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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Habitat helps area families own homes

By Kevin Wilson Randy Lee is working off 500 hours of community service, and he couldn’t be any happier to have the obligation. Lee, an employee for the city of Portales, was one of several Habitat for Humanity members that spent Saturday morning working on the construction of what will be his new house at […]

Man remembers ‘New Mexico Territory’

Don McAlavay John Hannibal George, 92, says he’s proud to think he’s a small “dot” in the history of the great state of New Mexico. He was born 12 miles west of Clovis, but is now living in Springfield, Mo. This is his story: “When the New Mexico territory was opened, three related families, all […]

Clovis cops kill canine

By Jack King A Clovis police officer shot a pit bull dog that attacked two city workers Wednesday in the 1800 block of Debra St., according to a police report. About 12:08 p.m. Wednesday, Officer Thomas Rollins responded to a dispatch call to help capture a pit bull at 1830 Debra St., the report said. […]

Fisher Houses: Comfort zones for wounded and families

Tom Philpott “It’s unbelievable that places like this exist,” said Brian Alaniz, 29, a Navy hospitalman who lost part of his right leg and suffered other wounds just four days after President Bush ordered the invasion last March. Brian isn’t referring to Iraq, however. What he wants to talk about are Fisher Houses. He knew […]