Extent of bovine TB in area unknown

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer The ramifications of last week’s discovery of bovine tuberculosis in dairy cattle in eastern New Mexico is still being determined, according to State Agriculture Secretary Miley Gonzalez. Gonzalez said if the infected cattle are within the current federally restricted zone covering parts of Roosevelt and Curry counties, there would […]

Sound of silence won’t be heard

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Farwell City Councilors are opposed to creating a quiet zone at railroad crossings in fear the city would be liable for collisions at the crossing. Councilors voted 4-0 this week against the zone, according to Wayne Gruben, a Farwell city councilor and a chief deputy at the Parmer County […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats cruise into tourney semifinals

CNJ staff ARTESIA — Senior guard Cody Thornsbury hit five 3-pointers for 15 points and the Clovis High boys basketball team cruised into the finals of the Artesia Invitational on Friday with a 63-44 victory over Roswell Goddard. Junior guards Jaden Isler and Bryce Hill added 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Wildcats (2-0), […]

Tax laws favoring military combatants

By Tom Philpott: Military Update If tax laws mirror a nation’s values, then America clearly values its military personnel, and more so today than a few years ago. Combat-zone tax exclusions, combined with changes to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and child tax credits, have reduced or even wiped out the tax liability of […]

Hounds keep Aggies winless

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Oklahoma Panhandle State’s Juan Carson fouls Eastern New Mexico University’s Mikal Monette on a drive to the basket during the first half of Saturday’s game at Greyhound Arena in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Greyhounds had little time to prepare for Oklahoma Panhandle State’s zone defense. […]

7/13 Letters to the editor

Local businesses waste most water I keep hearing about the water shortage and how we can help save water. Then I drive down Prince Street and see all the restaurant employees washing down their drive and parking area with gallons and gallons of water. They take well over one-half hour to wash their business areas […]

Senior service members use tax breaks

by Tom Philpott Congress has passed legislation to end a quirky reduction in tax breaks that hits lower-income military families when their service members are assigned to Iraq, Afghanistan or other combat areas. Relief from the tax break glitch was part of the Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004 approved Sept. 23 and sent […]

Combat taxes clashing with income tax

Tom Philpott: Military Update An estimated 5,000 to 10,000 military members fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan last year received combat-zone tax exclusions that had a surprising effect: They lowered family incomes. Some families saw a net loss in tax benefits of more than $4,000 because wartime tax exclusions disqualified them for more valuable tax breaks […]

Hounds beat ASU, pull into four-way tie for first

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Eastern New Mexico University senior Garland Coleman drives to the basket past Angelo State’s Matt Hardin as he goes in for two points during the first half of Saturday’s game in Portales. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Irshaun Pinckney struggled early trying to give Eastern New Mexico University’s offense some […]

Hounds struggle to beat East Central

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Eastern junior Travazz Buckley pressures East Central’s Cale Simon. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — For the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds, Monday night’s Lone Star Conference men’s crossover game against East Central was like pulling teeth. With one starter out, another coming down sick at halftime and the team’s standout […]

Clovis soph regains shooting stroke

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Point guard Tori Quinana is one of several sophomores making an impact this season for the Lady Wildcats. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White Aimee Hilburn is starting to feel more comfortable on offense, a discomforting thought for Clovis opponents. After struggling in her first two outings, the 5-foot, 11-inch sophomore scored in […]

Parks finds end zone often

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Melrose senior Harvey Park makes up for his lack of foot speed with great hands, according to his coach. CNJ photo by Erick Kluth. Rick White He’s not big. Nor particularly fast. Harvey Park just has a knack for catching footballs — and finding the end zone. His coach and teammates rave about his hands, […]