Small businesses finding ways to survive

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Twin Cronnies employee Jennifer Chavez checks an order before running drinks out to a waiting customer. The Twin Cronnies is one of several regional businesses making changes to cope with the recession. By Gabriel Monte and Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Despite having to increase his prices, cut staff and shorten […]

Tucumcari taking long shot on race track

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico It’s a long shot — but betting that a race track license may become available within the next two years — the Quay County Gaming Authority agreed Friday to extend its option on land near Interstate 40. The authority, which has $9,224 left in its bank account from its […]

Bill to abolish death penalty gets go-ahead

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican With shaking hands and a quivering voice, a Las Vegas, N.M., woman whose son was executed by the state of Texas asked the New Mexico House of Representatives on Thursday to end capital punishment in this state. Though committee members’ minds probably were made up before Muina […]

Jan. 30, 2009 Legislature Tidbits

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 50 Denish raises almost half a million: Lt. Gov. Diane Denish raised $466,314 in the last quarter of 2008 for her 2010 bid for the Governor’s Office, her campaign announced Thursday. Denish has $1,751,779 in the bank for the race, where she is seen by many […]

Webcasts ‘thorny issue’

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican It’s the issue that won’t go away: to webcast or not from the state Capitol. As a House subcommittee considers whether and how to allow webcasting, the topic came up during Senate floor debate on a budget proposal when Sen. Mark Boitano, R-Albuquerque, attempted an amendment to […]

New rehearsal hall for opera on horizon

By Anne Constable: The Santa Fe New Mexican The Santa Fe Opera is seeking legislative approval for an agreement with the state to lease and eventually purchase a yet-to-be-built open-air rehearsal hall and the land it sits on. Speaker of the House Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, introduced this week House Joint Resolution 8, which would give […]

Rep. Roch to Appear on PBS Show “Report from Santa Fe”

(Santa Fe, NM) – Rep. Dennis Roch (R-Curry, Harding, Quay, Roosevelt, and San Miguel & Union-67) will appear on the PBS show “Report from Santa Fe,” which will air statewide this weekend. Rep. Roch, the current Assistant Superintendent for Tucumcari Public Schools, will discuss the Education Funding Formula along with other topics relating to education. […]

Sen. Harden pleased with progress on autism bill

Santa Fe- Senator Clint Harden, R-District 7 is pleased so far on the process his legislation to address the health issue of autism is taking in the state legislature. He said his bill SB 34 is being held over in Senate Public Affairs because he said Human Service Secretary Pam Hyde has agreed to work […]

Torres calls CNJ a fourth time

Fugitive Noe Torres called a Clovis News Journal reporter Friday afternoon for the fourth time since Dec. 19. In the more than a 30 minute call, Torres, as he has in his previous calls, professed his innocence and alleged corruption on the part of investigators and prosecutors. The only new information Torres provided was that […]

ENMU Athletic Director Requests Reassignment

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Eastern New Mexico University athletic director Mike Maguire will step down effective July 1 after eight years to take a new position in the athletic department. Maguire will be responsible for athletic fundraising and special events in his new post, according to a release from the university. He is […]

Maguire will accept new post at ENMU

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Mike Maguire has served as the athletic director at ENMU for the last eight years. CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University athletic director Mike Maguire will step down effective July 1 after eight years to take a new position in the athletic department. Maguire will be responsible for athletic fundraising and special events […]

Hounds picked for eighth in LSC baseball

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team was picked for eighth place in the 12-team Lone Star Conference’s preseason poll, released Thursday by the LSC office. Defending champion Abilene Christian, which went 44-17 overall and 35-7 in the LSC, was favored to repeat its title. The Wildcats drew 19 of 28 […]

Studies provide different scripts on film tax rebate

By Robert Nott: The Santa Fe New Mexican There’s an old saying that the devil can quote scripture for his own purpose. It can also be argued that economists can use financial data to paint the portrait that best suits their needs. Small wonder, then, that two recent studies of the financial impact of New […]

Traffic changes frustrate residents

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer George Baker told the city it’s not worth risking his children to educate Clovis drivers. Baker lives on Yucca Avenue, a few blocks away from the intersection of Plains Avenue and Main Street. The intersection of Plains and Main, traditionally a four-way stop, is currently a two-way stop. The […]

DA reviewing police shooting report

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JaWayne Helfferich, 39, was shot by a Texas officer after a police chase in November. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A months-long investigation into the shooting of a Clovis man after a police chase by Texas officers is now in the hands of the district attorney’s office. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday morning […]

United Way donation deadline near

Clovis ~ So far, $530,857 has been donated or pledged to United Way by individuals, business owners, and corporations. That’s 85% of the $627,000 community-wide goal and approximately $52,000 less than was raised in last year’s campaign.

Fluctuating fertilizer prices hurt farmers, dealers

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Curtis Breshears of SPRA-Green Inc. saw his fertilizer sales drop by two-thirds last year because of high prices. However, decreases in fertilizer costs this winter have things looking better, he said. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Fueled by roller coaster oil prices, high fertilizer prices are hurting not only […]

Businesses anticipate busy Super Bowl Sunday

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Abbie Potts draws a beer for a customer at Pizza Hut on north Prince Street. Pizza Hut is one of the area restaurants that is expecting to have a busy Super Bowl Sunday because of Sunday alcohol sales. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Area restaurants are gearing up for […]

Habitat for Humanity hosts work day

Freedom New Mexico Habitat for Humanity has scheduled a work day to hang drywall from 8 a.m. to midafternoon Saturday at 309 E. Kaywood in Portales. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Please RSVP so leaders can coordinate lunch. Information: Marge Rhode at roosevelt_curryh4h@yahoo.com

United Way approaches deadline

Friday is the deadline for donating to The United Way of Eastern New Mexico — still 15 percent away from its goal of $627,000, according to a news release. So far, the campaign has raised $530,857, which has been donated or pledged by individuals, business owners and corporations. Donations to United Way help families in […]