Peanuts popular at Capitol

They used to call it “The City Different” years ago. I haven’t heard Santa Fe called that in a while though, I checked last week and it is indeed still different. I’ve written a whole lot of New Mexico Legislature stories over the years but strangely enough I had never been in Santa Fe while […]

Proposed bills pose danger to free speech

If you went to the English-language version of the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia on Wednesday, you would have seen only a message warning about attempts in Congress to censor the Internet. Reddit (a social news site), Boing Boing (a popular group blog) and other websites joined the one-day “blackout.” The protest is aimed at two […]

Popular vote proposal buries rural America

Freedom New Mexico California Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to sign legislation promoting a concept known as the National Popular Vote will give impetus to a troubling national movement that seeks to undermine the nation’s Electoral College and replace it with a system at odds with what the founders envisioned. Americans were reminded of the inner […]

‘Unfunded’ benefits can hurt vets

Through a decade of war, Congress has pumped billions of additional dollars into new benefits and programs for veterans. They deserve them, lawmakers say. Helping vets also is popular with constituents. Veterans’ service organizations have lobbied for these benefits, but with the expectation that newly authorized programs would be fully funded. Last year, even as […]

Meaning of Cinco de Mayo lost

Happy Cinco de Mayo. I am your Cinco de Mayo myth-buster. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not a Mexican holiday. It’s a Mexican-American holiday, and prior to the recent commercialization of Cinco de Mayo by cerveza and taco peddlers, Cinco de Mayo is not a holiday that was celebrated only in Mexico. […]

Crying not sign of weakness

Clyde Davis Popular enough, on Facebook and other social networking sites, are those questionnaires that reveal categorical details about who you are, by insight into certain categories-favorite food, best movie you ever saw, and so on. I am going to propose one I have never seen, which doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist, and as […]

Louie Augustinos made best chili

Don McAlavy A nybody living in Clovis from 1932 on to the 1970s knew Louie Augustinos as he owned one of the most popular eating establishments. His specialty — hot dogs. He ran the Coney Island Cafe at 208 1/2 Main from 1932 to Dec. 19, 1973, when he died from a stroke. Augustinos was […]

KICA had popular shows

By Don McAlavy: FNM columnist KICA Mutual Broadcasting System – 1946-1949 We sincerely believe that the 22 members of the KICA staff made a real effort to do a job for the radio listeners in West Texas and eastern New Mexico. C. J. Todd, KICA’s Farm Director, arrives each morning for the 15 minute 6:30 […]

GI Bill transfer full of questions

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Users of one of the most popular features of the Post-9/11 GI Bill — the option to transfer benefits to family members — will find a few quirks in how Congress designed the transfer provisions as they take effect in August. For example, spouses of active duty members who hope […]

Come see Mexico’s most popular award winning export!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a visual fiesta of culture and folklore with Ballet Folklorico “Quetzalli” de Veracruz on Sunday, May 3 at 4 pm at Marshall Auditorium. Sponsored by Clovis Community College and The Citizens Bank of Clovis, this special cultural event is the final performance of the 2008-2009 Cultural Arts Series. Founded in […]