Senators aim to protect GI benefits

What if the military gave every service member an expensive car as a reward for honorable service, but they could take delivery only at night and the headlights didn’t work? Many of those gift cars might end up damaged. Something similar is happening to thousands of veterans leaving service with Post-9/11 GI Bill eligibility worth […]

Retail all about respect

It was a little bit of a shock to see his obituary since I didn’t know what had become of Mr. Nick or for that matter that he was even still living. Luke Nichols, Mr. Nick, as my grandmother referred to him, was the J.C. Penny store manager in Portales when I was growing up […]

Hounds edge Buffaloes

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Joshua Lucero: FNM correspondent ENMU guard Stefan Mirabal fakes a shot while being defended by West Texas A&M’s David Henderson, left, and Courtney Carr during Saturday night’s Lone Star Conference men’s game at Greyhound Arena. Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University didn’t wait nearly as long to make its comeback. This time, the […]

Education column: Students grow through town-building project

Walking down the hall at Cameo Elementary last week, I noticed the most amazing miniature towns displayed on long tables. Intrigued, I paused to take a closer look, along with some students who had paused as well. The students didn’t notice me, so I sidled closer to blatantly eavesdrop. “Look what they used for the […]

Community takes up watch

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CNJ staff photo: Robin Fornoff Linda Whitaker with one of the neighborhood watch signs still waiting to be posted. The neighborhood watch group boasts 83 active volunteers and police say they are making a difference. Robin Fornoff If neighbors didn’t know neighbors before this neighborhood watch got started, they do now. “It’s really impressive to […]

Expression of courtesy meaningful

I didn’t immediately recognize the neat and nicely dressed lady in the community room of the nursing home. She called me by name so I had to ask her for her name. As soon as she told me, I was embarrassed that I hadn’t recognized her. I had known her and her husband pretty much […]

In search of ponies: Success understood across species

We just didn’t speak the same language. And it wouldn’t have been such a big deal if he didn’t have the ability to run over me like a Mac truck, a point which was driven home with every nervous or confused twitch he made. I can still see him standing there, nose to the fence, […]

God uses both Mars and Venus to make Earth work

If I ever actually had any doubt (and I didn’t) that, to borrow from the wise guy’s book title, men really are from Mars and women are from Venus, one evening’s dinner drama would have put that doubt to rest yet again. There was no fuss. My wife and I really don’t fuss much. Well, […]

Weekly update —

Officials: Missing thumb drive didn’t compromise data District court officials say no data has been compromised after they found a computer thumb drive reported stolen from an employee’s office earlier in the week. The thumb drive was reported stolen Monday, according to a report filed with Clovis Police Department. The drive was located Friday in […]

Still too early to pick leading GOP candidate

Freedom New Mexico The Republican presidential race is tightening. The Iowa straw poll Saturday didn’t pick any delegates, which will be done at the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 6, but the poll began culling the herd of GOP candidates. Finishing first with 4,823 votes was Rep. Michele Bachmann, who was born in the Hawkeye State […]

Housing plan didn’t benefit Cannon

Those of us who lived in Washington were amused at what we called the “Washington Monument Syndrome.” When budget cuts were threatened, we were told “we will have to close the Washington Monument.” No one threatened to close an obscure park in North Dakota; always the Washington Monument. Clovis is doing the same with its […]

Sometimes, giving up only option

He was a sorrel, almost 16 hands, and quite healthy-looking. I didn’t have a round pen, so I put him in the woven-wire fenced square pen. I did all the things I’d been taught: tied up his foot, sacked him out, saddled and unsaddled him, leaned over his bare back, picked up his feet. He […]

In search of ponies: Swallows keep pests away

Sharna Johnson I struggled with the thought of knocking it down, but they were working so hard I just didn’t have the heart. Instead, I sat in the front yard and photographed the swallows as they swooped in and out, fluttering under the eave with beaks full of mud. Over several days I watched as […]

Shoutouts — June 19

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Courtesy photo Jerry Lisby with his son, Fox, 4. Fatherhood worth effort This is for those men who are undecided about starting a family. I married later in life and never thought about having kids; wanted to wait until I was in better shape, had more money, traveled more: The typical wall men put up. […]

Never found a pie I didn’t like

Pie could very well be one of the best things in this life. Three layers in sweet harmony —crust, filling and topping. My mouth waters just writing about pie. I don’t know if I can name a favorite kind of pie because I can’t really remember a pie I didn’t like. It was encounters with […]

McGee: Casual conversations

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist When folks come in to the bicycle shop I get to talking to them about other stuff besides bicycles. I might ask if they grew up here on the High Plains. If they didn’t, I might ask where they’re from. It’s all part of being conversational but it also takes […]

Officials: Inmate broke out windows of transport vehicle

CNJ staff An inmate who didn’t want to be transferred to state prison is facing felony criminal damage charges after sheriff’s officials say he broke out the windows of a transport vehicle. Around 7:30 a.m. Monday, Michael Padilla became violent and had to be extracted from his cell and restrained after he refused to leave […]

Firefighting better if privatized

Thank you to all the firefighters who defeated the recent grass fires. They did an excellent job. Firefighting is an important task no matter what society you live in. It is a job that will always need to be done and be paid for. But is depending on government for this crucial service the best […]

BB gun play doesn’t warrant felony charge

Freedom New Mexico For those who didn’t get the memo about society going stark-raving mad, the plight of a 10-year-old in Lafayette, Colo., should bring them up to speed. The boy, whose name we will not reveal, played on and near the Alicia Sanchez Elementary School playground late in March. He and some friends pretended […]

In search of ponies: Chickens on wheels merit research

Sharna Johnson Why didn’t the rooster cross the road? I don’t know the answer, but when the call went out over the police scanner this week, you can bet your bottom dollar I grabbed a camera and hurried for the scene. The call that went out came from a sheriff’s deputy who asked dispatch to […]