City candidates find common ground

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Moderator Derek Cockrell explains the rules of the candidate forum Tuesday night at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The forum was sponsored by the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation and the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce. Kevin Wilson Clovis City Commission and mayoral candidates found common ground on most issues — including […]

Officials break ground on school construction projects

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed School board members and local dignitaries collaborate to break ground for Gattis Middle School which is scheduled to be completed by late summer 2013. Benna Sayyed It was a busy day for Clovis Municipal Schools, with groundbreaking ceremonies for its new middle school and a renovation project at another school. […]

Officials to break ground on Ute water project

Kevin Wilson Nearly half a century after the idea was conceived, eastern New Mexico entities have planned a Thursday groundbreaking on the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System — also known as the Ute Water Project. An 11:30 a.m. groundbreaking is set for Ute Reservoir, on N.M. 522 about two-and-a-half miles west of Tucumcari. Many […]

City animal rescues plummet in May

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Animal Control Officer Brice Stacy tries to calm two puppies before he unloads them from cages in the truck. The puppies, their pitbull mother and heeler father were all relinquished Tuesday by their owner, who said the adults were vicious. Sharna Johnson While the Clovis Police Department continues to evaluate […]

Education column: Education opportunities available during summer

Unbelievably, another school year is gone and kids are out for the summer. Suddenly without a structured environment, it takes us a moment or two to get our balance for the summer months. Working parents juggle schedules, and older kids are looking for summer jobs. As educators, there is always concern over the summer about […]

Teachers should do bargaining in public eye

Freedom New Mexico At a time when the privilege of collective bargaining is jeopardized for public employees, a Colorado Springs school district has negotiated its master agreement with the teachers union in meetings closed to the public. That takes chutzpah. When called on it last week, board members came to their senses and voted 5-2 […]

Year in review: PRMC expands; Melrose breaks ground on clinic

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File photo Plains Regional Medical Center Administrator Hoyt Skabelund inspects surgery rooms in a newly opened outpatient surgery center. CNJ staff In 2010, Melrose broke ground on the first health clinic to be located in the Curry County village. Money to build the facility, $500,000, was obtained through a state community development grant. The 1,920 […]

Blackwater Draw sacred ground for me

Clyde Davis This is to mention all of the people, by name, who gathered at Juanito’s on Thursday night to celebrate Don David’s birthday. Just kidding. Those are people who are perpetually concerned that their names will turn up in this column. The fact that Don David is now 35 is not the subject of […]

Elbow grease better than WD-40

Glenda Price I volunteered to go pick up this two-horse trailer and bring it home. It was only about 25 miles away, so I figured it was no problem, and took off on my merry errand. A really nifty gal named Rita had been storing it at her place. It had been a couple of […]

Ground broken on Melrose clinic

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Courtesy photo: Emily Crowe Ground was broken Wednesday for a new healthcare clinic in Melrose. Completion of the building is expected by January. CNJ staff The Village of Melrose broke ground Wednesday on its new health clinic. County Manager Lance Pyle said more than 80 people attended the long anticipated event, including Melrose Elementary students, […]