Late fee waived for Medicare Part D

CNJ Staff Low-income Medicare beneficiaries in New Mexico who are not getting federal prescription drug benefits can still apply for prescription coverage without a late fee, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The Department of Health and Human Services has eliminated 2007 Medicare Part D late enrollment penalties for low-income […]

Police: Snow falls, violence rises

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Snowball fights, sledding, building snowmen and steaming cups of cocoa are popular icons of snowy, winter days. The reality is domestic disputes can more than triple, according to officials, and police officers say they spend much of their time traversing snow-packed roads to settle conflicts for families kept home […]

Saturday prep capsules

CNJ staff Girls * Texico knocked down 11 3-pointers in cruising to a 64-27 non-district win over host Tatum. Junior Bryn Mayfield sank five 3-pointers en route to 17 points for the Lady Wolverines (17-4), while freshman Katlin Luscombe added nine points. Texico held the Lady Coyotes to one point in the first quarter, and […]

TexAnns edge Zias on buzzer-beater

CNJ staff STEPHENVILLE, Texas — For a brief moment, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team had its first Lone Star Conference South Division victory in sight. Then, just like that, Tarleton State took it away. ENMU senior Heather Brown’s basket gave the Zias a one-point lead with just over six seconds left Saturday […]

“Toothfully” speaking, local dentist age a concern

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Dr. Michael Wood practices as a dentist in Clovis. Wood, 56, said the high age of dentists in Clovis and the lack of candidates to replace them means, “We’re headed for a crash.” (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Demand for dentists in Clovis has kept octogenarian Dr. O.T. Rozzell […]

Officials look to solve intersection congestion

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A new median on North Prince Street from 21st Street to Commerce Way prevents illegal left turns from businesses. Clovis Public Works Director Harry Wang said city officials are considering ways to alleviate congestion. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A new Prince Street median built to eliminate illegal left-hand […]

Cannon Tax Center offers free tax preparation

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The Cannon Tax Center opened Friday to assist Airmen, government employees and retirees with tax preparation. The tax office is located in the Cannon Law Center, Bldg. 60. To schedule an appointment for this free service, call 784-7304. Courtesy of the Cannon Tax Center The Cannon Tax Center can save Airmen hundreds of dollars in […]

Air Force’s first female chaplain to speak at Prayer Breakfast

2nd Lt. George Tobias The Air Force’s first female chaplain who later became the first female Air Force chief of chaplains, will address Cannon Airmen at a Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m. Thursday at The Landing. The breakfast at Cannon is part of a National Prayer Breakfast that will be celebrated throughout the nation on […]

Bundles of knowledge given to parents-to-be

Janet Taylor-Birkey Approximately 50 moms-to-be and a handful of dads-to-be attended Bundles for Babies at the Airman and Family Readiness Center Jan. 18. Many are looking forward to the birth of their first baby, some are expecting twins and a few are second time parents. Most are due around March. All were ready to participate […]

Stomach bug keeps 27th Medical Group active

the 27th Medical Group Staff Airmen advised to avoid workplace The Cannon medical group has seen a recent increase of acute gastroenteritis, commonly known as the “stomach bug” among its clients. This illness typically presents itself with symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea and generally feeling “poor.” Running a low-grade fever (up to 100 degrees) is common. […]

Broken resolution only another chance for success

Janet Taylor-Birkey Although it is not yet into the second month of a new year, many resolutions are already broken. And while that may not sound very optimistic, it can actually be a freeing mindset. Resolutions can be broken due to schedules, illness or responsibilities that take precedence. The key when making a resolution is […]

Wife defends Macias at trial

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Defendant Robert Macias, left, reads the transcript of a phone call on Friday with defense attorney James Klipstine Jr., as the conversation is played in court at the Curry County Courthouse. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The wife of homicide defendant Robert Macias told jurors Friday her husband was […]

Former Melrose chief intends to file lawsuits

CNJ Staff The former police chief of the village of Melrose intends to sue the village and its mayor. According to a Jan. 19 letter from the Harmon Law Office in Clovis to Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, Michael J. Trammell has asserted a tort claim in reference to the village terminating his employment. Trammell was […]

Chamber ranked third in growth

CNJ Staff The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is the third fastest growing and the fifth largest Chamber in New Mexico, according to New Mexico Business Weekly. The business journal ranked New Mexico Chambers by percent changes in members from last year, according to Megan Kamerick, Special Sections Editor of New Mexico Business Weekly. Clovis […]

Boarding the train game

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A group at the Portales Senior Citizens Center enjoys a game of “Mexican Train” on a recent Thursday afternoon. Players are, clockwise from left, Estelle Jones, Billie Reagan, Earl Busby, Ralph Little and Judy Riddle. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A version of dominoes fans say has the ability to tighten […]

Couple honored with road naming

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Members of the Doug and Debbie Idsinga family gather Friday to dedicate Curry Road 4 in memory of the couple who were killed in a vehicle accident in August 2006. (Freedom Newspapers: Casey Peacock) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Doug and Debbie Idsinga’s contributions to the area went well beyond the dairy community, according to […]

Friday prep basketball capsules

CNJ staff Boys * At Fort Sumner, Elida retained the District 3-1A lead with a 103-60 thumping of the Foxes as five players scored in double figures for the Tigers (18-2, 3-0 district), led by junior Ever Varela with 27 points and senior Caleb Widner with 20. Fort Sumner (4-11, 0-2) stayed close for a […]

Roswell High turns back Rams

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Portales’ Chance Sherburne looks for a shot over Roswell High defender Andrew Aho, right, during Friday’s matchup at Portales High School. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Portales boys coach Mark Gallegos wanted to know if his Rams could compete with one of the top teams in Class 4A. After Friday […]

Lady Cats romp past Artesia

CNJ staff ARTESIA — Senior Tori Northcutt and junior Ebony Bunton scored 16 points each and Clovis High’s girls cruised to a 62-35 victory over Artesia on Friday night in their final tune-up for District 4-5A play. The Lady Wildcats (13-5) face rival Hobbs at Rock Staubus Gym on Friday in their district opener. The […]

Cats cruise to easy win over Artesia

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Clovis High junior Bryce Hill drives to the basket during Friday night’s game against Artesia at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Wildcats put on an offensive exhibition in their last non-district game, defeating Artesia 94-70 Friday night at Rock Staubus Gym. Junior Bryce Hill […]