Sloan: Many surprises at Enchanted Circle

With some Texans and my foster dog, Chance, I recently visited New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle of Taos, Questa, Red River, Eagle Nest and Angel Fire. At the Taos Pueblo, where multi-storied adobe buildings date back 1,000 years, an angry yellowjacket attacked my Cowboys shirt. On Taos’ hilly streets, we ran across a violence-awareness craft fair […]

Gessing: Johnson more ‘fiscally conservative’

Paul Gessing

Is former New Mexico governor and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson a fiscal conservative? He did veto upward of 700 bills during his two terms as governor, which began in 1995 and 1999 — more than any governor in the nation at the time. But a National Review columnist, James Spiller, argued that Johnson is […]

Police, citizens need to pause, breathe, think

You can be part of the problem or part of the solution. That’s what Dallas Police Chief David Brown, who is African-American, said after a dozen of his officers were gunned down during a Black Lives Matter protest by a man who wanted to kill as many white police officers as he could. Five of […]

McDonald: Climate truth inconvenient, but real

It’s hot. Record-breaking hot, for the umpteenth year in a row. Which brings us to an inconvenient truth. And with that lead, I probably lost half of this column’s readership. The truth is not only inconvenient, it angers a lot people. There’s just too much spin-doctoring out there for it to be otherwise. Ten years […]

Officials should unite to protect tribal artifacts

Rep. Steve Pearce, R-New Mexico, wants the Government Accountability Office to recommend reforms to prevent the theft and sale of tribal items. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, wants to toughen federal laws regarding those who would try to make a buck off federally protected Native American items. Together their efforts seek to end the lax […]

Sloan: Everyone’s stories aren’t obvious

Elly Marez, 52, dropped out of Clovis High School at 15 to get married and have a baby. After moving to Portales with her husband, she had two more children. She and her five brothers and two sisters were raised by a single mom. When she was 8, the three girls were taken from their […]

Wilson: The truth is, it might just be luck

This isn’t a sports column, but in 20 years I’ll be thankful to have watched the careers of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and LeBron James. Tim Duncan, too. The No. 1 pick of the 1997 NBA draft hung it up Monday after 19 seasons only for the San Antonio Spurs. Duncan amassed five […]

Ag secretary not responsible with fire funds

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stomped his foot last week, and the nation’s forests should be shaking. That’s because Vilsack told Albuquerque Journal Washington bureau correspondent Michael Coleman that if the U.S. Forest Service, which he oversees, runs out of money to fight fires this summer, it will be up to Congress to give him […]

McDonald: We’re not immune to cop killings

Think all the killings by cops making news these days are exclusive to urban areas? Think again. Here in New Mexico, we’ve had at least five so far this year, and unless I’m missing something, not one in Albuquerque this year. For context, let’s look at some national stats: So far this year, there have […]

First step: Eliminating ‘us vs. them’ mentality

About 50 people gathered Friday outside the Clovis Police Department to pray and show support for local officers following the shooting deaths of police in Dallas on Thursday. One question on everyone’s mind: Could this happen here? We all know the answer is yes. It is certainly possible a Clovis police officer or Roosevelt County […]

Sloan: Cholesterol struggle is real

On the rare occasions people take a break from being outraged over politics, they might use the brief armistices to envision their nemeses as humans. Liberal, conservative or apathetic, everyone has a secret challenge. Former Portales resident Annette Michelle Quintana, 49, an upbeat married mother of three living in Adkins, Texas — near San Antonio […]

Wilson: Safety, trust demands accountability

Picture a city of about 35,000, or just picture Clovis. Imagine this Clovis, for 15 years, experiences a fatal shooting every month. We know the shooter every time. Most shootings had witnesses, and some are on video, yet nobody goes to jail and only three are ever charged. Do you feel safe in this alternate […]

Poor judgment casts shadow on Hillary’s case

A White House spokesman tells us U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch “certainly understands that investigations should be conducted free of political interference and consistent with the facts.” One thing the attorney general apparently does not understand is the old maxim that “if it smells bad, it stinks.” Because spending 30 minutes chatting with the husband […]

McDonald: Martinez shouldn’t endorse Trump

Gov. Susana Martinez is in a precarious position, and soon enough she’ll have to take a stand on the question of Donald Trump. As chair of the Republican Governors Association and the nation’s first and only Hispanic female governor, her endorsement would mean a lot to the presumptive Republican nominee. But he’s done nothing to […]

Sloan: PTSD claims another ‘Nam casualty

Last Monday was National PTSD Awareness Day. A reader, 69, told me he has experienced Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) since being in Vietnam at 20. Secretly suffering from PTSD while waiting 40 years to seek treatment, the disorder has taken its toll: run-ins with the law, war flashbacks, failed marriages … Upon returning to his […]

Wilson: Independence Day came early for me

Monday is July 4, and July 4 is Independence Day. But Friday was July 1, and July 1 wasn’t a bad Independence Day on its own. I’d planned for the last few months to try to have my car loan paid off ahead of its original February closing date. A principal payment here and there, […]

Commissioners in Curry still acting like babies

The reasons behind the public censure of Curry County Commissioner Chet Spear have been kept secret since the action took place on June 16. But a public records request may have turned up a clue: It seems our childish county leaders don’t want Spear playing on their swing set. On June 17, the Clovis News […]

U.S. does little to keep track of immigrants

Maybe Michael Steven Sandford, a would-be assassin from Britain, doesn’t fit the stereotype of an illegal immigrant. But he actually is fairly typical and he does illustrate another reason America needs comprehensive immigration reform. Sandford was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada, this month at a Donald Trump rally and is facing charges in an alleged […]

McDonald: State’s sacrificed much for nation

Around the corner is Independence Day, a holiday in which we celebrate the birth of these United States. Here in New Mexico, we have the history, heritage and diversity to do it up right. At first, sundry Native American tribes shared this harsh and enchanting landscape, but they were eventually overpowered and “assimilated” into the […]

Wildlife, human interaction needs careful balance

The marathon runner played dead. The mama bear ended up dead for real in her native wilderness habitat. Who was at fault? The runner? Organizers of the event in the Valles Caldera National Preserve? The U.S. National Park Service, which gave permission for the race? Or the bear that lived there tending to her three […]