Mayor looks back at 2011

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield delivers annual the state of the city address Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex. Kevin Wilson Mayor Gayla Brumfield said it felt like more than a year since she’d taken to the podium at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. That, she said, was because 2011 […]

McGee: Broken bones lesson in journey of life

A family member recently broke his hand. I felt for him, he was in a lot of pain. I remember how bad that felt because I’ve had a couple of broken bones in my time. How about you? For instance I broke one of my little fingers a few years ago. I had a Siberian […]

Communicating God’s truth calls for wisdom

Curtis Shelburne I still remember, and cringe when I remember, the TV interview I saw years ago featuring a Scripture-quoting preacher or church leader trying to defend the well-meaning but largely indefensible actions his church had taken which had landed them in court. I felt bad for the guy. He’d not done anything needlessly provocative […]

McGee: Just miss me when I’m gone

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist It was vacation time. South of Brownwood, Texas, we zipped by a cemetery. Apparently there was going to be a funeral that day. A green canopy had been set up, under it were burgundy velvet covered chairs probably there for the family. And there was the mound of dirt covered […]

Fire Station No. 6 reopens

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Lt. Chris Elam and Eric Blair get their equipment for a call Monday afternoon at Station 6 of the Clovis Fire Department. The department last used the building as a station in 1997, before it was replaced by a new second station on Llano Estacado Boulevard. Kevin Wilson When it […]

Obama visit felt like a New Mexico campaign stop

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The White House billed it as a backyard visit in Albuquerque’s south valley, a chance for a disabled Marine Corps veteran, his family and their neighbors to pull up a lawn chair and share concerns with President Barack Obama. But it sure sounded like a campaign stop […]

27th Special Operations Wing exhibits array of aircraft

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Col. Stephen Clark said he believed the open house Saturday was a good way to bring Cannon Air Force Base and the surrounding communities together. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections Air Force participants and attendees to the 27th Special Operations Wing Open House Saturday felt interaction between the base and […]

Cannon opens door to community

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Tyson Light, 10, plays with a gun on the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter Saturday during Cannon Air Force Base’s open house. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Air Force participants and attendees to the 27th Special Operations Wing open house Saturday felt interaction between the base and surrounding communities was […]

Prosecutors: Defendant wanted to see what it felt like to kill

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Prosecutors say Anthony Ray Casillas shot two people because he wanted to see what it felt like to kill. But his lawyer says Casillas’ behavior was too absurd to have been planned, implying alcohol and drugs may have influenced him the night Gary Payne and Melissa Ward died. Casillas, […]

Team teaching puts new spin on classroom subjects

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Courtesy photo Terry Pipkin and Tarmara Lopez’s seventh grade class staged an archeological dig at Marshall Middle School. The exercise was part of a new team teaching program. By Penny Bailey: Local columnist Have you ever attended a function or event just because you were being polite to the host or hostess, and you felt […]

Business Feature: Retailers say business steady

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CNJ file photo North Plains Mall Manager Cindy Banister said the mall is showing economic gain in spite of the recession. Monday, economists announced the recession is nearing an end. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer While economists are declaring the recession nearly over, many Clovis businesses say they never felt it and the city’s […]

Education feature: Ready to step into leadership

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ryan Strong of Clovis,14, is hoping his second youth leadership conference in Boston will be as life-changing as the first in Washington, D.C. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Ryan Strong divides his life into three sections. Before his first Congressional Youth Leadership Council conference, during, and after. Strong, who […]

Spiritual vision directs religious path

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist This is graduation season. Children we have known through the years are now graduating seniors and leaving home. I remember what an exciting time that was. When I graduated from high school, I felt the uncertainty and the excitement. In my 18-year-old mind, I felt that could “rock” the world. […]

Portales officials wary of proposed water authority legislation

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Orlando Ortega remembers his early days on the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, when he felt entities in Quay County were holding back production of the Ute Water Project. Now, it’s years since those entities left, and the pipeline project has been approved by Congress and President Obama, […]

New Mexico ranked 17th in nation on well-being index

Over the past year, New Mexicans responded to a random telephone survey about how they felt about living in the state.

Iraq veteran finds coming home tougher than expected

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Courtesy photo Trevor Lyons, 22, was surprised when he was told he had left over psychological issues from serving with the Marine Corps in Iraq in 2006. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He thought his reaction to the things he experienced in war was normal and felt like he was pretty well adjusted with […]

Baby born in back seat of Cadillac

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Candy McDonald gave birth to her 5-pound, 15-ounce daughter Jaliyah Marshall in the back seat of her grandmother’s Cadillac SUV Wednesday while enroute to the hospital. Mother and baby, nicknamed “Escalade” by hospital staff, are doing j By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Cadillac Escalade was the location of […]

Publisher felt government too intrusive

By Don McAlavy Raymond Cyrus Hoiles was a crusty old newspaper publisher who did not believe in taxes. Nor did he believe in compulsory public support of schools, the postal system, fire departments or police forces. His views are carried into hundreds of thousands of homes every day. His journalistic empire includes papers in California, […]

Residents skeptical about government bailout

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The financial markets reflected a general feeling of unease and skepticism felt by many over the government’s proposed $700 billion bailout plan to buy bank’s mortgage debts. Worries that the rescue package would cost too much, drive up inflation, swell the already-bloated deficit and hurt the ailing economy also […]

Organization devotes time to veterans

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Airman 1st Class Timothy Lopez, 27th Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron, takes a walk with retired soldier William Conrad, during a visit to the Thomas E. Creek Veteran Medical Center in Amarillo, Texas on Aug. 28. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs History lies […]