Camp fosters invention

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jack Green, 10, left, 9-year-old Spencer Biagini, center, and 9-year-old Abby Barela work together using objects in two shapes to build a structure. The class learned how different types of molecules combine to create matter. Liliana Castillo Camp Invention returned to Clovis for the third year this summer. The week-long [...]

Landlines, phonebooks failproof

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Of all of the messages I hate to see on my phone, the worst one comes from … the phone itself. The weekend was rough on me, even before we consider the Texas Rangers ballclub I’ve followed since the early 1990s. There were high points, but the low point [...]

In tribute: Farwell woman put family first

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Courtesy photo Christy Thatcher By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Christy Thatcher could easily send 100 text messages in a day and text a “TF” moment without even looking at the cell phone. But she’d also use the phone to call mom when she was a few minutes late coming home, or when she’d call [...]

The text generation

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MCT/Freedom Newspapers illustration By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Whether it’s because it saves minutes or because kids say it’s easier to express themselves, text messaging is the latest communication phenomenon gripping today’s teenagers. “Kids don’t communicate verbally any more,” said Dana Wright, whose 16-year-old son is entering his junior year at Muleshoe High. “He [...]

Alcoholism latest public figure cop out

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Maybe we ought to give Prohibition another try. Granted the attempt to outlaw drinking wasn’t exactly a success back in the 1920s, but maybe it’s time to have another go at it. Don’t we owe that much to the public figures who have become the unwitting victims of fool juice [...]

Kansas law counter to First Amendment

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist It’s hard to describe the views of Rev. Fred Phelps without feeling soiled by the association, but I’ll do it anyway. He attests that God is disgusted with America’s tolerance of homosexuality. In his view, the Almighty is punishing the nation by using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to kill American [...]

Cannon letters cover wide emotional range

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Messages sent to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission and posted on its Web site range from heartfelt and emotional to anecdotal and biting. By and large, those writing in support of Cannon Air Force Base identify themselves in their messages. The reasons they list for keeping Cannon vary [...]

Animal rights group find ways to free attention

Freedom Newspapers Say what you will about People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — we say it’s an animal cult trapped in a state of advocacy adolescence — but the group has mastered the art of shocking American sensibilities, and getting a lot of free media attention in the process. We’re glad to see [...]