Volunteer EMS agencies facing staffing shortages

Volunteer emergency medical services agencies in eastern New Mexico and West Texas are facing staffing shortages, according to local EMS officials. CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Stan Miller, Bovina mayor and certified paramedic, left, and Larry Mitchell, Bovina EMS Director and licensed paramedic inspect equipment on their department's only ambulance. Most departments only have about […]

Religion feature: Church provides food for hungry

The 16th and Pile Church of Christ has been providing food for the needy Mondays and Fridays for six months. Church Elder Don McCasland said the Helping Hands food pantry is aimed at helping people without jobs. The number of unemployed in Curry County is 5 percent, according to the New Mexico Department of Workforce […]

Police blotter – March 30

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday 1:45 a.m.: Call in reference to a pregnant female who was beat up by her boyfriend. She is outside on the ground, 2100 block of West Grand. 3:48 a.m.: Caller reported a group of males possibly trying to break into a building. They […]

Red Cross seeking volunteers

The Red Cross of Eastern New Mexico is looking for volunteer disaster responders, fundraisers, event planners, general office help and instructors to teach CPR, first aid and disaster response. "There are no special skills required," said Aline Carr, community relations manager for American Red Cross of Southeastern New Mexico. "We're looking for people who are […]

District Attorney Matt Chandler honored

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler won the New Mexico Prosecutor of the Year award last week at the annual prosecutor spring training conference in Ruidoso, according to a news release from the Administrative Office of the District Attorneys in Albuquerque. According to the release: This annual award is given to a New Mexico prosecutor […]

Religion calendar – March 30

Friday Bishop Kelshaw Lecture Series – St. James Episcopal Church. Subject: Christian biblical world view. Registration forms on St. James website or come by church office. Saturday Bishop Kelshaw Lecture Series – St. James Episcopal Church. Subject: Christian biblical world view. Registration forms on St. James website or come by church office. Sunday The Rose […]

State creates made-up problems

It amuses me how many problems that have a government-mandated "solution" are caused by previous government mandates that came about as misguided solutions for previously manufactured problems. And, because the majority of "The People" have become convinced that the earlier mandates are "The Way it's Always Been Done" (rather than a relatively recent "gum, tape, […]

Supreme Court hearings should be broadcast

Even by U.S. Supreme Court standards, this week's hearings on President Obama's health reform act are a historical milestone. It's arguably the biggest case the court has addressed in decades. Sadly — and despite passionate, polarized national interest — only about 300 people each day witnessed these hearings live. With due respect to news reports, […]

Religion column: Jesus’ arrival cause for parade

From the time I was little I can remember watching parades at one time or another. My far back memories take me to Missouri when we would always go to parades in downtown Kansas City. It just takes an occasion to throw a parade. Each time I waited on the sidewalk for the upcoming parade, […]

amos the churchmouse: the palm branch mystery

Editor's note: Amos is a churchmouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can't use the capital shift keys and he shuns punctuation marks – except the hyphens and dashes. the palm branch mystery boss willifred the white rat invited me to jump in his tiny time traveler again this week to […]

Friday morning briefing: Superstition, jazz and a country jamboree

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. Superstitions Eastern New Mexico University's Department of Art is presenting the national juried illustration exhibit "Superstition" Tuesday through April 27 in the Runnels Gallery of the Golden Library. It's a look through artists' eyes at some our most fervent superstitions. Free and open to the public during […]

NMHSCA all-state basketball teams

BOYS FIRST TEAM Class 5A Bryce Alford, La Cueva Cullen Neal, Eldorado Mando Marshall, Las Cruces High John Dawson, Clovis Martin Colledge Romero, Albuquerque High Class 4A Adrian Ortegon, Santa Teresa Chase Salazar, Roswell Goddard Lane Vanderhulst, Roswell Goddard Nick August, Gallup Brandon Saiz, Bernalillo Class 3A Arron Wells, Hope Christian Justin Bustos, LV Robertson […]

Press release: Matt Chandler named New Mexico prosecutor of the year

Santa Fe, NM: Prosecutors and staff from around the state gathered last week in Ruidoso for their annual spring training conference, which was sponsored by the New Mexico Administrative Office of the District Attorneys. Attorneys attended tracks depending on skill level, with new prosecutors having two full days of core skills training, while experienced prosecutors […]

Organization loans out formal dresses

Courtesy photo Tyleen Caffrey poses in front of her selection of formal wear excited for her first Prom Extravaganza of the year at Portales High School. The idea was to help 10 to 15 girls go to prom, four years later, Tyleen Caffrey helps supply formalwear to the local community for special occasions. The social […]

Musical gathering

With the 62nd annual Floyd Lion's Club Jamboree beginning today, some of our staff decided to ask participants why they love the jamboree so much. Here's what some of them had to say: • Fred Patterson, program director: "We've got a great line up of singers. I think everyone will like the show. File photo […]

Public Works Committee waives purchase fee

The Clovis Public Works Committee cleared a small obstacle in the preparation of the first phase of its effluent water reuse project. A decision for a one-time waiver of $10,000 in water fees to Clovis property owner Jackie Roberts was approved by the committee, an advisory board to the Clovis City Commission. The commission can […]

Education column: Teachers transition to common core state standards

For some years now, research has been conducted on state educational standards used across the United States. Since state standards may vary considerably, students complete their public education based on academic standards that are different from state to state. This is a disservice to students entering college or the work place in this rapidly changing […]

What’s Happening: March 29

Today Selecting, Installing and maintaining a computer — 9 a.m. to noon, Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 769-7840 Pre-school story hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 769-7840. LEPC Emergency Response/ HAZMAT Committee meeting — 10 a.m., 320 Connelly. High Plains Patriots meeting — 7 p.m., Master's Center Conference Room. Jail bond proposal will be […]

Zias gain split at Highlands

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Freshman Katie Ramsay hit her third homer of the year and a two-run double in the eighth inning, helping Eastern New Mexico University take a 6-4 victory over New Mexico Highlands University Wednesday afternoon at Cowgirl Field. Ramsey also picked up the win, her first of the season in 11 decisions, […]

Dozen area players named to all-state teams

P Clovis senior Paige Gardner was one of 12 local players to receive first- or second-team selections on the New Mexico High School Coaches Association all-state teams. Senior Paige Gardner, who led the Clovis Wildcats in scoring and rebounding, was named to the Class 5A all-state first team by the New Mexico High School Coaches […]