Committees may be consolidated

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Kevin Wilson When it comes to recreation and beautification committees, the city is hoping that less is more. That’s the reasoning for an upcoming ordinance for the Clovis City Commission meeting to combine the Parks and Recreation Board, the Ned Houk Park Board and the Keep Clovis Beautiful Committee into one committee with more duties […]

Three vying for mayor position

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Rick Tenorio, right, signs paperwork to run for the mayor’s position as City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon, sitting, gives election details and Deputy Clerk Joanne King waits to notarize his paperwork Tuesday at City Hall. Tuesday was the only day to file for the mayor’s and city commission races. Kevin Wilson […]

Salvation Army hoping to spread word

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Workers at the Salvation Army Thrift Store strategically stage clothing and furniture to boost sales. Benna Sayyed Times have been tough for the people Clovis’ Salvation Army helps. They’ve also been tough for the organization itself. Commanding Officer Jim Gallup said business has been slow the past couple of months […]

Curry County faces big challenge in Titans

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Curry County Cats receiver Adam Garcia looks for yards after the catch in the first half of the Cats’ first-round playoff game against the Las Cruces Kings. The Cats face the Albuquerque Titans 3 p.m. Sunday at Del Norte High School. Freedom New Mexico Curry County Cats coach Paul Lopez […]

Poku hoping to catch on as NFL free agent

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File photo Jessie Poku scores against Central Oklahoma. He led the Greyhounds this season with 86 catches for 932 yards and 11 TDs. Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Jessie Poku finished his career at Eastern New Mexico University holding nearly every pass receiving record. Now he’s looking to catch on with an NFL team as […]

Water utility officials hoping for leftover federal money

Argen Duncan The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority representatives hope to get federal money left over from other projects at the end of the year since the Ute pipeline project wasn’t included in the president’s proposed budget. The utility authority met Thursday morning at Clovis City Hall. Regarding federal money, pipeline project manager Scott […]

County employees hoping for pay raise

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Deputy Assessor Jessica Rosenblad reviews a file Wednesday at the Curry County courthouse. Rosenblad is a two-year county employee. Sharna Johnson The money would help, but for Stephanie Hicks, it’s more about a show of appreciation. A single-mother working two jobs to support herself and her son, Hicks said even […]

Organizations enlisting parents to prevent underage drinking

CNJ staff County and state organizations are hoping they can increase the power of parents when it comes to preventing underage drinking. The Power of Parents seminar, scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, will cover the influence parents have on their children’s choices. It […]

County treasurer hoping to raise property tax awareness

Sharna Johnson The Curry County treasurer is hoping by sending tax bills to residents, home owners will review their property taxes and verify everything is in order. Bernice Baker said her office decided to send property owners a copy of their tax bill this year to help them stay informed about their obligation. Baker said […]

First person: Setting the bar

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Courtesy photo Jimmie Reyna, a Clovis native, was recently nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Jimmie Reyna is hoping to go from the flat terrains of Clovis to one of the nation’s highest courts. Reyna, 57, has been nominated by Barack Obama to the United States Court of Appeals […]

Blessing of animals in fourth year

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CNJ file photo Three area churches plan to hold a pet blessing ceremony Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church on West 21st Street. Sharna Johnson Organizers are hoping to have a zoo Saturday on the lawn of the Trinity Lutheran Church. The fourth annual pet blessing ceremony begins at 3 p.m. and will bring together pastors […]

Pro baseball commissioner tours Clovis parks

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Ronnie Anaya, off camera, holds a cap of the Las Cruces Vaqueros with Andrew Dunn, owner of the Vaqueros and commissioner of the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs, in the background. Anaya was giving a tour of area parks on behalf of Clovis Municipal Schools to Dunn, who would […]

Nearly 600 in system for unpaid fines

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Court officials are hoping people see their name in print and come in to settle their debt. Curry County Magistrate Court Manager Jinger Fiola said nearly 600 people are in the system for failing to pay fines and have warrants out for their arrest. Some of the cases are […]

Dumping animals in county can incur citations, fines

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Some are dropped off by folks hoping a kind farmer will take them in. Some are strays that have wandered. Others are pets allowed to roam freely. Whatever the reason, animals running at large in rural Curry County are an issue the Curry County Sheriff’s Office deals with on […]

Hoping ‘The Glue’ sticks to our minds

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist “You still go to the video rental place?” The question was inappropriate. OK, so the question itself wasn’t inappropriate — we were on a movie date, so movie questions are fine. But it was the tone. She asked it like one would ask, “You still use a camera with film?” […]

Ethics advocates hoping to be heard at Legislative session

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican With most of lawmakers’ attention focused on the state budget this session, ethics reform and good government advocates are hoping legislators have time to dedicate to reform. Already, several lawmakers have prefiled ethics bills online while other public officials have outlined what measures they are willing to […]

Area churches bring movie about teen issues to Clovis

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Courtesy illustration Churches in Clovis and Portales are working together to bring the movie “To Save A Life” to Clovis. The movie addresses life issues teenagers deal with daily. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Churches in Clovis and Portales are joining together to bring a movie to town. A movie they are hoping will […]

Business feature: Reinvesting in downtown

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jimmy Vela of Nick Griego & Sons Construction applies comfill to fresh concrete being poured Friday at the Main and Seventh Street construction site, where four new stores and parking lot are being built. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In about six months, Charles Wade is hoping the empty […]

Fair entertainment includes rides, exhibits, music

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File photo The Curry County Fair means a plethora of food including turkey legs, funnel cakes and cotton candy. Freedom New Mexico Curry County fair officials are hoping this year’s extravaganza attracts more than last year’s estimated 35,000 to the fair. Fair spokesperson Jan Riley said the various entertainment options should help pump up attendance […]

City to ask BNSF for payment extension

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The City of Clovis, hoping to cover costs through the federal economic stimulus program, decided to ask Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad