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Curtis Shelburne You don’t have to be an English major to be amazed by the power of words, but the English major under my hat is still amazed every time I open a really great book and find myself inside the head of a really great person. It’s almost a miracle to be able to […]

Local leaders helped state thrive

As New Mexico celebrates its 100th year as a state it’s easy to daydream about what life in our portion of the state was like back in 1912. Portales had been around just over a decade, Texico was 10 years old and Clovis had been established six years earlier when a division point for the […]

Defense leaders laud repeal, return of ‘equality’

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The official end today of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law reflects the American values that military members uphold, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today. “Thanks to this change, I believe we move closer to achieving the goal at […]

Family remembers son who died in attacks

Kevin Wilson A decade after they lost a son and brother, the Milam family still finds things out about Maj. Ron Milam. And no matter how many years pass, their lives will never be the same. Killed Sept. 11, 2001, when a hijacked jet slammed into the Pentagon, Ron Milam continues to inspire memories from […]

Air Force leaders issue 9/11 message

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the following message to the airmen of the U.S. Air Force: Sept. 11, 2011, marks the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that […]

Jail alternatives considered

Robin Fornoff Curry County leaders scrambling to control overcrowding and a burgeoning jail budget are taking a more serious look at two alternatives — community service and the decriminalization of traffic offenses. Jail Administrator Keith Norwood thinks it’s time Curry County had a community service or work release program, allowing people to serve their time […]

Upward Bound leaders concerned about budget cuts

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Upward Bound summer program participant Zachary Martinez studies at Eastern New Mexico University Monday. This is the last week of the program for high school freshmen through juniors, while seniors who have graduated are to continue for one more week. Argen Duncan Leaders of the Upward Bound program, which aims […]

Business digest — June 28

Clovis businessman completes leadership program Randy Kamradt, vice president of Davtek in Clovis, is among 39 statewide leaders who recently graduated from the Leadership New Mexico Core Program. Graduates attended six educational sessions for the 2010-2011 program. Leadership New Mexico is a tax-exempt organization founded in 1995 to identify current and emerging leaders throughout New […]

Area pastors draw similar message from Easter

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Trinity Lutheran Church Reverend Bonita Knox prays while touching the cross on Good Friday at the church. Alisa Boswell Easter means an almost universal message from spiritual leaders of many different congregations. Church leaders in Clovis and Portales say the resurrection of Christ is the most important factor in the […]

Budget delays harming readiness

Defense officials are shaking their heads in disbelief as congressional leaders continue to delay passing a wartime defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2011, which began last October. With the military spending bill now more than five months overdue, lawmakers last week passed a new stopgap “continuing resolution,” this “CR” to last two weeks, so […]

County leaders still in dark on earning trust

Freedom New Mexico It’s been nearly three months since Curry County voters overwhelmingly rejected grandiose plans to build a $33 million judicial complex. Yet recent actions tell observers our county leaders have no clue about how to instill public trust in their decision-making on these important projects. A few weeks ago a hopeful sign surfaced […]

City leaders share goals for 2011

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Legislative and Community Relations Director Claire Burroughs has always enjoyed all kinds of music and hopes to see U2 in concert in 2011. By Alisa Bowell: Freedom New Mexico Call them resolutions, call them goals. But everybody has something from 2010 they want to improve in 2011. The new […]

Letter to the editor: Term limits long overdue in U.S.

As I write this, FOX News is conducting a chat concerning term limits for our leaders in Washington. One might expect such a discussion following an election. I think term limits is a long overdue process in our American political system. I’ve always wondered how Congress was able to slip in a law limiting the […]

Local leaders making plans for bond money

Argen Duncan In the wake of Tuesday’s bond elections, local leaders are making plans to spend the money earmarked for their entities or do without. Voters passed Bonds A, B and C, which provide money to senior centers, libraries and public school, respectively. Bond D, which would have provided money for universities and colleges, failed. […]

Local bond questions spark contention

Sharna Johnson Whether to build a new judicial complex and jail may prove to be the most contentious local questions voters are asked to answer Nov. 2. The first phase of the proposed project is expected to cost $33 million, split between a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase and a general obligation bond raising […]

Fire safety should be on your mind

Freedom New Mexico Our leaders in Washington, when not rationally discussing the issues of the day in meaningful and noncombative ways (yeah, right), frequently find time to designate or support days, weeks and months for awareness of certain causes. While the nation’s founders would wonder what in Betsy Ross’ bonnet Congress was wasting its time […]

Officials: Bond election would also provide money for existing schools

Liliana Castillo Leaders at Clovis Municipal Schools say if a special school bond election isn’t approved by voters Aug. 31, it would not only mean no new middle school but no money to expand or repair many existing school buildings. If passed, the $16 million bond issue would leverage almost $57 million in state tax […]

CAP cadets visit, learn about the 27th SOW

USAF photo: Greg Allen Staff Sgt. George Whitehead, 27th Special Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, answers questions about the MQ-9 Reaper from Civil Air Patrol cadets during their visit to Cannon on July 9. Cadets from Amarillo and Lubbock, as well as Clovis, toured the base and got the opportunity to fly in a 16th Special Operations […]

Congress holds strongest power of influence

Freedom New Mexico Congressional Democrats and their minions are applauding the financial oversight bill that was hammered out on Friday. President Obama and his leaders in Congress say the compromise bill should be ready for the president’s signature before the Independence Day break. There is plenty of cause for worry in the bill. It places […]

Time for leaders to get serious about jail issues

Freedom New Mexico We’re not sure what’s more frustrating of these three problems: • Curry County Manager Lance Pyle’s inability to find a qualified jail administrator the last 2 1/2 years. • Sheriff Matt Murray’s political temper tantrum last week that leaves the jail without an administrator as of Tuesday morning. • Or the county […]