Criminal records should remain permanent

The Albuquerque Journal Every few years, it seems, there is a move in the Legislature to get various criminal records expunged. In 2007, it was sold as a way to protect victims of identity theft who were wrongly arrested. In fact it went much further, allowing for the removal of any reference to a misdemeanor […]

Food at the speed of life: Nutella sandwich makes great dessert

The versatile sandwich can make just as good of a dessert as it does a lunch. I put Nutella, (spreadable chocolate, one the greatest things since the sliced bread you put it on), marshmallow cream and the ever-useful banana in a sandwich. For a small time investment, you get a rich dessert. You may remember […]

Officials at odds on necessity of expanding sewer line

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo All of the sewer lines in Clovis flow to the Waste Water Treatment Plant southeast of Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis has its own version of the chicken or the egg dilemma. Is Clovis’ west side not expanding because of limited sewer capacity or is there limited […]

My version of ‘When Harry Met Sally’

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist There was an important lesson to be learned from a recent movie night. If not learned, history will repeat itself … even if that history is complete fiction. Last week, I wrote about a movie experience and changed friends’ names to protect the innocent because I didn’t seek their permission […]

First Person: Model mother

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Seka Guhrke plans to get a degree in communications after graduating from CCC’s cosmetology program. Seka Guhrke, a 23-year-old Clovis Community College student and married mother of two, has been selected to represent Curry County in the Mrs. New Mexico-America pageant in July. The name game: Seka (pronounced see-kah) is […]

Clovis Wildcats advance to 5A final

Jaye Crocket spearheaded a 10-4 run midway through the fourth quarter and Clovis sealed a 79-66 win over La Cueva at the free-throw line in a Class 5A boys state semifinal game Thursday at The Pit in Albuquerque. Jaden Isler scored 22 points for the Wildcats, who used a 14-5 run in the third-quarter to […]

State minimum wage bill flies through Senate

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Moving with a speed that surprised some legislators, the state Senate approved a minimum wage bill 35-7 late Friday, sending it to the House before a House version had a chance to get on track. Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, said she’s fundamentally opposed to a state minimum wage and believes […]

Lord, I’ve got this great plan …

By Curtis K. Shelburne I haven’t read from the King James Version of the Bible for years, and it’s never been my main version for preaching. As beautiful as the language can be, I’ve never thought it was good stewardship for me to take time in the pulpit to explain words that in a more […]

Church spreading Word through rubber wristbands

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Mike Griffin wears four wristbands, including one that glows in the dark. “My problem is selling them; I just give them away.” said Griffin, referring to the wristbands that are sold for $2 apiece. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Rubber wristbands: Trendy fashion accessory or clever way to spread a […]

Sunset changes in Patriot Act not acceptable

Freedom Newspapers T he sadly misnamed Patriot Act, which grants federal law enforcement a laundry list of powers it had sought throughout the 1990s, but which Republicans in Congress opposed until 9/11, is in its final stages of reauthorization. A conference committee between the House and Senate is expected to begin meeting this week or […]

Texas’ legislative soap opera hurts law process

Freedom Newspapers The Texas Legislature’s struggle to enact some sort of public school finance reform is beginning to remind us of a soap opera. After all, the plot is full of twists and turns. But following bouts of high drama and much anguish, we always seem to end up back in the same place — […]

Today’s filibuster pale shadow of its former self

Freedom Newspapers With the bipartisan deal announced Monday night, it appears the hallowed tradition of the filibuster will not be wiped off the Senate rule books. In fact, the hallowed tradition that most people think of actually has not been used in many years, even though Democrats claim to have filibustered a number of Bush […]

Christmas lasts longer than one day

By Curtis Shelburne: Local Columnist I’m afraid that in the first column I write after Christmas Day each year I’m beginning to sound like Johnny One-note, but I’ll risk it again as I remind you that Christmas is not over once Christmas Day is over. Now I can easily see why tired to the bone […]

Christmas gift as bad as story behind it

By Bob Huber: Local columnist So it’s another Christmas season, which means my daughter Tracy will corral friends and family to tell her favorite yuletide story — “The Russian Pelekh Box.” It’s a marathon narrative full of adventure, romance, and mystery, although its authenticity leaves something to be desired. So while a turkey roasts in […]

Welcome: The list of doomed toys

Clyde Davis Things we’d like to see for the holidays {Inspired by the list of unsafe toys}: ° Handsprings Elmo — This one doesn’t do the Hokey Pokey or Tickle Me. He does handsprings into the nearest waste basket. The ultra version even carries himself to the dumpster. ° Nerd Brats — Unlike fashion brats, […]

Spammed out? ‘Make them pay’ is creed of Vanquish software

Tom DiFrancesca Here’s an update on the Clovis “WhyNot” project: We need more folks to get involved. A couple of local concerned citizens have registered at the Web site www.whynot.net/clovis but that is not enough. We need a lot of concerned citizens to participate in this project. I’m going to mention the endeavor in future […]

Prescription drug proposal could be more expensive

Reports from those who follow congressional wrangling suggest that President Bush’s  desire to sign legislation that can plausibly be called a prescription drug benefit within Medicare might be stymied. That would be good news. The differences between popular catch phrases and the actual details of this proposal are quite striking. What might trip up legislation […]