We were cooking, and near beer

Grant McGee My friend Lizzie was reading the newspaper. “I want to know where they’re stealing it from,” she said out loud. “What,”I asked. “Stealing what?” “Beer, she said. “Here in the police report section I see reports of stolen beer. I want to know where they’re stealing it from because you can’t find any […]

Apartment residents find windows bashed

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This blue Chevrolet is one of at least 10 vehicles parked at the Clovis Apartments that were vandalized early Saturday morning. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Residents of Clovis Apartments awoke early Saturday morning to find that windows in at least 10 vehicles had been shattered. Resident Jackie Brown, a retired […]

Cannon trying to save water

By David Arkin/Correspondent Southwest landscaping is helping Cannon Air Force Base conserve water. Base officials say they’re concerned about future water supplies like everyone else. Ken Cable, operations flight deputy commander at Cannon, said base officials are trying to put plans together for the outside of their main buildings that include southwest landscaping, or xeriscaping. […]

Realtors: Renting property difficult

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent When it comes to evaluating the current real estate market in eastern New Mexico, it all comes down to a matter of perspective — especially when the issue of rental houses comes up. Many searching for homes to rent are having difficulty. The realtors, however, are living large. “It’s a […]

Consumers benefit from e-mail service wars

By Tom DiFrancesca Let the e-mail service wars begin. That seems to be the battle cry of late. If you remember, I wrote about Google’s pending launch of a new e-mail service, one that would allow for 100 megabytes of free storage space, and how the service was currently in beta testing. Well, the folks […]

Draft would only cause more problems

You can rarely go wrong by assuming the government is lying. Right now, the Pentagon denies any plans to restore the draft, even though the military clearly has too few soldiers. I’m the sort of person who grabs an umbrella whenever Donald Rumsfeld says the sun is shining. But in this case, the administration faces […]

CHS opens summer season with sweep

CNJ STAFF With a half-dozen seniors graduating this spring off a Class 5A state runnerup team, coaches Shane Shallenberger and Brian Cronk hope the Clovis High summer baseball program will answer a lot of questions for next year’s squad. Clovis opened its West Texas League schedule Tuesday night at Bell Park with a 14-6, 9-6 […]

Filmmaker claims of being censored are unfounded

Michael Moore As a filmmaker, Michael Moore makes full use of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. In fact, his type of in-your-face movies possibly rely more on those protections than, say, Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Moore has made a career of tweaking the noses of people in high places. And […]

Cancer mixes physician’s personal, professional life

Capt. Kirin Madden: Guest columnist Relay for Life has a lot of meaning for me, both personal and professional. Like most people, cancer has touched my life and made its impression on my soul. As a physician, I spend a lot of time and energy looking for cancer through a variety of screening exams. In […]

Government backs up spouses who travel with Air Force members

By Darrell Todd Maurina Carla Givens understands the stresses the Air Force can place on a marriage. She was an Air Force officer before her husband, Lt. Col. Rob Givens, who is now commander of the 35th Fighter Squadron in Kunsan, South Korea. Carla Givens, a civil engineer by profession, now works as the solid […]

Base wife finds niche

By Darrell Todd Maurina Accountant Teresa Davey didn’t know what to expect 15 years ago when she married an Air Force pilot. “I thought I knew what I was getting into, but I grew up where nobody in my family moved away,” Davey said. “I think the biggest struggle is just the moving, having to […]

One more thing … a savior was born

Leonard Pitts Jr. An excerpt from the Gospel according to St. Luke, revised and updated for the 21st century: “And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone […]

Wanted: 50 doctors, and now

By Jack King If you dropped 20 new general practice physicians into Clovis’ pool of patients, they would hardly make a ripple. That was how Plains Regional Medical Center’s new administrator Brian S. Bentley described the city’s physician shortage recently. And it’s not just GPs that the city needs, he said. “Clovis probably has never […]

Are you really too busy to make a sandwich?

Leonard Pitts Jr. How long do you figure it would take you to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Not trying to set a land speed record, mind you. Just working at a normal pace, slapping jelly on one slice of bread, peanut butter on the other. How long do you figure it would […]

Web Video Reviews 10/16

Scott Jones Oct. 14th Video Releases The Matrix Reloaded – R Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Monica Bellucci This second installment of the Matrix trilogy picks up with Neo (Reeves), Trinity (Moss) and Morpheus (Fishburne) as they continue their struggle against a machine army on its way to destroy Zion, the last […]

Area teen accused of crime spree

By Darrell Todd Maurina State police and family members say they have no idea why a 19-year-old ranch hand may have gone on a 2 1/2 hour crime spree through three counties Sunday afternoon, breaking into homes, hijacking cars, and robbing people at gunpoint. John C. Cates III is being held in the De Baca […]

Obituaries present unique problems

David Stevens Obituary reports are well read in our newspaper. We know this because they generate more feedback than any other regular reports. They also present a number of unique challenges. Most obituaries are not compiled in the same manner we compile other news. For most news stories, we gather the information first-hand, direct from […]

Time for a refresher on the Golden Rule

By Judy Brandon Several months back, I had an appointment in town. I arrived about 30 minutes ahead of time really hoping to get in a bit early. The waiting room was not that large, but there were about 10 chairs. After signing in at the desk, I turned to find a chair and saw […]

A tale of two patriots

By Darrell Todd Maurina On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Darren Eicken followed his normal routine by walking the few blocks from his home to his New York City law office in a building located just three blocks away from the World Trade Center. Eicken had a much longer walk that afternoon after terrorists […]

Father’s Day facts found on the Internet

By Tom DiFrancesca Happy Father’s Day to all of the men out there who have gallantly taken on the responsibilities of that office — keep up the good work. I found a couple of interesting Web sites dedicated to today’s holiday, but one stands out above the rest: mail.theholidayspot.com/fathersday/ there you will find the history […]