Rabbits have good thing going

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist That new movie “Alice in Wonderland” has been showing at theaters here on the High Plains. I overheard someone talking about it the other day, talking about Alice’s adventures “down the rabbit hole.” I’d like to trudge on down the rabbit hole we have out back of The Stucco Hacienda. […]

Hand-me-down thinking not needed

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Often those who study the history of philosophy and compare it to the history of other disciplines, especially science, complain that in philosophy no progress is made, that philosophers keep talking about the same thing, that nothing ever gets resolved. It appears clear that in each age most […]

Analysis: Not all of Legislature’s time spent productively

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican So what did taxpayers get for the $4.87 million 30-day budget session of the state Legislature? Well, one thing we didn’t get was a budget for state government. Because the state Senate and House couldn’t agree on a budget plan, Gov. Bill Richardson said he’ll call a […]

Special interests keep expanding defense budget

Freedom New Mexico One thing you can say about the defense budget presented as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.8 trillion federal budget — it’s marginally more honest than some previous budgets. In years past Defense secretaries have pretended the costs of waging active wars are separate from the “baseline” military budget and have not […]

Cannon airman returns from devastated Haiti

Courtesy photo: Airman 1st Class Mike Cooksey Children look for a place to sleep following a devastating earthquake. Airman 1st Class Mike Cooksey returned to Cannon Air Force Base on Jan. 17 from Haiti where he had gone on leave to help a friend who was there on a mission. By Greg Allen: 27th SOW […]

Outside support can help keep resolutions

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MCT illustration By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico With the new year approaching one thing is certain — resolutions will be made, and broken. Among the more popular goals: Quit smoking, manage debt and maybe even get a better job. But the big one seems to be losing weight. “People try to get back in […]

Organizer: Border Town Days ‘hometown thing’

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CNJ file photo Border Town Days will start at 10 a.m. Texico time (11 a.m. in Farwell). Freedom New Mexico The annual Border Town Days isn’t a huge event, organizers say. It’s more like a family barbecue — with two really big families. The communities of Texico and Farwell, which share the Texas-New Mexico border, […]

Placing blame more than a man thing

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist I was at an agriculture women’s meeting recently where one of the speakers (a lady) talked about ways women can be more successful in advancing their agendas. She pointed out that boys grow up participating in and watching team sports more often than girls, although girls are making progress. She […]

Drive-in movies make me hostage

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist The slightest cue can spark a moment of nostalgia for me these days, such as the sight of a step van reminding me of going to the drive-in movie in a bread truck. I guess the first thing to do is make sure those under 35 or so know what […]

Some people really do change

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Time is a funny thing.

Proving identity grueling task

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Identity theft is a terrible thing but simply misplacing your identity isn’t a lot of fun either. My wife recently lost her purse containing her credit cards, driver’s license, Social Security card and approximately $5,000 in makeup. She said the loss of all of her personal information made […]

‘Really?’ is only thing left to say

Sometimes news pleases me, sometimes it makes me yell at the TV. Other times, I’ve just got to say … Really? • Take the new Chevy Volt, or more specifically, its so-called fans. Slated for a 2010 release, the Volt runs for 40 miles on a single charge, but runs up to 300 miles when […]

Buddy from the block

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks A 40-pound block of cheddar cheese is made to look like the image of Buddy Holly Tuesday at the Southwest Cheese Factory. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Whether Buddy Holly ever had positive feelings toward the Green Bay Packers is a matter of conjecture. But one thing’s for sure now: […]

West Point grads learn life lessons

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis alumnus Jeff Epps said the responsibilities he shouldered as a cadet during his four years at the United States Military Academy at West Point allowed him to experience life differently than most college graduates. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer If there was one thing 2004 Clovis High alumnus […]

Clovis Christian seniors graduate

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A jeans-and-boot-clad Keeson Bell sang a song to his graduating classmates Friday during Clovis Christian School’s graduation ceremony. Bell wrote the song, called “Our Class,” and featured each one of his classmates in a line of the son By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A teary-eyed Amanda Riley said sometimes […]

Wildcadettes to do their thing

Proud parent Raymond Mondragon reports the Clovis High School Wildcadettes are scheduled to perform their drills at 6 p.m. today at Rock Staubus Gym.

Feb. 22 – Drum away

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis band members Jesika Trujillo, left, and Jared Finch drum away between games Friday night at Rock Staubus Gym. Both have been playing the drums for four years. Finch said he loves drumming because it’s “the greatest thing in my life.”

Movie revives suitcase memories

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The movie “No Country for Old Men” is up for eight academy awards this year. That’s pretty good for a flick shot on location here in New Mexico near Las Vegas. The film grabbed my attention from the get-go after I saw the preview. I recognized the landscape and the […]

Roadkill deserves little bit of dignity

By Grant McGee: Local columnist You couldn’t miss the dead dog by the curb on County Road K last Saturday. I eased over to the side of the road and got out. The canine’s fur was blowing in the breeze. The coloring looked like some kind of mixed-breed mutt, then I saw its face: Someone […]

Pet of the day: Misty the ferrett

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Name: Misty About: He is the most playful critter I’ve ever owned. He’s 2 years old. He is the worst thing in the world for hiding things. He likes to get my keys and hide them in the couch. I got him at the pet store in Jonesboro, Arkansas. My favorite thing to do with […]