First person: Safety first

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jesse Walthers, a Texico native and lifeguard at the Clovis Wellness Center, plans to join the Army. He has been a lifeguard since he was 15 years old. When Jesse Walthers is on the clock, his main duty is to make sure people don’t drown. In his next line of […]

McGee: Hard work only sure payoff

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I know this guy who’s been doing some traveling to casinos here and there around the country. He feels so good about his gambling skills that he said this is the year he’s going to declare himself as “Professional Gambler” on his tax forms. I once thought about a career […]

Refugee adoption follows mower incident

Sharna Johnson Sure, I’ve killed before. One memory that stands out was stepping on my brother’s hamster when I was 5. I was chasing him while he was dragging the hamster in a gunny sack across the floor — best described in two words — Oops and yuck… And there was the bird who got […]

Hounds look for help from running game

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank ENMU sophomore running back Troy Harris center finds a hole in the Greyhounds’ defense during Thursday’s practice at the ENMU practice field. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — With a senior-dominated offensive line and a handful of capable backs, the Eastern New Mexico University football team is hoping to put together […]

Left big fan of public funding

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist It looks like the way the Right despises ACORN, the Left does the Tea Party. It may not even be so much about their political stances, although that is part of it for sure. It is sad, though, that supporters of Obama had no problem with — indeed were proud […]

A view from under the pew: the great bugtussle rodeo

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist boss whoever first spoke or sang – i love a parade – must have been misquoted i m almost sure they said – i love a rodeo -

Letter to the editor: Seidenwurm puts children first

While I am sure I don’t understand the details or agendas of those who are taking issue with Rhonda Seidenwurm’s leadership of our schools, there is something of which I am certain: Wherever and whenever Seidenwurm encountered those whose agenda was to do something positive and helpful for our children, she did everything possible to […]

Gubernatorial candidates see eye to eye on issues

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Republican gubernatorial hopefuls Suzana Martinez, from left to right, Allen Weh, Janice Arnold-Jones, Doug Tuner and Pete Dominici Jr. answered questions Thursday at a debate at the Lyceum Theater in Clovis hosted by the High Plains Patriots. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With little dissension emanating from the Lyceum […]

God leads way during troubled times

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist At this Thanksgiving time, our nation faces situations and uncertain times like never before. Difficult financial times have left people jobless and homeless. Rumors of wars and a horrendous act by a gunman even in the heart of Texas dominate the news. During this Thanksgiving season, remember we have sure […]

Local officials concerned census count short

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Local officials are pretty sure when it comes to the U.S. Census estimates, they’re not being fully counted. Estimates released July 1 from the U.S. Census show a 2.5 percent decrease in the population of Clovis from an estimate of July 1, 2007 (33,177) to July 1, 2008 (32,352). […]