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Time to lose 'Rooney Rule'

In Salem, West Virginia, it’s still against the law to eat candy less than 90 minutes before church services. Until a week ago, it was illegal for motorists to pump their own gas in parts of...


Matchbox trucks make nice addition to office

I've long heard and respected the phrase "Power of the Press." Undoubtedly, you have as well. It wasn't until this week that I learned that expression could come complete with wheels and a die-cast...


Dare I switch up holiday traditions?

It’s the time of year again for that great debate: Is it OK to gear up for Christmas before Thanksgiving is even celebrated? I’ve long been a believer that the Christmas decorations, the yard... Full story


Color, gender don't matter on Election Day

Historic firsts took place all across the United States last week. As voters in scores of states — but not New Mexico — headed to the polls last Tuesday for the first regularly scheduled Election... Full story


Hunting excursion gives back to local vet

Later this week, local veteran Dennis "D.J." Johnson will be embarking on a hunting trip. A year ago around this time, he made the same excursion. It's all part of a "give back" program that a local h... Full story


Boy Scouts: Sorry to see ya go

We lost a great organization this week. What we’ve long known as the Boy Scouts of America is done. Kaput. Sayonara. Adios. Dead in the water. The group announced last week that, beginning next... Full story

 By Rob Langrell    Voices    October 8, 2017

Vegas massacre hit close to home

It was a jarring way to start a Monday morning. My wife woke me at the start of this past week to let me know there had been a horrible shooting in Las Vegas. It didn’t resonate right away, but as I...


Noah's dog is home safely; let's move forward

It began with a simple story about a lost dog. When it was all said and done, it had turned into a good old-fashioned brouhaha on Facebook. Let's back up a step to bring those unfamiliar with the... Full story


Wanted: Some good help in Clovis

Finding good help nowadays is seemingly getting tougher and tougher. Now I’m certainly not saying that there aren’t good people out there. To the contrary: I know there are great potential... Full story


Sadly, people learned where Clovis was this week

People across the nation and the world learned about Clovis this week. Sadly, it was for all of the wrong reasons. The mass shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library on Monday afternoon made news... Full story

 By Rob Langrell    Voices    August 27, 2017

Sunday TV guide getting facelift

This week, I wanted to take an opportunity to update you on a few things going on here at The Eastern New Mexico News. Here goes: • SUNDAY TV SECTION CHANGE: Beginning Sept. 3, we’re making some...

 By Rob Langrell    Voices    August 20, 2017

Familiar kids battled for world title

For some of the more avid youth baseball fans out there, you may have flipped on your television to watch the American Legion World Series this past week. I count myself among those ranks. I...

 By Rob Langrell    Voices    July 30, 2017

What fate should come to daycare owners?

It’s almost undoubtedly a parent’s worst nightmare. A phone call comes informing them that there’s been an accident involving their child. Hearts drop, minds race, tears flow. Parents who had...

 By Rob Langrell    Voices    July 23, 2017

A tale of two airport arrests

While vacationing on the East Coast earlier this month, I heard an interesting news item about a man who had tried to carry a gun onto a plane. The gentleman worked for the taxpayers and was...

 By Rob Langrell    Voices    June 25, 2017

Frying, not flying, as temps rise

As most of you are aware, summer officially started last week. However, well before the calendar flipped to June 20, the heat had already been turned up locally and on many of our friends to the...

 By Rob Langrell    Voices    June 18, 2017

Seven-state drive ridiculously fun

A friend of mine introduced me to the term “windshield time” a few months ago. When you look it up on the internet, that phrase is riddled with negative connotations. The expressions “wasted tim...

 By Rob Langrell    Voices    June 11, 2017

'Best of' contest spotlights biz stars

Bet you’ve got a name of your favorite auto mechanic. Guessing you also have a favorite place to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner. Wagering, too, there’re favorite places you enjoy shopping —...

 By Rob Langrell    Voices    June 4, 2017

Wacky week worries writer

It’s been one of those weird and wacky weeks of news, both locally and nationally. Let’s take a few minutes to recap some of those happenings and put them in perspective: • Kathy Griffin made a... Full story

 By Rob Langrell    Voices    May 28, 2017

Graduation: More than piece of paper

The end of this month has marked an important time in so many young peoples’ lives. That’s right, May is graduation season. Whether it’s of the high school or college variety, graduation can...

 By Rob Langrell    Voices    May 21, 2017

Three decades later, student-teacher bond extended

Constance Williams remembers spending her days learning in Rosa Briseño's second-grade classroom. That was in Pampa, Texas. The calendar showed 1989. Fast forward 28 years. Williams now lives in...

 By Rob Langrell    Voices    May 14, 2017

Six months in, transition smooth

It’s been six months now since we launched The Eastern New Mexico News. In reality it seems like yesterday, but as they say, time flies when you’re having fun. For those who aren’t familiar...

 By Rob Langrell    Voices    May 7, 2017

'Role player' takes away good memories

You might not recognize the name. Jared Gomez is a senior on the Clovis High School varsity baseball team. He isn’t the team’s leading hitter, nor is he the Wildcats’ top pitcher or star...

 By Rob Langrell    Voices    April 30, 2017

Where's community support after Lizzy's death?

Tragedy is always a tough and delicate topic to delve into. It’s difficult to describe the heartache that came on Tuesday when I learned there had been a fatal house fire in Clovis. Elizabeth “Liz... Full story

 By Rob Langrell    Voices    April 23, 2017

Been fun getting to know Ben and 'pet' Joey

AMARILLO — One of the particularly neat things about my job is the chance to talk with people about journalism and the newspaper industry as a whole. The conversations always go in different...

 By Rob Langrell    Voices    April 16, 2017

Work when 100, get a tax exemption

When the clock ticks from 11:59 p.m. on Monday to midnight, the bell will toll. That’s the tax bell in case you had forgotten your obligation to Uncle Sam. Tuesday marks the deadline to pay your...


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