Food choices not an endorsement

People haven’t started making resolutions just yet… possibly because they’re too busy enjoying the things they’re going to resolve to not do in 2012. That’s certainly been the case if people are resolving not to get offended so easily. They’re doing plenty of it right now on some pretty trivial things. • Last Wednesday was […]

McGee: Catching up with Catfish

Funny how long-ago things stick in your head. Someone you haven’t thought of for years pops up, or an old phone number of a long forgotten friend or an old pal’s birthday. It’s weird to me that I have trouble remembering my grandkids’ birthdays but I remember my buddy Catfish’s birthday. This year I decided […]

Unemployment rates drop in Curry, Roosevelt

Sharna Johnson Monthly unemployment numbers in Curry and Roosevelt counties dipped to rates that haven’t been seen in two years and officials are crediting expanding industries as the reason. The most current data available from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions shows in April, Curry County’s unemployment dropped to 4.2 percent and Roosevelt County’s […]

McGee: Missing Dad

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I haven’t written much about my father. It’s only recently that I’ve been able to find the words to give him the praise he deserves. You see Dad was a career man. What I remember most about Dad was he yelled a lot and didn’t talk much to my brother, […]

CCC board approves reduced budget

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Community College board of trustees and incoming president Becky Rowley haven’t come to an agreement on her contract yet. The board planned to meet in executive session to discuss the contract Wednesday during a regular board meeting but the executive session was pushed to the June meeting. Rowley, CCC’s executive vice […]

National charities accepting donations for Japan relief

Kevin Wilson Local organizations contacted haven’t taken up large donation efforts for last week’s earthquake in Japan, but say many of their national affiliates are. The official death toll from the 9.0 magnitude earthquake was at 2,800 Monday, but officials fear deaths may top 10,000. Diana Cordova, director of multicultural affairs at Eastern New Mexico […]

Military touts medical home care

Most military beneficiaries haven’t heard of PCMH or “patient-centered medical home,” a civilian-conceived strategy to improve managed care. Yet 655,000 military beneficiaries who use base clinics and hospitals have been enrolled with a PCMH team over the past 14 months and that number is projected to double this year and double again, to 2.5 million […]

Grant McGee: Small town holds wondrous discoveries

Grant McGee Haven’t you found things around your town and wondered how they got here? For instance The Lady of the House and I were watching a movie we picked up at a yard sale. “NOT FOR SALE OR RENTAL. FOR AWARD CONSIDERATION PURPOSES ONLY.” These words popped up occasionally along the bottom of the […]

Clovis Civic Center still losing money

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File photo The Clovis Civic Center draws events the city couldn’t have hosted before, but comes with an annual six-figure loss. Estimated losses for the past year are $284,000. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer By all indications, vendors who come to the Clovis Civic Center have been satisfied. By other indications, there just haven’t […]

Wheat farmers see high yields

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Area wheat farmers are expecting an above-average harvest this year, if they haven’t seen it already. Rick Ledbetter, who farms near Portales, said he and his neighbors have finished harvesting wheat to use the plant for silage and hay. Farmers growing wheat for grain expect to harvest in June. […]

Government habits hard to break

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Meg Whitman is running for governor of California and I haven’t a clue what her chances are. I know I don’t want someone like Arnold to get elected, but then I don’t want hardly anyone to be either re-elected or elected. And Meg Whitman offers a good example […]

Safe haven law saves lives

By Mona Charen; Syndicated columnist Mia’s story is good holiday fare. That must have been what the Washington Post editors were thinking when they put her smiling face on the front page. Whether they considered the deeper implications is not so clear, as we shall see. Mia Fleming is a 20-year-old college student who was […]

Farmers concerned unusually cold weather could affect crops

By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Unusually cold temperatures haven’t yet affected winter crops in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties. But area farmers are concerned it could cause a problem if the trend continues through spring During the month of December, the average high temperature in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties are anywhere from 52 […]

Always appreciative of feedback

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Writing has always come easy to me. Sometimes research and fact checking haven’t been as natural. A good example of that was last week’s column about animated movies. It was easy to write and came together quickly. Several people told me they enjoyed it and agreed with me. Several wrote […]

Payments more of burden than help

By Paul Gessing: Guest columnist In case you haven’t heard, there will be no cost of living increase for Social Security recipients next year. This has spurred outrage and consternation on Capitol Hill. After all, seniors vote in large numbers and are a politically powerful voting bloc, so efforts to placate senior citizens are usually […]

School officials report theft of model jet

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School security cameras recently caught two people in the act of stealing a 1/8-scale model of an F-16 mounted in front of the school. But the culprits haven’t been caught and the plane is still missing. Principal Wayne Marshall discovered the theft while taking a walk around […]

Supreme Court ruling against New Haven fair

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Ricci v. DeStefano that the city of New Haven, Conn., violated the 1964 civil rights law when it threw out the results of a firefighter promotional test after no blacks scored high enough to qualify for promotion. In an opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, […]

Rodeo still remains true to its roots

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist I got a chance to do something last week I haven’t been able to do in 35 or 40 years. I sat through a performance Thursday at the Pioneer Days Rodeo. I’ve been to lots of rodeos in three different states in that time, but I’ve always been there as […]

Remembering sacrifices

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Darlene Pacheco spends a tearful moment at her husband’s grave Monday after the Memorial Day ceremony at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. She said Bobby Pacheco, a Vietnam and Gulf War veteran who served in the Navy and Army, died of a heart attack in 2 By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff […]

This good buddy won’t be tweeting

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist While I do whistle while I work, I haven’t begun to tweet. Evidently tweeting is a new form of communication being applied by a new online software technology called Twitter, being used mostly through cell phones and other mobile devices. The other day my wife saw something on a news […]