Voters pass Bonds A, B, C

Liliana Castillo At midnight Tuesday, voters were approving three of the four bonds created by the 2010 Capital Projects General Obligation Bond Act with 92 percent of the votes in. Bonds A, B and C passed and Bond D failed. Bond C will devote more than $5 million in bonds to the improvement of public […]

Glance at top NM races

The Associated Press (AP) 11-02-10 20:48,, U.S. House District 1 25 of 462 precincts – 5 percent Martin Heinrich, Dem (i) 59,279 – 50 percent Jonathan Barela, GOP 59,190 – 50 percent

Peanut yields up

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Argen Duncan: Portales News-Tribune Brian Clark Jr. waits for a trailer to fill with peanuts Wednesday at Portales Select Peanut Company Inc. The machine separates dirt and debris from the nuts, which are then sent to be dried or, in this case, graded. Argen Duncan The peanut harvest this year has brought in higher-than-normal yields […]

Farmers say area cotton crop booming

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Floyd farmer Allen Deen shows dryland cotton plants in his field along N.M. 267. This year is his first to grow cotton in 31 years of farming, and he said the crop and price look like they will be excellent. Argen Duncan Roosevelt and Curry counties have much more cotton […]

Portales man sentenced to 12 years for sex offenses

A Portales man was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for molesting an 8-year-old child. Derek Garcia, 27, will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole and will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according to a press […]

Enrollment up in Clovis school districts

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File photo Clovis Municipal Schools and Clovis Christian School saw increases this school year and both schools attribute part of the growth to Cannon Air Force Base. Liliana Castillo Enrollment at Clovis Municipal Schools and Clovis Christian Schools has increased this year. School officials at both schools partially attribute their increases to expansion at Cannon […]

Bond money would mean new face for Lockwood Elementary

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lockwood Elementary School teacher Melissa Romero uses a table instead of an adult-sized desk to make room for a crescent-shaped group reading desk in her classroom, that is about half the size of an adequate room. Liliana Castillo Teachers at Lockwood Elementary School plan what to teach each day as […]

Schools hustling to keep up with fall enrollment increases

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Financial aid specialist Desiree L. Garica , right, trains TymberLee Durham, 16, of Clovis on filling out financial aid verification worksheets Friday at Clovis Community College. Argen Duncan With Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College expecting significant increases in enrollment this fall, employees from both institutions are scrambling […]

City commissioners begin work toward tax extension

Sharna Johnson Clovis commissioners began the process Thursday to raise $7 million by renewing an existing gross receipts tax. Cash generated by a bond sale will be used to improve and repair the wastewater treatment plant. The tax is earmarked to retire the bond and amounts to 1.225 percent on the dollar. An ordinance approving […]

Clovis woman wins pageant

Kimberly Parmenter of Clovis won the elite award at the American Beauties Plus Pageant in Roswell, Ga., according to a news release. The competition included individual panel interviews, which counted for 50 percent of the score; dressy sportswear 20 percent of the score; evening gown 20 percent of the score; on-stage question 10 percent of […]

Bill lessens pay gap for troops

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A House panel has voted to give the military a 1.9 percent pay raise next January. That would be a half percentage point higher than what the Obama administration wanted simply to match private sector wage growth. The House armed services subcommittee on military personnel panel also endorsed increases next […]

School spotlight aimed at race

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Almost 80 percent of the administrators and supervisors in Clovis Municipal Schools are white. More than 60 percent of the student body is not. The discrepancy is among the issues brought to the spotlight recently by a group calling itself Concerned Citizens of Curry County, which has voiced concerns […]

Business digest: Businesses to be notified of credits

Businesses to be notified of credits The Internal Revenue Service will begin sending postcards to 25,709 New Mexico businesses this week to notify them of benefits of small business health insurance tax credits. Tax credits of 25 percent of premium costs will be available for small businesses that purchase health insurance for employees if there […]

Zias pick up power forward from Las Cruces High

Freedom New Mexico Las Cruces High forward Jade Brown has signed a letter-of-intent to play basketball for Eastern New Mexico University next season. The 5-foot-9 Brown was a three-time district selection, averaging 14.1 points per game on 57 percent shooting as a senior. She is a McDonald’s All-American nominee and a South representative in this […]

Rep. Luj

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Census responses close to 2000 numbers

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Courtesy illustration Census return rates are up to 54 percent in Clovis and 60 percent in Curry County as of Monday according to www.census2010.gov. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Nearly a month after Census questionnaires were mailed to residents, return rates are approaching the numbers seen 10 years ago. As of Monday, Clovis has […]

Officials: Milk industry financial troubles catalyst in unemployment jump

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Indian River Transport employee Jason Runner of Clovis washes down a tanker Thursday that is used to transport milk. Local experts say a hurting dairy industry is one of the reasons for high unemployment across eastern New Mexico. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local experts say financial ripples in […]

Fixes proposed for contentious property tax law

By Phaedra Haywood: Santa Fe New Mexican What to do about “tax lightning” will be debated during the state Legislature’s upcoming session. Lawmakers, who convene Tuesday for a 30-day session, will consider various ways to fix a New Mexico property tax law that can cause a dramatic increase in a home’s taxable value when it […]

Traffic crashes up 20 percent, but injuries, fatalities down

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Traffic crashes have jumped almost 20 percent in Clovis this year but the number of injuries from those crashes has dropped and crash-related fatalities are down. At the heart of the crashes lie traffic infractions, such as following too close, failing to yield and failing to stop at stoplights, […]

Legislative cuts could mean pain for Clovis schools

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Joyce Baker, a part-time instructor at Clovis Community College, talks about the parts of the heart in an anatomy and physiology class at the college. A 1.5 percent cut would equal about $150,000 for the college. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer A 1.5 percent cut in education spending by […]