Travel not easy

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My children and I left Rome a week ago on Thursday morning. Reaching Florida should have taken a full day, with two flights: one to New York City and the other one to New Orleans. Instead, it took us four days, countless hours at airports in Newark, N.J., and Charlotte, N.C. […]

Time to bid fond farewell to summer

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist We know it’s coming every year, Old Man Winter, and yet here on the High Plains, where our wardrobe mostly consists of flip-flops, tank tops and shorts, we’re shocked when we feel that first chill. The official first day of autumn isn’t until Sept. 23, still a few weeks away, […]

Property owners need protection from government

By Freedom Newspapers Politicians, environmentalists and professional planners all claimed the 2004 passage of Measure 37 in Oregon, which forces governments to compensate people when zoning rules or development restrictions lower a property’s value, would mean the end of the world. And it has spelled the end — for cost-free regulating. But the empowerment of […]

You’re old! Now the bad news…

Bob Huber : Local Columnist Here at the Foundation for Doing Away with Old Age, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that you get perks in your golden years that make you giggle with delight. The bad news is the perks seldom make up for the price you have to pay. […]

Magic in moments comes from yourself

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House and I were getting in our car last Saturday morning when a blaring car horn caught our attention. It was getting closer and closer. Soon the vehicle making all the noise rounded a corner and came into view. A young couple grinning from ear to […]

Zias put brakes on losing skid

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Tiana Bryant lets a one-handed shot fly in the paint during the second half of Thursday’s Lone Star Conference crossover game against East Central. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University guard Heather Brown is money from the free throw line — she leads the Lone […]

Jack finally got his wish — to be buried in N.M.

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Sometimes I can get over my head in helping somebody. That was the case with Jack Skipworth. You’d have to know something about Jack to understand. Maybe this will help: Jack was sort of famous for being in trouble with the law. Some of you may remember I wrote a two-part […]

Summer means homemade cars, joyriding

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Then came the summer of 1943, and my friend Smooth Heine and I put together a genuine automobile on a budget of $3.67 — our life’s savings. We named it Clarence. It was also the summer of our discontent, because we’d just begun to feel the first evil pangs of […]

New center will fill city’s need for public venue

CNJ staff Civic center proponent John Bourne was but a pup when the idea first surfaced to build a facility in Clovis back in the late 1950s. And Mayor David Lansford and many other proponents were not yet born. Finally, as Lansford, now in his middle years, noted Tuesday morning, the momentous birth of the […]

God’s trust is two-way street

By Leonard Pitts Jr. I threw down the newspaper in disgust. God, who was sitting in the recliner next to mine watching the baseball playoffs, glanced over. “Relax,” he said, “the campaign will be over in a few days.” “It’s not that,” I said. “Then what?” I handed God the newspaper. He put on his […]

ENMU’s Elliott earns 200th win — finally

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Greyhound defensive back Corey White trips up Southwestern Oklahoma State wide receiver Danny Howard in the second quarter of Saturday’s game at Greyhound Stadium. Freedom Newspapers photo by Kevin Wilson By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — If you’re going to get a milestone win, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott’s 200th […]

Be careful not to disturb nature’s laws

By Bob Huber, Local Columnist Now in these lazy, hazy days of summer it’s restful to sit back and look at the various laws that dictate our lives. (These commandments do not include random declarations set down by heavy-handed wives, because they were never officially codified — the rules I mean.) For instance, we might […]

Proving/disproving relativity what science is all about

Freedom Newspapers After some delays, it now looks as if the spacecraft designed to test Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity finally will be launched Monday from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Assuming the launch finally happens — and surely it will eventually — this is exciting news for two reasons. The first is that instruments […]

Teachers regale with ‘old war stories’

Bob Huber As a card-carrying member of the Old Geezer Party, I take great pleasure chewing the fat with contemporaries over tales of bygone school days — you know, back when teachers were mean, ugly, stupid dinosaurs, and all the kids were brilliant scholars. “Do you remember that goofy old Miz Gluttenflugger? One time she […]

Governor answers chef, water questions

By Ned Cantwell Gov. Bill Richardson does not, as this column alleged a few weeks ago, sit around all day eating Cheez-its. That was ugly, mean, and just plain wrong. Gov. Richardson sits around all day eating potato chips. No, not really. The governor doesn’t sit around all day at all. He works like a […]