No votes lost

Editors asked for readers’ response to Tuesday’s municipal elections in which Gayla Brumfield became Clovis’ first female mayor and voters approved Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants. Here’s what Mac McDonald had to say: • “It sure is nice to finally not lose a vote in an election. I think the entire crew (mayor and city […]

Election blog begins at 7 p.m.

Polls close at 7 tonight and we’ll begin posting local and national election information online as soon as it begins to roll in. Editor David Stevens will be writing an election blog, which will appear as the top news story at cnjonline.com. Also, we’ll post readers’ thoughts about Sunday alcohol sales, Clovis’ new mayor and […]

Request for a ‘positive story’

Clovis’ Blake Prather has a story idea: “Considering the amount of bashing that Clovis is taking from the Florida Air Force personnel (online comments), you should do a story on why a lot of military retirees move back here to retire and what’s their motivation to stay once retired,” he wrote in an e-mail. “The […]

Alcohol sales shouldn’t even need ballot

Freedom New Mexico By now you have heard every argument imaginable for and against Sunday alcohol sales in Clovis restaurants. Yes, alcohol abuse is a great evil in our community, state and nation. Yes, economic development could get a boost if area residents could have a glass of wine with their Sunday dinner out. But […]

Voting — a duty that makes you feel good

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist A few days ago I dropped in on Clovis Mayor David Lansford’s pharmacy to pick up some drugs. Um, I should clarify, I dropped in to pick up a prescription. I raised my hand in hello as I walked through the door and loudly proclaimed, “I sure am going to […]

Texans have rare opportunity of influence

Freedom Newspapers Texas could be a political kingmaker this campaign season. Such a position wasn’t expected until the first Super Tuesday on Feb. 5. Virtually every election year, states leapfrog each other’s political primary and caucus dates in hopes of exerting more influence on the presidential races. This year the movement was more extreme than […]

Students rally to promote vote

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis high school students Stephen Fernandez, left, and Cory Dillard rallied some of their friends Saturday to picket along Prince Street to encourage young people to vote. Each member of the group supports Hillary Clinton, but Fernandez said it’s more By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Steven Fernandez said he […]

Local Democrats can vote in early caucus

CNJ staff Holding a caucus on Super Tuesday allows local voters to take a more active roll in deciding the party’s presidential nomination, according to Mark Sweetman, chairman of the Democratic Party of Curry County. The Democratic caucus is being held statewide from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday. “One advantage of the early caucus, with […]

‘Yes’ vote equals matching funds

Rhonda Seidenwurm: Guest columnist On Tuesday, Clovis Municipal School District residents will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote to continue the five mill tax levy we’ve had in place for most of our lifetimes. A small portion of the $12 million that will be generated by the continuation of this general […]

Local Roundup: Arrest made in case of inmate’s assault

CNJ staff A 28-year-old Clovis man was arrested Thursday in connection with an assault at the Curry County Detention Center. Nick Jasper attacked his cellmate Saul Prieto, 25, of Clovis on Jan. 14 as he was sleeping, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said Jasper suspected Prieto was informing on him. “The attack was stopped […]

One vote yes for Sunday alcohol sales

One vote in favor of Sunday alcohol sales: “I see nothing wrong with selling alcohol on Sunday,” Ardyth Elms wrote in an e-mail. “The majority of people drinking during dinner, or going to a bar to watch sports, don’t cause problems, and most people have a designated driver. Alcohol consumption problems are (caused by) people […]

Michigan legal complaint unfounded

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico There are times in our political process where legal recourse is needed. Now is not that time; Michigan is not that place. On Tuesday, the state featured a competitive Republican primary, with Mitt Romney winning with support from both Republican and Democratic voters. Why did Democrats vote for Romney? […]

Personal choice, responsibilities at heart of alcohol sales vote

Freedom New Mexico Voters will decide March 4 whether Clovis restaurants should be allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays. We recommend they vote yes. A yes vote supports freedom of choice first and foremost. It affirms the rights of individuals of legal consent to decide whether they wish to sell alcohol in their business on […]

One vote for Render

Dorothy Nelson says Rube Render is her choice for mayor of Clovis. “He’s retired military, also retired from Lockheed Martin, has a master’s degree in human resources, and is just a genuinely nice guy … all qualities which would serve a mayor well,” she wrote in an e-mail. “Rube seems truly interested in community affairs […]

Firefighters’ December busy

The Clovis Fire Department responded to 539 calls for service in December, according to statistics released this week by Chief Ray Westerman. Firefighters received 6,182 calls for service in 2007, or about 515 per month. The department also performed 96 business inspections last month, issuing 232 reports for non-compliance. • • • Joe Christopherson has […]

Voting by mail gets my full support

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer In counties across New Mexico, voters had an opportunity Tuesday to decide important issues like school bonds. In the years since the disputed 2000 presidential election, voters have shown trepidation about whether their vote will count. The government’s response is the Help America Vote Act, which has mandated counties […]

Filmmakers borrow Texico name

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Kevin Costner plays apathetic, everyday guy Bud Johnson from Texico in his new movie, “Swing Vote,” according to movie officials. According to a synopsis of the movie, Johnson’s daughter, Molly, sets off a chain reaction that makes her father the swing vote in the presidential election. “Basically, Kevin Costner […]

Congressional holds cowardly move

By Charles N. Davis: Guest columnist Congress, apparently content to explore ever new depths in public disapproval, is on the verge of having a single member derail the most meaningful reform in years of the federal Freedom of Information Act. How, you ask, when overwhelming majorities support the legislation in both the House and Senate? […]

Great Lakes lands deal

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Blake Prather leaves the podium Thursday after talking about an alternative site to the proposed ethanol plant at the City Commission meeting. By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The Clovis City Commission voted 6-2 at Thursday’s meeting to recommend Great Lakes Aviation to continue providing the city’s air service to […]

France headed in new direction regardless of vote

By Freedom Newspapers Conventional wisdom holds that in the first round of presidential elections, French voters vote with their hearts and typically winnow the field of candidates to the two highest vote-getters. This often swells the vote counts for fringe candidates and explains the odd outcome in 2002, when perennial anti-immigrant fringe candidate Jean-Marie Le […]