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 […]