Consumers seek fuel efficiency through CARS program

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Tim Baldwin of Hamilton Big Country Ford in Tucumcari said the Ford Focus was one of the more popular vehicles from customers who took advantage of the Cash for Clunkers program. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Cash for Clunkers program, which has been successful nationwide in spurring new-car […]

USDA schedules conservation meeting

CNJ Staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service is signing up agriculture producers for its new Conservation Stewardship Program. A public information meeting about the program is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 4 in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The program encourages conservation practices in agriculture and forestry. The […]

Bingaman: New Mexico awarded more than $4 million for crime prevention and victim safety

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced today that the State of New Mexico has been awarded over $4.2 million to support crime prevention and reduction efforts and to assist victims of crime. The New Mexico Department of Public Safety will receive $2.87 million through the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Edward Byrne Memorial Justice […]

Still plenty of learning left to do

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For the first time in nearly a decade, I’m getting credit for something. Granted, it’s college credit, but everybody’s got to start somewhere. The first day of school is something magical. It’s a time of the pain of letting go for parents, as many of my friends have kids […]

TRICARE Prime: Move or lose it

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Retired Navy Corpsman Lloyd Tilch Sr., his wife Debbie and their chronically-ill son Cody pulled up roots last month in Blythe, Calif. They moved into a rented house 110 miles away, near to the Marine Corps base hospital at Twentynine Palms, Calif. The Tilch family had to move — and […]

U.S. no longer has active role in Iraq

Freedom New Mexico Two large bomb blasts in Baghdad, one aimed at the Foreign and Finance Ministries, killed at least 100 people and injured about 600, putting something of an exclamation point on a month of escalating insurgent violence and calling into question the capacity of the Iraqi government to provide effective security. There will […]

Blue-footed booby makes unprecedented appearance at Conchas Lake

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Courtesy photo: Glenn Walbek/www.pbase.com/gwalbek/galleries The blue-footed booby commonly is found in the Gulf of California between the mainland and Baja, Calif., with occasional sightings at inland lakes in Arizona, Nevada, Southeastern California and Texas. Freedom New Mexico Bird watchers are migrating to Conchas Lake for the rare chance to catch a glimpse of a blue-footed […]

Don’t reach for your halo too soon

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist You can be too shiny. Those words may not be profound, but they are true. The good news of the gospel, someone once wisely said, is that God loves ordinary people. We don’t have to shine ourselves up, or fool ourselves about how shiny we are, or wax on […]

Police blotter — Aug. 26

CNJ staff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 11 a.m. Aug. 15 an officer responded to the 200 block of 11th Street for a found handgun. A man said he was there visiting a friend and saw a handgun lying on the ground next to his vehicle. […]

Columbine survivor: Kindness can change world

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School Freshman Academy students signed a banner declaring they accept Rachel’s Challenge of being kind to each other. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The nearly 600 students were silent, most with tears glistening in their eyes, as they watched footage from the Columbine shooting flash across the […]

Senior parents schooled

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Pam Cornelison, head of the guidance department at Clovis High School, addresses the crowd during Monday’s CHS senior parents’ night event at the school’s lecture hall. The session covered things to expect while preparing a student for c By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Going to Clovis High School means […]

Officials working to secure funds to close county road

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer County officials say they are working diligently to get enough money to re-situate a road causing problems for Cannon Air Force Base. Manager Lance Pyle said his office is pursuing grant money to cover the expense of closing Curry Road R and paving a neighboring road to serve as […]

County officials working to secure sole courthouse entrance

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In about a month, Curry County officials are hoping to have all but one entrance to the courthouse closed in the interest of improving security. County Manager Lance Pyle said the target date for the change is Sept. 21. August 18 the county commission voted to reduce courthouse traffic […]

Business Feature: City adds restaurants

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Gabriela Hernandez stretches out dough for a pizza Monday afternoon at Zeky’s Pizza. The business on Prince Street, which has been open for a week, is the building’s third incarnation as a pizza, salad and dessert buffet. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A pair of relatively new restaurants in […]

Portales’ Territorial House to become Italian eatery

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler Mark Vigil, owner of Mark’s Restaurant and Catering, takes a look at the second floor of the Territorial House restaurant. A deal was finalized for Vigil to purchase the building, which he plans to turn into an Italian restaurant. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico After the building’s most recent […]

Police investigating man’s disappearance

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Courtesy photo Doyle “Eddy” Windham CNJ Staff Police are looking for a 41-year-old Clovis man who disappeared after leaving work Aug. 9. Doyle “Eddy” Windham was last seen leaving work at an Allsup’s convenience store on East First Street as he went to make the store’s deposit, according to a police report. His family has […]

Lessons don’t cease outside of classroom

Freedom New Mexico Area students are headed back to school — unless, of course, they never left. We hope a hiatus from attending school doesn’t necessarily mean a vacation from learning. In other words, don’t assume education always takes place in the classroom setting, or that it always involves essays, formulas and textbooks. If you […]

DWI sobriety check point and saturation patrols scheduled for Wednesday and Friday

On Wednesday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting a DWI Saturation Patrol within the City of Clovis. There will also be DWI Check Point for Friday, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. within the city of Clovis. Officers will be specifically targeting drunk and drug impaired […]

Animal overpopulation serious concern

Not a day goes by that I do not receive a phone call from someone who needs help with an animal. In talking to the callers it is clear the so-called unseen epidemic of pet overpopulation is being seen in Clovis and the surrounding areas. The state Legislature appropriated funds that allowed the low-cost spay […]

Near end, Novak on par with libertarian ideas

Robert D. Novak died Tuesday of brain cancer at his home in suburban Washington. He had written a syndicated opinion column since 1963, for much of that time with Rowland Evans, who was in some ways his polar opposite, which made for a fruitful partnership. Unlike many opinion columnists, however, Novak began his career as […]