Business exploring broadband options

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Employees of a local telecommunications company are learning to use computers to talk on phones, according to a Clovis Community College press release. ENMR-Plateau Telecommunications employees are being trained in the new technology, called Voice over Internet Protocol, at Clovis Community College in preparation for customer use, according […]

Local golfer notches pair of aces

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Bob Rogers of Clovis plays golf at Municipal Golf Course last Thursday. Rogers has golfed with the same group for the past seven years, and usually plays four days a week. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent There’s an old story around the clubhouse at Clovis Municipal Golf Course about one […]

Day Trip: Tatum Cow Pasture Golf Course

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Courtesy photoMarcia Hilburn and Allen Jones, background, look on as Ray Hilburn takes his tee shot on the second hole at Tatum’s “Cow pasture golf course.” Tatum will host the second annual Cow Pasture Golf Tournament Oct. 21. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers It’s possible to play golf among cow patties and coyotes at Tatum’s […]

Lessons can be learned from food scares

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist Just when New Mexico folks thought that burrito was safe, new news says a tainted bag of spinach found its way to the Land of Enchantment. The spinach E. coli scare has now strained its way to 23 states, killing one in Wisconsin. While the scare heavily hit California — since […]

New project symptom of age

By Bob Huber, Local Columnist During the Dark Ages of my married life, I bought a prehistoric Volkswagen camper and spent the national debt fixing it up. I named it “The Titanic.” It had all the necessary gismos for modern camping — a gas stove, electric ice box, a sink, a bed, a radio, a […]

College courses sign of poor education

By Walter E. Williams: syndicated columnist Colleges and universities will start their fall semester soon. You might be interested in what parents’ and taxpayers’ money is going for at far too many “institutions of higher learning.” At Occidental College in Los Angeles, a mandatory course for some freshmen is “The Unbearable Whiteness of Barbie.” It’s […]

Day Trip: Parks can help make fun finale for summer

With summer winding down, families are looking to squeeze that last little bit of fun from summer. A quick way to do that on a day trip would be a visit to an area amusement park. Casel-Land Fun Center Located on the outskirts of Clovis, Casel-Land Fun Center includes a go-cart track, 18-hole miniature golf […]

Chavez shoots 76 in qualifier meet

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High grad Guillermo Chavez shot a first-round score of 40-36 — 76 on Tuesday in the first round of a United States Golf Association amateur qualifying tournament at the University of New Mexico’s Championship Golf Course. Chavez, who recently completed his freshman year at UNM, is in a three-way tie […]

License plates to support your cause, too

By Ned Cantwell: state columnist Some New Mexicans decorate their vehicles with what the state laughingly calls “prestige plates.” For an extra 15 bucks you can honor your cat, FLUFFY, describe your personality, IMWILD, or boast your own name, JACKO1. These are commonly referred to as “vanity plates” and the purpose is “LOOKTME.” This whole […]

Outdoore Rec provides play gear all year

Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower Many families are searching for family events now that summer has come and school is out. One problem many face is that they do not have the right equipment to do things like go camping, boating, sailing or just barbecue in the back yard. The Outdoor Recreation (ODR) office has […]

Richardson unveils redesigned high school plan

CNJ Staff Gov. Bill Richardson last week unveiled his plan to redesign high school education in New Mexico, according to a press release from his office. The initiative seeks to better prepare high school students for college and careers, the release said. The governor requested the Public Education Department partner with the Legislative Education Study […]

5/16 Business digest

Electric cooperative approved for loan The Farmers Electric Cooperative Inc. of Clovis has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a $14.9 million low-interest loan from the federal government, according to news releases from the offices of U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.). The 35-year low-interest loan will help […]

Mother’s Day options abound in Land of Enchantment

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers It’s that time of year to thank one of the most important people in the world — mommy dearest. After all, if not for her, we wouldn’t be here in the first place. This fact, sadly, is frequently twisted and used against her by the angry teen who screams about […]

Wildcats 10th at Roswell

CNJ staff ROSWELL —Clovis senior Jordan Moore and Clovis Christian senior Mollie Peterson each finished fifth Tuesday in the Roswell Spring Invitational golf tournament. Moore shot a second-round 77 at Spring River Golf Course and finished nine strokes behind winner Michael Adams of Alamogordo. Tyler Fontenot shot Clovis’ best round of the day with a […]

Extended learning has something for every interest

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist My first contact with extended learning, or, community education, as it is sometimes known, was in the art center in Sewickley, Pa., not far from where I was working in Ohio. The subject was the carving of a hunting decoy, in this case a Canada goose, and I had, I […]

Avian visitors worth moment’s gander

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Clovis had a weird visitor the other day. Well, the critter probably doesn’t think it looks weird, but this was a strange looking bird to be in our part of the country. I was at my day job south of town off Curry Road K amidst all the open fields. […]

Every profession can have bad seeds

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist As I was channel surfing the other night, I went past one broadcast channel on which I saw and heard the following sentence uttered by a young woman: “He was a businessman so he would do anything to turn a profit.” I caught a glimpse of the name and it […]

Take time out to love yourself this Valentine’s Day

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local columnist TUCUMCARI — When you are trying to quit smoking, everyone lights a cigarette. When you’re on a massive diet, the only trucks that ramble by are owned by Sara Lee. And when, like I am, you are moving 1,942 miles to the West Coast and leaving behind five goats, a […]

January ranks 12th warmest on record

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Jason Wolfe, a detailer for Big Country Ford, washes vehicles on the sales lot Thursday afternoon. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Under normal winter circumstances, Delores Montoya would be sipping hot chocolate. Not a frozen strawberry daiquiri. Brad Props would be practicing his golf swing inside. Not on a golf […]

Born to run: Dog agility competitions catching on

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Maggie, a 2 1/2-year-old border collie, posted the fastest time in three events in her first competition. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Through a tunnel. Over an A-frame. Weave through poles. Lay down on the platform. Jump the hurdles. Good dog. Where dog shows are beauty pageants for pampered pets, […]