McGee: Roomate was right about computers

Have you ever heard about something new and thought, “Pshaw, that won’t be around long.” I got to thinking about this while I was at a rummage sale over in Earth, Texas. There amongst the books for a dime or a quarter was a thick, yellowed volume labeled “FORTRAN.” It was a textbook about the […]

Sweet Home New Mexico: Alone time important

Something happened last week that hasn’t happened to me in over six years since I had my first child; I spent three days entirely alone. There was a conference in Albuquerque I attended, so my mom flew in from Alabama and watched my kids in Clovis while I traveled to Albuquerque. Having not spent any […]

Lansford says he’ll step down if personal beliefs make it necessary

Kevin Wilson David Lansford said if he is re-elected mayor, and his personal views will make him a detriment to getting something Clovis needs from the federal government, he’ll step aside or step down. Lansford, the former three-term Clovis mayor running against incumbent Gayla Brumfield, made the statement near the end of the Q101.5 candidate […]

Time for some GOP candidates to call it a day

Freedom New Mexico The TV networks declared Mitt Romney the winner in New Hampshire about five seconds after the polls closed, so commentators had to scramble to find something interesting to say the rest of the night. It wasn’t easy. Mr. Romney had been expected to win Tuesday’s GOP primary and did. Jon Huntsman tried […]

Letters to the editor — Dec. 29

Agencies performing admirably Born and raised in Clovis, I have never witnessed what has gone down this year. Local law enforcement has spent more time literally in the field than the farmers due to the increase in theft of copper and other materials. I also have never seen such activity in grass fires as this […]

McGee: LSD not for me

LSD is something I’ve never done or plan to do. It ain’t on my “bucket list.” I bring this up because I’ve been flipping through the pages of a recent Rolling Stone magazine reading about the life of Steve Jobs, the computer dude, who brought us such goodies as the iPod. According to the article, […]

Military mama: We all have something to learn from 9/11

Show of hands, who had a good cry this week? I know that I had tears rolling despite my attempts to avoid the 9/11 tributes. It’s not that I don’t care, I am not heartless. Rather I didn’t want to expose my kids to the kind of brutality and reality of that tragic day. My […]

Grant: Life saving matter of taking control

A guy came in the bicycle shop the other day. We got to talking and it turns out we have something in common: We’re both Eagle Scouts, the high rank of the Boy Scouts of America. It got me to reminiscing. To be an Eagle Scout one of the things you have to do is […]

Listening to child builds self esteem

Today we hear a lot about self esteem as people look at a child or teen who is struggling. It seems to be a common deficiency among kids who are under-achieving or getting in trouble. What can parents do to help their child with esteem issues? Many times we equate self esteem with the ability […]

Freedom comes with limitations

The week leading up to Independence Day made it glaringly obvious to me that few people today really know what freedom means. Sure, they know and use the word, but it is something like the word relativity to them: Something they have heard of and that they might think they understand because of how others […]

The Fighter: Cannon airman pursues passion for mixed martial arts while serving

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cuhen, a senior airman at Cannon Air Force Base, executed an arm bar hold that forced his opponent, Derek Cansino of Lubbock, to tap out during a fight May 27 at the Clovis Civic Center. The win gave Cuhen his first professional victory in the 135-pound class. Gabriel Monte Fighting is […]

Rainstorm soaks Clovis

lm6yre-lm6ypf63rainlightning.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A storm swept over Clovis on Thursday, bringing with it much needed rain. The area has been under extreme dry conditions for months, causing increased fire danger and drought. CNJ staff Have no fear, eastern New Mexico residents. That wet substance from the sky Thursday night was completely safe. It’s […]

Feels good to purge closet

It had to be done. Critical mass had been reached. Something had to go or my side of the closet would burst at the seams. I had long ago ruled out expanding into my wife’s side. When we moved in, she pointed out the three rods she would be taking and the one that was […]

Sins of spirit always deadliest

Curtis Shelburne A few years ago, I did something I’d never done before. Along with two writing partners, I tried my hand at penning some short pieces for what we hoped might become a series of gift books. We had in mind some little volumes entitled something like, “Dear Mom,” “Dear Dad,” “Dear Teacher,” etc. […]

Food at the speed of life: Roast has twist to it

Traditional roast with root vegetables is nice, but sometimes I want something different. This recipe has meat, carbs and vegetables in one dish. It’s also easy to prepare, although it can get interesting if your roommate police scanner hollers about a house fire you need to photograph as you’re getting ready to load the crock […]

Our people: Non-traditional student

lh8zjo-lh8zdi227ourpeople1.jpg

Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Lonzo Lassiter is an instructor at ENMU and works with KENW-TV as much as possible. He helps with video, audio and often builds sets. Clovis resident and Eastern New Mexico University instructor Lonzo Lassiter began what he calls the second half of his life at age 50 when he attended […]

City leaders share goals for 2011

lebf04-lebez411newyearsresolutions.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Legislative and Community Relations Director Claire Burroughs has always enjoyed all kinds of music and hopes to see U2 in concert in 2011. By Alisa Bowell: Freedom New Mexico Call them resolutions, call them goals. But everybody has something from 2010 they want to improve in 2011. The new […]

Libertarianism true love of freedom

How does a kid grow up in a deeply conservative background, and become libertarian? Probably by taking those teachings to heart and realizing there can be no double standards without compromising the principles he was taught. By internalizing the lesson that if someone is doing something you believe they shouldn’t be doing — unless they […]

Military mama: Always something to be thankful for

With Thanksgiving just around the corner I yet again wax philosophical. I like to believe that I am a very grateful person, however I am not always the first to voice my appreciation for all of the little things in life. So, my captive audience, I will share my list of previously unsung “thanks.” This […]

Military mama: Veterans Day for all heroes

There’s something about a man in uniform; there’s an undeniable, strength and responsibility of donning the gear of the armed forces. It isn’t simply about an attraction to a certain type of person, there is a lot of implied valor whether you see a no striper or a highly decorated zebra-arm. There is a great […]