First person: Safety first

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jesse Walthers, a Texico native and lifeguard at the Clovis Wellness Center, plans to join the Army. He has been a lifeguard since he was 15 years old. When Jesse Walthers is on the clock, his main duty is to make sure people don’t drown. In his next line of […]

Military mama: Family time worth wait

A t times I long for the routine of a Monday through Friday 9 to 5 job, so that holidays and weekends are family time and I can plan accordingly. Sure, in the “real world” surprises arise and overtime pops up. But as an Air Force wife it seems at times I could be a […]

McGee: Hard work only sure payoff

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I know this guy who’s been doing some traveling to casinos here and there around the country. He feels so good about his gambling skills that he said this is the year he’s going to declare himself as “Professional Gambler” on his tax forms. I once thought about a career […]

Refugee adoption follows mower incident

Sharna Johnson Sure, I’ve killed before. One memory that stands out was stepping on my brother’s hamster when I was 5. I was chasing him while he was dragging the hamster in a gunny sack across the floor — best described in two words — Oops and yuck… And there was the bird who got […]

Hounds look for help from running game

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank ENMU sophomore running back Troy Harris center finds a hole in the Greyhounds’ defense during Thursday’s practice at the ENMU practice field. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — With a senior-dominated offensive line and a handful of capable backs, the Eastern New Mexico University football team is hoping to put together […]

Left big fan of public funding

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist It looks like the way the Right despises ACORN, the Left does the Tea Party. It may not even be so much about their political stances, although that is part of it for sure. It is sad, though, that supporters of Obama had no problem with — indeed were proud […]

A view from under the pew: the great bugtussle rodeo

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist boss whoever first spoke or sang – i love a parade – must have been misquoted i m almost sure they said – i love a rodeo -

Letter to the editor: Seidenwurm puts children first

While I am sure I don’t understand the details or agendas of those who are taking issue with Rhonda Seidenwurm’s leadership of our schools, there is something of which I am certain: Wherever and whenever Seidenwurm encountered those whose agenda was to do something positive and helpful for our children, she did everything possible to […]

Gubernatorial candidates see eye to eye on issues

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Republican gubernatorial hopefuls Suzana Martinez, from left to right, Allen Weh, Janice Arnold-Jones, Doug Tuner and Pete Dominici Jr. answered questions Thursday at a debate at the Lyceum Theater in Clovis hosted by the High Plains Patriots. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With little dissension emanating from the Lyceum […]

God leads way during troubled times

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist At this Thanksgiving time, our nation faces situations and uncertain times like never before. Difficult financial times have left people jobless and homeless. Rumors of wars and a horrendous act by a gunman even in the heart of Texas dominate the news. During this Thanksgiving season, remember we have sure […]

Local officials concerned census count short

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Local officials are pretty sure when it comes to the U.S. Census estimates, they’re not being fully counted. Estimates released July 1 from the U.S. Census show a 2.5 percent decrease in the population of Clovis from an estimate of July 1, 2007 (33,177) to July 1, 2008 (32,352). […]

Farwell cowgirl among nation’s best barrel racers

Eric Butler: Freedon New Mexico Of the dozens of competitors on the first night of the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo, one resident of Farwell was sure sitting pretty after taking a risk over a year ago. Cassie Moseley, 27, finished the 2008 season at fourth place year-end standings in barrel racing. Entering the Professional Rodeo […]

Editorial: Budget cuts at Congress’ disposal

Boy, oh boy, he sure sounded like the stern avatar of fiscal responsibility. “We can no longer afford to spend as if deficits do not matter and waste is not our problem,” President Obama said. “We can no longer afford to leave the hard choices for the next budget, the next administration — or the […]

NATO initiation of Ukraine not worthwhile plan

Freedom New Mexico The cutoff of supplies of natural gas from Russia to Europe through pipelines in Ukraine may have been resolved for the time being with an agreement to deploy international monitors to make sure Ukraine isn’t siphoning off natural gas intended for countries farther west. But this dispute is about more than what […]

U.S. relations with Pakistan for long haul

Freedom New Mexico To be sure, many of the Pakistani government’s troubles are of their own making. Even so, it is possible to have a mild empathy for the Pakistanis, whose situation has become markedly less stable since the terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay) in late November. The Pakistanis have been […]

Ferrets can be busy

Are you sure you want to play “find the ferret?”

Squadron takes team approach to medical care

By Sarah Meyer: Cannon Connections CANNON AIR FORCE BASE —The 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medical Squadron takes a team approach to operational medicine with five divisions that all work together. Those divisions include flight medicine, public health, bioenvironmental engineering, optometry and dental. Lt. Col. Jimmie D. Bailey II serves as commander of the 27th Special […]

Feb. 9, 2008 Best Best on TV

What: True Hollywood Story Where: E! When: 7 p.m. What it’s about: Amy Winehouse. Sure to be a night full of crazy behavior.

Go Giants

The editors asked: No Cowboys. No Broncos. No Hank Baskett. Do you care about watching the Super Bowl? Maybe for the commercials or to see Tom Petty perform at halftime? Here’s what one reader had to say: • “Sure I am going to watch the Super Bowl. It is an American tradition. We as Americans […]

State Forestry warns of winter fire danger

Santa Fe, NM – While many areas of New Mexico are seeing considerable snow and rainfall this year, parts of the state are still at high risk for fire danger, according to New Mexico State Forestry. The New Mexico State Forestry Division is urging residents, especially those living in the southeast corner of the state, […]