Sweet Home New Mexico: Looking to fast forward through next few months

It’s not even a week past Christmas day and I’m already experiencing a post-Christmas letdown. Am I the only one that experiences this? Please, tell me no. There are things I love about all seasons of the year, but October through December are my favorite three months of the year, no doubt. There are so […]

Everybody’s business: Dispelling myths about tax obligations

A new year approaches and one is ending. The annual ritual of reporting income and expenses to the federal government will soon be upon us. Take time this month to prepare for tax time over the next four months. Here are a few tips that may reduce stress and dismiss myths of tax obligations. • […]

Salas remains at large 38 months later

Kevin Wilson The most recent escapee from the Curry County Adult Detention Center was captured a little more than 18 hours after he slipped out the exit. Authorities have not been so successful with the jail’s most famous escapee. Edward Salas has been on the loose for more than 38 months. Authorities believe Salas, 27, […]

Clovis soldier's recovery progressing

By Kevin Wilson Just a few months ago, Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. had no problem walking. Or running. Or seeing. Or carrying on a conversation. That hasn’t been true since July 15, when the 1999 Clovis High graduate sustained a gunshot wound to the head during battle in Afghanistan. But family members […]

Injured soldier showing improvement

Kevin Wilson Just a few months ago, Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. had no problem walking. Or running. Or seeing. Or carrying on a conversation. That hasn’t been true since July 15, when the 1999 Clovis High graduate sustained a gunshot wound to the head during battle in Afghanistan. But family members are […]

Time to find sources of gratitude

The autumn months are, not creeping, but barreling, through, and Thanksgiving looms large, in spite of the mostly unseasonably warm weather. It’s a wake-up call time for most teachers, as we realize how much we hoped to get covered first semester, and the reality of how much we probably did not get covered. Not sure […]

Some Cannon construction projects nearing end

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Construction on this aircraft maintenance hangar began in 2010 and should be completed the second quarter of 2012. It was the first project for the southeast development on Cannon Air Force Base and measures 38,000 square feet to house two C-130 aircraft. Alisa Boswell Big construction projects have been under […]

Base construction under way

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Construction on this aircraft maintenance hangar began in 2010 and will be completed the second quarter of 2012. It was the first project for the southeast development on Cannon Air Force Base and was built at 38,000 square feet to house two C-130 aircrafts. Alisa Boswell Big construction projects have been […]

Uncertainty slows down economic growth

Freedom New Mexico Two months ago, President Barack Obama lamented that a “cloud of uncertainty” hampered economic recovery. He said Congress must agree on a debt ceiling so businesses will regain confidence to add workers. Congress did. Businesses didn’t. Nevertheless, we agree with the president that economic uncertainty discourages business and consumers. It’s clear, however, […]

County fair kicks off

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Elizabeth Thomas of the Clovis Evening Lions Club tells Ed Steven of Clovis, with daughter Megan Steven at right, the cost for his family’s entry Monday night at the Curry County Fair. Early attendants received cards for free samples from food vendors. Kevin Wilson The county fair is months of […]

Drought conditions blamed for cattle sell-off

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Broadview rancher Pat Woods in one of his pastures north of Clovis. He said he’s already sold half of his cattle and may have to sell the rest if rain doesn’t come because the cattle won’t have anything to eat. Alisa Boswell Livestock owners have been selling their cattle at […]

Cannon puts spotlight on safety

USAF: Airman Ericka Engblom The 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron and the 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron displayed a wrecked vehicle in July at Cannon Air Force Base, as a visual warning to service members about the increased dangers on the road during summer travel months. Senior Master Sgt. Drake Davidson, 27th Special […]

Cannon hosts Career Expo

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Staff Sgt. James Johnson of the 27th Special Operations Support Squadron, right, speaks with representatives from Bell Helicopter, one of 14 organizations that participated in the first job and information fair at Cannon Air Force Base. Johnson said he came to the fair to find information to pass along to […]

Commission approves referendum election for Aug. 2

Kevin Wilson With a swift special meeting, Clovis City Commission approved what will be its second referendum election in a little more than three months. Clovis residents will vote Aug. 2 to uphold or overturn the commission’s 6-1 vote in favor of creating an affordable housing plan. The state’s anti-donation clause does not allow a […]

Education column: Maintenance, custodial staff in high gear during summer

You might think that since summer has arrived, everything grinds to a halt, and that nothing much is going on throughout our school district. Not true. In fact, it is during the summer months that our operations department shines. Our maintenance and custodial staff begin their considerable list of projects, many of which can only […]

Officials: May take months to replace judge Orlik

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File photo Efforts have begun to replace District Judge Robert Orlik but officials say it could take months. Orlik died Saturday at The Lubbock Heart Center. Sharna Johnson The courts have begun the process of filling a vacancy created by the unexpected death of District Judge Robert Orlik, however officials say it will likely be […]

Education column: Education opportunities available during summer

Unbelievably, another school year is gone and kids are out for the summer. Suddenly without a structured environment, it takes us a moment or two to get our balance for the summer months. Working parents juggle schedules, and older kids are looking for summer jobs. As educators, there is always concern over the summer about […]

Baby boom sustains, boosts economies

It seems that when soldiers return home in droves from a year of service overseas, babies start showing up about nine months later. Experts are trying to figure out what’s causing it. Joking. From March 1 through March 17, Fort Carson’s Evans Army Community Hospital has helped bring 182 babies into the community. That is […]

Social issues need to be put on backburner

Freedom New Mexico A few months ago, we wrote that tea party activists who focus on fiscal issues were in a tug of war with other conservatives more interested in “social issues” such as abortion and gay marriage. We said politicians who rode the tea party wave to power should concentrate on the economy and […]

Newest Clovis zoo giraffe dies

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File photo Jay the giraffe was moved to Clovis’ Hillcrest Zoo on Oct. 10. He died Saturday, nearly five months after his arrival. Kevin Wilson Jay, a giraffe who had resided at the Hillcrest Park Zoo for approximately four months, died Saturday. City Manager Joe Thomas said zoo staff found Jay down in his pen […]