Sunshine Week time to trumpet open government

CNJ staff In small ways and more sweeping assaults, government officials have been closing their windows to public scrutiny. It is a troubling and ironic trend. Coming as the president speaks eloquently of developing democratic institutions across the world, Americans cannot be complacent about our own. It is time to seek more openness from federal, […]

Tracking hurricane made easy with Internet

By Tom DiFrancesca: Internet Safari A few months ago, when I started telling folks in Clovis that I was moving to Florida, almost invariably one of the first responses would be “But what about all of the hurricanes?” My response was always “What hurricanes?” For at the time there was nothing brewing in the Gulf […]

It’s easy to access MSN Messenger at a public Internet terminal

Tom DiFrancesca The folks at Yahoo have tried to provide local information in the past. This time, I think they’ve been successful. Go take a peak at local.yahoo.com and then give the updated service a test run for yourself. As you’ll remember, the Google people are attempting to do the same thing at local.google.com That’s […]

Diesel fuel tanker rolls

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A tanker carrying diesel fuel fell over near the train tracks across Mabry Drive from Cook’s Restaurant Saturday afternoon. The driver was not injured. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) CNJ staff A tanker truck filled with 7,000 gallons of diesel fuel overturned about 3 p.m. Saturday on a gravel access road alongside the railroad tracks across […]

Steering committee gives go-ahead on civic center

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer While the proposed Clovis Civic Center continues to shrink in size and rise in price, supporters are applauding its refinement and functionality. A Civic Center steering committee voted Wednesday to advise the city commission to go ahead with plans for a 28,000-square-foot building with two access roads for approximately […]

Consumers benefit from e-mail service wars

By Tom DiFrancesca Let the e-mail service wars begin. That seems to be the battle cry of late. If you remember, I wrote about Google’s pending launch of a new e-mail service, one that would allow for 100 megabytes of free storage space, and how the service was currently in beta testing. Well, the folks […]

Ownership a source of religious violence

Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist Many now realize that when public property is used by all, the resources it contains will soon be depleted. Only private property serves as a promising means for conserving and cultivating such resources. Individuals who own something are more likely to take good care of it than if they use something […]

Web sites offer insight into Bible, Christianity

By Tom DiFrancesca III Christianity — a word used to describe folks who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ of Nazareth. A relationship that is based solely on faith — for you see, Jesus walked the earth more than 2000 years ago. Up until 9/11, Christianity was pretty much bashed by anyone and everyone […]

De Baca County squabble leaves sheriff concerned

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves spent Monday night sleeping in his office to protect records. And he plans on sleeping there until a district judge rules on whether he is allowed to keep personnel from other county agencies out of his office. Tenth Judicial District Court Judge […]

Response overwhelming after bipolar revelation

By Tom DiFrancesca III I’ve been overwhelmed this week — overwhelmed with e-mails that is: e-mails sent to me in response to last week’s column. Digital dispatches filled with encouragement and with stories — stories about loved ones suffering from Bipolar disorder. I had used the acronym “BPD” several times in the column, which technically […]

Lottery bill hits hang up

By David Arkin A bill that would allow more students to access the Lottery Scholarship may be in trouble. Legislation that would permit students who graduate from high school to sit out a year before going to college and still qualify for the popular Lottery Scholarship may get stuck in committee, according to its sponsor. […]

Web site shows sights of our nearest neighbor

By Tom DiFrancesca The Martians are coming! Run for your lives! At least that’s what some folks around the world are saying. Why? Because the planet Mars has drawn nearer to the Earth, closer than it has in a very long time — 60,000 years to be exact. What a great photo opportunity. In fact […]

Qwest touts broadband

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John Badal (center), president of Qwest’s New Mexico operations, helps Danielle Welsh (left) and Marie DePatti, both of Albuquerque, look for driving directions on the Internet from Clovis to Albuquerque on Thursday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Jack King While many of us still don’t know the difference between an Internet “site” and a “link” […]

Bank, holding company merger is terminated

By Jack King Access Anytime Bancorp Inc., the parent company of Clovis’ FirstBank, announced Monday that its proposed merger with First National Bank Holding Company of Scottsdale, Ariz., has been terminated. According to Access Anytime’s Web site, the boards of directors of the two companies mutually agreed to terminate the merger agreement effective Friday upon […]

Library going digital

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Marisa Yanez, 13, foreground, and Eddie Enriquez, 14, background, both of Clovis, use Internet terminals at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Eric Butler These days at Clovis-Carver Public Library, if you see a line of people sitting on the couches, it’s not that patrons have settled down read their books — or […]

Denying the past and the future

By Clyde Davis On the coastline of New Jersey, there is a long barrier island chain with some parts submerged, creating the illusion that these are separate. These islands lie anywhere from 100 yards to 2 miles offshore, with bridges providing periodic access. One section of these islands begins across from the town of Red […]