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 […]

Letters to the editor: Oak Ridge Boys put on good show

Oak Ridge Boys put on good show I would like to commend the Curry County Events Center staff for arranging for the Oak Ridge Boys to perform in Clovis. It was one of the best concerts I have been to. Will Banister opened the show. He is a young man with a lot of talent, […]

State needs to put down phones

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Dear Gov. Susana Martinez, May I call you Susana? Or maybe even “Suzy?” I know we have not formally met. By “met,” I mean we have not been in the same town at the same time, ever. No problem. That’s the way I started out with your predecessor. By the end I was stalking him […]

Local churches put own spin on Halloween

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Tyler Bridges, a member of the 21st Street Church of Christ, practices his magic tricks Friday afternoon in preparation for the church’s SHINE Fall Festival being held today. Pastor Larry Tittle said the event will include themed rooms, such as the magic room, but the church tries to take the […]

Residents concerned district plan would weaken community

Kevin Wilson Ahead of an upcoming redistricting vote by the Curry County Commission, residents of District 1 spoke out Thursday morning about a redistricting plan they felt would weaken their community and voice in electoral matters. The commission handled numerous tasks during a three-hour special meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, but a majority of […]

Time to put our differences aside

Stubborn Congressional liberals and my way or the highway tea party zealots are laying a heap of hurt on all of us. Hey, kids, it’s time to climb out of the sandbox. As this is being written the stock market is bouncing around like a deranged pogo stick. Business, the working stiff, retired folks. We […]

Every trick in the book: Five ways to inspire your children to read

Paula Sirois Beside the proud and vocal parent who shares how great of a reader her child is (so much so that she can barely keep up with the insatiable demand for books, books, books) is the regular mom who cringes as she considers how her kid not only doesn’t read but hates reading and […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Parents fantasize revenge on their kids

Marla Jo Fisher Seriously, you people have been mulling this over. Last week, I wrote a column describing my plans to get revenge on my kids when I’m a doddering old lady living in their house, for all the things they do now that set my teeth on edge. For example, I plan to drink […]

Shoutouts — June 19

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Courtesy photo Jerry Lisby with his son, Fox, 4. Fatherhood worth effort This is for those men who are undecided about starting a family. I married later in life and never thought about having kids; wanted to wait until I was in better shape, had more money, traveled more: The typical wall men put up. […]

Editorial: Endangered species put economy at risk

It could be a tough summer — unless one is a lizard. Fears of a stalling economy sent the Dow on a plummet last week. Housing values fell to their lowest in 10 years. Federal estimates of 180,000 new private-sector jobs in May fell short by 142,000. Pain at the pump approaches $4 a gallon, […]

Letters to the editor: Housing plan should be put to vote

Housing plan should be put to vote The Affordable Housing Act is an innocuous-sounding program that introduces more dependency into our community. Builders and affiliated businesses — assessors, title companies, Realtors and materials suppliers — benefit by using tax credits and outright grants, free land, free buildings, free infrastructure, waived licensing fees, and whatever else […]

Easier to put faith in God than in weather predictions

Curtis Shelburne I’m afraid I’ve missed my best chance ever to be a weatherman. Weather-person. Meteorologist. Atmospheric prognosticator. If there ever was a year to break into the business, this was the year. If to be successful at such, all you have to do is aim at a half-way accurate forecast and hit the target […]

Don’t put blame on oil speculators

Here’s a non-rocket science question: If you expect a reduced harvest of wheat, corn, rice or any other commodity some time in the future, what would be the wise thing to do about your consumption today? I bet that the average person would answer: Consume less now so that more will be available in the […]

Social issues need to be put on backburner

Freedom New Mexico A few months ago, we wrote that tea party activists who focus on fiscal issues were in a tug of war with other conservatives more interested in “social issues” such as abortion and gay marriage. We said politicians who rode the tea party wave to power should concentrate on the economy and […]

Disaster put problems in perspective

Kevin Wilson I was back home in Clovis, ready to enjoy my two free hours before Saturday’s work day when I got the call. “Hey buddy,” my Portales friend said, “did you keep my keys when you went out to my truck for me?” I checked my pocket, felt keys that weren’t mine and flipped […]

Letter to the editor: Hotel deserves to be put to use

I can sympathize with Kent McManigal’s anti-government stance in Friday’s column, but in the case of the Hotel Clovis there was no other entity that could keep the structure from continued deterioration. Prospective owners, especially those who envision public housing or a nonprofit use for the facility are usually in need of government grants or […]

Letters to the editor: Time to put stop to tax increases

Time to put stop to tax increases Regarding Curry County’s proposal to build a judicial complex: Vote no on Nov. 2. This bond will cost the taxpayers and property owners $33 million and increase the gross receipts tax by 25 cents (on a $100 purchase) for 15 to 25 years. And this is only the […]

Ticket feature: Circus show features zombies

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Courtesy photo The Zombie Circus Extravaganza follows a circus that has a ringmaster, strongman, tightrope walker and the normal circus cast, but director Bryan Hahn said there is a twist. CNJ staff report It might have been a nightmare to put together, but the director of an upcoming zombie show said there’s no nightmare for […]

Voters to decide judicial complex needs

Lance Pyle The Curry County Commission voted Aug. 9 to put two critical issues on the November ballot, both related to the safety of Curry County residents. First, voters will decide whether to issue up to $16.5 million in general obligation bonds for the design and construction of a courthouse addition. The second question will […]

Bond money will be put to use on updates, upgrades and renovations

Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools’ operations department will be busy updating, upgrading and renovating buildings, parking lots and technology at several schools with money approved in Tuesday’s bond election. Sixty-three percent of voters approved the $16 million bond issue. Fourteen percent of 18,059 voters eligible cast ballots in the election. Deputy Superintendent of Operations Joel […]