Commissioner: Jail is the problem

I am concerned about public safety — not only as a Curry County commissioner but as a citizen. On Nov. 13, Narcizo Soto escaped from Curry County Detention Center. He was captured and the people responsible for his escape have been or are being punished. Soto has been in our jail for over five months […]

Officials concerned fire season could run long

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Portales Firefighter Chay Chenault checks fire equipment on one of the Portales fire trucks Tuesday afternoon. This fire season has marked one of the worst and the longest for eastern New Mexico and fire officials say it could last well into the fall. Alisa Boswell Usually, August and September would […]

Upward Bound leaders concerned about budget cuts

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Upward Bound summer program participant Zachary Martinez studies at Eastern New Mexico University Monday. This is the last week of the program for high school freshmen through juniors, while seniors who have graduated are to continue for one more week. Argen Duncan Leaders of the Upward Bound program, which aims […]

Bin Laden reaction: Clovis woman hopes for peaceful world

Rabiah Memon spent Sunday night and Monday morning happy but concerned at the same time. While glad to hear news that Osama bin laden had been killed, Memon said violence broke out in Karachi, Pakistan, where her family lives and her siblings were in school and trying to get home to safety. “We were very […]

Perfection not a goal

Curtis Shelburne This column is only for perfectionists, recovering perfectionists, or people trying to live with perfectionists. A genuine perfectionist thinks perfectionism is a virtue. He is perfectly wrong, but I wish you luck in convincing him. He is also probably tired and testy. It is exhausting to be the only one really concerned about […]

Corrections cause more confusion

A friend of mine was going shopping with a friend. She was concerned she’d get to talking with a friend and would forget to pick up a specific item she needed the next day unless I texted her during the trip. I waited about 30 minutes, texted, “Dozen eggs.” She texted back, “Love you.” I […]

Portales officials concerned water utility’s authority

Jared Tucker Two Portales city councilors are concerned about how much power the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority will have and why there’s only one elected official representing the city. The authority meets 10 a.m. Thursday in Texico. Councilor Mike Miller said Tuesday he thinks the utility will take important decisions about water issues […]

City leaders concerned Portales street lights safety risk

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Vehicles traveling through the intersection of South Avenue C and West First Street Wednesday in Portales. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis and Portales leaders are concerned traffic lights in Portales may present a safety risk to workers — an issue they plan to take up with the state, […]

CCCC defined by unfounded allegations

Freedom New Mexico When Concerned Citizens of Curry County first appeared last month, we welcomed their voice, wanted to know more about their concerns of racial inequality in Clovis Municipal Schools’ leadership, wanted to hear their solutions to problems we know exist. Then their stunning allegations were quickly proven false, their demands were clearly unreasonable, […]

Bella Vista hosting anti-tobacco event

Freedom New Mexico The group Students Concerned About Tobacco at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista is hosting a Big Tobacco “Beat Down” pinata party 1 p.m. Monday, according to a news release. The party is the last of a series of anti-tobacco events held across Curry County, the release said. The students will be […]

Allegations are grossly overstated

I have been disturbed by the recent allegations brought by the Concerned Citizens of Curry County. Statistics published in the Clovis News Journal would suggest minority hiring percentages for management level employees at Clovis schools have actually gone up in the last five years. Maybe there’s something I’m missing here, but in view of that […]

Bill would allow concealed weapons in restaurants

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican People with licenses to carry concealed guns could take their firearms into restaurants that serve beer and wine under a bill that zipped through a Senate committee on Wednesday. Senate Bill 40, sponsored by Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup, cleared the Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee by a […]

Farmers concerned unusually cold weather could affect crops

By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Unusually cold temperatures haven’t yet affected winter crops in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties. But area farmers are concerned it could cause a problem if the trend continues through spring During the month of December, the average high temperature in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties are anywhere from 52 […]

Area leaders fear project cuts

CNJ staff Area leaders are concerned Clovis’ effluent water reuse project may face cuts as the Legislature tries to find money across the state to make up a $400 million deficit. Tuesday, Curry County Commissioner Bobby Sandoval and Clovis Community Development Director Claire Burroughes were among a group that traveled to Santa Fe to try […]

Letter to the editor: Handicap parking not for everyone

Handicap parking not for everyone I am concerned that people don’t seem to understand what handicap parking means. We recently traveled to Clovis from Muleshoe for some errands and shopping. I drive a one-ton van with a hydraulic patient lift. I have a sign on the door stating that 10 feet of access is needed […]

Letter to the editor: Government’s inabilities proven

Government’s inabilities proven I am a concerned American. I am dissatisfied with our government. I don’t like the large deficit spending of our taxes. Our government has bankrupted Medicare, Social Security, and now they want to give away more of our taxes by taking over private industry health care in exchange for government health care […]

Police concerned about daytime burglaries

By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer A string of daring daylight burglaries means a new police task force for Clovis and a call for public help from law enforcement. The special Clovis Police Department task force hit the streets Monday, following maps showing clusters of burglaries, knocking on doors and talking to neighbors. Capt. Patrick […]

Cannon commander concerned about housing

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Local growth management officials told the Clovis City Commission they’d be hard-pressed to imagine eastern New Mexico’s future had Cannon Air Force Base shuttered. With its transition to Special Operations Command under way, the base’s commander had concerns Thursday over the future availablility and price of housing to support […]

My essence: Eau de self doubt

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist I was concerned about. I was more concerned with having no girlfriend, no vacation house, no HBO subscription, no basketball ability and no reasonable hopes to retire before age 79. Oh, and no ability to stop making self-depricating comments. No train of thought — where were we? Oh, that’s right, […]

Local officials concerned census count short

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Local officials are pretty sure when it comes to the U.S. Census estimates, they’re not being fully counted. Estimates released July 1 from the U.S. Census show a 2.5 percent decrease in the population of Clovis from an estimate of July 1, 2007 (33,177) to July 1, 2008 (32,352). […]