Everybody’s Business: Non-traditional businesses need licenses, tax ID

By Gordon Smith, business specialist and Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, director of the Small Business Development Center at Clovis Commu What does it take to register and license a new business that will not be a traditional “store-front” operation or located in a commercial area? Some examples of these can include home-based businesses, Internet businesses and mobile […]

‘Nice’ Pharisees lack compassion

Curtis Shelburne We need to ponder long and often the particularly fascinating truth that our Lord Jesus was the sinless “friend of sinners.” “Sinners in denial,” Pharisees past and present, are seriously bothered by that. “Confessed sinners,” past and present, who know they fall terribly short, love him deeply for it. Only two types of […]

Police blotter — Sept. 5

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 7 p.m. Aug. 24, an officer responded to a residence in the 1200 block of Davis Street for a report of battery. A man said he was lying on his bed and his wife came in the room and started arguing […]

Officials: District will need more faculty, staff with student increase

Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools officials say the district will need more teachers and support staff for a near 1,000-student increase projected by 2013. If voters on Aug. 31 approve a proposed third middle school, most of the new staff will be located at that new school, officials said. Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Cindy Martin […]

Intelligence program in dire need of oversight committee

Freedom Newspapers An ancient Roman proverb asks, “Who watches the watchman?” We might update that to: “Who spies on the spies?” That is, who makes sure they’re doing the right thing and not abusing their budgets, authority and powers? The question arises after a recent three-part series in The Washington Post, “Top Secret America.” Some […]

Children need fathers to be in their lives

Freedom New Mexico Mother’s Day might get more attention, with more elaborate celebration. Fathers often downplay the event themselves, partly due to modesty and perhaps also because they have to pay for any celebration that is made. It’s a generally accepted truth, however, that children tend to show more affection toward their mothers than their […]

Columnists crave attention

By Karl Terry It could be time to apply a little market research to these weekly missives I jokingly refer to as a column. I need to zero in on my audience a bit it seems. For some 22 years I’ve written this column with one target audience in mind. Will my mother enjoy reading […]

Letter to the editor: Clovis’ trash system doesn’t need change

Clovis’ trash system doesn’t need change I have some questions and concerns regarding the proposed transition from Dumpsters to poly-carts: • How will the city pay for the new carts and the new trucks to handle the new carts? • Will schools, churches, hospitals, commercial properties, and apartment complexes still be allowed to use Dumpster? […]

Don’t need feds to kill my bugs

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist I’m afraid of centipedes, the big ones. By the time one has grown to 11 or 12 inches long his color becomes grayish brown with yellow streaks. Plus those things are really hard to kill. We cut one’s head off once and laid him on the windowsill. Five days later […]

Faith in goverment unfounded

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist Enthusiast for increasing government regulations of people in business, including those in the financial markets, never bother to answer the one basic question that any rational person would need to have answered before joining them as champions of their proposed remedies of our economic wows. This question is, “Why would […]

Ministry to those in need makes impact

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist I read an article about people who live their lives to help others. This article focused on people from all walks of life and all age groups. These people were of all ages and different ethnicity. They all had different jobs and occupations and lived all over the United […]

Veterans’ stories need to be told

By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico I never knew Glen Hubbard Stevens. My granddad’s little brother died 15 years before I was born. A newspaper obituary reports Sgt. Stevens was killed in action on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and that’s what’s inspired me to learn more about him. A real hero among us […]

Thursday morning briefing: Need you, wind and rain and the history of April Fool

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. You’re needed The Curry County Wellness Council is in dire need of volunteers to help out with the April 10 Stay Teen Parent-Youth Summit at Clovis Community College. The summit features author and lecturer Dallas Jessup of “Just Yell Fire” fame. To volunteer, call 575-763-6016 or click […]

Questioning need for new phone

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist At times I’m a little conflicted over technology. I love it for the most part but there are downsides. Let’s take cell phones for instance. My contract is up and I’m thinking real hard about upgrading to a new model. Music and e-mail in my phone sound like handy things […]

Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest, middle school first place

By Alexandria Smith We all need to remember and act upon these words: REMEMBER, CELEBRATE and ACT. We all need to remember what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did and what he believed was right. We need to celebrate his honor and courage for standing up for his beliefs. Every one of us need to […]

No need to RSVP for overpass groundbreaking

CNJ staff There is no need to RSVP for Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the north side of the Hull Street Overpass, said Claire Burroughs, assistant city clerk, on Thursday. The ceremony is set for 10:30 a.m., and originally city officials asked people to RSVP for the opening.

In tribute: Restaurant owner sought to fill need

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Courtesy photo Leal By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jesse Leal didn’t have a big business plan with hopes of riches and success. Instead, he and his wife, Irma, wanted to fill a need in the community. Jesse Leal, 79, founder of Leal’s Mexican Food Restaurants, died Friday in Clovis after a lengthy illness. He […]

Groups offer military families support

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist There are many organizations which use their time and resources to help military families. Each one of them has a slightly different focus but they all serve a very important purpose: they link military families to resources and to the help they need. During deployments, life for those back home […]

Education feature: District requiring proof of residency for 2009-2010 school year registration

Freedom New Mexico Parents will need to bring one more piece of paper when registering their student for school in Clovis this year. And it must be something that offers proof or residency. It’s all because the New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority is requiring Clovis Municipal Schools to geocode, or map the district before […]

We Really Need a Cell Phone Tooth Brush?

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist I admit it: I’m a nerd. I love technology mainly because I love techno-gadgets. I know. Sometimes you’ve got to wonder about the practicality of some of the gadgets. Just because it’s possible to make a cell phone that doubles as a tooth brush, should we? Do we really […]