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 […]

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 — […]