Kim Jong Il’s death brings opportunity

Freedom New Mexico The death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il presents both dangers and opportunities for America. The dangers come from the instability in the North Korean regime, which with Cuba is the last of the old, hard-core communist regimes. Every other communist regime — China, Russia, Vietnam, etc. — has switched to some […]

Gifts cheap, words cheaper

Wendel Sloan While recently cruising Dallas projects for Christmas presents, I saw a handwritten Goodwill sign: “1/2 Off Sale!” Although Salvation Army stores are more within my budget, I figured that the sale might allow me to splurge. After entering past burglar bars, I fought my way through Texas politicians’ worst nightmares grabbing mariachi cassettes, […]

Black Friday not enough to revive U.S.

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. economy is looking to the figurative skies for Santa Claus to swoop down and bestow copious presents. But we don’t know yet whether the jolly old fellow judges us to be naughty or nice. On Tuesday, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that the economy grew at a 2 percent annual […]

Cain presents bold ideas at GOP debates

Tuesday night’s Bloomberg/Washington Post Republican presidential candidate’s debate did little to change the complexion of the GOP primary. It did further distinguish former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain and his ideas as deserving of national attention and campaign momentum. It also showed that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is already running a general election campaign, […]

Everybody’s business: Adviser recognized for work

Jonnie Loadwick, marketing specialist business advisor, was recognized recently for 15 years of service to the Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College. She was originally hired as the department secretary, eventually took on the duties of marketing specialist, and gradually worked into advisor status where she focuses mostly on business advising. She is […]

Richardson touts ENMU’s broadcasting heritage

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Kevin Wilson As the claps echoed, no doubt aided by the acoustics of a new Buchanan Hall, Gov. Bill Richardson couldn’t help but note the applause he received Thursday afternoon at Eastern New Mexico University. “The closer I get to leaving office,” the outgoing governor said, “the bigger hand I get.” Richardson was on his […]

City engineer presents priority road projects

CNJ staff The city’s public works committee met Wednesday and City Engineer Justin Howalt presented a list of roadway projects he felt were necessary. “When there are funding opportunities,” Howalt said, “I can (reference the list and) say, ‘This is the road project I want to go after.’” Howalt’s list included 14 suggestions, and he […]

New dog presents challenges

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist The Terrys are once again a two-dog family. After last summer’s death of a dog we’d lived with for 13 years, we had been a single-dog family. But I knew it wouldn’t last. We’ve had more than one pet for most of the 27 years my wife and I’ve been […]

Jan. 3 On the shelves

The following books are available at Clovis-Carver Library. Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East by Dennis Ross examines long-held, damaging fallacies and presents a concise and far-reaching set of principles that can help America set an effective course of action in the region. The Silent Spirit: A […]

Homeschooling presents challenge

By Anita Doberman: CNJ columnist These days my routine, if I can even call it that, has drastically changed. Aside from the adjustment of adding baby number six to our midst, I am home-schooling the kids. Did I just say that? I have to re-read the last sentence to make sure it’s actually me home-schooling […]

Military feature: County road presents problem for Cannon

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Courtesy photo: Cannon Air Force Base A MC-130W aircraft taxies on Cannon Air Force Base’s flight line. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base officials are working to comply with a Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Air Force requirement regarding a secondary base runway’s proximity to a county road. Base officials discovered […]

PHS presents

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Lauren Main, left (Louisa), Katie Bickley (Brigitta), Ty Bergman (Kurt) and Heather Stroud (Liesl) rehearse a scene in “The Sound of Music,” a full-scale musical which opens Friday at Portales High School. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Portales High School presents a timeless musical classic, “The Sound of Music,” […]

Portales pioneers tell of city’s first Christmas

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Ruth White Burns of Clovis displays gifts that were placed under Portales’ first Christmas tree in 1899. The gifts were passed on to her by her grandmother, Ora Wood. Special to the CNJ Editor’s note: The writer is the granddaughter of Ora and R.L. “Bob” Wood, who came to the […]

Shopping stress alters moods

By: Anita Doberman: Columnist Before Christmas, I undergo a Jekyll/Hyde transformation, most noticeably when I buy presents. I call it my Christmas dichotomy. There is the happy Christmas self and my alter ego, the stressed out shopper. When I am cheerful, nothing alters my mood. Putting up the Christmas tree and decorating it with my […]

Presents aren’t what make happy holiday

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist The day after Thanksgiving is always highlighted as a busy shopping day. I watched a TV newscast that featured film footage of people camped outside certain stores in hopes to get their hands on the latest PlayStation. I saw people sleeping on cots in line and recycling in fold-up chairs, […]

Students bring Christmas to needy

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Isaiah Willmot, 4, right, opens as present as his brother Elighio Rodriguez, 7, watches during an early Christmas party for five children from the Lighthouse Mission Thursday at a home in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Mikayle Moore hugged her new dolls, however, the boxes the presents came in […]

Family brings back Christmas memories

By Grant McGee I was on the phone with No. 2 daughter last Sunday. She was down. She’s a single mom with two little ones. It was a cold, cloudy day back east. This was getting her down and that was getting her down. “And I’m lonesome, Dad,” she said. I told her I understood. […]

Arts festival in Clovis special

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The next couple of weeks are going to bring an annual transformation to the streets of Clovis, especially the area around Main Street. It’s a transformation that is near and dear to my heart. I am talking about the annual arts festival, which we have only had for three years […]