Old cemeteries historical treasures

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Yes, the lure of old cemeteries is no secret. In fact, one of eastern New Mexico’s biggest tourist attractions is the cemetery at Old Fort Sumner, resting place of Billy the Kid and another giant of New Mexico history, Lucien Maxwell. There are dozens of old cemeteries in the area, […]

School board meetings must be accessible

Freedom New Mexico Our newspaper is having a disagreement with Clovis Municipal Schools officials. The school board met in executive session Tuesday night to discuss replacing Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm, who is retiring in June. We agree that New Mexico law allows the board to meet in secret for this purpose. Where we disagree — at […]

Season bringing out spirit of community

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The excitement among small people is building to a level that is almost unbearable, as the day of Christmas draws closer. In homes like ours, where Santa Claus is a reality, the attendant efforts to keep that major secret of the season reach new heights. How long has it been […]

Dec. 16, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At an unspecified time Dec. 3 an officer responded to a business in the 400 block of Pile Street for a fraud report.The officer was told a customer had deposited a check for nearly $4,000 and the check had been returned as […]

First Person: Putting on a show

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CNJ staff photo: Lili Castillo Jonathan Justus, 15, displays what he calls his ‘Smart’ face. Justus will be playing Maxwell Smart in the Clovis Area Home Educator’s production of “Get Smart.” Jonathan Justus, 15, of Clovis is portraying bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart in the Clovis Area Home Educator’s production of “Get Smart.” Being Smart: […]

Smirk be gone

Portales’ Wendel Sloan says he’s looking forward to watching the Super Bowl on Feb. 3: “Definitely, to see Tom Petty (halftime entertainment) and for the outside chance of seeing the secret smirk wiped off the Patriots’ faces.” • • • Want to participate in question-and-answer sessions with the editors? Email us We’ll provide the questions. […]

Experts: ‘Funny money’ easy to spot

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Police Detective Sonny Smith holds a fake bill up to the light to look for its watermark. Real bills have a ghostlike image of the center portrait that appears in the right-hand segment, he said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer It appears normal on first inspection but gets […]

Secret passwords have lost luster

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Am I the only person on the planet who was sincerely shocked to hear this week that the most common password for secret passwords is “password?” Duh! If your “becoming-more-complex-by-the-minute life” is anything like mine, then you’ve started to notice you need a filing cabinet to keep track of all […]

Court didn’t delve deep enough into surveillance issue

By Freedom Newspapers A divided three-judge federal appeals court panel sidestepped the major issues in the so-called Terrorist Surveillance Program, secretly instituted by the Bush administration shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We hope the Sixth Circuit decision does not close a case that should be troubling to all Americans who value civil liberties. Under […]

Congressional holds cowardly move

By Charles N. Davis: Guest columnist Congress, apparently content to explore ever new depths in public disapproval, is on the verge of having a single member derail the most meaningful reform in years of the federal Freedom of Information Act. How, you ask, when overwhelming majorities support the legislation in both the House and Senate? […]