Drug program leaves consumers confused

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A Medicare prescription drug program that started Jan. 1 has caused nationwide problems as it seems to be creating consumer confusion, requiring people to choose from dozens of competing private insurance plans. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson and Kevin Wilson Consumer confusion reigns as the new Medicare prescription drug program starts up. The […]

Lawmakers consider renewable energy

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Rep. Jose Campos thinks the winds of eastern New Mexico could fuel economic growth and the state’s energy options. Windmills would be advantageous to farmers and ranchers, and 200 windmills already spin in Quay and De Baca counties, Campos said. “Some (ranchers and farmers) are making more (money) on […]

Wage hike support split on party line

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Local legislators exhibit a party-line split in the debate over whether to raise up the state’s minimum wage. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, and Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, think if the minimum wage were raised from $5.15 to $7.50 as proposed, job cuts would result. “I think it hurts the […]

Business leaders outline priorities at annual banquet

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Hundreds of community and business leaders gathered at Cannon Air Force Base on Friday night to honor those who fought doggedly to save the air base from closure in 2005. “It was one of the most challenging years of my 35 years of life in Clovis,” said 2005 Chamber […]

1/29 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 6:20 p.m. on Tuesday, police pulled over a vehicle on Fifth and Prince streets for a broken license plate light and found the 25-year-old driver in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. The driver was cited, arrested and released, the report said. […]

Bush’s speech should give explanations

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening could prove to be one of his most memorable. America remains stuck in an Iraq war that has not gone according to plan or expectations. The administration is embroiled in questions of the legality of the president’s wiretapping approvals without court authority. The federal […]

1/29 Letters to the editor

Foster families no more needy than others Regarding the “Making Clovis a Safer Place” story (Dec. 16 CNJ): For the last eight years my husband and I have been licensed foster parents in Curry County. I am also contracted with the state as the county’s foster parent liaison. As part of my duties I help […]

Goal met thanks to community giving

By Errin Burch: Guest columnist I’d like to thank the citizens of eastern New Mexico. Looking back at 2005, United Way of Eastern New Mexico reaching its goal this year was a great tribute to the resilience and generosity of people of our area. To all who contributed — thank you. In the face of […]

1/29 Court dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the 9th Judicial District Court: • Tina Louise Le Clear, 38, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and is ordered to serve 18 months imprisonment and pay all fines and fees. She will receive credit for seven months […]

Hounds look to maintain intensity

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With the kind of effort they put forth in Wednesday’s 75-69 loss to visiting Tarleton State, Eastern New Mexico University senior guard Jolen Montoya figures the Greyhounds would win most games. ENMU has been playing better of late and hopes to keep the higher level of play going when […]

PREP ROUNDUP: Farwell edges Sudan in OT

CNJ staff The Farwell Steers won a nip-and-tuck game from Texas District 3-1A leader Sudan Friday night, beating the Hornets 36-35 in overtime at Farwell. No one scored in double figures for either team. Senior post Colton Sudderth led all scorers with nine points for Farwell (11-14, 3-2 district). The Steers forced overtime on a […]

Battle brewing over minimum wage

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Erminia Robles, right, a manager at Foxy Drive-In, makes $6 an hour. She said she’ll stay at the Clovis restaurant regardless of whether the minimum wage is raised. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Judy Crisp spends six days a week inside a cramped cigarette shop on a bumpy Clovis side […]

Day trips: Cadillac Ranch West Texas landmark

Compiled by Kevin Wilson It’s been an unmistakeable feature of West Texas, and Cadillacs, for more than three decades. It’s been the subject of numerous magazine and newspaper stories, documentaries and even a theatrical film. It can be a day of fun for a family with a few cans of spray paint. The Cadillac ranch, […]

Prosecutors want Clovis teen tried as adult

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Prosecutors are petitioning the court to try a Clovis teen father as an adult for the death of his infant son, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Benito Valdez, 16, was indicted Friday by a grand jury on charges of child abuse resulting in […]

Chamber hands out awards

CNJ staff The following awards were handed out Friday at the Clovis-Curry County Chamber banquet: • Leadership Awards: Clovis Community College, Director of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission Hanson Scott • Ambassador Spirit Award: Norma Patterson • Ambassador of the Year: Jacque Ochs • Business of the Year: ENMR Plateau • Volunteer of […]

MainStreet Web site pushes tourism in Clovis/ Portales area

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales and Clovis may be off the beaten path as far as tourism, but a new Web site’s goal is to attract more tourists to cities such as Portales and Clovis. The new Web site is http://offtheroad.NM.com and it gives viewers a feel for what attractions there are in places […]

Dora tops Melrose in dramatic fashion

Freedom Newspapers DORA — Late heroics returned to Guy Luscombe Gymnasium Friday night, in the form of sophomore guard Clay Smith. Smith scored 10 points, the final three on a trey with two seconds left to give the Dora Coyotes a 56-54 win in a District 3-1A thriller Friday night against Melrose. “That was our […]

Healthy Wildcats win on road

CNJ STAFF ARTESIA — Playing at full strength for the first time in a month, Clovis sophomore guard Jaden Isler helped the Wildcats down Artesia 70-61 Friday in a non-district tune-up game. Isler and junior guard Cody Thornsbury lead the Cats in the game for the Cats (13-6) with 17 points each. “We looked a […]

Lady Rams endure dry spell for win

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Portales sophomore Bethany Self shoots over Roswell’s Keri Pirtle in the third quarter of Friday’s game. Self had 10 points in Portales’ 50-34 win. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers They were the type of numbers that Roswell should have been happy with heading into the second half. The visiting Lady Coyotes […]