Budget takes top billing for Legislative session

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With the state expecting a budget shortfall of at least $600 million for 2010, the priority for the New Mexco Legislature is to fund what’s essential and cut

Flawed angels still messengers of God

On top of the entertainment center in our now-decorated living room, there sits an angel with a red dress, bare feet, and flyaway auburn hair which cascades over her shoulders. About 10 inches in size, and purchased at the after-Christmas sale two years ago, she quickly won my granddaughter’s heart and is, arguably, Mikayla’s favorite […]

Abandoned houses top city commission agenda

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File photo One of the items before the commission is a request by the city police department to donate two 2000 Ford Crown Victoria police vehicles to the New Mexico Junior College Police Academy in Hobbs. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico On a light agenda for today’s meeting of the Clovis City Commission, the […]

CNJ earns top press award

Freedom New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis News Journal on Saturday received the E.H. Shaffer General Excellence Award from New Mexico Press Association-Associated Press Managing Editors. The newspaper won the organization’s top award in the division for small dailies for the third year in a row and the seventh time in nine years. Also at […]

Soldiers’ transition top priority

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Vietnam War veterans will nod with understanding over many of Noel Koch’s comments contrasting support for wounded troops and veterans today, from citizenry and government, compared to how it was 40 years ago. During the Vietnam War, he said, “we got very good at saving people’s lives on the battlefield. […]

E-file: Billy Walker got start in Clovis

Even those well-versed in the rich music history of Clovis are sometimes unaware of a country singer named Billy Walker and his connection to the city. Walker had 37 Top 40 country chart hits between 1954 and 1975,

Ex-ENMU coach named Golden State’s top exec

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors have named former Eastern New Mexico University coach Larry Riley their top basketball executive. The Warriors cut ties with Chris Mullin, executive vice president of basketball operations, and replaced him with Riley on Monday. Riley coached at ENMU from 1978 to 1988. Riley, an assistant general manager since […]

Melrose FFA students top state competition

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The Melrose FFA chapter walked away from the state Career Development competition earlier this month with first place in the Production Sweepstakes, the overall award, and top six finishes in their nine judging competitions. Courtesy of Arlie Mitchell By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico For the first time in 30 years, Melrose FFA has topped […]

Santa Claus can top Easter Bunny

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist “In this world, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant. Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.” —James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd in the movie “Harvey” Santa Claus versus the Easter Bunny, 10 rounds in a ring, who would you root for? To me […]

Shame on those jealous of success

By TIbor Machan: CNJ columnist Most top executives draw pretty reasonable salaries, maybe up from $250K to several million per year. This isn’t unlike how professional baseball and football players are hired and compensated, especially the stars among them. Some people are sought out eagerly and promised exorbitant pay, including bonuses above the regular salary, […]

Carlsbad science teacher selected in national top 10 group of science and math teachers

Carlsbad High School science teacher Raymond Nance has been selected to be one of 10 science and math teachers in the nation for the inaugural Society for Science & the Public (SSP) Fellows Program.

Top-ranked Angelo sweeps Zias

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Angelo State showed Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team why it is ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division II over the weekend. Freshman first baseman Sandy James homered in each game, giving her a Lone Star Conference-leading 15 for the season, as the Rambelles (26-3, 5-1 LSC South) handed […]

Children aren’t top priority for Congress

Any doubt that Congress is still in the grip of entrenched special interests, in this case the powerful teachers unions, is belied by a provision in the omnibus spending bill passed by the House last week and working its way through the Senate. It would effectively end a successful program offering widened educational opportunity to […]

New Mexico’s school breakfast program receives top national ranking

New Mexico has been ranked 1st in the nation for low-income student participation in the school breakfast program, according to the School Breakfast Scorecard, released in January by the Food Research and Action Center. Statewide, 62.9 percent of eligible low-income children participated in the school breakfast program, the top ranking in the country. The national […]

Fiscal crisis Mullen’s top concern

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Though he’s a warrior, not an economist, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, ranks the financial crisis as a higher priority and greater risk to security than current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “The scope of it is, to me, mind-boggling,” said Mullen in an interview with Military […]

Enacting global mandates hurts U.S. economy

Freedom New Mexico A new poll found that people rank global warming dead last, 20th out of 20, among their top concerns. The economy was No. 1, while other economic-related issues unsurprisingly gravitated to the top. The survey conducted Jan. 7-11 asked 1,503 adults on cell phones and landlines to rank 20 issues by importance, […]

Sunland wins marketing award

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Sunland Inc. employee Carmen Manquero watches jars being filled with peanut butter at the plant Tuesday. Sunland is New Mexico’s 2008 Agriculture Marketer. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Working for peanuts has earned a Portales company top honors. Peanut processor Sunland Inc. is the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s […]

Obama aides prefer pricey regulations

Freedom New Mexico With his choices of top aides in the areas of economics and national security, President-elect Barack Obama veered toward the center of the Democratic Party. He’s mostly appointed people who initially supported the misbegotten Iraq war (and keeping nominal Republican Robert Gates on) to national security posts and people with Clinton-era experience […]

Top-ranked Midwestern beats Hounds

CNJ staff PORTALES — Southwest Soccer Conference champion Midwestern State managed only four shots on goal against Eastern New Mexico University on Friday, but it was enough as the Mustangs posted a 3-0 victory at the ENMU pitch. Midwestern State (17-1, 7-0 SSC), which closes the regular season on Sunday at West Texas A&M, got […]

Economy top issue in local discussion with U.S. Rep. Wilson

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The shaky U.S. economy dominated the discussion at the Elks Lodge Tuesday morning, where U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson spoke as a representative for Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign. Audience members expressed frustration about the $700 billion federal bailout plan, citing the recent case of AIG executives who spent $400,000 […]