USDA announces new dairy economic loss assistance payment program to provide financial relief to struggling dairy producers

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2009 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the implementation of the new Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Payment (DELAP) program. The 2010 Agricultural Appropriations Bill authorized $290 million for loss assistance payments to eligible dairy producers. “Through this program, eligible dairy producers will receive economic assistance that will help stabilize their operations […]

Education feature: Cat Grad Night organizers planning to up ante

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A group of community members are working to provide Clovis High School graduates “one last hurrah” for the second year. Not just any last hurrah. A safe one. Cat Grad Night is a lock-in event that provides graduates with a safe, chaperoned environment in which to celebrate. Event organizer […]

More people turning to taxpayer-supported clinics

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo La Casa Family Health Center in Clovis is renovating to create more exam rooms, office and waiting room space to accommodate an influx in new patients. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The recession is causing more people in the area to turn to taxpayer-supported health centers that provide care […]

Group providing free flu shots

CNJ staff Plains Regional Medical Group will provide 300 free flu shots to the public Oct. 17. The shots will be available at 2200 West 21st Street from 8 a.m. to noon, or until the vaccine is gone. The flu shots do not including the H1N1 vaccine. A separate vaccine to protect against H1N1 influenza […]

Bingaman and Udall $18.6 million to help provide child care for working families

.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is releasing over $18.6 million to help provide child care services to working New Mexico families, those seeking employment or receiving job training or education. “Quality child care can be very costly and can be an obstacle […]

Youth sports provide good chuckle

By Glenda Price My grandchildren have introduced me to organized team sports for kids, and it’s great fun — for everyone.

Local sexual assault hotline launched

Freedom New Mexico Sexual assault victims can now call a hotline for access to resources. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners of Eastern New Mexico and the Portales Lions Club have teamed up to provide the Eastern New Mexico Sexual Violence Hotline. Victims of assault who are medically stable can call the number and speak to […]

Winter supplementation program used as grazing management tool

By Manny Encinias: Ag columnist Beef producers in the Southwest are commonly challenged to balance forage supply and demand on their grazing operations. While typically not documented, a tenured manager is always aware of the grazing use patterns within and across pastures on a ranch. Regardless of the year, most managers would like to get […]

NCAR Forecasts Will Help Xcel Energy Harness Wind

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has reached an agreement with Xcel Energy to provide highly detailed, localized weather forecasts to enable the utility to better integrate electricity generated from wind into the power grid. The forecasts will help operators make critical decisions about powering down traditional coal– and natural gas–fired plants when sufficient […]

Studies provide different scripts on film tax rebate

By Robert Nott: The Santa Fe New Mexican There’s an old saying that the devil can quote scripture for his own purpose. It can also be argued that economists can use financial data to paint the portrait that best suits their needs. Small wonder, then, that two recent studies of the financial impact of New […]

Bonds beneficial to communities

By John Neibling and Steven Gamble: Guest columnists As presidents of Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University, we want to share why the passage of General Obligation Bonds C and D in the Nov. 4 General Election should make sense to the citizens of Curry and Roosevelt counties. If Bond C passes, CCC […]

Bond proposals would pump $18 million into communities

Freedom New Mexico Bond proposals in the Nov. 4 general election would provide almost $18 million for Roosevelt and Curry County schools,

Regents vote in support of bond

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents on Friday voted in favor of a resolution supporting Government Obligation Bond D. The bond will be on the Nov. 4 election ballot. It would provide $12 million for ENMU, including: • $9 million for the technology building • $2 million for infrastructure • […]

Medical services cost somebody

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist A welfare or positive right is something that can only be protected by coercing others to provide it. Consider the right to health care. This supposed right can only be honored by making health-care professionals provide services for those who have need for it. In contrast, a negative […]

We need more men like Iacocca

Clovis’ Mac McDonald on the nation’s economy: “I have been worried for a long time. … We have debts into the trillions and asking for more. I will not have to pay it but it is a debt that has to be paid or we will have to forfeit our country. “I wish everyone could […]

Year in Review: February 2007

A daily look at top news stories in February reported in the Clovis New Journal: Feb. 1: Officials said a movie filmed largely in eastern New Mexico would be released in theaters in March. “Believe In Me” featured dozens of area residents as extras in the story of a small-town girls basketball team in the […]

Business Digest: Small business classes planned

Clovis Community College is offering several classes geared towards small business owners. A pre-venture seminar will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the CCC conference room. This free seminar will provide an overview on starting a business. n An Introduction to Windows class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 […]

Hounds hoping WT transfer will provide lift

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Third-year Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo will lead the Greyhounds into their 2007 season opener tonight against Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — As a freshman at West Texas A&M in 2004, Jeremy Hibbler suffered through a 2-8 season. The […]

April 11, 2007 Tornado Assistance

Assistance available for tornado victims: • The Federal Emergency Management Agency and New Mexico Department of Health opened Disaster Recovery Centers Monday at two locations: • Lincoln Jackson Elementary Gymnasium, 206 Alphon St., Clovis. • Logan Senior Center, 103 South Sixth St., Logan. The centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven […]

April 11, 2007 Tornado Notebook

CNJ Staff Assistance available for tornado victims: • The Federal Emergency Management Agency and New Mexico Department of Health opened Disaster Recovery Centers Monday at two locations: • Lincoln Jackson Elementary Gymnasium, 206 Alphon St., Clovis. • Logan Senior Center, 103 South Sixth St., Logan. The centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 […]