No write-ins for municipal elections

CNJ staff There will be no write-in candidates for the March 6 municipal elections, according to Clovis City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon. Tuesday was the only day to sign up to be a write-in candidate. Write-ins would not have appeared on the ballot, but would have received credit for any votes cast in their favor. The […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Country music and a midlife crisis solved.

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday morning briefing.Write-in day: Today is the only day for write-in candidates to declare their intention to seek office in March 6 municipal elections. Write-ins will not appear on the ballot, but they will receive credit for any votes they do receive on election day. Local […]

Today’s generation lacks hope

This is difficult to write. One does not want to showcase his dark side. Yet, truth must out. Here’s my dirty little secret. I have good friends who are New Mexico bankers. Yes, among that despised crowd with their imperial debit card charges and overdraft criminality are those who seem to be pretty good people. […]

Letters to the editor: Real problems lie with Congress

Real problems lie with Congress I write in support of George Speck from last week’s letters to the editor. Regarding the greed of the very rich: Somehow the dominant media “frame” continues the absurd idea that defending the people who suck up societal resources means protecting the “job creators.” This is exactly the reverse of […]

Trading places with God is a serious mistake

Curtis Shelburne I rarely write sequels to these columns, but last week I wrote about the trouble with perfectionism, and I can’t quit thinking about it. The best way to unburden myself of such thoughts is to burden you with them, so brace yourself for Round 2. A friend and pastoral colleague reading my column […]

Each individual writes story of one’s life

I could call myself a writer. I am smart enough to know that I cannot write professionally and make a living. But I have been writing since my teen years just as a way to express the emotions, thoughts and ideas of my heart. But think about this: Really, everyone is a writer. A person […]

Press release: Bingaman helps write defense bill that supports Cannon

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman is helping to write key defense legislation that strongly supports New Mexico’s military installations and Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories. At Bingaman’s urging, the bill also contains a provision requiring the Air Force to report to Congress on the magnitude of the fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force […]

Dealing with spring winds a breeze

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist As I write this the wind is buffeting The Stucco Hacienda. There’s whistling around the windows, the trees out front are rocking, I see mighty clouds of dust — probably carried here from as far away as Roswell and the Pecos Valley. I can safely say the time of our […]

Yes, corporations do have rights

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It has puzzled me for some time why campaign contributions are considered a First Amendment constitutional issue. If I write a check to some candidate, I am not talking, writing an essay, carrying some poster in a parade or anything that could be construed as speech or writing, […]

Municipal election write-in candidates

Write-in candidates• Melrose: Bobby J. Moulds, municipal judge Withdrawls• Melrose: Mayor candidate Arlie M. Mitchell and City Council candidate Connie L. Baldwin No other communities reported write-in candidates or withdraws.

Education feature: Students operating credit union

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo From left, Gunar Hawkins, Henry Martin, Maddi Turbeville, Joseph Callahan, Andrew Anaya and Cutter Burnett are six of the students who work at the student-run bank branch at Clovis High School. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Freshman Academy students are learning firsthand how to run a bank. The Wildcat […]

Gospel helps us be right with God

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist I write and preach a lot about grace. More than a few reasons lie behind that fact. The most obvious is that I need a lot of grace myself. But the next is also true: God’s grace is so amazing that nothing else is worthy of our focus. The […]

Clovis lawyer Dan Buzzard left too soon

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist I used to go to Dan Buzzard, the lawyer in Clovis that I knew, who could keep me out of trouble when I would write up a column for the Curry County Times or the CNJ that some one didn’t like or I wrote something I shouldn’t had. I don’t […]

Jan. 15 Education Digest

National contest open to students A national contest is offering students the opportunity to write the plot for a book as an inspiration to read and write, according to a news release. Children’s author Jane Lovascio launched the Casey and Bella Story Contest, which began in September 2008 and ends April 15. The contest offers […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Clovis High grad writes book on St. Paul’s teachings

Joseph Durepos said his wife’s nudge to keep him awake at church a year ago motivated him to write an inspirational book based on the teachings of St. Paul.

God will not stay locked up in anyone’s box

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist In the preface to The Pillars of the Earth, thriller-writer Ken Follett tells how he came to write a historically-based novel about the building of a grand Gothic cathedral. In the midst of writing best-sellers, he’d toyed with the project for a long time, starting it, stopping it, almost […]

‘Ranch-raised’ columnist begins today

We have a new online column today. Glenda Price, a contributing editor to New Mexico Stockman magazine since 1982, will write about her “ranch-raised” life and times. Today she’s focused on “Some big guys I’ve known.” Her column will be posted each Friday in the “Opinion” section.

Two apply for write-in candidacy

CNJ staff Tuesday was the only day for candidates to apply as write-in candidates for the March 4 municipal elections. The following applied to be write-in candidates: • Michael Jacobs — two-year council term, Melrose. • Stephen Moulds — four-year council term, Melrose.

Hollywood writers have right idea

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Didn’t think the Writer’s Guild of America strike in Hollywood would affect you? Well, in support of my fellow writers, who I’m sure are likewise grossly underpaid and underappreciated for their sarcasm and — occasionally intellectually profound words of wisdom — this local columnist is joining them on the picket […]

Meth addiction everyone’s problem

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A popular piece of advice for writers is to write about what you know. But writing about what you know can be extremely painful when you’ve been affected by the destructive demon of methamphetamine. Crank. Ice. Chalk. Tweek. Nose candy. There are many ways to label this man-made drug, but […]