City commissioners approve pay raises

CNJ staff Clovis city commissioners voted unanimously Friday morning to approve a pay raise for employees during a special meeting to approve the final budget for fiscal year ending June 2009. The commission also approved a $59.7 million budget. The pay raise, which is an adjustment to the budget, will amount to between 3 and […]

Education feature: Class ends on a high note

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jennifer Brandon touches up her makeup in the dressing room backstage at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall before she and her classmates performed their final for a Broadway-style singing class. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer In the minimal light backstage, Caleb Brandon took his place behind a podium and […]

The Alaska Plane Wreck

Our friend Jim Connelley raised high-powered performance Quarter Horses, but before that occupation he had another – Alaskan bush pilot. He was small, only about 5 feet 5 inches tall, so he fit those small planes just fine. He delivered fishermen, hikers, etc … to the back country and then picked them up after their […]

Why does God attend worship?

By Curtis K. Shelburne Several years ago I took some of our family 70 miles down the road looking for a little dose of culture. We went to hear the symphony, and with them, the man who’s arguably the best classical guitarist in the world. His performance reminded me of one of my own. No […]

State to release annual school progress reports

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer School officials say the annual Adequate Yearly Progress reports, scheduled for release today, give a skewed perspective on the performance of some schools. The report is a No Child Left Behind Act yardstick used to measure students’ reading and math skills. “The idea of shooting for 100 percent of […]

Floyd jamboree celebrates 57 years

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Courtney Foley, left, and Hillary Foley of Portales tune their instruments prior to hitting the stage during rehearsal for the Floyd Lions Club Jamboree. By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Soon the sounds of fiddles, guitars, drums and singing will fill the air in Floyd as the 57th annual Floyd Lions Club Jamboree gets under way […]

U.S. attorneys’ firings expose judicial defects

By Freedom Newspapers If a mid-level press officer had been more straightforward with the media last December when the Bush administration decided to fire eight of the country’s 93 U.S. attorneys, the simmering scandal over those fired attorneys might never have developed. A spokesman might have said: “U.S. attorneys serve at the pleasure of the […]

Zias basketball player honored

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University junior forward Rochelle Vance has been selected third-team ESPN The Magazine’s District 6 Academic All-District for her performance on the court and in the classroom. Vance has averaged over four points and rebounds per game. She has also scored 10 points on three occasions this season. To […]

Brazilian culture comes to Clovis

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The Viver Brasil Dance Co. will use song and dance interpretation to portray Brazilian culture during a 90-minute performance Sunday at the Marshall Junior High School Auditorium in Clovis. Founded in 1997, the 12-member dance troupe focuses on bringing to life the Afro-Brazilian cultures, through dance, music and costumes, founder […]

Orchestra honors military with special performance

By Casey Peacock:Freedom Newspapers Lubbock Symphony Orchestra will present a salute to America’s military, with the “America at War” series at 7 p.m. (MST) Jan. 12 and 13 at the Civic Center Theatre in Lubbock. The performance is part of LSO’s 60th anniversary celebration. Guest conductor will be Jeffrey Pollock, Fort Worth, Texas, Symphony Orchestra […]