Letters to the editor: Fair has made vast improvements

Fair has made vast improvements I want to thank Lance Pyle, the county commissioners, Jan Riley and Lee Delk and his grounds crew for making the Curry County Fair so handicap friendly. They have a little ways to go, but what they have done is a 100 percent improvement over the past few years. I […]

Faith outweighs material goods

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist A millionaire California investor with a wife and five children owned a massive sky rise apartment building. Not only was the businessman financially successful, he was a deeply spiritual man. He had a firm conviction that what wealth he acquired came from God and must be returned to God. The […]

Obama failing on transparency promise

Freedom Newspapers It should hardly come as a surprise that once in office elected politicians forget about, abandon, or fudge on promises made to get elected. President Barack Obama’s record on transparency and openness, however, is more disappointing than most such instances. During the campaign, candidate Obama promised an unprecedented degree of openness and transparency, […]

Shop instructor made life of teaching

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist It was Frank A. Foster, superintendent of Curry County schools, that woke me up to become an artist when I was only in the 6th grade in the old Claud school. I’ve said this before, but I’ve told many in my columns about Frank Foster visiting my country school and […]

Coach remembered for compassion off field

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It was a passion for sports that made Bruce Scroggins a coach. But those in his field said it was his compassion for the athletes that set Scroggins apart. Scroggins, 59, was a coach for numerous schools in New Mexico and Texas, a state champion many times over and […]

Arrest made in 2007 kidnapping of Oklahoma girl

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File photo The Allsup’s store where the girl was found. By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer The wife of a Canyon, Texas, man accused of kidnapping a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl and dropping her off in Clovis played an integral part in her husband’s arrest. Terrance Lynn McGuire, 27, was arrested without incident at 8:30 a.m. […]

WWII veteran made musical impact

By Don McAlavy: Local sport In 1991 Bruce DeFoor, teacher-artist, at CCC, wrote the following words: “Norris McPherson,’Big Mac,’ has long ago attained legendary stature as one of the greatest musicians in Clovis history, a former employee of the Clovis school system, he retired in 1987 with a life threatening illness, still today his jazz […]

Fund established for Clovis boy

A fund has been established for 3-year-old Jorden McGregor of Clovis, who is at Childrens Medical Center in Dallas being treated for kidney disease. Jorden is the son of Shane and Elizabeth McGregor of Clovis. Donations can be made to the Jorden McGregor Fund at any Bank of America branch.

Government can muddle simple affairs

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist In matters of ethics, one is best equipped to understand when one is close up. Politics is different, as is law, although one reason for having courts is to hash out cases with all the details on view. Otherwise misjudgment lurks nearby. A recent incident brings to light […]

Band made lasting impact on genre

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist “Shenandoah was one of the first groups to rebel against the urban cowboy image of the ‘80s and lead the way to the new traditionalism of the ‘90s.” (Shenandoah website)

Portales man charged in stabbing

Freedom New Mexico A 25-year Portales man was charged Thursday in connection with a stabbing last week in the 800 block of South Avenue B. Jose Zapata is charged with aggravated battery and parole violation, according to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales PD. He is being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on […]

Lujan opens office in Tucumcari

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) announced today that Ron Wilmot will head up his Tucumcari office. Lujan has said that his representative in Tucumcari would serve his constituency on the eastern side of the state in the 3rd District. Lujan made the announcement during a visit today in Tucumcari, where he joined Lt. Gov. […]

Senate approves open committee meetings

By Kate Nash/The New Mexican After more than 10 years of trying to open conference committees, new members of the Senate may have made the difference.

Mullen, military coalition at odds over bonus

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, will not join a chorus of critics who oppose the $30,000 bonus offer made to careerists in their 15th year of service if they agree to accept a less generous retirement plan. Mullen, in our interview two weeks ago, suggested the Redux […]

Court records: Jail administrator recommended revoking accused molester’s bond

CNJ staff An accused child molester returned to jail Wednesday was dropped from the ankle bracelet monitoring program after he made a female detention officer uncomfortable, according to court documents. In a sworn statement submitted to the court, the officer said Larry Hatcher, 48, told her Tuesday afternoon he needed to talk to a woman […]

Court rights should apply to immigrants, too

Freedom New Mexico Former attorney general Michael Mukasey made a grievous error when he ruled that immigrants have no recourse regarding errors made in their cases. In one of the last acts of the Bush administration, Mukasey ruled that immigrants don’t have the right to have their deportation cases reopened because they had poor legal […]

Money can be made off of stupidity

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist You know that sick feeling that smothers your whole body when you realize you’ve just done something stupid? That happened to me a few days ago — again. I went to watch my grandson’s basketball game. In the school’s parking lot I decided I didn’t need my purse inside, so […]

Amos the Church Mouse: the great toilet paper diversion

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Local companies unaffected by peanut recall

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Local peanut and peanut product producers are safe from a nationwide peanut butter product recall. Officials with Sunland Peanut Inc. and Leslie Candy Co. said their peanuts are grown locally, nowhere near the salmonella contamination identified by the Food and Drug Administration. There have been 488 cases of salmonella […]

Arrest made in woman’s slaying

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Aaron Quinones was charged with an open count of murder Thursday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police say a 24-year-old man was high on meth and looking for his ex-girlfriend when he robbed, bludgeoned and cut the throat of 54-year-old Elizabeth McAdams in her home Dec. 20. Aaron M. Quinones of Clovis was charged […]