United Way wants public more involed in funding choices

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Curry County United Way is changing the way it approves distribution of funds to area agencies, a move designed to get the public more involved in the funding process and make information on fund uses more available to area donors. The new process will allow the United Way […]

Bronze casting process difficult

Clyde Davis: Local Colunist When it comes to the bronze-casting process, by which art is reproduced and sculptures made into limited editions, most of us are hopelessly lost or misinformed. No kidding, I used to think they actually carved the bronze with some kind of tools, the way a carving reproducer works on wood (it’s […]

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 […]

The wait continues in District 7

Staff and wire reports An official winner of the District 7 State Senate election will not be certain until statewide canvassing is complete two weeks from today. Incumbent Clint Harden, R-Clovis, held a 30-vote lead over Robert Frost, D-San Jon, after Colfax County canvassed their 10 provisional ballots Monday, finding six votes for Harden and […]

Nine apply for county manager position

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Curry County manager’s office is on the cusp of a regime change, and the seated county commissioners have never been through this process before. Commissioners have not formally discussed the applicants or the transition process, but when they meet again on Tuesday they will introduce their ideas for […]

Candidate profiles — State Senate, District 7

CNJ staff Democrat Robert Frost faces Republican Clint Harden Jr. in the State Senate, District 7 race Name: Robert Frost Occupation: Rancher/farmer, small business owner (Caprock Creek Ranch Adventures) Party: Democrat Age: 62 Hometown: San Jon Wife: Jane Children: two daughters, three granddaughters Hobbies: Community involvement, ranch work and spending time with family Political history: […]

Applebee’s hoping to get a building permit

by Eric Butler The latest in a recent wave of national chains to take an interest in Clovis appears to be Applebee’s restaurant. Applebee’s officials would not confirm an expansion to Clovis, but Clovis City Manager Ray Mondragon said Applebee’s representatives are hoping to get a building permit this week to build on the north […]

Nuttall successful lobbyist

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Neil Nuttall accepted the position of president at a Missouri college By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer While Clovis schools Superintendent Neil Nuttall spent this weekend in Missouri finalizing the terms for his future at a community college, his colleagues said his years in Clovis were marked by change nationwide and decisions locally. Nuttall accepted […]

No justice in ‘eminent domain’ abuse

Steven Greenhut, Guest Columnist Mention the term “eminent domain” to the average American, and you’ll be greeted by one of two responses. The first, and most common, is for the person’s eyes to glaze in utter boredom. This does not initially sound like a sexy topic, and most people would prefer to be anywhere else […]

Readers listen, but don’t always agree

Ned Cantwell And the readers write, a columnist’s blatant self-promotion to let his editors know that somewhere out there in the nine towns where his column is published, someone is listening. n A column bemoaning the hand-cuffed arrest of an Alamogordo veterinarian who wouldn’t divulge the name of an employee who brought in an injured […]

On the cutting edge: Clovis artisan finds his handmade knives have carved for themselves a widespread popularity

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Sparks fly as Don Hethcoat grinds an edge on a billet before folding it over and forging it at his shop Tuesday. Hethcoat will fold over the metal in some cases up to eight times. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Michelle Seeber Don Hethcoat, 60, of Clovis makes knife blades out of a type […]

Business owners: Inspections necessary but sometimes too harsh

By Jack King Is the building inspections process a necessary evil or a bureaucratic roadblock on the business highway? Opinions vary depending on a person’s experience and perspective. Some contractors are among the first to defend the process. Mike Mendoza is owner of Guadalajara Restaurant, 916 L Casillas Blvd. He opened a delicatessen branch called […]

Cheesy does it

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Crews move dirt at the site of the Southwest Cheese Plant Jan. 30 south of Clovis, located near the intersection of Curry County Roads 4 and K. Groundbreaking is at 2:30 p.m. today. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King Gov. Bill Richardson, city and county officials and company officers will attend a groundbreaking […]

Commissioners give conditional approval to road

By Jack King Curry County Commissioners approved a request from the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Tuesday to improve Curry Road 4 to prepare for the building of the Southwest Cheese plant, but added several conditions to their approval. They voted to approve the road improvement, conditioned on the cheese plant deal being successfully completed, on […]

Road improvements OK’d with conditions

By Jack King Curry County Commissioners approved a request from the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Tuesday to improve Curry Road 4 to prepare for the building of the Southwest Cheese plant, but added several conditions to their approval. They voted to approve the road improvement, conditioned on the cheese plant deal being successfully completed, on […]

New campaign law limits more than just finance

The Supreme Court decision Wednesday upholding most aspects of the campaign finance limitation law passed by Congress last year affirms that when it comes to a trendy fixation of the political class, the Constitution — even the First Amendment, on which this court has generally been not bad — means little or nothing. Simple language […]

Patriot Act supporters make about-face

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico In 2001, a columnist for the conservative magazine National Review wanted to know why Democrats were shutting out top Justice Department officials from hearings dealing with the Patriot Act, and its impact on civil liberties and American freedoms. Byron York wanted to know why Viet Dinh, who helped draft the […]

Running without public funding great political step

Freedom Newspapers T he announcement that Democratic presiden- tial candidate John Kerry, following in the footsteps of front-runner Howard Dean, will give up taxpayer financing of his campaign in favor of private (or family) contributions might just mark the beginning of the end of the system of “public” funding of presidential campaigns. Taxpayers, and those […]

Development director looks toward Portales’ future

By Tony Parra PORTALES — Darla Wilhoit, Portales’ new community development director, will work in conjunction with Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation (RCCDC) for the future of economic development of Portales. The RCCDC is a non-profit organization and separate entity from the city’s community development office, where Wilhoit works. “This is a great opportunity for […]