Our people: Rising to the top

lt4wq8-lt4wnn1016ourpeople5.jpg

Courtesy photo Sievers hiking at San Luis Peak in Colorado in July. Portales resident Joel Sievers is the team physician for Eastern New Mexico University, Portales and Clovis high schools. Sievers said he believes overcoming an injury helps young people learn how to overcome other obstacles they will face in life. “I enjoy teaching athletes […]

McGee: A case of deja vu all over again

Do you ever get the idea that you need to be listening to people better? I think I do. This realization came to me after reading an article in The Atlantic magazine in which the writer detailed a personal hacking experience. “Wow,” I said as I came down the hall, “These hackers are getting REALLY […]

Our people: Farwell resident enjoys music

lsrpwh-lsrpit109ourpeople1.jpg

Courtesy photo Farwell resident Marjorie Watkins enjoys playing 42 and the piano and organ at church. Farwell resident Marjorie Watkins has lived in the Clovis area for the majority of her life. She has mainly lived in the smaller outlying communities and held an elected office in Parmer County for 12 years. Watkins is in […]

Our people: Living in the moment

lsf66g-lsf64o102ourpeople1.jpg

LILIANA CASTILLO: FNM correspondent Portales resident Valerie Russ enjoys her job at Oasis State Park because she gets to work outside. Portales resident Valerie Russ enjoys working at Oasis State Park because she gets to meet new people and learn about them. She has worked there for seven years. “I have met people from all […]

Ticket feature: Chinese acrobatic troupe performing in Alto

ls9eus-ls9eu0929ticketfeaturephotoweb.jpg

Courtesy photo The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China was first established in the 1950s by the Chinese government. Freedom New Mexico The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, a group straight from Beijing, will be performing 7 p.m. Oct. 6-7 at the Spencer Theater in Alto both nights in their […]

Our people: Man of steel

ls2fpa-ls2fn9925ourpeople1.jpg

Liliana Castillo: FNM Correspondent Clovis Family YMCA Director Shane Nelson is such a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, he has an entire wall themed in their signature yellow and black in his office. Shane Nelson, associate executive director of the Clovis Family YMCA, made the first big move of his life to bring the […]

Salvation Army hoping to spread word

lrsuva-lrsuc0919salvationarmy2.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Workers at the Salvation Army Thrift Store strategically stage clothing and furniture to boost sales. Benna Sayyed Times have been tough for the people Clovis’ Salvation Army helps. They’ve also been tough for the organization itself. Commanding Officer Jim Gallup said business has been slow the past couple of months […]

Our people: Mentality for music

lrndli-lrndjl918ourpeople1.jpg

Courtesy photo Clovis resident Chuck Tipton has been involved in music for more than 20 years. Most stories about Clovis resident Chuck Tipton begin with “When we were working on that musical…” There’s reason for that. Tipton taught music in Clovis’ schools for 20 years at all levels, including college, and he never got out […]

In search of ponies: Horse in for a rough ride

Sharna Johnson Things are tough. The economy is tight, people are stretching their dollars to cover the cost of the rising expenses and most of the recent data says they are doing it without pay increases. And to make things worse, drought and wildfires in the area have hit the feed supply for animals. As […]

Life existed before cell phones

One of the best ways to annoy somebody is to answer a rhetorical question. Why do drive-thru ATMs have Braille on the keys? First, it costs more to make two slightly different ATMs than it does to make them all with Braille. Second, blind people can be passengers in cars, so Braille lettering is an […]

Libertarianism starts with respect

I sometimes hear people make the claim that libertarianism is “Utopian,” just like communism, because “It sounds good on paper, but it will never work in the real world.” Ridiculous! Communism requires the impossible — omniscient central planners — in order to work. Libertarianism only needs you to not steal or attack; it places no […]

Overthrowing Gadhafi won’t ensure peace

Freedom New Mexico Good riddance to Col. Moammar Gadhafi, the Libyan dictator who oppressed his people for 42 years while fostering terrorism abroad. As President Barack Obama said Monday from Martha’s Vineyard, the situation in the Libyan capital of Tripoli remained “fluid,” but “the Gadhafi regime is coming to an end, and the future of […]

Two killed in crash on U.S. 70

lqd75i-lqd754823fatalweb.jpg

Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Deputy James Acree talks on the radio while manning a roadblock in front of the scene of a fatal wreck in the east-bound lane of U.S. 70 Monday afternoon. Two people died in a car wreck in Roosevelt County near the county line. Two people were killed […]

No hypocrisy in using public utilities

I’ve noticed non-libertarians will frequently make the claim that liberty-lovers are hypocritical if they use things that are paid for with taxation. What an odd notion. As long as The State exists, and continues to fund things through coercive taxation, you and I will be paying for a lot of things we didn’t have any […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: When I am named ruler of the Earth …

Marla Jo Fisher I am planning to run for Supreme Ruler of Earth, as soon as I get a spare minute. In case you don’t know, the Supreme Ruler gets to do whatever she wants and make the rules for everyone else. Everyone kisses your backside and laughs at your jokes. Sort of like running […]

AgSense: Conserving rainfall challenge of dry season

Many people who have spent more than half a century in the southern High Plains say that they have not seen a year like this before. This year is unique. Rainfall stopped after a wet summer in 2010 and less than three inches has been received in the last nine months. Distribution is also erratic. […]

Realtor: Area housing market still reasonably strong

lp67gi-lp678d731marketsiteweb.jpg

Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Portales Home Spot is putting in eight duplexes at Boston and Lime streets. Company employee Troy Hinton said the housing market in the area is doing well, despite a worrisome national economy, because of growth. Argen Duncan The local housing market is slower than in the past but doing better […]

Our people: Portales music teacher Eunice Schumpert wanted to be an opera singer as a child

lp67e2-lp6724731ourpeople1.jpg

Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Music is a part of each of Eunice Schumpert’s days. Eunice Schumpert of Portales doesn’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t singing and playing the piano. She is on the cusp of her 90th birthday and continues to be active as a piano and voice teacher. Schumpert […]

Why avoiding conflict keeps you trapped in it forever

workplace confict

Rick Steinhauser:Akron Beacon Journal Conflict in the workplace can hinder productivity. Lisa McLeod Most people don’t like conflict. It feels risky and time consuming. They’re either afraid of it or they don’t want to expend the energy to deal with it. The problem is, avoiding conflict doesn’t work either. It doesn’t reduce tension, if anything, […]

Governor talks driver’s license law, school grading system

lp0vpv-lp0vp1728govsusanamartinezcnj.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez came by the Clovis News Journal office Wednesday for an interview with staff after visiting Cannon Air Force Base. Liliana Castillo Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday that New Mexico is a magnet for people all over the world looking for a valid U.S. ID. And […]