What’s happening — March 15

Today Pre-school story hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 769-7840 Basic computer skills workshop — 9 a.m. to noon, Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 769-7840 Jail bond forum — 11:30 a.m., Melrose Senior Center, 427 Main St. in Melrose. Also, 6 p.m., Texico Senior Center, 211 Griffin St., in Texico. Information provided on $9.3 […]

What’s happening — March 14

Today Toddler Time story hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 769-7840 Ethics training — 9:30 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 769-7840 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting — 3 p.m., 321 Connelly. Information: 769-7828 Thursday Pre-school story hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 769-7840 Basic computer skills workshop — 9 a.m. to […]

Disability rating reform troubling

Most of a two-hour hearing last week of the House veteran affairs’ subcommittee focused on VA’s mammoth effort to apply current medical science and revise the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities, or VASRD, by 2016. Disability evaluation boards have used the VASRD since the end of World War II to compensate veterans for average impairment […]

Thursday morning briefing: Story hour, a food drive and a new baby

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Hear a story Preschool Story Hour is 10 a.m. today at the Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 769-7840. Food for the holidays Roosevelt General Hospital is conducting a food drive through Tuesday. Boxes for donations are in the RGH nurse’s lounge and in the business office […]

Chuck wagon cook-off hosted at fairgrounds

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Ethan Gallegos, a Clovis High School freshman and member of the Clovis Swim Club, serves a chicken fried steak during the “Duke of the Dutch Oven” Chuck Wagon Cook-Off Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Kevin Wilson For about an hour Saturday, the Curry County Fairgrounds held Clovis’ biggest outdoor […]

Earth Hour has minimal benefit for our planet

Freedom New Mexico Forget Earth Hour, this Saturday and into the future. It is a feel-good exercise that does less to save Mother Earth than almost anything we can do. It trivializes the cause it supposedly bolsters: good stewardship of resources. Earth Hour organizers claim the annual stunt inspires 50 million around the globe to […]

What we need is a 24-hour courage cycle

I’m increasingly convinced that the modern 24-hour news cycle blesses almost no one. With nothing really new to report, even in the midst of the kind of crises the talking heads love to talk about, and talk about, and talk about, the never-pausing news organizations become a kind of TV Twitter assailing those of us […]

Portales residents line up for community dinner

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Melvin McAfoos, right, talks to a little boy Saturday after snatching a dessert from the bar to take to a customer during the rush at El Rancho Restaurant’s annual free Christmas dinner. Clarence Plank The seventh annual free Christmas dinner at El Rancho Restaurant Saturday was a time for many […]

Jail administrator says he’s pleased with community involvement

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Curry County Adult Detention Center Administrator Keith Norwood discusses his goals for the jail with area residents Thursday at a meet and greet held in the Curry County Commission room. Norwood was hired June 2. Keith Norwood met with the public for the first time Thursday afternoon during a gathering […]

School board to continue superintendent search

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education decided Tuesday to continue searching for the next superintendent. The decision came after an hour-and-a-half executive session at Cameo Elementary. The board said they will continue to “aggressively search for the position of superintendent of schools during the next three months.” Three […]

Campaign money bill hits snag

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican With time running out for this Legislature, a bill that would prohibit campaign contributions from lobbyists and state contractors hit a bump Monday in the House of Representatives. After debating House Bill 118 for more than an hour, sponsor Rep. Joe Campos, D-Santa Rosa, asked to “roll […]

MVD opening late

CNJ staff The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department office in Clovis opens at 9 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. Thursday to allow for a one-hour staff meeting, according to a spokesperson for the department. Information: 762-3732

Alumni and Portales residents celebrate Founder’s Day

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PNT Photo: Zhongming Jiang Janet Roehl, professor of communicative arts and sciences professor, talks to one of the guest at the Founders’ Day Picnic on Sunday. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Local residents and alumni took a trip down memory lane Sunday during the Founder’s Day Picnic at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. […]

Air Force exercise alarms residents

Freedom New Mexico A large prop plane that circled Tucumcari for about a half hour Tuesday night

It’s time for some time out of town

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist With any luck, within an hour after I get this column written and e-mailed to the newspapers, I’ll be headed out of town for a few days. It’s time, in more ways than one. It’s the time of year again when my three brothers and I all try to […]

Businesses anticipate wage raise

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield Weston Clark takes the order of Clovis residents Robin and Mike Eberhardt Tuesday afternoon at the Portales Taco Box. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico A $1 rise in the New Mexico minimum wage taking effect in about a week has local business owners scrambling to find ways to make […]

Tucumcari hammer thrower fails to reach finals

U.S. Olympic hammer thrower Amber Campbell failed to qualify for the medal round late Sunday night in Beijing. Campbell, who lived in Tucumcari from 1983 to 1995, finished 21st among 50 competitors with a best throw of 67.86 meters during qualifying. The top 10 advanced to the medal round. Cuba’s Yipsi Moreno led all qualifiers […]

Aug. 17, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Baseball Hour by Carol Nevius, Bye-Bye Crib by Alison McGhee, Charlie Hits it Big by Deborah Blumenthal, Lucy Maud Montgomery by Elizabeth Macleod and The Texas Rangers by Michael Spradlin were given by Master Electrical Contractors in memory of Jackie Pruet. These selections have received […]

Business feature: AeroCare calls Clovis home

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Billy Vinson is a paramedic with Covenant Health Systems which operates the AeroCare helicopter. AeroCare was recently reassigned to Clovis. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer After months of being moved around and prolonged response times, AeroCare has found a home in Clovis. Under a lease agreement with Blue Sky […]

Detention officers get shift change

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Plagued with staffing issues, the Curry County Adult Detention Center is switching to longer but less frequent works shifts at the request of detention center officers. Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said he recently approved a petition request by detention officers to switch from 10 eight-hour shifts in a […]