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 […]

Caretakers say greyhounds adjusting well to campus life

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University students Dallas Ellsworth, left, and Gilbert Valdez show off the university’s new live mascots, Tory, left center, and Vic. Ellsworth and Valdez live with the dogs and expect them to make their official debut Jan. 23 at the men’s basketball game. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New […]

Local institutions say no problems with veterans’ tuition payments

Staff and wire reports Although many universities and colleges are still waiting for tuition payments for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who attended school last fall under the new GI Bill, representatives of local institutions say they’re not having a problem. The Veterans Affairs Department says the number of veterans with claims unprocessed is now fewer […]

Teen seriously injured leaving scene of party, police say

CNJ staff New Mexico State Police are investigating separate crashes involving a police officer and a Clovis teen police say stem from a large party early Sunday morning. The 18-year-old male driver was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital, where police say he was in stable condition Monday. Officer Jason Blankenship received minor injuries, state police […]

Police say homicide witness changes story

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Gary Gill By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Investigators say a woman who reported finding the body of Clovis’ latest homicide victim staged the discovery hours later and was actually in the apartment when he was shot. Sometime around midnight Monday or early Tuesday, Jeraldine McCoy told police she heard a gunshot in a back […]

Storm causes two deaths, outages, damage

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Tara Wong hands a cup of coffee to Leslie Broussard Tuesday morning at Coffee Depot on 21st Street. Wong said cold weather and overcast skies are good for business. Weather forecasts are calling for a mix of weather today ranging from frost, to sun and snow. Freedom New Mexico Wind […]

Business Feature: Retailers say business steady

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CNJ file photo North Plains Mall Manager Cindy Banister said the mall is showing economic gain in spite of the recession. Monday, economists announced the recession is nearing an end. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer While economists are declaring the recession nearly over, many Clovis businesses say they never felt it and the city’s […]

ENMU officials project record enrollment

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University freshman Mathew Lujan, who hasn’t declared a major, reads Wednesday while waiting for someone to inquire at the information desk in the Campus Union Building. Enrollment is up 10.7 percent at ENMU. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University officials say it’s preliminary, […]

Officials working to secure funds to close county road

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer County officials say they are working diligently to get enough money to re-situate a road causing problems for Cannon Air Force Base. Manager Lance Pyle said his office is pursuing grant money to cover the expense of closing Curry Road R and paving a neighboring road to serve as […]

Clovis mother charged after cocaine found in baby

Dona Ana authorities are holding a 37-year-old Clovis woman after her 10-month-old boy tested positive for cocaine. Las Cruces police say Cecelia Lynn Aranda was charged with one count of negligent child abuse Friday and is being held at the Dona Ana County Detention Center with a cash-only bond of $15,000. Police and the New […]

CHS senior sad to say goodbye but eager for future

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Freedom New Mexico Nakesha Ross is headed to Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico to major in pre-medicine, and possibly double major in psychology. She said she wants to be a general surgeon or work in a hospital emergency room. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Graduation couldn’t come soon enough for Nakesha Ross. […]

Common sense fails to prevail

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Rules. Society needs them to keep itself from descending into chaos. However, even though the rule-makers proceed with the best intentions there are times when unintended consequences are frustrating, to say the least. Worse, sometimes the rules “enforcers” have been known to sacrifice common sense on the altar of “obey […]

Muleshoe residents to vote on alcohol proposal

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Backers say alcohol sales would bring a boom to Muleshoe’s economy. Detractors say a rise in crime and addiction isn’t worth extra tax revenue. City residents will decide the issue Saturday, the second time in

Local dealerships unsure of Chrysler bankruptcy effect

Freedom New Mexico Local Chrysler dealerships say they don’t know what, if any, effect the corporation’s bankruptcy filing will have. Chrysler, the nation’s third-largest car manufacturer, filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday after a group of creditors defied government pressure to wipe out the automaker’s debt. The company plans to emerge in as little as 30 […]

Police: Nose biting victim subdued partycrasher

CNJ staff Police say it now appears a 34-year-old Curry County man whose nose was bitten off in a fight was actually trying to subdue a party crasher wielding a knife. Police originally had information that identified Gilbert Aburto as the person with the knife. They now say another man had the knife and bit […]

Records bill changes rile backers

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Open-government and press advocates say proposed new exemptions to the state’s public records law have made a good government bill turn bad. House Bill 507, sponsored by House Majority Leader Ken Martinez, D-Grants, aimed to speed up the response time for getting public records, as well as make clear […]