AgSense: Technology helps make food safe, affordable

“Food insecurity” is a phrase I have been hearing a lot lately. Growing up in a post World War II era in Holland, I have heard the stories about food insecurity first hand, and the effects it has on society. Much of the political unrest currently sweeping through Middle Eastern countries seems to be the […]

Regular church attendance can make you fat

Curtis Shelburne Have you heard the latest “health” news? It seems that going to church—I mean really going, so regularly that folks notice when you’re absent—not just going at Christmas and Easter and whenever completely convenient and the barometric pressure is right and none of the kids are kicking balls and no relatives are visiting […]

Rise in fuel costs based on demand

Price gougers are evil executives who harm us at the gas pump. They set outrageous prices that are approaching $4 a gallon. They hold their conspiracy meetings in the Land of Make Believe, among the unicorns and spaghetti monsters. Despite the ranting of pundits and politicos — from Bill O’Reilly to Nancy Pelosi — price […]

Lawmakers make ready for upcoming bills

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Kevin Wilson New legislators for eastern New Mexico report a steep learning curve in their first state legislative session. But, as sessions go, this year’s 60-day affair is the best one to learn from, as budget woes mean there’s little extraneous legislation coming. “All sessions are defined by how many dollars there are and where […]

Greyhounds sign 24 recruits

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Josh Houghtaling, light jersey, threw for 3,463 yards and 41 touchdowns while leading Artesia to the Class 4A title. He was one of six quarterbacks to sign with ENMU on Wednesday. CNJ staff Instate players make up a small but important part of Eastern New Mexico University’s 2011 football recruiting […]

Hounds adjusting to new bats

Clarence Plank The boys of summer are getting ready to start spring training for the upcoming baseball season. Meanwhile, at Eastern New Mexico University, Greyhounds are learning how to hit with the new NCAA specs for baseball bats. Greyhounds coach Phil Clabaugh said they are spending $3,500 for new bats, but were able to make […]

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 […]

District attorney to present fatal crash case to grand jury

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Family and friends of Mary Castillo protested in front of the courthouse, police department and district attorney’s office Thursday, frustrated by lack of progress in the case involving the 56-year-old woman’s death. Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday he will ask a grand jury to decide if a […]

Cowboys have different resolutions

We all are encouraged to make New Year’s resolutions. From what I’ve been reading it seems most “regular” folks are resolving mainly to lose weight and exercise more. Cowboy promises are different. When I asked my lanky friend Wilford about his, he thought a bit and then asked, “You mean it’s a new year already?” […]

McGee: Christmas lights make town sparkle

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist The joke goes, “You know you’re from New Mexico if you leave your Christmas lights up year round.” No worries about that around our house; The Lady of the House had Christmas packed up a couple of days ago, lights and all. “That’s it,” she said, smacking her hands together. […]

Family holidays can be trying times

Most families make special arrangements to get together for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. There’s a belief that family gatherings are joyous, love-filled events. Maybe not. I know one family that pretty much decided that love-filled stuff was a myth. The last such gathering they had, several years ago, left them wondering if their family is somehow […]

Letter to the editor: $1 can make all the difference

$1 can make all the difference I read with admiration Friday’s article about the Chamber of Commerce handing out grocery money from “Random Acts of Kindness.” I thought how nice, especially this time of year. Large family gatherings and lots of goodies can strain a budget. I was thinking about this while in line at […]

Tax planning enters crunch time

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Courtesy graphic Tax experts say there is still plenty of time to implement some tax-saving strategies before the end of the year. Pay bills early, make donations, install new windows — With about two and a half weeks remaining to the end of the year, it’s the last chance for tax planning. Taxpayers can still […]

No room for double standards

The recent tragedy in which a Clovis police officer seems to have run a stop sign and caused an accident that killed a woman illustrates the difference between the way statists and libertarians see things. Make no mistake: I don’t believe for an instant the officer wanted to cause the accident. (Hence the word “accident.”) […]

Holiday time for charity

Clyde Davis Before really getting into this column, I need to make a disclaimer. Either by typographical or some other error, I left readers of this column last week with the impression that my Facebook Veterans’ Day posting was not favorably received. The line should have read “many comments were positive.” Okay. Wonderful things to […]

We should strive to be prisoners of hope

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I have never studied the life of Desmond Tutu but I read an interesting article about him just last week. Desmond Tuto grew up in Johannesburg. When he was grown, he did not appreciate the South African system of educating black students because it was a very inferior system compared to […]

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 […]

Hounds out to make statement in LSC North opener

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank ENMU senior strong safety Tillman Stevens covers a kick Thursday during special teams practice. The Greyhounds host Texas A&M-Commerce at 2 p.m. today. Dave Wagner After 11 years in the South Division since the Lone Star Conference went to divisional play in 1999, Eastern New Mexico University’s football team is […]

Commission approves budget transfer for giraffe

Kevin Wilson Make room, Jael. You’re about to have some company. The Clovis City Commission approved a $15,500 budget transfer Thursday, allowing Hillcrest Park Zoo staff to pay for the acquisition and delivery of a male giraffe currently owned by The Disney Company. Jael, the zoo’s female giraffe, is in her window for gestation and […]

Curry County youths make sales at state fair

Freedom New Mexico A pair of Curry County natives sold grand champion animals at the New Mexico State Fair’s Junior Livestock Sale, held Friday. A grand champion lamb, shown by Garrett Foote was purchased by the New Mexico Junior Livestock Foundation for $3,000, while a grand champion goat shown by Madison Belcher was purchased by […]