New emergency response vehicle arrives

By Greg Allen, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs It looks pretty much like any 26,000 pound, 39-foot RV going down the road, if you ignore the enormous gold signage that says “Emergency Management Cannon AFB.” The Mobile Emergency Operations Center vehicle made its official appearance at Cannon Air Force Base on March 27, as […]

Problems few in primary voting but tallying delays feared

The Associated Press Save for bad weather and scattered precincts that ran out of ballots, voting appeared to run smoothly Tuesday in four state primaries that drew record voter turnout. Heavy rain, sleet and ice forced at least 10 counties in Ohio to request permission to move, and a few polling spots were running on […]

Officials: Zoning rule may be needed

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A nuisance ordinance would be hard to enforce efficiently without a zoning ordinance county officials said. Curry County Attorney Stephen Doerr presented a rough draft of a nuisance ordinance Thursday during a Land Use Committee meeting. Committee chairman and County Commissioner Tim Ashley said nuisance complaints from county residents […]

Special session looming

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer Gov. Bill Richardson plans to call a special session to deal with health care — his top issue for the legislative session that ended Thursday. “We will pass health care reform,” he said. He did not specify a time for the special session. Local lawmakers, like others around the […]

Drug court offers incarceration alternative

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Lawrence Baker knew he needed help to kick his drug habit. He found the structure and incentive he needed through the 9th Judicial Drug Court program. “I had tried to quit on my own before, through N.A. (Narcotics Anonymous),” Baker said. “But the steady regimen of (Drug Court) is what […]

AFSOC commander responds to questions

Karl Terry, Cannon Connections Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster, recently appointed commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., paid his first official visit to Cannon Air Force Base this week since taking command. He talked with Freedom New Mexico on Wednesday in his first press interview since assuming that command. Q. Give […]

Quick ride leaves lasting impact

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Several years ago when I was teaching at Clovis Community College, on one of New Mexico’s unusually rainy days, Buffy and I turned out of the college parking lot and onto the street that borders the college. We saw a woman in the distance walking in the rain. She carried […]

AFSOC leader lauds range space

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Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster By Karl Terry, Freedom New Mexico Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster, recently appointed commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., paid his first official visit to Cannon Air Force Base this week since taking command. He talked with Freedom New Mexico on Wednesday in his first press […]

Hounds set to ride top hitters

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh figures if the top five hitters in his batting order are successful, a lot of things could fall into place for the Greyhounds. ENMU opens its 2008 season Friday and Saturday with four games in the UT-Permian Basin Classic. […]

Garcia hopes to keep playing

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico After doing so for Clovis High School and Texas Tech, Joey Garcia is hoping for one more chance to make a big play. “My mom has always taught me, ‘Don’t let anybody outwork you,’” Garcia said. “Right now, I’m working really hard.” Garcia, a 6-foot-2, 212-pound strong safety, has […]

Check out the Horserace

The Horserace ’08 blog is focused on the presidential election. It’s written by associates throughout Freedom Communications, parent company of the Clovis News Journal. Check it out under the “Blogs” label in the blue bar at the top of this page, or just click below. Horserace ’08 • • • Roosevelt County donated $92,867 to […]

Better than planned

Roosevelt County donated $92,867 to the United Way of Eastern New Mexico this campaign season. The county’s goal was $80,000. • • • Gerald Majewski says his most-memorable cold-weather experience occurred when he was stationed at Misawa Air Force Base in Japan. He fell asleep in a snow bank outside his barracks after leaving a […]

The man was ‘pifficated’

Gerald Majewski says his most-memorable cold-weather experience occurred when he was stationed at Misawa Air Force Base in Japan. He fell asleep in a snow bank outside his barracks after leaving a squadron party. A barracks chief found him. “I was pifficated and just couldn’t walk a straight line,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Haven’t […]

She’s rooting for Patriots … to lose

Cathy Olona is looking forward to Feb. 3. “I am going to watch the Super Bowl,” she wrote in an e-mail. “I always do, and I will be cheering for the Patriots to take a fall. “The commercials are a big draw as well.” • • • Clovis’ Mac McDonald on the nation’s economy: “I […]

Consumer spending crucial in tax rebate plan

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It’s still up in the air whether the United States is heading for a recession. Likewise, it’s in the air if rumored stimulus packages would do anything to slow or stop one. President Bush on Friday pushed for an economic stimulus package, consisting of as much as $150 billion […]

United Way extending campaign

CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is extending its campaign deadline to reach its campaign goal. On Friday, the organization was about $24,000 short of reaching its goal of $565,000, according to executive director Erinn Burch said. “We were trying to wrap it up by last Friday, but because we were so […]

Outdoors deserves appreciation

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist Winter has never, for me, been a time for squatting by the fire and wishing the cold away. Even on a morning such as this one, with temperature slightly above zero, the call to be out experiencing nature is present in the back of my mind. Unfortunately, as is true […]

Health plan cost questioned

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By Sarah Meyer: CNJ News Editor Area representatives and senators say Gov. Bill Richardson’s universal health care plan is a good idea, but it’s not ready for implementation and cost remains a question. Richardson wants to extend health coverage to uninsured New Mexicans. A summary of the plan states that the goal of insurance reform […]

Jan. 6, 2008 Club Notes

The Curry County Federated Republicans met in December for their traditional “Christmas Tea.” The featured speaker was Sen. Clint Harden. He gave an overview of the upcoming elections in 2008 and also gave a question and answer session. Rube Render was in attendance to explain what was going on across community and state levels. The […]

Christmas light parade Saturday

CNJ staff The 11th annual Christmas Light Parade will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday. The parade, which is sponsored by Clovis MainStreet, will begin at 14th and Main streets and continue south until it ends at Grand Street. The theme for this year’s event is “Clovis 100 Years in the Making.” According to Clovis […]