McGee: Father’s advice helps with chat

Tomorrow marks a new year: 2012. It means different things to different people. For instance, I was chatting recently with my youngest daughter. She and her husband were pondering moving to the big city, getting away from their small town in West Virginia. “We want to be in a safe place, you know, for 2012,” […]

Friday morning briefing: Freezing fog warnings and getting the lead out

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Be careful if you’re driving early today — there may be freezing fog (see weather). Fair warning On Sunday, officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting a DWI Saturation Patrol within the City of Clovis. Officers will be specifically targeting drunk and […]

Coercion no way to win support

When you decide your house needs a new roof, how do you go about getting it done? Do you either try to use your insurance policy or find a way to pay for it yourself? Or, do you go to your neighbors and demand, at gunpoint, that they pay for all or part of it […]

For veterans, holiday time of remembrance

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Bruce Pollard, commander of American Legion Post 117 in Clovis, left, converses with 20-year U.S. Navy veteran Milton Mitchell, right, about the significance of Veteran’s Day. Benna Sayyed Clovis veterans feel Veterans Day is a time of year when citizens should remember and honor veterans who served the country to […]

Gov. Perry good enough in debate debut

Freedom New Mexico Getting to know Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his record was one of the consistent themes of the GOP presidential debate Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. At times, the debate almost felt like an indictment of Lone Star state chief executive, given the questions and challenges directed his way. […]

Grant McGee: Some select which rules to follow

I know I may be getting older, but rules and society keep changing “Faster than you can say ‘Jack Robinson’” as my grandfather used to say, though he never told me who “Jack Robinson” was. The point is laws and regulations don’t seem to apply to everyone these days, especially when it comes to cars […]

First person: Cooking camp

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Courtesy photo Clovis High School culinary teacher Judy Uerling works on the cost specifics of a mac and cheese recipe in the Golden Corral test kitchen. Clovis High School ProStart and culinary teacher Judy Uerling spent a week in July getting what she called the best professional development training she’s had in years. Uerling was […]

Math camp organizers hope to foster student interest

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo David Vargas, 11, counts the number of items he placed in an egg carton as an example of how fractions work Wednesday at Marshall Middle School’s Kitten Math Camp. Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Carman Richard had trouble getting her daughter Joy Richard to read until she found a story that […]

Developers: Regulations, price of land add to cost of building

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Houses on Carmel Lane near the Clovis Civic Center are in various stages, from empty lots to homes in progress to moved-in residences. Developer John Bourne said it’s hard to find a balance between building a home that’s affordable to residents and making enough money on a project to justify […]

Press release: Clovis among communities getting HUD grants

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman reported today that seven New Mexico housing agencies have been awarded a total of $524,949 in grant funding though the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).Funding was awarded under HUD’s Family Self Sufficiency Program, which helps community housing agencies develop local strategies to help individuals and families […]