Our people: Clovis obstetrician Dr. Richard Layman and his family travel frequently

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Dr. Richard Layman has been practicing as an obstetrician in Clovis for 22 years. Dr. Richard Layman has been practicing as an obstetrician in Clovis for 22 years. He’s delivering babies for some of the same people he delivered. He took that as a hint. He’s decided it’s time to […]

Some people can always complain

Sometimes I feel as if I’ve spent my whole life looking up at the sky, hoping to see rain clouds. That’s left over from being a child during the infamously drouthy 1950s I’m sure. These days I’m joined by the city folks who usually ignore such things. We’re all looking up hoping to see some […]

Freedom comes with limitations

The week leading up to Independence Day made it glaringly obvious to me that few people today really know what freedom means. Sure, they know and use the word, but it is something like the word relativity to them: Something they have heard of and that they might think they understand because of how others […]

Independent spirit lives on in America

The Fourth of July, Independence Day, is a good time not only for hot dogs and fireworks, but to reflect for a moment on what makes this country unique, the qualities that enabled it to become in some ways the most successful country in history, and to contemplate the extent to which those qualities still […]

Our people: Clovis resident Tina Vassar enjoys working with children

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Tina Vassar has worked for the Clovis Municipal Schools for 12 years. Clovis resident Tina Vassar has two jobs. One as the Clovis High School principal administrative assistant and another as a children’s director at Highland Baptist Church with her husband. The second she doesn’t even consider work. At both […]

United Way offers help with prescription cost assistance

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CNJ photo illustration: Liliana Castillo The United Way of Eastern New Mexico can connect users of prescription drugs with cost assistance programs from various pharmaceutical companies. Liliana Castillo United Way of Eastern New Mexico can help connect people with prescription drug cost assistance. Volunteers at the nonprofit have been trained on a computer program that […]

Our people: Clovis pastor keeps busy

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LILIANA CASTILLO: Freedom New Mexico Clovis resident David Dawson has been a pastor for nine years. Clovis resident David Dawson has lived in Clovis for 38 years. He spends his time doing many things including being a singer, songwriter, producer, motivator and pastor. If you know Dawson, you’re wondering why he didn’t list coach. He […]

Conference geared toward promoting employment of people with disabilities

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson From left, Eastern Plains Council of Governments Information Technology Manager David Brown, Josh Pando of the state’s risk management division and Pat White of the state’s Commission for the Blind plan for Tuesday’s Focusing on Abilities conference at Eastern New Mexico University. Alisa Boswell The Eastern Plains Council of Government […]

Five-minute recipe to get thousands of Twitter followers for your business – But why do you want them?

Shelley Straitiff How many Followers do you have? Who cares? By the stacks of books and blog posts, obviously someone thinks the number means something. You can even sign up to get paid for tweets based on how many followers you have. That will soon be proven worthless. Social media needs to be about strategy […]

Everybody’s business: Managing people is an art

Running a business and managing employees can appear as two separate and non-relational skills. However, management is an integral role of owning a business. Some people do not like supervising; others have the knack and thoroughly enjoy it. Similar to other skills, managing people can be learned. Most small businesses start out with the founder […]

People in charge of own destinies

“Ours is not to wonder why, ours is but to do and to die.” This, a quote from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Charge of the Light Brigade,” scarcely describes the attitude of entirely too many people today. According to a recent E-poll (admittedly, a view which may be slanted), the attitude characterizing many U.S. citizens currently […]

Our people: Portales resident still enjoys Maypole

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Barbara George worked as a teacher for 25 years at Portales High School. Portales resident Barbara George has been teaching people most of her adult life. She has taught physical education, history, track, volleyball, how to wind a maypole and how to drive a car. After being maypole director for […]

Tolerating radicals cost of freedom

Freedom New Mexico If you are alive and reading this today and the world has not been shaken and burned to the ground, then we were right once again. We were 99.9 percent certain the rapture would not happen last week. That’s because we have amazing psychic powers that enable us to predict the future. […]

Musical legacy left behind

Music has lots of ways of connecting people, sometimes when we least suspect it. After writing a newspaper column for close to 25 years I’ve learned not to fight it when a good topic comes along. Sometimes they don’t come seeking my muse at all, the good Lord and my editor know only too well. […]

Our people: Lady of the dance

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis resident BJ Bernet enjoys teaching dance and says her staff of dance instructors are different and provide great support for one another. Clovis resident BJ Bernet toured with the Beach Boys across the country in the 1980s. Bernet, 44, worked as a “moving prop” as she jokingly called herself […]

McGee: Antimatter matters

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Last Saturday was supposed to be the beginning of the end of the world, according to a television preacher from California and his followers. I remember another time when some people thought the world as we knew it would come to an end. It was 1997 when some “New Age” […]

Americans have right to discriminate

Freedom New Mexico The war on obesity has come to this: Some doctors refuse to treat fat people. This latest twist in the war on obesity — which some characterize as a war on fat people — provides a counter to the odd assertion that health care is a right. It is not. We have […]

Our people: Woman of letters

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Melrose resident Jamie Dickerman served as the president’s ambassador at Eastern New Mexico University during her senior year. She graduated May 14 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Dickerman works as a grant writer and special events coordinator for the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico and plans to […]

Magistrate Court offering chance to get arrest warrants canceled

CNJ staff Through Friday, Curry County Magistrate Court is offering people a chance to get arrest warrants canceled with its “keep your tail out of jail” program. People with outstanding warrants for failing to pay court costs or failing to appear for proceedings can have their warrants canceled by paying $100 and rescheduling payments or […]

Our people: A clean sweep

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico CMS custodian Lois Bunting enjoys her job because she can touch children’s lives. Clovis resident Lois Bunting has worked for Clovis Municipal Schools as a custodian for 22 years. Bunting and her husband Woody Bunting moved to Clovis in 1985 when he received orders to Cannon Air Force Base and […]