Press release: Governor changes higher education funding

SANTA FE – Today, Governor Susana Martinez met with a large group of regents, governing board members and post-secondary institution presidents in Socorro to discuss the state’s new higher education funding formula. The new formula will reward New Mexico’s higher learning institutions based on outcome measures that reflect student achievement and preparedness for New Mexico’s […]

Policy changes in place at jail

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File photo Curry County officials are hoping a laundry list of policy changes coupled with surprise inspections by the county manager and others will eliminate escapes at the problem-plagued jail. Robin Fornoff Curry County officials are hoping a laundry list of policy changes coupled with surprise inspections by the county manager and others will eliminate […]

Charter commission discusses potential changes

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Charter Commission held a public hearing to a limited public, but had vast discussion over the future of the city’s governing document. Charter commission members and Rube Render, the only citizen to attend the meeting at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, discussed for 90 minutes potential recommendations […]

Thursday morning briefing: Changes at Marshall, bird hunts and following the yellow brick road

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Changes at Marshall Due to construction, Marshall Middle School will be closing the access road between the front of the school and Citizens Bank each day from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. School officials say it’s necessary for the […]

Moms gear: Help your child keep away from sunburns with swimwear that changes color in the sun

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Provided by Seasons UV LOL swimwear from Seasons UV changes colors and patterns in the sun to make your child aware of when they need to reapply sunscreen. Maggie O’Neill Parents can teach their children to be sun aware – and sunburn aware – with a new line of swimwear offered through Seasons UV called […]

No such thing as leftover chili

Information on a new die cutting machine, making positive changes in our lives and selecting unfinished furniture will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Sandy McCauley represents Accugraphic Sales Inc., and they make a machine called a Klic-N-Kut. She will demonstrate how the machine can cut vinyl […]

Portales police upgrades communications

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Travis Hardin, of Yucca Telecom, sets up the computer system in what will soon be the new dispatch center at the Portales Police Department. Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenberger said the new system will allow dispatchers to do their job more quickly and efficiently. Alisa Boswell Big changes are in […]

Tax law changes could drive up house payments

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Deputy Assessor Shelly Brown goes through property cards Wednesday afternoon. The assessor’s office often receives calls from homeowners whose escrow was calculated incorrectly after property tax laws were changed in 2005. Sharna Johnson Homeowners who purchased residential property since 2005 may get struck with lightning — tax lightning […]

Changes to drought management plan proposed

Kevin Wilson Proposed changes to the city’s drought management plan would leave most elements unchanged, but give more latitude to the city to take immediate action. The ordinance, an amendment to Section 13.24.020 of the city code, is scheduled for introduction during a meeting Thursday of the Clovis City Commission. City Commissioner Randy Crowder said […]

Demolition changes skyline

If walls could talk, Lincoln Hall’s would have been spilling their guts the last few weeks. The skyline above Eastern New Mexico University has been altered forever as demolition of the men’s dorm is almost complete. Passing by Thursday, two portions of the structure remained upright in a mountain of debris. Growing up in Portales, […]

Legislative changes primarily in law enforcement

Kevin Wilson The state’s 2011 Legislature, for lack of a better example, was a lot like the first quarter of a football game between two teams who had never seen film on each other before taking the field. Between a budget shortfall, the first session for Gov. Susana Martinez and other factors, it was a […]

County showcases jail changes

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Inmate Michael Padilla said when he was involved in an alleged escape attempt in February 2010 it was because conditions at the jail had become unbearable, but Thursday he said things had improved greatly at the jail and his behavior has not been an issue. Sharna Johnson Sitting calmly at […]

Double standard price of freedom

A few weeks ago, there was furor over changes to “Huckleberry Finn.” In an effort to minimize harsh language, the N-word was changed to “slave.” Film critic Roger Ebert felt that wasn’t an upgrade. He tweeted, “I’d rather be a (N-word) than a slave,” but he didn’t say N-word. He got blasted, and issued an […]

New changes in store for GI Bill

Veterans using the Post-9/11 GI bill will see their monthly living stipends stopped between fall and winter semesters, starting next year, and only full time students will continue to draw stipends at the 100 percent rate. Those two cost-saving changes, plus a new $17,500 nationwide cap on Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for students attending private […]

Five constitutional amendments on ballot

Kevin Wilson Five constitutional amendments are up on the November ballot. Unless specifically noted in the text of the amendment, changes are effective immediately. Arguments are suggested by the state’s Legislative Council Service staff. Amendment No. 1: The proposal is to create an exemption of the state’s anti-donation clause, which bars government entities from giving […]

Bingaman: USDA changes will benefit New Mexico livestock producers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is making it easier for livestock producers not affected by bovine tuberculosis (TB) to move their animals across state lines, even if TB is present in the state. The changes are expected to result in substantial savings in cost and time […]

Time changes for ENMU performances

The time for Eastern New Mexico University’s performance of “Opera Scenes: The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville” has been changed to 7 p.m. from 7:30 p.m. Friday and April 10 in the Campus Union Ballroom. Tickets for the show are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for students, and $5 for […]

Department seeks comments on proposed fishing rule changes

Police say homicide witness changes story

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Gary Gill By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Investigators say a woman who reported finding the body of Clovis’ latest homicide victim staged the discovery hours later and was actually in the apartment when he was shot. Sometime around midnight Monday or early Tuesday, Jeraldine McCoy told police she heard a gunshot in a back […]

Education feature: Changes help CHS band excel

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CNJ staff phtoto: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School junior Jeremy Urban said band directors pushed the students to new success this year. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis High School Band recently closed its marching season achieving new levels of excellence and winning numerous awards. The band was named New Mexico Grand Champion […]