Families overwhelmed by community support

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Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Alisha and Steve Robertson sit on the wall of what used to be their master bedroom in front of the mobile home they plan to live in while rebuilding their house. Sunday’s fire destroyed their home, but they said they have received a lot of help and love from the […]

Evacuation orders lifted on Ruidoso fire that burned five houses

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Residents were returning home Monday after officials lifted evacuation orders forced by a wind-driven wildfire that burned five houses, drove people from a racetrack casino, and knocked out power in part of a southern New Mexico resort area. Barriers into neighborhoods in the Ruidoso Downs area were lifted at 3 […]

Skills development center houses auto mechanic shop

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Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Staff Sgt. Richard Taylor of Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, works on his car in the Cannon Air Force Base Auto Skills Center while he was in Clovis visiting family. Alisa Boswell New airmen to Cannon Air Force Base may not know there is a source of learning and […]

Angels serve to carry message of God

By Judy Brandon: Religion Columnist Some studies show interest in the paranormal and the occult has risen in recent years. Haunted houses, UFOs, communicating with the dead, astrological signs, palm reading and astrology line the book shelves of commercial book sellers. The words “guardian angel” has been around for a long time. A painting I […]

Ute funding bill passes both houses

Santa Fe – Last night (Monday) HB 15 a bill to create the Eastern NM Water Utility Authority and provide the structure for distribution of water from Ute Reservoir in Quay County, passed the Senate with a vote of 35-0. On February 4 it passed the House unanimously with a vote of 49-0.

Developer: City holding up home sales

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis developer is accusing the city of holding up sales of her new houses, which were vandalized in September. City officials say the problem lies with the homes’ infrastructure. Three months after vandals bulldozed three nearly completed homes, Delma Crisp said buyers are still waiting to close and […]

Abandoned houses top city commission agenda

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File photo One of the items before the commission is a request by the city police department to donate two 2000 Ford Crown Victoria police vehicles to the New Mexico Junior College Police Academy in Hobbs. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico On a light agenda for today’s meeting of the Clovis City Commission, the […]

Letter to the editor: Abandoned homes disgrace to city

Abandoned homes disgrace to city Keep Clovis beautiful. Do we really need reminders for that? Keep weeds cut and debris picked up. Really? We have abandoned houses throughout this town that attract rats, cockroaches, undesirable behavior, and yes, even an occasional dead body. Should these property owners not be made to clean up those properties […]

Cannon Community June 27

Water conservation measures Because of the need to conserve water during this season of high temperatures and scarce rainfall, base officials emphasize the following watering policy for housing residents:Watering is permitted on an odd- and even-system that uses the last digits of the house number. Residents in odd-numbered houses can water on odd-numbered days of […]

Area housing trend reversed

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MCT graphic Staff and wire reports Clovis and Portales and the surrounding areas are seeing a somewhat different trend than the nation in the housing market. The number of houses sold is down for the first three months of this year compared to 2007 — but the average price is up, according to Skip Overdier, […]

Egg processing plant on way

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer An egg-processing plant near Farwell will soon be operational. The Mississippi-based Cal-Maine Foods plant began construction in September 2007, and recently had its first delivery of baby chicks, said Tim Dawson, vice president and chief financial officer. The company hatches the chicks at its hatchery in Mendenhall, Miss., then […]

Substandard base housing demolished

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections Demolition crews are working at Cannon Air Force Base to remove 63 substandard housing units, according to base officials. The houses, most of which are located in the area near the base hospital, were built in the 1950s and would require major repairs to meet military housing standards, Housing Management […]

Military Feature: Base housing torn down

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Courtesy photo: Airman Elliott Sprehe A military family housing unit is leveled at Cannon Air Force Base. Sixty-three housing units, some unoccupied for more than 10 years, are being demolished at Cannon. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Demolition crews are working at Cannon Air Force Base to remove 63 substandard housing units, according to […]

Business Feature: Enterprise Center open for business

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CNJ staff photo: Helena Rodriguez Sara McClain, front, and Stephanie Jamison answer telephones for American Medical Alert. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer The new Business Enterprise Center is now open for business at 105 E. Grand Ave. Located inside of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and Clovis Industrial Development Corp. building, the center […]

Dust bowl days stuck in memories

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleGrace and Foy Bailey were married in 1933 during the Great American Dust Bowl. They have lived in the area most of their lives and are among the few eastern New Mexico residents who lived through the Dust Bowl. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Traces of their frontier life are […]

Cannon Airmen trek to New Orleans with a desire to make a difference

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From left to right are: Chaplain (Maj.) Tom Kadera, Staff Sgt. Matt Teets,Senior Airman Joshua Jordan,holding the sign is Master Sgt. Mark Baughman,Capt. Tim Jeffries,Master Sgt. Mark Croke, and in the rear Staff Sgt. Eric Liebert. Master Sgt. Mark Croke Aug. 29, 2005 is a day most Americans will never forget, at least those who […]

Construction back on upswing

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Alvie Baca, with Armijo Bricklayers in Portales, mixes mortar for a house on Hammond Drive in Clovis. Baca and fellow workers have been working on the house since Feb. 6. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Construction around Clovis is on the rise. Or, construction around Clovis is declining. It all depends […]

Clovis having trouble keeping up with demand for housing

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Brothers jake, left, and John Neufeld work on a house under construction Monday at 3909 Springwood in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The housing market in Clovis is so tight that homes are selling nearly as fast as they are being built. In response, local real estate companies […]

Washington’s money: Strings always attached

Freedom Editorial This election season, as in all others, candidates are running television and radio ads that tell voters what they’ll do once in office or question their opponent’s record. They all do it and no one is particularly worse than any other. The short 15- or 30-second commercials are little more than soundbites with […]

Realtors: Renting property difficult

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent When it comes to evaluating the current real estate market in eastern New Mexico, it all comes down to a matter of perspective — especially when the issue of rental houses comes up. Many searching for homes to rent are having difficulty. The realtors, however, are living large. “It’s a […]