United Way officials say campaign outperforming last year’s

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks United Way campaign associate Sara Newell of Clovis works on the United Way 50-50 campaign Monday. Sharna Johnson Three quarters of the way from deadline, the United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s fundraising campaign is outperforming last year. At $341,014 for Curry and Roosevelt counties, donations are already about $100,000 […]

Weekly update — Nov. 21

County refunded for software Curry County has received a full refund for a $17,000 jail management software purchase. The refund was received Friday, according to county e-mails provided by County Manager Lance Pyle. Commissioners approved purchase of the upgraded Sleuth software in April. County officials previously said purchasing Sleuth — also used by local law […]

Freedom considering purchase offers

By Wayne Heilman: Freedom Communications Six months after emerging from U.S. Bankruptcy Court protection, Freedom Communications officials said Thursday they are considering offers to buy its newspapers and television stations. Irvine, Calif.-based Freedom is the parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. Company officials said the offers have come […]

Jail officials: Inmate release was proper

CNJ staff A warrant issued Monday for a 24-year-old man said to be released from jail by mistake is being canceled. Jail officials say now the release of Andrew Roldan was not a mistake after all; he has served his time and is a free man. A bench warrant was issued Monday for Roldan after […]

Officials say voting traffic steady

CNJ staff By mid-afternoon Tuesday, it had already been a busy day for election workers. Curry County Clerk Connie Jo Lyman said her office phones have been ringing non-stop with voter questions and poll workers are reporting continuous traffic. “Every report we’re hearing is that it is very steady, so we may have a good […]

Officials: Child abuse severity spikes

Sharna Johnson Critical injuries stemming from the abuse of two Clovis infants are in line with a statewide trend of increased severity in abuse cases. “What we’re experiencing now is an increase in cases that the abuse is more severe,” said Romaine Serna, spokeswoman for New Mexico’s Children Youth and Families. “Recently we’ve seen some […]

Regulating rosaries will end in lawsuit

Freedom Newspapers Officials with a Colorado Springs, Colo., middle school are standing firm on an odd new policy. And they are placing taxpayers in needless danger of expensive litigation the district will almost certainly lose. It’s all because school administrators don’t want students wearing rosaries outside of their shirts. It’s a discriminatory policy that’s an […]

City officials considering recreation area expansion

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The lake at the Clovis Municipal Course could be converted under Quality of Life task force recommendations into a family area with fishing similar to Green Acres Park. Kevin Wilson Clovis city officials have a dream recreation center in mind. They just need money, land and another place to play […]

Officials: Proposed property tax increase would retire

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Court officials say a proposed courthouse would keep inmates separate from the public and jurors, a security risk they say the existing courthouse does not address. Sharna Johnson A proposed property tax increase to build a courthouse would retire in about 20 years — after the bond is paid off. […]

City negotiating purchase of giraffe

Kevin Wilson City officials say Jay the Giraffe is still a few weeks away. City Purchasing Agent David Boswell said Tuesday he is still working on a contract that would bring the male giraffe to the Hillcrest Zoo, where city officials hope he can produce offspring with Jael, a female. “We’re working on the contract […]

County ballot forum sparsely attended

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Judges Robert Orlik, left, and David Reeb discuss security issues at the Curry County Courthouse during a forum Monday evening at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The forum was an information session about a pair of ballot questions that would provide $33 million for upgrades to the courthouse and detention center. […]

Officials optimistic about setting up pro baseball team in Clovis

Kevin Wilson An effort to place a professional baseball team in Clovis seems ahead early in the count. Officials with the city and the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs, set to open play in May 2011, reported a positive meeting Friday afternoon. Andrew Dunn, the commissioner of the Pecos League, is trying to finalize […]

Press release: NM officials say more time needed for public comments on low altitude training flights

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman, Tom Udall and Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Zoo officials hope to purchase second giraffe

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File photo Approval of a budget transfer at the Clovis City Commission’s meeting Thursday evening could pave the way for a male partner for Jael the giraffe at the Hillcrest Park Zoo. CNJ staff City zoo officials hope a tall order can be finished in the next few weeks. Staff at the Hillcrest Zoo have […]

Officials: Area needs more rentals

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder talks about gross receipts taxes and energy regulations adding costs to construction projects. Crowder spoke Thursday at a Regional Growth Planning Office housing forum. Liliana Castillo After 3 1/2 hours of information sharing and discussion at the Regional Growth Planning Committee regional housing forum, officials […]

Officials optimistic festival earnings in black

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Mickey Thomas of Starship belts out “Sara” during Thursday’s performance at the Clovis Music Festival. Organizers said the 70s and 80s group helped bring a different audience to the Curry County Event Center. Kevin Wilson A few days after thousands of Clovis residents heard the sounds of Buddy Holly and […]

Roosevelt County jail population up

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Jared Tucker: Jared Tucker Inmate population at the Roosevelt County Detention Center is up from this time last year, according to detention center officials. The total number of inmates incarcerated in Roosevelt County was 108 as of Thursday afternoon, a significant increase from 78 on the same day in 2009, according to jail officials. Cpl. […]

New Mexico American Water exploring aquifer

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson New Mexico American Water is working to drill a second exploratory well, following the failure of the original well, in the Lower Dockum Aquifer, located 1,600 feet below ground. Kevin Wilson New Mexico American Water hopes to know in two months whether the Lower Dockum Aquifer is a solution for […]

Officials: District will need more faculty, staff with student increase

Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools officials say the district will need more teachers and support staff for a near 1,000-student increase projected by 2013. If voters on Aug. 31 approve a proposed third middle school, most of the new staff will be located at that new school, officials said. Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Cindy Martin […]

ENMU close to enrollment milestone

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Courtesy photo: Wendel Sloan Eastern New Mexico University registration clerk Margaret Estrada registers senior biology major Shellisa Moreno, a Clovis resident, on Monday afternoon in the Registrar’s Office. Moreno’s children are 7-year-old Kinzie and 4-month-old Levi. ENMU President Steven Gamble expects enrollment to reach 5,000 for the first time this semester. Argen Duncan Eastern New […]