AARP works to educate senior drivers

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico The numbers are alarming when it comes to senior drivers: • 6,512 seniors (65 years old and older) were killed in traffic accidents in 2005 — 15 percent of all traffic fatalities. Experts predict that number will swell to 23,000 annually by 2030. • 79 percent of fatal accidents […]

Discriminating against divorce not far fetched

Freedom New Mexico T oday, divorced couples equal married couples in numbers. So imagine if divorce were a fireable offense. It is, at Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Ill. Popular English Professor Kent Gramm was fired recently, after 20 years at the school, because he and his wife divorced. Students have circulated a petition in support […]

Delegation gets base numbers

WASHINGTON — Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation learned Tuesday the Air Force Special Operations Command will station its 16th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base. The first of eight AC-130H aircraft could arrive at Cannon as early as October, along with associated crew and support personnel. Over the following 16 months, an […]

Growth committee told base personnel numbers have bottomed out

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico The Local Growth Management Committee learned Wednesday that personnel levels at Cannon Air Force Base have bottomed out and numbers will begin to increase. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said he learned from base officials during a Clovis Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday that the trough in personnel […]

a view from under the pew: the sudoku maze

By Gary Mitchell: Local columnist boss i m swearing off numbers for the rest of my little mousy life i m sure by now you ve heard about my most recent escapade when i happened to stumble into a sudoku maze it s the latest craze says freddy flea to me says who says me […]

Ethanol plant health study crucial

By Wayne Roth-Nelson: Guest columnist Regarding the proposed ethanol plant west of Clovis: The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) seems to have ignored any advice available from environmental health scientists who should represent the health concerns of the affected community. Government environmental agencies work with two very different sets of numbers. One set goes with […]

Drop in Clovis enrollment less than expected

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The anticipated attrition on Clovis’ school enrollment from the drawdown at Cannon Air Force Base has been less than expected, according to school officials. Enrollment was down about 150 students compared to a year ago on the 80th day of the school year, according to school officials. There were […]

Lottery winnings can’t buy eternity

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I just read there were four grand prize winners in the latest Mega Millions lotto drawing. The drawing was held last week and it was worth $330 million. But that is not all. There are other winners. According to a news release, 36 other players matched all five numbers in […]

Ten years after march, things unchanged

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Ten years later, more than 65 percent of our children are still born out of wedlock. Ten years later, we are still five times more likely to die of homicide. Ten years later, still fewer than half of us own our homes. Ten years later, we still marry less, go […]

Area weekend high school football capsules

CNJ staff All Times MDT Clovis Christian at Lake Arthur When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday 2004 records: Clovis Christian 2-7, Lake Arthur 3-5. Coaches: Clovis Christian, Greg Darden; Lake Arthur, Jose Porras. Last meeting: First times teams have met. Lake Arthur players to watch: Manuel Salcido, 5-10, 175, Sr., QB-S; Edward Rubio, 5-6, 145, So., WR-DE; […]

Facts prove Cannon should remain open

Freedom Newspapers Fittingly, the fate of Cannon Air Force Base started with numbers and they will greatly impact the outcome. The numbers are clearer now than they were last spring because we know more about the numbers behind our national defense leaders’ plan to close the base. Not all the numbers are pretty and many […]

Initiative would help emergency personnel locate contacts for accident victims

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CNJ Illustration: Eric Kluth By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A nationwide initiative is under way to help emergency personnel locate next-of-kin and emergency contacts for incapacitated victims in those critical moments following an accident, officials say. The idea is simple: Mobile phone users place emergency contact information in their phone’s contact numbers under the […]

ID theft legislation slippery slope

Few things can be more infuriating than having someone steal your identity — Social Security number, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, even your medical records. Such “identity theft” — as well as the related simple loss or unauthorized release of personal information — is occurring more often in our digitized society. On Monday, California […]

Inmate numbers dropping

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The jail overcrowding that has taxed the county budget for the past few years may be starting to ebb, according to jail administrator Don Burdine. There are nearly a hundred fewer Curry County inmates today than just two months ago, the jail administrator reported at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting. […]

Business feature: Residential revival

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James Truelove, 27, a worker with Insulating Enterprise of Portales, sprays foam insulation Monday inside a house being built at 3913 Springwood in Clovis. (Staff photo: Ryan Lengerich) By David irvin: CNJ staff writer The number of new housing permits in Clovis has more than tripled since 2001, a trend likely due to enhanced economic […]

State preview: La Cueva chasing spot in history

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor The numbers are staggering: • Eight shutouts. Only one offensive touchdown has been scored against them. • More quarterback sacks (38) than completions allowed (37). • Eight games scoring 40 or more points. • Twenty-five straight wins over two seasons. The La Cueva Bears are a game away from […]

Prep football previews

CNJ Staff All times MDT Logan (4-2, 1-2) at Clovis Christian (2-6, 0-3) 7 p.m. Friday Last week: Clovis Christian lost to Floyd 70-14. Logan beat San Jon 56-6. Last meeting: 2003, Logan won 58-6. Logan players to watch: Drew Perez, QB. Keys to game: Stay healthy. Seniors Corey Hastings and Robert Montanez are questionable […]

Company denies problem with voting program

By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER Elections officials in two other New Mexico counties and a computer specialist with the state Bureau of Elections reported problems Wednesday with Insight voting machines similar to the problems Curry County officials encountered Tuesday night. A new state law requires county officials to report vote totals by precinct and […]

SUVs a scapegoat for traffic deaths, bad drivers guilty

Freedom Newspapers The statistics at first sound alarming. A new government report shows the number of U.S. traffic deaths rose nearly 1 percent last year, reaching a 13-year high of 43,220. Some headlines attributed the increase in fatalities to the favorite whipping boy of everyone, it seems, but consumers — the SUV. Last year saw […]