Balloon ride has controlled crash landing

By Don McAlavy, Local Columnist Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part series. The first part was published in last Sunday’s Lifestyles section. We were about to land, and were low on fuel. We had taken the ‘wind blows’ route while the chase crew (our rescue crew) had to stay on the […]

Helping heals holiday gloom

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist The round of holiday parties is in full swing, and except for a brief respite, will continue through the Super Bowl. The arrangements of family gatherings, friendship events and year-end and beginning-of-the-year celebrations will continue and most hearts will be filled with joy and warmth. The attitude of most people […]

Reality is reality; you can accept it or not

Leonard Pitts Jr. Save your pity for McGreevey family James McGreevey is not a hero. That’s the first thing we need to get straight. To the contrary, press reports on the embattled New Jersey governor detail an administration so steeped in corruption that one feels a distinct need to wash one’s hands after reading them. […]

Clovis only needs one special events center

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the city’s proposed civic center. Some responses: “AFTER ALL THIS TIME, all I want to see is the finished product and be able to attend an event held in it. Surely before the contract (will be) let there (will be) specs and a time frame to be […]

Caught in middle of political injustice

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I’m under attack! It’s personal. It’s political. It’s spiritual. It goes straight to my heart. There is no middle ground! And it’s not just me. America is under attack! Since we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, Congress has become like suicide bombers, launching Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) on […]

Literary lovers on the decline

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Recent Clovis High grad Virginia Lee enjoys reading all types of literature, from Shakespeare to Steinbeck. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn Unlike most young women her age, 18-year-old Virginia Lee loves reading the literary works of some of the world’s most renown authors. The Clovis High School graduate began reading Leo Tolstoy’s […]

Best way to cheer up is other’s misery

Bob Huber: Local columnist When I was a kid, I often got down in the dumps, but my mother always brightened my day with homespun advice, such as: “There are people in India who have to eat rats and cockroaches. They’d give anything to have your broccoli.” “That’s a deal,” I’d reply. “I’ll even throw […]

Experience with Clovis nursing home a positive one

Letters to the Editor This letter is in reference to your recent articles of abuse and neglect in nursing homes; specifically the Buena Vista health center. I feel there has been a terrible injustice done to that home. My dear mother-in-law has been a resident in that home for three years this month. My husband […]

Mother’s Day can be for children, too

Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Mother’s Day is a time to tell our mother’s how much we love them. I love you, Mom. But how many of us mothers take time to show our children how much they have blessed our lives as well? Because of them, we have the greatest job descriptions on Earth that […]

Unopposed for City Commission District 1: Randal Crowder

By Jack King Randal Crowder Age: 53 Employment: Builder, developer, partner in American Self-Storage. Contact: 763-3901 Political experience: Chairman of the city’s Water Policy Advisory Committee. What is your experience and background? Born and raised in Clovis, Vietnam veteran, married with two children, builder, developer and general partner in American Self-Storage. Four-time president of the […]

Prospective councilmen have differing goals for Muleshoe

By Michelle Seeber Daniel Guzman wants to bring new businesses to Muleshoe and continue to see the community progress while Richard Orozco wants more of a sense of community in Muleshoe and to better the road system. They are the final candidates in a runoff election for city councilman, District 1, which tentatively has been […]

Community changes for the better

Clyde Davis Have you managed to keep pace with some of the new growth going on around town, the new and revised businesses that we are seeing? Sometimes it seems to move fast enough to make your head spin, so let’s take a tour of the town as it is developing. In the brief seven […]

Allsup family honored for largess

Reporter’s Notebook 2/6 While many individuals made donations of hundreds of dollars to United Way and some people and businesses made donations in the thousands, one family made a far larger contribution and received a special award at Thursday night’s United Way annual award banquet. Lonnie and Barbara Allsup, owners of the Allsup’s chain of […]

Almanac’s weather appears to beat the professionals

By Tom DiFrancesca III Seems like a pretty strange winter we are having. One day it’s cold, the next day we are out washing our vehicles in short sleeves. I seem to recall that during the fall — the National Weather Service had predicted that this part of the country was in store for a […]

Disabled parents don’t want to be a burden

Eric Butler Beth and Wayne know life isn’t likely to get easier for them. But even considering the difficulty of paying bills and feeding themselves, maybe the toughest thing for the couple is the thought that they’ll be a burden on their own children. Residents of the area for the past eight years, Beth and […]

Online polls: The great American opinion bowl

Ned Cantwell To stay alive in this business, cable news has taught us, you need to be trendy. CNN, for instance, intersperses in its coverage of hard news stories with online polls so viewers can express their opinions. A story about how Americans feel about their lifestyles, then, might include the following question: What do […]

Straight story about man’s tragic suicide

My name is LeAnn Westley (Johnson) and I am the daughter of Anthony “Tony” Johnson, sometimes known by strangers as the “man who jumped off Hotel Clovis.” I would like to express my feelings about the column in Wednesday’s newspaper by Don McAlavy headlined “Hotel Clovis holds story of one tragic life.” When my father […]

Q and A: Native New Mexican defends people’s rights

Gary Mitchell Monica Casias, 26, was recently hired as an assistant public defender with the 9th Judicial District public defender’s office. Q: When were you officially hired as an attorney with the public defender’s office, and when did you start work here? A: I began working in this office on Sept. 17 as a law […]

Officers say city dangerous due to a police shortage

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Clovis Police officer Lyndell Stansell, Jr., right, checks out a taser gun during a meeting for the swing shift Thursday at the Clovis Police Department along with officers Steve Wright, left, and David Lester, center. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police officials, contending officers are underpaid and that’s a key reason […]

Clovis businesses to say thanks to Cannon

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis businesses will say “thanks” to Cannon Air Force Base personnel on Friday. Beginning at noon, about 50 representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Committee of 50, and the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation will serve food and host entertainment events for both adults and children in Unity Park next to the […]