Road closure made permanent

USAF: Senior Airman Jette Carr As part of upcoming construction on the northwest side of Cannon Air Force Base, Octagon Avenue is permanently a dead end at D. L. Ingram Blvd. By Emily Crowe: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron As part of upcoming construction on the northwest side of Cannon Air Force Base, Octagon […]

Payroll tax cut should be made permanent

On the payroll tax cut, Republicans are playing tiddlywinks. Democrats are playing poker. President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress want to extend the 2 percentage-point cut in the payroll tax — the Social Security tax most workers pay — that was enacted in December 2010. The tax cut expired in December 2011, but […]

Food at the speed of life: Dump-it cake simple

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I recently ran across a recipe that took me back a few years. I was about to move from Las Cruces, my college town, to take my first permanent job in Socorro. My roommate, Kristiana, suggested a going-away party. During planning, a recipe from my aunt Debbie came up. Kristiana remembered a similar dessert her […]

Press Release: Lyons Vows to Defend the Land Grant Permanent Fund

SANTA FE – Commissioner of Public Lands Patrick Lyons says that raiding the Land Grant Permanent Fund to solve the state’s financial crisis will cripple its ability to fund public education for generations to come.

Festival on the border

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Christian Barrett, 8, dressed up as a cowboy to fit the Honoring the Pioneer bike contest theme for Saturday’s Border Town Days parade. Jana Barrett said her son enjoys dressing up and playing a character. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer For Farwell native Troy Christian, Border Town Days is […]

Rain rarity for some country folk

By Glenda Price: Columnist It rained the day I wrote this column. I saw it, stood in it, tasted it. It was good. Ranch folks, especially those of us who grew up in the drought years of the 1950s, have permanent cricks in our necks from looking up at the sky watching for rainclouds. We’ve […]

Alternative tax problem needs permanent fix

By Freedom Newspapers According to the New York Times, “House Democratic leaders, in an effort to upstage Republicans on the issue of tax cuts, are preparing legislation that would permanently shield all but the very richest taxpayers from the alternative minimum tax, which is likely to affect tens of millions of families as early as […]

Potholes plentiful in city

By CNJ Staff Nearly a week after close to a foot of snow fell on Clovis and its roads, motorists are still feeling the impact on their daily commutes. Several potholes have been discovered throughout the city, and officials say they have few options while there is still moisture on the roads. “Right now, until […]

Business Digest: Grant writing workshop scheduled

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor A grant writing workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Holiday Inn, according to the organizer. Author and educator Don Myers will hold the workshop. Myers is author of “The Joy of Writing Grants” and heads RCS Grant Writing Systems, a […]

Timeline set for Clovis superintendent replacement

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board announced Tuesday plans to have an interim superintendent in six days — and a permanent one in place July 1. The board set a timeline to replace outgoing Superintendent Neil Nuttall, who accepted the president’s position at North Central Missouri College in October. He has […]

Amendment 2 still up in air late this morning

By The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE – Voters have agreed to put Gov. Bill Richardson in charge of public schools but his proposal to fund his educational agenda was up in the air Wednesday. Changes in vote totals from some New Mexico counties caused the closely contested money issue to flipflop throughout the morning. The latest […]

Editorial: Choice is clear — Amendments next Tuesday are bad ideas

Tuesday’s vote on Amendments 1 and 2 deserve no votes from you. They are the result of hurried legislation drafted under pressure from state leaders who believe they know best how to improve New Mexico’s public schools. Yes votes would give state leaders, including the governor, control of our public schools’ $2 billion state budget, […]

Amendment 2 will fail education future

By Brett D. Johnson Tuesday could be one of the most important days in New Mexico’s future. The reason: The people of this state will have a chance to give our education system a needed cash injection — paid for by our children, grandchildren and future generations. The Permanent School Fund is derived from income […]

Clovis: Mixed feelings on Amendments 1, 2

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the proposed Constitutional amendments on the ballot Sept. 23. Some responses: “Amendment 1 could save money that could be utilized somewhere else. As far as Amendment 2 goes, I know the schools could probably use more money, but the Land Grant money has been there since before […]

Voters face school issues

Gary Mitchell Area educators and legislators are reacting with cautious and mixed views regarding the two state constitutional education amendments facing voters on Sept. 23. Amendment No. 1 would do away with the existing Department of Education and create instead a cabinet-level public education department headed by a secretary of education. Amendment No. 2 would […]

Lyons urges preservation of trust fund

On Sept. 23, New Mexicans will be asked to vote on a Constitutional amendment to increase distributions from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to pay for a comprehensive education reform bill passed earlier this year by the Legislature. While I respect Gov. Richardson, and support his policies on economic development, tax reduction and education reform, […]

Commissioner pans amendment push

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Pat Lyons, commissioner of Public Lands for New Mexico (right), talks with Greg Southard of Leslie’s Candy Co. on Thursday during a Rotary Club meeting at the Holiday Inn in Clovis. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina A proposed Constitutional amendment that would spend a higher percentage of New Mexico’s land grant permanent […]

Governor: Reform gives rural areas a voice

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New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson talks to Clovis Community College students Jordan Dickenson, left, and Gina Martinez, center, during his visit Wednesday at Yucca Junior High in Clovis. Richardson was in Clovis to talk about education reform. Compiled by CNJ Senior Writer Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Gov. Bill Rich-ardson visited Clovis and Portales on Wednesday […]

Amendment a raid on the state’s future

By Brian Moore Many of you have seen a letter published in the Albuquerque Journal from Rep. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, about education reform and the Constitutional amendments on the ballot Sept. 23. I thought perhaps your readers might appreciate a different view. Let me start by saying that I agree about the need for true […]

Governor promotes education reform during stop at Clovis school

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson speaks about the upcoming election and education reform to a group of listeners Wednesday at Yucca Junior High in Clovis. By Jack King Two proposed state constitutional amendments would eliminate bureaucracy and fund badly needed school reforms, Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday. Richardson spoke in the […]