Udall Talks about the public option, revised energy and Climate Change Bill and his support of unemployment benefits for New Mexicans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall today talked with radio reporters from around the state about topics including the benefits of energy and climate change legislation and the ongoing health insurance reform debate. If you are interested in obtaining an .mp3 file of this week’s “Tuesdays with Tom,” please contact Jessica Borchert. Below is a […]

Local projects possibly on governor’s freeze list

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A $100,000 grant from the state for improvements to the Clovis Wellness Center, which includes the city’s aquatic center, is part of a list of projects that might be frozen until the Jan. 2010 legislative session. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A press release from the governor’s office late […]

Police department evacuated after gas leak

Freedom New Mexico Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney said the Clovis police department was evacuated for two hours this morning. A construction crew struck a gas line while working on plumbing in the building next door to the department. There were no injuries. The building was evacuated from about 9:30 to 11:30 am., Whitney said.

Bingaman talks health care reform with New Mexico radio reporters

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about health care reform legislation being debated in Congress. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman102609m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman talks about a bill he introduced and was passed in Congress that recognize […]

Dedication and ribbon cutting marks opening

Clovis Community College will officially open Phase I of the Allied Health Center at 10 a.m. on October 29 with a dedication, ribbon cutting, open house, and reception. The building will be dedicated in honor of longtime Clovis residents and friends of the College, Don and Gustenia Bonner.

Government bought control of businesses

He who pays the piper calls the tune. This should be a lesson to companies tempted to get in bed with the government or to plead for taxpayer bailouts because they are “too big to fail” after they have experienced a run of bad luck or bad management. President Barack Obama’s “pay czar,” Kenneth R. […]

Schools waiting for governor’s signature on education cut package

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Area schools are waiting for Gov. Bill Richardson to sign a package of measures that gives a less than 1 percent budget cut to public education. Clovis Municipal Schools leaders are collecting ideas and looking into ways of cutting corners without hurting education programs. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said nothing […]

Clovis students’ robot takes third in competition

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis High junior Rosstin Ahmadian, with the GEAR UP program, watches Tuesday as the class robot picks up a beach ball, one of many tasks the robot can perform. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Though making their first trip to the annual Boosting Engineering Science and Technology competition in […]

Governor orders freeze on capital projects

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Monday ordered a freeze on capital improvement projects around the state, criticizing lawmakers for not cutting such spending during last week’s special session. “These pork projects should be the first to be cut before we take any action that affects […]

Business feature: K-otic night club to become hookah lounge

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Though the sign for K-otic still is on top of the old Prince Street Lounge, at Seventh and Prince streets in Clovis, the new renters are advertising a hookah lounge they plan on opening in early February. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico For years, the expansive building at Prince […]

Angelo State turns back Zias 1-0

CNJ staff PORTALES — Brandie DeBacker scored with less than 6 1/2 minutes left in regulation on Sunday, and Angelo State edged Eastern New Mexico University 1-0 in a Lone Star Conference women’s soccer match at the ENMU pitch. With the loss, in their home finale, the Zias (8-9, 3-6 LSC) were all but officially […]

Lighthouse seeking donations for holiday events

CNJ staff The Lighthouse Mission is seeking help with its Citywide Thanksgiving Day Banquet and Children’s Christmas Celebration, Executive Director Richard Gomez said in a letter. For the banquet, volunteers can donate food or serve the meal on Thanksgiving Day. They should donate or notify the Lighthouse of their intent to serve before Nov. 20. […]

Events center manager selected for leadership program

CNJ staff Curry County Events Center Events Manager Ashlee Stallings has been selected for the 2009-2010 Connect New Mexico program “The Next Generation of Leadership.” The class of 26 professionals from across the state recently held its first meeting in Los Alamos, according to a news release from Leadership New Mexico. The program is open […]

Clovis, Tucumcari granted stimulus money for energy efficiency

CNJ staff The cities of Clovis and Tucumcari and Quay County have been allotted federal stimulus money to improve energy efficiency. Clovis is to receive $500,000 for a 55-kilowatt solar power system, according to a release from the governor’s office. City Manager Joe Thomas said the system would provide energy for the Clovis Civic Center. […]

Press release: Bingaman talks health care reform with N.M. reporters

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about health care reform legislation being debated in Congress.

Tuesday morning briefing: Prayer, beer pong, Ditty Bops

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday morning briefing.

Monday morning briefing: Richardson wants input

Freedom New Mexico Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing. Governor wants your opinion Gov. Bill Richardson wants public input before deciding whether to sign, veto or partially veto bills aimed at addressing a $650 million budget shortfall. The Associated Press reported lawmakers wrapped up a special session Friday and sent the […]

Song serves as warning to present horrors

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist It will soon be Halloween, the unofficial kickoff of the holiday marathon season. This is the time when I encourage my freshman English classes to have fun, writing either a story or memoir of a seasonal nature. Those who have no affiliation with All Hallows’ Eve/All Saints’ Day still have […]

Poet’s interest in Cowboys has roots in childhood

By Don McAlavy: Local historian Don McAlavy has written poetry since he was a farm boy at his family’s home 16 miles north of Clovis. He fell off the first horse he rode, herding “woolies” with his father. As a gangling long-legged youth he worked on the Joe Bailey ranch in the Frio Draw and […]

What happened to news that matters?

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Andy Warhol was the first to claim, in 1968, that we’ll all have our 15 minutes of fame. Some are just more impatient than others on getting their time. I’m all for new media and burgeoning technology that can instantly put any of us in front of an audience of […]