Putting love into words best gift of all

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Why do we have so much trouble telling the ones we love how we really feel about them? My mind has been on this problem for a few months now because of a program I’ve been involved in called Letters From Dad, which was organized by a group from my […]

County Manager Pyle discusses jail assessment

Curry County Manager Lance Pyle answered questions regarding the future of the jail and possible options for correcting deficiencies identified through an assessment dated Sept. 1. The assessment was conducted by a detention expert with the New Mexico Association of Counties. The interview was conducted via e-mail. It has been edited for clarity and grammar. […]

Some retailers feel sheltered from economic slowdown

By: Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Randy Dayhoff, who owns Randy’s Shoes on Main Street, said the community’s diverse economic base and population growth from the Cannon Air Force Base expansion is shielding the local economy from a national slump in retail sales. Dayhoff attributes an increase in work boot sales to contractors working at […]

Giving back truly patriotic

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist Beneath it all, all the hooplah and ceremony, all the rah rah and fireworks, all the picnics and celebrating, lies a fundamental truth that we cannot afford to lose sight of. America is blessed with freedom. Even the freedom to say that we feel our freedom is threatened is somewhat […]

First person: Family gal

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Amy Sellers is currently an administrative assistant to the chief of police. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Amy Sellers has two families. Her children are one and her coworkers at the Clovis Police Department are the other. Sellers began working for the police department in November as a dispatcher […]

Questionnaires don’t need answers

By Ned Cantwell: CNJ Columnist Major political parties send out questionnaires to get a handle on how their members feel about certain issues.They are rigged, of course, the questions phrased in such a way as to invite only one response. Here’s an actual question from a list recently sent to Republican Party members: Do you […]

Three city commissioners plan to run again

CNJ staff Today is the only day for candidates for mayor and city commission to sign up. Persons interested in running for municipal office must first obtain certification of voter registration from the county clerk’s office, said city clerk LeighAnn Melancon. Then candidates need to fill out a declaration of candidacy form at city hall […]

What does God see when he looks at you?

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist What do you think God sees when he looks at you? I didn’t ask what you think others see. I didn’t ask what you think you see when you look at yourself, but it’s an interesting question. We tend toward extremes. We might as well admit it. Most of […]

Business Feature: Store caters to fans of New Mexican music

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Carolina Sierra stands in front of merchandise on display in her store, Carolina’s New Mexico Music. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Carolina Sierra hopes to fill a niche market with her recently opened music store. Located at 615 N. Main, Carolina’s New Mexico Music specializes in the fast-paced, drum […]

Life is too short to skip dessert

By Don McAlvy: Columnist “I, Ann Choate Smith (born in Clovis) had a date for lunch with my lady friends. Mae, a little old ‘blue haired’ lady, about 80 years old, came along with them. “All in all it was a pleasant bunch,” said Ann. “When the menus were presented, we ordered salads, sandwiches, and […]