Assisting children starts close to home

In a commentary by Bill Glass, founder of Bill Glass Ministries, he told of an incident at a Seattle Special Olympics event some years ago. Bill Glass has a grandson with Down’s Syndrome. The games had started and the 100-yard dash was the subject of Glass’ story. Nine contestants, all physically or mentally handicapped, lined […]

Court comes close but no cigar

Kevin Wilson When the Supreme Court delivered a 5-4 decision on Citizens United, changing the rules for how corporations can get involved in political campaigns, Justice Anthony Kennedy said a divided decision means that clearly, “Somebody made a mistake.” So why do I feel the same way about a unanimous decision I agree with? And […]

USDA to close 259 facilities

Staff and wire reports DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will close 259 domestic offices, labs and other facilities as part of an effort to save $150 million per year, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday. While the closures and other cost-cutting steps will affect the USDA headquarters in Washington and […]

Portales biofuel plant to close temporarily

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Alisa Boswell The Portales plant will be one of two Abengoa Bioenergy Corp. plants to be temporarily closed in the new year because of depressed market conditions, according to Abengoa Executive Vice President Chris Standlee. “There’s some really depressed market conditions right now, so we just made the decision to temporarily stop production and begin […]

Happy birthday, Roy Rogers

Ava Sailors grew up watching Roy Rogers in the movies and on television, like most of the rest of us. Then she had a chance to get to know him up close and personal when her son married Rogers’ and Dale Evans’ daughter. What was he like? Just an ordinary person, as was Evans, she […]

Up close and personal

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Civilians surround an A-10 fighter jet, mingle with airmen, ask questions, and observe the jet’s artillery Saturday at the Cannon Air Force Base open house. Benna Sayyed Excitement prevailed at Cannon Air Force Base on Saturday as area residents poured in to get an up-close look at the 27th Special […]

Hotel Clovis project to move forward

Sharna Johnson A Taos developer has bridged a funding gap and will be cleared to move forward with renovation of Hotel Clovis in as little as a week, according to state officials. Developer Stephen Crozier is poised to close his loans by next week and has satisfied underwriting requirements, said Linda Bridge, housing development director […]

Affordable Housing Plan defeated

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Brad Heath of Clovis signs in to vote at Precinct 18 while precinct clerk Pat Moody assists at Zia Elementary School during the affordable housing referendum Tuesday. Heath brought along his son, Brad Heath, 8, to provide him a lesson on his civic duty to vote. Sharna Johnson The mood […]

Officials: Bank consolidation should mean job gain

CNJ staff Officials for US Bank said their plan to consolidate two branches in Clovis should result in a small gain of jobs. Following the close of business July 15, the branch located at 801 Pile Street will close. On July 18, services will resume at the bank’s location at 2501 N. Prince Street. US […]

Musical legacy left behind

Music has lots of ways of connecting people, sometimes when we least suspect it. After writing a newspaper column for close to 25 years I’ve learned not to fight it when a good topic comes along. Sometimes they don’t come seeking my muse at all, the good Lord and my editor know only too well. […]

First person: Labor of love

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Donald Bird plans to repaint the Duster at Veterans Park in May. He served in Vietnam, and said the weapon saved his life numerous times. Donald Bird considers the M42 Duster a life-saver, and probably as close to a friend as a machine can get. But he doesn’t consider it […]

Baxter-Curren Senior Center closing for renovations

The Baxter-Curren Senior Center will close 2 p.m. Tuesday for renovations.The center will reopen May 9. The front office will remain open.Information: 762-3631.

Portales family has near miss with fire

Alisa Boswell The Grubbs family of Roosevelt County had a close shave with Sunday’s fire. Scott Grubb said he and his wife had only been home for 30 minutes when they realized there was smoke nearing their house. Grubbs said he stepped into the back yard to look and realized the fire was nearing them. […]

DA questions lack of action on closing courthouse entrances

Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler is questioning why an almost 2-year-old resolution to close Curry County courthouse entrances for security reasons hasn’t been implemented. Through a public record request, the Clovis News Journal obtained a series of emails exchanged recently between Chandler and County Manager Lance Pyle. In the emails, Chandler asks why the […]

Storytelling: Cultural preservation

The children, probably from 4 or 5 years old to 12, sat (or lay) on the floor in front, close to the speaker — the storyteller. The grownups sat on the floor or in chairs. The audience had a speaking part in the story, which the storyteller explained. The younger kids, especially, listened carefully for […]

Press release: No evening classes at ENMU-Portales

PORTALES–Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will close at 5 p.m. today (Tuesday), and the present plans are to re-open at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday).

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Clovis Municipal Schools, Clovis Christian and Clovis Community College will close Wednesday due to weather concerns. Tuesday, CCC will close its campus at 4 p.m., canceling evening classes. The decision was made to close school because of concerns about extreme temperatures, according to Clovis Municipal Schools’ Jelayne Curtis. “We want to ensure that our kids […]

U.S. should rethink stance on Pakistan

Freedom New Mexico The assassination of Salman Taseer, governor of populous Punjab Province, close friend of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and an outspoken opponent of religious extremism and Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws, highlights and deepens an ongoing crisis afflicting the country’s governing party and the country itself. Unfortunately, the prominent presence of the United […]

Downtown has made good progress

As 2010 draws to a close, Clovis MainStreet has a lot to be thankful for, especially during these challenging economic times. With the support of the city, county and community, we have made great strides in all four points of the MainStreet Approach. We have been recognized at the state and national levels for programmatic […]

Press Release: Clovis schools holiday schedule

On Friday, December 17th, classes at Clovis Schools will end at 11:30 a.m. for elementaryschools, 12:00 p.m. (noon) for secondary schools, and school offices will close at 2:00 p.m. All other Clovis Schools offices such as the Administration Office, Student Support Center,Maintenance, and Transportation will also close at 2:00 p.m. For the remainder of the […]