Cheese plant access road stalled

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Roosevelt County officials say efforts to buy private property for the use of a proposed access road leading to the Southwest Cheese plant have been slow moving. The proposed 2-mile extension of Curry County Road K to Highway 70 would cut into irrigation circles, according to contract engineer […]

Ranch boy goes from peace officer to city manager

Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist T his is briefly how Joseph C. Thomas, a ranch boy, from Norton in Quay Valley, some 25 miles southeast of Tucumcari, came to be in Clovis. Isom H. Thomas and three of his sons, sometime between 1912 and 1913, came from Roger Mills County in Oklahoma to homestead in New […]

Oregon law reins in liberal land-use policies

Freedom Newspapers One shouldn’t put too much stock in the blue state vs. red state phenomenon described by political analysts. One of the most significant victories of the Nov. 2 election for believers in limited government came in the heart of blue country. Oregon voters overwhelmingly approved Measure 37, which reins in some of the […]

Federal government abusing its powers

by Walter Williams Last week, Washington Post columnist George Will penned a column “Despotism in New London.” In it, he described how Connecticut’s Supreme Court, by a 4-to-3 ruling, allowed the New London Development Corp. to use laws of eminent domain to condemn much of the city’s Fort Trumbull neighborhood, near a $270 million Pfizer […]

Prairie chickens given safe haven

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A nature gorup has purchased a pair of rancxhes near Milesnad in hopes of further protecting the lesser prairie chicken indigenous to the area. (File photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New Mexico’s rare lesser prairie chickens just got 12,000 acres safer. The New Mexico Nature Conservancy recently acquired the Pearce and Creamer ranches […]

Committee formed to address Ned Houk Park concerns

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Joshua Metrejean, 14, of Clovis, crest a hill on his dirt bike as he rides the trails at Ned Houk Park last month. File photo. By Mike Linn Comments from about a dozen people Tuesday night prompted City Manager Ray Mondragon to rescind a recommendation that would restrict the use of all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles […]

Kathy Edwards shares life, memories

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the life and times of Kathy Edwards. Her report will conclude next Wednesday. “I was born in Roswell,” said Kathy Edwards, “because where my parents homesteaded in DeBaca County, Roswell had the closest doctor. My Daddy was L. W. Barnhill, coming to New Mexico […]

Former N.M. Lt. gov. still a part of politics

By David Arkin: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — He may not be lieutenant governor anymore, but that doesn’t mean Clovis native Walter Bradley isn’t playing a key role in shaping New Mexico’s future and his political career. Believe it or not, the 57-year-old Bradley, who lost his bid for governor in the 2002 primary, is right […]

Business center’s help keeps Casel-Land fun

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Anthony Durate takes advantage of the nice weather Monday with a go cart ride at Casel-Land Fun Center Inc. in Clovis. Casel-Land attributes their success to God, and a small business help center. CNJ staff photo: Loretta Kos. By Glen Seeber Kara and Kelly Caselman, owners of Casel-Land Fun Center Inc., give God the credit […]

Unfarmed fields explode into flames

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A large cloud of smoke rises behind a home north of Clovis as a brush fire burns in the background Friday near State Route 209 and Curry County Road 16. The fire burned 100 acres Friday and 40 Saturday (CNJ photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina Officials from the Clovis Fire Department have […]