Reasons to give thanks aplenty

By Wendel Sloan: FNM columnist I usually find the inspirational sayings and dewy-eyed images in friends’ Facebook postings somewhat schmaltzy. However, a recent photo of the emaciated arm of an African child being grasped by an American aid worker with the caption, “You are living her dream life,” did sink in. Like most, I often […]

Nation must move past 9/11 attacks

Freedom New Mexico The images are still vivid in many Americans’ minds: Planes careening into buildings; New Yorkers staring upward as people launched themselves toward certain death; families grasping photos of the missing, clinging to flimsy hopes; the numerous memorials in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. More than nine years have passed now, but the […]

Airport scanners digital Peeping Toms

This is creepy. When the government started using full-body scanners over the past few years to screen passengers at airports and people visiting federal buildings, it promised the electronic images would not be stored. That’s because the scanners basically see through clothing, revealing a nude image. (Magnetic scanners, in use for decades, do not reveal […]

Cannon spouses give back

Cannon Connections Photo: Eric Butler Thrift Store manager Nance Lavallee, right, tidies up while her duaghter, Elizabeth, test drives a bicycle. The thrift store is operated by the Cannon Spouses Club. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections Officers wives clubs hold a distinct niche in images from American popular culture – and there’s usually several martinis […]

Virgin de Guadalupe still mystery

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist We’re not supposed to argue about religion, or so we’re told. But the Virgin Mary has become a very arguable figure in Biblical history, with many alleged apparitions and unexplained events surrounding her. The Virgin Mary — or Our Lady of Guadalupe, as we Latinos call her — holds a […]

Clovis High grad arrested in sting

Freedom Newspapers An Eastern New Mexico University student is among more than 100 arrested in connection with a nationwide child pornography investigation, according to a press release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler’s office. Matthew Coker, 21, a 2004 Clovis High graduate, was taken into custody by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Monday […]

Expert combats crime with computers

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer For the last four years, Dennis Usery, 47, has been a man the public doesn’t see — a pivotal person behind thousands of criminal case investigations from the 9th judicial District Attorney’s Office, New Mexico State Police and local law enforcement agencies. Usery is the Information Systems Manager for […]

Reader reaction: Readers divided on sticker issue

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about stickers on a Clovis man’s car that portray cartoon images in sexually compromising positions. Police have charged Dean Young with distribution of sexually oriented materials to minors in connection with the case. Some responses: “FIRST, LET ME SAY that I am not going to be a judge […]

Battle brewing over devilish stickers

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Stickers on a Clovis man’s car portray cartoon images of bare-breasted female devils in sexually compromising positions. And the images have caught the attention of Clovis police. Officials have charged 31-year-old Dean Young, the owner of a yellow Ford Focus displaying the images, with distribution of sexually oriented materials […]

Almanac’s weather appears to beat the professionals

By Tom DiFrancesca III Seems like a pretty strange winter we are having. One day it’s cold, the next day we are out washing our vehicles in short sleeves. I seem to recall that during the fall — the National Weather Service had predicted that this part of the country was in store for a […]