Budget breakdown

We sat down with Jose Cano, chief financial officer for Clovis Municipal School District, and asked him to explain the district's $90 million fiscal year 2012-2013 budget in layman's terms. One of the highlight's of the budget is a 2.5 percent pay increase for all school employees next year, the first in nearly four years. […]

Xcel officials say customers won’t suffer blackouts

Xcel Energy officials are confident their Texas and New Mexico customers will be all right, even with the possibiilty of rolling blackouts in the Texas energy grid, but noted that conservation is always helpful in the heat of May through August. "It's a little bit down from where we were last year," Xcel spokesman Wes […]

Education digest – May 31

Texico student awarded scholarship Texico High School student Claudia Campos received a $2,500 college scholarship from Yucca Telecom and the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association's Foundation for Rural Service, according to a Yucca Telecom news release. According to the news release: The Foundation for Rural Service scholarship program awarded more than $95,000 in scholarships to rural […]

Police blotter – May 31

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Tuesday 12:49 a.m.: Caller reported two males knocked on her door then stood in the driveway for a time, 1900 block of Fairfield Avenue. 1:30 a.m.: Caller reported loud music in the area, 1000 block of North MLK Boulevard. 8:29 a.m.: Caller reported a […]

Curry County sample ballot

2012 New Mexico primary election Tuesday Polls open 7 a .m. to 7 p.m. Curry County ballot All precincts unless otherwise indicated U.S president Democrat Barack Obama Republican Ron Paul Newt Gingrich Mitt Romney Rick Santorum U.S. senate Democrat Martin T. Heinrich Hector Balderas Republican Heather A. Wilson Greg Sowards U.S. representative, District 3 Democrat […]

Texas primary election results (statewide)

Texas primary results Tuesday Republican President Mitt Romney — 995, 949 Ron Paul — 172, 459 John Davis — 4,684 Charles "Buddy" Roemer — 4, 704 Rick Santorum — 114, 973 Newt Gingrich — 67, 888 Michele Bachmann — 12, 327 Jon Huntsman — 9, 507 Uncommitted — 61, 290 U.S. senator David Dewhurst — […]

Voters should look past attacks

First, let me be clear: I do not believe it is right for political party officers and elected officials to take sides in a contested primary. I have represented New Mexico as a state representative for nearly 18 years and I am both honored and blessed to serve the best constituents in our great state. […]

Editorial: Labor rules would stifle future farmers

W hen talk turns to regulations, it's all too frequently only the extremists — those braying for more or those bellowing against any — whose voices are heard. But occasionally it's the common sense of those in the middle that advances or slows the rule-making, as was the case with the U.S. Department of Labor's […]

Editorial: Public officials make puzzling statements

Three eyebrow raisers from this election season: Gov. Susana Martinez's aggressiveness in promoting Republican Angie Spears over Republican Pat Woods in the state Senate race has surprised and frustrated GOP leaders on the east side of the state. As best we can tell, Woods and Spears have the same views on the issues and neither […]

Team loyalty should have rewards

Things are good for me as a baseball fan. The Texas Rangers are leading the American League West, and until Monday night Josh Hamilton had more homers than the San Diego Padres. My Rangers have not always been good. I accept this as the ebb and flow of sports, and enjoy my team during both […]

Letters to the editor: Democracy can’t exist without compromise

A new book "It's Even Worse Than It Looks" is an excellent evaluation of our dysfunctional Congress. The authors are Thomas E Mann and Norman J. Ornstein. Mann is the W. Averell Harriman chair and senior fellow in governance studies at The Brookings Institution. Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Both […]

Wife recounts husband’s last day

Even as the war in Afghanistan is featured less often on evening newscasts or front pages of our newspapers, Americans still involved in the fight continue to die there, deepening the pool of Memorial Day remembrances with new heroes and fresh heartbreak. To glimpse what's still being sacrificed on Afghan soil, Courtney Knox, the 24-year-old […]

Texas primary election results

Parmer County Republican President Mitt Romney — 640 Ron Paul — 49 John Davis — 2 Charles "Buddy" Roemer — 0 Rick Santorum — 54 Newt Gingrich — 34 Michele Bachmann — 7 Jon Huntsman — 0 Uncommitted — 22 U.S. senator David Dewhurst — 446 Curt Cleaver — 7 Joe Agris — 4 Lela […]

Police: Teen drowns at Conchas Lake

A 15-year-old Sandia Park male drowned at Conchas Lake diving off of his family's fishing boat Tuesday, according to the New Mexico State Police. The name of the teen was being withheld Tuesday night, Capt. Jimmy Glascock said, pending notification of all immediate family members. Glascock said state police were dispatched at 1:15 p.m. to […]

CCS hires football coach/AD

Clovis Christian has filled its football and athletic director's positions with Corey Robinson, a Florida native who has been an assistant coach at the FCS (Division I-AA), Division II and junior college levels as well as a variety of high schools. So what made him check into the opening at CCS? "About two years ago, […]

Romney savors GOP nomination victory

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney says he's honored and humbled to become the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee. And he's expressing confidence in his chances of winning the White House this fall. The former Massachusetts governor clinched the party nod Tuesday night with a Texas primary victory. In a post-victory statement, he claims the party has […]

Curry County Cats to host El Paso Raiders

The Curry County Cats begin the New Mexico Premier League playoffs with a 2 p.m. contest on Sunday against the El Paso Raiders at Leon Williams Stadium. The Cats (9-2), seeded third in the six-team competition, swept the season series from the Raiders, winning 29-27 at El Paso on a late touchdown and never trailing […]

Drought leaves soil vulnerable to wind erosion

Drought and fire have destroyed crops and vegetation in eastern New Mexico, leaving the dry and barren soil vulnerable to wind erosion and leading the governor to declare a state of emergency earlier this month. CNJ staff photo: Tonjia Rolan Sand dunes accumulating along fencelines southwest of Clovis on N.M. 467 are signs of rapidly […]

Portales woman critical after boating accident

Shaina Pool, 22, of Portales, is in critical condition with life threatening injuries at an Amarillo hospital following a boating accident Sunday on Ute Lake in Logan, according to state police. Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Pool was a passenger in the front of a boat filled with friends. A family friend said the group was […]

Preliminary city budget approved

With eight minutes and a pair of 8-0 votes, the Clovis City Commission quickly handled a special meeting, mainly focused on approving a preliminary $39.73 million budget for 2012-13. The state Department of Finance and Administration requires a preliminary budget from entities by Friday, City Manager Joe Thomas told the commission. Thomas said there were […]