Patriot Act needs to be reassessed

C rucial votes on extending the USA Patriot Act could happen soon in both houses of Congress. The current extension of the act, passed three months ago, expires May 27. The act originally was passed by Congress in the wake of the 9/11 attacks almost 10 years ago. It greatly expanded government surveillance powers. This […]

Christmas wishes may not happen

Kevin Wilson I’m hard to shop for, so I like to build wish lists. Here are a couple of things that don’t fit on standard wish lists, though. n I wish people would actually do what they promise when they run for election, and the recent compromise between President Obama and Republicans on extending the […]

LeBron James makes his pick: He’s going to Miami

The Associated Press LeBron James wanted to play with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The only place that could happen was Miami. Get ready, NBA: A superstar trio is born. Ending weeks of silence and drama, the two-time MVP said on his ESPN special from Greenwich, Conn. on Thursday night that he’s decided to join […]

United Way could move as soon as next week

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo United Way volunteer Diane Madrid packs boxes Tuesday at the United Way’s office at 215 Main St. Madrid, a new volunteer, said she’s excited to work in a new building. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is moving. The non-profit is taking up […]

Water gaps comparable to economy

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Ranch people in the Southwest who happen to be in arroyo country must deal with water gaps. To keep the cattle in the correct pastures (bulls in the bull pasture after breeding season, neighbor’s bulls not visiting our cows, etc.), fences often must go across arroyos. Therein lies a problem. […]

Without music, what else is left?

By Don McAlavy Albert Einstein was once asked what would happen if we ever had a nuclear holocaust. He thought for just a moment and replied: “There would be no music.” Music is a part of everyone’s life — and Clovis and our area has been blessed by the amount of musical talent that has […]

Halloween simply about fun

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Once upon a place and time, there was a magical, charming, innocent world. The autumn days would follow frosty nights, moving from jacket to shirtsleeves to jacket again, and the buckeyes and acorns would leap from the trees into the waiting paws of squirrels or little boys who threw them […]

Don’t shy away from change

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist What happens when you really stop to count your blessings, your opportunities, your values in terms of time and what you may hope or dream of accomplishing? What happens, in short, when you come face to face with your own mortality and limits — not in a negative way, but […]

Happiness requires hard work

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Apparently there is a secret being revealed to the world through a book, appropriately titled “The Secret.” In it, philosophers, Reiki masters, speakers and authors describe how they got all the great things they wanted, such as wealth, good health, great jobs and perfect relationships, by simply wishing for them. The […]

Grady official: It could happen anywhere

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Grady Schools Superintendent Joel Shipley believes Monday’s report of an attempted abduction of a teenage girl in Grady was an isolated incident. Still, he said it shows small towns aren’t immune to potentially serious crimes. “Grady is a safe, quiet little community, but bad things can happen anywhere. The […]

Military families have much to offer

By Anita Doberman: Lifestlyes Columnist My husband and I adopted our son Matteo from Ethiopia. Our adoption journey has been exceptional. It has taught us things about ourselves and others, and surprised us in unexpected ways. Being a military family, we had to overcome practical obstacles. Finding references who lived in our area and had […]

Momentum a monumental deception

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist Once you read the first sentence of this column, its momentum will carry you from paragraph to paragraph until a few minutes from now, you arrive, blissfully enlightened, at the final word. No, you say? You may stop reading right now, or halfway through? Well, that’s a shame. But it […]

Placing blame in violence is ignorant

By Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated Columnist We begin with the obvious: Florida is an American state. Miami is an American city. And Sherdavia Jenkins, who died in Miami just over two weeks ago after being struck by random bullets, was an American child. So I would have thought it uncontroversial to observe, as I recently […]

First-half lull costs Buffs

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Ryan Fikany shoots a short-range shot in the first half of Thursday’s Region A semifinal at Logan. The Foxes defeated Grady 65-59. (Courtesy photo: Scot Stinnett) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent LOGAN — Sometimes it takes only a minute for a dream of reaching the state tournament to vanish. The Melrose Buffaloes held a lead […]

Rivalry culminates in water trough dunking

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local columnist TUCUMCARI — My dog has a new chew toy. Unfortunately it’s my goat. Lulu, an approximately 500-pound puppy who likes to snore and jump on strangers, surely has the upper paw against her nemesis, an approximately 2-ounce pygmy goat named Doug. Lulu didn’t pick on the other three goats, of […]

It’s almost fair time again

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist The time is coming, and will soon be upon us, to get ready for the Curry County Fair. For some of you, that means nurturing a special vegetable or flower for the gardening competition. For others, it means a needlepoint project. And yet others, it involves figuring out which vehicle […]

Forget the Zia, salute the slot machine

Ned Cantwell: Guest Columnist Here’s what we need to do: Can the Zia sun symbol. Give it a special corner at the state museum to represent what New Mexico once stood for. Relegate it to remember-when status. Look, it’s only a matter of time before the ACLU gets wind of the Zia, anyway. The symbol, […]

Shocking statistics

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By Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County’s emergency management director worries people don’t take the threat of lightning serious enough. According to Ken De Los Santos, lightning is among the most dangerous weather phenomena in New Mexico — partly because people don’t know that storms can be dangerous long before rain begins to fall and therefore […]

Police in the market for officers

By Darrell Todd Maurina Police staffing has reached a crisis and will soon become worse, according to Capt. Dan Blair of the Clovis Police Department. “If things happen the way we think they are going to happen, by the end of the summer we will have an emergency,” Blair said at Tuesday’s meeting of the […]