First person: Safety first

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jesse Walthers, a Texico native and lifeguard at the Clovis Wellness Center, plans to join the Army. He has been a lifeguard since he was 15 years old. When Jesse Walthers is on the clock, his main duty is to make sure people don’t drown. In his next line of […]

Education column: Prepare to celebrate new year

New Years: A holiday uniquely shared around the globe; we await the clock striking 12, and then, in unison — in whatever meridian we happen to be located — we shout, cheer, perhaps imbibe bubbly beverages, accompanied by an array of noise-makers and fireworks celebrations, for the arrival of a New Year’s beginning. Whether we […]

Business feature: Tax Day, credit eligibility counting down

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The clock is ticking on some tax credits and Thursday’s deadline is drawing closer. Close enough, in fact, that Mary Hernandez said at this point in the season, she tells people with complicated returns to file extensions. “Everybody knows this day is coming around,” she said, explaining during the […]

No action yet on campaign ethics proposals

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican With the ticking of the clock on the New Mexico Legislature’s 30-day session growing louder every day, no legislative committee so far has acted on an ethics bill designed to prohibit political campaign contributions by lobbyists and contractors. The House Voters and Elections Committee on Tuesday discussed […]

Zoo looking for new giraffe

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Hillcrest Park Zoo staff is working towards buying a male giraffe as a mate for Jael. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Jael the Giraffe may not know it, but zoo adminstrators do: Her biological clock is ticking and, at 7 years old, she’s in prime shape to have offspring. […]

Advocates represent interests of victims of crimes

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Victim Advocate’s Grace Orozco, left, and Patti Johnson discuss a domestic violence case Friday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers “In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups — the police who investigate crime, and the district attorneys who […]

War veteran loved antiques

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Lt. Col. Gradon E. Mongar enjoyed a long career in the military, flying fighter jets and serving in World War II and Vietnam. But there was more to Mongar than fast planes and war experiences. Antiques also played a big role in his life. In fact, after retiring from the […]