Agreement reached to keep witnesses in homicide case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local law enforcement have reached an agreement with federal authorities to keep witnesses to a November homicide in Texico involving a Honduran national in the U.S., District Attorney Matt Chandler said. In addition to the victim, seven witnesses in the deadly shooting six weeks ago were Honduran nationals working […]

Lowered gas prices keep mischief at bay

Freedom New Mexico If there is anything resembling a silver lining in the current financial crisis, it is that the worldwide price of oil has fallen to around $70 a barrel, about half what it was some three months ago. Gasoline prices, which always lag behind oil prices, have begun to drop as well. This […]

Workers strive for clean fair

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gloria Eldridge has worked as part of the cleaning crew for the Curry County Fair for eight years. Her duties include picking up trash from the grounds and cleaning offices and bathrooms. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer As fairgoers stroll through the fairgrounds, look up at the lights of […]

When can we really accept God’s grace?

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I keep wondering: What does it take for human beings to truly know God’s grace as something much more than theoretical? I know. Most Christians talk a lot about God’s grace. We dissect it in Bible studies. We say we believe in it. We claim to know it as […]

Lenders may be better off out of federal hands

Freedom New Mexico So what happened Sunday night, when Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would get government backing to keep them from failing? It seems to have prevented a major meltdown of the two government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), but it’s a short-term fix that […]

Keep students’ success in mind

By Sandi Fullerton: CNJ guest columnist In regard to the recent controversy and negative publicity concerning Clovis High School, please consider the following facts: 1. 2008 senior class — received $3.1 million in scholarships. 2. ROTC unit received the Distinguished Unit Award from Air Force headquarters for performing more than 3,500 hours of community service. […]

Fathers keep focus

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist Men, and military men in particular, can take a lot. They are tough, hard working and have high tolerance for pain. Take my beloved hubby. He almost died of a burst appendix because he didn’t go to the hospital right away — he preferred to take the pain than go […]

TexAnns keep Zias reeling in South play

CNJ staff STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Tarleton State punched over the game’s only runs in the bottom of the fifth and the TexAnns kept Eastern New Mexico University struggling in Lone Star Conference South Division play Friday with a 2-0 victory. Brooke Saulters (4-6) pitched a four-hit shutout for Tarleton (10-14, 2-2 South), which handed the […]

Some thoughts on New Year’s resolutions

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Last Sunday morning one of our elders asked our church folks, “How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions?” The giggles telegraphed the answer, six whole days into the new year. I’m guessing that the three or so people who didn’t laugh and might have still been on […]

Mouse doesn’t deserve spot on protection list

By Freedom New Mexico One might interpret the sparse turnout at last month’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service meeting on the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse as a sign of indifference and acquiescence. Or one might take it as a sign of resignation and silent protest — evidence that most citizens by now recognize the agency […]

Dec. 9, 1919

With the announcement of the settlement of a coal strike, Clovis’ City Council announced restrictions on electricity would soon be lifted. … The Farwell Inn in Farwell was destroyed by fire. … Brothers Joe and A.W. Skarda sold their Skarda Hardware Co. to the Roberts-Dearborne Hardware Co. of Carlsbad. … Scott’s Emulsion, which contained cod-liver […]

Business Feature: Juanito’s celebrates silver anniversary

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Juan Garza and his wife, Noemi, started Juanito’s restaurant in 1982 and expanded to Portales in 1992. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The year was 1982, and Juan “Juanito” Garza was just another Muleshoe resident in his early 20s, working at a Mexican restaurant. With a family of four […]

Business Feature: Maintenance key to staying cool

By Helena Rodriguez: CNj staff writer Whether you’re at home or in your vehicle, local experts say preventative maintenance is the key to keeping air conditioners running properly. “Now that it is getting warmer outside, we are getting a lot of phone calls for air conditioners which have already quit working,” said John Kuchta, a […]

Letters to Editor: Democrats should act or stand down

I’m far from an expert on governmental policy, but as I read the papers I keep seeing statements that the November 2006 election was a mandate to ending the war in Iraq and that our Democrat Congressional leaders are determined to do just that by submitting bills that establish a timetable for troop withdrawal. They […]

Adulthood requires restraint

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Opposites attract. This is true in many areas of my life and especially in my marriage, where my husband and I have different personalities. I am the more exuberant type, and he is the more coherent one. I am more fun — he may say impulsive — and he is more […]