Plenty of room for classics to return to TV

Kevin Wilson During a football game last weekend, I couldn’t help but be happy with what I heard on the sideline. It wasn’t some coach yelling about effort, or the crowd complaining about all the calls that were benefiting the team already significantly behind. Nope, it was the waterboys during halftime, talking about this great [...]

Time for TV to channel new ideas

I did some travel recently, but also made plenty of time to watch television I normally avoid when I’m working. Here are some things I picked up, none of them long enough for a full column: • There’s a new game show on NBC called, “It’s Worth What?” The show’s hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. [...]

Area residents cast lines at Oasis State Park

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Kade Duarte of Clovis gets ready to cut his catch from the line at the fishing derby held Saturday at Oasis State Park. Duarte checked for a tag, then threw the rainbow trout back in the lake. Kevin Wilson The phrase got bandied around plenty at Oasis State Park, in [...]

Plenty for which not to be thankful

Kevin Wilson This is the time of the year where people say what they’re thankful for. I like to be a contrarian, so here’s what I’m not thankful for. • I’m not thankful that, despite numerous statements that airline travel is safe, we’re being put through body scanners reminiscent of “Total Recall” and pat-down sessions [...]

Vote no on jail, courthouse

On Nov. 2, thoughtful voters have plenty of reasons to vote against the $33 million judicial complex that Curry County officials want. We believe they should vote no on the two tax issues that will be on the ballot, for these reasons, among others: • The jail’s poor construction is not why prisoners keep leaving [...]

Work a-plenty at H-Bar Ranch

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Courtesy photo An old postcard with a posed photo of the H-Bar and cowhands that claims Billy the Kid was taken to the “X-Bar” after he was shot ” totally false, of course. Also, no self-respecting cowhand would have been caught dead wearing fur chaps. Ruth White Burns Editor’s Note: This is the latest in [...]

Perry correct to question school funding

Freedom New Mexico Texas Gov. Rick Perry has gotten plenty of grief for rejecting federal “stimulus” money in the past year. Criticism over his latest “No thank you” has been particularly harsh, as it would have brought as much as $750 million for Texas public schools. The money is part of $4.35 billion in “economic [...]

Ticket feature: ‘Christmas Nites’ opening at zoo

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File photo Santa will make appearances at the Hillcrest Park Zoo’s “Christmas Nites at the Zoo” program Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The event runs 5-8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Freedom New Mexico The upcoming week features plenty of animal magnetism, as the Hillcrest Park Zoo gets set for its annual Christmas Nites at the Zoo [...]

Legislators say furloughs, reserve funds possible options for state budget deficit

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer There are plenty of budget questions when the New Mexico Legislature goes into a special session Oct. 17. But there aren’t easy answers, local legislators say. “No agency wants to be cut, no department wants to be cut,” Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said, “but we’re close to [...]

Still plenty of learning left to do

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For the first time in nearly a decade, I’m getting credit for something. Granted, it’s college credit, but everybody’s got to start somewhere. The first day of school is something magical. It’s a time of the pain of letting go for parents, as many of my friends have kids [...]