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 […]

Some charities finding season less giving than usual

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Salvation Army ringer Dave Garza thanks Randy Lee of Clovis for his donation outside Wal-Mart. Garza has been a ringer for 10 years and said he does it because he enjoys seeing and helping people. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Fundraising during the holiday season is taking local non-profits […]

12-8 Holiday happenings

The following events are taking place throughout the holiday season:

Business feature: Businesses taking steps to avoid flu

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jade Gallegos, a Clovis Community College student who runs the information desk under the work-study program, said a lot of visitors stop to use a hand sanitizer station near the door. The college is one of a number of local organizations taking steps to prevent the spread of H1N1 flu. […]

Clovis Salvation Army doing without credit card machines

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Salvation Army ringers across the country are being armed with a bell, a kettle, sometimes a Santa hat and now a mobile credit card machine. Clovis Salvation Army Maj. Tammy Ray said New Mexico’s fickle weather is causing trouble for Clovis’ ringers as far as adding the machine to […]

Aviation group’s project taking off

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The EAA plane will weigh 245 pounds without a pilot when finished compared to the 1,500-pound Aerostar stored next to it. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico In the northwest corner of the Blue Sky Aviation hangar at Clovis Municipal Airport, a rickety-looking frame of a plane is waiting to […]

Stress taking toll on U.S. military forces

Freedom New Mexico Thursday’s shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, shocked many people who might not have previously thought about just what the ongoing war is doing to the young men and women we keep sending into battle. Nearly 4,400 of them have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, and thousands more have been injured in this […]

Fed’s claim of job creation poor wording

Freedom New Mexico Washington claims 640,000 to 1.5 million jobs have been created or saved by the $787 billion economic stimulus plan. With only about 15 percent of the money spent so far by those intended to receive it, at this rate America might implausibly end up with more new jobs than available workers. Has […]

Fair attendance up about 10 percent

CNJ staff Fair ticket sales jumped more than $15,000 this year and attendance was up around 10 percent. According to figures presented to the county commission Tuesday by Finance Manager Mark Lansford, the gate sale increase accounted to about 21 percent, taking the total from almost $72,000 to more than $87,000. Carnival receipts also rose […]

Tax holiday brings local stores steady business

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Erika Meadows of Raton took advantage of tax free weekend at Joe’s Boot Shop Saturday in Clovis. Meadows was on her way to Portales to drop her two oldest children at Eastern New Mexico University for the fall semester. Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer It looks like customers from across […]

Clovis PD seeking state accreditation

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The Clovis Police Department is one of nine state departments working toward accreditation. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Police Department is taking a giant step to become more transparent. This month, the New Mexico Law Enforcement Professional Standards Council — the accrediting authority for the state — is evaluating the department’s application. […]

7-4 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 10 p.m. an officer responded to a business in the 2000 block of North Prince Street for an embezzlement. A security officer said an employee was caught taking money from a register. He said management noticed the register drawer had been […]

Farwell cowgirl among nation’s best barrel racers

Eric Butler: Freedon New Mexico Of the dozens of competitors on the first night of the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo, one resident of Farwell was sure sitting pretty after taking a risk over a year ago. Cassie Moseley, 27, finished the 2008 season at fourth place year-end standings in barrel racing. Entering the Professional Rodeo […]

Risk pays off for Farwell barrel rider

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Farwell’s Cassie Moseley was fourth in the nation in barrel racing last year. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Of the dozens of competitors on the first night of the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo, one resident of Farwell was sure sitting pretty after taking a risk over a year ago. […]

Post 9/11 GI Bill applicants rising

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The Obama administration is taking steps to reconcile ambitious campaign promises with real world budget challenges on two key issues for veterans: advance funding for VA health care and expansion of concurrent receipt for disabled retirees. Some progress on both fronts is promised this year even if the administration and […]

Residents taking part in NAACP training institute

CNJ staff Six Clovis residents are taking part in a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People training institute this week. Clovis branch president Selmus Price and five others are attending NAACP Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute Thursday through Saturday in Albuquerque. Price will be joined by Anthony Mahan, first vice president and legal […]

Editorial: Head of drug council should bring change

President Obama is reported to have settled on Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, taking the position commonly referred to as “drug czar.” It would have been preferable to abolish the position and transfer the 100 or so employees the “czar” supervises to other departments or to […]

Government retiree `double dipping’ targeted

By Doug Mattson Politicians and union leaders alike are taking aim at the controversial practice of “double-dipping” — public employees returning to work after retirement to collect a salary and pension. The issue comes as lawmakers consider ways to keep some of New Mexico’s biggest retirement funds from hemorrhaging money. The Public Employees Retirement Association […]

Tucumcari taking long shot on race track

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico It’s a long shot — but betting that a race track license may become available within the next two years — the Quay County Gaming Authority agreed Friday to extend its option on land near Interstate 40. The authority, which has $9,224 left in its bank account from its […]

Taking part in government U.S. tradition

Freedom New Mexico Today’s inauguration of Barack Obama as our 44th president is a special day for all Americans. Many might consider it even more special than many previous transitions of presidential authority. Certainly at the top of the list is the ascension of the nation’s non-Anglo president. Many people consider it long overdue, coming […]