Local, national elections gearing up

Kevin Wilson The first Tuesday in November is Election Day. The first Tuesday in March is one of the most important dates leading up to it. “Super Tuesday,” as it’s widely known, is one of the biggest days in the primary process, with 10 states holding primaries or caucuses. States holding primaries include Georgia, Massachusetts, […]

Education column: Schools communicating through Skylert

We often take for granted some of the less exciting aspects of providing a quality education, such as keeping track of grades, attendance and other administrative-related activities that are critical to keeping our schools up and running for the benefit of our students, as well as for compliance with all legal requirements. One of the […]

Religion column: First impressions can often be misleading

Sometimes we make up our minds about people by looking at their dress or mannerisms. Yet, most of the time our assessments are wrong. Paul wrote: “For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18) The following story is an everyday example of how […]

County wasted tax money on investigation

Most of us have disputes at work at one time or another. Sometimes employees complain about the boss — and vice versa. These issues are usually resolved when the adversaries sit down and talk. Or maybe staff meetings are held and policies are reviewed and changed. In some cases, there’s no way to work things […]

City candidates find common ground

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Moderator Derek Cockrell explains the rules of the candidate forum Tuesday night at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The forum was sponsored by the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation and the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce. Kevin Wilson Clovis City Commission and mayoral candidates found common ground on most issues — including […]

Education column: Technology transforming classrooms

Dropping by Lockwood Elementary the other day, I saw the most amazing teachers using the most interesting classroom tools. Invited by Lab Manager Eulonda Jackson who provided an overview of some of the technologies in place at Lockwood, I was met by Margaret Brise

Disability rating reform troubling

Most of a two-hour hearing last week of the House veteran affairs’ subcommittee focused on VA’s mammoth effort to apply current medical science and revise the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities, or VASRD, by 2016. Disability evaluation boards have used the VASRD since the end of World War II to compensate veterans for average impairment […]

Bethlehem will always trump Times Square

Curtis Shelburne We all know what time does, right? Tempus fugit! I learned that phrase long ago in one of the most practically valuable classes I’ve ever taken, the Latin class at Amarillo’s Sam Houston Junior High. Mister Craddock would be proud. Tempus (time) fugit (flies)! As I write, we’re slipping into the wee hours […]

Education column: New year means renewed commitment to students

The New Year has begun, and resolutions are resounding everywhere. Despite challenges, most everyone begins the new year filled with hope and resolve, wanting to do better or be better in some way. There’s even a government website that documents the most common New Year’s Resolutions and provides a considerable array of associated links with […]

Keep Internet away from U.N.’s clutches

Freedom New Mexico The Internet is the most free form of communications ever developed. Anyone can put up a website or blog and spout opinions — whether brilliant, inane or very wrong. But governments, in their lust to control our lives, just can’t leave the Internet alone. The latest threat comes from an agency of […]

Passion for holiday lighting turned into obsession

I stand in full confession. I openly admit: I need a 12-step program for outdoor lighting dependency. My name is Clyde and I am powerless in the face of outdoor holiday lighting. I rise early the day after Christmas, to scour the town in search of bargain sales on outdoor lights. I begin planning next […]

Czech president remembered as hero of liberty

Autumn 1989 was one of the most exciting times in decades. The Berlin Wall, symbol of communist tyranny, was pulled down, bringing freedom to East Germany. Other Eastern European “satellite” states of the Soviet Union — Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary among them — also achieved their freedom. People who had been enslaved under communism for 40 […]

God’s gift inimitable

Curtis Shelburne What we need most for God to do in our world and in our lives are the very things we cannot possibly do ourselves. They are also quite often the things that we, in our frequent fits of arrogance (it’s called human pride), are tempted to think we can. God’s people in first […]

Keep government out of holidays

Merry Christmas! I hope you can take some time to appreciate all you have, and that you can spend the holiday however it brings you the most joy. I also hope you’ll allow others the same liberty. The winter solstice probably gave our prehistoric ancestors hope because the days which had been growing shorter finally […]

Edward Salas makes 15 Most Wanted list

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Salas CNJ staff Edward Salas, the only inmate who has eluded capture since the August 2008 Curry County Adult Detention Center escape, has been added to the U.S. Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted fugitive list. A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Salas’ arrest. That reward is up from […]

Honor Christ’s birth with gifts of worship

This week I have been contemplating the Christmas story and especially the three wise men and their offerings of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child in Bethlehem. Most artists’ depictions of the three wise men show them dressed in well-designed robes with ornate caps or crowns on their heads. Each man has s […]

I will stand up for your liberties

“The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.” — H.L. Mencken Rarely have I read a quote that contained […]

Salas remains at large 38 months later

Kevin Wilson The most recent escapee from the Curry County Adult Detention Center was captured a little more than 18 hours after he slipped out the exit. Authorities have not been so successful with the jail’s most famous escapee. Edward Salas has been on the loose for more than 38 months. Authorities believe Salas, 27, […]

Veterans understand service

I would have liked to have been there to see it as Portales veteran Joe Blair got a personal visit to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. One of the things I miss the most about not being at the newspaper office is having Joe stop by to chew a cigar and tell […]

Suffering, joy result of free will

Curtis Shelburne How can a good and powerful God allow suffering? That has always been a good and powerful question, and one asked most often and most poignantly in the midst of shock, pain, and perplexity. The question defies easy and glib answers. Pain is a caustic solvent that melts away easy answers and plastic […]