Education feature: Texico students helping complete shop facility

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Courtsey photo: Terry Whitener Cesar Chavez, left, and Paden Hagler, right, weld together a new sheet metal storage rack. This is part of a project that is providing necessary tools for the school’s newly-modeled shop facility. Benna Sayyed Powers Hagler taught himself to weld as a youngster growing up on his family’s farm about four […]

Artificial trees have advantages

I guess for me it officially becomes Christmas when the Christmas tree goes up at home. Growing up that meant it was time to get serious about Christmas. We always had a cut Christmas tree bought in town. The only place I ever came in contact with a fake tree while I was young was […]

Military Mama: Kindergartener growing up too fast

I’ve stumbled into the joys of an attempted reader and star student. Kaleb is now one whole month into kindergarten and he proves to me each day that he is quite smart. Even smarter than I give him credit for, and I know he’s a smarty pants. He has known his letters and numbers for […]

In search of ponies: Growing up for the birds

So they just topple over the edge and then they’re gone, sailing into the sunset to go forth and do their thing, right? Wrong. Sure it happens that way sometimes. And then sometimes they wander too close to the edge and fall out before they’re ready or they jump out and then hang around. But […]

Military mama: Son’s growing independence hard to adjust to

This summer we took a big step toward growing up, as parents. My oldest son spent the past three weeks with his grandparents in Florida. I couldn’t quite commit to sending him on his own to fly across the country. Though, I know he would have been in good hands with the flight attendant travel […]

Herding Squirrels: Greetings from a super villain

Traci Arbios As a young lass, I never wanted the “typical” dream of growing up and getting married and having 2.5 kids and settling down into the 3-bed, 2-bath home with the picket fence. Partial lie — I wanted the picket fence, but mostly I just wanted my parents to build a picket fence around […]

First person: Growing up roping

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Courtesy photo Jesse Clark of Dora took top honors in Sunday’s Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping open competition. The seventh annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping event drew more than 1,000 entries from across the country. But its top honors were claimed by a teenager less than 40 miles away. Jesse Clark, 18, of Dora […]

Food at the speed of life: Pasta salad tangy, healthy

When I was growing up, my mom started making a pasta salad that’s still one of my favorites. (In fact, she made it last time she came to visit.) It’s cold, so it’s good for summer, and it has a nice variety of colors and flavors and a general light tanginess. It’s healthy, too. Mom […]

Military force won’t deter drug cartels

Freedom New Mexico Mexican President Felipe Calderon has promised to send more than 2,500 additional military troops to his northeast border to deal with the growing violence right across from the Rio Grande Valley. Calderon said last month that he would deploy four more battalions, each with about 650 troops, to Mexico’s northeast border. He […]

County made right decision taking down video

Freedom New Mexico Growing public outcry and a legal petition filed Monday finally got the attention of Curry County officials. On Wednesday they stopped playing a video in the county courthouse that many residents believe promotes passage of a bond and a tax to pay for a proposed $33 million judicial complex. We applaud the […]

Business feature: Stores aim to stock locally grown produce

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jessica Pacheco of Portales culled though a package of strawberries Monday in the produce department at Russell’s Super Save in Portales. Kevin Wilson Stores are going local, and searching for those who are growing local. Wal-Mart recently announced plans to double its sales of fresh produce from local farms in […]

Commissioners say housing inmates at Texas jails not viable option

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A Parmer County Detention Officer staffs the booking area of the 50-bed jail Monday. Sheriff Randy Geries said his facility is subject to unannounced state inspections at any time. Sharna Johnson One reason Curry County officials say they need a new jail is because of a growing, violent inmate population […]

Money needed to keep border open, secure

Freedom New Mexico Drug battles in Mexico have been growing increasingly violent, and increasingly close to Texas’ Rio Grande Valley residents. Shootouts in Matamoros, Reynosa and other border towns are now being reported daily. It’s proper, then, for our border senators to try to secure more funding to improve our nation’s border crossings. Both senators […]

Military mama: Hard getting used to idea of growing old

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I recently celebrated my birthday, and am soon attending a high school reunion. I though nothing else could remind me more that my teens have long since slipped away. Apparently I was wrong. I realize that I’m nowhere near “old” in relation to a traditional lifespan, however there are subtle reminders that make me inwardly […]

ENMU close to enrollment milestone

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Courtesy photo: Wendel Sloan Eastern New Mexico University registration clerk Margaret Estrada registers senior biology major Shellisa Moreno, a Clovis resident, on Monday afternoon in the Registrar’s Office. Moreno’s children are 7-year-old Kinzie and 4-month-old Levi. ENMU President Steven Gamble expects enrollment to reach 5,000 for the first time this semester. Argen Duncan Eastern New […]

Letters to the editor: Walking trail greatly appreciated

Walking trail greatly appreciated I commend Mayor Gayla Brumfield and our Clovis leaders for creating the walking path around Greene Acres lake. This path is used and greatly appreciated by many people every day, and the number is growing. This addition significantly enhances the park’s utility and brings people and families together in a pleasant […]

Summer rain means weeds growing problem

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson A house located at 600 Maple, which neighbors said has long been vacant, is overrun with weeds in the front yard. Kevin Wilson Melissa Newman, or anybody else in Clovis, might take a day off from weed pulling. The weeds, thanks to a summer full of rain, aren’t taking any […]

Most area crops escape major hail damage

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Seth Bright helps harvest a wheat field farmed by Bruce Lee between Elida and Floyd on Friday. Farmers say crops are growing well in the area but need rain. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Crops are growing well in much of Roosevelt and Curry counties, although hail and excessive […]

BX renovations unveiled

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Maj. Gen. Bruce Casella, Army and Air Force Exchange Service commander, addresses a crowd of military spouses, airmen, retirees and officials during a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday at the Cannon Air Force Base Exchange. By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections After eleven months and $5.5 million, the Cannon Air Force Base […]