Mayor looks back at 2011

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield delivers annual the state of the city address Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex. Kevin Wilson Mayor Gayla Brumfield said it felt like more than a year since she’d taken to the podium at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. That, she said, was because 2011 […]

Weekly update — Jan. 15

Grievance filed against commissioner Fresh off one expensive dispute, it looks like there’s another squabble between a county employee and a Curry County commissioner. Finance Director Mark Lansford has filed a grievance against Commissioner Robert Sandoval, according to an email obtained by the CNJ through a state open records request. The disclosure is on the […]

McGee: Christmas gatherings can get weird

It looks like The Lady of the House and I will be spending Christmas Day without family. So we’ll just be hanging around the house in our “Watchin’-TV-and-eatin’” clothes. I love seeing the kinfolk, but sometimes it’s good to just have a quiet Christmas. Because you know, sometimes when family shows up things can get […]

Iraq: The war that should never have been

Freedom Newspapers It looks, finally, like U.S. troops will be leaving Iraq. According to President Barack Obama, the withdrawal means U.S. forces will be “home for the holidays,” fulfilling a campaign promise he made in 2008. No doubt the withdrawal will be a major plank in his re-election bid next year. However, the Status of […]

Officials break ground on Hotel Clovis renovation project

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield addresses the crowd to open the groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning at the Hotel Clovis. The hotel, closed since 1983 and in possession of the city since 2004, will be converted into an apartment complex. Benna Sayyed Stephen Crozier believes each building project should be authentic, and […]

Education column: Superintendent looks forward to upcoming year

After the district’s incredible kick-off convocation last Friday, keynoted by Mike Moses, retired superintendent and commissioner of education, the doors are open, and students have arrived and crossed the threshold of school year 2011-2012. That first-day-of-school excitement is in the air; new school clothes are still crisp; and brand new school supplies barely used. Moses […]

Food at the speed of life: Throw fruit in mix

I found an interesting take on salsa recently. It looks healthy and easy, as long as you don’t mind washing food processors or blenders. The recipe comes from www.tasteofhome.com, from a collection of recipes we have permission to print.

Letter to the editor: 3D not considered enhancement

3D not considered enhancement I am disheartened by the number of 3D movies that are out. Every time I see a trailer that looks appealing, it is followed by the announcement, “In 3D,” and my heart sinks. Many friends I have spoken to have severe headache issues following a 3D movie. Shouldn’t we, as consumers, […]

Left big fan of public funding

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist It looks like the way the Right despises ACORN, the Left does the Tea Party. It may not even be so much about their political stances, although that is part of it for sure. It is sad, though, that supporters of Obama had no problem with — indeed were proud […]

Texico graduate takes stand against smoking

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Texico graduate Jennifer Campos worked in tobacco prevention during the last three years by giving bilingual presentations about the harms of smoking cigarettes. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Texico 2010 graduate Jennifer Campos looks back on her freshman year of high school and feels regret. “I’ve always like the […]

First person: Parks director looking ahead

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rob Carter is leaving Clovis after nine years of working as the director of the parks and recreation department. Rob Carter is leaving Clovis after nine years of working as the director of the parks and recreation department. He said he was glad the department grew during his time and […]

Church drive looks past coats

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lorraine Weingates, who organized a drive for hats, gloves, socks and scarves, said she’d seen a tree decorated with those items that would be donated. She said the idea stuck with her. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The United Methodist Women’s group at Trinity United Methodist Church is throwing […]

Tax holiday brings local stores steady business

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Erika Meadows of Raton took advantage of tax free weekend at Joe’s Boot Shop Saturday in Clovis. Meadows was on her way to Portales to drop her two oldest children at Eastern New Mexico University for the fall semester. Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer It looks like customers from across […]

Math graduate looks toward future in linguistics

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico One new Eastern New Mexico University graduate is standing on a foundation of math and getting ready to leap into linguistics. “I’m excited,” said Allison Sanderson, who is from Edgewood. Sanderson said she is sad to be leaving the people she met in Portales, but is excited about what […]

Religion feature: Congregation looks forward to church’s June opening

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A Clovis crane crew installed a new steeple for the Landmark Baptist Church’s new building on Williams Street. The new church will seat 100 and should be ready to open its doors by June. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent When Lisa Kia stopped at the Clovis Landmark Missionary Baptist Church […]

Economic opulence not entitlement

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist As I drive to work in the morning, I pass a community college. For years now I have been struck by its opulence. This facility looks like a palace built for pharaohs, not a supplementary educational institution helping people with a few under-division college courses each term. California […]

Bingaman reacts to President Obama’s address

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he looks forward to working with President Barack Obama to meet the challenges our nation faces.

For Valentine’s, think outside box

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist I would encourage you, if you are reading this, to begin thinking about Valentine’s Day, and to think beyond the box. What can you give the special person in your life that is unusual, creative, and unique? One of the gifts which my wife gave me for Christmas kind of […]

Water authority looks at organizational change

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members revisited a change first considered in 2007 — moving to a true utility authority. Scott Verhines, Ute Water Project Manager, gave a potential timeline and goals sought for such a change at Wednesday’s authority meeting. The authority, tasked with the Ute Water […]

Military branches combine for Joint Lightning

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Roy Priest of GATR Technologies talks about an inflatable satellite prototype. The satellite would replace a traditional saucer satellite dish used to transmit and receive signals. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Inside what looks like an 8-foot tall green beach ball is a satellite terminal that represents the future […]