No easy way to let go of family dog

I should have known, that Wednesday two weeks ago, when the dog was sitting in the passenger seat looking at me as if trying to memorize my face. In the past 12 years, I have never seen the dog look at me that way. The dog is a terrier, and not given to serious attitudes, […]

Base construction under way

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Construction on this aircraft maintenance hangar began in 2010 and will be completed the second quarter of 2012. It was the first project for the southeast development on Cannon Air Force Base and was built at 38,000 square feet to house two C-130 aircrafts. Alisa Boswell Big construction projects have been […]

United Way seeing greater needs

Kevin Wilson United Way of Eastern New Mexico figures there’s plenty of need in Curry and Roosevelt counties, and they’re thinking six figures might be what it takes to provide for it. The charitable organization is in the first stages of its annual fundraising campaign. This year’s goal: $1 million. That’s almost twice the charity’s […]

Ticket feature: Special Olympics equestrian competition set

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File photo Clovis and the United Way of Eastern New Mexico are to host the New Mexico Special Olympics Equestrian Game this weekend. Freedom New Mexico Clovis and the Special Olympics New Mexico Equestrian Team are hosting the Special Olympics New Mexico Equestrian Games Friday and Saturday. The equestrian event for the Special Olympics started […]

America can’t spend its way to prosperity

Freedom New Mexico Our latest experiment with Keynesian liberalism — led by the last two presidents — has predictably failed and the economy is in shambles. President Barack Obama will need a miracle to win re-election in 2012, no matter who runs against him and no matter how unpolished or gaffe-prone that candidate may be. […]

Time to put our differences aside

Stubborn Congressional liberals and my way or the highway tea party zealots are laying a heap of hurt on all of us. Hey, kids, it’s time to climb out of the sandbox. As this is being written the stock market is bouncing around like a deranged pogo stick. Business, the working stiff, retired folks. We […]

Postal service leading way in cutting costs

Freedom New Mexico There’s good bad news and good news in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Postal Service, a semi-independent federal agency, which is only slightly propped up with tax dollars. The bad news is that like many businesses, the USPS has fallen on hard times, suffering through consecutive years of operating deficits. Unlike other […]

In defense of a crowded closet

Aisha Sultan My ambitious clothing audit began with an impulse to purge. It was getting harder to pull garments in and out of a packed closet, in which tops pressed up against dress shirts, which nudged jackets into a dark corner. I decided to catalogue each item taking up precious space by color, age, style […]

Child Sense: Tips for helping your child walk home from school

Priscilla J. Dunstan Consider the way your child relates to the world when planning his walk to and from school. Pick a route that is easy for your child to remember even if it may take a little longer. Turning one corner is easier for your child to remember than having to turn five. Find […]

Building Resilience in Children: The art and importance of listening

McClatchy-Tribune The key to getting a child to open up is to say very little. Simply use short phrases that reassure and prompt more conversation. This is particularly important at the beginning of a conversation because we want children to reach a point where they’re comfortable enough to express whatever is on their minds. To […]

Farmers’ market vendors hope more produce coming

Argen Duncan With the farmers market season under way, growers have less produce than usual but hope that will change. The Portales and Clovis farmers markets have been open since June. “We’re selling the little stuff,” said Margie Plummer, manager of both markets. “We don’t have a lot ready right now because of the weather.” […]

United Way offers help with prescription cost assistance

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CNJ photo illustration: Liliana Castillo The United Way of Eastern New Mexico can connect users of prescription drugs with cost assistance programs from various pharmaceutical companies. Liliana Castillo United Way of Eastern New Mexico can help connect people with prescription drug cost assistance. Volunteers at the nonprofit have been trained on a computer program that […]

Spending won’t solve nation’s debt dilemma

Freedom New Mexico We cannot spend our way out of economic despair, yet we keep on trying and expecting a different result. The latest effort by the Obama administration to spend our way out of trouble involves the president’s agreement to tap our country’s strategic oil reserves, liquidating a strategic asset to spend it now […]

McGee: Trip to dentist worth pain

Word has made its way through the family grapevine that one of the kids needs to go to the dentist but won’t because of that fear of pain thing. The kids are in their 20’s and 30’s now and they’re gonna do what they’re gonna do, I just wish I could transmit cosmic thoughts how […]

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.

Summer time to enjoy

The pool is up and ready to go; has been for several weeks. I purchased a mechanical piranha, which Jason and Mikayla are having a lot of fun being chased around in the water by. It is especially fun when we are playing with lights out, and with the flashlight that works underwater. So far, […]

Wheatfields managers say facility should open by end of year

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A banner at the Wheatfields assisted living and memory care community Monday advertises that it will be opening soon. Wheatfields is scheduled to open sometime this summer. Sharna Johnson After almost three years tangled up in bankruptcy and foreclosure, managers of the once-deserted Wheatfields Senior Living Community expect the facility […]

Group has gathered about 100 signatures toward election

Kevin Wilson The High Plains Patriots are at least one-fourth of their way to forcing the city’s affordable housing plan onto a special election ballot. Meanwhile, another grassroots group is organizing to persuade Clovis voters not to sign the petitions, or overturn the plan if it comes to an election. During the May 5 Clovis […]

Reader-submitted content: United Way’s Day of Caring teams helped three organizations

Sara Newell On April 16 United Way of Eastern New Mexico held their annual Day of Caring. Each year the Day of Caring challenges our community to come together for a day of service to help enhance the cities we live in. In previous years, United Way has taken on projects like rebuilding the Portales […]

Gross receipts tax our choice of poison

Freedom New Mexico Studies accepted by city leaders predict Clovis residents will run out of water in about two decades, if not sooner. No one has shown any proof to dispute this dire prediction, though some studies guess the water won’t dry up for a decade or so longer. But there certainly is no debate […]