My turn: Spring is revitalizing

My rose garden was really in bad shape. Last year’s drought, coming on the heels of that fantastically cold winter, certainly took its toll. So I found myself on a sunny March day, pruning shears in hand, tackling the first gardening of the season … trying to get the roses shaped up. As I cut […]

Cannon Air Force Base lieutenant missing

A 31-year-old lieutenant has been missing from Cannon Air Force Base for one week, according to base officials. Lt. Scott W. Lee was last seen at 11 a.m. March 12 at his apartment in Clovis. He was scheduled to report for duty at Cannon on March 13 but never reported. A Cannon press release said […]

Staycations offer fun for cheap

Gabriel Monte With fuel costs inching to $4-a-gallon, long-distance spring break trips may be out of reach for many students and families. But spring break doesn’t have to feel like an prison sentence of inactivity. Enjoying spring break in your own backyard may be better than not doing anything. According to AAA, the average national […]

Burglaries up last year

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Christina Calloway Burglary reports last year in Portales were more than double compared to 2009, according to the Portales Police Department’s 2011 annual report. There were 293 burglaries reported in 2011 compared to 125 in 2009, according to the report. Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill said the jump in burglaries — which is described as […]

My turn: Drama students deserve recognition

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Last week I was back in the Portales High School theater, enjoying students on a stage singing and dancing. I love attending plays and musicals for so many reasons. Obviously there’s a story taking place on the stage … but the entire event is filled with drama. Will all the lines be remembered? Will the […]

Seven face felony charges after drug busts

CNJ staff Seven Clovis people face felony charges after Region V Drug Task Force agents made arrests, seized cash, drugs, a motorcycle and a firearm throughout the last three days in Clovis, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. According to Waller: • Michael Dickson, 31, and Betty Garza, 36, were arrested Tuesday after attempting […]

My turn: Support school performance

The soundtrack of my childhood was a set of scarred 33 1/3-rpm records of the biggest Broadway shows of the last century — “The Sound of Music,” “South Pacific,” “Oklahoma,” “Camelot,” and, of course, “My Fair Lady.” It’s often called “the perfect musical.” George Bernard Shaw’s story, Lerner and Loewe’s witty dialogue and soaring music, […]

My turn: Concert brings out kid in me

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I was reminiscent of a 10-year-old child last weekend as I screamed and jumped up and down at a Brad Paisley concert in Lubbock, which also happened to be my first big concert with a music superstar. It was well worth the trip and the money to see him live, despite my envy of the […]

Disability rating reform troubling

Most of a two-hour hearing last week of the House veteran affairs’ subcommittee focused on VA’s mammoth effort to apply current medical science and revise the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities, or VASRD, by 2016. Disability evaluation boards have used the VASRD since the end of World War II to compensate veterans for average impairment […]

Hounds, Zias picked for last place in spring polls

Freedom New Mexico RICHARDSON, Texas — If Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball and softball teams are going to make their marks in the Lone Star Conference this spring, they’ll have to do it from the bottom up. ENMU’s squads were both picked for last place — actually, by a fairly wide margin — in the […]