‘Liberal’ media overlooking Obamacare’s benefits

The constant pitch you hear from conservative publications, talk shows and columnists: Obamacare is bad. The reason: There is a well funded and organized group that benefits billions from the status quo. The various "think tanks" were set up for the purpose of promoting their ideology that maintains their flow of wealth and power. Facts […]

Spreading common sense on courts and in the kitchen

Here are three things I was thinking today. They're not really related, except that they all address common sense, or the lack thereof: My office pool is totally wrecked (thanks Lobos), but there's still something else fun to gamble on this week for college basketball. Spot how many times you can see the same lazy […]

Many parts of Iraq war can be considered successes

With the 10th anniversary of "Shock and Awe" — the relentless bombing attack that signaled the beginning of the end of Saddam Hussein's evil regime in Iraq —came the predictable recriminations against the Pentagon, the covert services and, naturally, George W. Bush. "It was not worth it, to put it mildly," observed The Hartford Courant […]

Pintores Spring Fling winners

The following are winners from the Pintores Art League's Spring Fling Art show, held over the weekend at Clovis Community College. Professional Division Oils: 1. Jackie Hinderliter, "Madison"; 2. Pat Weekley, "Blue Vase"; 3. Lois Snyder, "Sunset on Windmill." Acrylic/Mixed Media: 1. Paul Stevens, "From High Desert and Overlook to the Borrego"; 2. Ginnie Seifert, […]

Easter services

Friday First Christian Church — 6:30 p.m. Good Friday (Clovis Ministerial Alliance), seven different pastors, Clovis Community Chorus with Ken McDonald Information: 763-7113 Iglesia de Dios de la Profecia — 10 a.m., Guest Pastor Information: 762-2135 Pastor Leida Perez Matt 25 Hope Center — 6:30 p.m. Passion of Christ movie; Prince of Egypt movie Information: […]

Clovis girls wins state bee

Clovis Christian School fourth-grader Ariel Kokoricha won the state spelling bee Saturday in Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Journal reported that Kokoricha won the contest by spelling the word "legato" correctly. The contest took nearly four hours. The Journal also reported that Kokoricha beat 39 competitors from around the state. Kokoricha will advance to the Scripps National […]

Meetings Watch: CMS Board of Education, March 26, 2013

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education met Tuesday. Here is a report from the meeting: The board approved revisions to its policy on master's degree requirements — beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, all contracted licensed employees who are reported on the annual T and E Index must earn a master's degree from a […]

Legislators call corporate tax cut good first step

By Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITER ccalloway@pntonline.com Sen. Stuart Ingle says legislation passed to attract and retain businesses to New Mexico may not fix all of the state's problems but it's a step in the right direction. Ingle, R-Portales, hopes that lowering the corporate tax rate from 7.6 percent to 5.9 percent will help New […]

Fire dangers ahead, but unchanged from recent years

Local fire chiefs say they won't tell you anything different in regard to fire safety this year since drought conditions in the state are predicted to persist or worsen in the next few months or so, according to a recent National Weather Service report. They only ask that residents continue to exercise caution by assessing […]

Vietnam vets receive local honor

Gregory Lopez and Harry Black remember the way they were treated when they returned from their tours in Vietnam, hence their appreciation for the Clovis City Commission proclaiming Friday as Vietnam Veterans Day in Clovis. "I sure wish we received a better welcome (when returning from Vietnam)," said Lopez, 66, of Clovis, who served in […]

Vietnam vets receive local honor

Gregory Lopez and Harry Black remember the way they were treated when they returned from their tours in Vietnam, hence their appreciation for the Clovis City Commission proclaiming Friday as Vietnam Veterans Day in Clovis. "I sure wish we received a better welcome (when returning from Vietnam)," said Lopez, 66, of Clovis, who served in […]

CHS senior picked for manager day

Henry Martin of Clovis High School will be Curry County manager for a day on Tuesday, according to a county press release. The high school senior will attend a county commission meeting, tour county facilities, review the county budget, and ride along with a sheriff's deputy. "I am very excited to have been selected as […]

Police blotter: March 27, 2013

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Monday 3:25 a.m.: Call in reference to a suicide threat, 200 block of Fireball Drive. 3:48 a.m.: Caller requested a situation check, 1000 block of Mitchell Street. 5:07 a.m.: Caller reported criminal damage, 900 block of Calhoun Street. 8:23 a.m.: Caller reported a domestic […]

Christ-followers need to be cross-bearers, not consumers

We stand this moment on a holy threshold, waiting to enter into the joy of the resurrection. Easter is almost here! Almost, but not quite. I understand the dangerous and common temptation to leap-frog over Good Friday's pain and suffering, but before we enter into the joy of the resurrection, we need to focus on […]

Zias eighth, Hounds 10th in South Plains rodeo

LEVELLAND, Texas — Senior Courtney Cleveland won both in the average and the first go in goat tying, helped Eastern New Mexico University's women to an eighth-place team finish over the weekend in the South Plains College rodeo. The Zias finished with 80 team points. Tarleton State won the 10-team competition with 360 points to […]

City Engineer: Water leak plugged

City Engineer Just Howalt said a water leak at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Seventh Street was plugged early Sunday morning. He said Monday evening that most the repairs have been made and construction crews are waiting to install a valve to finish the job. "The city has been assisting EPCOR, who […]

Derailment clogs busy BNSF route

A train derailment caused by Saturday's windstorm packing wind gusts well past 50 mph clogged one of BNSF Railway's busiest routes for more than 24 hours, according to company spokesman Joe Faust. Faust said after the accident site on the Pecos River Bridge west of Fort Sumner was cleared the line that connects to the […]

Seminars target parental issues

A seminar aimed at providing parents knowledge they can use to effectively communicate with their children is scheduled for Thursday. Power 2 Parents is the second seminar in an ongoing series on parenting issues. The first seminar, held a month ago, covered cyberbullying. "We know that parents need information," said David Briseno, a retired school […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education meets 5:30 p.m. today at the CMS administration building, 1009 Main. Agenda items for consideration include: Accounts payable check listing — voided check listing — Bank of America purchasing card charges for February Activity report for February Food service report for February Investment report for February Budget and […]

Business digest – March 26

New sign up at K-Bob's K-Bob's Steakhouse on Mabry Drive has been outfitted with a new sign on the facade above the entryway of the building, according to Sid Strebeck, who is a business partner with K-Bob's owner, Ed Tinsley. Construction workers have finished the flooring and walls in the kitchen and bathroom areas of […]