Diamond notes: Go beyond minimum expectations

By Master Sgt. Brian M. Rollefson: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron Editor’s note: Diamond Notes is a monthly column from the 27th Special Operations Wing’s first sergeants. The first sergeant is the senior enlisted member of a unit and reports directly to the commander as the chief adviser concerning the enlisted force. He or […]

Semi-pro football tryout draws 74

CNJ staff A tryout for the inaugural Curry County Cats was above expectations, the team’s general manager said. Mike Muscato said 74 hopefuls came to Leon Williams Stadium Sunday morning to take their shot at a spot on the roster for the semipro team, which is gearing up to play February 2011 in the New […]

Air Commandos seek ‘outstanding’ ORI results

By 2nd Lt. Stephanie Strine: 27th SOW Public Affairs The Air Commandos of the 27th Special Operations Wing have high expectations for the November Operational Readiness Inspection — they’re hoping for an “outstanding” rating, the best possible result. The wing conducted an Operational Readiness Exercise at Cannon Air Force Base beginning August 2. This exercise […]

Christmas time to think about Jesus

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Christmas is just three weeks away. Even though Christmas is a time of lofty hopes and expectations, I have to be honest and admit that some years I haven’t had much Christmas spirit. I think it has to do with really seeing the meaning of Christmas during all our activities. […]

Report shows New Mexico making progress on high school reforms

New Mexico is making progress in its effort to better align high school policies with college and the workforce, a report released Thursday by the education nonprofit Achieve shows. The report, Closing the Expectations Gap, shows that New Mexico has already aligned high school graduation requirements with college and career expectations, and is making progress […]

Survey: Superintendent ‘meeting expectations’

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The superintendent of Clovis Municipal Schools is meeting the expectations of her staff, according to a survey released to the Clovis News Journal last week. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm was given the equivalent of a ‘C- ’ from staff members in overall effectiveness, according to a summary of the survey […]

Commitment must be all the way

Master Sgt. Victoria Petit 27TH COMPTROLLER SQUADRON FIRST SERGEANT Early in my career, I had a chief master sergeant tell me the following, “be all that you can be.” Does that sound familiar? We are all well aware that each service prides itself on their “catchy” slogans. Although partial to the Air Force’s earlier slogan […]

Don’t live by society’s expectations

By Leonard Pitts An open letter to African-American kids: The other day, I used a big word in this column. The word was brobdingnagian; it’s from a book called “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift, a fantasy about a man whose adventures take him to a number of strange lands. One of those lands was Brobdingnag, […]

Don’t let change take ‘merry’ out of Christmas

By Helena Rodriguez: local columnist When you come from a family as huge as mine, you start to feel lonely as fewer and fewer people come home for Christmas each year. And when you start to compare the stress-filled holidays of your adulthood to the carefree ones of your childhood, Christmas can lose that “magical […]

Hounds hope to be competitive in first season

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — For a while this season, the Eastern New Mexico University soccer teams will travel the same path. ENMU’s squads play six doubleheaders over the next three weekends, beginning with matches on Friday at Texas Wesleyan and on Saturday at Dallas Baptist, before going pretty much their separate ways. The second-year […]

Low expectations are bane of black men

Leonard Pitts Jr. I’m not here to beat up on the old guy. Yes, he offended many people. But slapping him around would be beside the point. I’m talking about Paul Hornung, a pro football hall of famer who won the Heisman trophy as a Notre Dame student in 1956. Last week, he offered an […]

Zias fall to UCO in soccer finale

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ENMU defender Pam Campbell wins a ball from Central Oklahoma’s Melissa Terry Sunday afternoon during the Zia’s last game of the season. Photo by Mike Linn CNJ STAFF PORTALES — Sophomore forward April Bohannan scored the game’s first goal and later added two assists to help Central Oklahoma beat Eastern New Mexico University 6-0 on […]