Abortion is becoming moral question

By Mona Charen Last week’s news contained a couple of nuggets that stand conventional wisdom on its head. Among the things everybody knows is that Democrats, being the party of the little people, raise money in small contributions, whereas Republicans, being the party of fat cats, raise funds in huge basketfuls from wealthy corporate types. […]

Our government should protect us, not care for us

In government, as in people’s personal lives, when money gets tight, folks start looking for places to save money. Whatever gets cut out of the budget is going to affect someone and that someone usually has the ear of some public official. In turn, that official attempts to get the funding restored for his or […]

Incentives offered for conserving water

By Mike Linn New incentives for farmers to conserve water in the area lack the compensation funds and may have come too late to save considerable amounts of water in area wells, local conservation specialists said. Financial incentives to save water will never outweigh the income irrigation provides through the harvesting of water-thirsty crops, the […]

Community help sought in robberies

By Darrell Todd Maurina North Plains Cinema manager Abby Parrish said he has taken steps to improve security since two gunmen robbed the movie theater Tuesday night. He said he doesn’t want to disclose those steps, but doesn’t believe the theater was unsafe to begin with. “It’s as safe a place as anywhere; it’s the […]

Clovis growing in some ways, not others

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about new businesses moving into town less than two years after Kmart closed its doors. Here are some responses: “Clovis is just turning into another cookie cutter American city/town. They call it progress but I’m not sure! “In just a short 20 years, the place the United States […]

Project Reader Reaction — Billy the Kid

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about New Mexico’s recent efforts to take an objective look at the life and times of Billy […]

Fireworks fund needs more spark

By Janet Bresenham For nine years, Tom Martin and his wife Gail have been working to maintain a long-standing tradition in Clovis — the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. But Martin is quick to point out that his original year organizing the event he calls “Smoke on the Water” quickly put into proper perspective […]

Money vs. Ministry

Gary Mitchell Michael Covington, general manager of The Master’s — A Parable Christian Store, sees the store’s upcoming move into the new “Master’s Center” business complex as an enhancement of its mission. The Christian bookstore and a travel agency, National Travel Systems, will be among businesses relocating to the former Furr’s grocery store, a 55,000 […]

Water authority discusses money

By Mike Linn The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority met on Wednesday to once again discuss many pieces of the giant jigsaw puzzle that is the Ute water pipeline project. The meeting included the bonding of 12 entities — including the cities of Portales and Clovis — when officials from each signed on to […]

Search for well water not in vein

By Don McAlavy John Gordon “Spud” Greaves homesteaded southeast of Elida near Nobe in 1907. He was the father of Gordon Greaves, late publisher of the Portales News-Tribune. This is his story: “With the passing of 1908, we had consumed 80 days in water hauling, and decided if we were to remain on the homestead, […]

Cloud seeding director undaunted by critics

By Haley Rice Duncan Axisa believes he can make it rain. Axisa said this power is available to him through cloud seeding, the process of dropping silver iodide crystals into the supercooled upper parts of clouds. The crystals act as a gathering point, attracting and freezing the microscopically small droplets of water that make up […]