Commission returns public nuisance ordinance to committee

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer After more than two years of volleys between committee and commission, Curry County commissioners have again returned to committee an ordinance to clean up the county. Commission Chairman Bobby Sandoval said he wants to see a revised ordinance of the public nuisance ordinance — know officially as “An Ordinance […]

Iraq elections: Ongoing game of wait and see

Freedom New Mexico Two weeks after the election in Iraq that optimists hoped would be a significant step toward forming a reasonably stable democracy that would at least be able to govern itself fairly peacefully, a final vote tally is still not available. However, two things seem certain. It will probably take months for a […]

Influence should be cherished, used to nurture

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I am ready for some rain now. I would like to hear that thunder, see that lightening am ready for spring. Yet, thunderstorms bring me back to thoughts of tornado country in the rural area in Arkansas where my grandparents lived. When I was a child, I delighted in the […]

Press Release: Xcel preparing for winter storm

As of this morning, Xcel Energy has mobilized all available resources in preparation for what could be a major winter storm in the Texas Panhandle and Eastern New Mexico. If we see significant icing prior to the snow, and if the storm also brings high winds, we likely will see power outages. Typical problems are […]

Prosecutors: Defendant wanted to see what it felt like to kill

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Prosecutors say Anthony Ray Casillas shot two people because he wanted to see what it felt like to kill. But his lawyer says Casillas’ behavior was too absurd to have been planned, implying alcohol and drugs may have influenced him the night Gary Payne and Melissa Ward died. Casillas, […]

Judging science fair big thrill

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools What a thrill. I was invited to be a judge for the Mesa Elementary School Science Fair. Now, you might not think that would be a thrill, but for me it was. You see, science was not my forte’ when I was in school. As a matter of fact, […]

Day trip: Clovis home to model train museum

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Cannon Connections Photo: Carrie Pendleton The Clovis Depot Model Train Museum displays nine model train layouts depicting railways from around the world. It also boasts a gift shop. Place: Clovis Depot Model Train Museum Location: The museum is located at 221 W. First St. in Clovis. It is 7.5 miles or a 15-minute drive from […]

10-15 Education digest

Parents invited to see projects The Clovis High School Freshman Academy is providing an opportunity for parents to see their student’s project. Called Cat-a-bration, parents will be able to view their child’s projects from core and elective classes. The parents can also enjoy home-made cookies from the Consumer Science students and entertainment. The event is […]

Local athletic officials take wait-and-see approach with social networking

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CNJ photo illustration: Liliana Castillo By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Athletes run, jump, shoot pass and hit. Volumes of pages couldn’t sum up local philosophies on managing those. They also Tweet, MySpace and Facebook. Regarding those social networking verbs, the response could fit in a text message: Ask me later. Texas Tech football coach […]

Life too short to put dreams aside

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Every movie I see has one or two lines which catch my real attention, usually entering my store of tag lines to place on the bottom of outgoing Emails. One such line, spoken by the Jack Nicholson character to his sycophantic assistant in “The Bucket List”: “Tommy, nobody CARES what […]

Wife’s purse contents mystifying

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist I know better than to call them like I see them, especially when it involves a purchase my wife has just made. But I’m stupid and I did it anyway. As I inspected what appeared to be some type of new wardrobe accessory my wife had left on the counter, […]

Communities committed to prep football

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PNT Photo: Argen Duncan Portales Rams booster club secretary Chelle Strawn talks with her son, Justin, after the football scrimmage Friday. Justin Strawn, a junior, plays right guard. Chelle Strawn said football is an important part of her family’s life. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Large cheering crowds, sponsorship posters, t-shirts in school colors […]

Clovis Fire Department turns 100

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman looks up documents from the “history file” at the Clovis Fire Department. The department turned 100 Friday. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer In his 34 years at the Clovis Fire Department, Ray Westerman has seen things that made him laugh, things he never wants […]

Several recent daytime home burglaries in Clovis

Over the last several weeks there have been several reported home burglaries during daylight hours while people are gone to work or out of town. The burglary suspects are going to the front door and knocking or ringing the doorbell to see if anyone is home and if they get no reply, they are going […]

DNA process should become routine in court

Freedom New Mexico It is possible to see both sides in the difficult case of District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne, in which a divided U.S. Supreme Court recently decided this particular defendant did not have a post-conviction constitutional right to get access to evidence in the state’s possession so he could conduct his own DNA […]

My idea of a must-see TV network

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist Our eighth-grade honors English teacher had us do a daily writing. She read the papers, but never graded them. She wanted us to write to learn more about ourselves and be better writers. It was there I dreamed of a TV job and wrote, “I’ll someday own a television network, […]

Proudly show UCI preparation

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By Col. Stephen Clark: 27th SOW Commander Air Commandos of Cannon, it should be no surprise that our wing Unit Compliance Inspection begins at 8 a.m. on June 15, and lasts until June 26. During this inspection, I am confident that you will demonstrate the same commitment to excellence as you have since standing up […]

Press release: State departments see no reason to close schools for flu concerns

For Immediate Release

May 3 Letters to the Editor

Main Street businesses needed I was glad to see the plans for the Hotel Clovis. (“Hotel proposal raises hopes,” Sunday’s CNJ). Perhaps if it contains apartment dwellers it will attract some necessary businesses to “Historic Main Street” that residents can patronize. One of the problems with “Historic Main Street” projects is

Jesus can see us through dark times

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist I have heard news this last week of much sadness: a baby dies, a young man dying in the prime of life, and a young woman and man killed in car accident. I have no words of wisdom and pressed for words of comfort for these situations. I just know […]