Letters to the editor: Clovis in need of improvements

Clovis in need of improvements I would like to respond to the article in CNJ when they voted to buy the Chaparral golf course. I think it is about time the city had a full 18-hole course. Now our high school kids will have a full course to hold their tournaments. I agree with the […]

Officials: Courthouse expansion inevitable need

Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners say it wasn’t the plan that voters rejected, it was the price. Tuesday they authorized the county manager to move forward with the purchase of three properties north of the courthouse because they say expansion is an inevitable need and property costs go up, not down over time. County Manager […]

Farmland in dire need of rainfall

They say if you don’t like the weather in eastern New Mexico, wait a few minutes and it’ll change. OK, I’m ready for a change. There’s a story going around that they’re laying off weather forecasters left and right because anyone can write the forecast lately. It goes something like this: “Lots of sunshine, highs […]

What we need is a 24-hour courage cycle

I’m increasingly convinced that the modern 24-hour news cycle blesses almost no one. With nothing really new to report, even in the midst of the kind of crises the talking heads love to talk about, and talk about, and talk about, the never-pausing news organizations become a kind of TV Twitter assailing those of us […]

In tribute: Mother believed in equality, education

Kevin Wilson Julia Jefferson believed in the need for equality and for education, and worked on both fronts. But her work often began in the simplest places — the home and the church. Jefferson, who spent more than half a century in Clovis, died Feb. 16 of complications with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She was […]

Nuclear energy one of safest forms of power

Freedom New Mexico Americans need electricity. But when a modern source of it threatens humans and wildlife, it is time to reassess how much risk we’ll accept for voltage. Is an abundant and sustainable source of electricity worth the risks? To date, no American has been killed by commercial nuclear power — a fact confirmed […]

Legislators need to rethink laws

Freedom New Mexico The results of a poll conducted on the Portales News-Tribune website concerning the individuals charged with the “crime” of gambling at the Portales Country Club gives me hope. It showed that a substantial percentage of those who took the poll recognize that laws can be wrong. A third of the respondents took […]

Cannon has greatest housing need

Cannon Air Force Base has the greatest need for improved and new housing units among six Midwest bases in line for private housing contract. The process of shifting to privatized housing was discussed Friday morning during a site visit meeting hosted by MHW Americas. By next year, the military hopes to have a private company […]

Cannon has greatest housing need

Sharna Johnson Cannon Air Force Base has the greatest need for improved and new housing units among six Midwest bases in line for private housing contract. The process of shifting to privatized housing was discussed Friday morning during a site visit meeting hosted by MHW Americas. By next year, the military hopes to have a […]

Weekly update —

Scout troop conducting food drive A Clovis Boy Scouts troop is conducting a food drive to benefit the Hartley House. The troop informed the city commission during its regular meeting Thursday evening. The drive will take place Jan. 29-30, with a focus on neighborhoods from Norris Street east to Humphrey Road, between Seventh and 21st […]

Global warming activists need to cool down

Freedom New Mexico Fred Singer, a man perhaps as responsible

Local charities say giving season has been good

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Volunteer Connie Cordova, left, hands Angel Tree gifts to Jaylyn Price, middle and Isaiah Sena Thursday at the Salvation Army. Liliana Castillo Need rises around Christmas, but it doesn’t go away after the twinkle lights are taken down and the presents are opened. United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch said […]

Military mama: Growing independence hard to get used to

As a mother, I knew there would come a day when my kids would no longer need me. I somehow anticipated that this would arise much later in life, when the kids gear up for college. Yet, my kids haven’t even begun their elementary education. But my oldest has decided that he is ready to […]

Military mama: Children’s personalities need time to develop

I wonder if there are too many influences on our kids to emulate stereotypes, there’s just too much out there to hide your kiddos in a bubble for their whole lives. My oldest is such a “boy’s boy.” He loves sports, cars, farts and action heroes. Quite frankly, he is a junior version of his […]

Hounds in need of first road win

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White ENMU senior linebacker Nathan Uland returns a fumble during the first-quarter of Saturday’s game against Southeastern Oklahoma. The Hounds forced three turnovers in a 55-20 win. Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — With any success on the road, the Eastern New Mexico University football team would be playing for an outright […]

Letter to the editor: Inmates treated better than seniors

Do we really need a judicial complex? I say no, but that’s my choice. Maybe we should use the money for something else, and here is some food for thought: Let’s put seniors in jail and the criminals in nursing homes. This way the seniors would: • have access to showers, hobbies and walks; • […]

Commissioners say housing inmates at Texas jails not viable option

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A Parmer County Detention Officer staffs the booking area of the 50-bed jail Monday. Sheriff Randy Geries said his facility is subject to unannounced state inspections at any time. Sharna Johnson One reason Curry County officials say they need a new jail is because of a growing, violent inmate population […]

Military mama: Doing something better than doing nothing

All you need is a little perspective… There’s always an option to dislike your situation, your neighborhood, your town, your job, your situation. But there’s also always a choice to deal with it, and better yet you can choose to enjoy it. As if it were that easy, you say? It is. Each day you […]

Candidate profiles: Land Commission

Liliana Castillo The race for state land commissioner pits a veteran against a newcomer, both counting on voters’ thirst for change. Specifically, a change to transparency. Democrat Ray Powell of Albuquerque, 60, had the job from 1993 to 2003. Republican Matt Rush of Portales, 36, is new to politics. Current Land Commissioner Republican Patrick Lyons […]

Awareness important tool in fighting cancer

Clyde Davis Before getting into this column, I need to make a correction and apology. To my Lutheran colleagues: It seems probable the Martin Luther incident never occurred — the punch in the nose over Holy Communion. The church history professor from whom I heard the story is very likely no longer alive; he was […]