Melrose backs justice complex

CNJ staff report The Melrose City Council approved a resolution Thursday supporting a proposed $33 million Curry County criminal justice complex. The council supported both ballot questions voters are being asked to approve in the Nov. 2 general election. County voters are being asked to approve a $16.5 million bond and a one-quarter cent increase […]

‘Quality of life’ benefit falls short

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Disabled veterans were thrilled in 2007 when the Veterans Disability Benefits Commission asked Congress to enact an immediate “quality of life” increase to disability payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The special increase, said VDBC commissioners, should be across the board, benefiting all veterans with service-connected health conditions, and […]

Our people: Hunger buster

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Nancy Taylor, executive director of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, enjoys watching and participating in horse riding events. Nancy Taylor has lived in Clovis since 1972. She was instrumental in starting the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico in 1983 and loves what she does because she helps people. Tell us how you […]

Magician to perform at ENMU

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Courtesy photo Josh McVicar, dubbed McVicker the Trickster, will perform Thursday night at Eastern New Mexico University. Kevin Wilson Most kids get asked what they want to do when they grow up. Josh McVicar was doing it before he grew up. “The only thing I’ve ever done in my life was magic,” said the St. […]

Portales residents asked to conserve water

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Jared Tucker: Portales News-Tribune The city of Portales announced water restrictions Thursday on its digital billboard outside city hall. City Manager Tom Howell said there is not a water crisis, but problems with two pumps at the city well mean less production. One of the pumps is expected to be fixed today. Jared Tucker Portales […]

June hailstorms still keeping roofers busy

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Adam Engram of Harris Construction lays down shingles Wednesday afternoon at a job on Fairfield Avenue. Engram said the crews haven’t been at a loss for work since hailstorms hit Clovis in June. Kevin Wilson When he was asked how busy July was, Roger LeClear’s first instinct was to laugh. […]

No experience needed

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Daulton Hatley, 13, helps tidy up the soap box car he won in at the ninth annual Clovis Soap Box Derby. Hatley never raced in a soap box derby before this year and will be competing in the international All-American Soap Box Derby on July 25 in Akron, Ohio. Liliana […]

Teens asked to participate in pregnancy prevention quiz

CNJ staff The Curry County Wellness Council’s Stay Teen Committee is promoting teen pregnancy prevention awareness by asking local teens to participate in the national online quiz at Stay Teen.org. Parents are asked to talk to their teens about the scenarios in the quiz and what they feel are the right answers. Link to the […]

Change is conscious decision

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Call it the myth of inevitability. It is the mindset that says enlightenment and progress are the inescapable byproducts of time. As in a reader who asked last week during an online chat how I thought slavery would have ended had the South won the Civil War. That it might […]

New foreman started family at H-Bar Ranch

By Ruth Burns: PNT correspondent When the Winfreys sold the H-Bar Ranch to Jim Newman and Tom Trammell in 1897, Newman asked his cousin (my grandfather), R. L. “Bob” Wood, to take over the ranch as foreman. Bob had come with Newman to the DZ Ranch near the present town of Arch in 1882 and […]

Desire only qualification needed

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist I was at one of those community dinners we have around here from time to time when someone asked me a question that gave me pause. “What sort of training did you have to have to be a DJ?” asked Robert, who was in charge of taking tickets. I got […]

Letter to the Editor: Constitution support manipulative

Constitution support manipulative I am concerned about the manipulative and deceitful nature of the resolution presented Curry County commissioners on Tuesday. There is no doubt the Commission and residents of Curry County support the entire Constitution, not just emphatically and specifically a few amendments. The resolution asked commissioners to affirm the obvious. It also asked […]

Religious procession organizer determined soul

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When asked his favorite Bible verse, Sean Ferreira says he can’t possibly narrow it down to one, or two, or even eight. But when it comes to the Jump Up religious procession planned for Friday, he finds Matthew 18:20 fits the bill perfectly. The first-time event should work, according […]

Talks under way to build nature trail at Goodwin Lake

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Goodwin Lake was named for longtime planning and zoning committee member Betty Jane Goodwin. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When Justin Howalt was asked why Goodwin Lake was an ideal spot for a nature trail, he let a laugh slip out.And then Clovis’ city engineer said, “You haven’t been there, have you?”Clovis city officials, […]

Streets closed for median work

CNJ Staff The Curry County Road Department has scheduled median beautification work 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. today to Saturday for the median on U.S. 60/84 close to the intersection with Wheaton Street, according to a county news release.The two inside lanes will be closed for the rest of the week, and motorists are asked […]

Obama plan aids disabled retirees

By Tom Philpott: Syndicated columnist As reported here last week, President Obama has asked Congress to phase in “concurrent receipt” for all Chapter 61 retirees — those who received a disability retirement from the Department of Defense. This week we explain more details of the plan which, if enacted, would boost pay for 103,000 veterans […]

District attorney asks for improved courthouse security

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks District Attorney Matt Chandler says members of the judicial system, courthouse personnel and the public are in danger without tighter security at the courthouse. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An impassioned presentation from the district attorney over safety at the county courthouse was not enough to spur immediate action […]

May 8 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 11 p.m. an officer responded to a residence in the 500 block of Gidding for a report of harassment. A woman said her former boyfriend had been calling her repeatedly, even though she asked him to stop. She said he had […]

Division III athletic director seeks to make move up to ENMU

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Dick Kaiser, currently the athletic director at Division III Defiance College in Ohio, is one of four finalists for the same position at Eastern New Mexico University. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer PORTALES — Dick Kaiser was asked how he’d be able to make the transition from Division III Defiance College to Division II […]