Businesses, individuals honored at United Way banquet

CMI staff photo: Alisa Boswell Hoyt Skabelund of Plains Regional Medical Center speaks at the United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s annual banquet Tuesday night, telling his audience that the time they give volunteering in the community is the most precious commodity. “To me, what we’re gathered here for today is very real and personal,” [...]

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 [...]

McGee: Much better to be right than happy

A left turn on a red light is when you turn left from a one-way street on to another one-way street flowing in the direction of your turn. Recently, in another state, I did one. “What are you doing?” yelled The Lady of the House. “You just ran a red light.” “No,” I said in [...]

Ticket feature: Will Banister performing on way to England

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Courtesy photo: Johnny Mulhair Country music singer Will Banister will be performing Saturday at the Lyceum Theatre in Clovis. Freedom New Mexico Country singer Will Banister will be performing 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lyceum Theatre in celebration of his upcoming appearance at the Country Music Festival at Wembley Stadium in England. Tickets are available [...]

United Way campaign winding down

Benna Sayyed United Way of Eastern New Mexico has surpassed last year’s pledges by more than $10,000 as it nears the end of its annual fundraising campaign. But it’s only slightly more than halfway toward meeting its ambitious $1 million goal with just 13 days left. Executive Director Erinn Burch said United Way has raised [...]

McGee: Calling police safest way to check out strangers

OK, so if you come to work before the sun comes up and there’s a car you’ve never seen before sitting away from the building, not in the parking lot, parked in the grass, engine running and its lights are on…you’d call the cops, wouldn’t you? That’s what I did. I mean it could’ve been [...]

With daring raid, U.S., Danish hostages on way home

The Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia — Held captive since last fall, an ailing American woman and a Danish man will soon be safely on their way home after a bold, dark-of-night rescue by U.S. Navy SEALs. The commandos slipped into a Somali encampment, shot and killed nine captors and whisked the hostages to freedom. The [...]

Out clauses can prove to be useful

Maybe this is a cheap way to do it, but I don’t care; if you want to follow through on a resolution, you’ve got to create reasonable out clauses. You don’t tell a friend who you haven’t seen in years, “We can’t hang out, because I resolved to only eat out once a week, and [...]

Education column: New year means renewed commitment to students

The New Year has begun, and resolutions are resounding everywhere. Despite challenges, most everyone begins the new year filled with hope and resolve, wanting to do better or be better in some way. There’s even a government website that documents the most common New Year’s Resolutions and provides a considerable array of associated links with [...]

Climate change alarmism cooling off

Another frantic effort to redistribute wealth from developed nations to developing nations is under way, this time in Durban, South Africa. The excuse is the same old, tiresome claim that socialism writ large is necessary to save the planet from global warming. Fewer people are fooled every year the United Nations brings together representatives of [...]