Citizens’ police academy to be offered

CNJ staff Community members are being invited to participate in a 12-week citizens’ police academy. The academy is designed to acquaint citizens with the diversity in a police officer’s career, and it highlights areas such as criminal law, investigations, traffic and crash investigations, drug enforcement and domestic violence, according to a press release. Participants will […]

Clovis chorale holding rehearsals

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis High Plains Chorale is holding rehearsals 6:45 p.m. to 8:25 p.m. Thursdays at Clovis Community College starting this week. The chorale welcomes people who want to sing beyond their church choirs or are no longer in school choirs. Community members pay $15, and college credit is available. Information: Director Karolyn […]

Ex-members question committee roles

Sharna Johnson Just a month after they were created, a pair of county committees have been downsized, with members resigning while questioning their roles. Six committee members walked out of a Thursday meeting, and another sent a letter of resignation Friday. An eighth, Wayland Thomas, a retired journalist on the citizen’s jail committee, said Saturday […]

Six members leave citizens committee meeting after closure retained

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Curry County Manager Lance Pyle discusses the Open Meetings Act resolution the county commission signs during a citizen’s courthouse committee meeting Thursday at the county courthouse. Pyle said the resolution does not require committee meetings to be open to the public. Kevin Wilson The Curry County Citizens Courthouse Committee decided […]

Club notes — Jan. 9

Bethel Homemakers Extension Club The Bethel Homemakers Extension Club met in the home of Joyce Welsh for their December meeting and Christmas party with 16 members in attendance. Pat Terry brought the devotional. Condolences were sent to the family of former member, Flo Armstrong. Joyce announced that 10 quilts and six blankets were donated by […]

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Clovis BPO Does Clovis BPO Does held their final meeting of the year on Dec. 9. The annual standing committee reports were given by the committee chairmen. Secretary Linda Catanzaro announced that we initiated 11 new members throughout the year and currently only have three members that will lapse if their dues are not paid […]

Military pay increases guaranteed

Military members are guaranteed at least a 1.4 percent pay raise effective Jan. 1, even if a bitterly divided Congress can’t pass a defense authorization bill. What almost certainly will end, however, is an 11-year string of annual military pay increases that exceeded private sector wage growth by at least a half percentage point. The […]

Fair board members elected

CNJ staff The annual Fair Board election was concluded Tuesday by the Curry County Clerk’s Office. Elected were: Cary Crist, Curry Commission District 5, Tim Foote, Texico School District, and Barry Allen, Melrose School District.

Martinez taps Clovis commissioner for search committee

CNJ staff Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder is one of nine members for Governor-Elect Susana Martinez’ general services and information technology search committee. The committee will work with former Rep. Heather Wilson, Martinez’ transition committee chair, to identify and recommend cabinet officials and other leaders who will reflect the governor’s policy aims. The committee is […]

Clovis city commissioner named to search committee

Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder is one of nine members for Governor-Elect Susana Martinez’ general services and information technology search committee, according to a release from Martinez. The committee will work with former Rep. Heather Wilson, Martinez’ transition committee chair, to identify and recommend cabinet officials and other leaders who will reflect the governor’s policy […]

Yucca Middle School celebrates veterans

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Yucca Principal Mitzi Estes thanks veteran Burdette Theophilus for attending the event Thursday morning. Liliana Castillo Hands leaped into the air one after another, the students eager to ask Lt. Col. Jeff Hinrichs the next question Thursday morning. He was visiting their class as part of the Veterans Day ceremony […]

Area FFA members take national prizes

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Courtesy photo: Tod Pinnell The Texico FFA poultry team, left to right, adviser Tod Pinnell, Fallon Scanlan, Erin Scanlan, Morgan Pinnell and Garrett Foote, took fourth place at the FFA National Convention in October. They’re standing with Roy Brister, far right, of contest sponsor Tyson Foods Inc. Argen Duncan Local FFA members recently stepped into […]

Club notes — 10-31

Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary The Oct. 20, 2010, Executive Council meeting of the Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary convened in the community room of the hospital. President Sid Phillips called the meeting to order following 24 members getting their flu shots. A few members had received their shots earlier. The minutes were accepted as read by […]

Area 4-H clubs seeking members

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Jared Tucker: Freedom New Mexico Samantha James, 12, works with one of her show sheep Friday at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home in Portales. James, a Roosevelt County 4-H member, said the sheep’s head is held in this manner so it will push at her, flexing its muscles for the judges. James and other […]

EPCOG updates policies

CNJ staff report Members unanimously approved six policy updates during a special meeting Tuesday of the Eastern Plains Council of Government’s executive committee. The policies updated were: a Workforce Investment Act policy and procedures manual, a disaster and recovery plan, a teleworking policy, fiscal monitoring and procedures and records retention and a public access policy. […]

Retroactive stop loss pay filing deadline nears

CNJ staff report The deadline to apply for retroactive stop loss pay is Oct. 21. Service members whose service was involuntarily extended from Sept. 11, 2001 to Sept. 30, 2009 are eligible for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. Stop loss is a policy used during major conflicts to quickly retain and generate forces to surge. […]

Higher education master plan up for discussion at town hall meetings

Argen Duncan Members of the public have a chance to tell state officials what they want in higher education in New Mexico. Higher Education Department Secretary Viola Florez and members of her staff are scheduled to hold town hall meetings Monday in Clovis and Portales to collect input about their state higher education master plan. […]

Club notes — Aug. 22

Encanto Garden Club The August activity of Encanto Garden Club was held in the flower show booth at the Curry County fair home arts building. Entries from throughout Curry County were accepted from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday. A down-pour of rain early that morning prevented several prospective exhibitors from retrieving the specimens […]

Tuesday morning briefing: First Friday and another year for “Dubya”

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing.First Friday Because of the July 4 weekend, Cannon Air Force Base will host its monthly First Friday event this coming Friday at The Landing Zone from 5-8 p.m. First Friday is an informal, family friendly event where individuals from on and off base can […]

Ag industry members: Wheat harvest best in years

Argen Duncan The grain harvest of wheat this year is the best in years due to more precipitation than usual, members of the agriculture industry are saying. At Portales grain elevator J.D. Heiskell and Company, Plant Manager Eldon Merrick said 90 to 95 percent of the wheat grown for grain in his area had been […]