Film shows Navy SEAL’s dedication

It’s not too often that an action movie moves grown men to the sniffles but I’ll wager “Act of Valor” had lots of big tough guys wiping tears away in the dark. I mostly missed the reviews before the movie’s opening weekend but I did know that the producers broke the mold of action movie-making [...]

Our view: Global warming facts may not hold water

A scientific poll shows that 69 percent of Americans believe it is at least “somewhat likely” that scientists falsify data to support their beliefs, of which 40 percent believe it is “very likely.” Only 6 percent believe it’s “not likely at all.” New hard-science global warming data from NASA may back up the cynics. If [...]

Anti-fossil fuels policy detrimental

The latest economic data shows the six fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. are tied to oil and gas production. By contrast, the development of solar and wind energy has produced a fraction of the number of petroleum jobs, despite government mandates and other incentives for renewable energy. Oil-shale drilling in North Dakota and Montana is [...]

Report shows war on drugs not effective

Defenders of the war on drugs say it’s a matter of simple morality that the United States continue a full range of anti-drug efforts; it’s an expression of opposition to drug use. Drug war defenders fear that use of now-illicit drugs would skyrocket were these drugs declared legal. But, a growing number of people are [...]

Street fund shows biggest increase in preliminary city budget

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Commission, during its May 26 meeting, approved a preliminary budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year, totaling $42.22 million A quick look at the budget, which was due to the state’s department of finance and administration before June: What’s the difference between the last two budgets? The preliminary 2010-11 budget was [...]

Finding humor shows resilience

We attended a Chautauqua program recently. The performers — a lady named Jane and a guy named Hoyle — presented a “Brief Historical Timeline of the Great Depression” covering the 10-year period from 1929 to 1939 in the United States. Jane sang and played guitar while Hoyle also sang and played piano, mandolin and guitar. [...]

Freshman Academy Cat-a-bration shows off student work

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Freshman Academy parent Susana Cantu, left, and her children, from left to right, Mari Cantu, Ruben Torres, Abri Cantu and Victoria Cantu spend time at the biology table Tuesday during the Freshman Academy Cat-a-bration. Teachers of each subject displayed work from their class for parents to see. Liliana Castillo Parents [...]

Math night shows parents how students learn

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ranchvale parent Renee Corcoran learns how her students are learning fractions using pattern blocks in Doris Ford’s classroom Thursday during Ranchvale Parent Math Night. Liliana Castillo “Twenty-five minutes is not enough,” parent Rachel Earle said, studying what is called “division using chunking” on the dry erase board in teacher Jennifer [...]

Songs, shows part of tradition

I think I’m Christmas conflicted. Assaulted all day by music media with Christmas themes and all evening with movie and TV show depictions of the holiday, I’m probably not alone when I say it sinks into your consciousness and maybe begins to get on your nerves a little before it’s all over. On the one [...]

Ticket feature: Cannon, ethnic fair hosting car shows

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File photo Two auto shows are planned for Saturday with dozens of cars trucks and motorcycles expected to be on display. Freedom New Mexico It’s a weekend for auto lovers with two auto shows in Clovis Saturday. The first show will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Main Street between Fourth and Sixth Streets in conjunction [...]