Area will have four state races

Robin Fornoff Eastern New Mexico voters will have a quartet of primary elections for the New Mexico Legislature, but only one contested race once the general election comes around. Tuesday was the lone day to file for elections at the Secretary of State’s Office in Santa Fe and at county courthouses — only for legislators […]

Sweet Home New Mexico: Your duty station is what you make of it

I grew up in what was once a small town just outside of Montgomery, Ala. It has grown through the years, but was once a town about the size of Clovis. Montgomery is home to Maxwell Air Force Base, so growing up I crossed paths with several Air Force families coming through Maxwell for schooling […]

Turning around Lobos tough job

It was a toss and turn night. Dawn was distant. Nightmares gripped a restless slumber. The editors had assigned me, once again in my dreams as they did in real life back in the 1960s, to the police blotter. What a way to start the day, sitting in a dreary station house sifting through reports […]

ENMU officials, students, break ground on new dorm

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University Student Body President Alan Kinlund speaks at the groundbreaking for the university’s new dormitory, Guadalupe Hall, on Friday afternoon. Kinlund spoke about how alumni have cherished their memories from past dorms and new students will cherish the ones they build in the new hall. Alisa Boswell […]

ENMU faculty, students gearing up for homecoming

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Kamarine Trujillo, center left, an Eastern New Mexico Homecoming queen candidate, takes votes from students Thursday afternoon with her homecoming crew. Trujillo said Homecoming king and queen will be named at the ENMU bonfire event at 8 p.m. today. Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University Homecoming has arrived once again […]

New middle school given familiar name

Benna Sayyed A school in Clovis will once again carry the name of W.D. Gattis. The Clovis Municipal Schools board voted overwhelmingly to name the city’s new middle school after the notable educator Tuesday at its regular school meeting. In 2007, Gattis was converted into the Clovis Freshman Academy when the district converted to a […]

Resident remembers Hotel Clovis history

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Anna Wyatt looks at the spot where her styling chair was once anchored to the floor in the Hotel Clovis. Wyatt said in the 1960’s when she worked at the hotel, she was only the third female barber to be licensed in the state. Sharna Johnson A lot has changed […]

Our towns: Dora once called ‘hub of the country’

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell The General Store next to the Dora school district will be re-opening Sept. 7 after being closed for a few years. Becky Fraze, the village clerk, said the store opening will be very good for local residents, because it will give them somewhere nearby to go to and eat. Alisa Boswell […]

DEA shouldn’t offer medical opinions

Freedom New Mexico Once again, government servants have told Americans that marijuana ranks right up there with heroin. The Drug Enforcement Agency ruled on July 8 that marijuana has “no accepted medical use” and will continue as a schedule 1 drug — the most forbidden category. The DEA is a law enforcement bureaucracy. The medical […]

Food at the speed of life: Memories come from mistakes

I tried to make a chocolate cream pie once. It didn’t work. I was maybe 14 or 15 when I decided to make Mom a chocolate cream pie for her birthday. It’s what she often made herself for her birthday. Since Mom’s birthday is in July, school didn’t interfere. One afternoon, I pulled out the […]

Easier to change self than state

You can see anything more clearly after taking a step back from it than you can while you are in the middle of it. If you want the truth about a cult, you ask someone who was once a part of it, but who got out. You can’t get an accurate version of the truth […]

Laws curbing freedom have disastrous results

Curtis Shelburne G. K. Chesterton once wrote, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.” It’s no surprise that it’s easier to spend time talking about Christianity than it is to spend time practicing it. The same thing is true regarding freedom: freedom is easier […]

Group in way of Clovis progress

Once again situations in this community seem to amaze me. After reading a newspaper article on the Hotel Clovis, I once again wonder from what planet a handful of citizens come. We are presented with someone who wants to invest more than $9 million in a project eradicating an eyesore in our community, and one […]

Restrictions on prescriptions unnecessary

Freedom New Mexico Fallout from our panic-driven war on drugs includes the demonization of medications that has reached irrational levels. Abuse by some has made many drugs unavailable to people who really need them, or driven some to live with their medical condition rather than endure the trouble of getting treatment. Virtually all drugs, including […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 4 p.m. Feb. 10 an officer responded to an undisclosed residence for a report of criminal sexual contact of a minor. A 15-year-old girl said a girl from school arranged for her friend to give her a ride home so she […]

Gambling could serve as source of revenue

Freedom New Mexico Gambling proponents once again are hoping that this will be the year Texas lawmakers finally allow gambling enterprises to establish themselves in the state. The issue could help reveal just what kind of “reform-minded” candidates were elected to the Legislature in November. Expanded gambling opportunities (limited pari-mutuel betting already is allowed in […]

Education column: Students learn more than robotics in technology class

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools Isaac Asimov once said “the most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka!” but “That’s funny…” I actually heard that exact phrase uttered by a student in that scientifically inquiring way just before the holiday break. Judy Williams, technology teacher at […]

Once in a lifetime moments irreplaceable

There are timeless gifts, or ways to give gifts, that bear no duplication or repeating. Last week I devoted this column to the value of shopping locally, for non-mass-produced presents; this week I’d like to encourage you to look at some unique experiences — ones which cannot be duplicated, even if you were to present […]