Early voting turnout at 11.7 percent

CNJ staff More than 2,400 Curry County residents have already had their say in the upcoming general election. County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman said Wednesday that 1,694 people have cast an early ballot at the county courthouse. As of 4:30 p.m. at the North Plains Mall, the county’s alternate early voting site, 761 votes had […]

Carlsbad’s Ross stood out early, locals say

By Rick White: CNJ presentation managing editor Tim King says San Francisco Giants outfielder Cody Ross hasn’t changed much since the days they played together at Carlsbad High School. Same laid-back personality, same violent swing. “It’s really funny to watch him on TV because he acts the same; same big swing, same big smile,” said […]

Letter to the editor: Inmates treated better than seniors

Do we really need a judicial complex? I say no, but that’s my choice. Maybe we should use the money for something else, and here is some food for thought: Let’s put seniors in jail and the criminals in nursing homes. This way the seniors would: • have access to showers, hobbies and walks; • […]

Commissioners say housing inmates at Texas jails not viable option

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A Parmer County Detention Officer staffs the booking area of the 50-bed jail Monday. Sheriff Randy Geries said his facility is subject to unannounced state inspections at any time. Sharna Johnson One reason Curry County officials say they need a new jail is because of a growing, violent inmate population […]

City negotiating purchase of giraffe

Kevin Wilson City officials say Jay the Giraffe is still a few weeks away. City Purchasing Agent David Boswell said Tuesday he is still working on a contract that would bring the male giraffe to the Hillcrest Zoo, where city officials hope he can produce offspring with Jael, a female. “We’re working on the contract […]

Owners say ‘mom-and-pop’ businesses challenging, rewarding

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Roger and Patricia Grah said their family-run business is working out well after years of dreaming about owning a business. Sharna Johnson Running a “mom-and-pop” business is rewarding and offers freedom, and some Clovis business owners wouldn’t have it any other way. Patricia Grah said after more than 50 years […]

Press release: NM officials say more time needed for public comments on low altitude training flights

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman, Tom Udall and Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Farmers say area cotton crop booming

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Floyd farmer Allen Deen shows dryland cotton plants in his field along N.M. 267. This year is his first to grow cotton in 31 years of farming, and he said the crop and price look like they will be excellent. Argen Duncan Roosevelt and Curry counties have much more cotton […]

Roanhaus’ success based on dedication

Say what you will about Eric Roanhaus — and football fans around the region have said plenty in his 33 seasons as Clovis High School’s head coach — but don’t forget to call him a winner. The Wildcats’ fiery leader is on the verge of becoming just the third varsity coach in New Mexico high […]

Officials: Bond election would also provide money for existing schools

Liliana Castillo Leaders at Clovis Municipal Schools say if a special school bond election isn’t approved by voters Aug. 31, it would not only mean no new middle school but no money to expand or repair many existing school buildings. If passed, the $16 million bond issue would leverage almost $57 million in state tax […]