2,400 toys collected for wildfire victims

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Rebecca Struthers, left, and Diana Blaschke, both of Clovis, toss stuffed animals into a box headed to California. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Arik and Ben Yeager thought they would have made some progress by Monday in their goal of collecting stuffed animals for victims of the California wildfires. […]

Q&A: Department cultivates rural life

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Ryan Gleason is the New Mexico director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. He was appointed by President Bush in May 2006. He oversees a staff of 59 employees located in 11 offices throughout the state. A fifth-generation New Mexican, Gleason, 32, was born in Portales. Gleason […]

Opinion: Tornadoes carry blessings after few tragic minutes

By Freedom Newspapers The shock, euphoria and amazement at surviving Friday’s eastern New Mexico tornadoes are slowly changing for residents of Roosevelt, Curry and Quay counties, including the communities of Logan and Clovis. Five days later, our thoughts and energies are focused on cleaning up, rebuilding and moving forward with our lives even as we […]

Tornadoes carry blessings after few tragic minutes

By Freedom Newspapers The shock, euphoria and amazement at surviving Friday’s eastern New Mexico tornadoes are slowly changing for residents of Roosevelt, Curry and Quay counties, including the communities of Logan and Clovis. Five days later, our thoughts and energies are focused on cleaning up, rebuilding and moving forward with our lives even as we […]

Education bond benefits outweigh pain of tax hike

We seldom recommend voting for a tax initiative. We prefer our government servants to achieve goals by cutting waste and looking to private enterprise, which often is more efficient and effective. That said, a proposal on Tuesday’s New Mexico ballot is worth supporting. It is Bond B, the semiannual General Obligation Bond for Education, which […]

Train noise troubles residents

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The blaring sound of honking trains rips Donald Gunter from his sleep three to four times a night. “It just drives you up the wall,” said Gunter, a Farwell resident who lives about five blocks from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks. Gunter has had enough. He is one […]

Feds outline assistance available for base growth

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Federal officials outlined the type of assistance they can provide to eastern New Mexico during a meeting of the Local Growth Management Committee held Wednesday at the Clovis City Hall. Representatives from the Office of Economic Adjustment said they can provide technical expertise and financial assistance to the region […]

Cannon team forming

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Volunteer committee will examine growth issues attached to new base mission. The framework will soon be laid for a volunteer group that will consider growth challenges that may arise with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to officials. As Cannon transitions into the home of the […]

Business leader gives rural NM vote

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Raymond Mondragon, manager of area economic development for ENMR-Plateau, was recently appointed to the state’s Economic Development Corp. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Raymond Mondragon, manager of area economic development at ENMR-Plateau, has been named by Gov. Bill Richardson to the board of the Economic Development Corp. known as the […]

School to feature colorful language

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleCarlos Callejo mixes paint for a mural at La Casita Elementary. Callejo worked on the mural for four weeks. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer He prepares for a morning of work by ridding himself of the remnants of yesterday — thick globs of acrylic paint that have dried on his […]

Women’s History luncheons scheduled

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Staff report As part of Women’s History Month activities, the Federal Women’s Program committee at Cannon will sponsor two luncheons at the 27th Logistics Readiness Squadron conference room, Bldg. 620. Todd Spencer, an investment representative from Clovis will be the guest speaker March 20 and discuss investment issues On March […]

MainStreet Web site pushes tourism in Clovis/ Portales area

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales and Clovis may be off the beaten path as far as tourism, but a new Web site’s goal is to attract more tourists to cities such as Portales and Clovis. The new Web site is http://offtheroad.NM.com and it gives viewers a feel for what attractions there are in places […]

State of state address

The Associated Press Prepared text of Gov. Bill Richardson’s state of the state address: To Lt. Gov. Denish, Senate Pro Tem Altamirano, and Speaker Lujan; to Sen. Bingaman and Congressman Udall; to pueblo governors and President Shirley; to Democratic and Republican leaders, members of the Legislature and members of the judiciary; to the former governors, […]

Getting Cannon off BRAC list still supercedes ‘Plan B’

Freedom Newspapers So here we are, 14 days into the rollercoaster ride of emotions tied to Cannon Air Force Base being targeted by the Defense Department and the Air Force to close. Now we’re exactly four weeks away from arguing our case against that decision before the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. Let’s take stock […]

5/27 BRAC letters to the editor

Clovis’ future economically sound I worked 38 years at Cannon Air Force Base, first as the Coca Cola man and later as a civil servant. I retired in 2002 as deputy chief of civil engineer operations. I saw Cannon transform from a base of vintage buildings to the modern, highly sophisticated base it is today. […]

Clovis mayor testifies before Senate committee

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis Mayor David Lansford testified Wednesday before a U.S. Senate Committee about a bill that may help rural communities secure long-term sources for drinking water. His testimony comes at a time when eastern New Mexico communities are working to secure federal and state funding for a massive pipeline project […]

Clovis shows Cannon loyalty

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer While some communities have invested heavily in recent months in hopes of keeping their military installation off the closure list, eastern New Mexico is hoping that years of planning and anticipation will accomplish the same goal. The region has long taken an active role in promoting community support for […]

‘Statewide’ should cover entire state

By Stuart Ingle Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. A move is afoot in Santa Fe to change the way in which millions of your tax dollars are […]

Libertarians are friendly to communities

By Tibor Machan Whenever I speak up for liberty, there’s bound to be someone who accuses me of favoring the individual over the community, favoring rights over responsibility and obligations. But that isn’t so. Champions of individual liberty often believe even more firmly than critics in doing the right thing, including acting generously, compassionately and […]

Clovis praised for economic growth

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis is one of five communities awarded the certified community distinction under the State’s Certified Community Initiative this year, a press release from the Economic Development Department shows. Economic development secretary Rick Homans was scheduled to make the announcement at a Tuesday morning breakfast in Clovis, but inclement weather […]