Verbal gaffes offer public much insight

Freedom New Mexico If you get a kick out of hearing important people say embarrassing things, March has been a merry month. A National Public Radio executive and a likely presidential candidate let fly with remarks they shouldn’t have, and although both prompted the usual pointing and laughing, the verbal stumbles offered insights into what […]

Judge hedges on Obamacare court ruling

Freedom New Mexico A reminder that few things are as simple as they first seem: In January, when a federal judge in Pensacola declared President Obama’s health care reform law unconstitutional, the judge became something of a shining knight of the right. Now his armor is looking a little tarnished. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, […]

State of the City address

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Mayor Gayla Brumfield gives her third annual state of the city address Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex. Editor’s note: The following is the full text of Thursday’s State of the City address, provided by Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield: “Solve for yes”2010 was a great year for the […]

Blight battle progress slow

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File photo Johnny Gomez of Clovis said he had a vision when, in May, he purchased a boarded up car sales lot at 1504 Mabry Dr. to house his auto detailing business. Sharna Johnson In the last year some progress has been made to clean up blighted properties in the community, but overwhelmingly there has […]

Grant McGee: Christmas special every year

Grant McGee Christmas means many things to many folks. For Christians its the birth of Christ. For Pagans it means the rebirth of the Sun. And for folks who like presents and things it’s a great time to get stuff from Santa Claus. This Christmas Day I’m thinking about great December 25ths I have known. […]

We should strive to be prisoners of hope

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I have never studied the life of Desmond Tutu but I read an interesting article about him just last week. Desmond Tuto grew up in Johannesburg. When he was grown, he did not appreciate the South African system of educating black students because it was a very inferior system compared to […]

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 […]

Recession may be over, but effects still here

T echnically, the recession ended last year. So say experts who calculate such things. Most people probably didn’t notice. The national unemployment rate hovers at 9.6 percent. We imagine out-of-work Americans don’t feel a year removed from recession. Sales in many industries continue sluggish. In some industries, worse than sluggish. Those folks probably don’t feel […]

Book review: “Fly Fishing, Life, and Other Things I Have Tried”

Former Portales resident Joe Farr has written a humorous book about his fishing and RV experiences. Joe lived in Portales from 1973 to 1985. He opened his first KFC in Portales in 1974 and operated it until 1985. He also owned the KFC in Clovis from 1981 to 2007. He is now retired and lives […]

CCC marking 20 years of independence

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson It was 20 Septembers ago that Clovis Community College came to be, when a mill levy vote dissolved its affiliation with Eastern New Mexico University. Kevin Wilson A lot of things didn’t go as planned in 1990 — the Time Warner merger, Mike Tyson’s title defense against James “Buster” Douglas. […]