Wage increase would restrict growth

By Walter Bradley: Guest columnist Today we are experiencing a vibrant, robust economy. We have growth in jobs, unemployment under 4 percent and higher wages. According to the New Mexico Labor Department, Curry County ranks 18th in the state with an average wage of $11.42 an hour. In polling businesses in our area, the average […]

WILTING AWAY: Area dryland wheat in dire need of moisture

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Cattle graze in a field north of Clovis off State Highway 209 Friday morning. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Lack of significant moisture since mid-October has area wheat farmers desperately hoping for rain. One wheat farmer, Dale Miller, said if it doesn’t rain or snow in the next couple of […]

January ranks 12th warmest on record

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Jason Wolfe, a detailer for Big Country Ford, washes vehicles on the sales lot Thursday afternoon. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Under normal winter circumstances, Delores Montoya would be sipping hot chocolate. Not a frozen strawberry daiquiri. Brad Props would be practicing his golf swing inside. Not on a golf […]

PRMC on par with rest of state

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Technician Bruce Hinchey processes patient specimens Tuesday in the laboratory at Plains Regional Medical Center. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Medical services at Plains Regional Medical Center are on par with those at other New Mexico hospitals, according to a new report available online. But that may not be the […]

Gas prices still on rise

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Unleaded gas is pretty much $3 a gallon as people fill up their vehicles Thursday at the Town & Country at the corner of Llano Estacado Boulevard and Prince Street. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer In the wake of the recent level-4 hurricane that wrecked local offshore gasoline production and […]

Resident spearheads prairie dog rescue

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Lynda Watson, “the prairie dog Lady” holds up one of the rescued rodents at a vacant lot in Clovis that is a planned site for a new Clovis National Bank. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The wet and confused prairie dogs huddled together in cages, unaware their lives had just […]

Cannon has always been good neighbor

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist The Clovis Army Air Base of 1944 embraced a tract of approximately 2,000 acres of federally-owned land located on the Santa Fe Railroad on Highway 60, some 6 miles west of Clovis, the third largest city in the state of New Mexico. The site was chosen because of its mild, […]

ENMU’s Jordan earns academic honor

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University junior Tracy Jordan has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI College Division softball first team for the second consecutive year. The all-district team is chosen by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Jordan, a physical education major from Rosamond, […]

County unemployment rate increases

By Ryn Gagulinski: CNJ staff writer The state’s unemployment rate has been steadily increasing — up to 5.9 percent in March, higher than February’s 5.6 percent and January’s 5.3, according to state officials. In Curry County, February saw a jobless jump up to 5 percent in February from last year’s 4.5. State Department of Labor […]

Gas prices soaring statewide

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Gas prices continue to rise across the nation due to supply and demand issues. Clovis pump prices Sunday averaged $1.89 a gallon. By Monday morning, several local gas stations had increased prices to $1.96 a gallon. (CNJ staff photo: Leslie Radford) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer o Prices in Clovis jumped as much as […]

Paralegal profession seeing growth spurt

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Paralegal Shannon Cassidy goes through files at Randall Harris’ law firm Friday in Clovis. Many schools and universities are offering paralegal courses that can certify successful graduates in less than two months. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The clock is ticking and the paperwork is piling up. Two-hundred pages […]

Clovis gas prices sink well below state average

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Gas prices seen here at gas stations at the corner of Llano Estacado and Prince Streets have been dropping in recent weeks. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Virgil Helker fills up his gas tank twice a week for frequent trips to Tucumcari and Portales from his Clovis home. While his […]

Business feature: Area cotton farmers catching up on harvest after wet weather

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Cotton is harvested Saturday in a field off Texas Farm-to-Market Road 145 east of Farwell. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Warmer weather and sunnier skies have allowed the delayed cotton harvest to get back into full swing. However, cotton producers say the record yields predicted earlier this year probably won’t […]

Citizens aren’t only ones left in dark

by Steve Chapman In legislating, ignorance is no bliss Congress has just passed one of the most important pieces of legislation of the year, dealing with corporate taxes. As a concerned citizen, you may feel slightly uninformed for not knowing what’s in it. But don’t be too hard on yourself: Your representatives don’t know, either. […]

Rain dumps on Clovis

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Jeremiah Staber (right) and Mark Garcia, both 10, play in the puddles Monday near their Clovis home. Clovis received 2.21 inches of rain from Friday night to 8 a.m. on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer It’s getting hard to stay dry around here. […]

Clovis well ahead of pace to surpass average rainfall

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Jacob Sivers, 16, of Ignacio, Colo., is reflected in a puddle as he leaves the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena after a practice round Saturday for the Curry County Fair Arenacross event. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff reports Clovis is on pace for its wettest year in more than a decade after an early-morning […]

‘Dodgeball’ a painful pleasure

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers In a cheesy “how-to” film reel on dodgeball, in the movie called “Dodgeball,” viewers are taught the five Ds of dodgeball — Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive — and Dodge. After about 90 minutes, it’s evident that the fifth “D” in the weekend’s top movie should stand for dumb. Still, “Dodgeball” […]

Many factors contribute to rise in gasoline prices

No one likes to pay more for a product they are accustomed to purchasing cheaply. But as gas prices in Clovis hit their highest ever this week — $1.94 for an average gallon of regular unleaded — customers need to be aware that a number of factors have boosted the cost. First, of course, lies […]

Buyers fuming over gas prices

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Average regular gasoline prices in Clovis have reached $1.70 a gallon, the highest in at least 15 months. Some gas stations, such as Wal-mart, offer a discount with the use of a special card. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Glen Seeber Motorists are feeling the pinch as the price of gasoline continues to go […]

April showers could beat record

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Clovis City Worker Juan Bolaños drains water from field four of the Guy Leeder Softball Complex Tuesday during a light rain shower. League play is scheduled to begin Wednesday. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich The seemingly unending April rain has turned lawns green, soaked streets and brought smiles to people in an […]