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 […]

A matter of faith

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Melissa Cartwright, in a program for three days, makes her dorm bed Wednesday at the Lighthouse Mission. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer They know that if they build it, they will come. That’s the easy part. It’s the financing that needs prayers and faith. After 22 years of sheltering, […]

Bill would offer more online access to Legislature

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Residents who want to know more about state government’s pocketbook, its power players and public meetings would have an easier time accessing information online under a series of measures introduced so far this session. Ideas advancing their way through the process include expanding webcasting in the House […]

Know what’s scary? Senselessness

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Here are some stories that are either funny because they’re scary, or they would be funny if they weren’t scary. I’m not really sure. • I saw the greatest, and worst, headline in the history of the New York Knicks about two weeks ago after a loss to the Oklahoma […]

It pays to know the ways of your enemy

By Curtis K. Shelburne “Thou shalt not kill.” Well, nobody’s perfect. I actually committed a killing right in the sanctuary of our church awhile back. No, I didn’t throw someone into an irreversible coma by preaching them to death during a service. I’m shocked and disappointed you would even think such a thing! But kill […]

Going green starts with personal change

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist I suppose the problem addressed in this column is like other common questions, in that the answer lies, not in knowing, but in doing. We know that, if we do not develop alternative energies, our modes of transportation will radically alter when fossil fuel runs out. We know that we […]

Education committee helps support schools

By Penny Bailey: Guest columnist Did you know Clovis Schools has an Education Foundation? And, if you did, do you know what it is for? Well, if not, you are not alone as a lot of people in Clovis are not aware of the foundation. Or, if they know the Education Foundation exists, they’re not […]

Zoo looking for new giraffe

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Hillcrest Park Zoo staff is working towards buying a male giraffe as a mate for Jael. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Jael the Giraffe may not know it, but zoo adminstrators do: Her biological clock is ticking and, at 7 years old, she’s in prime shape to have offspring. […]

Homecoming like family reunion

By Lynn Moncus: FNM columnist A recent trip to New Mexico State University to attend Homecoming was quite an event for this woman from lma. As I wandered around on campus one afternoon, I realized one more time how far over-the-hill I am. While looking at those young people, I really felt my age because […]

Cameo Elementary’s Parent Center offers space for children, parents to spend time together

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools History is in the making. Now, I know each day we live, we are actually making history, but what you might not know is that you are actually reading a part of history…right now. Yep, this article is making history in two ways. First, this is my first official […]

Solutions not found in big government

Freedom New Mexico Political corruption remains a perennial concern for the voting public, and with good reason. Still, this particular brand of dishonesty has something in common with other human failings: People tend to see it clearly in others but not so clearly in themselves. We all know the images associated with ethically challenged elected […]

Real heroes have gone unnoticed

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist This is a test. Have you heard of Elvis Presley? How about Oprah Winfrey? Or Johnny Carson? Yes, of course we all know about those people. Here’s the rest of the test: Ever heard of Sir Alexander Fleming? How about Dr. Allan L. Drash. No? We have Fleming to thank […]

Parents finally getting to know me

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I don’t need everything spelled out to me. That’s why when I was visiting a friend a few months ago, I could tell a female guest had just gotten out of a relationship. She said she was, “trying to stay strong,” which meant she’s not going to cry about the […]