Dec. 16, 2008 Business Digest

Xcel Energy donates more than $40K to charities The Xcel Energy Foundation donated $44,500 in grants to eight eastern and southeastern New Mexico nonprofit groups, according to an Xcel news release. The grants are part of a total $185,500 in grant funding given to nonprofit groups in the company’s New Mexico and Texas service area […]

City commission votes down euthanasia switch

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis citizens and animal protection groups from around New Mexico touted the benefits of lethal injection to euthanize animals at the Clovis Animal Shelter. The Clovis City Commission disagreed, and voted 4-3 Thursday night against changing from its current carbon monoxide chamber. Commissioners and citizens spoke for about 30 […]

Disbanding terrorist groups no easy feat

Freedom New Mexico The U.K. Guardian described the savage terrorist attacks in Mumbai as “India’s 9/11.” The Chicago Tribune concluded, “We are India,” similarly finding common ground with the 150-plus victims of terrorism that targeted luxury hotels, a Jewish center and other locales in the city formerly known as Bombay. Closer to the slaughter, India’s […]

Commissioner opposed to animal euthanasia change

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer City Commissioner Juan Garza Sr. said he resents a push to change the euthanization method at the Clovis Animal Shelter, terming it the work of special interest groups from outside the community. After taking a week to research the issue, he said he will recommend at Tuesday’s Animal Control […]

Ethanol air quality permit decision close

CNJ staff The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board is scheduled to decide Wednesday whether to uphold an air quality permit issued for the Clovis Ethanol plant. The state board held a public hearing in September after several citizen groups filed a petition to appeal the ethanol plant’s air quality permit. The groups said information about […]

‘Bong Hits’ ruling reminds us free speech is fleeting

By Freedom Newspapers In the case of Morse v. Frederick, the “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” case, handed down Monday, the Supreme Court extended its proclivity to make a “drug war exception” to the Bill of Rights whenever possible. In the past, with its tolerant attitude to “no-knock” searches and searches on schools, the court has […]

Relay for Life worthwhile cause

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Late April means at least two events that hold significance in my life. I hope that these are also of importance to you. The first is, by now, you should have paid your federal and state income taxes, or have filed for an extension. If you haven’t, perhaps you should put […]

Church profile: Community Church of the Brethren

By CNJ staff Name of church: Community Church of the Brethren Who’s in charge: Pastor Jim Kelly Location: 101 Acoma Dr. Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wednesday 7 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous groups meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Good time to visit: Call 763-3667 What they believe: Christ centered, loving fellowship with an Anabaptist […]

Church Profile: Sandia Baptist Church

Church: Sandia Baptist Church Location: 1100 West Manana Blvd., Clovis. Who’s in charge: Pastor Jason Schwope Services: Sunday • 9:15 a.m. Bible study • 10:30 a.m. Morning worship • 6 p.m. Evening worship • 6 p.m. Small groups in home Wednesday • 6 p.m. Meal • 7 p.m. All age groups meet Good time to […]

Church profile: First Christian Church

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Church: First Christian Church Location: 1700 N. Main St., Clovis Who’s in charge: Senior Minister Jon Forrest Staff: Darren Goddard, associate minister of children and youth; Carla Anaya, secretary; Keith Risdon and Wendell Blair, elders; Bill Wallace (board chairman), Doug McGregor, J.D. “Jim” Hileman, Claude Elswick, Gary Logsdon and […]

Limiting media’s freedom hinders public freedoms

By Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to take a case involving a prosecutor seeking the telephone records of two reporters with The New York Times. The decision is regrettable — even though it is far from certain that the high court would have decided the case as we would have preferred. […]

Tree lighting, parade set for tonight

CNJ Staff Seventy small dancers clad in green and red elf costumes will perform on Main Street tonight in downtown Clovis. The performance will kick off the city’s 2006 Christmas Lights Parade. A tree lighting is also scheduled for 5 p.m. at Seventh and Main streets. The theme for this year’s parade, which begins at […]

Labeling system could be useful

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Here at the Lazy Syntax Library we’re perusing a couple columns we wrote about terms used to describe groups of animals — you know, like a pride of lions and a gaggle of geese. The seed for this research was the behavior of news reporters in Washington, D.C., a few […]

Despite efforts, there’s no pleasing environmentalists

By Freedom Newspapers Poor George Bush. Though the president has been trying desperately to win favor with one of the most powerful lobbies in Washington, Environmental Anxiety, Inc., nothing the president does will win him that shiny green star he can wear on his forehead. Bush recently established a mammoth new national monument near the […]

India, Pakistan should resolve own conflicts

Freedom Newspapers The tragic death toll — at least 200 (and 700 injured) — from a coordinated series of train bombings in Bombay, also known as Mumbai, keeps rising, and the implications keep getting more complicated. The most significant lesson — hardly new — is that terrorist networks are fairly inexpensive to set up and […]

Possible Cannon units ID’d

CNJ staff CNJ staff The 16th Special Operations Wing bound for Cannon Air Force Base will be formed from existing units and new squadrons, Lt. Gen. Michael Wooley told the Air Force Times in an article published in its July edition. A representative of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici’s office forwarded the Air Force Times article […]

Volunteer civic-assist groups growing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Two local groups offer a way to serve their country without joining the military. Called upon by the state and federal government in times of need, the Civil Air Patrol and the New Mexico State Guard stand at the ready to provide ground and air support in times of […]

Reporter’s notebook: Pastor named ambassador president

Dr. Frank Sherman wears many hats. He serves as pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church and teaches philosophy at Clovis Community College as an adjunct professor. His free-time endeavors include volunteering as chaplain for the Clovis Police and Fire Departments and serving since 1989 as a Chamber Ambassador for the Clovis/Curry Chamber of Commerce. Sherman recently […]

Democracy another form of tyranny

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist High up on my list of annoyances are references to the United States as a democracy and the suggestion that Iraq should become a democracy. The word “democracy” appears in neither of our founding documents — the Declaration of Independence nor the U.S. Constitution. Our nation’s founders had disdain for […]

Animal groupings on march

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Here at the Homeless Language Shelter we’re keeping a wary eye on the annual March for Animals in Washington, D.C. We’re not sure what animals they’re marching for, but human beings, mostly news reporters, get all tangled up when they try to describe the event. Here’s the problem: Reporters generally […]