Education digest: School board meeting Saturday

School board meeting Saturday The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education is meeting in executive session 10 a.m. Saturday at the administration building. The closed meeting is to discuss threatened of pending litigaion in Coach J.D. Isler’s federal case. An agenda for the meeting can be picked up from the superintendent’s office 24 hours prior […]

North Plains Mall corporate owner reaches bankruptcy deal

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The nation’s second-largest shopping mall operator General Growth Properties Inc. said Wednesday it reached a deal with Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management Inc. that will speed its exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. General Growth is the corporate owner of North Plains Mall in Clovis. Speculation raged for weeks that […]

Education feature: James Bickley teams take top spot in problem-solving competition

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Courtesy photo Two James Bickley Elementary School Destination ImagiNation teams won first place in their division, both led by Gifted and Talented teacher Carol Littlejohn, far left. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer For the third consecutive year, James Bickley Elementary School’s Destination ImagiNation teams took first place at a state tournament held in Albuquerque […]

Plateau receives grant to expand broadband networks

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico ENMR-Plateau Telecommunications received a federal grant Wednesday of more than $11 million to expand high-speed Internet access in eastern and central New Mexico. According to a news release from the state Department of Information Technology, the company plans to use the American Recovery and Reinvestment money to enhance existing […]

Education column: School staff leading by example for literacy

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools Growing up, I heard a lot of ‘old sayings’. Some I totally understood and others…not so much.

Recovery act to expand local broadband Internet service

WASHINGTON – U.S. Commerce Secretary Locke today, joined by Senator Jeff Bingaman, Senator Tom Udall and former New Mexico Governor Toney Anaya on a press conference call, announced a $11.2 million Recovery Act investment to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, create jobs, and improve education and healthcare in eastern New Mexico and […]

Inmates found wandering jail surrendered without incident

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File photo Four inmates who attempted to escape from the jail early Sunday morning were found inside two observation rooms used by detention officers to monitor activity in inmate Pods, according to a police report. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Four inmates attempting to escape from the Curry County Detention Center were found wandering […]

U.S. hockey coverage overhyped

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Sunday was great for me — as a hockey fan, as a Ryan Miller fan and as an American. But calling it historic seems a little offsides. Yes, the United States’ 5-3 win, with Miller in net, sent ripples through Canada. The Vancouver Sun’s headline was, “Woe Canada.” On Monday, […]

DoD pulls plug on records system

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist After spending $1 billion and 12 years of effort, Defense officials have pulled the plug on a hapless plan to bring the four military branches under a single, modern payroll and personnel records system. “This program has been a disaster,” Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told the […]

Odds of passing health care bill getting slimmer

Freedom New Mexico There is a certain surreal air to the discussion surrounding a new White House health care reform proposal and the upcoming “summit” on health care between President Obama and congressional Republicans scheduled Thursday. Proponents of government-oriented health insurance reform confidently predict that if the president can simply expose the Republicans as obstructionists […]

Hounds lock up fifth spot in LSC South

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Junior guard Reggie Nelson hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and two key free throws in the final minute Tuesday night and Eastern New Mexico University slipped past Abilene Christian 74-71 in a Lone Star Conference South Division men’s game. The win assures ENMU (9-16, 4-7 South) a fifth-place finish in the […]

Candidates talk issues at forum

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Candidates in next week’s municipal election listen to moderator Grant McGee at the opening of Tuesday’s KTQM/KWKA political forum at the radio station. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A little more than half of next Tuesday’s city election candidates got together for an evening with local radio personality Grant […]

ACU improves playoff hopes at Zias’ expense

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Fighting for one of four South Division spots in the upcoming Lone Star Conference women’s basketball tournament, Abilene Christian wasn’t about to give Eastern New Mexico University a chance Tuesday night. The Wildcats got 3-pointers from Jamie Meyer and Kat Kundmueller in an opening 12-0 salvo and led by double […]

Antique tractor parade expo tradition

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Herb Newberry of Portales rides his father’s tractor, fixed up for the antique tractor parade Tuesday at the annual Roosevelt County Ag Expo. Newberry said the tractor was used before his dad bought it in the 50s. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The antique tractor parade at the Roosevelt […]

Senator says state budget would be guesswork

Staff and wire reports Even by postponing the special session till Monday, the state Senate minority leader says the governor is still asking the legislature to guess at a budget. Tuesday, Gov. Bill Richardson moved the start of the special session, originally planned for Wednesday, to next week in response to requests from legislators. Sen. […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Candidate debates

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Web site of the day http://hillcrestparkzoo.com Find out more about the Hillcrest Park Zoo, along with a schedule of events. Question of the day What did you think of the city election candidate forum last night? What questions do you still have? Please share your thoughts in […]

County manager appointed to serve on jail standards council

CNJ staff Curry County Manager Lance Pyle has been appointed to serve on the professional standards council of a newly developed detention center accreditation program for the state. Pyle will serve alongside four detention center commanders, according to a press release from the New Mexico Association of Counties. Other council members include jail administrators: David […]

Texico woman injured in rollover

CNJ staff A 48-year-old Texico woman was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital Tuesday morning after a crash north of Texico. Maria Soto De Chavez was traveling north on N.M. 108 in the area of Curry Road 17 when slid on the ice covered road, lost control and entered the soft shoulder of the road, according […]

Chunn slaying became tale of conspiracy

Freedom New Mexico When Jimmy Bo Chunn’s body was found in his rural Causey home, no one could have guessed the story of the rancher’s shooting would turn into a twisted tale of conspiracy, a white supremacy group and murder for hire. Five years later, Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson — accused of […]