Oil distribution shows hope for Iraqi reform

By Freedom Newspapers An agreement by the Iraqi cabinet on a draft of a new law to govern the distribution of oil revenues could be the most hopeful long-term sign in Iraq in a long time. The pact might reduce a great deal of the tension and resentment that feeds violence in that country, even […]

Maintenance honors awarded

BY CNJ Staff The Clovis Municipal School District is a recipient of a state award that honors school maintenance departments. Also honored is an employee of their maintenance department. The Clovis district is among 15 of 89 in New Mexico selected to receive the 2006 Ben Lujan Maintenance Achievement Award, according to Les Martinez of […]

Small idea grows into big business

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The genesis of a big idea can often be something relatively simple. For Stephen Powell, who just steered his multi-activity Patriot Outdoors facility through its first weekend of business, the germ of this venture was one basic thought. “I had the concept of people needing a safe place to shoot […]

Hickey-Fields Engagement

David Hickey of Union, Ky., and Sandra Garrison of Albuquerque announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Shelby Hickey, to Dustin Fields, both of Albuquerque. He is the son of Jimmy and Rhonda Fields of Memphis, Texas. The couple will exchange vows at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lake Tahoe, Calif. The reception will […]

City approves wellness center recommendation

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Discussion about the future locale of the Wellness and Youth Development Center turned into an emotional debate over the lack of quality sports facilities in Clovis at Thursday’s meeting of the Clovis City Commission. Commissioners approved a recommendation from the center’s steering committee to locate a future aquatic and […]

Farfield Inn schedule to open in April

CNJ staff The Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott under construction on North Prince Street, which features a pool, spa and business center, is scheduled to open in April, according to a company official. Dick Fields, vice president of operations for Marriott, said the new hotel will have 69 rooms. “Approximately one-third of the rooms […]

Cotton crop damaged by hail

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Todd Lingnau stands over his ruined crop of cotton on County Road 3 east of Farwell. Recent hail storms totaled the field, which Lingnau said should have been budding by now. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Hundreds of acres of cotton have been damaged or destroyed by hail damage in […]

Little bugs causing big commotion

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Thousands of false chinch bugs cling to weeds Thursday at the edge of a wheat field on Curry Road D. The flea-sized pests favor mustard weeds, which grow in wheat fields. (CNJ staff phto: Sharna Johnson) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Curry County is being invaded. Not by the Beatles but by a flea-sized […]

Wet weather dampens cotton outlook

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Rain soaked cotton remains on the plant in a field south of Melrose. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Farwell farmer Randy Cain said there’s little chance his cotton crop will produce quality T-shirts this year. And the more it rains the greater the chance his 220 acres of cotton […]

Moisture system makes ground ‘smart’

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Sprinklers add water to the already flooded field at Marshall JUnior HIgh. Staff photo: Eric Kluth By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer In an effort to save taxpayer dollars and conserve water, the Clovis school district is testing a new moisture control system on its athletic fields, Assistant Superintendent Lonnie Leslie said. The system — […]