Warm weather draws residents outside

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clayton Ortiz of Clovis spent time Saturday in Green Acres Park flying a kite with his son, who wandered off to play basketball with his friends. Ortiz said he had a hard time getting it airborne due to the wind, but the weather was great for kite flying. Benna Sayyed […]

Warm weather sparks thoughts of outdoors

The recent, though probably not permanent, trend of warm weather turns one’s thoughts to outdoor activities. This is especially true when that trend is coupled with the garage cleaning — the connection being that all outdoor equipment is stored in one corner of the garage and I wanted to make sure that my two-person tent […]

Forecast: NM should brace for warm, windy spring

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Forecasters with the National Weather Service say patterns are suggesting New Mexico is in for another warm, windy and dry spring. The prediction came Thursday as water managers, agricultural experts and forecasters met to discuss the state’s drought situation. Last year marked one of the driest years on record for […]

Warm weather greets MLK marchers

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Organizers of the 19th Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative march said more than 300 people showed up for Monday’s event. Sharna Johnson More than 300 people joined a Monday march to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. — a show of higher attendance than in recent years. Marchers, who walked from […]

Census shows GOP gaining popularity

Freedom New Mexico Some analysts suggest that long-term demographic trends favor Democrats over Republicans, and this may well be true, especially if Republicans continue to alienate Hispanic voters. However, the trends of the decade now limping to a close, as reflected in U.S. Census results that will determine how representation in the U.S. House is […]

Keeping warm dangerous, costly

Don’t you just hate the cold? I really do. In fact, there’s nothing about it that I particularly care for. I would just as soon skip the chilliness of winter months. We could all celebrate Christmas at Disney World — better yet, Oodnadatta, South Australia — and I don’t think anybody would truly miss the […]

Amid disasters, God takes care of all things

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I watch the news most days. Some days there is news of victories and stories that warm my heart. Then again, some days are filled with not so good news. One evening last week I sat through an hour of doom and gloom. First topic on the news was the terrible […]

Billboard promotes motorcycle safety

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Courtesy photo A couple of motorcycle crashes in recent months and concern drivers aren’t used to sharing the road with motorcycles helped inspire the idea for the sign located on Prince Street near 13th Street. The billboard bears the message, “Summer means motorcycles: Take a 2nd look, Give a 2nd chance.” By Sharna Johnson: CNJ […]

Former mayor remembered for warm heart

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Charles “Chick” Taylor Jr., one of Clovis’ longest serving mayors, is remembered as a friend to all and a man who warmed hearts. Taylor died at Saturday at Lubbock Heart Center. He was 76 years old. “He was a woodworker,” Cindy Banister said, describing her uncle. “The mayor of […]

Remembering sacrifices

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Darlene Pacheco spends a tearful moment at her husband’s grave Monday after the Memorial Day ceremony at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. She said Bobby Pacheco, a Vietnam and Gulf War veteran who served in the Navy and Army, died of a heart attack in 2 By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff […]