McGee: Father’s advice helps with chat

Tomorrow marks a new year: 2012. It means different things to different people. For instance, I was chatting recently with my youngest daughter. She and her husband were pondering moving to the big city, getting away from their small town in West Virginia. “We want to be in a safe place, you know, for 2012,” […]

Friday morning briefing: Freezing fog warnings and getting the lead out

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Be careful if you’re driving early today — there may be freezing fog (see weather). Fair warning On Sunday, officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting a DWI Saturation Patrol within the City of Clovis. Officers will be specifically targeting drunk and […]

Coercion no way to win support

When you decide your house needs a new roof, how do you go about getting it done? Do you either try to use your insurance policy or find a way to pay for it yourself? Or, do you go to your neighbors and demand, at gunpoint, that they pay for all or part of it […]

For veterans, holiday time of remembrance

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Bruce Pollard, commander of American Legion Post 117 in Clovis, left, converses with 20-year U.S. Navy veteran Milton Mitchell, right, about the significance of Veteran’s Day. Benna Sayyed Clovis veterans feel Veterans Day is a time of year when citizens should remember and honor veterans who served the country to […]

Gov. Perry good enough in debate debut

Freedom New Mexico Getting to know Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his record was one of the consistent themes of the GOP presidential debate Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. At times, the debate almost felt like an indictment of Lone Star state chief executive, given the questions and challenges directed his way. […]

Grant McGee: Some select which rules to follow

I know I may be getting older, but rules and society keep changing “Faster than you can say ‘Jack Robinson’” as my grandfather used to say, though he never told me who “Jack Robinson” was. The point is laws and regulations don’t seem to apply to everyone these days, especially when it comes to cars […]

First person: Cooking camp

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Courtesy photo Clovis High School culinary teacher Judy Uerling works on the cost specifics of a mac and cheese recipe in the Golden Corral test kitchen. Clovis High School ProStart and culinary teacher Judy Uerling spent a week in July getting what she called the best professional development training she’s had in years. Uerling was […]

Math camp organizers hope to foster student interest

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo David Vargas, 11, counts the number of items he placed in an egg carton as an example of how fractions work Wednesday at Marshall Middle School’s Kitten Math Camp. Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Carman Richard had trouble getting her daughter Joy Richard to read until she found a story that […]

Developers: Regulations, price of land add to cost of building

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Houses on Carmel Lane near the Clovis Civic Center are in various stages, from empty lots to homes in progress to moved-in residences. Developer John Bourne said it’s hard to find a balance between building a home that’s affordable to residents and making enough money on a project to justify […]

Press release: Clovis among communities getting HUD grants

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman reported today that seven New Mexico housing agencies have been awarded a total of $524,949 in grant funding though the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).Funding was awarded under HUD’s Family Self Sufficiency Program, which helps community housing agencies develop local strategies to help individuals and families […]

First person: Community cop

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Daron Roach is the Clovis Police Department’s new community relations officer. The Clovis native has been with the department since 2006. Officer Daron Roach has spent a lifetime getting to know Clovis. Now he’s trying to do the same on behalf of the Clovis Police Department. Roach is in his […]

Cats set to make semi-pro debut

Manuel Robles is getting used to the idea of playing football again at Leon Williams Stadium. His Curry County Cat teammates and coaches are optimistic Clovis will quickly get used to semi-pro football. “The community’s been awesome,” Cats coach Paul Lopez said heading into Saturday’s 2 p.m. season opener. “We’ve got a lot of people […]

Portales Inn getting remodel

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Maxwell Group LLC managing member Bob Morrow talks about the renovation plans for the Portales Inn while standing just inside the hotel’s entry off Avenue B. The group plans to turn the building into a boutique hotel with several kinds of food and beverage service on the first floor. Argen […]

Holiday time for charity

Clyde Davis Before really getting into this column, I need to make a disclaimer. Either by typographical or some other error, I left readers of this column last week with the impression that my Facebook Veterans’ Day posting was not favorably received. The line should have read “many comments were positive.” Okay. Wonderful things to […]

New efforts won’t solve old problems

Freedom New Mexico Border residents surely are growing more alarmed at the escalating violence in Mexico, often within earshot of U.S. residents. Large gunbattles between drug cartels, and between them and the Mexican military, are getting larger, and closer. A recent U.S. government report isn’t going to ease the concerns of those who worry about […]

Getting to know …

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University senior defensive end Matthew Kalisch. • Hometown: Killeen, Texas • High school: Harker Heights • Favorite NFL team: Dallas Cowboys • Favorite NFL player: Brian Urlacher • What do you hope to be doing in five years? Serving my country as an army officer. • Biggest off-field accomplishment […]

Getting to know … Jessie Poku

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Eastern New Mexico University senior wide receiver Jessie Poku • Hometown: Dallas • High school: Richardson • Favorite NFL team: Dallas Cowboys • What do you hope to be doing in five years? Playing in the NFL • Biggest accomplishment off the field since you started college: Making the dean’s list • Best advise you’ve […]

Elida native’s book focuses on family, upbringing

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Acosta Kevin Wilson Yolanda Acosta knew she had quite a story to tell, even before she knew the whole thing. The Elida native is getting set to release her book, “Acosta,” a tale of the upbringing she received in Elida and Portales, with emphasis on the career of her late brother Oscar, who was a […]

VA ailment dispute getting heated

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki will get the Senate hearing he didn’t want. Sen. James Webb, D-Va., says he will use a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing — rescheduled now for Sept. 23 — to have Shinseki explain his decision to compensate Vietnam veterans, and many surviving spouses, for three more ailments including heart disease. Shinseki […]

Education feature: School district building projects coming closer to construction

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Wilson and Company Architects Janet Lacy goes over blueprints of James Bickley with the staff Wednesday during a preliminary construction meeting. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Schools in Clovis are slowly getting closer to seeing “hammer and nail” construction across the district. Deputy Superintendent of Operations Joel Shirley and […]