It’s snow surprise

Clyde Davis There it was — the surprise ending to an incredibly balmy winter, a late-season snowstorm greeting us as we arose on Tuesday morning. I personally had been aware of it since about 2 a.m. and, like at least one other person I know, became so excited I had a hard time getting back […]

First-hand account — tsunami almost killed me

Editor’s note: The following is an e-mail sent from Arjune Mirchandini to his father Rajan, a doctor in Clovis, and his brother Kush. The e-mail was received in Clovis on Monday and describes the tsunami that hit Sri Lanka and neighboring countries late Saturday. Hey! Well, I happened to get caught up in the tsunami […]

Candidate profie: Rhonda Bookout

•Republican Rhonda Bookout faces Democrat Rachel Toney in the Curry County treasurer’s race. Current treasurer Linda Hall is retiring at the end of the year. Name: Rhonda Bookout Occupation: Clerical worker Political party affiliation: Republican Birth date: March 4, 1953 Hometown: Clovis Family: Married to Lance Bookout for 16 years; one daughter, Sarah; one son-in-law, […]

Behind the scenes

by John Manulis, Producer of “Believe in Me” Hollywood’s version of ‘friendly fire’ Our past journal entries have hopefully communicated the fact that filmmaking is neither a predictable process, nor a clean, bloodless post-industrial one. There is a lot of calculations that go into to the making of movies, born of the confluence between nature […]

Behind the Scenes 10/10

by John Manulis, Producer of “Believe In Me” Good morning Curry and Roosevelt counties. John Manulis here, picking up the “Believe In Me” production journal from my producing partner Cotty Chubb. In addition to the myriad of creative and logistical issues that crowd every hour of every day of a film shoot, a production team […]

Committee discussing pay hike for city police officers

By Eric Butler: Freedom Correspondnent Clovis’ public safety committee members were exploring avenues toward another one-time pay increase for Clovis police officers on Friday. Until, that is, Lt. Bob Morgan called it a “band-aid approach” to fixing a problem that he believes has forced more than 20 Clovis police officers to retire or move on […]

‘It takes everybody doing the job’

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Gloria Mares has worked for the school system for 28 years. She said most custodians leave because they cannot adjust to the once-a-month pay. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Adriana Corrales has gotten used to the screaming, the kicking and the obscenities. The booking clerk at the Curry County Adult […]

Firefighters long hours taxing on family life

By Emilie Hornak: CNJ Correspondent Family time is typical in most households — especially on Father’s Day. Each night families in eastern New Mexico gather around the dinner table to chat, play games or even watch television. However, for firefighters and their families spending time together can be more difficult. After working 24-hour shifts at […]

Clovis CC increases tuition rates

By Ryan Lengerich Consuell Garcia, a 33-year-old cosmetology student at Clovis Community College, said she and her husband decided she would return to school and do whatever it takes to finish. Garcia, a Portales resident, pays out-of-district tuition to attend the school. That tuition was raised from $26 to $27 per credit hour at Wednesday’s […]

BNSF on track for changes

By Jack King Burlington Northern Santa Fe is eliminating a crew change in Clovis for some of its trains, although it’s not yet clear what the change will mean for Clovis. Also, BNSF has lost a labor dispute, which will mean more high-paying union jobs at its Clovis yard — but how many of those […]

Is there an underlying motive for minimum wage?

By Walter Williams Presidential aspirant Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., unwittingly performed a public service in his address to the Teamsters Local 238 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last month. He revealed the true agenda behind so much of the support for minimum wages. He pledged that if he became president he’d press the World Trade Organization […]

Turn back the hands of time

By Sue Gilmore Welcome to the dark side … of the day. Yes, it’s that time again. Time to set back the clocks and bid farewell to that extra hour of daylight. Except, of course, in Arizona (not including the Navajo Nation), Hawaii and most of Indiana. Their time zones are constants — always standard […]

Pay hike for dispatchers, shift supervisors approved

By Jack King Clovis’ City Commission approved a raise Thursday night for police department dispatchers and shift supervisors. The raise will cost the city approximately $500 a month or $6,000 a year, plus benefits, City Manager Raymond Mondragon told the commission. Starting salaries for dispatchers will go from $9.05 to $9.25 an hour. Pay for […]

Committee votes pay raise for city dispatchers

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Public Safety Committee voted Tuesday morning to recommend the city raise pay for dispatchers, but took no action on a petition signed by about 800 residents asking for several steps to help retain police officers, including increased pay. Several on the committee rebuked police for organizing the petition. “I […]

ENMU plays host to comedian Cole

Freedom Newspapers Happy Cole, whose resume includes a long list of television-show appearances, will perform at 8 tonight at Ground Zero, inside the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building. The event is free. Cole has appeared on television shows including “Evening at the Improv,” “Caroline Comedy Hour,” “Comic Strip” and “Comedy on the Road.” […]

Area residents find ways around cigarette tax

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Eric Butler Teenagers were the target when New Mexico lawmakers decided to add a 70-cent-a-pack tax on cigarettes. The extra cost, they reasoned, would help prevent cash-poor kids from taking up the habit. When the tax went into effect on July 1, adult smokers in eastern New Mexico also felt the price pinch. But many […]