Day Trip: Sitting Bull Falls

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Courtesy photoThe cave located in Sitting Bull Falls has been shaped through thousands of years. Sitting Bull Falls offers adventure and exploration. With its 150-foot waterfall, a cave to explore and pools of water, it’s a cool place for visitors looking to beat this summer’s heat. With the recent re-opening of Lincoln National Forest, Sitting […]

Fireworks watch in effect as officials monitor sale of banned items

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Curry County Deputy Larry Garrison, right, inspects a Roadrunner fireworks stand owned by Mike Hall of Texico Monday afternoon. The stand was in compliance with all safety regulations, according to Garrison. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Heightened concerns over dry conditions have Curry County officials closely monitoring fireworks sales. […]

City Hall might be moving

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The city of Clovis likely will have a new city hall and perhaps emergency management and regional communications centers in a building at 400 Mitchell St. The building was donated by the Clovis MainStreet Program during Thursday’s City Commission meeting. The building formerly was the Houston Lumber Co. Mayor […]

Colorado community preparing for army-base expansion

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer For the mountain community of Colorado Springs, Colo., change is certain. In the next few years, the size of nearby Fort Carson will more than double. As overseas assignments in Germany, Europe and Asia shrink to create a more mobile military, more than 10,000 troops will be assigned to […]

Clovis should consider scenic biking routes

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Like a line or theme from an alternative country song, this idea started in Austin. We’ve only been there twice and hope to go back this October. It seems that Austin is a valid place for worthwhile ideas — like worthwhile music — to come to life. This particular idea […]

Housing allowance to rise in January

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), paid to 950,000 service members living off base in stateside areas, will rise in January by an average of 5.9 percent, or $53 a month, say Defense Department pay officials. For 2006, as in years past, changes to individual BAH rates will vary by rank, […]

Church members give hurricane aid

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A contingent of Portales church members spent portions of the last three months in the hurricane-ravaged areas in south Texas and Louisiana and providing the victims food, shelter and above all, hope. Don Davis of Portales was one of the volunteers who went to help. “We were there to help […]

Xeriscape offers water-friendly option

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The White Dagger tree only flowers once in its lifetime of 10 to 20 years. It is also known as the century plant. Tequila is made from a close relative in Mexico, according to one Web site. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Just because one lives in New Mexico does […]

Officers oppose two-tiered death benefits

Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The vice chiefs of armed forces gave a frosty reception to a Defense Department plan that would raise the military’s $12,400 death gratuity to $100,000 but only for survivors of service members who die in combat areas. In testimony last week before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the second-highest ranking officers […]

Smart money is on partnerships, cooperation

By Clint Harden Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. A fundamental component of quality of life is the economic health of a region. Issues related to job creation […]

ENMU feels highs, lows while in Vegas

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan didn’t know the team he coached on Saturday in the High Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. He didn’t really expect the team he saw on Sunday. Dominating a good opponent from start to finish, the Greyhounds (4-6) thrashed St. Mary’s 79-41 […]

Candidate profiles — District 63 State Representative

CNJ staff Republican Russell R. Grider and Democrat Jose Campos are running for District 63 State Representative. Name: Jose Campos Occupation: Owner of Joseph’s Bar and Grill Party: Democrat Age: 43 Hometown: Santa Rosa Wife: Christina Rivas Children: Analisa, 18; Andrea, 16; Jose III, 14 Hobbies: History, antique automobiles, scuba diving, golfing, camping, boating, water […]

Behind the scenes: Plastic dolls not picture perfect

by John Manulis: “Believe in Me” producer By now I’m sure you’ve gotten the sense that a significant part of our movie revolves around the basketball games/crowd scenes. You’ve heard how important it is to us to have strong community participation in these scenes, as we exhort you via radio, newspaper, fliers and even bullhorns […]

Greed: It gets great things done

By Walter Williams Economic ignorance allows us to fall easy prey to political charlatans and demagogues, so how about a little Economics 101? How many times have we heard “free tuition,” “free health care,” and free you-name-it? If a particular good or service is truly free, we can have as much of it as we […]

Hail hits Cannon

CNJ staff report The National Weather Service reported hail in Clovis and the surrounding areas early Sunday evening. Cannon Air Force Base received the brunt of the wet weather reporting 1 3/4 inches of golf-ball size hail and 0.30 inches of rain. Five miles north of Clovis received an inch of hail and had wind […]

Target shooting helps bowhunters stay sharp

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Competitors at Saturday’s bowhunting competition determine the scores on their first target. Clockwise from bottom left are Jamie Hipp, T.J. Wood, Renae Hipp and Jim Wood. Walter Beevers of Clovis watches on the side. Photo by Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson Oasis State Park saw a portion of people braving the slight winds to enjoy […]

On the shelves: New book at Clovis library

How to Draw New Mexico’s Sights and Symbols by Aileen Weintraub was given by Phil and Barbara Casey in memory of Bill Naggs. This informative and entertaining book combines interesting facts about the Land of Enchantment with step-by-step instructions on drawing the State seal, yucca, roadrunner, capitol building, and much more. Math for All Seasons […]

Clovis Christian School gains accreditation

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis Christian School reached a long-sought prize this month: accreditation. “It gives us more legitimacy in our community because now we are accredited,” said Superintendent Steve Medeiros. “People who may have hesitated to send their children to our school because of this no longer have that stumbling block. We felt that […]

Mexico and U.S. must cooperate on border issues

Freedom Newspapers In the early days of the Bush administration, the president worked with Mexican President Vicente Fox on cross-border issues. The two pledged to work together to implement provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement as well as the possibility of a guest-worker program and immigration, legal and illegal. Then came Sept. 11, […]