Men, women uniquely ‘gifted’

By Curtis Shelburne I am blaming this easily misunderstood column on a morning of lawn mowing. I try not to, but I usually end up thinking when I mow. Whether it’s good thinking or not is open to question. Following the mower, I found myself mulling over some issues related to “masculinity/femininity” as I remembered […]

Business feature: Promotions used to lure in customers

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Elizabeth Enders of Clovis tries to grab money from the Cash Cube at First Community Bank. The promotion was used to draw new customers, branch senior manager Neicee Bernal said. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Whether it’s assurance at the pump, assurance in the laundry room or a few […]

Letter to the editor: Sexual preference doesn’t matter

I have always considered myself musically inclined. Since I was a little girl, my family has been musical, whether we are listening to music, singing or playing it ourselves. I love all genres and enjoy various different artists. Since the first time I saw Adam Lambert I knew he was special. This season of “American […]

In tribute: Journalist remembered for resiliency

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Courtesy photo Mickey Winfield, a broadcaster and newspaper reporter, died Saturday in Portales due to heart complications, family members said. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Whether it was a friend, family, the Dallas Cowboys or Run DMC, Mickey Winfield’s loyalty was unquestioned over his 33 years. Winfield, a broadcaster and newspaper reporter, died Saturday […]

Doctors reattach Curry County man’s arm after pig attack

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Twenty-six year old Juan Cruz was attacked by a 900 pound domestic boar last week. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A week after a 900 pound hog mauled him, Juan Cruz wonders whether he’ll be able to keep his arm nearly severed in the attack. The 26-year-old Curry County […]

Emissions cap will cost more than offer help

The Environmental Protection Agency soon will determine whether greenhouse gases endanger humanity and, if so, begin regulating their emission. We suspect it’s a foregone conclusion. President Barack Obama, in last week’s address to Congress, reiterated his campaign promise to impose greenhouse gas regulations that effectively would shut down coal-powered energy plants, conceding that “electricity rates […]

Thoughts on Roker, ‘24,’ Baskett

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Some rambling thoughts I had while wondering whether the Teen Wolf would have played college ball or entered the NBA draft: • One of the stranger aspects of the presidential inauguration was the news coverage. As I watched television coverage Tuesday morning, I couldn’t help but see news team members […]

City landfill swamped during holidays

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Christmas trees are recycled Tuesday at the Clovis landfill. Christmas tree are just a small part of a big increase in waste at area landfills this time of year. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Whether it is disposable aluminum pie pans, fruit cakes or ravaged gift wrapping and packing […]

Domestic violence calls suddenly increase

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Whether it’s the strained economy, the holidays, population changes or something else area law enforcement leaders can’t be certain. But what they do know is they are seeing an increase in domestic violence calls in recent months. In Clovis, calls for assistance in domestic disputes have risen moderately. In […]

Believing in Father Christmas

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist This time of year has long meant pheasant hunting, an activity associated, for me, with the holiday season, regardless of whether or not any birds were brought home. Ironically and sadly, this year I will be unable to go. Thus we introduce the idea that the holidays are not usually […]

Differences can exist, but civility must win

Freedom New Mexico Regardless of whether your musical tastes ran to “Yes We Can” or “Raising McCain” this election, there’s one song you weren’t likely to hear on the 2008 campaign trail: “Kum Ba Yah.” Things got rough and tumble in a few places this year, not only in the White House race but also […]

Cities unified in needs for infrastructure

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Charter buses deliver New Mexico Municipal League attendants to Thursday night’s entertainment at the Clovis Civic Center. The featured act was the LA Party Dolls. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Whether it’s the Hull Street overpass, the Portales wastewater plant or a patch of Tucumcari Boulevard, chances are something […]

DWI offenders need more jail time

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked whether DWI checkpoints are the most effective means of preventing alcohol-related accidents. Responses: • “I think that the checkpoints are fine but I would actually set up outside of bars where the drinking could go too far. It would be ideal to stop the driving before it happens, […]

Candidates poised to fight civilized race

Freedom New Mexico We may have come to a temporary lull in the frenetic political year this has become, a few moments or even weeks of relative quietude between the end of the primaries and the major party conventions. The candidates and their staffs will undoubtedly be busy during the weeks ahead, but we civilians […]

School board debates grass replacement

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal School Board will vote Tuesday whether to take a pass on grass. At issue at the board meeting, set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bella Vista Elementary, is a proposal to outfit Leon Williams Stadium with an artificial surface. The change would cost roughly $600,000, Clovis […]

The horse, of course, must be compatible

Glenda Price Most children love horses, whether or not they’ve ever been on one. They love stories about horses, too. “My Friend Flicka,” “Black Beauty” and “The Black Stallion” come quickly to mind along with the classic Zane Grey novel, “Wildfire.” Most of us know and love Will James’ many books about horses, also. Lest […]

Service lessens stigma

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist I asked my husband and some of his military friends whether they would seek mental health counseling. Ninety-nine percent, including hubby, answered with a resounding “no” — regardless of the issue. I know there are many individuals who are willing to consult a mental health professional. But military men and […]

Health care debate needs two players

Freedom New Mexico Well, at least the presidential campaign will offer something of a debate on the issue of health care. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama disagree only over whether buying standardized government-approved health insurance will be mandatory for all Americans (Hillary’s plan) or only for children (Obama’s approach). Both anticipate […]

Alcohol sales shouldn’t even need ballot

Freedom New Mexico By now you have heard every argument imaginable for and against Sunday alcohol sales in Clovis restaurants. Yes, alcohol abuse is a great evil in our community, state and nation. Yes, economic development could get a boost if area residents could have a glass of wine with their Sunday dinner out. But […]

Feb. 19, 2008 Meetings Watch

What: Curry County Commission Meeting When: 9 a.m. today Where: Curry County Courthouse Agenda items include: • An agreement with the state to clean up right of ways entering the county. County Commissioner Tim Ashley said complaints about the shabby state of the medians and drainage ditches on state highways coming into town have come […]