Sacrificing soldiers all had stories

A coworker asked me a few days ago, “Do you think Memorial Day is too commercialized?” I balked, because I’d never considered it. I could only stammer, “Not really, do you?” She said yes, noting the emphasis on sales, cookouts and Facebook posts that missed the point. I agreed with her premise — that we’re […]

City taking over Chaparral Country Club on Sunday

Kevin Wilson A few things to know about next week’s golf course transition, following the city’s $2.81 million purchase of the Chaparral Country Club. When does the city take control? Sunday is when the city begins operations at Chaparral Country Club. It will keep that name for the time being, Parks and Recreation Director Bill […]

An education best reward for good grades

Freedom New Mexico Remember a few years back — and for some of us it’s a little further than we’d care to admit — when perhaps dad produced a crisp five-dollar bill when that report card came home with an unexpected but much appreciated A in math? Maybe mom cooked up a favorite for dinner […]

Team loyalties span years, mugs

Every few Fridays coworker Tony Bullocks comes in with some new gear marking the 2010 World Series title for the San Francisco Giants. • “Wow, this Giants World Series champs hat fits nicely.” • “Man, look at all of these color photos in this special San Francisco Chronicle.” • “You know, Kevin, I normally enjoy […]

Officials worry Sunday fire just the beginning

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson High winds kept a large grass fire going nearly all afternoon Sunday, pushing it from Melrose to just west of U.S. 70 in Clovis. Sharna Johnson Fire officials fear the massive fire that ripped through south Curry County on Sunday is only the beginning as dry, hot weather and high […]

New Mexico fishing report — April 13

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. There were few changes to the fishing report this week.

Sins of spirit always deadliest

Curtis Shelburne A few years ago, I did something I’d never done before. Along with two writing partners, I tried my hand at penning some short pieces for what we hoped might become a series of gift books. We had in mind some little volumes entitled something like, “Dear Mom,” “Dear Dad,” “Dear Teacher,” etc. […]

Reader-submitted content: Former glider school would be boon as museum

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Courtesy photo: Scot Stinett This towering building at the former Fort Sumner Army Air Field is a focus on the property’s past and what graduate student John W. McCullough thinks could be the key to a whole new future for the community. By John W. McCullough Along with the many extraterrestrial mysteries and legends of […]

Our people: Non-traditional student

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Lonzo Lassiter is an instructor at ENMU and works with KENW-TV as much as possible. He helps with video, audio and often builds sets. Clovis resident and Eastern New Mexico University instructor Lonzo Lassiter began what he calls the second half of his life at age 50 when he attended […]

Principles cannot be compromised

It is often necessary to compromise face-to-face, but to compromise when stating principles means you have none. Something I read a few days ago had someone referring to themselves as “ideologically extreme, behaviorally moderate.” I like that phrase. I am serious about libertarianism. I also know that as long as someone is not attacking anyone, […]

KENW exploring Spanish broadcast channel

Freedom New Mexico Portales based KENW-TV is exploring the possibilities of broadcasting a third standard definition channel in Spanish in the next few years. “We have been in discussions with veme.tv to broadcast their satellite programing to our area,” said KENW Director of Broadcasting Duane Ryan. Ryan said adding the Spanish channel to the KENW […]

Letters to the editor: Blame lies with elected officials

Blame lies with elected officials I just watched the news and I have a few questions for you folks who are smarter than myself. Why is it that an illegal alien needs a valid drivers license? Answer: To get the free benefits that America has to offer. Why was this law that allows the illegal […]

Grant McGee: Simple best for romance

One of the writers for the paper e-mailed me a few days ago for my thoughts on five romantic places for a date. I got the e-mail at 4 a.m. as I prepared for my day and he desired my input as soon as possible. Out of my sleep-gummed brain came a few ideas, like […]

Audiences killing off quality TV

It was just days ago that we said goodbye to quality football programming, and I fear that except for a few repeats, it’s gone for good. The NFL? No, I’m talking about “Friday Night Lights.” Last week marked the swan song for the series … well, sort of. The series, based loosely on the 1990 […]

Reliving my own Groundhog Day

There are a few ways to look at how history occurs. One is that it happens too fast to comprehend. Another is that it repeats itself far too much to ignore. Consider the 1994 video of the “Today” show, where Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel were flummoxed by this “Internet” thing. And who could blame […]

Double standard price of freedom

A few weeks ago, there was furor over changes to “Huckleberry Finn.” In an effort to minimize harsh language, the N-word was changed to “slave.” Film critic Roger Ebert felt that wasn’t an upgrade. He tweeted, “I’d rather be a (N-word) than a slave,” but he didn’t say N-word. He got blasted, and issued an […]

Editorial: Nation needs budget cuts, not investments

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama suggested freezing spending on a small fraction of the federal budget and making a few cuts. But, as the National Taxpayers’ Union calculated, the plan actually would add a net $21 billion in spending. And that’s before the unknown costs of seven other major State […]

Public officials here to serve us

Would you feel comfortable if you had a few hired hands — and maybe a maid, a butler and a gardener — who insisted you had no right to know what they were doing while they worked for you, maybe even locked the doors behind them while around your valuables? Me neither. Then why do […]

Melrose grant waiting on state approval

Sharna Johnson The next few months will be a waiting game before it’s known if Melrose will get the money needed to update its wastewater treatment plant. With a Dec. 17 deadline met, Curry County’s application for a Community Development Block Grant is in the hands of state officials. The grant, if obtained, would pay […]

Now GOP’s chance to rein in spending

Freedom New Mexico A s a new Congress reflecting the will of the voters as of November finally assumes office, with Republicans holding a majority in the House and more effective power in the Senate, we can expect symbolic gestures and a few substantive moves in the direction of less-intrusive government. Whether legislators will move […]