Religion feature: Group focuses on support for women

Patricia Taylor was experiencing depression, had lost her job and was dealing with financial problems when she joined the Women's Support Team. CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Members of the women's support team meet at Java Loft for a social hour. After joining the team, Taylor said her situation took a turn for the better. […]

Woman arrested for library fines says they weren’t hers

Lori Teel says she doesn't use the Portales Public Library, never has, and probably never will after what happened to her the night of June 12. Teel, pregnant and the mother of five small children, was arrested, handcuffed and hauled away to jail in front of her kids for failing to pay library fines of […]

Officials: Building real estate market takes time

Lack of rental properties are still a problem in the Clovis and Portales communities, largely due to the influx of Cannon Air Force Base personnel, according to local real estate officials. Officials expressed that projects regarding the issue are being discussed and planned, however, building the real estate market takes time. The following were presentations […]

Police blotter – June 29

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Wednesday 12:20 a.m.: Caller reported someone on a yoga mat under a tree smoking marijuana, 1000 block of Mockingbird Lane. 1:16 a.m.: Caller advised her husband hit her in the face then took off running across the parking lot, 1000 block of North MLK […]

Religion calendar – June 29

Sunday Worship service and Sunday school — 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Sunday worship with communion Trinity Lutheran Church, ELCA, 1705 W. 21st St. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Information: 763-4816. Worship service — 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Central Baptist Church, 2501 North Norris. Information: 762-4727. Fellowship and doughnuts — 9 a.m., Central Christian Church. […]

High court upholds key part of Obama health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul. The decision means the huge overhaul, still only partly in effect, will proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay […]

Fishing report – June 27

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cabresto Lake: The lake and campground closed […]

Editorial: More striving to uncover flaws in justice system

The drama was impossibly lost in the cobwebs of history, dating back 120 years this Juneteenth. Not even the descendants of Isaac "Ike" Bruce knew the account of his close call with vigilante justice in the raw, young state of Texas. In important ways, the case has eerie parallels with stories of justice gone awry […]

Officials mixed on jail bond issue

Curry County Commission Chairman Wendell Bostwick's push to place an already voter-rejected $9.3 million jail bond issue on the Nov. 6 general election ballot is receiving mixed reviews from other commissioners. Voters defeated the same bond issue in an April special election. While Commissioner Frank Blackburn thinks asking voters again in November is "a good […]

Ticket feature: Roswell UFO Festival going strong

Based on a visitor that's still questioned more than 60 years later, the City of Roswell is welcoming all walks of visitors Thursday through Sunday with its annual UFO Festival. Courtesy photo: Roswell Museum One of the features of the annual UFO Festival in Roswell is the costume contest, held for adults, kids and even […]

Education feature: Kids College offers early campus experience

In her three-plus weeks at theater training, Caitlin Betz has learned above all else, "Expression means everything." CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Caitlin Betz reads her line to David Struthers during theater class Wednesday at Clovis Community College's Kids College. The theater class, held at the CCC Town Hall, is one of 24 classes. As […]

Education column: School construction making strides

Take a drive around town and have a look at our school sites. You will see all kinds of standard summer projects going on, from tree trimming to painting and re-carpeting to replacing concrete and many other tasks. The needs being addressed are "anything pertaining to life, health or safety," according to John King, director […]

County employee files as write-in candidate

Longtime county employee Stephanie Hicks, 43, filed Tuesday as a Republican write-in candidate for the Curry County Clerk's race in the November general election. Hicks said she decided to run as a write-in because "we want to keep the experience in the office." Hicks has worked in the county clerk's office the past nine years […]

Cargill building new feed plant outside Bovina

Construction is expected to begin in August for a new feed plant next to the Cargill feed lots outside Bovina, according to a press release issued Wednesday by Cargill. When completed by late summer 2013, the plant will bring create 37 new full-time jobs, Cargill said. The plant will produce Cargill's Sweet Bran and RAMP […]

Resident suggests revisions to city dumping codes

A city resident implored the Public Works Committee to take a more proactive stance on illegal dumping, pointing to a code that he felt needed to be promoted and improved. Ed Higgins brought copies of the city codes, along with suggested revisions, to the committee's Wednesday morning meeting. After a lengthy discussion on the matter, […]

Plumbers express concerns with shoring policy

The Clovis Public Works Committee delayed implementing a policy requiring shoring for sewer tap inspections, but local contractors don't feel the problem has been shored up at all. Several plumbers made their displeasure known on the requirement during the Wednesday morning meeting of the committee, leading to a new fee schedule delay until July 1 […]

Portales native killed in train collision

Beverly Hall's voice cracked as she tried to find the words to describe her husband's character. John Hall "There's no words to describe what an amazing man he was," she said. "He loved God so much and that carried over into his love for his family. He always had integrity in everything that he did." […]

Police blotter – June 27

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Tuesday 2:32 a.m.: Caller advised their mother-in-law was banging on the door and had been doing it for about a half hour, 600 block of Ross Street. 6:30 a.m.: Caller reported returning home to find their house had been ransacked and the back door […]

Press release: Cargill to build new feed facility in Bovina

(From Cargill) MINNEAPOLIS, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Cargill announced today it will build a new facility in Bovina, Tx for various feed product production including its Sweet Bran® and RAMP specialty feeds. The facility will be located on an adjoining property to an existing Cargill Cattle Feeders (CCF) location. "We are very excited about […]

Study proposes pay changes

If endorsed by the White House and enacted by Congress, a new blueprint for modernizing military compensation after 11 years of war would reshape many traditional service pays to strive for more efficiency. The 11th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation, after two years of study, has produced some wide-ranging recommendations, from replacing combat zone tax […]