Fighting terrorism should be focus

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Fareed Zakaria, on his Sunday CNN program “GPS” (Global Public Square), chided American officials and commentators for responding to the failed terrorist attack in Detroit with panic. He based his assessment on the fact that there have been numerous calls for greater vigilance in defense of the realm […]

Bridges, buildings focus of city’s year

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For Clovis, it was a year of bridges and buildings, and how to restore them. At other times, there were questions of responsibility, animal cruelty, patriotism, partisan politics and religion — along with many issues that spilled over from 2008.

Hospice care extends to entire family

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When Loretta Fogerson decided it was time to get hospice help for her ailing mother, her main focus was on her mother’s care. She was surprised to discover the hospice staff cared for her and her family as much as her mother. “The week that my mom died, I […]

Sept. 11 memorials to be held in Clovis, Portales

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A pair of events are set on Friday, the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists attacks. One, in Clovis, seeks to de-emphasize the attacks and focus on those who respond in the area. Another, in Portales, ensures those attacks are at the forefront of everyone’s minds. “When […]

Board strategic plan focuses on communication

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer As the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education worked on its strategic plan Tuesday night, the focus was on communication. The board spent roughly 90 minutes in a study session on the plan, which sets forth the district’s beliefs, mission statement, objectives and strategies. Deputy Superintendent Ladona Clayton guided […]

Tucumcari guardsmen prepare for Iraq deployment

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico In a few short months, a handful of Tucumcari’s citizen soldiers will be in uniform 24-7 in Iraq. Preparations begin this weekend, when about a dozen men and women, and their loved ones, from the New Mexico National Guard in Tucumcari attend a family readiness conference in Albuquerque to […]

Families seek to end separation

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Roberto Valadez’ daughters, from left to right, Preciousa, 4, Samantha, 11, Esmeralda, 8, and Gulianni Mary, 5 months, are unable to see their mother at the Roosevelt County Detention Center because of the jail’s policy that forbids children’s By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer While the state works to study […]

Cottage needs repair

Portales historian Joe Blair is looking to focus attention on a caretaker’s cottage near Greyhound Stadium that’s in need of repair.

Focus on finances, not recipes

For your consideration, two thoughts about the presidential election I had when I should have been at the gym: • One of the most common attacks you’ll hear on Barack Obama is that he’ll raise your taxes. So why is he getting attacked for turning down $85 million in taxpayer money? That’s the amount Obama […]

Energy sources now main focus of U.S. majority

Freedom New Mexico Republican presidential candidate John McCain this week reversed his position and drew environmentalists’ wrath when he came out in favor of lifting the federal ban on off-shore oil drilling. McCain apparently realizes he needs motorists’ votes more than environmentalists’ endorsements. Better late than never. Rising gasoline prices have focused voters’ attention. A […]

Fort Sumner grads focus on community

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Courtesy photo The Fort Sumner 2008 senior class will graduate this Friday. By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer All 13 members of Fort Sumner High School’s graduating class of 2008 participated in community service programs focused on helping the school, the community and the world. Fort Sumner’s graduation is Friday. • Cass Dimitroff, valedictorian, on […]

CHS grad doesn’t give up

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kristle Ford, 19, said she’s excited for graduation. “I can’t believe I made it,” Ford said. A year ago, education was not a focus of Kristel Ford’s life. She said she lacked confidence in her abilities, but with help from school officials, family and friends she turned her academic life […]

Candidate forums slated for this week

CNJ Staff The Home Builders Association of Eastern New Mexcio is hosting two candidate forums this week at Clovis-Carver Public Library’s north annex. The first forum on Monday will focus on City Commission candidates. Tuesday’s forum will focus on mayoral candidates. Both forums will start at 6 p.m., according to the association. KTQM-FM will hold […]

Law enforcement prepares for year ahead

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MCT illustration By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Recruitment and retention, continued interagency collaboration, improved equipment and training, the fight against drugs, graffiti and truancy — These are but a few of the priorities law enforcement agencies have for the new year. As 2008 begins, area departments are outlining their objectives and evaluating obstacles they […]

Water meetings set for Civic Center

CNJ Staff The state Legislature’s Water and Natural Resources Committee will conduct meetings Monday and Tuesday at the Clovis Civic Center. “We need to take the Legislature to the people of New Mexico,” Vice Chair Rep. Andy Nunez, D-Hatch, said in a release. “One good way to do this is to go into the state […]

Smithsonian’s partnerships should be focus

With no apparent sense of the ironies involved, congressional Democrats have been holding highly politicized, extremely one-sided hearings on allegations that the Bush administration relies on highly politicized, one-sided science in policy decisions. The Climate Change Inquisition is about to shift its focus to the venerable Smithsonian Institution, which stands accused of the usual heresy […]

Ideal body shouldn’t be child’s main focus

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist Three of our five children play soccer. My husband and I believe any sport they practice will help them develop self-esteem, discipline and focus. But according to my husband, no “sport” includes dance, cheerleading or ice-skating. Not only do I love to watch these three “sports,” I also studied dance […]

Students hungry to help

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Niki Bowers, 16, left, and Kelsey Hale, 17, work on making posters Thursday at Kingswood Methodist Church for the 30-hour fast fundraiser geared toward helping the poor of the world. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer There will be no pizza or hot dogs, no burgers or shakes — for 30 […]

9/30 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. amos falls in a hole i don t know how it is up there in the human realm boss but here in the church pew underworld we little bugs and gentle mice tend to […]

Church separation shouldn’t invite secular tyranny

Freedom Newspapers Many Americans seem to invoke a double standard on the question of when it is appropriate for religious groups or leaders to weigh in on matters of politics and public policy. When a “reverend” this or a “father” that attempts to lend moral authority to a cause with which liberals agree, it’s not […]