Businesses: Windy days mean fewer customers

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Paul Ramirez, middle, and his son Sergio, left, purchase a drill extension Thursday at Burns Do It Center. Burns cashier, Patty Gallus rings Ramirez up. Benna Sayyed When winds go up in Clovis, business goes down. Mariah Smith said she becomes bored on windy days as business slows at the […]

Officials: Position cuts don’t mean job losses

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Christina Calloway Cannon Air Force Base will be cutting 53 civilian positions but a spokesperson said Thursday that doesn’t mean 53 people will lose their jobs. According to a press release from Cannon public affairs, 26 of the jobs being eliminated were already vacant and hadn’t been filled. Of the remaining 27 people being affected […]

Storytelling part of Christmas custom

There are stories, and stories told on film, that come to mean Christmas to each one of us. Though the list differs, the reality of hearing these seasonal favorites remains the same, in its essence, for most people. This year, actually for the first time, I got to see “It’s a Wonderful Life” in its […]

Monday morning briefing: Highway plans, jazz and the queen of mean

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Highway talk The highway reconstruction project cutting through the center of Portales is the subject of Roosevelt County Chamber quarterly luncheon. It’s noon Tuesday at Mark’s Latte Lounge, 1126 W. First St. Tickets: $10 in advance and $12 at the door. To RSVP contact […]

Everybody’s Business: Difference between employees, contractors can mean hundreds of dollars

What is the difference between an independent contractor and an employee? This is one question that does not get asked often, but should. The choice can mean a difference of hundreds of dollars to the business owner. And the answer is … it depends. According to the Internal Revenue Service, there are three categories that […]

Bovine tuberculosis restrictions lifted

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File photo Bovine tuberculosis restrictions lifted on the New Mexico beef and dairy industries Tuesday could mean an economic bonus for the state and a collective sigh of relief for producers in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Robin Fornoff Bovine tuberculosis restrictions lifted on the New Mexico beef and dairy industries Tuesday could mean an economic […]

Old-Timer Days draws young, old alike

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson John Gorley of Melrose tosses candy from his tractor seat during the Melrose Old Timers Day parade Saturday morning. Kevin Wilson The Melrose Old-Timer Days mean the same thing for most participants, whether they left the eastern New Mexico village, stayed there or figured out something in between. The event, […]

Credit downgrade will mean higher expenses

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University Dean of Business Chris Taylor said a downgrade of the United States’ credit rating would result in credit being harder to get, causing a drop in the stock market, which would lead to inflation and hurt retirement savings. Taylor believes spending would alleviate the current recession. […]

School board discusses budget shortfall

Liliana Castillo State budget cuts mean a $750,000 shortfall in next year’s budget for the Clovis Municipal Schools. The district’s Chief Financial Officer Jose Cano presented the breakdown of the 1.5 percent budget cut handed down by the state Legislature during Tuesday’s board of education meeting. Cano said the district will receive a 1.82 percent […]

State needs leader such as Berry

What about Richard Berry? The mayor, I mean. Albuquerque. There are laundry lists of possible candidates for the Senate seat of Jeff Bingaman when he leaves office after his current term ends. Mayor Berry is on none I can find. Check out the New Mexico Politics with Joe Monahan. Political junkie Joe is giddy with […]

In search of ponies: Dogs have habit of running away

Sharna Johnson Why do they do it? I mean, come on. We’re nice to them, we give them treats, food, a warm spot to sleep and affection. So what is it that compels a dog to charge out the door like the devil’s after him? I found myself pondering this on the heels of learning […]

Don’t expect downsizing of government

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico residents who fear the Republican takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives will mean a loss of benefits probably needn’t worry. Despite all the rhetoric to that effect, the Grand Old Party traditionally has shown a grand old habit for maintaining and even expanding services — and debt — […]

Homeless ID system won’t be successful

Freedom New Mexico A plan to tag each homeless person in Colorado Springs will never work. Those who advocate the ID program undoubtedly mean well. It may seem logical to the orderly, disciplined, rational mind. But it’s never going to work. A story in Monday’s Colorado Springs Gazette told of the ongoing saga of the […]

God’s wisdom can guide everyday living

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist When we talk about someone being smart, what does that mean? And wouldn’t it be helpful if we knew 20 years ago what we have learned today? Let me explain. Just for fun once I bid on some old lunch boxes that were on eBay. They were the ones like […]

Civilian court appropriate for 9/11 trials

Freedom New Mexico The decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has claimed he was the mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and four others in a civilian federal court in New York City, has provoked an emotional and, in some instances, quite partisan response. Just because objections are emotional or partisan, however, does not […]

Legislative cuts could mean pain for Clovis schools

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Joyce Baker, a part-time instructor at Clovis Community College, talks about the parts of the heart in an anatomy and physiology class at the college. A 1.5 percent cut would equal about $150,000 for the college. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer A 1.5 percent cut in education spending by […]

Mother’s Day time for cultural reflection

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist Beyond the sentiments, what are your roots? What I mean is, inspired by Mother’s Day but not limited to that, what do you know and value about your ethnic origins, your cultural origins, your background in terms of heritage, location, awareness of who you are and who you have sprung […]

What did superintendent mean?

Teachers need district’s support I am a classroom teacher in Roswell and I used to teach in Clovis. I am writing to respond to insensitive comments made by

What did superintendent mean?

Teachers need district’s support I am a classroom teacher in Roswell and I used to teach in Clovis. I am writing to respond to insensitive comments made by

Traditions add more reason to season

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I get carried away with Christmas spirit. My daughter Laura rolls her eyes, calls me a Christmas freak and blushes in embarrassment when I pull up to her work with waving Santas on my car. Yes, I like Christmas. No, I love Christmas. It is truly the most wonderful time […]