Paving the way

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CNJ staff photo: Tony BullocksWalter Nowelll of the New Mexico Department of Transportation performs a test on a batch of asphalt to determine its density. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Walter Nowell shares many similarities with the asphalt he tests daily. His physical build is compact and strong and his demeanor is unyielding and […]

City fee hikes suggested

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis wants to raise fees for city services to recoup costs incurred in providing them, according to city officials. The City Commission will vote Thursday on recommending fee increases for animal control, garbage, inspections, library and wastewater services, according to city documents. Recommended increases made […]

Author develops early passion for writing

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Lois Duncan is an award-winning author best known for her suspense novels for adolescents and teens. In early October, her novel, “Daughters of Eve,” was pulled from elementary library shelves in Clovis schools. The former state resident told the Clovis News Journal the suspense novel was not appropriate […]

Education bond benefits outweigh pain of tax hike

We seldom recommend voting for a tax initiative. We prefer our government servants to achieve goals by cutting waste and looking to private enterprise, which often is more efficient and effective. That said, a proposal on Tuesday’s New Mexico ballot is worth supporting. It is Bond B, the semiannual General Obligation Bond for Education, which […]

Mudslinging campaigns insult democracy

A few years ago, I needed to call the Department of Motor Vehicles and dialed the corresponding 800 number. Imagine my surprise when I got a phone sex line. I redialed to make sure it was a phone book misprint (it was), hung up and visited the local DMV instead. I never thought about it […]

Cats add 1,000-yard rusher

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Clovis High defenders Cobey Isbell, right, and Derrick Phillips, left, tackle Hobbs wide receiver Reese Franklin in the Cats 40-9 victory over the Eagles at Leon Williams Stadium on Friday. By Greg Price CNJ SPORTS WRITER With his 125-yard effort Friday, junior Manuel Robles went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season. It is […]

“Stay the course” desertion quite dishonest

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist • “… The Party said that Oceania had never been in alliance with Eurasia. He, Winston Smith, knew that Oceania had been in alliance with Eurasia as short a time as four years ago. But where did that knowledge exist? Only in his own consciousness, which in any case must […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Musicians get nod for induction

Small, black vinyl records cover the walls of the Norman Petty Studios, a testament to the musicians who recorded at the Seventh Street studio under the tutelage of Petty. The Clovis music producer and several of the musicians he worked with in the 1950s will be inducted into the New Mexico Music Hall of Fame. […]

State rep chosen for meth task force

CNJ Staff State representative Anna Crook of Clovis has been selected to serve on a methamphetamine task force of women elected officials, according to a National Foundation for Women Legislators press release. The task force is working to find solutions to address the growing epidemic of methamphetamine use nationwide, the release said. A member of […]

Sentenced handed down for molestations

CNJ Staff A Curry County man will serve 20 years in prison for sexually molesting two children, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Jesse Ray Jones, 37, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to criminal sexual penetration of a minor under the age of 13 and criminal sexual contact of […]

Benton, ENMU feel better after victory

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — The Eastern New Mexico University football team was coming off a five-game losing streak. And to make matters worse heading into Saturday’s Texas A&M-Kingsville game, the playing status of junior quarterback Michael Benton was in question due to a concussion. As it turned out, Benton played […]

Hounds fifth, Zias seventh in LSC preseason basketball polls

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer First-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Linden Weese doesn’t know where the Zias will finish in the Lone Star Conference South Division — but he’s pretty sure in won’t be at the bottom. The Zias were picked to finish seventh in the eight-team division in the league’s […]

ENMU soccer players honored

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Senior forward Megan Dozier and junior goalkeeper Leif Craddock have been accorded first-team status in All-Lone Star Conference (women) and All-Southwest Soccer Conference (men) first-team selections announced by the league office. Dozier, one of four original members of the ENMU women’s squad, holds every school record on offense, including career […]

Lady Chaps defeat Zias in four games

CNJ staff LUBBOCK — Mike Maguire’s 20-year tenure as Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball coach went out quietly on Tuesday night. The Zias finished the season on a 15-match losing streak, falling to Lubbock Christian 30-14, 30-20, 29-31, 30-19. The Lady Chaps (18-19) jumped in front early in each of the three games they won […]

Lump sum payment may be welcome change

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Veterans’ Disability Benefits Commission has examined and rejected a proposal that the VA begin offering veterans with lower-rated disabilities a lump-sum payment instead of lifetime monthly compensation. The 13-member commission reached its decision unanimously last week at a public meeting in Washington, D.C. It did so after being briefed […]

For elecion, reality promotes Republicans

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist I can understand why Democrats are jazzed about November’s election. The polls combined with the fawning media (“Oh, please, Sen. Obama, let us kiss the hem of your garment!”) are giving them goose bumps such as they have not experienced since “An Inconvenient Truth” debuted in theaters. What I don’t […]

Inexperience Obama’s biggest asset in presidential run

Sen. Barack Obama has been traveling the country to stump for fellow Democrats. But uppermost in the minds of many is his hinting on national television about a possible 2008 campaign for president. Intellectual yet unassuming, the Illinois Democrat rose from working-class parents of different races to earn degrees from Columbia and Harvard. With his […]

Tax rates jump for homeowners

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Curry County property tax bills are being mailed this week, and residents who purchased a home since 2005 may be in for a shock, county tax officials said. The reason: a new property assessment system based on market value. Most people who bought a house in 2005 built in […]

Early voting turnout consistent to previous years

CNJ Staff Seven percent of Curry County’s registered voters have exercised their right to vote during early voting that began Oct. 10. The general election is Nov. 7. According to Curry County Deputy Clerk and Election Administrator Coni Jo Lyman, 1,498 of 21,179 registered voters have already cast their ballots. The county clerk’s office has […]

Business exploring broadband options

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Employees of a local telecommunications company are learning to use computers to talk on phones, according to a Clovis Community College press release. ENMR-Plateau Telecommunications employees are being trained in the new technology, called Voice over Internet Protocol, at Clovis Community College in preparation for customer use, according […]