NMSU’s public records proposal should be nixed

New Mexico State University wants to turn back the clock 38 years and keep information from the folks who pay their government’s bills. Information including: • Job applicants. • People who file civil rights complaints or are accused of civil rights violations. • Various law enforcement records. At best the proposed exemptions to the Inspection […]

‘Radical’ not bad if rooted in good

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Being radical has gotten a bad name due to horrible acts committed by evil radicals. The fault doesn’t lie in being radical; it comes from being radical about bad things, or beliefs, which convince people it’s acceptable to use aggression, coercion, and theft to advance their cause. “Radical” is from […]

President’s speech not entirely true

By Rube Render Local columnist Every year the State of the Union speech is touted by pundits and hyped by television producers in an effort to convince the viewing public to tune in. Each year, less and less do. The speech begins with a list of all the triumphs the current administration has achieved during […]

Senior centers dominate dialogue

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The recent parks survey gave Clovis residents a chance to voice their thoughts on the future of parks and recreation in the city. And 93 percent of those responding felt the city should set aside additional funding for parks and recreation activities. Mayor David Lansford opened a town hall […]

Scout trio to be honored

Staff Report Three Cub Scouts will be awarded the Parvuli Dei award, meaning “little children of God,” at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart Church. The church is celebrating Scout Sunday and the 105th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America to reflect on the first part of the scout oath “duty to God,” and […]

House GOP moves pair of driver’s license bills

By Milan Simonich Santa Fe New Mexican Republicans on the House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee flexed their newfound muscle Thursday night, advancing two bills to repeal the law allowing state residents without proof of immigration status to obtain a New Mexico driver’s license. Both cleared the committee on 5-4 party-line votes. Democrats, the minority […]

Elida teacher hopes for national award

By Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITER aboswell@pntonline.com After claiming local and state awards, an Elida middle school teacher is waiting to see if she won at the national level. Paula Tibbs was nominated for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher Award for middle school teacher of the year. Tibbs said fellow teacher […]

Legislature Roundup — Jan. 30

• Days remaining in session: 50 • Open contract negotiations: Senate Minority Leader Bill Payne, R-Albuquerque, wants contract negotiations involving state employee unions to be open to the public. “The secrecy surrounding the negotiations between the public government entity and the union representatives should end,” Payne said in a news release Thursday. “All other financial […]

Writer shares stories to college crowd

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Jim O’Donnell has spent most of his adult life traveling as a writer and photographer. He shared some of his adventures with Eastern New Mexico University students Thursday at the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts building. While O’Donnell has traveled around the globe — publishing in National Geographic, New Mexico […]

Weekend weather: Not cold enough for precipitation to be snow

Staff report The National Weather Service lifted a winter storm watch late Thursday, saying warmer temperatures sweeping in from California will reduce chances of any significant snowfall today or through the weekend for Clovis or Portales. There will be moisture, said weather service Meteorologist Jason Frazier. Just not in the form of accumulated snowfall. “We […]

Police blotter/Jail Log — Jan. 30

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Wednesday: • 2:56 a.m.: Subject with a weapon, 100 block of Cedar Street. • 5:09 a.m.: Vehicle theft in progress, 1000 block of West Street. • 9:44 a.m.: Public assist, 1400 block of North Prince Street. […]

Dounglomchan: Let’s all go to the movies … yes, all

I’m not sure whether Cassandra and I reached a new high, or a new low, by sneaking our dog into the movies last weekend. I’ll let you judge. But before you reach a verdict, allow me to plead my case. Cooper is 8 months old, and leaving him alone for long periods of time is […]

Brown: Competition real kick

January is a big month. The start of a new year, lots of erased dates, and an extra column from me squeezed in. Wow, I just realized that I’ve been writing this column for six months. Dadgum! It just seems like yesterday that I awkwardly introduced myself to all ya’ll. I hope that somewhere in […]

Shelburne: God always on the other line

I wonder when we turned the corner? Telephonically speaking, I mean. Once upon a time having a cell phone was a very cool thing, a “status symbol” even. (Hey, I remember when having a telephone with push buttons and not a rotary dial was cool.) The first cell phone I ever spied looked like spy […]

Brandon: Dogs and fleas works spiritually, as well

I have written about it before, but each time I am driving down Commerce Way, my thoughts turn to my very old Marshall Junior High School days. Now it is called Marshall Middle School but when I was there, it was full of seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders. Also I have noticed that some of the […]

Amos the churchmouse — Jan. 30

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes.  little mouse from nowhere boss there s a strange little creature roaming around the church pew underworld nowadays he came to […]

Given hero’s honors

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Eleven local volunteers were recognized for their efforts in the community at the American Red Cross Clovis Real Heroes Breakfast on Wednesday at the Clovis Civic Center. Esther Steinle won in the military hero category for her non-profit organization Angel Arms. Since 2013, Steinle has been providing travel assistance […]

Chambers seek answers on Texico visitor’s center

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Concerned executives at the area’s two Chamber of Commerce organizations want answers from the state about the fate of the Texico visitor center. The building has been locked since September with a sign directing travelers to the Clovis/Curry Chamber of Commerce. The sign also indicates the closure was only […]

Program offers chances to give back

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Betty Dye estimates she receives  more hugs in one day than she collected the first 70 years of her life. Dye, 72, works with the Curry County Foster Grandparent Program. She visits La Casita Elementary most days of the week to assist teachers with special needs and developmentally challenged […]

Blaming Obamacare hides real problems

I think the article on Friday’s front page concerning the eye care office closure is a bunch of malarkey. Their explanation is so confusing. First they blame Obamacare and then Medicaid. Why don’t they come out and say it’s about money/greed and that they can’t afford their Mercedes payments anymore? They sucked the blood out […]