More money, more problems for upcoming session

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press State government has plenty of it and lots of people are lining up to help spend it during the Legislature’s 60-day session. The Legislature convenes next week and lawmakers will have a record amount of revenue available to pay for programs and offset tax cuts in the coming fiscal […]

Local legislative priorities

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Education BACKDROP: Public schools account for the largest share of state spending from the main budget account, about 45 percent or $2.3 billion this year. Higher education represents 15 percent of state spending. A report by Education Week ranks New Mexico last in the nation on a “Chance for […]

Growth management organization selected

CNJ Staff The Local Growth Management Committee, consisting of elected representatives from Portales, Clovis, and Curry and Roosevelt counties, appointed the nine members of the Local Growth Management Organization on Friday. The organization members will make recommendations to the Local Growth Management Committee regarding the anticipated growth brought about by an expanded mission at Cannon […]

Ice envelops area

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Katelynne Dow, 11, writes her name in the snow and ice with her skateboard on a cold Saturday afternoon. Temperatures in Clovis never climbed out of the 20s on Saturday. Freezing temperatures are expected for today. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Karl Terry and Greg Price: Freedom Newspapers A winter ice storm enveloped Curry […]

War response sets precedence for future events

Freedom Newspapers Congressional Democrats are almost unanimously opposed to President Bush’s plan to increase the number of U.S. troops actively engaged in Iraq. They are less united when it comes to explaining what they would do instead, and even less so on what they will do — given that they now control both houses of […]

Letters to the Editor: Individual disrespect for rules hurts others

I recently witnessed a disturbing incident outside a local store. The father and son parked beside me had just finished putting their purchases in their car and the young boy (perhaps 10 or 12) took the shopping cart and gave it a great shove. It sped across the drive and into the parking spaces for […]

Lewis helps Clovis sweep Taos

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Clovis High’s Michael Lewis, center, jumps for a layup against Taos defenders Paul Serrano, left, Michael Malone, center, and Donnie Ward, right at Rock Staubus Gym on Saturday night. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Asked what he sees as his role on the team, Clovis High senior post Michael […]

CHS BASKETBALL: Cats to face Taos again

CNJ staff For the second consecutive day, the weather has impacted Clovis High’s Purple Pepper Shootout. Taos was slated to meet Roswell High at 6 p.m. and Canyon, Texas, was slated to take on the Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. Canyon and Roswell could not make the trip because of road conditions, so the Cats (14-1) […]

Portales mother’s hearing postponed

Freedom Newspapers A 24-year-old Portales woman charged last week with killing her son will undergo a competency evaluation before going in front of a grand jury, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Teresa K. Gilman was scheduled to appear before a Roosevelt County grand jury Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder or the […]

Woman dies from auto accident injuries

Freedom Newspapers A 47-year-old Portales resident died Thursday in a Lubbock hospital a day after being injured in an auto accident in Littlefield, according to a news release from Eastern New Mexico University Information Services. Kimberly Lutnesky, 47, was the wife of ENMU professor Marv Lutnesky, according to the ENMU release. Lutnesky was attempting to […]

Clovis man sentenced to nine years in prison

CNJ staff A 30-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison on felony burglary and drug charges, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Harvey Whitley was convicted of two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of larceny, receiving stolen property and two counts of possession of […]