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 […]

Seniors may have to lie down for new bed tax

David Arkin A House committee’s move on Sunday that one local lawmaker called “an example of the worst kind of government” could implement an $8.82 fee per occupied bed in nursing homes across New Mexico. The move is projected to raise about $22.5 million in state money. Because of the money the state would raise […]

School board needs to change confusing policy

Freedom Newspapers Some Clovis school teachers want to wear blue jeans to class, but school administrators won’t let them. The differences recently created headlines for a couple of days. In a way, the issue is almost too trivial for extended debate. But it has focused attention on a far more serious — and longer-lasting — […]

Emergency Management wants Air Force members

Reporter’s Notebook As a retired member of the Air Force, Ken De Los Santos of the Curry County Emergency Management Committee wants to make sure newcomers to Cannon Air Force Base know how to handle disasters — and he wouldn’t mind a few military members signing up as committee volunteers. To accomplish both goals, De […]

Texas area to vote on new senator today

By Michelle Seeber CNJ STAFF WRITER michelle_seeber@link.freedom.com Texas voters in Senate District 31 will cast their votes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today to determine who will replace resigning Sen. Teel Bivins, R-Amarillo, who recently was appointed by President Bush to be the new ambassador to Sweden. There are seven candidates vying for the […]

Hobbs teacher wants to keep Senate seat

By Michelle Seeber Sen. Gay G. Kernan, R-Hobbs, is a school teacher who favors higher pay for teachers. But she disagrees with one provision of new legislation aimed at achieving that goal. Kernan was in Clovis and Portales on Monday, announcing her plans to seek election to the District 42 seat. She faces June primary […]

NMAA realigns small classes

By Eric Butler The New Mexico Activities Association has scrapped its controversial alignment for prep athletics. Class 1A and 2A will be realigned for the 2004-05 school year. The larger schools will be realigned the following year. The new alignment-classification plan approved by the NMAA’s board of directors Wednesday is similar to one in Montana […]

State bases gain support to stay open

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Retired Rear Adm. Paul K. Arthur, Deputy to the Commanding General at White Sands Missile Range, is silhouetted as he writes summary information at Thursday’s New Mexico Military Base Commission meeting at Clovis Community College. CNJ:Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina New Mexico’s military bases have a good shot at remaining open despite an upcoming […]

Cannon AFB honors ‘Doc’

By Darrell Todd Maurina Cannon Air Force Base commander Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates knew Doc Stewart was popular at the highest levels of the Air Force. So when Cannon decided to host a reception for Stewart on Friday evening, Yates asked 15 Air Force generals formerly connected to Cannon to write letters he could read […]

Governor honors one of Clovis’ own

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Doc Stewart laughs along with his wife Martha as they listen to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson talk about Stewart’s service to the Clovis community Thursday at the city commission meeting. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Jack King Gov. Bill Richardson told an audience at Clovis’ City Commission meeting Thursday that when he was a […]

Thanks, Doc, for 7 decades of dedication

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico One of eastern New Mexico’s more prominent citizens will receive a public thank-you today. Few are more deserving than Doc Stewart. The longtime area car dealer and Committee of Fifty member will be recognized at a reception — open to all — from 6 to 8 p.m. today at The […]

Local community leader honored

By Jack King Mayor David Lansford and the Clovis City Commission will declare Friday “Doc Stewart Day” at the City Commission meeting at 5:15 p.m. today in the North Annex of Carver-Curry Public Library. Gov. Bill Richardson plans to attend the commission meeting to recognize Stewart’s many efforts on behalf of the community, his office […]

Secretary of education selected

By Jack King Area educators on Thursday applauded Gov. Bill Richardson’s selection of Veronica C. Garcia as state secretary of education. Garcia, an Albuquerque resident, a native New Mexican, and the executive director of the New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators, has seen the state’s education system from all levels, they said. “I think we […]

Church celebrates 50 years of serving turkey

By Helena Rodriguez PORTALES — Forty roasted turkeys, 24 tubs of dressing, 250 pumpkin pies, 80 gallons of green beans, 500 apples, 100 stalks of celery and 14 gallons of cranberry sauce. Sounds like enough to feed an army — or about 1,400-plus hungry people expected to attend the 50th annual First United Methodist Church […]