Patriots confident they have signatures to force special election

CNJ staff The High Plains Patriots don’t have a verified count, but the citizens group believes it will be able to file enough signatures to force a special election on the city’s affordable housing plan. “They’re finally flooding in,” said High Plains Patriots President Kim Runyan on Friday afternoon. “We’re right at the amount we […]

High Plains Patriots have counter effect

Freedom New Mexico When citizens rise up to fight city hall we usually applaud the effort. Not this time, however. It smells like sour grapes. And it hints at a never-ending war between elected city leaders and a few hundred disgruntled citizens who, every time they dislike a vote, could try to disrupt community business […]

Honors —

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Courtesy photo Dorothy Bean, center, accepting the Governor’s Volunteer Award during a conference April 15 in Albuquerque. Bean Plains Regional Medical Center auxilian Dorothy Bean was awarded the prestigious governor’s volunteer award. Bean was presented the award at the 13th annual Governor’s Spotlight on Volunteers Conference held April 15 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown. She […]

McGee: Casual conversations

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist When folks come in to the bicycle shop I get to talking to them about other stuff besides bicycles. I might ask if they grew up here on the High Plains. If they didn’t, I might ask where they’re from. It’s all part of being conversational but it also takes […]

Group files petition on affordable housing plan

Liliana Castillo A Clovis citizens group is seeking to put another ordinance to Clovis voters. The High Plains Patriots on Tuesday filed a petition regarding the commission’s passage of an affordable housing plan last week. City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon said the petition was submitted and certified Tuesday morning. According to the city charter, a referendum […]

Scholarships — May 1

Texas Alumni Association The High Plains Chapter of the Texas Alumni Association has awarded the following students Cotton Simms Scholarships:

What you should know about allergy season

Cannon Connections: Dianna Hernandez Local health officials say it’s not uncommon for airmen assigned to Cannon Air Force Base to develop allergies when they didn’t have any before. In eastern New Mexico, allergy season never really ends. Rather, the season peaks and dips. With dry weather and strong winds, pollen, dust and other allergens blow […]

Local man predicts dry spring

CNJ staff Chief Joseph Crim of the Plains Indians predicted the weather for the rest of 2011, using methods handed down from his ancestors. Crim said the wind came Tuesday morning out of the southwest, which meant little precipitation. “That’s a bad omen,” Crim said. “It will be dry this spring.” The tradition, Crim said, […]

McGee: Answer door at own risk

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist It was another sunny Saturday morning on the High Plains and I was just kicking back at home. The doorbell rang. I wasn’t expecting anyone. I pondered whether to just stay in the recliner or get up and answer the door. I got up and looked out the window. I […]

Police offering child ID kits

CNJ staff Clovis police will offer free child identification kits from noon to 4 p.m. April 2 at the police substation at North Plains Mall. The kits include identifiers for fingerprints, height, weight and voice recognition, according to a press release. After the child’s identifiers are documented, the kits are given to parents to be […]

Meetings watch: Eastern Plains Council of Governments

During a Wednesday meeting, the Eastern Plains Council of Governments board of directors: • Heard a presentation on USDA rural development programs. There are a variety of loan and grant programs available to rural communities which can help finance everything from water, waste water and solid waste to needed community facilities such as day care […]

High Plains Patriots turn in petition with about 1,000 signatures

Kevin Wilson Signatures were turned in Monday in favor of a special election on a pending gross receipts tax increase passed by the Clovis City Commission last month. City Manager Joe Thomas said if more than 456 signatures are verified on petitions submitted by the High Plains Patriots citizens group, a special election will likely […]

Humane society starts spay, neuter program

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Animal Control Officer Michael Field spends outdoor time with a golden lab Wednesday at the Animal Shelter. Shelter employees euthanize a majority of the animals that come to the shelter each month. Liliana Castillo The newly created High Plains Humane Society, with the help of two grants totaling $8,000, […]

Five workers to be laid off after EPCOG contract loss

Sharna Johnson The Eastern Plains Council of Government’s loss of a contract for the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board (EAWDB) means five Clovis workers will lose their jobs. EPCOG bid to continue its role as the administrative and fiscal agent for the EAWDB, however competing bidder New Mexico Tech Net was selected. But at least […]

Day trip: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Gabriel Monte Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum • Location: 2503 4th Avenue Canyon, Texas • What activities can you enjoy at this location: The museum offers exhibits featuring the historic and cultural heritage of the panhandle. Exhibits include displays featuring the petroleum industry that flourished in the 1920s, the pioneer town with a collection of everyday items […]

Wheatfields property changes hands

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The Wheatfields Senior Center has been taken by a Dallas bank as part of a bankruptcy. The future of the of the unfinished $20 million project is unclear. Sharna Johnson The future of a Clovis eyesore that was supposed to bring new housing for senior citizens is still unclear but […]

EPCOG updates policies

CNJ staff report Members unanimously approved six policy updates during a special meeting Tuesday of the Eastern Plains Council of Government’s executive committee. The policies updated were: a Workforce Investment Act policy and procedures manual, a disaster and recovery plan, a teleworking policy, fiscal monitoring and procedures and records retention and a public access policy. […]

Births — Sept. 19

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Tatum Everett Rivers Tatum was born Sept. 13, 2010, to Drew and Christina Tatum of Clovis, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces. He has one sister, Gracie Tatum. Grandparents are Edwin and Susan Tatum of Clovis; and William and Sung Yon Nielsen of Safety Harbor, Fla. Great-grandparents are Marion Steinmeyer […]

Births — Aug. 29

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Ramirez Madelyn Grace Ramirez was born Aug. 17, 2010, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis to Danny and Lindsey Ramirez of Charlottesville, Va. She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Grandparents are Keith and Peggy Ingram of Clovis and Dan and Maggie Ramirez of Muleshoe. Great-grandparents are June Ingram of Clovis, Cruz and Ignacia Ramirez […]

Rider breaks wrist before rodeo

CNJ staff Savanna Winn of Seminole, Texas, broke her wrist in a crash before barrel racing Saturday at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Finals held at the Curry County Events Center. HPJR Association President Mike Macy of Post, Texas, said Winn’s horse slipped, fell down on her and broke her wrist. Macy said she was […]