Economist to explain financial safeguards

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A former bank chief and published economist will give advice to local residents Thursday about how to safeguard their nest eggs, especially since Cannon Air Force Base has been recommended for closure. Larry Bates will talk at the Economic and Political Risk Conference at 7 p.m. at the Clovis […]

Campos addresses Democrats

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Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, talks with local Democrats Monday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, reviewed a long list of legislative accomplishments at Monday’s Curry Democratic Party Town Hall Meeting, which included funding for Pre-K and tax cuts for low-income […]

Children’s language changing constantly

By Mona Charen The day is not far distant when I will not understand a word my children say. As it is, I’m moderately fluent in kid-speak, but losing ground all the time. My husband barely speaks the language at all and is often reduced to gaping at them over his morning coffee as they […]

Cowboy’s death still mystery

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers A year has passed since a 20-year-old Logan cowboy died on a ranch near Grady, but New Mexico State Police still have not ruled on what caused his death. At the time of Juan Lucero’s death on Feb. 24, 2004, State Police Sgt. Cleo Baker said it appeared Lucero had […]

Gang, drug control starts with youth

By Roger Hatcher: Guest Columnist Clovis has an estimated 600 active gang members in approximately 23 different gangs. This has led to criminal activity of an epidemic proportion, including a record-setting 10 homicides in 2004. The driving factor behind gangs is drugs, or should I say the sale of drugs. Three years ago, I started […]

Music precious gift

By Daniel A. Blea: Guest columnist Editor’s note: This is part of a week-long series in which local columnists talk about their love for music in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis schools. When I was 10 years old, my family moved into an old house that had not been lived in […]

President lost in space-time continuum

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Evidently, there are two Iraqs. One exists here on our Earth, the other occupies a parallel space-time continuum perceivable only by a select few individuals, one of whom is the president of the United States. If you’ve got a better theory, I’m open to it. All I know is that in […]

Mother, cousins help take bite out of Clovis crime

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Tim Morrison, Erica Carr-Romero (with her K-9 dog, Karlo) and Sheila Morrison work in law enforcement. CNJ photo by Rick White By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor On Sunday mornings, during breakfast at a Clovis restaurant, a family of law-enforcement personnel speaks in a code guests at surrounding tables don’t typically understand. Clovis Police dispatcher […]

Reagan established platform that set GOP on current course

By Calvin Woodward: AP analysis WASHINGTON — Ronald Reagan told Americans that government was the problem. They haven’t been quite the same since. Lionized by his party, mimicked by opponents when not mocked by them, he spoke the verities of a new age of conservatism that remains the strongest thread in American politics. A gift […]

Being misunderstood is no fun at all

By Curtis Shelburne Being misunderstood is no fun at all By Curtis Shelburne Being misunderstood is no fun at all, as Mel Gibson is now finding out firsthand. Not that many months ago, Mel would certainly have been considered the darling of any television talk venue. Reel him in to talk about any upcoming movie, […]

Farwell native follows his heart

By Rick White The seeds for Cody Monk’s success were planted in the growing fields of West Texas, cultivated by his junior high and high school teachers, and sprouted when he followed his heart. A 1992 Farwell High graduate, Monk returned to the area this weekend to promote his first book, Alfonso Soriano: The Dominican […]

Sex crimes to be target in special session

By Jack King The special session of the state Legislature is likely to pass a significant new law or laws on sexual predators, but its results on the other two issues announced by Gov. Bill Richardson — roads and taxes — may be less significant and less satisfying for area voters, local legislators said this […]

Clovis team routs El Paso for AAU title

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis’ 16-and-under Amateur Athletic Union basketball team won the boys state title on Sunday and, in the process, took care of a little unfinished business. With a 75-51 rout of the El Paso Warriors at Albuquerque’s Manzano High, the Wildcats avenged a loss in the championship of an earlier AAU […]