Vague laws leave courts to clean up after Congress

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court last week made it sound as if it were strictly a narrow legal matter. But in Schaffer v. Weast it set policies for thousands of school districts around the country, determined how millions of dollars will be spent and had a huge impact on what kind of services some […]

eBay newest forum for political sales

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Bill Richardson wants a football team, casinos want gamblers, our national parks are, no kidding, considering corporate sponsors. Welcome to New Mexico. Everyone wants something. That’s why it is the prediction here the comely Deborah Hale of Albuquerque is setting a trend. Deborah is 48 years old. She is successful. […]

Term ‘dead-end’ insult to honest work

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Certain jobs are derisively referred to as “burger flipper” or “dead-end” jobs. I’d like someone to define a dead-end job. For example, I started out as a professor of economics at California State University, Los Angeles, and then at Temple University and for the past 25 years at George Mason […]

Fire destroys 35,000 acres

By Tony Parra Dozens of Roosevelt County residents were evacuated from their homes on Wednesday as a grass fire swept across the Melrose Bombing Range then south to Floyd, destroying an estimated 35,000 acres, officials said. There were no reports of major injuries, though at least one individual was treated for respiratory problems. Some structures […]

Organizations

CNJ Staff El Portal The NSDAR El Portal Chapter met at 10 a.m. on Nov. 12 at 104 E. 17st in Portales. The hostess was Carolyn Thompson. The program subject was Washington, D.C. Regent Wanda Dunn presided over the meeting. Members present were Cori Snobble, Carol Nash, Vicky Stratton, Wanda Dunn, Bess Jones, E. C. […]

Finch/Beevers wedding

CNJ Staff Melanie Finch and Jeremy Beevers of Clovis were joined in marriage Nov. 12, 2005. The honorable Vicki Kelley performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Joel and Jane Finch of Clovis. She is the granddaughter of Melvin and LaVon Crubaugh of Clovis and Bill and Emma Finch of Una, S.C. The […]

Crubaugh Anniversary

CNJ Staff Melvin and LaVon Crubaugh of Clovis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today. The celebration will be hosted by their seven children and spouses; Susan and John Heiermann, Peggy and Tom Smith, Jane and Joel Finch, Linda and Jeff Crubaugh, Susan and David Crubaugh, Tim Crubaugh and Jennifer and John Harger. The couple […]

Impulse shopping often results in regrets

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist There is still plenty of time left for even thoughtful shoppers to find the right holiday presents, and with that in mind, space in this column next week will be devoted to that reality. In keeping with the mad rush of after Thanksgiving shoppers, we are going to focus this week […]

Holiday depression preventable with some preparation

Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist Now it’s official. Halloween candy has hardened and most of us have recovered from eating three times our body weight at Thanksgiving. That means we can gallop onward like a Santa sleigh to the very next step. The big stretch of Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza and whatever year-end celebration may abound by cavemen in […]

Miracles happen; ordinary folks become heroes

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Carolyn Kitchens sat in her pickup on a snowy January night in 1998, watching as the last wall fell into the flames that engulfed her home. Everything burned except her grandmother’s cast-iron stove, which glowed red-hot in the moonlight. Kitchens lived in a farm house between Tolar and House and drove […]