TriWest ready to help you quit

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years sooner than nonsmokers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since about 20 percent of the United States’ population smokes, that means almost a fifth of the country could live at least a full decade longer. With the Great […]

Locals bringing mixed martial arts to Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Duffy Simmons practices a knee strike at the Force of One Gym in Clovis. Simmons said he is anxious for his first fight at Saturday’s Evolution Combat Sports mixed martial arts match at the Curry County Events Center. Gabriel Monte Martin Singleterry and his brother, Sam, are ready for a […]

Ready to let Google take wheel

My favorite cop-driver story comes from two friends in Portales mocking a street sign. The sign said, “Speed controlled by radar,” which led them to joke the driver was no longer responsible. On cue, they got pulled over for speeding, and tested their logic. “Actually, officer, that’s your fault,” the driver said as he handed […]

Feds ready to pay ‘stop loss’ troops

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Let’s go on a scavenger hunt! The object is to find one (or more) of 89,836 service members, many of them now veterans, who were forced to stay on active duty under “stop loss” orders, for days or months beyond projected separation or retirement dates, sometime from Sept. 11, 2001, […]

2010 holiday greetings teams ready to travel

USAF photo: Tech. Sgt. Sean Worrell Erich Schwab walks Staff Sgt. Antwoin Prater through the process of filling out a holiday greetings card during a practice session at the Defense Media Activity on Sept. 7 in San Antonio. By Rich Lamance: Joint Hometown News Service SAN ANTONIO — Before candy gets stocked in supermarkets for […]

Letters to the editor: This particular angel was blonde

This particular angel was blonde How do you say thank you to an angel? Recently when I was ready to go to church, I couldn’t find my car keys. I hunted frantically thinking I should remember where I put them. I finally found the extra set I had hidden. (Wait until you get my age […]

LeBron James makes his pick: He’s going to Miami

The Associated Press LeBron James wanted to play with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The only place that could happen was Miami. Get ready, NBA: A superstar trio is born. Ending weeks of silence and drama, the two-time MVP said on his ESPN special from Greenwich, Conn. on Thursday night that he’s decided to join […]

Commentary: Will you be ready to meet the board?

Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Eric Jaren: Command Chief, Air Force Materiel Command WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Beginning September 2010, airmen assigned to the Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command who are selected to compete for quarterly awards will be required to physically appear before a military selection board. Twelve Outstanding Airmen of the […]

Congress holds strongest power of influence

Freedom New Mexico Congressional Democrats and their minions are applauding the financial oversight bill that was hammered out on Friday. President Obama and his leaders in Congress say the compromise bill should be ready for the president’s signature before the Independence Day break. There is plenty of cause for worry in the bill. It places […]

U.S not ready for influx of refugees

While Americans spent Sunday celebrating Father’s Day, a darker commemoration drew much of the world’s attention. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees marked June 20 as World Refugee Day. For many Americans, the term “refugee” spurs thoughts of war-torn and famish-plagued countries in Africa, Asia or the Middle East. Many refugees find their way […]

Liberty Pool ready for reopening

Cannon Connections staff Recent rains delayed the opening of Liberty Pool past its annual Memorial Day opening date. But not far past it. The pool will open Wednesday with a season opening pool party scheduled for June 12. Maj. Rick Gearhart, Force Support Squadron commander, said the pool underwent regular maintenance and repairs to get […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Wildcadettes, free T-shirts and get ready for 80s

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the day Check out the award-winning Clovis High School Wildcadettes from their recent “night of spectacular dance.” Last chance Want to guarantee a 2010 Relay For Life event T-shirt? Get your team registered before midnight today. Registration can be completed from 5:15p.m. to 7p.m. at […]

Influence should be cherished, used to nurture

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I am ready for some rain now. I would like to hear that thunder, see that lightening am ready for spring. Yet, thunderstorms bring me back to thoughts of tornado country in the rural area in Arkansas where my grandparents lived. When I was a child, I delighted in the […]

NORAD officials ready to track Santa’s flight

American Forces Press Service PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — It’s that time of the year again and North American Aerospace Defense Command officials are getting ready to track Santa Claus. The NORAD Tracks Santa Web site, www.noradsanta.org, is now live and features fun holiday games and activities that change daily. The Web site is […]

Cold weather precautions advised

By 27th SOW Safety Office Winter adds its own hazards to regular safety concerns, so get ready to continue to work safely in winter weather by training to recognize and protect against its hazards. How cold is too cold? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, cold stress can occur when the body is […]

United Way ready to kick off fundraising

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Some people don’t have to look far to see the impact the United Way has on the community. Todd Morris only needs to look down the hallway at work. “Without kids getting fed, getting clothed, getting things taken care of,” said Morris, principal at James Bickley Elementary in Clovis, […]

School shopping requires strategy

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist I decided to homeschool my kids again this year, but I also feel the back-to-school frenzy that sweeps Wal-Mart aisles across the country, if only because I buy supplies that school children use for the kids’ curriculum, co-ops and various classes. Like many other adults across the country, I get […]

Patience key word in school shopping

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist I decided to homeschool my kids again this year, but I also feel the back-to-school frenzy that sweeps Wal-Mart aisles across the country, if only because I buy supplies that school children use for the kids’ curriculum, co-ops and various classes. Like many other adults across the country, I get […]

Fair’s pet performance draws crowd

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jo Schrepfer holds out her arms to catch a trained cat during the Pets Overboard pirate show Thursday night at the fair. She said the animal performers were all rescued from animal shelters. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Children giggled and clapped as Comet climbed a ladder and began […]

School staff prepare to welcome back students

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Melissa Ward works as bus driver, assistant manager and sometimes janitor at Adair Transportation Inc., which runs bus routes for the Clovis Municipal Schools system. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Getting 43 buses and their drivers ready to drive 34 routes carrying 2,200 children to school daily can only […]