Senators aim to protect GI benefits

What if the military gave every service member an expensive car as a reward for honorable service, but they could take delivery only at night and the headlights didn’t work? Many of those gift cars might end up damaged. Something similar is happening to thousands of veterans leaving service with Post-9/11 GI Bill eligibility worth […]

Letters to the editor: Commissioner cares about district

Commissioner cares about district This is not a negative, hateful or venomous letter, but a positive note on behalf of my former student, Chris Bryant, candidate for re-election to the Clovis City Commission. I would like to urge constituents of his district to support and vote for him in the coming election. He has been […]

Honors — Jan. 22

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Courtesy photo Kimmie Davis presents the Conquistador Council and the El Llano Grade District of the Boy Scouts of America District Award of Merit to Greg Bucher, center and John Schonberger, right, looks on. Bucher Gregory Bucher received The Conquistador Council and the El Llano Grade District of the Boy Scouts of America District Award […]

Housing allowance rates raised

Basic Allowance for Housing paid to a million service members living off base in stateside areas will rise an average of 2 percent Jan. 1. BAH for a typical enlisted member, in pay grade E-6 with dependents, will increase by an average of about $35 a month. BAH for a typical officer, a married O-3, […]

Thursday morning briefing: Noodles, peanuts and an unsolved murder

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Make a note The annual CHS Wildcat Bands Noodles and Notes Dinner is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 1501 Sycamore. The band performs at 7 p.m. at Leon Williams Stadium. Tickets are adults $5 and children $3 and […]

Officials meeting to take stock of park

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Commission is going on a field trip. Commissioners, and any member of the public who wishes to join them, will meet at the Clovis Municipal Golf Course pro shop 10 a.m. Monday and spend the next two hours looking over what will be absorbed into Hillcrest Park. The outdoor meeting […]

Clovis native top sniper

CNJ staff Clovis High graduate Herman Gomez was a member of a team that placed fourth among 37 teams last month at a national sniper competition in Gastonia, N.C., according to a press release from the Franklin, Tenn., police department, where Gomez is an officer. A member of Franklin’s SWAT Team, Gomez teamed with Ryan […]

Altrusa Home Tour on Sunday

Alisa Boswell The 39th annual Altrusa Home Tour will be held from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at four Portales homes. According to Altrusa member Elly Helton, the tour is a fundraiser for the Altrusa Club’s community service projects, such as scholarships to the Eastern New Mexico University, the Reading is Fundamental Program, eye […]

Portales man accused of beating, strangling girlfriend

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man is accused of beating and strangling his girlfriend and pointing a shotgun at her. Michael Cardenas, 35, is charged with aggravated assault on a household member, a fourth-degree felony; aggravated battery on a household member, a third-degree felony; intimidation of a witness, a third-degree felony; and interference with communication, […]

Chamber breakfast Friday

CNJ staff The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce monthly member breakfast is 7 a.m. Friday. The breakfast is hosted by James Polk Stone Community Bank and will be held at 901 Colonial Parkway.

ENMU to stay Lone Star Conference member

Eastern New Mexico University will remain a member of the Lone Star Conference, according to a memo from school president Steven Gamble released this morning.

Tucumcari officer arrested for assault

Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari Police officer was arrested Saturday morning for aggravated assault and battery of a household member. “Robert Vargas was placed on paid administrative leave, effective Monday,” said Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel. New Mexico State Police officers responded to a domestic dispute call at 11:35 p.m., Friday at a residence on […]

Architects: New courthouse best option

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson During a Tuesday citizens committee meeting, architects from Rohde, May, Keller, McNamara Architecture of Albuquerque presented their groups plan for a Curry County judicial complex, addressing the Nov. 2 failure of two bonds designed to pay for the project. Sharna Johnson If Curry County has to choose between a new […]

Grady ranch joins angus group

CNJ staff Borden Family Angus Ranch of Grady is a new member of the American Angus Association, said Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo. The American Angus Association, with almost 30,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world, according to a […]

Curry County ballots

Clovis ballot District 3 school board member — Paul S. Cordova Jr. or Incumbent Rodney S. Muffley District 4 school board member — Charles H. Guthals District 5 school board member — Terry Martin Public School Capital Improvements (2 mill) tax question: Shall the Clovis Municipal School District No. 1 impose a property tax of […]

Commission member seeking alternative to tax hike

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Cindy Vaughan of Clovis, right, takes her change Thursday from Cindy Arnold, owner of Pet Logic on north Main Street, while purchasing a sweater for her pet Chihuahua Blackie. Arnold said she files gross receipt taxes every month. Kevin Wilson Clovis’ mayor hates the idea of a tax increase, but […]

Eighth committee member resigns

CNJ staff An eighth person resigned Monday from serving on a Curry County citizens’ committee to evaluate jail issues. Retired newspaper publisher Wayland Thomas submitted a letter of resignation which cited a need for freedom for the committees from “undue influence from commission oversight.” In his letter, Thomas said he feels the committee is being […]

Clovis NAACP holding nominations meeting

CNJ staff The Clovis branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is holding a meeting Monday, according to a news release. The meeting will be held 7 p.m. Monday at the Lincoln-Jackson Family Center and will hear nominations for offices or an at-large member of the executive committee. Elections will be […]

Criminal justice complex among issues on ballot

Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com With only one member of Congress on the ballot for eastern New Mexico, there aren’t many federal changes this area can make on the ballot box. But Tuesday marks the first day voters can weigh in on several state issues, including local races, state races with […]

Citizens Bank of Clovis celebrating anniversary

CNJ staff Citizens Bank of Clovis is celebrating its 70th anniversary as a member of the Independent Community Bankers of America. “Community banks such as the Citizens Bank of Clovis are passionately committed to serving their local customers and communities,” said Camden Fine, ICBA president and chief executive officer, in a press release. Citizens Bank […]