Discretionary funding needs reconsideration

For the past few years, Bernalillo County commissioners have had their own pots of public money to pretty much use as they like — as long as it’s spent in “the public interest.” However, unlike the normal appropriations process, each commissioner can dip into his or her $50,000 “discretionary” fund for pet projects or organizations […]

Proposed agency offers savings

Defense officials have asked Congress to approve a new governance structure for the military health care system that, like higher TRICARE fees, would help to curb what, for a decade, have been runaway medical costs, officials explained. The centerpiece of the plan is to elevate the TRICARE Management Activity to a more powerful Defense Health […]

Obama’s use of force takes away freedom

Freedom New Mexico Don’t be gay. Accept and pay for abortion. Do it my way, or suffer consequences. This isn’t a debate, it’s a demand for action. Our country was founded to carve out freedom, expand it within American borders and defend it to the death. We ended slavery, prohibition and gave women the right […]

Great Lakes looking to move services from Albuquerque to Denver

Kevin Wilson The Clovis Municipal Airport can continue to use Great Lakes Airlines as its Essential Air Services carrier, or it can fly to the Albuquerque Sunport. It just can’t do both. That’s the message — albeit with an accommodating ultimatum — given by Great Lakes CEO Chuck Howell IV to the Clovis Civil Aviation […]

Use time to fill up on Father’s grace

Curtis Shelburne I’m beginning to wonder if someone—maybe Someone—is trying to tell me something. Since my oldest granddaughter just turned 5 and I just turned 55, I suppose the good news is that I’m ripe for the message (poor metaphor). That’s also the bad news. We might as well admit it: When it comes to […]

McGee: Listening skills could use work

The Lady of the House says I don’t listen. I disagree. I hear every word she says. Just like the other day we were driving through Portales on our way to Roswell and I noticed the “Welcome to Portales” sign was gone. You know, the one that reads “WELCOME TO PORTALES…HOME OF 17,000 FRIENDLY FOLKS […]

Thanking God should be part of holiday

We use thank you in many ways. We teach our children to say thank you. I recently received a credit card offer that gave thank you points for every purchase made with the card. Then there was a promotional from a business offering a half price sale to say thank you to all their faithful […]

Smart cars could still use work

Apple’s new iPhone 4S has Siri, a virtual assistant that can tell you the weather, set alarms and reminders, and even look up the Dow Jones Industrial Average — all at the prompt of your voice. A few months ago, IBM’s Watson wiped the floor with former Jeopardy! champs, no small feat for a computer. […]

Food at the speed of life: Recipe puts summer zucchini to use

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I f you’re looking for a way to use summer zucchini, here’s an idea for you: Cook it with pork chops. This recipe comes from www.tasteofhome.com, and we have permission to use it.

Child Sense: Sun protection

Priscilla J. Dunstan Keeping our children free from sunburn can be a quite a task, but there are ways to make the process a little easier. If swimming or at the beach, use sun-protective t-shirts, shorts and rash guards. During the day, clothing should at least cover the shoulders – an area that can get […]

No hypocrisy in using public utilities

I’ve noticed non-libertarians will frequently make the claim that liberty-lovers are hypocritical if they use things that are paid for with taxation. What an odd notion. As long as The State exists, and continues to fund things through coercive taxation, you and I will be paying for a lot of things we didn’t have any […]

Tips on essential oils featured

Information on how to transform your life, suggestions on how to achieve your dreams and ways to use essential oils will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Author and professional speaker Peter Fogel will talk about reinventing yourself and relate stories and strategies of people over 40 […]

Food at the speed of life: Tuna salad has Southwest influence

W ho says tuna salad needs mayonnaise? Inspired by recipes my parents make, I made a lighter tuna salad with a Southwestern twist … if you can use the contrasting words “tuna” and “Southwestern” in the same sentence. Anyway, the dish can become chicken salad or even salmon salad.

Fire officials dissuade use of fireworks

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Tony Bullocks: Freedom New Mexico Clovis and Portales fire officials say it would be better for local residents to not set off fireworks from home on Monday because of the state’s extreme drought conditions. Alisa Boswell With extreme drought conditions in New Mexico, local fire officials are saying it’s probably best for Clovis and Portales […]

Burn ban prohibits setting off fireworks in county

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File photo Under restrictions imposed by the state forestry department, use of fireworks is banned on private or state lands outside city and federal lands. Sharna Johnson People may still be able to buy fireworks in the state, but if they use them in the county they can be cited for violating a burn ban […]

Food at the speed of life: It's a wrap

CMI photo: Tony Bullocks “Creative Living” where Sheryl Borden records her show on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University.

What better way to use extra egg roll wraps than in a healthy dessert? OK, that’s not a common question, but a package of egg roll wraps had more wraps than I needed for a dinner recipe. So, I experimented.

Press release: Clovis customers asked to limit water use

New Mexico American Water is renewing its call for water conservation by urging all of its Clovis customers to continue to limit their outdoor water use during the current hot spell. “We are asking customers to reduce outdoor water usage to ensure our ability to meet demand,” said Daniel Bailet, New Mexico American Water’s vice […]

Five-minute recipe to get thousands of Twitter followers for your business – But why do you want them?

Shelley Straitiff How many Followers do you have? Who cares? By the stacks of books and blog posts, obviously someone thinks the number means something. You can even sign up to get paid for tweets based on how many followers you have. That will soon be proven worthless. Social media needs to be about strategy […]

Art educational assistants being cut from elementary schools

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Highland Elementary art educational assistant Mary Amaro goes through examples of the various types of art mediums and methods Wednesday her class has worked on during the school year. Clovis Municipal Schools administration has chosen to eradicate the position of art educational assistant next year at the elementary schools to […]

USDA authorizing grazing on CRP land

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Department of Agriculture has authorized livestock producers in Curry, Lea and Roosevelt counties to graze their cattle on land enrolled in conservation programs. According to a memorandum issued Wednesday, the department authorized a 30-day use of CRP lands for grazing by livestock producers who lost pasture or fences due to […]