ENMU homecoming week kicks off with music event

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Songfest 2009 kicks off a week-long celebration of Eastern New Mexico University’s 75th anniversary and homecoming. It all begins Monday, giving ENMU organizations on campus a chance to cut a rug and bring down the house. “It is … an annual event that falls on the Monday before homecoming,” […]

Our direction is secure with God

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist It is wonderful to have guidance! When Charlie and I are on a trip, gone are the days to plead with him to stop and ask for directions. No more are the days of reading a paper map. Now time is not lost stopping at convenience stores and asking for […]

Train museum features Clovis history

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist It has been a long time since I was in Phil Williams’ “Clovis Depot Model Train Museum.” The old Clovis Santa Fe Passenger Depot now houses Phil’s museum which has been restored. Phil’s museum, to be exact, is at 221 West First St. in Clovis, south of U.S. 60/80 on […]

Look into ancestry shows immigrant history

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Geneaology, to me, is a fascinating sublect, so long as someone else is doing it. We’ve never known much about my dad’s side of the family, particularly his mother’s side. My mom’s roots lie in a culture where oral tradition, at least until the mid 20th century, was pretty reliable, […]

Journalist’s release from prison long overdue

Freedom New Mexico It is welcome news that Iranian-American journalist and former beauty queen Roxana Saberi has had her harsh eight-year sentence from the Iranian government quashed and that she is likely to be allowed to return to the United States soon. Unfortunately, the new verdict doesn’t suggest that anything resembling dispassionate justice is on […]

G.I. Bill benefits transfer now easier

By Tom Philpott: FNM columnist Service members nearing the end of their careers will find it easier than first thought to transfer new Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to their spouse or children, under Department of Defense regulations. And service members who elect to transfer GI Bill benefits will be allowed to modify or revoke […]

Clinton’s plan for greenhouse gases long shot

Freedom New Mexico At this week’s Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assured 16 developed and developing nations that the U.S. will provide “political leadership necessary to achieve a successful outcome” at December’s U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Perhaps as a token of sincerity, she also apologized for […]

Death penalty complex issue

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist The question of the death penalty has divided our nation for a long time. It’s not likely that Gov. Bill Richardson’s signature on legislation banning the death penalty will end the struggle. New Mexico will become the second state to ban the death penalty since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstituted […]

Pink Ladies establish scholarship with donated inheritance

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Pat McDaniel presented the Pink Ladies Women’s Auxilary with a plaque commemorating Margaret Jones and the scholarship the women’s auxiliary will establish in her name at the organization’s annual banquet Tuesday at the Clovis Civic Center. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Anyone who knew Margaret Jones knew she was […]

New Mexico state parks requests public comments on Blackwater Draw partnership feasibility study

New Mexico State Parks invites public comment on a draft feasibility study evaluating possible long-term partnerships between Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico State Parks at the Blackwater Draw site. Senate Memorial 42, passed by the Legislature in 2007, requested State Parks to complete a feasibility study to consider long-term partnerships, including the possible […]

More may be charged in cat torture case

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis police say they will be seeking more charges against more people in connection with the torture and killing of a cat at Ned Houk Park. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jack the cat may be gone but his ugly demise is not forgotten. The gruesome details of Jack’s […]

Texas police arrest Missouri man after hour-long chase

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A high-speed chase ended Wednesday after a Texas sheriff’s deputy shot out the front tires on a pickup driven by a man who fled from Quay County Sheriff’s deputies. At 12:52 p.m., a Texas Department of Public Safety official said they had arrested Kyle Martin Bond, 24, of Jefferson […]

Long-lasting drug war needs new approach

Freedom New Mexico Americans are addicted to the drug war.

Tucumcari taking long shot on race track

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico It’s a long shot — but betting that a race track license may become available within the next two years — the Quay County Gaming Authority agreed Friday to extend its option on land near Interstate 40. The authority, which has $9,224 left in its bank account from its […]

DA reviewing police shooting report

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JaWayne Helfferich, 39, was shot by a Texas officer after a police chase in November. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A months-long investigation into the shooting of a Clovis man after a police chase by Texas officers is now in the hands of the district attorney’s office. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday morning […]

Bush exit from office long overdue

Freedom New Mexico In what is likely to be his last news conference and in a series of media interviews, President George W. Bush is understandably trying to put a positive spin on his eight years in the Oval Office. Unfortunately, his next action demonstrated why so many observers — though willing to wait awhile […]

Believing in Father Christmas

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist This time of year has long meant pheasant hunting, an activity associated, for me, with the holiday season, regardless of whether or not any birds were brought home. Ironically and sadly, this year I will be unable to go. Thus we introduce the idea that the holidays are not usually […]

U.S. relations with Pakistan for long haul

Freedom New Mexico To be sure, many of the Pakistani government’s troubles are of their own making. Even so, it is possible to have a mild empathy for the Pakistanis, whose situation has become markedly less stable since the terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay) in late November. The Pakistanis have been […]

Local finance experts: Think longterm

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Remember to have a long-term view. That’s the advice area financial advisors are giving their clients as daily news coverage highlights financial woes in the U.S. markets. This week, the nation watched unprecedented upheaval in the markets, marked by several hundred-point gains and losses in the Dow Jones industrials, […]

County jail needs changes

Changes are long overdue at the Curry County jail.