McGee: Waiting in line can be enlightening

I had to stand in line the other day. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with standing in line, I get into the Zen of it: If I am to stand in line, I will stand in line. In my younger years I would’ve been fuming. Over time I’ve learned various ways to […]

I will stand up for your liberties

“The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.” — H.L. Mencken Rarely have I read a quote that contained […]

In search of ponies: Desperate snake slithers into house

Sharna Johnson There are a few sounds out there that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up and set your nerve endings on fire — the racking of a shotgun, screeching tires, crunching metal or a blood curdling scream. But I’ll wager few things say “Come to Jesus” quite like the […]

Gadgets easily collected

Karl Terry With Thanksgiv-ing on the horizon there are two things that stand between most folks and culinary perfection — finding the turkey baster and getting an accurate reading from your meat thermometer. Ahh, those kitchen gadgets. They’ve been making them for centuries and advertising them on late night television infomercials for decades. Even if […]

Encouraging to see states stand up to feds

Freedom New Mexico The states are restless. Increasingly, states across America are resisting encroachments on their liberties by the federal government. The most recent examples concern objections by two states to the forced adoption of President Barack Obama’s health-care law. Voters in Missouri approved Tuesday, 71 percent to 29 percent, Measure C, the Health Care […]

Texico graduate takes stand against smoking

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Texico graduate Jennifer Campos worked in tobacco prevention during the last three years by giving bilingual presentations about the harms of smoking cigarettes. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Texico 2010 graduate Jennifer Campos looks back on her freshman year of high school and feels regret. “I’ve always like the […]

Senators Bingaman and Udall Stand Up to Credit Card Companies, Vote to Support Small Business and Consumers

WASHINGTON— The Merchants Payments Coalition, representing 2.7 million U.S. businesses, released the following statement thanking Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) for their support after the U.S. Senate voted to include commonsense swipe fee reform in the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 through an amendment introduced by Sen. Richard Durbin […]

Hounds stand tied for third in LSC meet

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANGELO, Texas — Sophomore Bill Squire won shot put competition and finished second in the hammer throw on Saturday to help the Eastern New Mexico University men’s track team pull into a tie for third place with Tarleton State after the second day of the three-day Lone Star Conference meet, hosted […]

Commissioners stand by Prince Street median

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer City Commissioners said Thursday they are standing behind a decision by city engineers to add a median blocking left turns onto Texas Street from Prince even though business owners say it is hurting their traffic. The median has turned what was a prime location into a back of the […]

Traffic signals stand out for blind

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson A new crosswalk to aid visually-impaired residents doesn’t look different from other crosswalks, but vibrating buttons and audio signals are features of the $5,000 system. It was installed the first week of January. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer From the seat of a car, or a nearby building, the […]

Mayor’s Ball benefits charities

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A trio of local charities stand to benefit from this year’s annual Mayor’s Ball. Proceeds from the ball, scheduled for Nov. 21, are earmarked for Clovis Animal Welfare League, Clovis MainStreet and the United Way of Eastern New Mexico. Mayor Gayla Brumfield said she selected the three groups because […]

Oct. 9 Honors

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Col. Ruedi Kaspar, left, 27th Special Operations Wing vice commander, and Command Chief Master Sgt. William Turner far right, 27th Special Operations Wing command chief, stand with this month’s Diamond Sharp Award winners. From left, Airman 1st Class William Uriniuk, 27th Special Operations Comptroller Squadron; Airman 1st Class […]

ENMU volleyball team has high hopes

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler Caitlin Murphy (foreground), the only senior on this year’s ENMU volleyball roster, practices on Wednesday with her Zias teammates. Murphy was a second-team All Lone Star Conference selection last season. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico An 0-4 beginning of the 2009 season may not be something to stand on […]

First person: Baseball mom takes in games from the concession stand

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Tonya Flores spends a large portion of her time watching her three sons play sports. Tonya Flores, 36, has spent the whole baseball season in the concession stand at Bell Park Field, watching what she can of her son Sebastian Flores’

Area peanut growers stand to profit

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File photo Last year the peanut yield from Roosevelt County was 25 percent lower then expected due to the weather, said Naveen Puppala, of New Mexico State University and a peanut breeder. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico

God’s way is to give selflessly

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist A close friend of mine lives in a larger city. Frequently she has told me of the homeless people who stand on busy corners holding signs that read, “Homeless and hungry. Anything helps.” Sometimes my friend would encounter three or four of these people a day. Sometimes drivers handed money […]

Homicide suspect ruled competent enough to stand trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A judge ruled Tuesday 20-year-old Albert Ramirez, accused of shooting his mother’s boyfriend in 2007, is competent to stand trial. District Judge Teddy Hartley issued the ruling after hearing testimony Monday from a clinical psychologist with the New Mexico Department of Corrections who evaluated Ramirez. No trial date has […]

AFSOC officials propose new squadron

Courtesy photo The MQ-1 Predator is currently assigned to Cannon Air Force Base. Cannon Connections staff Air Force Special Operations Command officials are proposing to create a new intelligence squadron at Cannon Air Force Base later this year, according to AFSOC officials. Plans are developing to stand up a new squadron at Cannon similar to […]

First witness takes stand at Salas murder trial

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Edward Salas, 23, listens Monday afternoon at the Curry County Courthouse as Lynn Trujillo testifies on what occurred the night of the shooting. Salas is on trial for the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Ruben Perez, the person police have said was the […]

Business Feature: Vendors say fireworks sales booming

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Monica Ortiz, manager of Mr. W fireworks stand, shows fireworks to Alexis Lopez, 8, front, Marisol Lopez, 11, and Jacob Dominguez, 3. The children said they were saving their fireworks for the holiday, but their mother doubts they will last that long. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Planet Fireworks manager Rick Fry said he […]