Retired officer served on base closure commission in 1995

Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Retired Maj. Gen. Josue “Joe” Robles Jr. served on the eight-member Base Realignment and Closure Commission during the last round of base closures in 1995. The San Antonio, Texas, resident and chief financial officer of USAA Financial Services talked about his experience on the commission and how the BRAC process […]

Base-closing list nothing more than hoax

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A group of e-mails that list military bases likely scheduled for retirement in the upcoming base realignment and closure (BRAC) process are nothing more than a hoax, officials say. A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici said Tuesday that information regarding base closures won’t be available until after the […]

Remember when it was much stricter for teachers?

Reporter’s Notebook So you think schools have strict rules these days? Mary N. Williams of Clovis found this list of school rules for Minnesota teachers in 1923: • Don’t get married. • Don’t keep company with men. • Be home between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless in attendance at a school […]

Special funds invite legislative raiding, lawsuit

Freedom Newspapers We found fascinating a wire story appearing recently that reported the filing of a $442 million class-action lawsuit against our neighboring state of Colorado. It charges legislators with raiding and draining a number of special accounts in their attempts to balance the state’s budget without having to severely slash services or raise taxes. […]

Wacky word definitions increase humor

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist A few weeks ago the Washington Post published its annual Pulitzer Prize winning list of wacky word definitions. It was a slow news week. But I enjoy lists like that. This particular file was sent my way by Maurice and Ethel Trimmer of Santa Fe, because as old friends they […]

City commission approves 5-year plan

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis officials have more than $63 million on their wish list for capital improvement projects over the next five years, according to a plan approved July 1 by the Clovis City Commission. The city’s Local Infrastructure and Capital Improvements Plan for 2004-2009 isn’t a budget but rather a list of desired projects […]

Group protects prairie dogs, called nuisance by others

Staff and wire reports A group of environmentalists, biologists and landowners in the Texas Panhandle hopes to keep the Texas black-tailed prairie dog off the endangered species list by conserving more than 293,000 acres of grassland habitat for the animals by 2011. But in Curry County, at least two cattle growers say they think of […]

This offer Is too good to pass up!

“THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE!” proclaims the optic yellow sticker stuck on the catalog. “If you haven’t just ordered, this is your last chance!” I’ve seen these stickers before. The catalog company keeps promising to go away, but it’s not a promise they’ve kept yet. I expected a sticker that would say, “No kidding! This […]

Some want to see pay, others see no point

Project: Reader Reaction Curry County officials recently declined the Clovis News Journal’s request for employee salary information. County Attorney Steve Doerr said the records requested do not exist. A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if the newspaper should sue the county to force release of the information. Some responses: “I can’t understand why the […]

Candy company, families part of history

Don McAlavy Commercial candy making in Clovis began in 1926 when Kalie H. Saykally established the Saykally Candy Company at 512 Second St. Saykally was born in Beirut, Syria, in 1885. He came to America in 1893 and settled in Chicago. He came to Clovis in 1926 and married Hedrick Schoelz that same year. Their […]

Third grade supplies have lessons for adults

Joan Clayton While cleaning out some old boxes the other day, I found some old school pictures, Bible school certificates, a red reader from first grade and my first grade class picture with all of us standing on the steps of Meserve School in Kansas City, Kan. I even found an old faded school supply […]

Reps clear Melrose bleachers

By David Arkin After more than 20 years of use, officials in the Melrose school district think it’s about time the bleachers in its gymnasium get replaced. And two local lawmakers agree. Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, are putting their support behind a capital outlay request that would provide the […]

Year comes to end as BRAC begins

Tom Philpott For many towns and communities near U.S. military bases, it arrived like the dreaded Ghost of Christmases Yet-to-Come. Last week, Defense Department officials published a short list of criteria they intend to use over the next 17 months to decide what bases to recommend for closure, cutbacks or expansion. So begins the 2005 […]

We want more readers’ reactions in 2004

From the Editor’s Desk One of our newspaper’s goals for 2004 is to increase participation in Project: Reader Reaction. That’s what we call the reader participation feature in which I ask questions via e-mail on topics that range from favorite movies to war in Iraq. Participants respond by e-mail, usually in 100 words or less. […]

Aggressive county improvement list drawn up at legislative breakfast

By Darrell Todd Maurina Nearly 80 local business leaders turned out Friday morning for the annual Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast to hear state senators and state representatives from the area and present local views on what should be done at the upcoming legislative session. “Our county is very, very unique in that […]

How truly blessed are you?

Clyde Davis What are the aspects of your life which cause you to feel gratitude? When you take something for granted, how do you get past that feeling and remember how truly blessed you are? Is there more to this approaching holiday than stuffed turkey, pumpkin pie and football? Many people in diverse cultures have […]

Preliminary list for education secretary formed

By Jack King A committee charged with picking “approximately five” candidates for the state Secretary of Education has prepared a preliminary list, a spokeswoman for Gov. Bill Richardson said on Thursday. Catherine Miller, Richardson’s deputy chief of staff, said the committee has not yet presented the five names to the governor because it is still […]

Wife’s list secret to successful column

Bob Huber I spent time recently reading my wife’s daily journals, a set of diaries dating back more than 50 years to the day we married. Without going into detail, I have to say we award-winning journalists must occasionally resort to this type of devious activity in order to capture more prizes and get a […]

Private solutions more effective than do not call list

Freedom Newspapers The lead sentence from a news story on Friday should have turned a few heads: “Congress moved at lightning speed Thursday to keep telemarketers at bay.” Lightning speed? Congress may be a lot of things, but lightning fast it is not. Yet when it comes to “protecting” residents from intrusions of telemarketers peddling […]

Obituaries present unique problems

David Stevens Obituary reports are well read in our newspaper. We know this because they generate more feedback than any other regular reports. They also present a number of unique challenges. Most obituaries are not compiled in the same manner we compile other news. For most news stories, we gather the information first-hand, direct from […]