Area organizations commemorating Memorial Day

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jim Cowman, shown speaking at the May 21 memorial service at the Curry County War Memorial, said there are 173 Curry County residents listed as being killed in action. He hopes another name will never need to be added, but realizes that is not realistic. Kevin Wilson Jim Cowman retired […]

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Clovis man charged with torturing animal A 32-year-old Clovis man is in jail on a felony charge of maliciously torturing an animal after police say he stabbed his sister-in-law’s dog. Benito Chavez is being held without bond for an unrelated probation violation, records show. A woman called police around 3 a.m. May 17 and said […]

Albuquerque: No Clovis strays

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Animal rescue volunteer Heather Martin works to get a chocolate lab into a pet carrier for transport from the Clovis Animal Shelter Friday. Martin said the lab went to a nonprofit organization who will have him neutered and immunized, then find him a home. Sharna Johnson Members of an animal […]

Officials: Courthouse expansion inevitable need

Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners say it wasn’t the plan that voters rejected, it was the price. Tuesday they authorized the county manager to move forward with the purchase of three properties north of the courthouse because they say expansion is an inevitable need and property costs go up, not down over time. County Manager […]

Farmland in dire need of rainfall

They say if you don’t like the weather in eastern New Mexico, wait a few minutes and it’ll change. OK, I’m ready for a change. There’s a story going around that they’re laying off weather forecasters left and right because anyone can write the forecast lately. It goes something like this: “Lots of sunshine, highs […]

Families overwhelmed by community support

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Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Alisha and Steve Robertson sit on the wall of what used to be their master bedroom in front of the mobile home they plan to live in while rebuilding their house. Sunday’s fire destroyed their home, but they said they have received a lot of help and love from the […]

Floyd jamboree starts Thursday

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Courtesy photo: Sherry Fahrenkrug Local musician Will Banister performs during the Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree dress rehearsal Sunday. The 61st annual music show is scheduled for this weekend. Argen Duncan The annual Floyd Lions Country Jamboree is still going strong, and organizers say this year’s four-day event will be one of the best in […]

Animal control personnel say they’re pleased with licensing results

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Animal Control Officer Martin Martinez, left, and Laura Duden, right, watch as Carol Baca fills out a pet license application for a dog she adopted from the city shelter. Kevin Wilson Animal control personnel said there’s plenty of work to go, but they’re pleased with the impact the city’s pet […]

Police: Texting legislation may complicate enforcement

Sharna Johnson Legislation aimed at criminalizing texting and driving repeats existing state law and has some gray areas that may complicate enforcement, police say. The proposed bill would make texting while driving a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days imprisonment and $100, with stiffer penalties for repeat offenders. It also would relegate a crash […]

Reagan warned us long ago socialism threat

Freedom New Mexico Foes and revisionists cast Ronald Reagan as an amiable dunce, or all charisma and little substance. Some give him his due backhandedly, portraying him retrospectively as much more of a centrist than, say, today’s Tea Partiers. As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the alleged dunce who faced down […]

Obama plans support for military families

The Associated Press President Barack Obama is announcing new government-wide initiatives to support military families, including programs aimed at preventing suicide and eliminating homelessness. Obama says the government has an obligation to help military families as they support loved ones fighting for their country. Obama says he often meets with service members who say their […]

Area lawmakers say Cannon unlikely to be impacted by defense cuts

Sharna Johnson Cannon Air Force Base is unlikely to be impacted by proposed cuts to the nation’s defense budget, according to area lawmakers. For the first time in more than a decade defined by costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Pentagon announced plans Thursday to freeze its ballooning budget, forcing the services to shrink […]

Local charities say giving season has been good

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Volunteer Connie Cordova, left, hands Angel Tree gifts to Jaylyn Price, middle and Isaiah Sena Thursday at the Salvation Army. Liliana Castillo Need rises around Christmas, but it doesn’t go away after the twinkle lights are taken down and the presents are opened. United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch said […]

Dairy owners say high feed costs bringing down profit margins

Argen Duncan After a few months of good milk prices, dairy farmers say they are again seeing their profit margins drop, but forecasts indicate rising milk prices later in 2011. In 2009, milk prices were low and feed costs high, meaning dairies lost money. Roosevelt County dairy owner Alan Anderson said dairies came back a […]

Caroling group aims to spread love, joy

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Joni Anthony, right, leads Joni’s Sandia Carolers in practice Tuesday at her home. The group will sing and dance to Christmas carols. Liliana Castillo Their shirts say “For the Love” on the back, and that’s why they do what they do. They are Joni’s Sandia Carolers. For the 10th year, […]

Plenty for which not to be thankful

Kevin Wilson This is the time of the year where people say what they’re thankful for. I like to be a contrarian, so here’s what I’m not thankful for. • I’m not thankful that, despite numerous statements that airline travel is safe, we’re being put through body scanners reminiscent of “Total Recall” and pat-down sessions […]

Grady resident protests school-sponsored coyote hunt

Sharna Johnson Ranchers say the coyote is a menace and a threat to the way of life around the ranching community of Grady. May be, a community newcomer contends; but killing them is not supposed to be sport and there are more appropriate ways to raise money for school athletics. Cliff Sagnotty, who moved to […]

Investors casting votes with wallets

P undits of all stripes have had their say

Voters say no to judicial complex bond questions

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Voters overwhelmingly defeated two bond questions aimed at building a $33 million jail and courthouse. Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioner Frank Blackburn doesn’t know what will happen next, but he heard voters’ message loud and clear on Tuesday. “The citizens of Curry County have spoken, so we’ll have to make […]

Local business owners say election seasons boon

Sharna Johnson Signs and banners sprout up throughout the community during election season, an indicator that printing companies have the corner on the business of elections. But printers say while elections certainly are a boon to their business, it’s not an element they count on. “I wouldn’t say it’s a major component, but it is […]