Teachers not substitute baby sitters

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Help me with this. At what point in our history did the kids take over New Mexico schools and reduce teachers to pandering servants? Case in point. A friend invited to speak at Ruidoso High told me he saw a teacher escorting a young man to the principal’s office, being […]

Telephones made simpler by prioritizing

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist “I don’t like answering the phone. The phone ringing always means bad news.” I can’t remember who told me that. It’s one of those sayings that are kind of closed minded, no room for negotiation. But I kind of/sort of agree with my long-forgotten acquaintance about the telephone. I’m really […]

Teens, cell phones make for moral story

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist You’ve heard of the book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie?” It’s a cute children’s story that illustrates what happens when you show a little kindness to the wrong kinds of creatures — like mice … or teenagers. In the story, the mouse becomes more demanding, asking for a […]

Technology’s invasion both blessing, curse

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist At the end of April, five explorers reached the North Pole. Bone tired and bone chilled after 37 days and 475 miles, they set up their tent and tried to get some rest. Then visitors came calling. Three Russians and a Czech who had followed them the last 50 miles […]

First-hand account — tsunami almost killed me

Editor’s note: The following is an e-mail sent from Arjune Mirchandini to his father Rajan, a doctor in Clovis, and his brother Kush. The e-mail was received in Clovis on Monday and describes the tsunami that hit Sri Lanka and neighboring countries late Saturday. Hey! Well, I happened to get caught up in the tsunami […]

City manager known for his communication skills

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Clovis City Manager Ray Mondragon, left, jokes with his secretary Vicki Reyes Thursday in his office at city hall while thanking his employees for their service over the years. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor On Ray Mondragon’s desk in city hall, phone messages from residents pile up on a note […]

Clovis family shows traveler kindness

Sally Pringle, Guest Columnist Clovis’ heroes are not all in the military. Here are some I recently met: Lisa and Christopher Alvarez, ages 8 and 7, and Marie Hall, night manager of a Clovis retail store. Lisa and Christopher are the children of Robert and Juana Saucedo of 1114 South Prince. Two weeks ago, while […]

Emergency calls made easy with cell phones

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Clovis dispatchers say almost 90 percent of 911 calls are made from cell phones. (CNJ illustration by Darren Estrada) By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor The increase in cell phone use over the past decade has done wonders for local emergency personnel, allowing them to arrive at wreck and crime scenes quicker. But the portable […]

Police Blotter 5/9

Police responded about 9:30 a.m. Monday to a Clovis church after its pastor reported a broken window. The window had embedded wire to prevent it from shattering and allowing entry by unauthorized persons, and the pastor estimated replacement cost at $800. • • • A gun shop owner called police about 3:20 p.m. Monday to report […]

Earth Day collections of phone books urged

Monday is Earth Day, and as part of the environmental observation, efforts are being made to collect phonebooks for recycling instead of having them go into the landfill. The Rooney and Moon morning show on KSMX MIX107.5 radio sponsored a three-hour recycling event on Thursday, according to a news release from the station. The city […]