Water board ups project cost by $10 million

By Jack King MELROSE — The board of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority voted Wednesday to add three more construction efforts to the Ute Water Project, raising the cost of the project by $10 million. The additions bring the total construction cost of the project to $263 million, said ENMRWA Project Manager Scott Verhines. […]

Roswell merge good for youth program

Project: Reader Reaction Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Curry and Roosevelt counties seems to be facing three choices: merge with a Roswell program, drop the program entirely or create a mentor program outside the umbrella of the national organization. A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants what should be done. Some responses: “As […]

Cannon has friendly faces for spouses

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Ellen Saccoia-Smith, family and work life consultant at the Family Support Center at Cannon Air Force Base and a military spouse, talks about the challenges military spouses face during an interview at the base in January. (Photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Ellen Saccoia-Smith’s first military move was […]

Neighbors pitch in to help fight blaze

By Darrell Todd Maurina As Wayne Palla saw thick smoke rising over his two-story house north of Clovis, he gathered up his tools and went out along with other neighbors to help the firefighters. “Everybody really chipped in,” Palla said. “I think that’s one of the benefits of living in a rural community — everybody […]

Tax help ready for military

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Cannon Tax Center Director Myra Barnum helps Senior Airman Aaron Tibbits learn to help others with their tax returns. CNJ photo by Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina If taxes are troubling you, and you’re in the military or retired from the military, people at the Cannon Tax Center want to talk with you. […]

Capitol Clippings 1/22

David Arkin A bill introduced on Wednesday by a local lawmaker could provide $2 million for the transportation of parole violators. Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, said from his Santa Fe office that he introduced SB 90, legislation that would appropriate funds to the state’s Corrections Depart-ment to reimburse counties for the expense of incarcerating and […]

CNJ looking for comic-conscious readers

David Stevens Does Beetle Bailey bug you? Is Hagar horrible? Should the Wizard of Id turn himself into Zack Hill or some other more contemporary comic strip? Comics can be among the most popular features in a newspaper. They can also grow stale with time. We’re thinking about making changes to our daily comics in […]

Readers aim at self-improvement in 2004

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about goals for 2004: Some responses: “I would like to get a couple more books published and build my small bead business up. I have been so busy the last month that I haven’t had a chance to get the letters off to the publishers […]

Chaplain preaches Catholicism at Cannon

By Darrell Todd Maurina When Cannon Air Force Base Chaplain (Capt.) Glenn Jarman arrived this past summer for a 120-day tour of duty at an Air Force base in Pakistan that hosts the Predator reconnaissance and attack drones, he received a harsh greeting from those on the other side of the plane doors: “Welcome to […]

Check out your Huber Horoscope here

Bob Huber It’s time once more for your annual Zodiacal — or is it Horoscopical? — predictions for the coming year. (At a point in my career I employed “upcoming” when referring to future events until one day a crusty old editor told me, “Huber, if you use upcoming one more time, I’ll be down-coming, […]

Salvation Army in need of donations to meet goal

By Darrell Todd Maurina Unless the Salvation Army receives a large amount of donations this morning, the organization won’t make its fundraising goals. Things are better than they were two weeks ago, however, according to Capt. Hector Diaz of the Clovis unit. On Dec. 13, the kettle collection fund had received only $13,000 toward its […]

Local mom hopes for help with Christmas celebration

By Eric Butler Catching up on finances is easier said than done, especially when the holiday season rolls around. Sandy (not her real name) knows that as well as anyone. Several months ago, chance intervened on the life of Sandy and her three children when the single mother got into a car accident. A resident […]

Family going through rough stretch

By Eric Butler t’s sometimes said that children today, raised on high-tech amusements like video games, don’t appreciate the simple fun and toys from yesterday. That’s not true though for Liz’ daughter Marcie. Liz and Marcie (not their real names) are hoping for an old-fashioned Christmas present for the girl this year. What Marcie really […]

Salvation Army says collections down

By Darrell Todd Maurina Salvation Army Christmas kettle collections in Clovis are down from last year and haven’t yet reached the halfway mark toward the $30,000 goal, but Capt. Hector Diaz said he still hopes to catch up before the Dec. 24 deadline. “The kettle fund is used to try to buy food, and it […]

Program focuses on Latino education

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local school officials expressed interest in bringing a program to Clovis that has been shown to improve education for Hispanics. Ladona Clayton, assistant superintendent of instruction for the Clovis Municipal Schools, introduced three representatives of a program from Albuquerque Tuesday night to a joint meeting of the boards of Clovis Municipal […]

Positive imaging is great Christmas gifts

The Rev. Alvin Petty By Alvin Petty Here is a great gift idea for Christmas: Give yourself permission to learn to practice positive imaging. You already have the gift of positive imaging within you from the Creator. You need to give yourself permission to become aware of its power and practice it to change and […]

Family of five faces stark holiday without help

Eric Butler Five kids in one local family may not know how bad things are these days. But their mom Jennifer does. And that’s why she is applying for help from the Empty Stocking Fund, which is conducted through The Salvation Army. Jennifer (not her real name) cleans houses for a living and is without […]

United Way gifts can help change lives in Clovis

Freedom Newspapers F rom July to October, 99 possible child abuse incidents were reported to Oasis Child Advocacy Center in Clovis, compared to 148 possible incidents the previous 12 months. If the trend continues, Oasis could see its caseload – most of which comes from Curry County – double in just one year. It is […]

Drive will help dispatcher’s son

Reporter’s notebook At 4 years old, Jordan Perry, the son of Curry County Sheriff’s Department dispatcher Shannon Perry, has rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of cancer. To recover, Jordan needs 43 weeks of chemotherapy at the University of New Mexico Medical Center in Albuquerque, Perry said this week. To help Jordan recover, friends have organized a “Jordan’s […]

Disabled parents don’t want to be a burden

Eric Butler Beth and Wayne know life isn’t likely to get easier for them. But even considering the difficulty of paying bills and feeding themselves, maybe the toughest thing for the couple is the thought that they’ll be a burden on their own children. Residents of the area for the past eight years, Beth and […]