Debt plan would tamp down COLA

Military retirees, Social Security recipients and others drawing federal payments were tempted to grumble at Congress or the White House when the past two Januarys brought no cost-of-living adjustment. The real culprits were a deeply distressed economy, which drove prices down, and a logical process, set up 40 years ago, to track inflation and adjust […]

Only security in life knowing Jesus as savior

Have you ever taken some common event in your life for granted? I have, and a particular road trip showed me that sometimes we do not reach our destination, and life changes drastically in the process. This eye-opening experience came for me when some years ago Annie, Buffy, Mother and I were driving at dusk […]

Flow of illegal immigration slowing down

Freedom New Mexico Public opinion polls continue to show that strong majorities of Americans want their elected officials to crack down on illegal immigration. Furthermore, states are pushing ahead various proposals — such as requiring employers to use an E-Verify system to assure that workers they hire are in the United States legally. Yet a […]

Herding Squirrels: Greetings from a super villain

Traci Arbios As a young lass, I never wanted the “typical” dream of growing up and getting married and having 2.5 kids and settling down into the 3-bed, 2-bath home with the picket fence. Partial lie — I wanted the picket fence, but mostly I just wanted my parents to build a picket fence around […]

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 […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Mom vs. kid – Who will win droopy drawers war?

Marla Jo Fisher Late at night, I like to gather my children around me and tell them stories from the old days, back when guys wore belts to hold up their pants. I have to explain the concept of belts, of course, and that pants also used to fit around the waist, which prevented them […]

City Limits closes bar

CNJ staff Effective Tuesday, Clovis City Limits is shutting down its bar. The package store will remain open, said Sandra Starritt, a manager at the package store. Starritt said, “maybe later on down the road,” the bar could open again. She deferred questions about the bar closure to owner Robert Green. Attempts to contact Green […]

Local cowboy has inspiring story

Our search for a person who can inspire us to greater achievement in our chosen endeavors often ends close by or just down the road. Meet such a person — B. J. Pierce. He won’t tell his age, but some quick calculations say he’s past the 70s. He doesn’t look it, and he surely doesn’t […]

Lack of nuclear support could prove positive

Freedom New Mexico In Europe, which gets an even greater percentage of electrical energy from nuclear power than does the United States, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, spooked by the Fukushima disaster in Japan, says she wants to shut down all her nation’s nuclear reactors by 2022. Although Merkel tried to put a happy face on […]

ENMU’s Clabaugh steps down

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CNJ file photo Phil Clabaugh has been at ENMU since baseball program was revived in 2002. CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University baseball will have quite a different look next season. Veteran coach Phil Clabaugh tendered his resignation on Tuesday. He has been ENMU’s only coach since the program was revived at the […]

Press release: Longtime Greyhound skipper to step down after 20 years

Press release: Longtime Greyhound skipper to step down after 20 years

Education column: Students raise money with paper chains

By May 6, should you walk down the hallways at Barry Elementary, you will see billowing rainbows of colored paper chains suspended from the ceilings in each of the grade level corridors. Each year, April 6 to May 6, the entire school pitches in to help raise money for the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Relay […]

Don’t count out Denish just yet

When she was bouncing up and down, yelling, waving her arms, feverishly trying to coax cheers from Hobbs Eagles fans back in the 60s, the vivacious 17-year-old’s dreams for the future pretty much mirrored those of her girlfriends. Marry a great guy, have wonderful kids, be a supportive mom, live a comfortable, quiet, normal life […]

Local grower: Peanut acreage down, but prices high

Argen Duncan Peanut acreage in the Portales valley is down, but prices are high, a local grower has said. The Portales valley stretches from Floyd to Arch. Roosevelt County peanut farmer Wayne Baker said contracts for peanuts are offering $950 per ton for conventional peanuts and $1,400 per ton for organic peanuts, although farmers don’t […]

Local man predicts dry spring

CNJ staff Chief Joseph Crim of the Plains Indians predicted the weather for the rest of 2011, using methods handed down from his ancestors. Crim said the wind came Tuesday morning out of the southwest, which meant little precipitation. “That’s a bad omen,” Crim said. “It will be dry this spring.” The tradition, Crim said, […]

Retired teacher enjoys helping

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Courtesy photo Martin and husband Lynn were married Nov. 15, 1948, in Clovis at First Baptist Church. Longtime Clovis resident Marian Ruth Martin remembers walking home for Eugene Field Elementary School in wind gusts that could knock her down. The 81-year-old said she remembers wondering what that wind’s purpose was. “In God’s universe, everything is […]

Global warming activists need to cool down

Freedom New Mexico Fred Singer, a man perhaps as responsible

Clovis home sales down

Sharna Johnson Home sales in Clovis dropped about 28 percent in 2010 but home values remained steady, even inching up a little — both indicators the area is faring better than other communities nationwide, local real estate agents say. Clovis mayor and Realtor Gayla Brumfield said despite the decrease, the real estate community is pleased […]

Can’t take water for granted

Karl Terry The physical properties of water are pretty amazing. We can drink it, bathe in it, swim in it, clean with it, heck it keeps us all alive. Let the temperature drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, though, and the stuff can be a real pain. I came home on a recent night and sat […]

Year in review: Jail bonds overwhelmingly voted down

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File photo Two bond issues aimed at raising taxes to pay for a new jail and courthouse were defeated by voters Nov. 2. CNJ staff Curry County commissioners are working with two citizen panels to develop solutions to problems at the jail and security issues at the courthouse. The panels are a direct result of […]