In search of ponies: Gadgets not limited to human

By Sharna Johnson: CMI columnist It was around the 14th century or so when some anonymous irreverent farmer took a highly prized religious implement and hung it from the neck of his best sheep — and thus the precious bell was transferred down from the upper echelons of the priesthood, literally to the herd. No […]

Antitrust laws hamstring development

Tea party conservatives have been told to accept their victory and go home. They really took it to President Barack Obama and all the old liberals in Congress, some contend. “The winner is the tea party,” said conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer on Fox News. “They have changed the debate in the country. I think they […]

Jesus solid foundation to weather storms in life

When I was a child and our family lived in Kansas City, Mother often took Susie and me into the city to explore museums or shop at Macy’s. Those excursions were recreational and educational. Mother would pack a lunch and then at mealtime, we headed into the nearest Katz Drug Store where she bought us […]

My turn: High school reunion full of lessons

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It took awhile, but I’ve finally figured out that most people are pretty tough. It’s easy to assume that we are stronger than others — or at least stronger than others give us credit for. It’s harder to accept that we are not especially unique. It’s also easy to underestimate the easy-going. Until someone crosses […]

Ethnic fair in 20th year

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File photo Everette Sage, a 2008 performer with the Dineh Tah’ Navajo Dancers, was one of four Navajo dancers to perform the bow and arrow dance at the Ethnic Fair on Clovis’ Main Street. The dance group from Albuquerque is again one of the entertainment acts slated for this year’s fair. Kevin Wilson In 1992, […]

Our people: Man of action

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis resident Larry Holland enjoys outdoor activities. Clovis resident Larry Holland has never let being jolted by more than 14,000 volts stop him do anything. The electrical accident took Holland’s arms, two ribs, an ear and left extensive damage to his face and heels. Nearly 50 years later, he’s lost […]

Coney island part of amusement park golden age

Last week, this columnist took you on an exploration of the beginnings of amusement parks, inspired by the annual trip to Wonderland with my grandchildren. This week, I’d like to continue that exploration, as we look at the Golden Age of amusement parks. The following information was researched by using primarily Wikipedia, and other sites […]

Letters to the editor: Golf course waste of our dollars

Golf course waste of our dollars I was in the audience the night Clovis city commissioners voted to purchase Chaparral Country Club for $2.81 million. The city took control of the golf course May 1. Not that much has improved since. The city has proven in the past it won’t spend the money necessary to […]

Education column: New principal likens job to coaching

Nearing the end of the school year, we took the opportunity to speak with some of our principals to hear their reflections. What we heard were things like: “We have great kids and a caring, dedicated staff; remarkable academic gains; and wonderful instructional collaboration that’s taken place among instruction teams.” Secondary principals also emphasized the […]

Weekly update — May 8

Cannon, police looking into fight Clovis police and investigators from Cannon Air Force Base are looking into a May 1fight that left one man in a Lubbock hospital in serious condition. Police Chief Steve Sanders said the altercation took place around 3 a.m. at a hookah lounge at 700 North Prince St., which is run […]

Obama wants to drill — but only in Brazil

Gasoline prices have hit $4 a gallon in California, twice what they were when Barack Obama took office. But sometimes overlooked is that prices previously declined partly because of worldwide recession depressing demand. As economies recover, demand increases, and so do prices. Moreover, Middle East instability now threatens supplies, adding more upward price pressure as […]

Warrant roundup comes up dry

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Clovis Police officers Dale Rice, left, and Josh Parkin knock on the door of a trailer in the 400 block of Dawn Loop in south Clovis Friday night during a warrant sweep. The resident said he hadn’t seen the woman they were looking for in more than a month. Sharna Johnson A team of four […]

Texico cheerleaders take top honors

Kevin Wilson An entire year of work comes down to two days for New Mexico high school cheerleading squads. For the second time in three years, Texico had the best two days in Class 2A. The school, which took its first cheerleading trophy in 2009, took top honors again at the state spirit competition in […]

Shoutouts — March 27

Visit to Foxy Drive In brings back memories I was raised in Clovis, married Jerry W. Butts who was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base. We got transferred to Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz., in 1965. We moved to Virginia in 2002. So now we go back in the winter where our family […]

Parade lights up Main Street

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Beacon of Light float was one of the floats with the most lights during the Christmas Light Parade. Liliana Castillo It might have been because it was cold, but the only float to include fire took first place at the Christmas light parade Saturday. With temperatures hovering around 40 […]

Honors — Oct. 3

Area quilters top show Area quilters took honors at the Roswell Quilt Show, which was presented by Pecos Valley Quilters Sept. 24 and 25. Linda Custer of Rogers won Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice and first place for her “Finally!!!” large appliqued and machine-quilted (one-person) quilt. Lou Sikes of Portales won first place for “The […]

VA secretary spurs revised PTSD regulation

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Many veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder must be asking themselves today why it took the Department of Veterans Affairs so long to ease the hassle of qualifying for compensation for mental wounds of war. VA officials aren’t sure themselves. But unsurprisingly they agree with veterans’ advocacy groups that the man […]

GOP gubernatorial candidates make pitches

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Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Pete Domenici Jr., center, answers a question during Tuesday’s Republican Party gubernatorial forum at Eastern New Mexico University. He was joined at the forum by Janice Arnold-Jones, left, and Doug Turner. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Without the two highest-polling contenders, a trio of gubernatorial candidates took to the […]

More than 360 graduate at ENMU

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank ENMU President Steven Gamble applauds graduates during ENMU’s 118th Commencement Saturday at Greyhound Arena. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Tradition took center stage in graduation ceremonies Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University. More than 360 students receiving degrees heard guest speaker and former ENMU President Robert Matheny explain how […]

Ensuring fairness is complicated

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist So Bill Gates sold me some software when he was still in that business. He was then immensely rich, compared to me. How unfair, you say? But Bill took his gains from this trade and used it to feed starving African children, while I used the software I […]