Municipal candidates hold similar views

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis City Commission hopeful Dan Stoddard listens as his opponent Furgus Tunnell addresses the issue of blighted properties during a Wednesday candidate forum hosted by the Board of Realtors. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer No new taxes, planning for growth, a need to clean up Clovis and Portales, and […]

The good news of immortality is real

By Curtis K. Shelburne I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to it, but at least it no longer surprises me as much as it once did. I’m sitting in my barber’s chair, indoors, and a gentle snow is falling onto my shoulders and gently to the ground. It’s a snow of gray, almost white, […]

Support grows for advocates of immigrants

Freedom New Mexico As we allow government to cast ever-widening nets over all aspects of our lives, real life-and-death issues — health care, crime and drug use, to name just a few — become little more than political playthings tossed about inside the Washington beltway and state capitals across the country. So forgive us for […]

Tuesdays with Tom: Udall discusses freshman amendment package to health reform and updates REAL ID

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today talked with radio reporters from around the state about topics including a package of amendments he introduced with 10 other freshman senators that would broaden and accelerate efforts to encourage innovation and lower costs for consumers across the U.S. health care system. He also gave an update […]

Slow real estate sales plague ag industry

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Much like the rest of the country, the market for agricultural land in eastern New Mexico is lagging, say local real estate agents. Charles Bennett of United Country Vista Nueva Inc. said during economic downturns, land quits selling. Bennett said when market starts coming back, sales are so scattered […]

Real heroes have gone unnoticed

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist This is a test. Have you heard of Elvis Presley? How about Oprah Winfrey? Or Johnny Carson? Yes, of course we all know about those people. Here’s the rest of the test: Ever heard of Sir Alexander Fleming? How about Dr. Allan L. Drash. No? We have Fleming to thank […]

Couple looking to part with windmill collection

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler Bill Dalley looks over a guest book stationed near the windmills on his property in Portales. Visitors from across the U.S. as well as some from Germany, Brazil and Australia have stopped in to take in the 85 antique windmills. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Some collections, like stamps […]

Peoples’ faith real representation of Gospel

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist When my sister Susie and I get together, one of the things we enjoy is sorting through old family pictures. The last time she was in town we did just that. Mother even has for each of us reprints of generations going back to our great-great grandmother and great-great grandfather. […]

Western code: Never admit to pain

After years of personal observation I am ready to reveal the real, true code of the West. Here it is: “Don’t ever admit you’re hurt.” We all know the guy who gets bucked off on his c

Real contentment is as rare as it is priceless

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist During these difficult economic times, I’ve often heard someone say, “Well, one good thing always comes from tough times. People are reminded of what matters.” I think those folks are saying that difficult times often cause us to reassess our priorities. In tough times we get the opportunity to […]

Teachers also educate about the real world

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist About this time of year it seems appropriate, and perhaps essential, to focus on lessons learned from educators. A new crop of graduates at varying levels will soon move to the next step, whether that step is first grade or the so-called “real world.” In truth, good teachers remind students […]

North Plains parent company files bankruptcy

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File photo Staff and wire reports LOS ANGELES – The nation’s second-largest shopping mall owner, including Clovis’ North Plains Mall, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday in a tough bargaining move to restructure its $27 billion in debt. Shoppers at its malls will not be affected by its bankruptcy filing, according to General Growth […]

Yes, Don, I’m the real Diane Fitzhugh

By Don McAlvy: CNJ columnist “And what a happy Diane I am after receiving your wonderful e-mail! I was so surprised and very, very pleased. Thank you for writing. (I had written her in May of 2004 and she had written me right back). “Well, here I sit with egg on my face after reading […]

No bond stronger than man, boots

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Every real cowboy I’ve ever known hated wearing what they call “hand-me-down” boots — the ones purchased in a western wear store “off the shelf.” My dad’s bootmaker lived in Tucumcari. Whenever Dad needed a new pair he called his bootmaker, and in a month or so they came in […]

Realtors expect housing jump

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Weichert Realtors owner Carolyn Spence likes a sudden surge in real estate sales. But it’s starting to interfere with her Christmas.

Faith is real message of Christmas

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Yeah, I still believe in Santa Claus. In fact I’ve got a baseball cap with a Santa tassel on top that proclaims the fact. As a youngster Santa Claus was always a big deal at our house. In the early years for our family some years were pretty […]

Child gives up Christmas wish for friend in hospital

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis’ Harley Pena, 6, combs new hair that is finally growing back in after her last chemotherapy treatment. Pena is fighting a rare combination of two types of acute leukemia. She enjoys putting on make-up and brushing her hair. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Harley Pena of Clovis is […]

Logan lands at sanctuary

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Courtesy photo After arriving at his new home Logan wasted no time getting to know the locals as he stands near a fence checking out a pair of camels. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Two days and 619 miles through holiday traffic with 400 pounds of cargo that is vocal about how it feels. […]

Code names don’t tell real story

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist Sanity is why I want to be in the White House. Monday afternoon, I found out the Secret Service has tagged the family of President-elect Barack Obama with codenames, all beginning with “R.” I don’t think I particularly like Barack Obama’s actual codename of “Renegade.” If you take […]

Real Joe the Plumber has Clovis ties

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Staff and Wire Reports DALLAS — There’s one “Joe the Plumber” who is already better off thanks to John McCain and Barack Obama. Phones rang off the hook Thursday in the Amarillo office of plumber Joe Francis, whose Web site joetheplumber.com became an instant Internet curiosity the day after the final presidential debate. Francis spent […]