Candidates file for state offices

Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico voters will have a quartet of primary elections for the New Mexico Legislature, but only one contested race once the general election comes around. Tuesday was the lone day to file for elections at the Secretary of State’s Office in Santa Fe and […]

Commentary: Resiliency from a Cannon perspective

By Command Chief Master Sgt. Matthew M. Caruso, 27th Special Operations Wing When it comes to the concept of resiliency and how it relates to our people at Cannon, strength and determination are words that come to mind. I consider resiliency to be a major factor in how our airmen get through rough times and […]

McGee: Calling police safest way to check out strangers

OK, so if you come to work before the sun comes up and there’s a car you’ve never seen before sitting away from the building, not in the parking lot, parked in the grass, engine running and its lights are on…you’d call the cops, wouldn’t you? That’s what I did. I mean it could’ve been […]

My turn: I’ve met my match

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More new entertainment comes into my office all the time, whether it’s fake fish, rubber cockroaches, hacky sacks or voodoo dolls of my bosses. OK, so maybe I’m the source of most of the sarcasm, toys and childlike behavior that come into the office, but there are worse ways to lighten a work day, right? […]

Snow days help with pre-holiday plans

Things to do on a snow day, especially when that snow day comes several weeks before Christmas. • Finish hanging and arranging the Christmas lights you did not get to, which was most of them. Remember that your northeastern native body does not really perceive this weather as unbearably cold, as most in the southwestern […]

Time for change when it comes to pocket change

Freedom New Mexico A dollar bill, as we all know too well, is a fleeting thing. Not just because it leaves our hands so much more easily than it returns but because, as it changes hands, it wears out within about three years, and often sooner. A coin’s life span, by contrast, averages 30 years. […]

Airmen active in community

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell From left, Jeff Waldrop, Donnell Clark and Gabriel Alaniz all take a lunch break Sept. 3 after working half a day on building a home in Clovis for Habitat for Humanity. The three airmen all volunteer for various local organizations and events. Waldrop said he volunteered back home before joining the […]

Military mama: Children are a matter of perspective

There is a hierarchy when it comes to children. Mine are adorable, brilliant and naughty on occasion. My friends’ kids are cute, smart and have their moments. Strangers’ children are loud, unruly and often need to learn manners. It’s all a matter of perspective. Though environment also weighs heavily on just how much cute a […]

Moms Gear: Dig around with gardening gloves that are made to last

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Maggie O’Neill Whether you’re putting new plants in your garden or pulling out stubborn weeds, you’ll find that the Women’s Bionic Blooms Gardening Gloves last much longer than cotton run-of-the-mill counterparts. In all actuality, these fitted garden gloves resemble a fancy pair of driving gloves with their leather cushioning on the palms and Velcro closures […]

Freedom comes with limitations

The week leading up to Independence Day made it glaringly obvious to me that few people today really know what freedom means. Sure, they know and use the word, but it is something like the word relativity to them: Something they have heard of and that they might think they understand because of how others […]

Make your life easier with slow cooker

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Collen Jaskot Harried schedule or not, you gotta eat. Oh, and probably feed the family, too. The solution to make your life easier? A slow cooker, like the Waring Pro Professional 6.5-quart Slow Cooker. It can be set to cook from two to 12 hours in two-hour increments, and it comes complete with cooking instructions […]

Ticket feature: Monster trucks coming to Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico Nationally known Monster trucks and utility vehicle racing comes to the Curry County Fairgrounds this weekend. This is the third year Cycle City Promotions along with The Bank of Clovis will bring the monster truck show to Clovis at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. “We want the people to come out and […]

Herding Squirrels: Pretty table? Yes I can

When it comes to hosting a family event in my world, let it be known: the bar has been set. I believe it all began 60 years ago, when my incredibly charming grandmother, Mimi, would have our extended family over for any type of get together. Imagine: children crawling on the carpet and having water […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Election day and Reagan comes to Clovis

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Special election Don’t forget the special election today in Clovis concerning a gross receipts tax increase. See the Clovis News Journal for a list of polling locations and times. Quirky quote of the day “Politicians are wonderful people as long as they stay away […]

Love comes straight from heart of God

My turn: Hunter outsmarts self

Clarence Plank A lot of things are very important when it comes to hunting, such as transportation and stealth. The trick is to fool the game, not the hunter. Danny Dictson, a ranch owner in Picacho who also sells permits to hunters, gives this example of stealth gone perhaps a bit too far: Dictson said […]

My turn: Enjoy family traditions

If there is one thing my readers have taken from my column, it is probably that I still have the mentality of a 10-year-old kid when it comes to certain things, namely toys and special events. Christmas is no exception to this fact. It might sound cheesy and clich

Zias rally comes up short at Commerce

COMMERCE, Texas — Junior Precious Herrin led a late Zias rally, but Texas A&M-Commerce held on to beat Eastern New Mexico University 64-63 for its first win of the season Monday. Herrin’s first 3-pointer of the season cut what was a 10-point Commerce lead with a little more than three minutes left in the game […]

Cattle operation comes with catch

As many of you regular readers might guess, people tell me their stories — stories about horse wrecks, cow wrecks, sheep wrecks, dog wrecks, financial wrecks, any kind of wreck you can think of. I met JW in Tennessee. He’s a regular reader of my column and thought his story would fit. It seems he […]

In search of ponies: Easy living comes at cost

Sharna Johnson He wanted to be with us. It was one of those bizarre instances that feeds theories — perhaps he sought refuge with us because of hunting season, or maybe he was a lost pet — but the answer was never known. He flew into the yard a short distance away then waddled to […]