Graduates optimistic on job prospects

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PNT file photo Fall graduation is traditionally a smaller crowd for Eastern New Mexico University and despite tough economic times, graduates said they are positive about their career prospects. Alisa Boswell Despite a tough job market, Eastern New Mexico University students graduating today said they aren’t worried about job prospects. Halee Goff, graduating with a […]

Pets need special care in hot weather

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Houdini has only begun using his pool this year, according to Hillcrest Zoo Curator Mark Yanotti, who said the otter was afraid of the water before. Sharna Johnson With scorching heat predicted through the weekend, humans aren’t the only ones who need to take care. Pets are highly susceptible to […]

Summer temperatures arrive early

Kevin Wilson The days of summer aren’t technically here yet; the first official day of the season is next Tuesday. But the temperatures of summer are here early, and triple-digits will be the norm for the next few days. The predicted highs are 100 Tuesday, 95 Wednesday, 103 Thursday, 101 Friday and Saturday, 100 Sunday […]

Letters to the editor: Elected should represent, not direct

Elected should represent, not direct It seems to me the same attitude portrayed by our federal and state governments permeates our city and county commissions; that their constituents aren’t competent to know what is best for themselves or their tax dollars. The county commission, regardless of a resounding vote against the judicial complex building plan, […]

Spread of prairie dog towns concerning residents

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A prairie dog stands watching traffic on Grand Avenue as it zips by Tuesday. Sharna Johnson The conveniences of town life may be appealing, but there are certain kinds of residents who find they just aren’t welcome. Residents in the area between Seventh Street and Grand Avenue between Upsilon and […]

Court addresses different kind of cold case

Freedom New Mexico The scientific standard for statistical significance and the legal standard for material misrepresentation in a federal securities case aren’t the kinds of topics that typically inspire lively dinner conversation. Nevertheless, a recent Supreme Court decision involving these issues deserves greater public attention and will affect consumers’ choices in their stock portfolios and […]

Cowboys aren’t afraid of honesty

My father left his parents’ Texas home at age 14 with thirty-six cents in his pocket. He became a cowboy, one of the best in the business, and he never moved back in with his parents and eight siblings. Actually, he never went back for a visit, either, until he was 32 years old. My […]

Cold weather to continue

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Whether 2 or 4 degrees, it was pretty cold in Clovis Wednesday morning according to signs near each other on Seventh and Mains Streets. The high for today is expected to reach 25 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Liliana Castillo The snowfall for the Clovis and Portales area […]

Locals bringing mixed martial arts to Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Duffy Simmons practices a knee strike at the Force of One Gym in Clovis. Simmons said he is anxious for his first fight at Saturday’s Evolution Combat Sports mixed martial arts match at the Curry County Events Center. Gabriel Monte Martin Singleterry and his brother, Sam, are ready for a […]

Pro baseball commissioner tours Clovis parks

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Ronnie Anaya, off camera, holds a cap of the Las Cruces Vaqueros with Andrew Dunn, owner of the Vaqueros and commissioner of the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs, in the background. Anaya was giving a tour of area parks on behalf of Clovis Municipal Schools to Dunn, who would […]

Summer rain means weeds growing problem

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson A house located at 600 Maple, which neighbors said has long been vacant, is overrun with weeds in the front yard. Kevin Wilson Melissa Newman, or anybody else in Clovis, might take a day off from weed pulling. The weeds, thanks to a summer full of rain, aren’t taking any […]

Business feature: Local businesses expanding with economic recovery

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Sonic Drive-in’s Area Manager Jim Howard said his company chose a lot on U.S. 60/84 as its third location because a demographics study pointed to the area as a solid investment. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer With the economy starting to turn the corner, local businesses are expanding and […]

Misbehavior needn’t be regulated

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist In matters of human conduct it is vital to distinguish between actions that coerce others to do something they must be in charge of choosing either to do or not do, versus resisting their attempts to coerce someone. If I try to make you eat your vegetables and you aren’t […]

Three years later, scars of tornado remain

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File photo Residents that were victims of the tornado attempted to make sense of the devastation the next day by taking inventory of what they could find. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jim Blevins refers to his home and neighborhood as ground zero. The tornado that ripped through it is three years gone. The […]

City targeting money from state euthanasia law change

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A male setter watches and licks his lips in anticipation as Animal Control Officer Robin Wiggins fills his bowl with food Friday at the Clovis Animal Shelter. City officials are still waiting for money promised by the state to aid in a forced change from the gas chamber to lethal […]

Structure within society needed

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It has been my experience that people who take politics seriously tend to want to have their idea of a good or just system of laws fully implemented. Yet these people aren’t ignorant about the poor prospects of achieving their goal. Unless a society is being ruled by […]

Area home to several pecan growers

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Roosevelt and Curry County pecan grower Michael Eaton stands in his orchard on Roosevelt Road P. One of the area’s few pecan farmers, Eaton sells some of the nuts in his local shop and the rest to Las Cruces processors. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Peanuts may be important […]

Parents at the front line against kids’ obesity

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance According to the Journal of American Medicine, nearly 32 percent of American children between 2 and 19 need to lose weight to avoid chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Military families aren’t exempt; a 2005 survey reported that nearly 20 percent of Department of Defense teenagers are […]

Local leaders: Session shouldn’t impact current budget

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local leaders aren’t expecting next week’s special legislative session to impact current budgets but aren’t sure what it will mean for the future or tax revenue communities depend on each year. Clovis’ Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said the city is not anticipating any issues with existing state allocations. […]

Legislators say furloughs, reserve funds possible options for state budget deficit

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer There are plenty of budget questions when the New Mexico Legislature goes into a special session Oct. 17. But there aren’t easy answers, local legislators say. “No agency wants to be cut, no department wants to be cut,” Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said, “but we’re close to […]