Sometimes omens not really omens

By Grant McGee March is here. At the beginning of every March, I always remember that saying, “March comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb.” Winter storms in the last part of February and first days of March give way to the early days of spring by the end of the month. […]

Retirees unlikely to see full pay restored

Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Military retirees rated “unemployable’’ are unlikely to see their retired pay fully restored under the “accelerated concurrent receipt’’ provision that Congress approved last fall. After months of internal debate, the Department of Defense is nearing a final decision to limit full concurrent payments to 23,000 retirees who have disability ratings of […]

Clovis funeral home full of life

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(CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) Kevin Ducan, left, and Russell Muffley talk as another round of coffee is poured last week at Muffley’s back door during morning coffee. Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer The front door to Muffley Funeral Home brings people face to face with death. Just a few feet away, through the rear […]

CCC enrollment down slightly

CNJ staff Clovis Community College spring enrollment dipped slightly from last year, according to preliminary numbers released by the school Wednesday. This spring, 3,963 students have enrolled, down from 4,171 in 2004. Full time equivalency (FTE) totals for the school stand at 1,770, down from 1,828 last year when the school reached its high point […]

Goodbye, to self-described libertarian

CNJ staff Syndicated political columnist William Safire, 75, is retiring his op-ed column, but he will continue to write his “On Language” essays for the Sunday New York Times Magazine. “It’s time to leave when you’re still hitting the long ball and have something else you want to do,” he said when he announced his […]

New Mexico needs a visit from Santa

By Ned Cantwell What New Mexico needs under her Christmas tree: • Elimination of the food tax. Done. Starting Jan. 1, we will no longer pay the sales tax on food, a “temporary tax” enacted in 1933. This is a gift for the poor families of our state. They should send thank-you cards to the […]

It’s all down hill from here

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Photo courtesy of Santa Peak Ski and Tram/ Ski Santa Fe : Sandia Peak Ski area in Albuquerque is only a four hour drive from Clovis. The Associated Press Some New Mexico skiers will be able to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend on the slopes thanks to a combination of early season snow and cold temperatures, which […]

Season reminds us to be grateful

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist I was recently out of surgery, in the time which has come to be known as the Great Bout with the Unthinkable, circa August 2001. Because they had operated on my stomach and my esophagus, I had been forbidden to eat for a week; the surgery site needed to heal. Thus, […]

G.O. Bonds approved by voters

By Ryan Lengerich A school bond that will designate $8 million to Eastern New Mexico University was approved by New Mexico voters on Tuesday. Bond B will allocate $94.5 million to colleges statewide and raise property taxes by an average of $15.26 per year on a $150,000 home, according to the state Board of Finance. […]

Coming soon: Back to school stress

By Helena Rodriguez I interrupt this long, hot summer for some important breaking news. It’s urgent, more pressing than our current national security code level. It commands your full attention. It’s back-to-school time! Back-to-school time! Back to school! In case you missed it, “School! School! School!” Only 28 shopping days until school starts in Portales […]

Commissioners concerned civic center is too small

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor A multi-million dollar civic center will not be large enough to host high school graduations and large events like the Home and Garden Show. That’s according to the project’s conceptual design, which the Clovis City Commission approved by a 6-2 vote Thursday night. Commissioner Isidro Garcia and Fred Van […]

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 […]

And He Was Gathered to His People

By Curtis Shelburne “And He Was Gathered to His People” My wife has been collecting and displaying some old family photographs. She’s been after me for awhile now to scan a small old photograph of my maternal grandparents that has long sat on a shelf in my office. And I just did. I knew that […]

United Way groups consider joining forces

By Mike Linn Officials with the Curry and Roosevelt County United Ways are entertaining the idea of merging the two charitable organizations. Citing difficulties meeting set goals the last two years, RCUW President Rick Hauptmann said his organization could be more effective and raise more money if the merger took place. “When we talked to […]

Thurmond’s daughter exposes nation’s hypocracy

By Leonard Pitts “All the laws of Washington and all the bayonets of the Army cannot force the Negro into our homes, into our schools, our churches and our places of recreation and amusement.” — Strom Thurmond So I guess ol’ Strom didn’t mind a little integration after all. Granted, he made opposition to it […]

Lynch affair is symbolic of war’s lack of clarity

Freedom Newspapers When commentators first suggested the U.S. military’s depiction of Army Private Jessica Lynch’s “heroic” struggle against her Iraqi captors was overblown, U.S. officials were indignant. But the more the public learns about the event, the more clear it is that initial Pentagon descriptions of what happened were untrue. A new biography of Lynch, […]

Q&A: Rajan K. Mirchandani, M.D.

Rajan K. Mirchandani, M.D., 46, will be opening a private practice in Clovis in January. Q: Where do you presently work? A: I’ve been working in the Urgent Care Center at Plains Regional Medical Center for the last 2 1/2 years. Q: What brought you to the Clovis area? A: Dr. William Gaspar and I […]

Take politics out of VA health care

By Tom Philpott Moving fast on a key recommendation from a presidential task force, the House Veterans Affairs Committee chairman has introduced a bill to require “full funding’’ of VA health budgets to ensure timely care to almost all enrolled veterans, including many with no service-connected ailments. The Veterans’ Health Care Full Funding Act “would […]

SDE approves 78 new full-day kindergarten literacy readiness programs

By Gary Mitchell Three Clovis area schools will receive state funding for full-day kindergarten programs for the academic year 2003-2004. Barry Elementary, Highland Elementary and Ranchvale Elementary schools are among 78 new full-day kindergarten programs within 33 school districts that have been approved by the State Department of Education. Those three schools join seven other […]

Lack of moisture hampers planting

By Mike Linn A lack of precipitation and plenty of wind-battered crop land has been concerning area farmers, causing some to parlay excessive amounts of water onto their fields from area agriculture wells. One Roosevelt County farmer, Colin Chandler, said he has already spent more money fixing water pumps this year than all of last […]