BBC show represents farm life well

Netflix lied to me but it hasn’t discouraged me from their product yet. On closer examination of the way they’ve been billing me on the credit card number I have on file with them, it’s apparent their former CEO wasn’t shooting me straight in the letter he sent me telling me he was shooting me […]

Forecasters: Recent rains still not enough

Staff and wire reports New Mexico is seeing some late summer rainfall, but weather forecasters say it hasn’t been enough to make up for a year of drought. Wednesday night’s downpour resulted in .68 inches of rain for Clovis, said Mark Fettig, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. But the bad news […]

Drought won’t delay farmers’ markets

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Don Wiley, owner of Good Shepherd Farm in Curry County, inspects carrots pulled Monday from inside his greenhouse. Wiley also grows kale, tomatoes and broccoli. Kevin Wilson The drought in Curry County hasn’t stopped Don Wiley from getting ready for annual farmers’ markets in both Clovis and Portales. “We’re in […]

DA questions lack of action on closing courthouse entrances

Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler is questioning why an almost 2-year-old resolution to close Curry County courthouse entrances for security reasons hasn’t been implemented. Through a public record request, the Clovis News Journal obtained a series of emails exchanged recently between Chandler and County Manager Lance Pyle. In the emails, Chandler asks why the […]

California may be next for backlash

Freedom New Mexico The near-anarchy that swept Greece last year hasn’t come yet to the United States, but there are similarities. As in Greece, thousands of workers who rely on taxpayers for their livelihoods have poured into Wisconsin streets to protest. Similarly, they protest entirely reasonable and necessary economies proposed by their government to ward […]

Carlsbad’s Ross stood out early, locals say

By Rick White: CNJ presentation managing editor Tim King says San Francisco Giants outfielder Cody Ross hasn’t changed much since the days they played together at Carlsbad High School. Same laid-back personality, same violent swing. “It’s really funny to watch him on TV because he acts the same; same big swing, same big smile,” said […]

Small budget calls for homegrown fun

Our summer began with a wonderful trip into unknown places, at least unknown to me, though familar to many from this area, as we went to southern Colorado. However, that will probably be the extent of our travels this summer, as like many families, our budget is small. We have found, though, small celebrations can […]

Governor honors ENMU ropers with day

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Clarence Plank: Portales News-Tribune Portales Mayor and Executive Director of the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce Sharon King left gets ready to read a proclamation to Eastern New Mexico University student Michael Trujillo on Friday during the Michael Trujillo Day celebration at Sand’s Barber Shop. Trujillo and his team roping partner Chance Kiehne won the team […]

Free trade would lessen effects of global crises

Freedom New Mexico The Iceland volcano hasn’t merely disrupted travel across much of Europe, it also is blowing ash over the global economy in the midst of a recession already the worst since the Great Depression. “The tentacles of the crisis have already stretched into the global supply chain,” the Washington Post reported Monday. Among […]

Programs in place to attract, retain Hispanic students

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University students, from left, Jazmin Loya, Daniela Garcia, Aric Serrano and Rey Coss work Friday to plan the annual Cinco de Mayo banquet that honors graduating seniors. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A national trend of growing Hispanic student populations hasn’t escaped eastern New Mexico’s institutions […]

Education feature: Clovis High sophomore to compete in poetry recitation

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School sophomore Savannah Armijo has loved poetry since she took a child’s poetry class at Clovis Community College in fifth grade. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School sophomore Savannah Armijo is taking her long-standing love of poetry to the competition arena. Armijo is competing in […]

No money to pay survivor benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military update It can be a frustrating time of year for 54,000 military widows who see their Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments wiped out or reduced by the monthly amount they receive in Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs. As it has done routinely in recent years, […]

Woman foils burglary attempt

CNJ staff Clovis police say a woman fired two shots Friday at two men trying to break into her home on the 700 block of Comer Drive. It hasn’t been determined if either suspect was hit. Police responded to a call at the residence around 12:34 p.m., according to a department police report. A 23-year-old […]

Overseas service members send holiday greetings

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Bess Kline admires a picture of her son Master Sgt. David Kline Thursday in her home. Kline was told of her son’s message but haven’t heard or seen it yet. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Though her friends have seen or heard Master Sgt. David Kline greet his mother […]

Military feature: Program sends local veteran to visit World War II memorial

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Philip Gillespie said he joined the service in World War II to contribute to the war efforts. Gillespie served as a gunner on a Navy dive bomber aircraft where he hunted submarines and provided ground support for Allied Forces in the Philippines. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Philip Gillespie […]

Construction on Prince Street begins

CNJ staff Construction began on Prince Street Tuesday, and City Manager Joe Thomas said his office hasn’t received any complaints about the early work. The project, handled by K. Barnett and Sons of Clovis, is to re-pave roads on Prince Street from 21st Street to Llano Estacado to install drainage and add sidewalks compliant with […]

Searching for a new challenge

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jim McDaniel, Clovis Municipal Schools assistant superintendent for personnel, is retiring. He started as a teacher in Clovis in 1969. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Jim McDaniel said teaching hasn’t changed much since he started at what was then Gattis Junior High School in 1969. He said today’s teachers […]

Young fighters emerge

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Ayanna Vasquez, left, defeated Cheyenne Candalaria in a battle of 13-year-old girls during Saturday’s state Golden Gloves competition at Roy Walker Community Center. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Amateur boxers have to be at least 17 years old in order to be eligible to win Golden Gloves championships. But that […]