Military Feature: Airman’s Center in works

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base is proceeding with previously-shelved plans for a larger dining facility and Airman’s Center, according to base officials. The new center will provide 45,000-square-feet of space, according to Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower of Cannon Public Affairs. The center will house a post office, dining center, […]

God silently guides us along life’s path

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist This Thanksgiving season, I am thankful for God’s provision for our future. I have seen that through all my years of teaching. Let me explain. At the beginning of my teaching career, I taught at Lincoln-Jackson Elementary School in Clovis. After our first child was born, I stayed home until […]

Commission rejects fire department pay increase

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission voted down a proposed pay increase for city fire department employees. The plan called for using about $240,000 from five vacant firefighter positions to increase the pay of about 50 middle-range jobs, which includes paramedic, lieutenant and driver/operator posts. Commissioner Robert Sandoval, who voted against […]

Water project vital to community

By David Lansford: Guest Columnist One of the most, if not the most, significant challenge facing Clovis in the 21st century is the provision of a sustainable water supply. Numerous studies over the last 40 years indicate the need for the development of a sustainable water supply. All communities within Curry and Roosevelt counties rely […]

Letters to the Editor: Children’s future should be top priority

Regarding plans for Clovis Municipal Schools realignment: We need to listen to our school officials and know that they have our children’s best interest in mind. There are always different opinions on how a school system should operate but we all have the same objective — our children’s future education. Things need to be addressed […]

War response sets precedence for future events

Freedom Newspapers Congressional Democrats are almost unanimously opposed to President Bush’s plan to increase the number of U.S. troops actively engaged in Iraq. They are less united when it comes to explaining what they would do instead, and even less so on what they will do — given that they now control both houses of […]

Summit makes second run

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Freedom Newspapers: Claude VigilCarlos Vargas-Aburto, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kutztown University, answers questions during the Latino Leadership Summit, held Friday afternoon at Eastern New Mexico University. By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Enthusiasm rippled through the crowd as high school students gathered Friday at Eastern New Mexico University to participate in the […]

City Commissioners compile funding wish list

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commissioners put together a funding wish list by adopting the Local Infrastructure and Capital Improvements Plan for 2008-2012 at Thursday’s meeting. The plan is a guiding tool submitted to state agencies and the legislature for state budget planning as well as funding allocation. At the recommendation of […]

Student profile: Erika Watson

Erika Watson is a senior at the Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Mike Watson and Kymburly Odell. What would you like printed on your gravestone? “Every day she lived for Christ.” What’s so great about your favorite sport? The wonderful thing about cheerleading is that I am able to form relationships with […]

Doc’s death marks time to make plans for future Clovis

Freedom Newspapers The death of Ernest O. “Doc” Stewart last Monday is not only a moment where we rightly mourn the loss of a major community leader of the last half century, and were honored and awed by the respect paid to him and his family by the United States Air Force. It also is […]

Student profile: Kim Perkins

Kim Perkins is a senior at Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Freddie and Mae Perkins. What is your favorite TV show, past and present? Past: “City Guys” and “Saved by the Bell.” Present: “7th Heaven” and “Gilmore Girls.” Tell us a story about your childhood: Since I was about 5 years old, […]

Ranchvale reprieve: Board decides against school’s closure

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Ranchvale Elementary fifth-grader Devon Boddy, center, gets a hug from family friend Jennifer Settle, left, after hearing during Tuesday’s Clovis Municipal School Board meeting that the rural school will remain open. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The rural Clovis school in jeopardy of closing has been granted a reprieve. Clovis […]

BRAC process should serve as wake-up call

Freedom Newspapers One year from now, the top regional story of 2006 could well be a repeat of 2005: BRAC. We hope it will be No. 1 again, but for a different reason. Instead of ’05’s uncertainty over the future of Cannon Air Force Base, we want the 2006 reason to be a certain future […]

12/22 Student Profiles

Isaac Godwin is a senior at Clovis Christian School. He is the son of Ivan and Kristina Godwin. What is your idea of a perfect day? A day I start out with God and end with God is a perfect day. Tell us about your pet(s): I have a Siberian Husky named Dakota who can […]

Cannon’s future holds the promise a present exudes

Freedom Newspapers The news out of Washington, D.C., last week seems to bode well for future military roles coming to Cannon Air Force Base. After the uncertainties this year about whether the base will be closed, the recent announcements that a new mission seems to have been targeted for eastern New Mexico and is being […]

Iraq war offers no easy solution, deserves debate

Freedom Newspapers The public call by Pennsylvania Democrat John Murtha, a 37-year Marine Corps veteran who has been generally pro-military and hawkish, for a prompt beginning to withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq has been a catalyst for what was bound to happen anyway: a national debate or discussion on what to do about […]

Social Security laying ground for conflict

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist I cringe with disgust when I hear politicians say, “We’re doing it for the children.” What’s worse is so many Americans mindlessly fall hook, line and sinker for the hype. Judging by our actions, Americans could not care less for future generations, and future generations will curse us for it. […]

Aiding children not means to end

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist At times I watch BBC World News because it covers more international issues than even CNN. So the other night I was watching and there was a report on the AIDS epidemic in Africa. The report gave some harrowing information as well as quotations from people trying to raise funds […]

Signs surface that Cannon review for real

Freedom Newspapers Two events this past week focused the picture on the future of Cannon Air Force Base once again. The bottom line is they indicate the fight to keep the base open won’t be a sham affair directed by military and Department of Defense officials who had wanted it closed. For the forward movement […]

Let the willing pay for space conquests

CNJ Editorial Way back in January 2004, as almost a throwaway line in his State of the Union speech, President Bush proposed returning humans to the moon and eventually to Mars. Many commentators noted that this grandiose public-works proposal seemed to sink like a stone in the sea of public opinion, and the president has […]