New flood map unveiled

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis unveiled a new and smaller flood hazard map, the next step in what could mean lower insurance rates for some homeowners. The map presented Wednesday at a public works committee meeting will be submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for final consideration. The city participates in FEMA’s […]

Education feature: Freshmen take on all yearbook duties

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Clovis High School Freshman Academy yearbook class took all of the photographs for this year’s yearbook. The book will be distributed May 14. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The yearbook class at the Clovis High School Freshman Academy is anxiously awaiting the release of this year’s project — […]

Oasis State Park preps for trout derby

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Officials at Oasis State Park near Portales are gearing up for a Spring Trout Derby. The derby is Saturday and is a first for the park. It is sponsored by the Friends of Oasis State Park and gives anglers of all ages a chance to win prizes. “We’re going […]

Dayhoff selling Clovis shoe stores

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Selling his two Clovis shoe stores was a bittersweet decision for Randy Dayhoff. After 56 years of ownership by the Dayhoff family, the business — Randy’s Shoes and Randy’s Workboot Store in the 400 block of Main Street — will be sold Wednesday to Brown’s Shoe Fit Co. of […]

Police blotter — March 25

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8 a.m. March 6 an officer responded to a parking lot in the 3900 block of North Prince Street for a report of a man falling. The caller told the officer he saw a man fall, then get into a vehicle. […]

Education column: The problem with kids today … nothing

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools The other day, I overheard a conversation. Two people were discussing “the problem with kids today.” I laughed because I remember hearing my parents and grandparents saying the same thing when I was young. Then, one of them said our kids are not being taught to “think for themselves.” […]

Food tax vetoed

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson vetoed a proposed food tax on Wednesday but signed other tax increases that will provide about $170 million next year to help balance the budget. Richardson used his line-item veto powers to reject a proposal that would have reinstated the gross receipts tax on food at […]

DoD disability board understaffed

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A special board established by Congress to review and raise any low-ball disability ratings the services awarded to injured or ailing members since 9-11 needs four times as many physicians as it has now to ensure timely action on a rising number of applications, says the board’s top officer. Michael […]

Highlands rolls over Hounds

CNJ staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Suffice it to say, nothing Eastern New Mexico University tried on Tuesday worked. The Greyhounds had only six baserunners in a 21-0 loss to New Mexico Highlands, and stranded just one of them. Three were erased on double plays, another on a pickoff and another on a caught-stealing. Meantime, […]

Another four-letter word to avoid

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Whether it’s sports, or politics, or just finding socks that match, there’s one four-letter word I look to avoid. Fail. The verb has gained traction as a noun, as character-reducing techies have decided “failure” is less forceful. Former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum called Sunday’s healthcare bill passage […]

Zias bounce back to gain split

CNJ staff ALAMOSA, Colo. — Senior catcher Michelle Anderson kicked off a six-run first with a two-out solo homer and Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team went on to a 12-4 rout of Adams State on Tuesday to earn a split of their double. The Grizzlies used a five-run fourth to take the opener 8-7. […]

Government will only slow Internet growth

Freedom Newspapers Who could have imagined how life would be changed by the Internet? There weren’t many testing the waters 25 years ago when, on March 15, the first dotcom Internet domain name — symbolic.com — was registered by a Cambridge, Mass., computer manufacturer. The flood gates didn’t exactly fly open. Only five more domains […]

Floyd jamboree tuning up

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Keane Brown plays fiddle while rehearsing with the Floyd Jamboree Band on Sunday at Floyd High School. The Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree is celebrating 60 years of entertainment. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The annual Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree celebrates 60 years of music Thursday through Sunday […]

Some residents unsure of health legislation

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Healthcare legislation signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama was no doubt historic. But some Clovis residents feel it’s more about Democrats and Republicans than the year-long process was about Americans. “I think they’re playing politics,” said Jimmy Dimas, a retired school employee who moved to Clovis five […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Reading, Red Cross and more snow

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Red Cross benefit A fundraiser at Fat Boys & More Barbecue Thursday from 5-8 p.m. features celebrity guest servers. You’ll have to go to find out what local celebs are waiting on you. Fat Boys says 10 percent of sales get donated to the American red Cross. […]

Family works to send movies to airmen

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Landall Goolsby picks copies of “500 Days of Summer” of the shelves of his movie store Landall’s Box Office to send to airmen overseas. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Goolsbys sent 1,600 movies to airmen overseas last year and their goal is to break that record. Landall Goolsby […]

Flood plan revisions to be reviewed at meeting

CNJ staff The city will review flood plan revisions today at a public works committee meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. at Clovis City Hall. “We’re done with our study,” City Engineer Justin Howalt said. “We’re at a point where we’re going to be submitting it to FEMA for our review.” The city […]

Investigators attempting to identify burned body

CNJ staff Investigators are working to identify a charred body found Tuesday in the sleeper cab of a burning semi truck near Tucumcari. The state medical investigator will determine identity and cause of death, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. Motor Transportation police officers responded to a report […]

Highlands roughs up Hounds

CNJ staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Suffice it to say, nothing Eastern New Mexico University tried on Tuesday worked. The Greyhounds had only six baserunners in a 21-0 loss to New Mexico Highlands, and stranded just one of them. Three were erased on double plays, another on a pickoff and another on a caught-stealing. Meantime, […]

Storm spotter courses offered

CNJ staff A pair of storm spotter’s courses will be taught April 6 in Clovis and Portales. The courses, which are identical, are offered from 1:30-4 p.m. at Clovis City Hall and 6-8:30 p.m. at the Memorial Building (300 E. Seventh Street) in Portales. They are both sponsored by the local offices of emergency management. […]