Now is best time to do right

The end of the old year and the beginning of the new gives some people the feeling of a rite of passage. For them it represents a chance to clean the slate; they get to start fresh and try to do better next year than they did last year. Birthdays can provide the same opportunity, […]

Feeling right at home

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Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico McMurry University senior Bryce Hill takes a jumper Friday night at Greyhound Arena. Hill, a 2008 Clovis High grad, scored 13 points in the War Hawks’ 85-82 win over Northern New Mexico College. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis trio of J.D. Isler, Jaden Isler and Bryce Hill […]

Hounds start rugged part of schedule

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico When Eastern New Mexico University senior Bracy McCoy blocked a late field goal try to preserve the Greyhounds’ 23-21 Lone Star Conference win last week at Angelo State, it gave the program a much-needed boost. To borrow from Yogi Berra, it was also a case of deja vu all […]

Increasing taxes won’t stabilize U.S. economy

Freedom New Mexico That queasy feeling Americans had in September 2008 when the bottom fell out of the financial markets has returned. Is the American economy slipping back into recession? Last week, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 699 points, or 5.75 percent. After the stock market closed Friday, Standard & Poor’s, one of the […]

Taking without consent stealing

Once again I got through another week without feeling the need to attack anyone with physical force. And I survived anyway. Nor did I find it necessary to steal from anyone in order to survive another week. No, really. Is that surprising? It shouldn’t be. Sure, some people were attacked and stolen from, supposedly on […]

McGee: I’m OK with going global

We might as well get used to customer service centers from the other side of the planet. I have this feeling we’re going to being dealing with them for more and more stuff. You’re familiar with what I’m talking about, right? Something goes on the fritz with some modern day electronic doomaflatchit, you call customer […]

Schools finishing with a flurry

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools It is the end of the school year, and you would think things were winding down, but I found the opposite to be true. I have attended so many events at our schools, I’ve hardly had time to breathe. Every event has been absolutely fantastic, and I have to […]

Livestock sale rakes in bucks for juniors

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Melrose Future Farmers of America student Lainey Widner guides Chrome, her 226 pound Cross hog, around the display arena Friday at the Junior Livestock Auction at the Curry County Fair. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer You name an animal after a feeling, it’s hard to sell it off no […]

United Way community grants decrease

CNJ Staff Feeling the effects of a slow economy, United Way of Eastern New Mexico is giving less this year because it’s getting less.The charitable organization received $530,000 in pledges this year compared to $580,000 the previous year. United Way is distributing $272,000 in grants this year to 18 agencies in eastern New Mexico, which […]

Money can be made off of stupidity

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist You know that sick feeling that smothers your whole body when you realize you’ve just done something stupid? That happened to me a few days ago — again. I went to watch my grandson’s basketball game. In the school’s parking lot I decided I didn’t need my purse inside, so […]

Residents skeptical about government bailout

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The financial markets reflected a general feeling of unease and skepticism felt by many over the government’s proposed $700 billion bailout plan to buy bank’s mortgage debts. Worries that the rescue package would cost too much, drive up inflation, swell the already-bloated deficit and hurt the ailing economy also […]

Businesses feeling money crunch

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The seats aren’t quite as full as they used to be at Cattle Baron. “I’m seeing it’s going to stay the same,” general manager Nick Bara said. “Kind of mediocre.” The steakhouse, a staple of Portales, averaged about $7,500 on a good Friday night a year ago. Now it […]

Santa’s spirit will not be forgotten

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Santa Claus has cancer. It started in his esophagus and spread to his liver. He’s being treated, but chemotherapy has sapped his appetite and energy and he’s down about a hundred pounds. He’s worried about money, too. The treatment costs more than $16,000 a month and his insurance doesn’t cover […]

Summer camps hold special place

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist For many kids, summer camp is a formative experience. For some, it can be so formative that it — well, let’s put it this way. The summer after fourth grade, I went to summer camp for the first time. Two other boys and I were so happy there we decided […]

Earth to Michael Jackson: Wise up

By Leonard Pitts I was in Michael Jackson’s bedroom once. This was long enough ago that he still had brown skin and God’s intended nose. Contrary to the allegations that have surfaced in his child molestation trial, Jackson offered me neither “Jesus Juice” nor pornography. I remember only a rattan chair and shelves full of […]

Rebounding Hounds host Angelo State

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Freshman Landon Morton reaches for a pass during Thursday’s Eastern New Mexico University practice at Ram Field. Photo by Kevin Wilson. Dave Wagner After having a 4-0 start spoiled by Abilene Christian for the fourth time in five years, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott wonders if confidence is a problem for his […]