Farmer’s yogurt based on wife’s family recipe

Tonjia Rolan Andle van der Ploeg loves yogurt. He particularly loves his wife, Sjierkje’s, homemade family recipe from the Netherlands. “We just couldn’t find yogurt in the states like my wife makes all the time at home,” Van der Ploeg said. Yogurt is a natural for the Van der Ploegs, who own Mid Frisian dairy, […]

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Parent notification system in place Clovis Municipal Schools have implemented a web-based system that will allow parents phone, email, and text-message access to information on school-related events, according to a news release from the superintendent’s office. The school district will use the Skylert Calling System to notify parents and guardians of time sensitive information such […]

Newspaper history

The Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun have been sold to Clovis Media Inc., a new company based in Sheridan, Wyo., officials announced on Tuesday. The sale also includes all of the publications produced by the group now known as Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. Here’s a brief history of each newspaper:

Ticket feature: New York-based quartet performing at ENMU

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Courtesy photo Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting a free New York Polyphony concert 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Buchanan Hall of the Music Building. Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting a free concert by a New York-based quartet 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Buchanan Hall of the Music Building. […]

Religion feature: Church partners with charity

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Wayne Boydstun, Operation Christmas Child relay center coordinator at Parkland Baptist Church in Clovis, prepares for OCC 2011 by packing a shoebox with items to be sent to children in disadvantaged countries. Benna Sayyed This Christmas an impoverished child living in a third-world country will open a gift that came […]

Opinion: Stop throwing away money on green jobs

Freedom New Mexico A California state agency will suspend giving sales-tax exemptions to renewable energy manufacturers in the wake of the scandalous bankruptcy of Solyndra, the Fremont-based maker of solar panels that received a $535 million federal loan guarantee before closing its doors in September. Meanwhile, the federal government last week approved another $1 billion […]

Business digest — May 10

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Courtesy photo Jerry Cass, broker and co-owner of Town and Country Real Estate, earned the certified commercial investment member designation from the Chicago-based CCIM Institute. CNJ staff Clovis broker earns designation Jerry Cass, broker and co-owner of Town and Country Real Estate, earned the certified commercial investment member designation from the Chicago-based CCIM Institute, one […]

Rep. Ryan’s plan could save Medicare

Freedom New Mexico Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., last week proposed a dramatic change to nudge us closer to market-based health care’s inherent economic freedom and away from Nanny State entitlements’ inevitable bankruptcy. We will continue to argue for market solutions to America’s health care dilemma, but we find much to admire in Ryan’s proposal. We […]

Jail officials compiling inmate costs for state reimbursement

Sharna Johnson The state is paying less than the costs its inmates incur at the Curry County jail based on recent calculations by jail administrators, who are trying to compile data to get reimbursed. In one quarter last year — from January to April 2010 — the cost of housing 19 inmates locally for the […]

Technology molding next generation

As we were reviewing first-grade spelling words, all of them based on the “u” sound, my granddaughter Mikayla looked at me in all innocence and proclaimed “Mute doesn’t mean you can’t speak. It’s the button you push on the remote.” I solemnly swear to you that this is not a child who spends countless hours […]

Hall of Honor inductees remember time at Clovis High

Liliana Castillo Each year, the Clovis Municipal Schools Foundation and Alumni Association chooses five people to induct into the Hall of Honor. The awards go to Clovis High School graduates based on achievement in their realm of business. Graduates are chosen because their strengths of character and citizenship serve as models to inspire and challenge […]

Rise in fuel costs based on demand

Price gougers are evil executives who harm us at the gas pump. They set outrageous prices that are approaching $4 a gallon. They hold their conspiracy meetings in the Land of Make Believe, among the unicorns and spaghetti monsters. Despite the ranting of pundits and politicos — from Bill O’Reilly to Nancy Pelosi — price […]

Area schools recognized by Legislature

CNJ staff Area public schools were recognized by the New Mexico Legislature on Friday for gains made on the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment, according to a news release. Schools with highest proficient and above rates of the 2010 NMSBA scores for science — Fifth grade at Melrose Elementary School and juniors at Texico High […]

Teachers should do bargaining in public eye

Freedom New Mexico At a time when the privilege of collective bargaining is jeopardized for public employees, a Colorado Springs school district has negotiated its master agreement with the teachers union in meetings closed to the public. That takes chutzpah. When called on it last week, board members came to their senses and voted 5-2 […]

Press release: Biogas plant to create 73 jobs

Clovis Industrial Development Corporation (CIDC) is proud to announce that PolyGen Energy, LLC, a New Jersey based biogas energy corporation, will build a $22 million facility in Curry County. CIDC and the New Mexico Economic Development Department have been working with PolyGen Energy LLC and Gibbs Energy, LLC since 2006. The company will initially construct […]

Insurance coverages vary for home-based businesses

Sandra Taylor-Sawyer Insurance needs for a home-based business are not as different from a storefront business. However, there are areas that home-based business owners may overlook when considering insurance coverage. Many homeowner insurance policies will not automatically cover a home-based business. In fact, by operating a business in the home it can render a home […]

CHS to host semipro football exhibition

By Dave Wagner Anybody needing a summer football fix can get it tonight at Leon Williams Stadium. Clovis High is hosting an exhibition semipro game between the Rio Rancho-based New Mexico Crush and the Lubbock-based West Texas Outlaws, scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start. Admission is free to elementary school children, senior citizens and military […]

Education column: School testing weeks not holidays

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools No homework for a week. No, teachers are not on strike and it is not a gift from the new superintendent. But, what is happening is Standards Based Assessment testing. Previously, I thought this was a free week because students don’t have to study, and teachers don’t have to […]

Discrepancies discredit global warming data

Freedom New Mexico The rush to impose Draconian, costly regulations to fight global warming is based on allegedly “settled science” showing manmade greenhouse gases increase temperatures. This belief system’s high priests at the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have issued successive reports trumpeting the danger, concluding that we must act immediately. But the science […]

Education digest: Lockwood Elementary honored

Lockwood Elementary honored Lockwood Elementary School was one of 32 schools given the 2009-2010 Title III Incentive Award by the New Mexico Department of Education, according to a news release. The schools were awarded because of their strong bilingual education programs that have helped English language learners move toward proficiency in English and made academic […]