Sisler donations make better places to live

Charlyne Sisler loved the arts and education. And she put her money where her mouth was. She set up the Sisler Foundation to ensure eastern New Mexico would benefit culturally when she was gone. She didn’t want the world to know how much she and her husband Joe — he died in 1994 — were […]

Up to half a foot of snow falls in area

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Chelsea Monroe of Clovis shovels the driveway at her house Monday afternoon. Area schools canceled classes due to the Monday snowfall. Snow is expected for Tuesday, as well, with the storm system clearing up Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Kevin Wilson Up to half a foot of snow […]

Holiday closings —

The following places will be closed Friday in observance of Veterans Day: • City offices • County offices • Post offices • Area banks, including American Heritage Bank, High Plains Federal Credit Union, Western Bank of Clovis, Citizens Bank of Clovis, Bank of Clovis, New Mexico Bank and Trust and James Polk Stone Community Bank. […]

With poverty rising, don’t use wrong solutions

Freedom New Mexico Our hearts go out to the poor and everyone hurting from the recession. New Census figures tell us 1 in 15 Americans is poor, a record high. Some reflexively call for redistributing wealth, increasing taxes, expanding social safety nets. All at a price. Such tactics also have other detrimental effects. America remains […]

Don’t mistake redistribution for prosperity

Freedom New Mexico One reason we cannot get the economy on track is the mass economic ignorance that enables politicians to pass off redistribution schemes as growth. Some children, seeing a rabbit pulled from a hat, surmise that magic hats produce rabbits. Similarly, gullible adults see government programs as sources of wealth. The rabbit did […]

Trading places with God is a serious mistake

Curtis Shelburne I rarely write sequels to these columns, but last week I wrote about the trouble with perfectionism, and I can’t quit thinking about it. The best way to unburden myself of such thoughts is to burden you with them, so brace yourself for Round 2. A friend and pastoral colleague reading my column […]

Polling places

Polling places for Tuesday’s special election. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If a citizen needs clarification as to where they would vote they may call LeighAnn Melancon at 763-9632 or Joanne King at 763-9631. If you live in District 1: • Mesa Elementary, 4801 N. Norris Precincts 17, 37 and 35 […]

Education digest — March 3

Muleshoe team places fifth at challenge Muleshoe High School’s academic challenge team took fifth place at the Area 5 Academic Challenge, according to a news release. Sixteen teams from across west Texas and south plains competed in the event organized by the Texas Association of Community Schools and held at MHS. The fifth place award […]

Businesses offer drink specials, live music to ring in new year

New Years eve revelers will have an assortment of places to ring in 2010. Area business are opening their doors with drink specials, live bands and food. And, a non-alcoholic party features dancing at the Portales Senior Center. Portales Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder said the senior dance is an annual tradition. “They’re asking people […]

Musical chairs solved with duct tape

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist One of my favorite places to shop during the holiday season are office-supply stores. There are pens on sale, Post-It notes on sale, media storage devices on sale — and half-price chairs to sit in while you’re waiting in line. About two years ago, I purchased one of these half-price […]

Variety of festivals planned for Halloween

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Afterschool Program Director Andrea Copenhaver works on a grave for the Portales Recreation Center on Tuesday. The center’s haunted house is going to be open to the public 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and the cost of admission is $5. By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Clovis […]

ENMU’s Harris places 14th in NCAA Division II triple jump

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University junior Kyle Harris placed 14th in NCAA Division II national triple jump track and field competition on Saturday night at Angelo State University. Harris went 45-7 1/4 inches, bettering his mark of 45-0 1/2 in the 2007 national meet in Charlotte, N.C. Harris, from Altamonte […]

Hillcrest entry arch could make historic register

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Parks and Recreation Director Rob Carter points out a marker on the Hillcrest Park archway that explains who built the structure. By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer The Hillcrest Park entry arch has welcomed visitors for nearly 68 years, and it could soon be listed on the New Mexico […]

Small towns sometimes have biggest stories

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist I recently came across a book filled with the writings of the late Paul Crume, humor columnist for The Dallas Morning News. What a surprise to find this big city journalist writing about where he grew up, in Lariat over in Parmer County, Texas. You know Lariat. It’s on the […]

Christmas closings

CNJ Staff The following places are closed for Christmas: • The U.S. Postal Service will be closed Monday. • All banks will be closed Monday. • Clovis City Hall will be closed Monday and Tuesday. That applies to all city offices, including the Department of Building Safety and Clovis Animal Shelter. • The Curry County […]

Downtown theaters considered for registries

CNJ Staff Two downtown Clovis theaters are being considered for state and national designation as historic places. The Lyceum at 409 Main Street and State Theater at 504 Main Street are being considered for listing in the State Register of Cultural Properties and the National Register of Historic Places, according to a news release from […]

School officials need civics seminar

By Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist The other day, I gave two teachers I know $300,000 apiece. Hypothetical money, that is. If $300k fell out of the sky, I said, and you could use it to improve your school, how would you spend it? Mary Ann, who works at an elementary school in Los Angeles, […]

Teams gearing up for relay

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Luminaries line the walking path during 10th annual Curry County Relay for Life in May 2005 at Ned Houk Park. (File photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer With the relay still more than a month away, 32 teams have already formed and begun fund-raising, said Clovis Relay For Life Co-chair Kay Prater. Scheduled for […]

Joining group can help preserve land for future

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist One of the things my five-year-old grandson Jason likes to do best is explore new outdoor places. Many places are still new to him such as the Blackwater Draw dig site, the stretch of open grassland across from our street or an unexplored corner of Ned Houk Park. At this […]

Fight for human liberty takes vigilance

By Tibor Machan At year’s end, after columns and commentaries galore lamenting the state of contemporary society with respect to the slow growth and frequent setbacks on the road to individual liberty, it’s worth asking whether an attitude of pessimism or optimism is warranted. These attitudes are, unlike, say, hope or anxiety, capable of being […]