“Stay the course” desertion quite dishonest

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist • “… The Party said that Oceania had never been in alliance with Eurasia. He, Winston Smith, knew that Oceania had been in alliance with Eurasia as short a time as four years ago. But where did that knowledge exist? Only in his own consciousness, which in any case must […]

Man comes for music, stays for Clovis

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksDavid Acaster of Hornsea in East Yorkshire, England, left, and Daniel Stoddard of Clovis have a laugh in front of the Petty recording studio. The two met at last week’s Clovis Music Festival. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A 10-day vacation stretched to 25 days for an England native who […]

Immigrant reform bill doesn’t meet goals as written

Freedom Newspapers We have supported increasing the number of immigrants allowed to stay in America and become citizens. But the Senate immigration reform agreement, as written, does not really accomplish that; it’s just as well that the U.S. Senate on Friday defeated the compromise bill. A bipartisan agreement hammered out Thursday lost the next day […]

911- Stay on the line

Courtesy 27th Security Forces Squadron Dialing 911 is the fastest way to receive emergency police, fire or medical assistance. But many still call 911 to ask non-emergency questions such as weather information or correct time. If you call 911 by mistake, stay on the line. Dispatchers treat all 911 calls — even hang-ups — as […]

Sleepy genius of Rip Van Winkle underappreciated

Ryn Gargulinski What do we all want, need and cannot live without? No, it’s not the $84 fuzzy shearling slippers from the latest Cabelas catalog. It’s our dear friend sleep. Studies have shown normal adults need at least eight hours of sleep per day. When we say “normal” we mean those who do not aim […]

Restaurant owner vows she’s staying

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Connie Rios, an employee at Da’s Tailor Shop & Dry Cleaning, folds a pair of U.S. Air Force pants Wednesday at the shop across U.S. Highway 60/84. Rios said on a busy day she will press over 200 uniforms. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Although the customers at her Thai-food […]

TSA screenings do not benefit security

By Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist Maybe I am seeing things, but my impression from going through hundreds of airports since Sept. 11, 2001, is that too many Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners are plainly gung-ho. Yes, they perform their jobs eagerly, often seeming to relish that bit of power it gives them to order people […]

Two months living in Clovis and counting — ya’ll

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer J une 1 not only marks National Tailors Day, but it strums home a grand celebration of sorts for myself — my two month anniversary in Clovis. Appropriately moving from New York City to this small town on April Fool’s Day, I have been through wind, dust and sun […]

Father takes on role of stay-at-home parent in military family

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Mark Marius cares for his three young children while his wife, Kjersti, not pictured, works on base as a physician. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The president of the Officers’ Spouses’ Club at Cannon Air Force Base is in the minority. Not only is Mark Marius one of three male […]

South Carolina: Great place for chickens

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist The always-entertaining Most Backward State in the Union contest took an interesting bounce last week. With Kansas having gone three or four whole days without trying to teach creationism in science classes and Florida having neglected to botch an election lately, plucky little South Carolina shot to the head of […]

U.S. should stay in touch with unstable republic

Freedom Newspapers The coup d’etat or whatever has occurred in the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan has developed so quickly that even opposition leaders don’t seem to have been prepared for assuming power. More than a welling up of democratic impulses, however, what appears to be happening is a redistribution of the power and wealth […]

U.S. right to keep Iraq transfer date despite slaying

Freedom Newspapers The assassination of Abdel-Zahraa Othman, until his death the head of the Iraqi Governing Council, might prompt some to say the United States should put more forces in Iraq and plan to stay longer. But Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt’s response was the right one: “Days like today convince us even more that the […]

Ex-Hound opts for family over football

By Ferron Lucero Editor’s note: This a periodic feature catching up with former area athletes. Injuries and a desire to be closer with family led former Eastern New Mexico University standout Conrad Hamilton to retire from the NFL two years ago. A two-time NCAA Division II All-American defensive back at Eastern, Hamilton played five seasons […]

Break has sprung for Clovis schools

Reporter’s Notebook Spring break for Clovis Municipal Schools is Monday through Friday this week. The schools have no plans for spring break, said Evelyn Gordon, receptionist of Clovis Municipal Schools Administrative Offices. “Everybody has their own plans,” Gordon said. Amy Garcia, a teacher at Yucca Junior High School, said she plans to stay home. “All […]

Editorial: U.S. applies double standard to its neighbors

As debate continues over the federal government’s proposed border-crossing program, one aspect of the current policy deserves closer scrutiny — different treatment of our neighbors, depending on whether they come from north or south of the U.S. border. Under the current system, guests from Canada with proof of Canadian citizenship are allowed to remain in […]

Volunteers sought for education campaign

Ken De Los Santos is looking for volunteers to help staff a booth at the upcoming Curry County Fair. As Emergency Management Director for Curry County and the City of Clovis, De Los Santos said the Local Emergency Planning Commission has decided this year to offer pamphlets and other brochures that will help educate local […]

Bodybuilding detective

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Clovis Police Detective David Yoakum poses with his trophies and 28 cartons representing 504 eggs he ate while training for the Mid-USA/New Mexico State Bodybuilding Championships July 12 in Albuquerque. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner Clovis Police Detective David Yoakum has always enjoyed weightlifting and working out to stay in shape. But he […]

Question and Answer

Don Burdine currently serves as administrator for the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Q: How long have you served as the county jail administrator? A: I’ve been here this time since Oct. 7, but I also served here from 1995-98. Q: What kind of background do you have, and how has that helped in your […]