Students earn board approval for global competition

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A pair of student groups, and a few of their parents, are hoping their final destination isn’t just in their imagination. Student teams from the Gifted and Talented programs at Ranchvale and James R. Bickley elementary schools, which won the state Destination ImagiNation state tournament March 14, received approval […]

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 […]

Mother’s job is to be overly cautious

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist A few days ago, my oldest daughter, who is eight years old, fell while playing on our living room and smacked her head on the carpeted floor. She was playing some sort of Barbie acrobat game with her sisters and hit the back of her head. Aside from yelling […]

Head bumps scary

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist A few days ago, my oldest daughter, who is eight years old, fell while playing on our living room and smacked her head on the carpeted floor. She was playing some sort of Barbie acrobat game with her sisters and hit the back of her head. Aside from yelling “ouch!” […]

Time for salaries to come down

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist Will our ailing economy finally bring salary figures back into reality? With regular folks hit hard by the current downturn the outcry over CEO salaries has turned pretty ugly. Automaker CEOs got the message pretty quickly after each of the Big Three hopped individual private jets to Washington in order […]

Editorial: Legislation names can be deceiving

The fine art of giving official names to pieces of legislation is usually an exercise in propaganda and often enough verges on deception. But few legislative proposals bear as Orwellian a moniker as the so-called Employee Free Choice Act, (EFCA) also known as “card check,” whose transparent purpose is to undermine free choice. And that […]

Law reducing paperwork approved

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 21 Penalizing paperwork: The House has approved a measure (HB367) that would reduce the amount of paperwork that state agencies can send to lawmakers. It puts some teeth into a current law that puts a five-page limit on what agencies can send to lawmakers, with a few exceptions.

Local Spanish band recognized

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Group Cielo, a local band, was recognized by the New Mexico Latin Music Academy for their song “A Puros Tragos” in November. Freedom New Mexico When Paul Cordova began performing with a few family members and friends at church carnivals in 2003, he had no idea his band would be […]

First person: Life on the greens

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jimmy Dominguez says New Year’s Day is just another day. Jimmy Dominguez, 60, is one of the few city workers who worked on New Year’s Day. As the greens supervisor at the Clovis Municipal Golf Course, Dominguez spent the day working in the pro shop, which he does part-time as […]

God’s words are for all

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I had just a few minutes before leading a morning Advent devotional service, and I thought I’d work on this column. Ninety-nine percent of these are written on my laptop computer, but when I opened it to “wake” it up from hibernation, it just growled and chose to hibernate […]

Official: Weapons costly, too few

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The military must end its quest for “exquisite” weapon systems that are too costly, take years to design and build, and don’t reach troops fast enough, or in quantities large enough, to address ever-changing threats. The critic here isn’t a Washington think tank or a beltway consultant but Marine Corps […]

Nov. 9, 2008 Letters to the Editor

With Obama, adults no longer in charge Now that Election Day is over, I have a few thoughts to share. The outcome wasn’t what I hoped for, but the people have spoken, and now we all have to live with their choice. McCain was a lousy candidate, but at least he was a man of […]

Son keeps kidney ready for father

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Courtesy photo John M. Montano said giving his father a kidney is the least he can do after all his father has done for the family. The two are scheduled to undergo a transplant procedure in October. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer For the last few months, John M. Montano has been spending a […]

Managing fuel prices not feds’ job

By Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist In genuinely free markets, prices reflect the overall intersection between supply and demand. No prices are too high or too low. Such notions express personal expectations and nothing objectively true. An exorbitant price is one someone finds beyond his budget, a good deal something well within it. In particular, if […]

Sept. 5, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Local gas prices call for inquest We need a state official to look into gas prices in Clovis. I was in Lubbock on Aug. 25 and bought gas for $3.43 a gallon. I came back to Clovis and it was still $3.79. Why? Clovis people are being gouged by a very few who control the […]

Many China actions more troubling than lip-syncing

Freedom New Mexico There have certainly been some genuinely thrilling moments so far at the Beijing Olympics, including a few that didn’t involve Michael Phelps. What is mildly troubling is how many of the thrilling moments have turned out to be fake. It is widely known now that 9-year-old Lin Miaoke, the achingly cute and […]

More turf funds OK’d

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis School board took care of a few extra points from the surface conversion at Leon Williams Stadium. During the board’s visitation meeting Tuesday at Lincoln-Jackson Family Center, the board approved approximately $106,000 in bond money to go toward the stadium, which is being converted to an artificial […]

Postcards no substitute for e-mail

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Just a few ramblings while I wonder if I should see “The Dark Knight” for a fourth time or “Hellboy 2” for the first: • I sent a postcard to a friend the other day, and I’ve come to realize there’s no better thing to write than, “I’ll e-mail you […]

Survivor shares lighter side of the Great Depression

By Glenda Price People who grew up during the Great Depression have lessons for those of us born and raised in the years since. A few Depression survivors are still here, and they can teach us whippersnappers a great deal about self reliance, self control, neighborliness – and most important of all, survival skills. I’ve […]

Rain brings farmers relief

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Recent rainfall has interrupted stretches of high temperatures and brought some relief to area farmers. The average high temperature in Roosevelt County has been relatively cooler the past few days, said Earl Breon, meteorological technician with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. From June 10 through June 20, temperatures […]