Growth committee told base personnel numbers have bottomed out

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico The Local Growth Management Committee learned Wednesday that personnel levels at Cannon Air Force Base have bottomed out and numbers will begin to increase. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said he learned from base officials during a Clovis Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday that the trough in personnel […]

Local predicts weather old-fashioned way

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer A local weather forecaster predicts this spring will be a little dryer than normal. Joseph Weldon Crim is up early in the morning every year on March 22 to build a bonfire before sunrise. At sunrise, he looks to see which way the wind is blowing and uses this […]

Parents deserve choice

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist I had never heard of home schooling before moving to the U.S. In Italy there is no such right. The state decides how, where and what children need to learn. School programs are the same for the whole country. I believe that home schooling is a great alternative for parents. […]

Music teaches discipline

By Cindy Martin: Guest columnist This is part of a series in which local columnists share their love for music in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. Like many people, music is an everyday part of my life. I have the radio on in my car and in my office. […]

Swing time

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo David Josiwak of Roswell twirls Mary Weigl of Kenna at The Circle 8 District square dance Saturday. The couples have to dance each step the caller calls in time with the music. David and Alyse Josiwak danced on their first date 39 years ago. About 15 years ago the couple […]

Cell Phone Etiquette and Centipedes

By Curtis K. Shelburne I just talked to Joshua, our youngest son, on the cell phone. Amazing. Yes, cell phones in general amaze me. I have a love/hate relationship with the gadgets. They are blessings when you own one (or if you need to reel in a teenager) and a blight when they own you. […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Entrepreneurship class uses skills to raise funds

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer CLOVIS RESIDENT Judy Uerling remembers her first year as a restaurant owner in Albuquerque. Business was slow. But Uerling still turned to those less fortunate. “RATHER THAN FEEL sorry for myself, I made five gallons of vegetable beef soup and took it to a (soup kitchen). They were so […]

Artist’s need to wander might be inherent

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Someone called it playing hopscotch. My Clovis editor asked if it were a mission to live in every state in the nation. I call it getting out of the rain. And with the rainfall the Oregon coast gets — which lasts through April and has already flooded nearly every river […]

Oklahoman comes to own ‘piece of God’s good earth’

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: The following was told by Jewel Buttram Ames. We came to the (New Mexico) territory Feb. 20, 1907. I was 5 years old. I think we came to establish a permanent home and to own a piece of God’s good earth. We came from … Henryetta, Okla. My […]

Being polite can be more important than winning

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Somewhere along the line, I learned this. It may have been when Mr. Johnston, Richie’s dad, who coached our Little League team the Ravens, made us shake hands with the Eagles after they beat us 12 to nothing. It may have been when Coach Kasimankas grabbed Jeff Tracy by the […]