Time waits for no man (or woman

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist (Editor’s Note: WARNING—The following column may produce symptoms of depression and queasy stomachs and should not be taken lightly by people over the age of 60. Old news reporters are also advised to avoid alcohol after consuming.) There is definitely too much time slipping through our fingers these days — […]

City Commissioners compile funding wish list

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commissioners put together a funding wish list by adopting the Local Infrastructure and Capital Improvements Plan for 2008-2012 at Thursday’s meeting. The plan is a guiding tool submitted to state agencies and the legislature for state budget planning as well as funding allocation. At the recommendation of […]

Public input gathered for master plan

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Healthcare services, infrastructure and parks and recreation emerged as top concerns Monday during a meeting to gather public input on comprehensive plans for Clovis and Curry County. For Clovis resident Christy Masterson, the meeting was an opportunity to shed light on hobbled recreation in the city. “My biggest complaint […]

Region’s casualty list grows to three

Robert Kassin is the first Clovis man killed in war since Sept. 11, 2001, but not the first casualty from the region: • U.S. Marine Chad Bales, a former Muleshoe resident, was killed April 3, 2003, in a non-combat accident in Iraq. Officials said he died when his convoy crashed into another during a sandstorm. […]

School supplies metaphors for life

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Relgion Columnist Well it’s official. School supplies are out at Wal-Mart and other stores and that means that the countdown back to school has begun! With the passing of July Fourth, it seems that summer vacation is on the downside. That could be depressing … but there are plenty of summer […]

School listing draws attention of ACLU

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A fledgling Clovis Municipal Schools program that links students and parents with church ministers is under investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union, according to officials. The New Mexico chapter of the ACLU requested all internal correspondence regarding the Chaplaincy Program at Clovis schools about four months ago, according […]

Bill would end officer’s promotion limbo

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Senate 16 years ago refused to confirm a naval officer’s promotion to captain because of what investigators described as his “peripheral role in the Iran/Contra matter.” The officer had influential supporters and friends. He remains on active duty even today because the Navy keeps his name on its O-6 […]

State’s system of governing wacko

By Ned Cantell: State columnist Not until I experienced an epiphany, that sudden awareness of an important concept flooding the brain and making the body tingle, did I truly realize what one was. An epiphany: It’s a revelation, kind of like when George Bush masters a new two-syllable word. Du-buy. My epiphany came at a […]

3/5 Honors

• Wayland Baptist University – Clovis campus announced 23 students named to the president’s and dean’s lists for the fall term. Named to the president’s list were these 14 students: William Nolan Ashford, Raymond Atchley, Hilliard Bishop, Connie Dixon, Julie Elliott, Cotina Crystal Johnson, Jay Kaczmarczyk, Donna McKenney, Annette Moralez, Lashana Pace, Dave Richmond, Roy […]

Local waiting on heart transplant

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Jim Whary is on a list and awaiting a heart transplant from Tucson, Ariz. At left is his wife Cindy Whary.(Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In a state park office on a long stretch of road between Clovis and Portales, Jim Whary spends his day in limbo, like he has […]

Unique word usage never ceases to amaze

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Every time I think I have heard the utmost, the latest, that I am actually keeping abreast of the latest slang or the latest in terms, somebody will concoct a new creative phrase that catches me completely off guard. Since I am involved in the classroom instruction of college freshmen, […]

2/19 Honors

Blaschke Michelle Blaschke was named to the at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, for the semester. She is the daughter of Terry and Cathy Blaschke of Clovis. Chisum Megan Chisum of Clovis was named to the dean’s list at the University of New Mexico college of nursing for the fall 2005 semester. Fowler Tyla […]

2/12 honors

Daniele Baughman was awarded a master of occupational therapy degree Dec. 17 from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She was awarded the degree after she completed her clinical fieldwork experiences at Advance Therapy Services in Fort Worth, Texas, and in Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas. Four Clovis students wee named to the South […]

Cannon’s future holds the promise a present exudes

Freedom Newspapers The news out of Washington, D.C., last week seems to bode well for future military roles coming to Cannon Air Force Base. After the uncertainties this year about whether the base will be closed, the recent announcements that a new mission seems to have been targeted for eastern New Mexico and is being […]

PC lingo will get you on Bob’s list

Bob Huber : Local Columnist Now comes Christmas with its roasted chestnuts and guys begging change for charity in front of Wal-Mart stores, all of which makes me watch my language. I learned that yuletide lesson as a youngster when my mother utilized her Nebraska wit by saying, “If you can‘t talk clean during the […]

To-do lists: powerful tools to accomplish mission

Lt. Col. Raymond Lopez How often have you gone home at the end of a day feeling frustrated because you had accomplished far less than you had planned? How many times has your to-do list grown by more items in one day than you marked off in a whole week? For most of us, this […]

Oct. 8 Club notes, Birthdays, Weddings, Honors

Club Notes Friendship Rebekah Lodge Friendship Rebekah Lodge met Sept. 27 for its regular business meeting. Vice Grand Serena Goar led the group in the re-obligation ceremony. The officers for next year were elected. Serena Goar was elected noble grand. Mary Dorris was elected vice grand. Evelyn Calder will serve as secretary/treasurer and Mary Dorris […]

Feds: Cannon assessment team not official

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Formation of a federal team to assess future missions for Cannon Air Force Base is not official, a Department of Defense spokesman said on Wednesday. Gov. Bill Richardson said Monday a Pentagon-led team will assess possible missions for Cannon and report the findings to the Pentagon in 180 days. […]

Women want certain things in a man

Bob Huber: Local columnist In these troubled times when we’re smothered by hurricanes, terrorists, tattoos, and bad football seasons, it’s time to probe an even greater baffling question, one that has tormented mankind for thousands of years — “What does a woman want in a man?” I have some answers, because I spent 51 years […]

Small conveniences not always convenient

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Once in awhile, OK more like often, I get on a soap box and take note of things that really annoy me. Then I see a pattern emerging and presto … I A) Realize I have better things to do and move on or B) Ignore my conscience and write […]