Allsup’s robbed at gunpoint

Clovis Police are searching for a gunman who robbed an Allsup’s store about 12:35 a.m. today.No one was injured in the robbery at 301 N. Prince, police said.Cashiers working at the store said the robber walked into the store, pointed a gun at them and said, “This is no joke. Give me the money,” according […]

CSF take-over bill survives House vote

By John Sena: The New Mexican Hopes that Santa Fe will have a four-year public university next fall were kept alive Monday as the House of Representatives voted 49-16 for a bill authorizing a state institution to take over the College of Santa Fe campus. However, the proposal still faces a major hurdle: Clearing the […]

March 3, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 18 Golden parachutes: The House Judiciary Committee will consider a measure (HB538) sponsored by Rep. Bill Rehm, R-Albuquerque, that would prohibit state agencies from giving extra money to employees who are terminated for cause or who resign. Under the bill, the state still could buy out an employment contract. During debate […]

March, 3 2009 Business digest

Workshop to avoid fines set for March 11 A workshop educating manufacturing businesses to identify possible penalties will be held March 11 at the Business Enterprise Center in the Chamber of Commerce Building, according to a New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership news release. Information from the workshop includes issues with employment eligibility and complying with […]

Drug task force arrest nine in meth busts

CNJ Staff The Region V Drug Task Force and local law enforcement arrested nine people and seized 17 grams of methamphetamine in connection with two separate drug busts last week. Thursday, agents serving a narcotics search warrant at 403 East 14th Street found 10 grams of meth, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and stolen electronic equipment in […]

Railroad fatalities not uncommon

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The death of a 56-year-old Clovis railroad conductor Saturday was the fourth employee fatality in the last 44 days for BNSF’s southwest division. BNSF spokesman Joe Faust said a locomotive engineer lost contact with Gregory Blevins when the two were preparing to move rail cars to a side rail. […]

Clovis schools see rise in unpaid lunch bills

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer While bigger districts with bigger deficits are fighting the unpaid lunch bill battle with cheese sandwiches, Clovis and Portales schools are still in the trenches making phone calls and sending home statements. School districts across the state have seen a rise in unpaid lunch bills with the economic downturn. […]

Neighbor saves infant

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jonathan LaVine of Clovis is a CPR instructor. Charlotte Longoria and Vera Sena of Toyland Daycare have gone through a class on CPR with LaVine each year for the past six years. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He walked away for just a second and that was all it […]

Commissioners look at jail upgrades

CNJ Staff Commissioners will consider a resolution today to revise the Curry County’s budget to pay $500,000 for repairs and improvements at the jail. County Finance Manager Mark Lansford is proposing the funds be transferred from the general fund to cover the cost of renovations not included in the county’s budget approved in June. Motion […]

Business feature: Trio planning rehab center

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Mitch Woods, right, Ken Bartley, center and Becky Woods, left, are refurbishing a dilapidated apartment building that also was a bar for a rehabilitation center the three are proposing. The facility can house 40 people and will contain a detoxification r By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Mitch Woods knows […]

Government key to strong economy

Here is a sad, undisputed fact: About 350,000 rather wealthy people at “the top” own as much as the entire bottom half of the remaining 300-plus million people in America, the land of the free. In a nutshell, what has happened is we have pursued a living within a system that blatantly milks the productivity […]

Editorial: Challenging deficit comes too late for GOP

As much as President Barack Obama tries to blame his predecessor, he has to take some ownership of a careening federal deficit that apparently will reach $1.75 trillion this year. That jaw-dropping number came from Obama himself last week

ENMU won’t renew men’s coach Scanlan

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University is looking for a new men’s basketball coach. The school announced Monday that it will not renew the contract of Shawn Scanlan for the 2009-10 season. Scanlan went 102-143 in nine seasons at the helm, but was done in by a 10-44 overall […]

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Bingaman to take part in White House health care summit

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman on Tuesday will chair an Energy and Natural Resources oversight hearing to examine smart grid initiatives authorized in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and funded in the stimulus bill, and to learn more about opportunities and impediments on the installation of smart grid technologies.

Udall addresses N.M. Legislature about jobs, clean energy and health care

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today spoke to a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature about plans to address the country’s economic crisis, create clean energy jobs and fix America’s health care system.

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Bingaman: New Mexico students to benefit from federal AP grant

Udall to President: We must stop border violence

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to include in his budget “the highest levels of funding possible” to reduce violence along the U.S.—Mexico border.