ready to go

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Kim Falkenhagen wasn’t all that surprised her team was picked 13th out of 13 in the Lone Star Conference’s preseason volleyball poll. After all, she’s a new coach with a lot of new players on the squad. “I didn’t expect anything more than that,” said Falkenhagen, hired […]

Purple Pride: CHS seniors urged to take a stand

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Vincent Beltran, right, cheers on classmates as they walk across the stage to receive their diplomas at Clovis High’s graduation Saturday at Rock Staubus Gym. Beltran was one of 352 seniors to receive their diplomas. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Sitting together for the last time, donned in purple […]

ENMU softball team hoping to reload

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Freshman Alex Mayo-Otis practices bunting during ENMU softball practice on Friday afternoon. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Kelsey Kubik didn’t know what to expect last spring when she came to Eastern New Mexico University to play softball, and she admits her teammates weren’t sure either. Suffice it […]

Deployment can be tough on families

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer It could be Thursday, Friday or even Saturday, but after more than five months, Jennie Halfmann knows her husband is coming home from deployment soon. Msgt. Robert Halfmann is one of approximately 300 Cannon Air Force Base airmen returning this week from Iraq, base spokesperson Sgt. Brandon Seals said […]

Added stress teaches responsibility

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ Local Columnist Too blessed to be stressed. That’s a saying I’ve been seeing a lot lately. But I like it better the other way around: “Blessed to be stressed.” Why? Because as I heard a radio commentator say we’re blessed to be stressed because that means God has entrusted us with […]

Oprah’s snub has rappers in uproar

Leonard Pitts Jr.: syndicated columnist Would somebody please tell the hip-hop community to stop whining? Go drink some Cristal, buy some bling, pimp some hos or do whatever it is they do for amusement, but please, cease, desist, shut up already about how Oprah Winfrey has hurt their feelings. For those who came in late: […]

Two months living in Clovis and counting — ya’ll

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer J une 1 not only marks National Tailors Day, but it strums home a grand celebration of sorts for myself — my two month anniversary in Clovis. Appropriately moving from New York City to this small town on April Fool’s Day, I have been through wind, dust and sun […]

Softball: Zias expected to pack more punch

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Armando Quiroz has a big task at hand. Hired last week as Eastern New Mexico University’s softball coach, Quiroz takes over a team that has endured three coaching changes in just over two years, two of them in January. They’ve gone 35-65 since 2003, including 5-35 in the […]

Endangered species listing needs regulation

CNJ staff The proposed removal from the endangered species list of the rodent formerly known as the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse is obviously something to cheer. But it likely won’t happen without a protracted battle against those who are exploiting the Endangered Species Act to dictate land use decisions everywhere in the country. More than […]

Clovis football coach has responsibility to readers

I noticed that Coach Eric Roanhaus again declined to be interviewed by Rick White in Sunday’s paper. Over the last few years he had Randy Adrian and now Darren Kelley provide comments weekly in the newspaper. It’s not that they do or did a bad job, but it’s the head coach’s responsibility to provide the […]

Working seniors give ‘retirement’ new definition

Freedom Newspapers T he face of retirement in America is changing dramatically, as many seniors put to rest the idea that the “golden years” mean saying goodbye to work and becoming a permanent fixture in a comfortable recliner. AARP recently announced the findings of its 2003 Working in Retirement Survey, which showed that many seniors […]