Smokers steaming over tax hike

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Beattriz Garcia retrieves cigarettes for a customer at Lowe’s in Farwell on Tuesday. According to assistant manager Barbara Rennie, “There has been no drop-off in sales, but we’ve had a lot of complaints.” (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Steve Burns is one of many eastern New Mexico residents who drove […]

Woman handed 12 years for sexually exploiting children

By CNJ Staff A 43-year-old Clovis woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty for her role in sexually exploiting children, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Peggy Baker was seen on a homemade video coercing a 13-year-old girl to perform sexual acts and pose nude […]

Military Digest: Cristan

Army Pvt. Joseph J. Cristan has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C., according to an Army & Air Force Hometown News press release. He is the son of Priscilla Ortega and brother of Mellisa Wiseman, both of Clovis. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

Curry County Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. today at the Curry County Courthouse. The following agenda items will be discussed: A new Curry County Commission chairman will be elected to replace Tim Ashley. A new Curry County Commission co-chairman will be elected to replace Commissioner Albin Smith. Leslie Johnson, Curry County Detention Center administrator, […]

America’s future lies in minorities

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist There’s a joke I tell behind Miami’s back. I’ll be elsewhere in the country and someone will ask how race and diversity are viewed from a South Florida perspective. I reply that, according to the Census Bureau, Miami’s polyglot population represents what America will look like in about 40 years. […]

Inspirational sports movies overrated

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer There’s one thing I’m looking forward to about 2007. It’s not the party I’m planning to celebrate the San Francisco 49ers’ seven-win season, and it’s not the 50-something credit card offers I’ll receive (I could have pooled all of my offered credit limits in 2006 and bought a $137,000 […]

Milk laws leave no room for innovation

By Freedom Newspapers One of the more shameful actions Congress took last year was crushing an innovative dairyman who found a way around federal dairy regulations that artificially raise the price of milk. It was a bipartisan conspiracy, embodied in an amendment never subjected to committee hearings. Hein Hettinga is a Dutch-born dairyman who started […]

God’s gift redeems every aspect of life

By Curtis Shelburne Andrew Greeley writes: “It might be easy to run away to a monastery, away from the commercialization, the hectic hustle, the demanding family responsibilities of Christmas-time. Then we would have a holy Christmas. But we would forget the lesson of the Incarnation, of the enfleshing of God—the lesson that we who are […]

Two die in car accident

CNJ staff Two young women were killed in a car accident in Clovis on New Year’s Eve, according to a press release from the Clovis Police Department. Keri Bechthold, 19, of Portales, and Ashley Welch, 21, of Estancia, died Sunday near W. 21st St. after the vehicle they were in collided with a fence, according […]

Roads clear, snow possible tonight

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A snow storm that dumped 4 inches of snow in the Clovis/Portales area since Thursday is melting away. However, one road, U.S. 285 between Vaughn and Clines Corner, remained closed on Monday and the area is bracing for more possible snow. “We encourage people to call our toll -free number, […]