Education feature: Clovis students performing original play

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Darlene Barragan, right, plays the part of Ms. Plug Ugly, an overbearing teacher. Here she is getting the class under control, asking students how they plan to make life better for people. Benna Sayyed Lizzie Skermetta hopes acting will make a difference in her life. A sophomore, Skermetta plays a […]

Commentary: Mentoring makes difference

By Lt. Col. Paul Valenzuela: Force Development Policy and Integration WASHINGTON — I have always enjoyed reading about the comments and experiences of our airmen in the field. Recently, a Hurlburt Field “Tip of the Spear” spotlight caught my attention. It highlighted Staff Sgt. Erin McLoughlin, a 4th Special Operations Squadron AC-130U loadmaster instructor. As […]

Everybody’s Business: Difference between employees, contractors can mean hundreds of dollars

What is the difference between an independent contractor and an employee? This is one question that does not get asked often, but should. The choice can mean a difference of hundreds of dollars to the business owner. And the answer is … it depends. According to the Internal Revenue Service, there are three categories that […]

New twist: Remake bad movies

A few weeks ago, I wrote about social networking, and the difference between Facebook and Google+. In brief, the starting point is the difference, because Facebook starts with the concept that everybody sees everything and Google+ starts with everybody sees nothing unless you say so. Over the past few weeks, I’ve found starting points everywhere […]

Cuts in gifted education hurt kids’ potential

Aisha Sultan “How can we measure the sonata unwritten, the curative drug undiscovered, the absence of political insight? They are the difference between what we are, and where we could be as a society.” — James Gallagher, former director of the FPG Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. There is a well-tolerated discrimination in our […]

Strong difference exists between mistakes, sins

What is the difference in a mistake and a sin? It seems to me that a mistake is putting the whites in with the dark colors in the wash. A mistake is adding five eggs to the cake batter when the recipe only calls for two. A mistake is forgetting to carry the two in […]

Hounds adjusting to new bats

Clarence Plank The boys of summer are getting ready to start spring training for the upcoming baseball season. Meanwhile, at Eastern New Mexico University, Greyhounds are learning how to hit with the new NCAA specs for baseball bats. Greyhounds coach Phil Clabaugh said they are spending $3,500 for new bats, but were able to make […]

Letter to the editor: $1 can make all the difference

$1 can make all the difference I read with admiration Friday’s article about the Chamber of Commerce handing out grocery money from “Random Acts of Kindness.” I thought how nice, especially this time of year. Large family gatherings and lots of goodies can strain a budget. I was thinking about this while in line at […]

No room for double standards

The recent tragedy in which a Clovis police officer seems to have run a stop sign and caused an accident that killed a woman illustrates the difference between the way statists and libertarians see things. Make no mistake: I don’t believe for an instant the officer wanted to cause the accident. (Hence the word “accident.”) […]

August weather hotter than average

Kevin Wilson A few degrees, and a little bit of humidity, makes a big difference. It’s not a surprise that it’s hot. In August. In New Mexico. However, Clovis and Portales are experiencing a heat wave in which the average high for the first 15 day so August has been more than 3 degrees warmer […]

Old veterans daunted with current wars

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist A small group of U.S. war veterans, the age difference among them as wide as 70 years, gathered this month at American Legion Post 177 in Fairfax, Va., for a special event at the annual Veterans Day Community Fair. They had agreed to participate in a “living history,” co-hosted by […]

Ag Sense: Ag center uses remote sensing to monitor crops

By Naveen Puppala: New Mexico State University Dwindling of the Ogallalla aquifer is going to be a great concern to the area growers. Unpredictable rains and change in climate can make a difference in what to plant and when to irrigate. The wells, which used to pump 600 gallons of water per minute, are now […]

Elida grad elected state FFA president

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Courtesy of New Mexico State FFA Association Ryan Best was named the 2009-2010 state FFA president. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico As the new state FFA president, an Elida High School graduate is aiming to make a positive difference in others’ lives and go on to national FFA office. Ryan Best, Elida’s valedictorian this […]

Letters to the editor: Big difference in area gas prices

Big difference in area gas prices The people of Clovis continue to pay outrageous prices for gas compared to cities

Mrs. New Mexico: We all make mistakes

By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico Editor She says she wants to make a difference in the lives of others, especially little girls. “A lot of little girls don’t have a role model. I want to be that role model,” Clovis’ Noel Hunt said. And so, having sought a public spotlight and earned the Mrs. […]

Two words make huge difference

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist No one has to convince me of the power of words. So why am I so often surprised by the power of the two little words, “thank you,” as they lift the corners of my mouth and make my heart soar? It was 1992 when a good-hearted fellow named […]

Boys talk just as much as girls

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A hot-off-the-press study shatters the myth that women talk more than men. Did you hear that men? We are not chatterboxes. Although the more-than-likely over-funded, waste-of-taxpayer-money study is flawed because it was limited to college students, I’m inclined to believe it because, well, because I’m a female, and because I’ve […]

Thank you letters: Red Cross, volunteers spirit of strength

As chairman of the Zia Advisory Council for the American Red Cross, Zia Service Center, I have the opportunity to witness the strength of the human spirit each day. That’s especially true during this trying period after tornadoes hit Curry and Quay counties. I am proud by how these communities stand together. I see it […]

Mother’s message carries session

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Kim Knox of Pleasant Hope, Mo., talks about her son, Jarrod, Friday at the Save-A-Life Tour at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union. Knox’s son was killed in a drunk driving related accident in November 2005. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Using a sophisticated machine that makes an experience […]

In God’s eyes, there is no ‘in’ crowd

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Recently I viewed a documentary entitled “The ‘In’ Crowd and Social Cruelty.” The report addressed the problem of bullying and American children. For some reason, kids seem to dish out abuse to those less accepted. Many adults today were the target of bullying behavior at one time or another during […]