Expo reminder of agriculture’s importance

Clovis Media Inc. Portales reached a wonderful milestone last week in hosting its 20th New Mexico Ag Expo. Officials estimated 3,000 people came through the gates of the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds to an event that celebrates the region’s agricultural industry and provides opportunity to enhance its growth. More than 100 vendors, most from out of […]

Moving violations

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The sign indicating the illegal left from Prince into Walgreen’s Kevin Wilson A few weeks ago, a coworker came through the office. He told us he had just left a meeting, where the discussion turned to traffic trivia around Clovis. “For example,” he said, “it’s illegal to turn left into […]

Artificial trees have advantages

I guess for me it officially becomes Christmas when the Christmas tree goes up at home. Growing up that meant it was time to get serious about Christmas. We always had a cut Christmas tree bought in town. The only place I ever came in contact with a fake tree while I was young was […]

Insider trading perfectly legal on Capitol Hill

Freedom New Mexico Want to get rich? Get elected to the U.S. Congress. Recent revelations show that a lot of members of Congress came to Washington to do good — and stayed to do well. Very well. The most celebrated case involves Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, the speaker of the House of Representatives from 2007-10 […]

Greek drama just prelude to Italy failing

The past week global stock markets bounced up and down like a basketball at a Lakers game (if the NBA were playing). Up they went when news came the European Union worked out a deal to restructure Greek debt. Down they went when Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou decided to allow Greek voters to have […]

McGee: A case of deja vu all over again

Do you ever get the idea that you need to be listening to people better? I think I do. This realization came to me after reading an article in The Atlantic magazine in which the writer detailed a personal hacking experience. “Wow,” I said as I came down the hall, “These hackers are getting REALLY […]

Our people: Walks without fear

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Liliana Castillo: FNM correspondent Gail Keener has lived in Pep on and off for most of her life. Pep resident Gail Keener was one of a group of Victory Life Church members who came together to create the Portales Dream Center. The church’s pastor at the time gathered a group to create the center which […]

McGee: Head-banging music

Tooling down the road on a fine High Plains Saturday, the Lady of the House and I were listening to the radio. On came the heavy guitars and rockin’ beat of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. She cranked it up. While I drove, the Lady of the House was […]

Our towns: Melrose is small town with a lot of pride

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James Townson: Courtesy photo Melrose is a community of 679 residents. Melrose Chamber of Commerce President James Townson said the Melrose community is one with heart and its residents are very proud of its military members, veterans and school district. Alisa Boswell The town of Melrose originally began as a switch station for the railroad […]

Injured Clovis soldier recovering

Freedom New Mexico The condition of a Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan on July 15 is improving. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. was moved to a surgical unit Tuesday after spending nearly a month in intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., according to family friend Angie Taylor. Smith […]

Wounded soldier’s condition improving

CNJ staff The condition of a Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan July 15 is improving. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. was moved to a surgical unit Tuesday after spending nearly a month in intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., according to family friend Angie Taylor. Smith had only […]

Grant McGee: House guests always welcome to pitch in

A lady came by the bicycle shop the other day. She was there to pick up a grandkid’s bike. After we settled up we had a chance to sit and visit. She got to talking about a bunch of relatives coming to town for a family get-together. “A lot of them are staying at my […]

Texas 4000: Cyclists make stop in Clovis

USAF: Airman 1st Class Jette Carr Cyclists from the Texas 4000 walk toward their host families, many of which are airmen from Cannon, after a 94-mile ride June 9 from Lubbock. The Texas 4000 is the world’s longest charity ride, with a route leading from Texas to Alaska, roughly 4,500 miles. Clovis is an annual […]

Family time best present for Father’s Day

Freedom New Mexico Not that long ago, fathers led more simple, focused lives. They got up, had some coffee while reading the morning paper, went to work and came home when the job was done. Then it was dinner, maybe a question about whether all the homework was done, the 10 p.m. news on TV […]

EPCOG executive director named

CNJ staff Sandy Chancey has been named executive director of Eastern Plains Council of Governments. The decision came by a vote of the EPCOG board of directors during the agency’s annual meeting Wednesday in Tucumcari. Chancey, who has served as interim director since December, has worked with EPCOG since 2009. “Sandy has been an asset […]

McGee: Life in the not so fast lane

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Why is it that so many drivers break the law? I mean going faster than the speed limit? This came up as The Lady of the House and I rolled over that stretch of U.S. 84 between Santa Rosa and Fort Sumner on Memorial Day. Our cruise control was set […]

Brothers remembered

Bob’s older brother was Richard. Ronnie’s older brother was Anthony, and Jeff had an older brother named Jimmy. David and I were the older brothers in our families, so we had to share the above older brothers. By their cars could you know them. Rick drove a ’57 Chevy, the queen of cars. Jimmy had […]

Mother’s Day honors maternity

Long before Hallmark came along and invented such obvious commercial ploys as Sweetest Day or Grandparents Day, there was Mother’s Day. For those of us with mothers who are geographically distant, this can present a dilemma, though one which is easily resolved, with a little forethought. Quasi religious in its nature, since it was first […]

Board restricts club meetings

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education decided Tuesday to allow only curriculum-based student clubs to meet during the school day at Clovis High School, a policy called a closed forum. The decision came after a month of review on the board’s previous policy allowing all student clubs that meet a list of […]

Old-timers should be consulted

I recently came across the following in a U.S. government publication: “Realistically, livestock are the primary practical tools for altering vegetation on rangelands because of environmental concerns about herbicides and the high costs of treating vast acreages of rangeland.” The story described a “recent development” called “conservation grazing,” and said it had “resulted in a […]