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 […]

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Beta Phi Seven Beta Phi members and one guest attended the club’s regular meeting March 5 at Collene Baldwin’s house with Laura Loflin and Collene as hostesses. In attendance were Collene Baldwin, Dottie Good, Sandy Heath, Laura Loflin, Rita London, Patsy Lorenz, Bev Miller and Suzy Moore.

Western shows full of cliches

I think one of the reasons I love Westerns of both the big screen and television variety is that they’re so predictable and loaded with clich

Right, wrong differ from legality

One common, and amusing, retort I encounter whenever I point out that not all laws are equally moral or ethical, is “It’s the LAW; you have to obey whether you agree or not.” Usually that is followed by some personal ins-ults and innuendo. It is a pathetic excuse for an argument. The first thing bad […]

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Fairfield club The Fairfield club met Feb. 24 at Cheyenne Meadows with 10 members present for a pot luck luncheon. A suggestion was made to help with the angel tree at Christmas instead of holding a secret pal. One day in May was chosen for everyone’s birthday to go out to eat and continue with […]

Warm weather sparks thoughts of outdoors

The recent, though probably not permanent, trend of warm weather turns one’s thoughts to outdoor activities. This is especially true when that trend is coupled with the garage cleaning — the connection being that all outdoor equipment is stored in one corner of the garage and I wanted to make sure that my two-person tent […]

Police investigating possible drive-by shooting in Clovis

CMI staff At least seven shots were apparently fired at a house in the 1100 block of West 12th Street in Clovis about 8:30 p.m. Thursday in what police are calling a drive-by shooting. No one was injured in the shooting and no suspects have been arrested, according to police reports. Reports indicate no one […]

Survivor's story: Clovis resident is one of few living Bataan death march survivors

Courtesy photo Alvin Fails, 95, of Clovis, a Bataan death march survivor, at his home in February. Tonjia Rolan The horrific memories have faded but not disappeared for Clovis’ Alvin Fails, one of a dwindling number of area Bataan death march survivors. Telling his story from an easy chair, in which he now spends most […]

Bull riding off my bucket list

Staying aboard a 2,000-pound bovine for eight seconds. Yes sir, I can now scratch that one off my bucket list. OK, I wasn’t exactly aboard a raging bull in a rodeo arena, hell-bent on throwing me off his back. Instead it was a docile Texas Longhorn steer complete with a comfortable Western saddle. It was […]

Lawmakers finally make hay in lifting restrictions

Government legislation seldom accomplishes its stated intention. But one bill approved by New Mexico lawmakers this week is certain to make things better for us all — because it relaxes government oversight. Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed by Gov. Susana Martinez, lifts restrictions on hay hauling. Before Tuesday, oversized […]

Veteran profile: Mark Cage, U.S. Navy

Courtesy photo Mark Cage Alisa Boswell Name: Mark Cage Military background: 11 years active duty in U.S. Navy and New Mexico National Guard; 8 years in Navy Reserve, all in law enforcement. Current career: A lieutenant with the Portales Police Department. What was one of your most significant military experiences? We were traveling through the […]

Sweet Home New Mexico: Childhood passes by in blink of an eye

My six-year-old son is the youngest child in the first grade at his school. He has an early September birthday, missing the cut-off for kindergarten by just six days. Because of that, my husband and I sent him to private school for kindergarten, as we felt he was beyond ready. While we know it was […]

In search of ponies: Family faced tough decision to stomach

At one time or another, most of us have played those hypothetical question games, you know, the ones where you imagine what historical figures you would invite to dinner if you could, or what three things you would want to have with you if deserted on an island. Here’s one to toss around… If you […]

McGee: Much better to be right than happy

A left turn on a red light is when you turn left from a one-way street on to another one-way street flowing in the direction of your turn. Recently, in another state, I did one. “What are you doing?” yelled The Lady of the House. “You just ran a red light.” “No,” I said in […]

Religion column: God’s valentine comes in form of Bible

Remember when you received all of those wonderful valentines in grade school? You carefully read each one noting with great eagerness the sender’s signature. What about those little heart candies with all kinds of love notes? I took them seriously. I thought every boy in the room was in love with me. Who forgets that […]

Children’s sports all about energy

There are few things more joyful than the exuberance of little ones who are totally involved in a sport, especially if one of the children involved is your special grandchild — in this case, the female one. Sports activities for kids involve a sizable number of dedicated volunteers in the person of coaches, refs, and […]

Church, state will never separate

Much is made of the separation of Church and state, but the truth is that while Church and state sometimes temporarily separate, on the insistence of those who get caught in the middle, they will never divorce. They were made for each another. Church is possibly a little older than her partner, but she hides […]

Dogs’ adoption becomes joint effort

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Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Cannon Air Force Base Senior Airman Amber Coker plays with her dogs, Ivory, left, and Koda, in her new home in Portales. Both dogs were adopted by Coker and her boyfriend, Darrin, via the Internet while the two were deployed overseas. Alisa Boswell Two Cannon Air Force Base personnel members made […]

DA: Torres captured after six days of surveillance

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Robin Fornoff Noe Torres, one of Clovis’ and the nation’s most wanted fugitives since a 2005 shooting killed a sleeping 10-year-old boy, is in police custody. Clovis District Attorney Matt Chandler confirmed Torres was arrested at 2 p.m. on Jan. 25 near a religious compound in Chihuahua, Mexico. A man claiming to be Torres telephoned […]

Preparations in place for Floyd Jamboree

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The Floyd Jamboree will go on this year despite no one showing for Sunday’s auditions, according to Floyd Lions Club Vice President and Jamboree Program Chairman Fred Patterson. Patterson said he still expected to have a full slate of participants. There were about 30 participants at the 2011 event. “I’ve already contacted everybody (from last […]