Ute pipeline project moving forward

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer MELROSE — The Ute Water Project trickled closer to reality Thursday with local entities reaching agreement on several key issues. But representatives of communities planning to be part of the $432 million project want at least one more study session to iron out their differences on proposed state legislation […]

Environment department reaches settlement with High Lonesome Dairy near Hobbs for groundwater violations

(Santa Fe, NM) – The New Mexico Environment Department reached a settlement with High Lonesome Dairy near Hobbs for groundwater discharge permit violations. The settlement resolves a compliance order the department issued on Nov. 3 to the owner of the dairy, Eddie Schaap. That order alleged that Schaap failed to install a monitoring well that […]

ENMU hosting 75th anniversary picnic

PORTALES—The 1930s left its mark on the United States as an era of poverty, but during those difficult times a school was built that still stands, 75 years later, as a testament to the dedication of a community and its commitment to education.

Basic principles lost along way

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist Some of President Obama’s recent speeches have raised a vital issue that often lies in the background of particular policy discussions. For example, the president has made it abundantly clear that he is a pragmatist, especially about economic matters. And there is a perennial question involved here: Are there any […]

Rain rarity for some country folk

By Glenda Price: Columnist It rained the day I wrote this column. I saw it, stood in it, tasted it. It was good. Ranch folks, especially those of us who grew up in the drought years of the 1950s, have permanent cricks in our necks from looking up at the sky watching for rainclouds. We’ve […]

Sotomayor’s decision-making questioned

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama surprised some court watchers with his choice of Sonia Sotomayor of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York to replace the retiring Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court. In several respects it was a shrewd choice, although some of the factors that made it shrewd […]

May 29: religion calendar

SaturdayFood and clothing give away — 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Matt 25 Hope Center. Information: 763-4400 Sunday Worship service — 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Central Baptist ChurchSunday school — 9:30 a.m., Living Stones Community Church of the NazareneWorship service — 10:30 a.m., Living Stones Community Church of the NazareneMen’s non-denominational bible class — 9:30 a.m.-10:15 […]

Religion digest: 12 certified for Christian job corps

Twelve women and men became nationally certified site coordinators for the Christian Women’s Job Corps and Christian Men’s Job Corps during a training event held May 4-7 at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home in Portales. Area participants included Judy Lolmaugh of Tucumcari, Connie Dixon of Elida, Margot Thompson of Clovis, Sistar Yancy of Clovis, […]

Bible provides spiritual nourishment

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist Sunday School was in progress. The teacher, Mrs. Taylor, had a group of feisty 6 year olds for the Sunday School lesson. Captured by the story of Daniel in the lion’s den, the children sat spellbound as Mrs. Taylor held up an artist’s version of Daniel surrounded by the […]

Amos: Melody the monarch

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos received a letter from his niece, Annie Marie (a.k.a. Mara Andrews), who wrote about her friend, Melody Monarch, and wanted to share it with his readers. Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hurling himself at the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, […]

In tribute: Clovis man overcame physical challenges

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Courtesy photo Lane Pattison was critically injured in a logging accident in 1961. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The opening credits come, and a shot of Clay Driscoll driving his family to Oklahoma in a 1955 two-tone green Chevrolet soon follows. The car is “Cinderella,” restored by Lane Pattison of Clovis, and the movie […]

May 29 — marriages and divorces

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from May 21 through Wednesday:• Ralph R. Cano, 52, to Donna D. Davis, 56, both of Amarillo• Aaron Kyle Osborne, 30, to Maricia Leigh Chavez, 29, both of Albuquerque• Carl Chris Gonzales, 37, to Cynthia Ann Flores, 41, both of Clovis• Robert Eugene Porras, 38, to […]

Longtime Clovis pastor appointed to state Baptist council

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Pedro Escobar grew up in El Salvador and came to the United States in 1978 at the age of 30 to follow God’s call to pursue the ministry. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Longtime Clovis pastor Pedro Escobar has been selected to join the Baptist Convention of New Mexico […]

Press release: DWI saturation patrol Friday

On Friday, May 29, 2009, from 11:00 PM to 3:00 AM, Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting DWI Saturation Patrols in the City of Clovis. Officers will be specifically targeting drunk drivers. The ODWI Grant makes this possible from Safer New Mexico Now. The Clovis Police Department would like to remind you […]

Press release: Xcel Energy, customer groups reach agreement on New Mexico base rate increase

ROSWELL – Xcel Energy’s Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) has reached an agreement with New Mexico customer groups to increase base rates, a measure driven in large part by the costs of new power generation and the increases in the cost of doing business. SPS has submitted the agreement to the New Mexico Public Regulation […]

Xcel Energy, customer groups reach agreement on New Mexico base rate increase

ROSWELL – Xcel Energy’s Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) has reached an agreement with New Mexico customer groups to increase base rates, a measure driven in large part by the costs of new power generation and the increases in the cost of doing business. SPS has submitted the agreement to the New Mexico Public Regulation […]

Shenandoah to play at county events center

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Courtesy photo Country band Shenandoah plays Clovis 7 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Freedom New Mexico Grammy award winning country band Shenandoah is playing the Curry County Events Center 7 p.m. Saturday. The band began with drummer Mike McGuire and guitarist Jim Seales in a house in Muscle Shoals, Ala. in 1984. The […]

Rural Water Authority to meet

The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority meets 3 p.m. Thursday at Melrose’s City Hall. • The meeting will be preceded by a 1 p.m. study session. The session will focus on alleviating concerns the City of Portales has about proposed legislation to move the group into a true authority status. Portales officials are concerned […]

Ute water meeting set in Tucumcari

Freedom New Mexico The Ute Reservoir Advisory Group is holding a 10 a.m. meeting Friday at the Tucumcari Convention Center to discuss water supply management at Ute Lake. The session is about a proposed water pipeline to bring water to Clovis and Portales, according to Mark Murphy, Canadian River Basin Manager for the Interstate Stream […]

Education feature: Online auction, physical fitness summer classes offered at CCC

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The summer semester at Clovis Community College means peace of mind for Mari Blyler. A Desert Storm veteran, Blyler is 80 percent disabled from spinal spondylosis, a degenerative disease that has been attacking her spine since 2000. Blyler said the slow pace of the summer session makes things easier […]