Worry, fear gripped local residents on day of attacks

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Courtesy photo: Chase Gentry Clovis City Commissioner Juan Garza, left, and Clovis Chamber of Commerce Director Ernie Kos were among a group of area residents who visited Ground Zero two months after the attacks. Sharna Johnson Clovis shared in the fear and tension that gripped the nation on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks created [...]

Dairies work to keep milk antibiotic-free

Argen Duncan While people may worry about overexposure to antibiotics, local dairy industry representatives say a system of safety checks keep those substances out of milk produced in the area. “Most antibiotics in the dairy industry are used in a very cautious manner, and there are several reasons for that caution,” said dairy owner Alva [...]

Graduates, I salute you

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It’s graduation time again. Did you worry that you might not make it? I got to thinking about those who are graduating and those who’ve dropped out. Then I remembered a high school friend named Catfish. Back then I wondered if he was going to join me and my pals [...]

Iran regime not accurate representation

Freedom New Mexico Most of the news about Iran focuses on the possibility that the regime may be getting close to developing a nuclear weapon. Such concern is justified, although it is difficult to see how the outside world can prevent it: Sanctions have been ineffective, and military intervention seems impractical. Even as we worry [...]

Social security cuts worry local seniors

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Douglas Smithers, president of the Clovis AARP chapter, said he thinks a one time $250 payment to seniors will help ease the pain of no cost of living adjustment next year. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Thursday’s announcement by the Social Security Administration that there will be no cost [...]

Environment lesser issue to worry about

Freedom New Mexico Political and economic realities threaten the Obama administration and the European Union’s mutual quest to combat global warming. Temperatures aren’t helping much, either. Globally the warming trend effectively ended more than a decade ago. These inconvenient facts don’t bode well for December’s climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, where campaigners against global warming [...]

Student absences, flu concerns on rise

Incidents of flu in the schools: Relatively normal. Worry from some parents because of the H1N1 virus: Elevated. School officials across eastern New Mexico are experiencing what they often do this time of year — increased absence due to sicknesses like the flu. What Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari Schools, among others, are also fighting is [...]

Rains bring relief, worry of disease-bearing insects

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Veterinarian David J. Orton of Clovis Equine Center, gives Duce a vaccine Thursday to fight against West Nile, encephalitis, and tetanus. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Just add water. It’s a good thing for some recipes and maybe a Chia Pet. And in eastern New Mexico, few dispute the [...]

Not state’s job to enforce evacuations

A Texas county judge is right to worry about the “drastic” state law that allows government officials the power to arrest people who choose to stay home when evacuation orders are issued. House Bill 1831, which goes into effect Sept. 1, allows Texas county and city officials the “use of reasonable force” to remove people [...]

Etc. — Snippets from the first day of spring semester at CCC

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Clovis Community College part-time student James Bauer of Clovis works out as instructor Brad Heath watches during the first class of circuit weight training Tuesday at the college. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Spring semester at Clovis Community College kicked off Tuesday. Do college students still worry about what to [...]