Nixing state income tax boosts opportunity

If the classic 1940 movie “Grapes of Wrath” were remade for 2012, the Joad family would be trekking, instead, from California to Oklahoma. Based on the 1939 novel by Californian John Steinbeck, the movie showed the Joads suffering through the 1930s Great Depression and Dust Bowl in Oklahoma, then striking out for the Golden State […]

McGee: Much better to be right than happy

A left turn on a red light is when you turn left from a one-way street on to another one-way street flowing in the direction of your turn. Recently, in another state, I did one. “What are you doing?” yelled The Lady of the House. “You just ran a red light.” “No,” I said in […]

Angelo State turns back Hounds

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Junior guard Keenan Coleman scored 20 points and Angelo State held Eastern New Mexico University without a field goal over a 10-minute stretch spanning both halves Wednesday night en route to a 70-62 Lone Star Conference men’s victory. Coleman struggled from the field, going 4-for-15, but he went 10-for-10 […]

Drought may break over summer

Tonjia Rolan Relief from the state’s extended drought may come this summer, weather experts say. The La Nina weather pattern, responsible for the hot, dry conditions, developed in 2010 and intensified in 2011. National Weather Service meteorologist Deirdre Kann said the dry weather is expected to continue through the spring but as La Nina weakens […]

ENMU/Angelo State basketball capsules – Feb. 8

CNJ staff Men ENMU (13-8, 6-6 Lone Star Conference) at Angelo State (9-13, 2-10) • When: 6:30 p.m. (MST) today at San Angelo, Texas. • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. • Last time out: The Greyhounds have been idle since beating Incarnate Word 75-57 on Jan. 28, completing a 3-0 homestand. The Rams are coming off a […]

Man sought for illness may have been spotted

CNJ staff A Clovis man sought in a statewide manhunt may have been spotted Monday near West Seventh and Thornton streets. Clovis police and Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller confirmed responding to a report of someone spotting Robert J. Gutierrez, 45, who officials say has active pulmonary tuberculosis and is considered infectious. Both departments responded […]

Business feature: Signman Signs selected for award

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Signman Signs employees Aubrey Sparks, left, and Dustin Vigil construct a sign Monday morning in the business’ work room. The business was chosen as the 2012 Success Client by the Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College. Kevin Wilson The Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College considered […]

Church, state will never separate

Much is made of the separation of Church and state, but the truth is that while Church and state sometimes temporarily separate, on the insistence of those who get caught in the middle, they will never divorce. They were made for each another. Church is possibly a little older than her partner, but she hides […]

D.A. hopes to transfer Torres to state prison

CNJ staff Captured fugitive Noe Torres will be sent to Curry County’s troubled jail once he is on U.S. soil but District Attorney Matt Chandler doesn’t anticipate he will be there long. Chandler said Thursday that accused child-killer Torres will be booked into the jail but he plans to immediately file a motion in court […]

Celebrate centennial by exploring state

Sitting at this particular computer, I am faced with a map of the northern New Mexico Mountains; the southwestern point is Albuquerque, and the northern border is about ten miles over the Colorado state line. As the map is topographical, it provides a great opportunity for placing oneself into the experience, with an imaginary journey […]