In search of ponies: Losing pets eventual

It was a normal, insignificant day, the kind of day where the sight of grown man covering his face with his hands, shoulders heaving, was not what I expected as I rounded the corner. It was a scene especially surprising because I was accustomed to his smiling face and cheerful greetings as I passed his […]

Muleshoe officer wounded

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Courtesy photo: Muleshoe police department Sgt. Steve Bartley was released Saturday from University Medical Center in Lubbock, after being shot twice while responding to a 911 call on Friday. A Muleshoe police officer was shot and wounded late Friday night. Sgt. Steve Bartley, 35, was released Saturday from University Medical Center in Lubbock, after being […]

ENMU adds 14 recruits, eight more expected to sign

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University has released the names of 14 high school signees to national letters of intent for the 2012 football season on Wednesday’s national signing day. First-year coach Josh Lynn said Wednesday night that he expects about eight more players to sign by the end of today. “It went […]

Pleadings expected today in Quay County slayings

By Scott SandlinAlbuquerque Journal, N.M.(MCT)Jan. 20—Casslyn Mae Welch and Tracy Allen Province are scheduled to enter guilty pleas today in connection with the Aug. 4, 2010, kidnapping and murder of a vacationing Oklahoma couple who had stopped at an Interstate 40 rest stop in Quay County.A change of plea hearing is scheduled in U.S. District […]

Legislators expected to debate PRC reform

Trip Jennings Two years from now, will the state Public Regulation Commission look the same? New Mexico’s 112 state lawmakers will likely answer that question in this year’s 30-day legislative session, which starts Tuesday. While an extensive makeover of the commission is not a sure bet, it is a distinct possibility as legislators grapple with […]

Legislative session to focus on budget

The Santa Fe New Mexican The 30-day session starting Tuesday focuses primarily on the state budget. The governor can also put other issues on the agenda. Among issues lawmakers are expected to consider when they gather in Santa Fe:

Chamber banquet to be ‘grand celebration’

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Morgan Earles, Clovis Curry County Chamber of Commerce office coordinator, left, Mimi Garza, chamber volunteer, middle, and Rhonda Bargman, 2012 banquet committee chairperson, prepare decorations for Friday’s chamber banquet at the Clovis Civic Center. This year’s banquet will have a fiesta theme. Benna Sayyed About 300 people are expected to […]

Mitt Romney’s momentum unstoppable

Mitt Romney is two for two in the 2012 Republican presidential nominating process. On Tuesday, as expected, Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts and co-founder of the Bain Capital asset-management and venture-capital firm, bested five challengers in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary balloting. Romney’s glide to victory in the Granite State, although predictable, was an important […]

Press release: Water line replacement announced

New Mexico American Water is beginning construction work to improve the Clovis water system by replacing approximately 2,300 feet of aging, undersized water mains with new 6-inch PVC pipes to improve fire protection and water service. The total cost of the project is expected to be $250,000. “Most of our recent, large investments in the […]

D.A.: Portales police probe expected to be completed by end of week

CNJ staff An investigation into undisclosed allegations at the Portales Police Department is expected to conclude by the end of this week, District Attorney Matt Chandler said Tuesday. The investigation was launched Nov. 30, the same day Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry was placed on paid administrative leave. Chandler said investigators from his office and New […]

Up to half a foot of snow falls in area

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Chelsea Monroe of Clovis shovels the driveway at her house Monday afternoon. Area schools canceled classes due to the Monday snowfall. Snow is expected for Tuesday, as well, with the storm system clearing up Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Kevin Wilson Up to half a foot of snow […]

Rain expected through 10 a.m.

Widespread rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue across eastern New Mexico through 10 a.m. today, according to a news release from Clovis Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos. The release said most areas will receive “a few hundredths to one quarter inch” of rain. Some areas could see half an inch of rain, […]

Severe storms expected

Sharna Johnson Severe thunderstorms with dangerously high winds and large hail could move through Curry and Roosevelt counties by tonight, according to the National Weather Service. The storm front, which is expected to begin west of Clovis, will start moving through the area in the afternoon, said Tim Shy, NOAA senior forecaster. Shy said rain […]

Committees plan to ask for more time

CNJ staff The expected recommendation coming from Curry County’s jail and courthouse citizens’ committees is to give them more time. Tuesday marks the deadline the committees were given to present recommendations to the commission with those recommendations expected during a 9 a.m. commission meeting in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library. According to the […]

Thursday morning briefing: Free lawyers, a video game and attending to your mule

Good morning and hold on to your hat. Wind gusts of up to 60 mph are expected today. And, here’s just what you’ve been waiting for this blustery day… The Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Free lawyers When’s the last time you talked to a lawyer for free? That’s the promise — free legal advice […]

Commission to consider burn ordinance

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners are expected to vote on an ordinance which would allow them to prohibit fires during high risk periods. Sharna Johnson A proposed burn ordinance expected to go before Curry County Commissioners today would give the county the authority to cite residents for improper burning, and could result […]

Fire warning issued for most of Friday

Freedom New Mexico The National Weather Service has issued a red flag fire warning most of Friday for eastern New Mexico, according to a press release from Ken de los Santos, emergency management director for Curry County. The red flag warning is in effect from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. According to the release, critical […]

High wind warning through Friday

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Red Flag warning, which is in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Sustained 20 foot winds of 20 mph or higher with gusts exceeding 35 mph are expected. The strongest winds are expected along I-40 from Clines Corners to Santa Rosa. Critical fire weather […]

Small Texas schools bracing for education cuts

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Liliana Castillo With a $27 billion shortfall expected in Texas’ budget for the next two years, educators in the Lone Star State are just waiting on the final word on how deep the cuts will be. Gene Sheets, Muleshoe Independent School District superintendent and president of the Texas Association of Rural Schools, said educators are […]

Storm expected to bring 2 to 5 inches of snow

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Equipment operator Marcos Esquibel with the Clovis Public Works Department street division fuels a spreader Monday in preparation for today’s winter storm. Kevin Wilson It won’t take much to make today the snowiest this season for eastern New Mexico. But indications are that Mother Nature will bring a lot more […]