CCC students present award-winning production

By Jennifer Laurent: Freedom New Mexico A semester of rehearsing, coupled with a play powerful enough to solidify Director Christy Mendoza’s decision to have a career in theater, has led to an award-winning performance of “Buried Child” by Clovis Community College students. In a story ripe with symbolism, three generations of an American family and […]

Officials aim to take Ute project to federal level

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., addresses a witness during Tuesday’s hearing at Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Local, state and federal leaders reached a similar conclusion at Tuesday’s water field hearing: They’re ready to seek federal authorization of the Ute Water Project, with or without the Bureau […]

Commission going after Prince Street construction funds

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Prince Street reconstruction and the Clovis Industrial Park were at the top of the Clovis City Commission’s agenda Thursday. Commissioners agreed to apply for $1.755 million to the Local Government Transportation Fund (GRIP2) to reconstruct Prince Street between 21st Street and Llano Estacado Boulevard. The grant requires $945,000 in […]

Water funding request cut short

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Consideration of just how much project funding is likely this year topped discussions of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority’s monthly meeting Wednesday in Clovis. ENMRWA requested $5 million in Ute Water Project funding from the 2007 New Mexico Legislature thinking the timing was right for their request since […]

Business Digest: Companies form joint venture

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Engineering firm ARES Corp. and Blue Sun Biodiesel have formed a joint venture to improve biodiesel processing technology and to build biodiesel production facilities in North America, according to a press release. The new company — ARES Blue Sun Development — has already selected a site in Clovis to […]

Border fence with holes not worth billions

By Freedom Newspapers We weren’t particularly enamored with the decision by Washington to construct a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, believing that it will be far less effective than claimed and that the problem of illegal immigration ultimately requires a much more holistic and balanced solution. But as long as a fence is going […]

Formality has place, but not in this column

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist When the reader response message begins “Mr. Cantwell,” I immediately grab a baseball bat and crouch in a corner. What follows is probably not going to be good. You just know the writer is thinking, “Mr. Cantwell, oh you fool.” This is not a “Mr. Cantwell” type of column. Such […]

Naming quarter half-serious business

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Let’s establish something right up front. This is serious business. The state needs a new quarter. To be precise, it will not be a state quarter, but a federal quarter saluting New Mexico. We have not yet begun to mint our own money. But keep your eyes on Gov. Bill. […]

Capital outlay cuts strike CCC, Clovis schools

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Some budget and capital outlay measures squashed by Gov. Bill Richardson on Wednesday have sent ripples through Clovis. His capital outlay cuts totaled about $1.7 million in Clovis and Curry County. The governor vetoed $60 million for infrastructure improvements at colleges and universities across the state. He also pulled […]

Private schools let parents choose educational path

Freedom Newspapers The debate over Intelligent Design is the latest in a long-running battle over what public-school children should be taught about the origins of life. In the first half of the 20th century, students often were taught that life sprang from Divine creation. In more recent times, they have been taught that man progressed […]

State teaching mandate precludes intelligent design

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Carl Armstrong is a Christian. He is also a Clovis High School science teacher, and he doesn’t think intelligent design has a place in his, or any other, science classroom, at least for now. There is just not enough evidence to support the theory, Armstrong said. In Pennsylvania, eight […]

Legislative session ends

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The battleground was the floor of the New Mexico Legislature, and according to one area representative, the battle was vicious. Lawmakers thrashed through hundreds of bills over the last 60 days, but some of the most recognizable issues — including a bed tax credit and capital outlay requests — […]

3/1 Business Digest

Local construction firm recognized Local construction firm Nick Griego & Sons was recognized this year with an Air Combat Command Construction Excellence Award for work done at Cannon Air Force Base, according to documents from an awards ceremony Feb. 17 in Virginia. The ACC Design and Construction Awards were established to recognize contributions to improvements […]

Windows service pack worth the long wait

Tom DiFrancesca If you’ve not run “Windows Update” on your PC lately, you need to do so. Microsoft has released yet another security patch for Internet Explorer. I’ve also just recently learned that Microsoft will be releasing “Service Pack 2” for Windows XP. The service pack is predicted to be large and may take some […]

Events center among items on commission’s agenda

CNJ Staff Medical services for the jail and plans for the design of an events center are among a variety of items scheduled for Tuesday’s meeting of the Curry County Commission. The agenda for the 9 a.m. meeting in the county courthouse includes an emergency plan specifying that employees may voluntarily attempt to help extinguish […]

Commissioners concerned civic center is too small

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor A multi-million dollar civic center will not be large enough to host high school graduations and large events like the Home and Garden Show. That’s according to the project’s conceptual design, which the Clovis City Commission approved by a 6-2 vote Thursday night. Commissioner Isidro Garcia and Fred Van […]

Lawmaker seeks $400,000 for center

David Arkin Curry County’s highly controversial proposed convention center could receive $400,000 if a Clovis lawmakers’ request holds up. Rep. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, submitted several capital outlay requests this week, one of which included thousands of dollars for the proposed special events center. Harden asked for $400,000 to “plan, design and construct a special events […]

Commission approves alley alteration

By Jack King The city Planning and Zoning Commission approved a change Wednesday in the city’s subdivision regulations that will help clarify when alleys are required in a neighborhood development and when they are not. City Attorney David Richards said the city ordinance previously stated that all lots require alleys unless a “special design plan” […]

County to discuss events center

Jack King While Curry County commissioners prepare to discuss hiring management for the proposed multi-purpose events center on the county fairgrounds, other members of the community are still attempting to challenge the design choice for the building. On the agenda for today’s meeting of the commission is a request for proposals for a “management consultant” […]

DA to probe county’s events center bid award

By Jack King District Attorney Brett Carter said Tuesday his office has assigned an investigator to look into allegations of wrongdoing in connection with the design and architect’s contract for a proposed special events center in Curry County. Carter said he is responding to complaints from county residents who visited his office last week. In […]