Paving the way

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CNJ staff photo: Tony BullocksWalter Nowelll of the New Mexico Department of Transportation performs a test on a batch of asphalt to determine its density. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Walter Nowell shares many similarities with the asphalt he tests daily. His physical build is compact and strong and his demeanor is unyielding and […]

City fee hikes suggested

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis wants to raise fees for city services to recoup costs incurred in providing them, according to city officials. The City Commission will vote Thursday on recommending fee increases for animal control, garbage, inspections, library and wastewater services, according to city documents. Recommended increases made […]

Author develops early passion for writing

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Lois Duncan is an award-winning author best known for her suspense novels for adolescents and teens. In early October, her novel, “Daughters of Eve,” was pulled from elementary library shelves in Clovis schools. The former state resident told the Clovis News Journal the suspense novel was not appropriate […]

Education bond benefits outweigh pain of tax hike

We seldom recommend voting for a tax initiative. We prefer our government servants to achieve goals by cutting waste and looking to private enterprise, which often is more efficient and effective. That said, a proposal on Tuesday’s New Mexico ballot is worth supporting. It is Bond B, the semiannual General Obligation Bond for Education, which […]

Mudslinging campaigns insult democracy

A few years ago, I needed to call the Department of Motor Vehicles and dialed the corresponding 800 number. Imagine my surprise when I got a phone sex line. I redialed to make sure it was a phone book misprint (it was), hung up and visited the local DMV instead. I never thought about it […]

Cats add 1,000-yard rusher

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Clovis High defenders Cobey Isbell, right, and Derrick Phillips, left, tackle Hobbs wide receiver Reese Franklin in the Cats 40-9 victory over the Eagles at Leon Williams Stadium on Friday. By Greg Price CNJ SPORTS WRITER With his 125-yard effort Friday, junior Manuel Robles went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season. It is […]

“Stay the course” desertion quite dishonest

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist • “… The Party said that Oceania had never been in alliance with Eurasia. He, Winston Smith, knew that Oceania had been in alliance with Eurasia as short a time as four years ago. But where did that knowledge exist? Only in his own consciousness, which in any case must […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Musicians get nod for induction

Small, black vinyl records cover the walls of the Norman Petty Studios, a testament to the musicians who recorded at the Seventh Street studio under the tutelage of Petty. The Clovis music producer and several of the musicians he worked with in the 1950s will be inducted into the New Mexico Music Hall of Fame. […]

State rep chosen for meth task force

CNJ Staff State representative Anna Crook of Clovis has been selected to serve on a methamphetamine task force of women elected officials, according to a National Foundation for Women Legislators press release. The task force is working to find solutions to address the growing epidemic of methamphetamine use nationwide, the release said. A member of […]

Sentenced handed down for molestations

CNJ Staff A Curry County man will serve 20 years in prison for sexually molesting two children, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Jesse Ray Jones, 37, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to criminal sexual penetration of a minor under the age of 13 and criminal sexual contact of […]