Advent all about preparation

Curtis Shelburne Whether we’ll have a White Christmas this year or not is anybody’s guess, but, in my “neck of the woods,” a White Monday on the Second Week of Advent is now in the bag. I love it! Nothing in all of nature is as beautiful as snow. Add to that a church at […]

Officers remove badger from outside 21st Street restaurant

Sharna Johnson Whether it was looking for a late-night snack or just lost its way, a badger that wandered into the bushes at a Clovis fast-food restaurant Sunday night attracted a lot more attention than it bargained for. Around 8 p.m. Clovis police and animal control were dispatched to Taco Box on 21st Street across […]

Affordable housing plan goes to vote Tuesday

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Sharna Johnson When Clovis voters head to the polls Tuesday, they will decide whether to • give the city authority to reduce private developers’ permitting fees; • donate city-owned property to private developers; • give grants and loans to develop city-owned property in the downtown area; • give grants for weatherization and rehabilitation of privately […]

Libertarians embrace all values

Liberty is primarily a libertarian concept. In fact, you could say it is THE libertarian concept. But it is a concept often borrowed and used by others. Just as you are not a chess player if you make up your own rules for playing the game, regardless of whether or not you use the proper […]

Hotel plan comes with concerns

The issue of what to do about the Hotel Clovis has been a sticking point since the hotel closed in the 1980s. At various times different plans surfaced and were discarded. There was a group planning to buy the property and use it for a radio station, but that fell through. The city of Clovis […]

Officials unsure whether rodeo returning

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The Express Ranch team works to tie their cow during the mugging competition in the Saturday qualifying event for the Resistol All-Around Ranch Rodeo at the Curry County Events Center. The four-day event drew about 4,000 people. CNJ staff It’s still up in the air whether Clovis will again host […]

Beer pong tournaments on hold

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Courtesy photo Clovis beer pong tournaments at drinking establishments are on hold pending the outcome of an evaluation by the state’s alcohol and gaming division to determine if it’s a game of skill or chance. Sharna Johnson The question at hand is whether it’s skill or chance that gets the little white ball across the […]

Veteran remembers days of Pearl Harbor attack

Sharna Johnson After Dec. 7, 1941, seeing a 17- to 19-year-old boy anywhere was rare, recalls Richard Sullinger. Whether they were drafted or enlisted of their own accord, they were a minority in small-town America. “They began to disappear in a hurry, the 19- to 18-year-olds particularly,” the 86-year-old Clovis veteran said. “It wasn’t a […]

Government doesn’t need to act as parents

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week in Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants, which will decide whether California’s blanket ban on people under age 18 being allowed to purchase certain violent video games will stand. The justices seemed sympathetic to the idea that there should be some way to shield minors from violent games in […]

Voters to decide judicial complex needs

Lance Pyle The Curry County Commission voted Aug. 9 to put two critical issues on the November ballot, both related to the safety of Curry County residents. First, voters will decide whether to issue up to $16.5 million in general obligation bonds for the design and construction of a courthouse addition. The second question will […]

Hail to Steinbrenner and other rambling thoughts

Kevin Wilson Rambling thoughts while debating whether I should antagonize my editor when my baseball team beats his baseball team: • That free credit score website is having a national campaign for viewers to choose the site’s new “spokesband.” I watch and I can’t help but wonder the average credit score of these struggling bands. […]

TRICARE offers travel tips

By Brian P. Smith TriWest Healthcare Alliance Whether you’re leaving on vacation or changing duty stations, TRICARE is here to keep you medically covered. Take a few steps now to help make sure your coverage remains constant during your travels. Keep DEERS ppdated No matter which TRICARE program you use, your Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting […]

Press release: Free fishing day Saturday in New Mexico

Whether you’re an old hand at fishing or if you feel like testing the waters for the first time, Saturday, June 5, is the perfect time to get out and make a cast or two at lakes and streams across New Mexico — no license required. June 5, 2010, is National Fishing Day, and to […]

Playoff beard not winning move

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Whether personal or political, the things that came to my head for this column didn’t quite stretch into the space I must fill. So here’s a small shot of each: • The playoff beard returned, and left. Consistent fans of my column, which may or may not include more than […]

Polls will tell whether voters accept reform

Freedom New Mexico Liberty died a little on Sunday. The government gained a little more control over our most personal decisions, about our health, about our very lives, on the promise that some taxpayers will subsidize health insurance — which every American will be required to buy, an unprecedented mandate — for other Americans. What […]

Another four-letter word to avoid

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Whether it’s sports, or politics, or just finding socks that match, there’s one four-letter word I look to avoid. Fail. The verb has gained traction as a noun, as character-reducing techies have decided “failure” is less forceful. Former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum called Sunday’s healthcare bill passage […]

Business feature: Local commercial development slowing down

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Pete Wilt, Clovis’ director of building safety, said new commercial development is down, though the city has seen some expansion of existing local businesses such as the addition of a new location for the Soapy Springs car wash on west 21st Street. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Whether it’s […]

Actions sometimes have unforeseen results

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The tragic death of a SeaWorld trainer, drowned by an orca, whether accidentally or intentionally. The voluntary exit of an Olympic snowboarder, after showing off a little too freely with his bronze medal. The “excommunication”of a Beverly Hills beauty contestant by her home town, after speaking on a controversial issue. […]

2-5 Legislative tidbits

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 13 Drop-out rate A memorial (HM 46) by Rep. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, would require the Public Education Department to examine whether there’s a correlation between 4th and 8th grade reading and math proficiencies and high school drop-out rates. “For many years there has been a […]

Authenticity of Buddy Holly vehicle under review

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bill Clement of Lubbock stopped in Clovis last week with what he says was a Chevrolet Impala purchased for Buddy Holly in Clovis in 1957. He said he bought the car 25 years ago for $1,000. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An auction company has launched an investigation into […]