Grant McGee: Classroom punishments thing of the past

Grant McGee There’s a news story out of Santa Fe about a shop teacher who allegedly locked up an unruly student in a storage area. Authorities say she could face child abuse and false imprisonment charges. The story brought back memories of my eighth grade math teacher, Mr. Rigdon. Mr. Rigdon had his ways to […]

Grant McGee: Cargo pants practical fashion

Do you have any cargo pants in your wardrobe? You know, they have regular pockets and below those there are some bigger pockets with flaps. I think cargo pants are great. I keep my change in one of the lower pockets and it doesn’t roll out when I sit in a car. I have room […]

Melrose grant waiting on state approval

Sharna Johnson The next few months will be a waiting game before it’s known if Melrose will get the money needed to update its wastewater treatment plant. With a Dec. 17 deadline met, Curry County’s application for a Community Development Block Grant is in the hands of state officials. The grant, if obtained, would pay […]

Tire troubles overwhelm resident

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A Melrose woman said a prior tenant left thousands of tires on her property when he moved, leaving her to deal with state environment violations until Curry County stepped in and obtained a more than $14,000 state grant to have them removed. Sharna Johnson Ruth Ashley of Melrose is just […]

County receives grant for tire cleanup

CNJ staff Curry County has received a grant to help a Melrose resident remove tires from her property, according to a news release. The environmental clean-up project will be funded by a $14,375 grant from the New Mexico Environment Department. The Melrose resident, whose property is north of Melrose along Curry Road 19 and Curry […]

Grant McGee: Christmas special every year

Grant McGee Christmas means many things to many folks. For Christians its the birth of Christ. For Pagans it means the rebirth of the Sun. And for folks who like presents and things it’s a great time to get stuff from Santa Claus. This Christmas Day I’m thinking about great December 25ths I have known. […]

Xcel awards CCC $4,000 grant

The Xcel Energy Foundation this week provided a $4,000 grant to Clovis Community Colleges, according to a press release from Xcel Energy. The $36,000 in grants made to nine nonprofit groups were made through the Arts & Culture focus area of the Xcel Energy Foundation, which grants money to nonprofit groups working in towns and […]

Grant McGee: Harmony hard to achieve

“I suppose aggression is the way of the universe,” I said to The Lady of the House last Saturday. We were at a local eatery. She peered over her menu. “What now?” She said. I told her the story about the guy in south Florida who woke up one morning to find his home had […]

Grant money awarded to area educators

CNJ staff Almost $25,000 in grant money was awarded to seven area educators. The Clovis Municipal Schools Foundation, a nonprofit organization, presented the awards during a Nov. 19 “Prize Parade.” Grants, varying from $5,000 to $400, are used to support innovative projects and programs as part of the Educator Initiative Program. The Prize Parade surprised […]

Grant McGee: Small town holds wondrous discoveries

Grant McGee Haven’t you found things around your town and wondered how they got here? For instance The Lady of the House and I were watching a movie we picked up at a yard sale. “NOT FOR SALE OR RENTAL. FOR AWARD CONSIDERATION PURPOSES ONLY.” These words popped up occasionally along the bottom of the […]

Grant McGee: Yard sale brings back memories of ‘draggin’ Main’

Grant McGee Do you remember “draggin’ Main”? You know, spending Saturday nights riding up and down the main street of your town. I got to thinking about this after encountering three sisters having a yard sale. I had picked up an old cassette they were selling and was looking at the tunes on it from […]

Education column: Zia students learn about life cycles, recycling

Zia fourth grade teachers, Trudi Ford, Kathi Holland, and Kama Hernandez, recently took their students on their annual field trip that included stops at the Clovis City landfill, a local recycling plant and culminated with a visit to the zoo. Some years back Zia Elementary purchased an old cotton trailer through a Service Learning grant. […]

Grant McGee: Medical marijuana not worth risks

Grant McGee If you could use medical marijuana would you? This was something that crossed my mind recently after the eye doctor told me I have glaucoma. “Hey, if you have glaucoma that means you qualify for medical marijuana in New Mexico.” It was my friend The Holy Man offering up his first thoughts upon […]

Grant McGee: Some insights best left to oneself

Grant McGee The Lady of the House told me about this ancient concept of the three stages of womanhood.

Block grant meeting kept short

CNJ staff The City of Clovis held a quick public meeting for information on the Community Development Block Grant process. Just one member of the public, Michael Sena of Clovis, attended. Burroughes spent the 15 minutes of meeting describing the CDBG process and answering related questions from Sena. The process allows state entities to apply […]

Grant McGee: A lesson in forgiving and forgetting

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Commission votes to steer grant application towards median

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson County commissioners voted Tuesday to apply for a grant to beautify medians between Cannon Air Force Base and Clovis. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioners ranked a median project from Clovis to Cannon Air Force Base as a top priority for grant money during a Tuesday meeting […]

Grant McGee: Friend showed ropes of living in New Mexico

I got an e-mail a few days ago from my good friend Kent, the Bard of the Pecos, now a part-time judge, duly elected by the folks of Elida. Kent was going in for hip surgery and, you know, there’s no absolute guarantee that you’ll emerge on the other side hale, hearty and alive. Kent […]

Department of Justice awards regional agency $488,000 grant

Freedom New Mexico Sexual Assault Services of Eastern New Mexico is one of nine entities to share $488,000 from the Department of Justice, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The money comes from a $1.19 million portion of a grant to strengthen local justice system responses to violent crimes against women. […]

County eligible to apply for development grant

Thursday, Curry County hosted the first of three meetings for public input on Community Development Block Grant money. County Manager Lance Pyle said the county is eligible to apply for up to $500,000 from the state. The hearing was attended by 19 residents and three projects — a paved road from Cannon Air Force Base […]