Letters to the editor: Lansford’s leadership skills proven

Lansford’s leadership skills proven I respect the job Gayla Brumfield has done as mayor. Every leader operates with different strengths and objectives. I have stayed out of the fray, until the biased piece about the race was published last Sunday. There is so much not said that needs to be said about the benefits David […]

Friday morning briefing: A house raising and our prehistoric history

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. House help Construction skills are needed Saturday at the Habitat for Humanity work day. It’s 8 a.m. at 2100 W. Manana in Clovis. Volunteers need to help pour concrete, caulk and install floors. Lunch will be provided. Information: 359-1344. Step back in history You can learn about […]

McGee: Listening skills could use work

The Lady of the House says I don’t listen. I disagree. I hear every word she says. Just like the other day we were driving through Portales on our way to Roswell and I noticed the “Welcome to Portales” sign was gone. You know, the one that reads “WELCOME TO PORTALES…HOME OF 17,000 FRIENDLY FOLKS […]

Everybody’s business: Managing people is an art

Running a business and managing employees can appear as two separate and non-relational skills. However, management is an integral role of owning a business. Some people do not like supervising; others have the knack and thoroughly enjoy it. Similar to other skills, managing people can be learned. Most small businesses start out with the founder […]

Infant CPR classes being offered

CNJ staff The American Red Cross and with Plains Regional Medical Center are offering monthly infant and child CPR classes for new parents and caregivers. The classes focus on teaching cardiac and breathing emergency skills for infants and children up to about age 8. Classes will be held on the fourth Saturday of every month […]

Obama strategy for Afghanistan poorly planned

Freedom New Mexico The Obama administration has announced it may have to turn to military personnel, mainly reservists with relevant civilian skills, to fill hundreds of posts that had been intended for civilian experts. The Obama strategy for Afghanistan announced last month included a dramatic increase in “nation-building” efforts that would include, as President Obama […]

Warm, windy weather hard on crops

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico High winds and hot temperatures have tested the skills of gardeners and farmers and tried the patience of everyone this spring. “We’ve certainly seen our share of warm and windy weather,” said Todd Shoemake, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. “We’re getting a little sick of it […]

Motherhood entails all sorts of job skills

Freedom New Mexico Consider this a rhetorical gift to all the moms out there: The term “working mother” is redundant. Please understand we mean no disrespect to anyone. Women who have to balance children and careers face formidable challenges. It’s just that the combination of the words “working” and “mother” sort of implies that a […]

Guardsmen and reservists demonstrate skills

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield Carlsbad city employee Art Sena takes a seat in a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter after one of the rescue training missions Saturday morning at the Melrose Bombing Range. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico With war raging abroad and the occasional state-wide emergency calling New Mexico national guardsmen and reservists into […]

New Mexico Teacher Assessments Basic Skills Test Workshop

Clovis Community College will host the New Mexico Teacher Assessments Basic Skills Test Workshop.

Music teaches discipline

By Cindy Martin: Guest columnist This is part of a series in which local columnists share their love for music in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. Like many people, music is an everyday part of my life. I have the radio on in my car and in my office. […]

Management skills important

Sandra Taylor-Sawyer Running a business and managing employees can appear as two separate and non-related skills. However, management is an integral role of owning a business. Some people do not like supervising; others have the knack and thoroughly enjoy it. Similar to other skills, managing people can be learned. Most small businesses start out with […]

Next time around, bill should address immigrant quotas

Editorial So the grand-bargain “comprehensive” immigration reform bill introduced a few weeks ago in the Senate is dead, having fallen 15 votes short of the 60 needed to close debate and move to a final vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that after some tinkering it could be brought up again, perhaps in just […]

Doggie Howser, MD: Therapy dog

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Casper the therapy dog visits with surgical floor nurses at Plains Regional Medical Center. “The staff and the patients, they love having him here,” his owner David Kelso said. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A practiced calm settled over Casper as he stood ready to make his rounds. As the […]

Dance lessons help teach Bella Vista students social skills

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Fifth-graders Samantha Lucero and Jordan Jones dance the fox trot Wednesday during Viola Cano’s dance class at Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Cano teaches ballroom dancing to some 400 students. (Staff photo: Andy Delisle) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Twenty-four little feet followed the instructions of Viola Cano. “Slow, quick, quick, slow. Slow, […]

‘Horsing’ around

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleCindy Vaughan of Clovis competes in the halter division of the showmanship event at the state Special Olympis Equestrian Games Friday at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Tonya Fennell and Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers With poise and confidence, Cindy Vaughan slowly led her horse into the arena at the […]

Cannon excercise no game

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Personnel from the 27th Security Forces Squadron make their way to a night of reconnaissanc training during last week’s training exervcise that simulated the conditions in a deployed location. (Courtesy photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer While Clovis residents went about their daily lives last week, the men and women of Cannon Air Force […]

Substance abuse program focuses on morals, job skills

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Jose Carrillo said the turning point for him in his battle against drugs was when he sought shelter with friends but was turned away. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Freshly showered and neatly groomed, polar opposites Jose Carrillo and Gerald Williams sat in the dining hall at the Lighthouse Mission […]

Literacy council sponsoring adult spelling bee

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Little tikes are usually behind the mikes at spelling bees. Not so at this bee. The Curry County Literacy Council is sponsoring its first spelling bee for adults. Teams of four will tackle commonly misspelled words from an array of categories, including mythical creatures, rock bands and countries of […]

Curry County hires jail manager away from Eddy County

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The hunt for a jail administrator who can work with prisoners on behavior modification and decrease the number of repeat offenders is over. County Manager Dick Smith and the jail search committee say they’ve found the person for the job in Leslie Johnson, who has run the Eddy County […]