Letter to the Editor: Dec. 31, 2013

Christians shouldn’t expect others to uphold their traditions Recently watching the news, I was surprised and appalled on how lazy we as Christians have become when it comes to Christmas and our traditions. This is a holiday that all Christians celebrate the birth of our Savior and King of our lives. We do not say […]

FBI on lookout for corruption

To small-towners and small-timers who may be misusing the public’s trust or money just a little bit: You’d better watch out; the FBI is coming to town. The Albuquerque division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has announced a new initiative for the new year with a goal of rooting out corruption in rural New […]

Small pension better than none at all

While there are those public retirees who undoubtedly will feel the New Mexico Supreme Court delivered them a lump of coal this holiday season, all should realize that it’s better to receive a pension than to be stuck with one that’s two sizes too small. Or none at all. That’s the bottom line of the […]

Capital outlay can work wonders with oversight

New Mexico’s haphazard process of annually awarding hundreds of millions of dollars to state agencies, and to city, county and tribal governments, for special projects wastes tax dollars on projects that are not ready to be built, are not integrated into an overall plan, cannot be properly maintained or will not be managed by a […]

More things to fail at for 2014

In 2013 I only kept one of my 10 New Year’s resolutions — to stop being civil and dive head-first into mud-wrestling with truculent (quick to argue or fight) people. Not only was it a great stress-reliever, but it did wonders for my complexion. With a .100 batting average, I hesitate to step up to […]

Focus on spill reeks of grandstanding

The Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill is a big problem — a federal one the Air Force says it is addressing. New Mexico’s junior congressional representative, Michelle Lujan Grisham, recently said the massive underground spill should be the delegation’s “No. 1 priority.” She is calling for more independent oversight and accountability of efforts […]

Love everyone, whatever you advocate

I love people. If you had known me 15 years ago, that would sound like a shocking statement coming from me. But that was before a few things changed in my life to bring out the best in me. Within a period of a few months I discovered there is a name for how I […]

Board of Education resurrection attempt step to ugly past

Quick — who is your Public Education commissioner? The silence that follows that question is exactly the reason Sen. Michael Padilla’s plan to resurrect the state Board of Education would take the state back to the bad old days. Back to a lack of public awareness, knowledge and engagement. Back to a lack of state […]

Somebody’s gotta do fireplace supervision

That last cold, drizzly Friday before Christmas, when most people were juggling school parties, baking, shopping, and wrapping gifts, a small but intrepid group of bird watchers slogged through the pastures and fields in a seven-mile radius around Milnesand participating in the 114th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. On that dreary next-to-the-shortest day of the […]

New starts, new promises ahead for 2014

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI STAFF WRITER enorwood@pntonline.com Dressed in full firefighter’s gear with his fire hose draped over his shoulder, Charles Nunez scaled up the 25-foot ladder on a sunny and breezy Wednesday afternoon. Training to fight fires is how Nunez and about 20 other Clovis firefighters spent the first day of 2014. “It’s […]

By the Numbers: 2013 Building Permits

A look at permits issued by the city of Clovis for the month of December, and for 2013, according to city records. 1 — New commercial permits in December 6 — New residential permits in December 15 — New commercial permits in 2013. (13 in 2012) 15 — Right-of-way permits issued in 2013. (16 in […]

Hounds hang on to beat Hardrockers

CNJ staff RAPID CITY, S.D. — Senior forward Cornelius Cammock registered Eastern New Mexico University’s first double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds and the Greyhounds used an early 15-0 run to outlast South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 68-63 on Wednesday in the Hardrockers’ New Year’s Basketball Bash. ENMU (5-5) […]

Weekly New Mexico fishing report — Dec. 31

Northeast Cimarron River — Keep this water on your list for spring. Low water conditions this time of year make for some tough fishing. Clayton Lake — Closed for the season. Conchas Lake — The shallow and steep boat ramps on the north side of the lake are now open along with the Cove campground […]