Clovis provides quality education

By Jay Burns: Guest columnist I have often heard my peers, local residents and incoming Cannon Air Force Base personnel remark about the poor quality of education this district provides. After all, Clovis High has failed to meet state testing standards for several consecutive years now, and the graduation rate is far from perfect. However, […]

Letters to the editor: Aquatic center, zoo city standouts

Aquatic center, zoo city standouts I just wanted to pat some people on the back. Have you been to the Clovis zoo lately? It looks wonderful. The exibits look great, as well as the animals. There are a few new exibits, also. The landscaping is awesome. The zoo crew has done and is continuing to […]

Border fence clear example of bad spending

Freedom New Mexico What is it about bureaucrats that makes them compulsive spenders? Government types seem compelled to throw money away, even when they oppose the very projects on which they’re spending. A famous recent case is Alaska’s “road to nowhere.” After public outrage caused Congress to defund the “bridge to nowhere” between Ketchikan and […]

Crop summary for the week ending March 8, 2009

NEW MEXICO: Alfalfa was 4% poor, 40% fair and 56% good. Winter wheat was 30% very poor, 36% poor, 18% fair, 12%good, and 4% excellent with 52% grazed. Lettuce was 40% good and 60% excellent. Chile was 4% planted. Onion was29% fair, 34% good and 37% excellent with 70% planted. Cattle were 3% very poor, […]

Baby born in back seat of Cadillac

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Candy McDonald gave birth to her 5-pound, 15-ounce daughter Jaliyah Marshall in the back seat of her grandmother’s Cadillac SUV Wednesday while enroute to the hospital. Mother and baby, nicknamed “Escalade” by hospital staff, are doing j By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Cadillac Escalade was the location of […]

Tucumcari man “very, very lucky” to survive train accident

Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari man who was hit by a train two weeks ago says he “didn’t see the darn train,” and that he’s a very lucky man. “The doctors and everybody say I am very, very lucky,” said Isaac Pacheco, Jr., 46. Pacheco who is at Northwest Hospital in Amarillo was interviewed by […]

Spirit remains in our hearts year-round

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Christmas is only 13 days away. Through the years, my wants at Christmastime and my attitude about the season have really changed as I have grown. One Christmas when I was only seven, we were living in Kansas City. I remember that Christmas because Susie was very, very sick and […]

Losing track of tractors

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist The other day, as I drove home from work, I noticed that the field of tractors on the Portales road has been greatly reduced in number. Apparently a great many of the old, even antique pieces of farm equipment, informally displayed on that field, have found new homes. I am […]

Resolve to better ourselves is free

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist When I came to America I was 17. Once I turned 18 I ran away from my family. My father was a brute, and in America I didn’t have to accept him as my lord and master past age 18. Of course, I had nothing at all to […]

Sept. 5, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Local gas prices call for inquest We need a state official to look into gas prices in Clovis. I was in Lubbock on Aug. 25 and bought gas for $3.43 a gallon. I came back to Clovis and it was still $3.79. Why? Clovis people are being gouged by a very few who control the […]

Closure offers time for reflection

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist They tell me I may very well have been the last authorized “civilian” allowed to go over the now-closed Hull Street Bridge.

Weekly Agriculture update

April 20, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Intersection yield sign problematic

Smith staunch, active citizen of Clovis

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist I have very little history on C. Roy Smith of Clovis. His full name was Charles Roy Smith. For some reason, he is not in our history books, but he had a good keen sense of what to do with $5,600 in 1934. With two employees, without salary, but with […]

Sunshine Week brings attention to right to know

Freedom New Mexico E very week of the year has been designated by somebody as National Something Week, designed to bring public attention to issues and causes. Such a din of commemoration makes it likely for some of the more serious issues to get lost in the shuffle. So we devote this space today to […]

March 10, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Euthanization isn’t best option

Clovis character shows off court

By Mike Thomson: Guest columnist When my son was 2, he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Because of this, he has to spend time in the hospital receiving treatments every now and then. These treatments can last up to two weeks and can be very draining for a child. Especially when that child is a […]

How much can you eat?

Humor columnist Argus Hamilton is making fun of a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball promotion in today’s column: To access the column, click on “More features” below or follow the link: Argus Hamilton • • • U.S. Rep Tom Udall, D-N.M., wants to bestow Bataan Death March veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal. The Veterans of Foreign […]

Yes, we can still count on death and taxes

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist It’s usually best for me to avoid much writing — or thinking — about the following subject. It’s just not healthy for me, and I’m fatalistic about the whole mess anyway. Alas, the monster’s long out of the box, never to be tamed. I love our country with all […]

Pet of the day: Sadie

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Name: Sadie About: Sadie is a mixed breed puppy around 6-months old. She is very cuddly and just wants to be near people all the time. She likes to talk with her “hands”, always touching things with her paws, and she walks on her tiptoes. She also likes to chew up anything that isn’t tied […]