U.S. Census Bureau hiring census workers

CNJ staff The Census needs help. U.S. Census Bureau’s Denver Regional Census Center is recruiting for hundreds of temporary part-time jobs in New Mexico, according to a news release. Positions hired now will take part in early operations in 2009 that support the upcoming 2010 Census. Cathy Illian, director of the bureau’s Denver Regional Census […]

Work day canceled

The Habitat for Humanity work day Saturday is canceled because the construction manager is unable to attend. However, Habitat needs volunteers to man a table 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Ag Expo Feb 24-25. To volunteer: 359-1344

Long-lasting drug war needs new approach

Freedom New Mexico Americans are addicted to the drug war.

Friends teach all kinds of lessons

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Every young girl needs an older lady friend/advisor — especially if she lives way out in the country. A girl’s own mother doesn’t qualify because she’s got too much invested in her offspring’s hoped-for successful life. The girl’s friend/advisor, unlike Mom, doesn’t give advice the usual straightforward way. (“If you […]

Older neighbor helped with other areas of growing up

Glenda Price Every young girl needs an older lady friend/advisor – specially if she lives way out in the country. A girl’s own mother doesn’t qualify because she’s got too much invested in her offspring’s hoped-for successful life. The girl’s friend/advisor, unlike Mom, doesn’t give advice the usual straightforward way. (“If you don’t leave those […]

Dec. 7, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Tumbleweed situation needs remedy As I write, the forecasted wind from the north has hit, bringing in today’s accumulation of weeds.

Obama’s call for change needs wisdom as well

Perhaps the most annoying aspect of President-elect Obama’s campaign was the vagueness of his promise of “change,” which turned out to have little content once you got past the soaring rhetoric, leaving people of all persuasions to use him as a mirror to their own aspirations and agendas. That very vagueness, however, may serve him […]

Commission nixes water runoff penalties

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer City Commissioner and Mayor Pro-Tem Randy Crowder feels the city needs to prove it’s serious about conserving water by imposing fines for fugitive water. He believes the measure would also improve the city’s chances for acquiring federal funding for the Ute Water Pipeline project. However, not enough of his […]

Campaign finance needs true reform

Freedom New Mexico Republican presidential candidate John McCain has suggested Democrat Barack Obama’s eye-popping prowess at fundraising may signal the end of the practice, established after Watergate, of having presidential campaigns funded by the taxpayers. Sen. McCain thinks that’s a shame. We think it would be cause for celebration. Sen. Obama announced on Sunday that […]

Immigration status irrelevant to license needs

Freedom New Mexico Critics call it a train wreck, and the euphemism isn’t too far off. The state of Texas has joined other states across the nation in restricting the allocation of drivers’ licenses according to U.S. residency status. The issue became a major problem in New York for the presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary […]

Military confronts linguistic needs

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Army Sgt. Amy O’Keefe, a signal intelligence specialist, was frustrated while in Iraq in 2003 trying to tell local women they needed to be searched for weapons before they could enter Army health care clinics. “There would be people here or there who could speak enough English where we would […]

Story needs finishing; help sought

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist At Duffy Sasser’s 90th birthday party an inevitable question was asked: “What is it that you, Duffy Sasser, wish to finish — what would you still like to achieve?” Here’s what Sasser had to say: “There does happen to be one project that I was absolutely unable to even make […]

Society needs to redevelop pride in working

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County jail needs changes

Changes are long overdue at the Curry County jail.

Cities unified in needs for infrastructure

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Charter buses deliver New Mexico Municipal League attendants to Thursday night’s entertainment at the Clovis Civic Center. The featured act was the LA Party Dolls. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Whether it’s the Hull Street overpass, the Portales wastewater plant or a patch of Tucumcari Boulevard, chances are something […]

Proposed ordinance deemed too vague by residents

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The search for middle ground on a proposed county nuisance ordinance continues. While most agreed something needs to be done to clean up unsightly properties, the majority of Curry County residents who spoke at Tuesday’s county commission meeting said there are problems with the latest proposed nuisance ordinance. More […]

Meetings will discuss renewable energy

CNJ staff New Mexico energy, rural and economic development organizations are inviting residents to a series of town hall meetings to discuss renewable energy development in rural communities, according to a press release from New Mexico State University. The first meeting is 9 a.m. Monday at the Memorial Building in Portales. The next meetings will […]

Cottage needs repair

Portales historian Joe Blair is looking to focus attention on a caretaker’s cottage near Greyhound Stadium that’s in need of repair.

Friends, family gather to remember victim

Friends and family remember Don Chapman as someone who would help anybody with whatever needs they had. He’s also remembered as a man whose life changed three years ago during an extended illness when he accepted Jesus as his personal savior. Scott Reeves of Wheeler Mortuary recounted Chapman’s life Saturday during his funeral, with particular […]

AgSense: Need will grow for more forage crops to meet demand for ethanol

By Leonard Lauriault: Guest columnist Federal expectations are to provide for 38 percent of ethanol needs from cellulosic sources, such as crop residue, wood, specialty crops, like kenaf, and traditional forage crops without interfering with projected food and fiber needs. Crop residue is not viable because removing greater than 25 percent is detrimental to soil […]