History should be learned by all

Eastern New Mexico is about to gain one more American citizen. That’s the report I got a few weeks ago, when then-Clovis City Commissioner Fred Van Soelen suggested we do a story about Legislative and Community Development Director Claire Burroughes applying for U.S. citizenship. Burroughes, who has been married to a U.S. citizen for more […]

Legislature may see ‘dramatic’ facelift in 2013

Tuesday was the official filing day for New Mexico’s primary election. Political blogger Joe Monahan tells us the state Legislature is “poised for its most dramatic facelift in two decades.” He also reports the lawmaking game is not as much fun as it used to be and writes: “The bull market days of an overflowing […]

Clovis couple wins lottery prize

CNJ staff A Clovis couple won a top prize playing a New Mexico Lottery Scratcher game, according to a press release. According to the New Mexico Lottery press release: • Troy and Tiffany Vancleave won $50,000 playing the lottery’s “Crossword Deluxe” Scratcher. “I fell to my knees and cried,” Tiffany Vancleave told lottery officials in […]

Area will have four state races

Robin Fornoff Eastern New Mexico voters will have a quartet of primary elections for the New Mexico Legislature, but only one contested race once the general election comes around. Tuesday was the lone day to file for elections at the Secretary of State’s Office in Santa Fe and at county courthouses — only for legislators […]

Web page, other changes coming Monday

CMI staff To our readers: Beginning Monday, you will see a new design for our four newspaper web pages belonging to the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune, Quay County Sun and Cannon Connections. As well on Monday, we will move the content for those pages and our email to a server in a new location. […]

President Obama to visit New Mexico oil fields

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — With gas prices steadily on the rise, President Barack Obama makes a stop Wednesday in New Mexico’s oil fields to tout the fact that domestic oil and gas production is at an all-time high. But he’ll also step into solidly Republican territory dominated by an industry upset with his administration’s […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Help, lucky trout and marching to Montgomery

Good morning and welcome to the Tuesday briefing. Help please United Way of Easter New Mexico needs help decorating for its annual banquet. If you can spare a few minutes, they will be decorating the Eastern New Mexico University Ballroom from noon to 3 p.m. today. For more information: 769-2103. Fishing fun Catch the right […]

Greyhound bus station at new location

CNJ staff The Greyhound bus station will begin operating at a new location today, according to a company spokeswoman. The new Greyhound Lines Inc. station is at Cortez Gas Co. at 2207 South Prince St. from 121 E. Second St., according to Maureen Richmond. The station operates two daily schedules heading to Amarillo and El […]

Candidates to file for state races

Kevin Wilson Primary voters in eastern New Mexico should have some choices in June to see who moves on to the general election. With pre-primary conventions concluded for New Mexico Republicans on Saturday, and the Democratic pre-primaries completed a week ago, candidates are lined up to succeed the retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. and possibly […]

What’s happening — March 18

Monday New Mexico Municipal League District meeting — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Clovis Civic Center. Tuesday Introduction to the Internet — 9 a.m. to noon, Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 769-7840 Cultural/Ethnic Affairs Committee meeting — Noon, Clovis Community College. Storm spotter training — 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Clovis City Hall, 321 Connelly. Free […]

McGee: Roomate was right about computers

Have you ever heard about something new and thought, “Pshaw, that won’t be around long.” I got to thinking about this while I was at a rummage sale over in Earth, Texas. There amongst the books for a dime or a quarter was a thick, yellowed volume labeled “FORTRAN.” It was a textbook about the […]

Mayor’s views of president point of contention in city meeting

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The audience at Thursday’s city commission meeting listens as one of the numerous speakers takes the podium at the city commission meeting. Kevin Wilson In the first Clovis City Commission meeting following the March 6 municipal election, Clovis citizens and commissioners debated new Mayor David Lansford’s views on President Obama, […]

Officials, residents in tune on worst roads

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CNJ staff photo: Tonjia Rolan The state of New Mexico has allocated $2.5 million for upgrades to state highway 60/84 between Prince and Norris streets. Tonjia Rolan Newly elected Clovis Mayor David Lansford said infrastructure improvements, particularly streets and roads in Clovis, will be a major focus for him. In an effort to help the […]

E-books available at library

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Tonjia Rolan Library patrons who own electronic readers can now check out a selection of e-books from Clovis-Carver Public Library. Library director Margaret Hinchee said the new library service, New Mexico library-to-go, began in November 2011 and offers an assortment of books from Clovis, Portales, Estancia, Taos and Angel Fire libraries. “It’s a step we […]

Developers discuss Cannon housing details

Kevin Wilson An Atlanta-based developer met with about 80 developers Tuesday at the Clovis Civic Center to discuss details on a private housing plan at Cannon Air Force Base. Schedule to start July 1, the housing privatization project will add 677 new homes to the base. The work at Cannon is part of a $470 […]

Portales windmills to be moved throughout year

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File photo Bill and Alta Dalley said they are excited about their windmill collection being moved to the Portales fairgrounds, but they will miss people stopping by for pictures of the collection. Moving the windmills is going to surpass the originally quoted $10,000, but the project was budgeted for $25,000, according to County Manager Charlene […]

Proposed agency offers savings

Defense officials have asked Congress to approve a new governance structure for the military health care system that, like higher TRICARE fees, would help to curb what, for a decade, have been runaway medical costs, officials explained. The centerpiece of the plan is to elevate the TRICARE Management Activity to a more powerful Defense Health […]

Every vote counts — ask city councilman

Does your vote really matter? It can. The New York Times in 2005 reported the median margin of victory in Congressional elections is 22 percent. That’s what economists Casey Mulligan and Charles Hunter found when they analyzed more than 56,000 Congressional elections dating to 1898. The economists also took a look at more than 40,000 […]

Community health forum being presented

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Smoking cessation will be one of the topics addressed at a community health forum scheduled for March 26 at Plains Regional Medical Center. Tonjia Rolan New Mexicans are more unhealthy today than they were three years ago, according to a Presbyterian Healthcare Services survey. If you live in New Mexico, […]

Business digest — March 13

Finance authority accepting applications The New Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA) is accepting applications through March 30 for awarding low-interest loans for businesses in qualified low-income areas throughout New Mexico. New Markets Tax Credits can provide low cost gap financing to fund projects and business expansions that are more than $5 million. Benefits include lower cost […]