Solar energy should be aim for Martinez

In a state where the sun shines 300-plus days a year, solar energy is good business. Bringing solar panels to the state Capitol complex also makes sense – which is why a citizens' group, Go Solar, was able to persuade state legislators to allocate $185,000 to design and build a photovoltaic solar array. The money […]

Kevin Wilson: First World Problems Guru

The phrase wasn't one I had coined, but I'd gotten a reputation for it all the same. "Ever since you mentioned, 'First world problems,' in last week's meeting," my friend said, "I haven't gone a day without using it. It's amazing how many things each day can be chalked up to one." You've likely heard […]

ENMU closing in on filling coaching positions

Eastern New Mexico University is closing in on filling two head coaching positions. The school is looking to fill its women's basketball and softball positions after Lindsey Wilson and Lauren Sigwing resigned those posts, respectively, earlier this month. ENMU athletic director Jeff Geiser said Tuesday that the school received 43 applications for women's basketball, and […]

Classmates color up lunch

Three students from Choices Alternative School painted picnic tables with cartoon animals and words of inspiration, and the tables have been presented to the Summer Food Program at Sunrise Park. Steven Martinez, a junior at Choices, said he was most proud of the monkey he had painted on one of the seats. CNJ staff photo: […]

Credit score can hurt in job hunt

David Hemley said if employers are using a candidate's credit score as an initial screening tool for hiring, they probably shouldn't because it's not indicative of that person's job performance. Hemley, a professor of economics at Eastern New Mexico University, is concerned that the unemployed in New Mexico may stay that way because a state […]

Officers conducting warrant roundup

Dozens of state law enforcement officers began an effort Tuesday to search for more than 100 fugitives who have failed to appear on felony cases over the last decade, according to a release from the Ninth Judicial District. Each person on the search list has been arrested, indicted and released from jail, then later failed […]

Clovis woman arrested for drug charges

A Clovis woman was arrested Tuesday on charges connected to trafficking cocaine. Sharon Kirven, 36, of Clovis, has been charged with trafficking cocaine, tampering with evidence, criminal solicitation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. According to a release from the Curry County Sheriff's Office: Investigators were monitoring Kirven's telephone activity while she was […]

Click-it or Ticket Campaign aims to reduce fatalities

The Clovis Police and New Mexico State Police had a Click-it or Ticket Campaign from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. on Friday. The Clovis Police were stationed on Prince Street between 21st and Commerce Way, and the state police were stationed at Prince and 21st. Captain Jimmy Glascock of the New Mexico State Police said safety is […]

What’s happening – May 29

Police blotter – May 29

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Friday Caller reported: 2:27 a.m.: Theft, 4700 block of East Mabry Drive. 3:00 a.m.: Dispute, 1000 block of Connelly Street. 6:46 a.m.: Criminal damage, 2000 block of Glenarm Drive. 7:06 a.m.: Burglary, 2000 block of East Seventh Street. 8:16 a.m.: Burglary, 1200 block of […]

Press release: Law enforcement conducting warrant roundup

District Attorney Matthew Chandler is teaming up with local law enforcement to conduct a 3-day warrant sweep beginning Tuesday, May 28, 2013. These warrants were active as of May 22, 2013 and at the time of printing were verified by NCIC and County Court Records. Warrants will aslo be verified prior to arrest. Multiple Law […]

Public funds require utmost accountability

Some local governments are just learning the fiscally troubling news that they will not be getting back as much in gross receipts tax revenue from the state as they thought they would. Businesses collect the gross-receipts tax from consumers and turn it over to the state, which distributes the tax revenue to cities, counties and […]

Business digest – May 28

Hospital receives pair of awards Plains Regional Medical Center received two awards for vaccination successes in 2012, according to a release. The first award was given for the childhood immunization rate exceeding the state benchmark of 90 percent. PRMC's childhood immunization rate was 96 percent in 2012. The second was given for the excellent rate […]

Honoring the fallen

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Baird After kissing her hand, Lillian McDonough places it on the grave of her husband, Walter, at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. Walter McDonough served in the Korean and Vietnam wars as an airman. He passed away in February 2009. David Ash joined the Marines at 18 and fought in the Pacific […]

Local spelling champ competing in national bee

Legato: in a manner that is smooth and connected — used especially as a direction in music. Courtesy photo Ariel Kokoricha, 10, won the title of New Mexico Spelling Bee champion in March. "I'd be a poor pianist if I didn't know that word," said 10-year-old Ariel Kokoricha of the piece of vernacular that won […]

What’s happening – May 28

Today Summer Volunteer Training — 10 a.m., 701 N. Main St., Clovis-Carver Library. Teens and adults welcome to volunteer in the "Summer Reading Program" that begins June 3. Contact Krissy Carter at 769-7840. Thursday Archaeological Program — 1 p.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Chuck Hannaford, Archaeologist with the Office of Archaeological Studies in Santa Fe will […]

Obama should demand serious action from IRS

Overshadowed by the trio of Obama Administration scandals that have dominated Washington's attention in recent weeks is the renewed attention to sexual assaults and harassment in the military. Behavior that ranges from inappropriately boorish to criminal has long been a major problem. The issue resurfaced this month after an Army sergeant who was assigned to […]

Morally wrong to impose your religion on others

I last saw Janet Leslie Reynolds in 1978 when I was "friends" (pre-Facebook) with her older cousin Helen in the graduate counseling program at East Texas State University — and Janet helped in the family restaurant. Since then, Janet has married, divorced, and now lives with Beth — a nanny. My Florida Facebook friend does […]

Wait for uptick or head for the hills

That wild and crazy Richard Branson says New Mexico's space future will roar into reality on Christmas Day when he will blast into orbit — wheee! — himself and others who coughed up a couple of hundred thousand bucks. Rich promises a soft landing. This deadline will pass as others have, of course. However, there […]

In living color

Dario Hita crossed the finish line of his first 5K race (3.1 miles) Saturday splattered in pastels. He wore flat soled sneakers, which are not usually worn by runners. He didn't train for the race, and he said he never runs. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Dario Hita of Clovis braces for impact from a […]