Hotel Clovis sign raises concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A sign hung from Hotel Clovis seeking support of an Aug. 2 election to decide an affordable housing plan for the city has drawn concern from opponents. Sharna Johnson Just one week from election day, we have a sign. It reads: “SAVE ME VOTE YES AUGUST 2nd” in large red […]

Relay for Life raises $116,000

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools and Clovis Community College’s cosmetology program’s Relay team called the E-lemon-ators sold lemonade and baked goods to raise money for the American Cancer Society. CNJ staff Officials with the Clovis Relay for Life are catching their breath from the annual fundraising event, but said there’s still […]

United Way donations total $522,599

CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico raised $522,599 during its 2010-11 campaign, according to a release Monday from the organization. The amount raised is up about 1 percent from last year’s total of $514,694. But the total is about 10 percent below the 2008 total of $580,000 raised between Curry and Roosevelt […]

Language in land use study raises concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Cannon Air Force Base 27th Special Operations Group Commander Col. Steven Kimball talks about the need for two-way communication as a component of the Joint Land Use Study during Monday’s meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Kevin Wilson Four-plus hours of meeting for the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land […]

Letter to the editor: Job raises should be last priority

Job raises should be last priority Regarding last month’s CNJ article “Texico school boss gets a raise:” Superintendent R. L. Richards was given an annual pay raise of $26,000. His yearly salary went from $112,700 to $138, 700 plus benefits. His contract was not due to expire until June 2012 yet this salary increase started […]

Proposal raises costs for military

Military personnel and federal civilian workers would see pay levels frozen for three years and their out-of-pocket medical costs rise under a proposed plan to cut federal budget deficits by $200 billion a year by 2015. The 58-part “illustrative” plan was unveiled Wednesday by former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson (Wyo.) and Erskine Bowles, chief of […]

Property ‘tax lightning’ raises ire

Liliana Castillo The Payne’s property taxes jumped 60 percent the year after they purchased their Curry County home. James and Robbie Payne were victims of what is being called tax lightning. Tax lightning is caused by a 2001 state law that put a 3 percent annual cap on how much assessed value could rise for […]

Budget proposal raises premiums

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has signaled that the department’s fiscal 2012 budget request to be sent to Congress early next year will include recommendations to raise TRICARE premiums for some beneficiaries. If past proposals are a reliable guide, the target of higher fees is likely to be military retirees rather than active duty families. The […]

CFC raises record funds

By John J. Kruzel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Leading all other U.S. federal agencies, the Defense Department Feb. 4, announced it collected $17.2 million in last year’s annual federal fundraising campaign, a record-breaking sum of charitable donations to groups operating in Haiti and other areas where needs exist. The total is $3 million […]

CROP walk raises more than $1,600

CNJ staff Sunday’s Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty (CROP) walk raised $1,687. Organizer Rev. Ben Wright said 25 percent, $421.75, will go to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. Church World Services will receive the remaining $1,265.25 for missions nationally and overseas.

Seniors should hear all sides of Obamacare

Freedom New Mexico A flap over what critics are calling a gag order on a major provider of Medicare Advantage health insurance policies raises immediate questions about a bureaucracy constraining First Amendment free-speech rights — and a longer-term concern about whether deepening government involvement in health care could mean curtailing informed discussion of policies on […]

Relay raises more than $90,000

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The Women Medical Center Kristie’s Team pose for a team photo during the Clovis Relay for Life Saturday. Courtesy of Dorothy Nelson By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico A warm spring night and huge turnout combined for one of the most successful Relay for Life fundraisers yet in Clovis. As of Saturday, the annual American […]

Hotel proposal raises hopes

Steve DeLeon is getting set for his 10th anniversary of owning his Sports Angle shop on Main Street. He’s hopeful that Thursday night was a great anniversary present. Count DeLeon among those excited about the possibility of the Hotel Clovis, a few blocks south of DeLeon’s sports collectible business, being converted into an apartment complex. […]

Ball raises $40,000 for charity

Freedom New Mexico The United Dairy Women’s annual Milk Lover’s Ball raised $40,000 for local children’s charities — more than double last year’s proceeds. President of United Dairy Women Michelle Heavyside said the money will be distributed between local children’s homes, the back pack program with the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, general agriculture […]

Birth raises issue of morality

By Anita Doberman: Cannon Connections columnist A few days ago the Hindustan Times reported that Rajo Devi, a 70 year old Indian woman gave birth to a baby girl, becoming the world’s oldest woman to birth a child. Ms. Devi and her husband, age 72, used in vitro fertilization. The fact that a woman older […]

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 […]

Political query raises questions about ethics

Freedom New Mexico No question, there has been a satisfying sense of what-goes-around-comes-around pleasure in the downfall of resigned Democratic New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, as there is when almost any politician is made an object of public disgrace. Spitzer was notorious as a confrontational, even bullying kind of character who as New York’s attorney […]

(Live)stock market

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Junior Livestock Sale exhibitor Brian Blackburn shows off his grand champion steer “Uncle Ethan” to bidders Friday at the Curry County Junior Livestock Sale. The steer sold for about $7,300. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Chelsea Henrich, 16, mustered all her strength to control a steer more than 10 […]

Board members lament lack of control

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer As more and more mandates are handed down from the state and federal government, eastern New Mexico school board members feel more and more inert. “We used to make decisions. Now we just rubber-stamp,” said a frustrated Rex Rush, vice president of the Melrose school board. “We don’t have […]

5/28 Letters to the editor

Cutting teachers poor answer to budget Why does the superintendent of Clovis schools blame the elimination of 14 educational assistants, three other full-time and two other part-time positions on the state-mandated raises? Teachers deserve a raise for their work with and among the children. The teachers have agreed to relinquish their planning period, which means […]