Report: Commissioner may have created hostile work environment

Robin Fornoff A private consultant has concluded Curry County Commissioner Dan Stoddard may have created a hostile work environment for county employees in his treatment of County Manager Lance Pyle. The consultant’s report, obtained Monday by the CNJ through a state Open Records request, notes that while Stoddard’s behavior probably doesn’t rise to the level […]

Moms Gear: Make gardening easier with ergonomic gardening tools

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MCT Radius Garden Tools enhance a gardener’s digging experience and provide more ease when planting, weeding and cultivating because of their ergonomically-designed handles. Maggie O’Neill It’s one thing to work with a commonplace handheld garden trowel, but quite another to use an ergonomically-designed tool. The founder of Radius Garden Tools has created four handheld products […]

Officials: May take months to replace judge Orlik

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File photo Efforts have begun to replace District Judge Robert Orlik but officials say it could take months. Orlik died Saturday at The Lubbock Heart Center. Sharna Johnson The courts have begun the process of filling a vacancy created by the unexpected death of District Judge Robert Orlik, however officials say it will likely be […]

Zia students re-enact history of Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Zia third-grader Amber Washburn explains Wednesday about the pioneers of Clovis in the 1930s to Clovis living history museum attendees. Liliana Castillo Fourteen Zia Elementary School Gifted and Talented students re-enacted the history of Clovis in a living museum Wednesday. The students created scenes from the four eras of Clovis’ […]

Formation of Gay-Straight Alliance approved

Liliana Castillo Clovis High School senior Steven De Los Santos is preparing for the first meeting of a Gay-Straight Alliance after a month of uncertainty if the club would even be created. “It’s exciting. I was just ecstatic when I heard. I couldn’t stop smiling. It almost feels unreal,” De Los Santos said. Formation of […]

Our people: Web guru

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico As an Internet marketer, Linda Wilhite is able to work from any location with her netbook, headset and cell phone. Clovis resident Linda Wilhite is an Internet marketer. What that means is she represents a variety of businesses and products online. Wilhite was chosen as the Clovis High Plains Rotary […]

Fire Station No. 6 reopens

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Lt. Chris Elam and Eric Blair get their equipment for a call Monday afternoon at Station 6 of the Clovis Fire Department. The department last used the building as a station in 1997, before it was replaced by a new second station on Llano Estacado Boulevard. Kevin Wilson When it […]

Humane society starts spay, neuter program

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Animal Control Officer Michael Field spends outdoor time with a golden lab Wednesday at the Animal Shelter. Shelter employees euthanize a majority of the animals that come to the shelter each month. Liliana Castillo The newly created High Plains Humane Society, with the help of two grants totaling $8,000, […]

Environmentalists need to be reasonable

Environmentalists have done a great deal to raise awareness of old-time practices that harm the earth and threaten wildlife. At times, however, some extremists have fought some of the efforts their advocacy has created. This has only slowed down progress that could bring the results they wanted, and prolonged the very actions and policies they […]

Future depends on Ute pipeline

By Gayla Brumfield: Guest columnist The Ute Water Project began in 1964 when the Interstate Stream Commission created the Ute Reservoir at Logan to provide a future sustainable water resource for the residents of eastern New Mexico. The reservoir was created due to the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer caused by increased usage on the […]

Jesus’ birth showed new way to think

Freedom New Mexico It is curious in some ways that modern-day Western Christians have created a more lavish holiday — which in many ways has become a thoroughly secular and in some ways excessive celebration in which Santa Claus and Rudolph play a larger role than the baby in the manger — of the birth […]

Fed’s claim of job creation poor wording

Freedom New Mexico Washington claims 640,000 to 1.5 million jobs have been created or saved by the $787 billion economic stimulus plan. With only about 15 percent of the money spent so far by those intended to receive it, at this rate America might implausibly end up with more new jobs than available workers. Has […]

Rains flood county jail

Weekend storms created a stink at the Curry County Detention Center. Administrator Lois Bean said the problems began Friday night and got worse as rains poured and the city’s main sewer line began flooding in the annex of the center. Bean said the inmates simply kept out of the way of the detention center’s maintenance […]

School labor board makes nominations

The newly created Clovis Municipal Schools’ Local Labor Management Board met Friday to focus on naming a third member to the board. The first meeting, May 25, served as an orientation for the board’s two members, G.C. Ross and Larry Cocker. Ross and Cocker each had two nominations for the third board seat. They decided […]

New fire restrictions on federal land

FIRE RESTRICTIONS BEGIN MAY 15 FOR PECOS DISTRICT The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pecos District (Carlsbad and Roswell Field Offices) announces the implementation of fire restrictions at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 15, 2009, for BLM administered lands within the Lincoln, Chaves, Lea, De Baca, Guadalupe, Roosevelt, and Eddy Counties. County governments should be […]

Helping fund ethanol craze unsound idea

Freedom New Mexico The ethanol craze just might set a record for fads that fizzled before they got fully under way. The sooner the better, in our view. Ethanol is an example of a commodity that might have some value, but with an artificial market created almost entirely by government mandates and subsidies it is […]

Strays problem in small towns

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle said stray animals are becoming a major problem. Though the village has created a part-time position for an animal control officer, Pyle said there have been no viable prospects for the job. “We’re a small community and the residents are going to have to help […]

U.S.’ hard-won freedoms must be defended

By Freedom Newspapers Each year, Americans celebrate the independence of our nation on July 4, remembering the conflicts and patriots who died to preserve our ideals. This week, we will again remember those men and women and gather with family under the sheltering umbrella of the United States of America. But let us remember more. […]

National Chicken Month is upon us

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist A little bird, quite aptly, told me that September is National Chicken Month. For New Mexico this is an extra-special thing since the land is enchanted with a few distinctive chickens of its own. The foremost to be honored is the glorious High Plains prairie chicken, for which an entire festival […]