Officials: Collecting livestock taxes long-standing problem

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Barbara Hamar of the Curry County Tax Assessor’s Office flips through the file of declared livestock in the county. Aside from commercial cattle operations, very few people declare their horses, cattle and small livestock as they are required to by law. Liliana Castillo Only a small percentage of livestock in […]

Our viewpoint: Student loan default rates at record highs

High school graduates have long been told, “A college education is always a good investment.” Student loan debt? No problem. It’s more than offset by the increased earning potential and better job prospects from a college degree. But, with the cost of tuition rising as fast as the youth unemployment rate, many recent graduates are […]

Even small transgressions start down path of sin

We have two dogs, a long-haired dachshund and a Scottie. Buster, our dachshund, is the timid, short, long one and Beau the Scottie is the stout, brave one. Both are considered members of our family, and Buffy dotes on them and cares for them. I read several years ago in a paper from a city […]

Geronimo, bin Laden share similarities

Like every other American, I was stunned last Sunday when I learned that Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy Seals in a military enclave in Pakistan. I felt relieved that we had finally run the admitted mastermind of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks to ground. I was glad that our military and intelligence members […]

Human feelings pass, but God’s love lasts

I am reader of John Piper and his writings. John Piper is the senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minn., Piper is the author of more than 30 books over his 25 years of preaching and teaching. Not long ago I read again one of Piper’s statements. He said: “A snake bites Paul, […]

Peanut researchers focus on shelf life, drought tolerance

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan National Peanut Board Chairman George Jeffcoat of Alabama, left, speaks as New Mexico Peanut Growers President Wayne Baker of Portales listens at the peanut growers annual meeting Wednesday at the Memorial Building. Jeffcoat said the board has spent $16 million on research in its existence, and research keeps the peanut […]

Food at the speed of life: A little kitchen planning can go long way

I don’t have time to cook every day, and eating out is expensive and often less healthy. I cook once a week, put single servings of the food in leftover containers, stack the containers in the refrigerator and take one to work every day. If you don’t want to eat the same thing for a […]

Military mama: Family time worth wait

A t times I long for the routine of a Monday through Friday 9 to 5 job, so that holidays and weekends are family time and I can plan accordingly. Sure, in the “real world” surprises arise and overtime pops up. But as an Air Force wife it seems at times I could be a […]

State OKs beer pong at bars

Sharna Johnson Beer pong tables can go back up in New Mexico bars, state officials said, so long as pride’s the only thing on the line. New Mexico Alcohol and Gaming Director Gary Tomada said Monday his department has reviewed the game to see where it fits in with establishments licensed to serve alcohol. “It’s […]

TV not much more than distraction

Somewhere in the middle of my hours-long “Parks and Recreation” binge Sunday, I wondered to myself whether TV has paid off in any way after my years of dedicated viewing. Has it been worth it for any of us? At first glance, the answer is a resounding no. I’m sure if I could replace the […]

Snow day provides chance to catch up

Whereby it is now official: After last night, I have gone out and played around in the coldest temperatures I have ever been in. Not for very long, and don’t try this at home. Last night’s -30 with windchill beat a -19 (real temperature with no wind) that I had experienced in northeast Ohio one […]

Veterans museum designers seeking input

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Courtesy illustration Architect renderings of the planned New Mexico Veterans Museum, which will be one of several veteran-oriented facilities on the museum’s campus which will be located in Las Cruces. Liliana Castillo The designers of the New Mexico Veterans Museum are holding a meeting to gain input from Clovis and Portales area veterans at the […]

McGee: Cowboy hats take getting used to

Grant McGee I got to thinking about cowboy hats the other day. Well, I should make myself clear; as a long-time resident of The West I know that they’re not “cowboy hats,” they are simply hats. This was shared with me by a real working cowboy from Chaves County, Cowboy Mike. Let me back up […]

Couldn’t stay quiet for too long

Hello again. It’s me, back after a two-year hiatus. What can I say except I miss the fun we had together, your often kind and humorous responses to the columns, your cute little way of calling me a weak-kneed liberal puke. Two suggestions if these every other week musings irritate you. Complain to your editor. […]

Census shows GOP gaining popularity

Freedom New Mexico Some analysts suggest that long-term demographic trends favor Democrats over Republicans, and this may well be true, especially if Republicans continue to alienate Hispanic voters. However, the trends of the decade now limping to a close, as reflected in U.S. Census results that will determine how representation in the U.S. House is […]

Mullen ready to repeal gay policy

The long-awaited study on gays in the military serving openly not only takes the pulse of the force on the issue — concluding change can occur with little risk to readiness — but also details how it will work in practice. Will service members with same-sex partners qualify for the higher “with dependents” housing allowance […]

Prosecutor: More test results needed in fatal crash

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Mary Castillo, 56, died from injuries received in a crash with a Clovis police officer. As long as justice is served, Tita Romero doesn’t care whether it takes one day or 30 to complete an investigation into the crash that took her sister’s life. Monday, District Attorney Matt Chandler said until lab results and cell […]

Gates’ advice on gay policy on right course

Freedom New Mexico A long-awaited Pentagon report on repealing the “don’t’ ask don’t tell” policy so that gay people can serve openly in the military services strongly suggests, as Defense Secretary Robert Gates put it, that it “would not be the wrenching, traumatic change that some people have predicted.” The report also noted, however, that […]

Matchbox collection memorable

Karl Terry At one time I had a long list of fabulous vehicles in my collection. Ferrari, Camaro, Mustang, GTO, Willys Jeep, and a Ford roadster or two were just a few of the many items in the Matchbox collection that belonged to my brother and me. A recent question that popped up on my […]

Letter to the editor: Term limits long overdue in U.S.

As I write this, FOX News is conducting a chat concerning term limits for our leaders in Washington. One might expect such a discussion following an election. I think term limits is a long overdue process in our American political system. I’ve always wondered how Congress was able to slip in a law limiting the […]