Reporter’s Notebook: Area colleges hold ‘Apprentice’-style competition

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer NOBODY WAS FIRED. But that didn’t make the competition any less intense. This week, three eastern New Mexico institutions of higher learning held a competition based on the hit reality TV show “The Apprentice,” which stars Donald Trump. TWO STUDENTS EACH from Clovis Community College, Eastern New Mexico University […]

Constitutional power questionable

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Each year since 2004, on Sept. 17, we commemorate the 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 American statesmen. The legislation creating Constitution Day was fathered by Sen. Robert Byrd and requires federal agencies and federally funded schools, including universities, to have some kind of educational program on the […]

To revitalize Gulf Coast, suspend rules, regulations

CNJ Editorial The hurricanes that lashed Louisiana and parts of Texas unleashed not only misery but an outpouring of generosity and tangible help from people all over the country. There is little question that most of what has been destroyed will be rebuilt, including New Orleans. The question is: Who will do the rebuilding, and […]

Gas prices irk governor

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Bill Richardson will meet with legislators this week to discuss whether to call a special session — a move that could provide consumer relief to high gasoline prices and home heating costs. The proposed session, dubbed the Gas and Home Relief Special Session, would be aimed at stemming […]

Military communities cope with tragedy

Tom Philpott The number of service people displaced by Hurricane Katrina was still being calculated more than two weeks after the storm devastated coastal Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. However, it was clear that thousands of active-duty members, reservists and retirees had lost homes, cars and other property. Indeed, when military victims of Katrina are finally […]

Katrina’s economic impact far-reaching — and still evolving

Brad Foss: The Associated Press Hurricane Katrina’s economic toll continues to mount — its cost evident in near-record energy prices, snarled shipping traffic, lost jobs and wrecked businesses. But nearly two weeks after landfall, its impact is shaping up as one of extremes. There are many losers, most notably the 400,000 who have lost their […]

Clovis prepared to take in 250 hurricane victims

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis is poised to embrace 250 Hurricane Katrina victims, and efforts to provide relief to victims continue, local officials said. Curry County Manager Dick Smith said the county could house victims in the 4-H and arts buildings at the Curry County Fairgrounds. He said that the county is on […]

Locals donating to hurricane relief

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Gene Guthals loads a dolly full of donated items for the Katrina’s Kids donation drive Thursday in the parking lot of the North Plains Mall. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The residents of Eastern New Mexico are responding to pleas for help from the south, in the wake of demolished […]

Egg-roll sale helps Red Cross meet goal

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer After a month of cooking, selling and delivering more than 2,500 egg rolls, Clara Hawkins donated $2,225 to the Red Cross Zia chapter Monday for the tsunami relief fund. With her donation, the Clovis-based Red Cross Zia chapter has raised more than $10,000 as of Monday to aid victims […]

Small-minded critics spit their venom

By Mona Charen Natural disasters bring incomprehensible suffering. In this, they differ from manmade calamities. If you believe in free will, you can at least allow that human beings are capable of inexhaustible evil when they turn away from God, and that innocents suffer as a consequence. Even if God exists, free will makes the […]