April 5, 2009 Club notes

Claud Rainy Day Extension club The Claud Rainy Day Extension club met Feb. 25 with Marcy Kos, Lois Hollinsworth and Lucille Johnson for an enchilada lunch. Eleven other members and guest Crystal Fenstermaker were present. Ann Carter was elected to finish the term of president Ginger Beck, now teaching weaving and crafts at the university. […]

Editorial: Letting AIG flounder may be only choice

Moral hazard is the term economists use to describe a policy or action that either rewards irresponsible behavior or prevents the irresponsible party from being punished in the ordinary course of things. It is especially relevant when considering AIG (American International Group), the insurance behemoth that is reportedly getting access to another $30 billion of […]

Texas election schedule

CNJ Staff Election season is in full swing across the Texas panhandle. The following are regional contests with general election information for voters: Filing deadline: Monday Election day: May 9. Early voting: April 27-May 5. Deadline for voter registration: April 9. The following positions are open: (* indicates a candidate who has filed.) Bovina Positions […]

New Mexico state parks requests public comments on Blackwater Draw partnership feasibility study

New Mexico State Parks invites public comment on a draft feasibility study evaluating possible long-term partnerships between Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico State Parks at the Blackwater Draw site. Senate Memorial 42, passed by the Legislature in 2007, requested State Parks to complete a feasibility study to consider long-term partnerships, including the possible […]

Voters deserve chance to set terms

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist In the last 12 months, mayors of Clovis and Portales have said it was time to go, even though no term limits existed. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it was time to stay, even though term limits do exist. Bloomberg is seeking a third term as mayor, despite the […]

County, state races shouldn’t take back seat

Freedom New Mexico The term “down the ballot” refers to the congressional, state and local races that ostensibly play second, third and fourth fiddle to the presidential contest. The names of the White House contenders will appear at the tops of ballots, with everything else further down. This presentation more or less mirrors the conventional […]

Local finance experts: Think longterm

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Remember to have a long-term view. That’s the advice area financial advisors are giving their clients as daily news coverage highlights financial woes in the U.S. markets. This week, the nation watched unprecedented upheaval in the markets, marked by several hundred-point gains and losses in the Dow Jones industrials, […]

Riders punctuate Pioneer nights

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Courtesy photo Members of Pro-Tour FMX will provide nightly shows at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena during Pioneer Days. Shows are scheduled to follow the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Assocation Rodeo each evening. CNJ Staff Pro-Tour FMX is a Freestyle Motocross exhibition and demonstration team that will be perfoming nightly at the Mounted Patrol Arena […]

Candidate Profiles: County Commission District 2

Editor’s note: The CNJ sent out a questionnaire to candidates running for county positions up for election. Candidates had a 300 word-limit for each question and their responses are published as submitted. Alan Glen Sumrall Age: 58 Occupation: Farmer/Rancher Previous elected offices: 9 years Curry County Fair Board; 2 terms Grady School Board; elected twice […]

‘Homosexual’ anti-gay term

Adam G. Bass, a media field strategist with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) organization in Los Angeles, has been reading our stories on the Clovis yearbook controversy.

Motherhood entails all sorts of job skills

Freedom New Mexico Consider this a rhetorical gift to all the moms out there: The term “working mother” is redundant. Please understand we mean no disrespect to anyone. Women who have to balance children and careers face formidable challenges. It’s just that the combination of the words “working” and “mother” sort of implies that a […]

District 2 candidate profile: Alan Sumrall

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Courtesty photo Alan Sumrall is a District 2 County Commission candidate. Alan Glen Sumrall Age: 58 Occupation: Farmer/Rancher Previous elected offices: 9 years Curry County Fair Board; 2 terms Grady School Board; elected twice as President of New Mexico Wheat Growers Association; currently Treasurer of Curry County Mounted Patrol What is your long-term vision for […]

District 2 candidate profile: Daniel Stoddard

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Courtesty photo Daniel Stoddard is a District 2 County Commission candidate. Daniel J. Stoddard Party Affiliation: Republican Age: 48 Occupation: Owner of Fairhaven Assisted Living Facility Previous elected offices: None What is your long-term vision for the county? And how will you plan for that? My long term vision for the county is to help […]

Short-term crisis help only hurts in long run

Freedom New Mexico When the world’s finance ministers meet under the auspices of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, as they did in Washington earlier this month, they usually rub their chins and harrumph portentously about arcane financial matters. But this year the meetings tried to focus on a more tangible problem: rising […]

‘Give back’ not accurate term for taxpaying

Freedom New Mexico Given the emphasis placed on education in this country,

Election results: Brumfield elected mayor; Alcohol to be sold on Sunday

CNJ staff The final, unofficial results of the election according to city clerk’s offices: All regional New Mexico results reported; All area Texas municipalities have reported with the exception of Bailey County Clovis votes include all absentee votes and polling locations with a total voter turn out of 33 percent. Mayor • Tim L. Ashley […]

Preparing the polls

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis City Clerk Leighann Melancon gathers items that need to go into the polling boxes for today’s election. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Surrounded by piles of new voter registration cards, old pens and municipal election guides from past years, Clovis City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon worked at a rapid […]

Mayor candidate forum

CNJ staff The Clovis News Journal asked the six candidates for mayor in Tuesday’s Clovis municipal election to tell readers about themselves, their qualifications and their platforms. Below are their responses. Tim Ashley Age: 44 Occupation: Construction supply business owner. Prior elected office: Currently serving his second consecutive term as Curry County commissioner. Ashley: I’m […]

Former commissioner hopes to regain seat

CNJ Staff A former Curry County Commissioner has announced his intention to seek his former seat. Paul D. Barnes, 64, plans to run for the seat in District 5, which he filled from 1991 through 2000. “I’ve enjoyed the years I’ve served my county, and I had a lot of encouragement from a lot of […]

Candidates make last pitch

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The Clovis/Curry County Chamber and Clovis Industrial Development Corp. sponsored a pancake breakfast and the final candidate forum before March 4 municipal election Wednesday at the Clovis Civic Center. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer In their final public forum before the March 4 municipal election, Clovis mayor candidates discussed […]