Mind better occupied with God than with fear

Curtis Shelburne Recently I decided that it might be interesting to start making a list—a list of the things the media tell us we should be afraid of. If you focused just on the morning shows in a two-week period, I’m betting you’d find that on every day, multiple times more often than not, the […]

Don’t put blame on Blue Cross

By Paul Gessing: Guest columnist There has recently been a great deal of consternation and concern over the rate increase enacted by Blue Cross Blue Shield New Mexico (BCBS). The company, a “mutual” firm legally obligated to re-invest any profits back into the company, had originally requested a 24.6 percent rate increase. Then, just as […]

Lieutenant governor candidates respond with essays

Primary elections are June 1 in New Mexico. The state has three Republican candidates running for lieutenant governor. Five Democrats are seeking the post. We recently invited all to write a 300-word response to the question: How will you make New Mexicans’ lives better as lieutenant governor? Democrats Brian Colon, Lawrence Rael and Gerald Ortiz […]

Visit to old home stirs memories

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist THE OLD HOME PLACE My brother called recently… “The old home place is for sale,” he said. The old home place. Now wouldn’t that be something to have? But it’s back east and I’m here in New Mexico. Do you feel that way about the place where you grew up? […]

Compensation restored to widows

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Jacqueline Peters, widow of a retired Army officer, only recently grasped how “ludicrous” the law has become that limits Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments to surviving spouses of military members who either die in retirement from service-related ailments or die while on active duty. These survivors qualify for Dependency and […]

Prepare to pay higher costs for health care

Freedom New Mexico Proponents of the recently passed health care bill often stated that the United States should have universal health care “like Canada,” “like Europe,” “like other advanced nations.” Opponents were quick to point out that like all those other nations, nationalized health care in this country would lead to long waits and worse […]

Texico municipal candidate profiles

The following candidates are running for election in the city of Texico on March 2. All candidates are running unopposed. The candidates recently answered brief questions from Freedom New Mexico about why they are running and what they hope to accomplish if elected.

Grady municipal candidate profiles

The following are candidates in the March 2 Grady village election. All candidates are running unopposed. The candidates recently answered brief questions from Freedom New Mexico about why they are running and what they hope to accomplish if elected.

Food tax would only bring harm

By Fred Nathan and Allen Sanchez: Guest columnists The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce (GACC) recently proposed that New Mexico reimpose the tax on food. If the GACC wants to raise taxes, a wiser strategy would be a targeted tax on junk food, rather than making necessities like fruits, vegetables and baby food more expensive […]

Tattoos don’t hinder airmen from serving

Freedom New Mexico At a time when our nation is fighting wars on two fronts, the U.S. Air Force recently — and quietly — expanded its policy to ban all forearm tattoos, thus keeping some recruits who had signed up under the old guidelines from heading out to basic training. Thankfully, the move was rescinded […]

Right to private property recognized

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist There was a bit of good news recently from New York state, that bastion of modern liberalism and American statism! As The New York Times reported Dec. 4, “In a 3-to-2 decision, a panel of the Appellate Division of (NY) State Supreme Court in Manhattan annulled the state’s […]

Concerns about inmate furloughs addressed

CNJ staff Interim Administrator Carlos Ortiz says the Curry County jail is fully staffed and he is addressing several serious issues recently discovered with furloughs. Ortiz’ disclosures were part of a presentation Tuesday to county commissioners. It is the first time in years the jail has had all positions filled, Ortiz told commissioners. Ortiz said […]

Clovis Christian names Clayton new superintendent

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Ladona Clayton served as deputy superintendent for Clovis Municipal Schools. Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Christian School announced Friday it has hired Ladona Clayton as its superintendent to replace Stephen Schultze on the heels of controversy over his involvement with a fugitive. Clayton is the former deputy superintendent for Clovis Municipal Schools. Ben Wright, […]

Business feature: Chamber, CIDC team up to help businesses

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Gene Hendrick, manager of the recently-formed Clovis Business Incubator, likes to use an analogy when trying to explain the name of his organization. “When I was growing up, everybody had an incubator because they’d raise their own chickens,” Hendrick said. “An incubator was something you used to bring the […]

June 14 Bankruptcies

The following bankrupties were recently filed in Roswell: • Lakeview Dairy, LLC dba Stepping Stone Dairy, Chapter 7, filed date: 6/8/2009, Roosevelt County • Rosa D. Matthews, Chapter 7, filed date: 6/9/2009, Quay County • Mildred Maureen Roach, Chapter 7, filed date: 6/10/2009, Curry County • William J. Johnson, Chapter 7, filed date: 6/10/2009, Roosevelt […]

Best comedy often rooted in truth

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I complain a lot. But recently, I’ve felt blessed. It’s blissful that the worst thing that’s happened to me on recent shifts is getting home just in time to miss “The Daily Show,” and having to wait for reruns on the latest tit-for-tat. In one corner is “Daily Show” […]

June 7 Honors

Brittni D. Jimenez of Clovis and Robert Waters III of Clovis recently graduated from Garden City Community College

Some illnesses can be ignored

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist I recently learned that many others suspect, like I do, that pharmaceutical companies have people who spend their time studying the human body in search of aberrations. When they find those anomalies, we suspect, they invent medical-sounding names for them. After that, they figure out some drug that supposedly can […]

CHS band full of musical talent

Recently I had the pleasure of conducting the New Mexico Music Educators All State Symphonic Band in Albuquerque. This band consisted of the most talented high school musicians in New Mexico.

March 22, 2009 Magistrate court records

The following cases were recently closed through magistrate court: March 10 • Josh Marez, 21, was found guilty of battery. He was given 182 days supervised probation and ordered to attend the ASPEN program, pay court costs, fines and fees.