Restaurant owner vows she’s staying

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Connie Rios, an employee at Da’s Tailor Shop & Dry Cleaning, folds a pair of U.S. Air Force pants Wednesday at the shop across U.S. Highway 60/84. Rios said on a busy day she will press over 200 uniforms. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Although the customers at her Thai-food […]

TSA screenings do not benefit security

By Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist Maybe I am seeing things, but my impression from going through hundreds of airports since Sept. 11, 2001, is that too many Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners are plainly gung-ho. Yes, they perform their jobs eagerly, often seeming to relish that bit of power it gives them to order people […]

Two months living in Clovis and counting — ya’ll

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer J une 1 not only marks National Tailors Day, but it strums home a grand celebration of sorts for myself — my two month anniversary in Clovis. Appropriately moving from New York City to this small town on April Fool’s Day, I have been through wind, dust and sun […]

Father takes on role of stay-at-home parent in military family

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Mark Marius cares for his three young children while his wife, Kjersti, not pictured, works on base as a physician. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The president of the Officers’ Spouses’ Club at Cannon Air Force Base is in the minority. Not only is Mark Marius one of three male […]

South Carolina: Great place for chickens

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist The always-entertaining Most Backward State in the Union contest took an interesting bounce last week. With Kansas having gone three or four whole days without trying to teach creationism in science classes and Florida having neglected to botch an election lately, plucky little South Carolina shot to the head of […]

U.S. should stay in touch with unstable republic

Freedom Newspapers The coup d’etat or whatever has occurred in the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan has developed so quickly that even opposition leaders don’t seem to have been prepared for assuming power. More than a welling up of democratic impulses, however, what appears to be happening is a redistribution of the power and wealth […]

U.S. right to keep Iraq transfer date despite slaying

Freedom Newspapers The assassination of Abdel-Zahraa Othman, until his death the head of the Iraqi Governing Council, might prompt some to say the United States should put more forces in Iraq and plan to stay longer. But Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt’s response was the right one: “Days like today convince us even more that the […]

Ex-Hound opts for family over football

By Ferron Lucero Editor’s note: This a periodic feature catching up with former area athletes. Injuries and a desire to be closer with family led former Eastern New Mexico University standout Conrad Hamilton to retire from the NFL two years ago. A two-time NCAA Division II All-American defensive back at Eastern, Hamilton played five seasons […]

Break has sprung for Clovis schools

Reporter’s Notebook Spring break for Clovis Municipal Schools is Monday through Friday this week. The schools have no plans for spring break, said Evelyn Gordon, receptionist of Clovis Municipal Schools Administrative Offices. “Everybody has their own plans,” Gordon said. Amy Garcia, a teacher at Yucca Junior High School, said she plans to stay home. “All […]

Editorial: U.S. applies double standard to its neighbors

As debate continues over the federal government’s proposed border-crossing program, one aspect of the current policy deserves closer scrutiny — different treatment of our neighbors, depending on whether they come from north or south of the U.S. border. Under the current system, guests from Canada with proof of Canadian citizenship are allowed to remain in […]