Their view: Disaster farm aid needs to be renewed

Salomon Ramirez, state executive director New Mexico Farm Service Agency, says no industry is more vulnerable to nature’s wrath than agriculture. Hence, the need for disaster programs.

ENMU president says he expects big things from graduates

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University graduates file out of Greyhound Arena auditorium Saturday afternoon after receiving their diplomas. ENMU president Steven Gamble said 81 percent were the first in their families to graduate. Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble said he was expecting big things from the 484 […]

A view from under the pew: ella the unenchanted ant

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist just the other day boss iran across a disillusionedyoung insect ella the apathetic ant was ambling down a churchaisle bemoaning the state of her life and the churchpew underworld around her life looks so hopelessella moaned nothingreally matters anymorei don t matter anymorenobody matters anymore and besides i really […]

DA, jail administrator at odds on furloughs

Sharna Johnson A weekend medical furlough that ended with an inmate leading police on a high-speed chase through Curry County is an example of jail officials acting outside the scope of their duties, according to the district attorney. But the jail administrator says it’s ultimately up to the judge. Justin Steelman, 32, was released April […]

Bin Laden reaction: Clovis native says NYC upbeat

Sharna Johnson New York is smiling, according to Clovis native Cyndi Phelps. Waiting in Phoenix to catch a late flight back to New York Sunday night, Phelps said everyone became glued to the TVs in the terminal when the president came on to announce Osama bin Laden was dead. A few minutes later on the […]

Obama wants to drill — but only in Brazil

Gasoline prices have hit $4 a gallon in California, twice what they were when Barack Obama took office. But sometimes overlooked is that prices previously declined partly because of worldwide recession depressing demand. As economies recover, demand increases, and so do prices. Moreover, Middle East instability now threatens supplies, adding more upward price pressure as […]

Police chief says he’s pleased with citizen involvement in preventing crime

Sharna Johnson Clovis citizens get an “atta boy” from Police Chief Steve Sanders, who said a reduction in violent crimes for the second year in a row shows proactive citizen involvement is helping keep Clovis safe. In 2010 violent felony crimes —murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault — dropped by 9 percent in Clovis and […]

Press release: Bingaman says FAA bill invests in aviation infrastructure

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman said he is pleased a bill that clears the Senate today will invest in New Mexico’s airport infrastructure and in the state’s economy. The FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act continues funding for a number of programs that are important to New Mexico and the nation. Among […]

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 […]

ENMU president says he expects spring enrollment record to be broken

Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University will almost certainly break last year’s spring enrollment record, the university president has said. President Steven Gamble said census day is in two weeks, so enrollment numbers aren’t official yet. “It looks very good, though,” he said. Compared to last spring, Gamble expects head counts to be up between […]

Airline service would offer more flights at higher cost

Kevin Wilson A new airline that aims to serve Clovis says it can do more with less — provided customers pick up some of the tab. New Mexico Airlines, a division of Hawaii-based Pacific Wings, is proposing to offer three Albuquerque-Clovis round trips. Unlike previous airlines to serve the Clovis Municipal Airport, NMA plans to […]

Chairman: Where did funds go?

Under Democratic control the last four years, the House voted to pump tens of billions of additional dollars into the Department of Veterans Affairs for improved benefits and health care. The new Republican chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee says it’s time to learn where a lot of those dollars went and to provide […]

Health care remains top priority

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Dr. George Peach Taylor Jr., says he doesn’t yet know if President Obama’s defense budget for fiscal 2012 will propose higher TRICARE fees for military retirees or any other beneficiary group. If past budget requests are any guide, going back deep into the George W. Bush’s presidency, then higher TRICARE […]

Government wants to track you online

Freedom Newspapers Dr. George Peach Taylor Jr., says he doesn’t yet know if President Obama’s defense budget for fiscal 2012 will propose higher TRICARE fees for military retirees or any other beneficiary group. If past budget requests are any guide, going back deep into the George W. Bush’s presidency, then higher TRICARE fees could be […]

Superintendent says he’s pleased with what he sees in district

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers said the district is working better by working systemically. Liliana Castillo It’s been more than a month since Superintendent Terry Myers took the helm at Clovis Municipal Schools and he said he likes what he’s seen. Myers, 54, took the job Aug. 1 after […]

Muleshoe superintendent’s son helps rescue teen hiker

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Courtesy photo Navy pilot Lt. Brandon Sheets said he trains almost every day for a situation like the rescue he performed Tuesday. Liliana Castillo Lt. Brandon Sheets says he was just doing his job — piloting a helicopter under a bridge, next to a cliff, trying to rescue a child. The Navy pilot and son […]

Sugar-free blueberry pie wins fair contest

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Randy Rhue with the Clovis Lions Club takes notes on one of three pies entered in the pie baking contest Wednesday at the Curry County Fair. Liliana Castillo At the age of 13, Rebecca McDaniel says she’s been baking “a really long time.” The Clovis native’s experience and attention to […]

a view from under the pew: amos tries to love trigger

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos the churchmouse:a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes.amos tries to love trigger boss being a christian mousein a […]

Justice says judge ruled correctly in Arizona case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Wednesday that a judge ruled correctly in blocking the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law. “States can and do play a role in cooperating with the federal government in its enforcement of the immigration laws, but they must do so within our constitutional framework,” department spokeswoman Hannah […]

Fired booking officer says she lacked training

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File photo A booking officer fired from the Curry County jail Monday for mistakenly releasing an inmate says she lacked training and support that might have prevented the mistake. Sharna Johnson A booking officer fired from the Curry County jail Monday for mistakenly releasing an inmate says she lacked training and support that might have […]