State reports first pediatric influenza death

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A five-year-old Socorro County boy has died of complications from the flu — influenza-associated bacterial pneumonia and blood infection, the state Department of Health said Tuesday. The department has reported 144 deaths from flu and pneumonia since Oct. 1. Pneumonia is a common complication of the flu. New Mexico […]

Domenici and Bingaman move to authorize Cannon construction project

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Pete Domenici, joined by Senator Jeff Bingaman as cosponsor, today introduced legislation to formally authorize an $18.1 million military construction project at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis.             The legislation is intended to clear the way for the project to be eventually funded in the FY2009 Military Construction Appropriations Bill.  […]

Roswell student’s return to Mexico causing furor

The Associated Press ROSWELL — Karina Acosta’s senior year at Roswell High came to an abrupt end after she was ticketed for blocking a fire lane outside a school and driving without a license. The officer who stopped her — a Roswell policeman assigned to the school — asked her for proof of legal U.S. […]

PNM offers low-income a plan to help with rising costs

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Public Service Company of New Mexico is offering a payment plan to help low-income customers with winter utility bills that will be due after March 15. That date marks the end of a program that protects people from having their bills cut off in the winter. The payment plan is […]

DWI Saturation Patrol Scheduled For Friday Night in Clovis

On Friday, 3/07/2008 from 11:00 PM to 3:00 AM, Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting DWI Saturation Patrols in the City of Clovis. Officers will be specifically targeting drunk drivers. The ODWI Grant makes this possible from Safer New Mexico Now.   The Clovis Police Department would like to remind you that […]

Spring-like weather to return after snow

CNJ staff A winter storm that swept the area Sunday night left as quickly as it came. By mid-afternoon Monday, temperatures had climbed into the upper 30s with only puddles remaining from the 1 to 3 inches of snow received the night before. According to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, up to 3 inches […]

3-4 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 6 p.m. Thursday an officer responded to a home in the 1700 block of Gidding Street for a subject with a weapon. A man said he saw his neighbor’s son talking to a male outside. He said the male got a […]

3-4-08 Business digest

Diversified crops subject of Ag program Grain sorghum and diversified crops are the subject of a Texas AgriLife Extension Service program Friday in Muleshoe. The program will be held from 9 a.m.-noon (CST) at the Bailey County Coliseum, 118 West Ave. C in Muleshoe Grain sorghum, sunflower and other crops will be discussed. The program […]

3-4-08 It’s their business

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Name: Serendipity Trophies and Engraving Location: 212 N. Main St. What they do: They custom make awards and trophies and offer laser, glass and hand engraving. The business can also order award ribbons. Who’s in charge: Rose Hernandez and Geneva Gonzales Employees: Three How long in business: Five years Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., […]

Stubble management can have big benefits

By Sangu Angadi In the semiarid climate of the southern Great Plains, strong winds promote evaporation and wind erosion, while unpredictable precipitation patterns expose crops to severe environmental stresses and the high intensity of rains often leads to water erosion. Strong winds in the region frequently cause wind-blown soil abrasion injury (sand blasting) of delicate […]

United Way to hold meeting

CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico will hold its annual business meeting at noon Friday at Mark’s Eastern Grill in Portales. Topics on the agenda include: • Approval of distribution amounts to local human service providers • Welcome newly elected board members • Reports on ongoing and completed projects • Upcoming events […]

Preparing the polls

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis City Clerk Leighann Melancon gathers items that need to go into the polling boxes for today’s election. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Surrounded by piles of new voter registration cards, old pens and municipal election guides from past years, Clovis City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon worked at a rapid […]

ENMU earns series split against Cameron

CNJ staff LAWTON, Okla. — Third baseman Derrick Kennedy and catcher Freddy Carmona each had four hits and four RBIs and Eastern New Mexico erupted late for a 20-7 Lone Star Conference baseball victory over Cameron on Sunday. With the scored tied 3-3, the Greyhounds (10-6, 4-4 LSC) scored seven runs in the sixth, three […]

March 3 – Playing indoors

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo MacKenzie Keith, 4, colors a rabbit purple in her coloring book Monday at Hasting’s Hard Back Cafe. MacKenzie, her father, Darren, and brother Maddox decided to play indoors because of Monday’s harsh weather.

Free market better protection than USDA

Freedom New Mexico Uncle Sam protects us. The United States Department of Agriculture, for example, inspects our food. So we’re safe, right? Of course we’re not. Absent the hard work of the Humane Society of the United States, a private entity, the USDA would remain clueless about the outrageous practices of Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Corp. […]

ENMU Hosting Smithsonian Exhibit “Kids’ Day” on March 8

PORTALES— The Smithsonian Exhibit, Key Ingredients: American by Food, located in Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library, will host “Kids’ Day” from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. Children must be accompanied by a parent. The day will start with a reception catered by the Portales Junior High Family and Consumer Sciences department.  Multiple activities […]

Human Services Department Increasing Paternity Establishment for Children of Unwed Parents

Establishing Paternity Benefits Children and Parents   Santa Fe, New Mexico –The Human Services Department (HSD), Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) is helping to increase the number of unmarried parents establishing paternity soon after the birth of their child. “Establishing paternity as soon as possible after birth benefits both the child and the parents,” said […]

Election blog begins at 7 p.m.

Polls close at 7 tonight and we’ll begin posting local and national election information online as soon as it begins to roll in. Editor David Stevens will be writing an election blog, which will appear as the top news story at cnjonline.com. Also, we’ll post readers’ thoughts about Sunday alcohol sales, Clovis’ new mayor and […]

Request for a ‘positive story’

Clovis’ Blake Prather has a story idea: “Considering the amount of bashing that Clovis is taking from the Florida Air Force personnel (online comments), you should do a story on why a lot of military retirees move back here to retire and what’s their motivation to stay once retired,” he wrote in an e-mail. “The […]

Remember your first time?

Remember the first time you voted? Frank Dalton does. “I don’t remember what was on the ballot, but I think it was more local issues,” he wrote in an e-mail. “I was awed that my name was listed on the voters roll. “I know it didn’t take long to make my selections, and pull the […]