Xcel Energy, customer groups reach agreement on New Mexico base rate increase

ROSWELL – Xcel Energy’s Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) has reached an agreement with New Mexico customer groups to increase base rates, a measure driven in large part by the costs of new power generation and the increases in the cost of doing business. SPS has submitted the agreement to the New Mexico Public Regulation […]

Memorial day events remember the fallen

Cannon Connections photo: Sharna Johnson Members of the Cannon Air Force Base rifle drill team conduct a rifle volley in honor of fallen service members Monday during a Memorial Day remembrance ceremony at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections staff Warm morning sun and a gentle breeze greeted the group that gathered […]

New commander: Base plans won't change

Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Col. Stephen Clark has been active duty military for 22 years. He was the Speical Operations Support Team Chief at the National Counter Terrorism Center in Washington D.C. before being reassigned as commander of Cannon Air Force Base. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections The new commander of Cannon Air Force […]

Shenandoah to play at county events center

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Courtesy photo Country band Shenandoah plays Clovis 7 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Freedom New Mexico Grammy award winning country band Shenandoah is playing the Curry County Events Center 7 p.m. Saturday. The band began with drummer Mike McGuire and guitarist Jim Seales in a house in Muscle Shoals, Ala. in 1984. The […]

Rural Water Authority to meet

The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority meets 3 p.m. Thursday at Melrose’s City Hall. • The meeting will be preceded by a 1 p.m. study session. The session will focus on alleviating concerns the City of Portales has about proposed legislation to move the group into a true authority status. Portales officials are concerned […]

Ute water meeting set in Tucumcari

Freedom New Mexico The Ute Reservoir Advisory Group is holding a 10 a.m. meeting Friday at the Tucumcari Convention Center to discuss water supply management at Ute Lake. The session is about a proposed water pipeline to bring water to Clovis and Portales, according to Mark Murphy, Canadian River Basin Manager for the Interstate Stream […]

Education feature: Online auction, physical fitness summer classes offered at CCC

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The summer semester at Clovis Community College means peace of mind for Mari Blyler. A Desert Storm veteran, Blyler is 80 percent disabled from spinal spondylosis, a degenerative disease that has been attacking her spine since 2000. Blyler said the slow pace of the summer session makes things easier […]

Editorial: U.S., British credit ratings bear watching

Freedom New Mexico Standard & Poor’s credit rating agency last week announced a blockbuster piece of news: The British government’s credit outlook was reduced from stable to negative, which could lead to the eventual downgrading of the country’s debt from its premiere triple-A rating. “The outlook revision does not trigger a formal re-evaluation of Britain’s […]

New commander: Base plans won’t change

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Col. Stephen Clark has been active duty military for 22 years. He was the Speical Operations Support Team Chief at the National Counter Terrorism Center in Washington D.C. before being reassigned as commander of Cannon Air Force Base. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico

New Cannon commander sees smooth transition

Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Airmen from the various groups in the 27th Special Operations Wing raise a last salute to Col. Timothy Leahy. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base has saluted its new commander. Outgoing commander Col. Timothy J. Leahy formally handed the reins to new commander Col. Stephen A. Clark […]

Outgoing Cannon commander praised for ushering in new era

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster, from left to right, Col. Timothy Leahy and Col. Stephen Clark take part in the change of command ceremony Wednesday held on Cannon Air Force Base. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base has saluted its new commander. Outgoing commander Col. Timothy J. […]

Two hurt in Hotel Clovis fall

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders at a press conference Wednesday about an accident at Hotel Clovis injuring Building Inspector Pete Wilt and John Smith of Portales. Both men fell 20 feet down an elevator shaft Tuesday morning and remain hospitalized. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Police revealed few details […]

Meetings watch: School board votes for third-party audit of school staff

Highlights from the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday. • The board accepted applications for Title I migrant, state bilingual education, Title III English, Title I federal stimulus and Title I consolidated funding. The $1.4 million in stimulus funding would go toward hiring five language specialists and buying Read 180 • A gift […]

Clovis school board approves preliminary budget

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board heard a long-range suggestion to start its Tuesday meeting, and ended it with approval of a more immediate need — an $82.5 million budget for the 2009-10 year. The budget, down from this year’s adjusted budget of $85.1 million but up from the 2008-09 […]

Thank the Lord we don’t get what’s comin’ to us

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist I don’t remember exactly when Garrison Keillor told the story, but the tale I find myself recalling today is definitely one of his. The details are fuzzy, and Keillor tells the story much better than I can, but . . . I seem to remember that it was an […]

Farmers hope for more rain

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PNT photo: Argen Duncan A truck waits at the intersection of First and Main streets during Tuesday’s storm. Despite rainfall Tuesday night and over the weekend, farmers and ranchers still need more moisture. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Tuesday’s rain helped area farms and ranches, but didn’t solve the problem of the year’s dryness. […]

Cannon change of command ceremony scheduled

CNJ staff A change of command ceremony for the 27th Special Operations Wing is scheduled for 10:27 a.m. today at Cannon Air Force Base. Base officials said Col. Stephen Clark will assume command of the 27th SOW from the current commander, Col. Timothy Leahy, whose next assignment will be special assistant to the commander, U.S. […]

Meetings watch: Public Works

CNJ staff The city’s public works committee meets at 8:30 a.m. today at City Hall. Agenda items include: • Discussion and recommendation on dumping fees for nonprofit organizations. • Discussion regarding road work in District 1. • Industrial sewer fees discussion.

Special county commission meeting scheduled

The Curry County Commission has scheduled a special meeting for 9 a.m. Friday. Items on the agenda include approval of a bank services contract, a change in fair ticket prices and a resolution for Rodeo Council Funding. The special meeting was scheduled because the first June commission meeting was canceled and the second was postponed […]

Bovina man dies in vehicle rollover

CNJ staff A 7-year-old Bovina girl drove her father’s crashed Jeep in an attempt get help Saturday night after he was ejected and killed in a rollover east of Clovis. Guillermo Montes, 40, was pronounced dead around 10 p.m., State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Monday. The crash occurred on State Road 77, or Pleasant […]