Asbestos found in Texico schools

CNJ staff Asbestos has been discovered in the Texico Municipal Schools cafeteria and an elementary school classroom, school officials said Wednesday. Superintendent R.L. Richards said safety precautions include roping off the cafeteria while students use a newly-constructed cafeteria. Richards said Cures Environmental of Albuquerque, a licensed abatement company, was hired to perform removal of the […]

Officials decline comment on meeting between board members, concerned citizen group

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Officials have declined to talk about a Thursday afternoon meeting held between two school board members and a group calling for the removal of Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. The meeting was held at the school’s administration building. Board President Mark Lansford, who attended the meeting with fellow board member Lola […]

Troop removal should be goal in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico Defense Secretary Robert Gates flew to Belgium early this month for what one headline called a “stealth” meeting. No reporters were invited on the trip, an unusual circumstance. The meeting included Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and other top military brass including Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Mike […]

Fire near Special Events Center

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis firefighters Tyler Adams, left, and Dustin Oliver extinguish an old underground fuel tank that caught fire Friday morning near the Curry County Special Events Center. The fire started while the tank was being cut into pieces for removal. CNJ staff An old underground fuel tank near the Curry County […]

Commission approves hiring of animal removal firm

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The sheriff’s office will hire a service to remove dead large, dead animals from public lands and right-of-ways after commissioners gave their blessing Tuesday to Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray. Last week when a dead calf turned up at the Texico Cemetery, which is public land, Murray said deputies […]

Violations of civil liberties continue

By Steven Greenhut One of the most disturbing lessons I’ve learned following 9/11 is that many people will go along with just about any government-imposed outrage if it’s couched in the right terms and plays on their fears. In recent years, we’ve seen the federal government become increasingly aggressive in efforts to spy on, detain, […]

Letters to the Editor: Weather warrants more equipment, care

Regarding the city of Clovis’ performance in combating the weekend snow: Public Works Director Harry Wang said he feels the town has done a good job dealing with the snow. Apparently neither Wang nor the Public Works Department drove down the majority of side streets in town. I would think with the changing weather pattern […]

Resident spearheads prairie dog rescue

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Lynda Watson, “the prairie dog Lady” holds up one of the rescued rodents at a vacant lot in Clovis that is a planned site for a new Clovis National Bank. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The wet and confused prairie dogs huddled together in cages, unaware their lives had just […]