Report challenges decision, reasons for war with Iraq

Freedom Editorial T he Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on prewar intelligence assessments was released on a Friday, which in Washington is often a way to bury embarrassing stuff as people turn their attention to the weekend. As people digest the information, however, they will find the report is devastating. Its key conclusion — […]

Proposed civic center appears within budget

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent A proposed Clovis civic center may be smaller than some might like, but it fits in a $5 million budget, officials said Thursday. An Albuquerque-based architectural firm presented conceptual drawings of a proposed civic center to Clovis city commissioners and to a steering committee on Thursday. No action was taken, […]

New funds could reduce tax on benefits

Tom Philpott: Military update Using money unspent from a controversial Air Force tanker program, the House Armed Services Committee has voted for a speedier phase out of a sharp drop in survivor benefits for military widows and widowers at age 62. What lawmakers call the “widow’s tax” feature of the military Survivor Benefit Plan has […]

Club Notes 5/9

Altrusa International Inc., of Clovis Altrusa International Inc., of Clovis met at Muffley’s Back Door for its regular dinner meeting on April 12, 2004. During the meeting the club assembled “In the Beginning” baskets to be delivered to The Women’s Clinic. The baskets will be distributed to new mothers when their babies are born. Each […]

Walking will honor deceased family members

Tamara Myers, guest columnist The Clovis News Journal is running columns written by Relay For Life participants this week in preparation for this weekend’s event. I started doing the Relay For Life in 2001. Over the years, my family and I have lost many wonderful and amazing family members. I heard about the Relay from […]

Clovis police department officials consider new cars

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Police Department may soon have $125,000 added to its budget to purchase new police cars. At a meeting Tuesday morning, Clovis City Commission’s Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to recommend the full city commission add that amount to the police department’s capital budget to pay for police cars. The […]

Volunteer of the Day — Gena Hankins

Curry County Volunteer Coalition is selecting a “Volunteer of the Day” throughout April. Today’s honoree: In 2003, Gena Hankins donated many hours with the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). She is an active member of the LEPC Community Awareness committee, assists in the planning and organization of activities to ensure the public is prepared and […]

Ag 50 strong in first meeting

By Glen Seeber: CNJ staff writer Ag 50 of Eastern New Mexico, a lobbying group for agriculture, held its organizational meeting last Tuesday, according to Blake Curtis, who was elected chairman. “We had good attendance,” he told directors of the Clovis-Curry County Chamber on Wednesday. The organization’s bylaws call for no more than 59 members, […]

Park to be beautified for Melrose centennial

By Michelle Seeber: Freedom newspapers Melrose will celebrate its 100th birthday next year, and to prepare for that, the Melrose Park Committee is conducting a work day, starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, for the city’s Baxter Memorial Park. Members of the committee have been working since last June to beautify the park, and have planned […]

Proposal has Clovis changing districts

By Rick White Clovis will be part of a bi-district that includes Class 4A and 5A teams if the state’s governing board for athletics approves the recommendation of a realignment committee. Mario Martinez, chairman of the New Mexico Activities Association realignment committee, said Tuesday the proposal calls for Clovis to be placed in a district […]

Brown president’s slavery claims a con

Thomas Sowell The president of Brown University has appointed a committee to look into the history of the connections of that institution to the slave trade. This is to be no academic exercise of scholarly research. There is obviously supposed to be a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow. Brown University President […]

PHS student to advise governor

By Tony Parra Gov. Bill Richardson has many advisors. On Monday he added Portales High School’s Joderick Rodriquez to the list. Richardson swore in Rodriquez and 56 other high school students to the New Mexico Youth Alliance, also known as the children’s cabinet, on Monday afternoon in Albuquerque. The group will serve as an advisory […]

Congress ready to SBP offset at 62

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A quarter of a million surviving spouses of military retirees have moved two steps closer to seeing a dreaded drop in survivor benefits, which occurs at age 62, be phased out over the next decade. As the House and Senate in mid-March set spending ceilings for fiscal 2005, surviving spouses […]

Matt. 25 hires pastor to remodel old hosptial

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Spanish-speaking pastor raised by missionaries in Central America will be the first executive director in charge of turning the abandoned Clovis Memorial Hospital into a community ministry resource center. The steering committee for the Matt. 25 project voted Monday night to name the Rev. Steve Brown, 37, a licensed pastor […]

Quality of life a priority for 2005 budget

By Tom Philopott: Military Update With open enthusiasm and some private hand-wringing, Congress began debating this month two initiatives that military associations and key lawmakers identified as quality-of-life priorities for the 2005 budget: Survivor Benefit Plan reform and the opening of TRICARE to drilling reservists. Advocates for widows and reservists gained some traction in early […]

Proposed civic center takes shape

By Jack King The details of a proposed city of Clovis civic center are taking shape during work sessions between members of the city’s civic center committee and architects from the Albuquerque firm Dekker/Perich/Sabatini. Committee members and architects met for a second planning session Thursday in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. In […]

Committee opposes teachers in blue jeans

Ryan Lengerich The verdict is in: A Clovis schools’ policy committee has recommended teachers not wear blue jeans to class. The committee made its recommendation to the school board on Tuesday night. “The policy committee did not favor wearing blue jeans every day and the principals, along with (Superintendent) Dr. (Neil) Nuttall, also did not […]

12th annual Ag Expo begins in Portales

By Tony Parra PORTALES — The 12th Annual Ag Expo is right around the corner and people from around the United States will showcase this country’s agriculture at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Monday through Wednesday. The festivities for the Ag Expo range from quilting and cooking to tractor shows and dairy cattle. “It draws people […]

Unopposed for City Commission District 3: Robert O. Sandoval

By Jack King Robert O. Sandoval Age: 67 Employment: Retired, formerly worked for the U.S. Postal Service. Contact: 763-5823 Political experience: Currently a city commissioner, 30 years of community service. What is your experience and background? I was appointed as commissioner in March 2003 when Commissioner Robert Moreno passed away. In the past year, I’ve […]

ENMU to see tuition increase

By David Arkin Eastern New Mexico University would have a few things to look forward to and a list of items that aren’t so favorable if a senate committee’s budget proposal holds up. The Senate Finance Committee’s budget, which was approved Tuesday and now is headed for the Senate, requires universities to increase tuition by […]