Commissioner salaries smaller than in similar-size counties

Robin Fornoff Curry County commissioners make less money than counterparts in at least two similar-size New Mexico counties. But they make far more than commissioners in Roosevelt County and the city of Clovis. And when it comes to benefits, they enjoy the same health and retirement packages as every city and county official under plans […]

Voter turnout second lowest of at-large mayoral races

CNJ staff Voter turnout for the Clovis municipal election was about double the amount for the 2010, non-mayoral race. But the 27.5 percent turnout was the second-lowest turnout, percentage-wise, of the five elections that have featured an at-large mayoral race. The highest turnout came in 1996, the first year the city elected a mayor at-large. […]

Residents admit smart phones are smarter than them

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Tonjia Rolan Are you smarter than your smart phone? If humans use only 10 percent of their brains — as urban legend alleges, do they also use only 10 percent of their smartphone apps? As it turns out, the 10 percent brain usage myth has been debunked by neurologists, according to Scientific America. Neurologists now […]

Burglaries in Clovis up 18 percent

Benna Sayyed Burglaries in Clovis increased 18 percent from 2010 to 2011 but the Clovis Police Department is working hard to curb these crimes, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Clovis police had a 12 percent clearance rate on burglaries in 2011. “That’s an awesome rate of clearance for burglaries. It takes people willing […]

Non-citizen recruits last longer

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The armed forces have enlisted nearly 70,000 non-citizens since the attacks of 9/11 and, as a group, their washout rate is much lower than that of American citizens who enlist, according CNA, a think tank that studied attrition data gathered by the Defense Manpower Data Center. Within three months of entering active service, 8.2 percent […]

County calls for jail bond election (updated)

Robin Fornoff Curry County commissioners started the new year Tuesday electing Wendell Bostwick as their new chairman and approving a special election for a $9.3 million bond issue to expand and improve the troubled jail. Bostwick replaces former chairman Caleb Chandler. The April 3 election was approved on a unanimous vote, despite Bostwick’s misgivings over […]

Commerce shoots 61 percent, beats Hounds

CNJ staff COMMERCE, Texas — Senior forward Desmond King and junior forward Whitley Preston scored 21 points apiece and Texas A&M-Commerce shot 61 percent from the field en route to an 88-77 Lone Star Conference men’s basketball victory over Eastern New Mexico on Saturday night. Guards Brad Hambrick and Devondrick Walker added 15 and 14 […]

Gross receipts revenue up for second year

Kevin Wilson For the second consecutive year, Clovis has experienced an uptick in gross receipts tax revenues. Revenues from gross receipts taxes (GRT) increased 4.5 percent from 2010 to 2011 and 2.6 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to totals released from the city. That follows a 1.99 percent drop from 2008 to 2009. Chase […]

Now is best time to do right

The end of the old year and the beginning of the new gives some people the feeling of a rite of passage. For them it represents a chance to clean the slate; they get to start fresh and try to do better next year than they did last year. Birthdays can provide the same opportunity, […]

Government has no place to rule on marriage

The unemployment rate in Cleveland County, N.C., hovers just under 12 percent. In North Carolina, the rate is at 10.4 percent. When a major problem affects thousands in North Carolina and Cleveland County, legislators are expected to work for solutions. Instead, ours went looking for another problem. With the state’s economy in peril, legislators decided […]

Local vendors see decline in farmers market

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Freedom New Mexico: Robin Coffey Urvano Ordonez, second from left, talks with customers at the Portales farmers market Thursday. He sells watermelons, chilies, squash and jalapenos. Alisa Boswell According to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report, farmers markets have been on the rise in popularity in the U.S. this year with markets having increased […]

Cannon holding aircraft ceremony

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base will host an aircraft acceptance ceremony at 1 p.m. Thursday, marking the first MC-130J Combat Shadow II for Air Force Special Operations Command. Lt. Col. Paul Pendleton, commander of the 522nd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, said the MC-130J can carry about 40 percent more payload and do it […]

ENMU sets another enrollment record

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has set another enrollment record with 5,574 students for the fall semester, an increase of 9.7 percent over last year’s previous record of 5,080 students. The previous record was 4,685 students set in the 2009 fall semester, according to a press release from the university. Student credit hours, […]

Motorcycle group helps tour supporting servicemembers

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Rick Romero of Cuba, N.M. adjusts his Patriot Guard Riders flag outside of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3280 Monday afternoon. The Patriot Guard Riders helped escort the “Campaign 99” tour through New Mexico during its nine-day trip to Washington, D.C. Kevin Wilson Reaching the other 99 percent is […]

Totsy offers a 10 percent discount code on top of their already great deals for back-to-school shoppers

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MCT Totsy.com is a member-only website that offers limited-time sales on high-quality items for parents and kids. McClatchy-Tribune Right now, parents across the country are trying to stretch their back-to-school budgets to get all the necessities for their kids. The members-only website Totsy is here to help with a special deal for readers. Totsy says […]

Our view: Global warming facts may not hold water

A scientific poll shows that 69 percent of Americans believe it is at least “somewhat likely” that scientists falsify data to support their beliefs, of which 40 percent believe it is “very likely.” Only 6 percent believe it’s “not likely at all.” New hard-science global warming data from NASA may back up the cynics. If […]

Increasing taxes won’t stabilize U.S. economy

Freedom New Mexico That queasy feeling Americans had in September 2008 when the bottom fell out of the financial markets has returned. Is the American economy slipping back into recession? Last week, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 699 points, or 5.75 percent. After the stock market closed Friday, Standard & Poor’s, one of the […]

Military digest: Board says military retirement overly generous

By Tom Philpott Gen. Martin Dempsey, Army chief of staff, seemed to splash figurative cold water on ideas surfacing at the Pentagon and elsewhere to cut future retirement obligations and other personnel costs, deeply and soon. Testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee to become the next chairman of the Joint […]

Nearly 90 percent of New Mexico schools miss AYP

Liliana Castillo Nearly 90 percent of New Mexico schools missed the latest targets for boosting student achievement, the Public Education Department reported Friday as it announced plans for replacing the federally-mandated system for rating schools. A total of 720 schools, or 86.6 percent, failed to make “adequate yearly progress” under the federal No Child Left […]

Commissaries to be consolidated

In these tight budget times, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has learned it must cut current spending to fund new initiatives for veterans. For example, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., committee chairman, would pay for her Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 by extending by three years, to 2014, a higher fee on veterans who reuse their […]