Extended heat wave on way

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Carmen Hollis and her son Carter Hollis, 4, both of Clovis, enjoy the sun and try to beat the heat Thursday at the Potter Park pool. This was Hollis first time at Potter Pool and she said, “I really like it.” By Jared Tucker Forecasters say predictions of record-breaking heat […]

Time working in schools was rewarding

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools They say: “All good things must come to an end.” I never did care for that saying too much. My father always said, “Everything is temporary.” And when times are tough, I remind myself of this and it makes me feel better. But, when I am having a great […]

Preparation key in tornado season

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Tony Bullocks: Freedom New Mexico Emergency Management Director Kenneth De Los Santos explains to new dispatcher Carrie Pendleton what makes up the emergency alert system Friday at Clovis Police Department. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Experts say certain weather conditions can spawn violent storms and tornadoes anytime and anywhere across eastern New Mexico. The […]

Verbal attack was without merit

By Lola Bryant: Guest columnist I am the only Hispanic board member on the Clovis Municipal Schools Board, and as such members of the community often come to me with their concerns. When the Concerned Citizens of Curry County (CCCC) asked to meet without Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm being present, alongside another board member, I agreed. […]

Competition heavy for state races

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For a position that many candidates say doesn’t really do anything, plenty of people seem to want it. The lieutenant governor’s race has five Democrats vying to be the next Diane Denish, and three Republicans ready to serve who they hope will be the next Republican governor. The field […]

Don’t mess with superstitions

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Do you say, “bless you” when someone nearby sneezes? Or knock on wood when you mention something is going well? Yeah, me too. Our barn door always had a horseshoe nailed to the wall above it with the open end facing down. In New Mexico several dried cobs of Indian […]

Portales’ first 42 tournament set

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Faye Keener of Portales grabs dominos to shuffle after she and her teammate Beverly Winn won a game of 42 during a tournament in Texico last year. By Linda Usrey Long: PNT Correspondent The first 42 tournament for Portales happens Friday at the Roosevelt Electric Cooperative. Organizers say anyone who […]

Couple faces felony drug charges

CNJ staff A Clovis couple is facing felony drug charges after police say they found approximately 20 rocks of crack cocaine in their home. Region V Drug Task Force agents arrested the couple Friday night. According to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s office, agents discovered the illegal drugs while executing a search warrant […]

Dairy farmers say proposed regulations could put them out of business

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File photo Agendas for the Portales City Council and the Roosevelt and Curry County commissions include a resolution opposing proposed regulations for maintaining groundwater quality under dairies. A trio of governmental bodies meeting today are set to consider opposing proposed state regulations that some dairy farmers say will drive them out of business. But state […]

Senators: Education Department to release $86 million for N.M. schools

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today said the U.S. Department of Education will soon release an additional $86 million to New Mexico to support the state’s schools. New Mexico has already received $491 million for schools through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, bringing the total to $577 million. “State budgets […]

Dairy owners say milk price drop temporary setback

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Wholesale milk prices for dairy owners in the area have decreased after a rise several months ago. Local dairy owners say it’s only a short setback and predict prices will start climbing again later this year. Alan Anderson of Anderson Dairy in Roosevelt County said globally, prices for cheese […]

Officials say options limited for helping builders

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Frankie Lopez of Double I Construction plumbs a post Thursday for a picket fence at a home under construction on Ralph Boone Drive in northeast Clovis near the Cannon Air Force Base 801 housing for personnel. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base is set to receive […]

Experts say farmers will see benefits of wet winter within weeks

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Freedom New Mexico: Chris Schmaedeke Tucumcari farmer Jack Smith shows how much snow he still has on his field. Smith believes all the snow should help this harvest season. By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Area farmers may not be seeing the benefits of a wet winter now, but they will in a few weeks, […]

Legislators say tone of session unusual

Different, unusual, fatalistic. Those are some of the words used by area legislators to describe the tone of this year’s 30-day legislative session. Pending elections, the strain of having no money to work with, little guidance from the executive branch and a growing moderate platform are some of the reasons local leaders have come up […]

Not too late to salvage forgotten valentine

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist It is too late, you say, to salvage the pathetic fact that you forgot Valentine’s Day. It is too late, you say, as you sit sipping your coffee and reading this paper, dated “Feb. 14th.” I can no longer plan to take her away on a mysterious trip for the […]

Original Clovis settlement named after outlaw

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Some say that it’s a person’s urge to get away from regimentation, that the so-called laws puts a man into too tight a situation. I think there’s too many dern outlaws anyway. Why is it that so many people are fascinated by outlaws? So why do men turn outlaw? Some […]

Special interests keep expanding defense budget

Freedom New Mexico One thing you can say about the defense budget presented as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.8 trillion federal budget — it’s marginally more honest than some previous budgets. In years past Defense secretaries have pretended the costs of waging active wars are separate from the “baseline” military budget and have not […]

Debates can leave public well informed

Freedom New Mexico They called it a retreat. Fortunately, neither side seemed inclined to fall back. Observers say Friday’s exchanges between President Obama and Republican lawmakers were something they hadn’t seen in a long time, if ever. Obama and his political opponents engaged in lengthy debates over policies and politics at a GOP get-together in […]

School board taking first steps to replace Seidenwurm

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal School board of education plans to meet next week to decide the first step in finding a replacement for Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. Seidenwurm announced Wednesday she will resign at the end of the school year. Board members say it’s too early in the process to know […]

Local builders say lot prices hurt affordability

By Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer Local builders say lot prices, material costs and taxes are some of the reasons their homes have to sell at prices higher than Cannon Air Force officials say new personnel can afford. Col. Steven Kimball say the typical military family considers a price range of $100,000 to $150,000 affordable […]