Monday morning briefing: Catching a break and taking office

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Catch a break Students at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales are observing spring break this week, starting today. Staff, unfortunately, must still report and the campus will be open for regular hours. Taking the oath Newly elected city officials are taking their oath of office today […]

Taking on 2012 one step at a time

It’s not even a week past Christmas day and I’m already experiencing a post-Christmas letdown. Am I the only one that experiences this? Please, tell me no. There are things I love about all seasons of the year, but October through December are my favorite three months of the year, no doubt. There are so […]

Night holiday event showcases zoo

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Hillcrest Park Zoo Director Vince Romero, left, shows his daughter Olivia holiday decorations displayed at Hillcrest Park Zoo. The decorations are part of the Christmas Nites at the Zoo event Tuesday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Benna Sayyed Donna Wilson is taking her granddaughter to the Hillcrest […]

McGee: No shame in taking help

This is a message for the young man who came walking down the street the other day and offered to lend a hand as The Lady of the House and I were unloading a massive computer desk we bought at a yard sale. Hey amigo, thanks for offering a hand; it turns out we needed […]

Education column: James Bickley principal focuses on school’s strengths

Taking the opportunity the other day to visit with one of our elementary principals, I learned about some of the things that would be happening during this upcoming year at their school. Carlos Carrillo, principal at James Bickley Elementary, focusing on strengths, shared, “we have great teachers at James Bickley, who work very well together […]

City rejects demand to remove sign

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A card identifying Clovis People for Progress as the sponsor of a sign hung from Hotel Clovis is affixed to the bottom left corner of the banner encouraging support of an Affordable Housing Plan in an Aug. 2 special election. Sharna Johnson The city has rejected a demand to remove […]

Roosevelt County assessor resigns

Argen Duncan The new Roosevelt County assessor has resigned, and her deputy is taking her position. At a special meeting Wednesday morning in the county courthouse, the Roosevelt County Commission voted to accept Evelyn Ledbetter’s resignation and appoint Kenner Carrasco to finish the term. The county assessor’s staff determines property values and the amount of […]

Gay marriage: Let speculation begin

Whenever somebody tells me that allowing same-sex marriages will decimate heterosexual marriage, I tell them gay marriage will make hamburgers tastier. As long as neither of us has proof … A slightly more rational argument is taking place after New York’s Legislature approved same-sex marriage. There’s already talk of a domino effect, how New York […]

CATS taking after-school reservations

CNJ staff Clovis Area Transit System will begin taking reservations 7 a.m. Friday for after-school transport for the upcoming school year. All reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Routes will be determined based on reservations placed at each school and available drivers, and extra reservations will be placed on a waiting list. No transportation […]

Easier to change self than state

You can see anything more clearly after taking a step back from it than you can while you are in the middle of it. If you want the truth about a cult, you ask someone who was once a part of it, but who got out. You can’t get an accurate version of the truth […]

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 […]

Animals always full of surprises

The high-powered quarter horse mare had been to the breeding barn, and was bred to an outstanding stallion. Everything seemed fine. Maybe not. She colicked, and they ended up taking her to the veterinarian. He got that problem solved, and while he was at it he checked, and pronounced her “open,” no baby in there. […]

ENMU students, local children to perform play

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Freedom New Mexico: Portales News-Tribune Argen Duncan College students and local children are taking on a leprechaun who won’t wear green, mean girls and confusion over the meaning of Cinco de Mayo. Seventeen Eastern New Mexico University theatre students and around two dozen children are putting on the humorous play “The HOWLS Detective Agency — […]

City taking over Chaparral Country Club on Sunday

Kevin Wilson A few things to know about next week’s golf course transition, following the city’s $2.81 million purchase of the Chaparral Country Club. When does the city take control? Sunday is when the city begins operations at Chaparral Country Club. It will keep that name for the time being, Parks and Recreation Director Bill […]

Affordable Housing Plan taking step toward ordinance

Kevin Wilson When Clovis found out that nearby Cannon Air Force Base would receive a bump in personnel for its new Air Force Special Operations Command mission, growth management consultants suggested an affordable housing plan as responsible planning for the city’s future. The last two commanders at Cannon, and some of their officers, have spoken […]

County, city to negotiate inmate costs

Sharna Johnson Curry County and the city are poised to start negotiations on the cost of housing inmates at the jail with the county saying it needs more money and the city taking the position it’s already paying enough. Under a 2008 joint powers agreement, Clovis pays the county $115,000 a year — less than […]

Facts rarely sway people’s beliefs

This will be a futile column. Experience dictates that it will change no minds, inspire no reconsideration among those who disagree. It will sit on the computer screen or the newspaper page taking up space, affecting nothing, until another column replaces it. It will be a useless essay, written for one reason only: To protect […]

Bombing range deal under scrutiny

Sharna Johnson Recently elected state officials are taking a new look at the expansion of Melrose Bombing Range and it’s making some involved in the project a little nervous. For four years, state, local and Air Force officials have been working on a deal to use $5 million capital outlay to purchase approximately 30,000 acres […]

Patient transfers stretching resources

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Firefighter Mike Field performs a routine maintenance check on an ambulance at Station 1. Sharna Johnson Clovis ambulances are spending more and more time taking patients out of town, a dynamic that is starting to stretch resources a little thin. In the last two years, out-of-town ambulance transfers increased 57 […]

Letters to the editor: President keeps on taking from us

President keeps on taking from us I said it during his campaign and I’ll say it again, “To me Obama is nothing but a smooth-talking Chicago con man.” Since I first expressed those sentiments over two years ago, his words and actions have made my conviction stand out like a neon sign. His most recent […]