Resurrection hope in the midst of calamity

Curtis Shelburne As most of our friends and parishioners know, my brothers and I, all four of us preachers, head to Robert Lee, Texas, a couple of times a year to spend some time together at the old homeplace of our maternal grandparents. The other guys usually manage to get there, each alone, from one […]

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 […]

Unknowns surround gay policy

Department of Defense actuaries can tell you that half of all service members are married. They know that 14 percent of enlisted are women and 11.6 percent are Hispanic. They even know that 20.2 percent of members are Roman Catholic and less than 1 percent are Jewish. But, they will caution, 19.5 percent claim no […]

Letter to the editor: Transparency needed

Transparency needed The letter came to me in December. The Board of Curry County Commissioners has appointed you to serve on the detention center and courthouse committees. The purpose of these committees is to assist the county commission in solving the infrastructure and financial needs of the detention center and courthouse. The letter did not […]

McGee: Cowboy hats take getting used to

Grant McGee I got to thinking about cowboy hats the other day. Well, I should make myself clear; as a long-time resident of The West I know that they’re not “cowboy hats,” they are simply hats. This was shared with me by a real working cowboy from Chaves County, Cowboy Mike. Let me back up […]

McGee: Hard work only sure payoff

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I know this guy who’s been doing some traveling to casinos here and there around the country. He feels so good about his gambling skills that he said this is the year he’s going to declare himself as “Professional Gambler” on his tax forms. I once thought about a career […]

Do the right thing, law or no law

You know the right thing to do. I know you do. So don’t wait for someone else to do it first and don’t wait for a “law” to tell you to. Do it now. I’m reminded of the Clovis Hobby Lobby shoppers this month who tripped up a shoplifter. Instead of watching the thief and […]

Fame not necessary to impact lives

Curtis Shelburne Like most folks who were alive at the time, I remember exactly where I was when we got the news that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. I was just six years old, but I remember. Like most of you, I remember where I was and what I was doing when on […]

Bullriders make way to Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Dusty Rogers attempts a ride during Saturday’s Clovis Invitational Bullriding and Barrel Race event at the Curry County Events Center. Rogers received a no-time on the ride. Karl Terry When a load of the rankest bulls in the West hits town, you know professional bullriders can’t be far behind. This […]

Voters have let county know who’s in charge

By a stunning 73-27 percent margin, Curry

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 […]

Grant McGee: Friend showed ropes of living in New Mexico

I got an e-mail a few days ago from my good friend Kent, the Bard of the Pecos, now a part-time judge, duly elected by the folks of Elida. Kent was going in for hip surgery and, you know, there’s no absolute guarantee that you’ll emerge on the other side hale, hearty and alive. Kent […]

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 […]

Course transfers, local colleges topics at higher education meeting

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan New Mexico Secretary of Higher Education Viola Florez listens at the town hall meeting Monday in the Clovis Community College Town Hall. Giving input for a proposed higher education master plan, participants discussed such things as the importance of the institution to the community, dual-credit programs and duplication of courses […]

New Mexico American Water exploring aquifer

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson New Mexico American Water is working to drill a second exploratory well, following the failure of the original well, in the Lower Dockum Aquifer, located 1,600 feet below ground. Kevin Wilson New Mexico American Water hopes to know in two months whether the Lower Dockum Aquifer is a solution for […]

Makeshift pool keeps us cool

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I heard that someone actually stole one of those blue pools you see all over the place. You know the ones; they’re huge plastic blobs with an inflatable ring at the top to support it. I guess it wouldn’t be too hard, come to think of it. Just collapse the […]

Students say they attend school to learn, prepare for future

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools By now, you know my thoughts and experiences with Clovis Municipal Schools, but what about the students? Well, my inquisitive mind wanted to know. I sent four questions for teachers to ask students (if they had the time). Responses came from kindergarten to seniors. You might be surprised at […]

Everybody’s Business: Know where you break even

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Business columnist Managing a business’s finances can be a huge undertaking. It can be a daunting task to connect how an increase in advertisement will impact sales, and most importantly, how the increase will affect the balance sheet. There are financial tools available when deciding to raise wages or lowering the sell […]

Jail security 101: Guards must watch inmates

Yes, by now most residents know the Curry County jail has structural problems that should have been resolved before it was built in 1993. Yes, by now we know how difficult it is to find trained, experienced correctional officers to work there, and stay longer than a few months. Yes, by now we are not […]

Time spent protecting trash wasted

Freedom New Mexico You know government’s out of control when it tries to control stuff people don’t want anymore. That’s what’s going on in Melrose. The village of 750 people about 25 miles west of Clovis made headlines this month when a resident was confronted for dumpster diving. Ted Stretmoyer, a retired federal worker who’s […]