Editorial: Supreme Court ruling does not fix immigration

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Arizona immigration law, and life as we know it continued. Both sides claimed victory in what amounts to a ruling that changes parts of the controversial law but leaves the nation no closer to an effective strategy to address immigration. While the high court ruling primarily centered on […]

Perfect wager all about the gamble

My name is Kevin, and I've got a thing for gambling. I'm not trying to be a Gamblers Anonymous member, as I'm pretty bad at anonymity. Nor am I trying to make light of people who have serious gambling problems and need all the help and self-control they can get. I think my attitude on […]

Missing Clovis girl found

Aly Marques A 16-year-old Clovis girl, missing more than two weeks, has been found safe in Detroit, family members said Tuesday night. Aly Marques will be "returning to Clovis as soon as arrangements can be made," her uncle, Sam Haskell, wrote on his Facebook page. "We haven't been given any other details yet." Haskell said […]

Press release: Udall talks upcoming Senate schedule

WASHINGTON – On his weekly radio call today, U.S. SEN. TOM UDALL urged Congress to act before the July 4th recess in order to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling and a short-term transportation measure from expiring. Udall also highlighted a provision he is working on with Sen. Bingaman to expedite flood insurance coverage […]

Clovis High to start year without athletic director

When Clovis High School concluded its academic year, it was without an athletic director. That will also be the case when CHS begins its next academic year. Jalayne Curtis, assistant to the superintendent's office, said the position made vacant when Brian Stacy resigned in May could not be filled by the district at the time, […]

Triple-digit heat scorches area

Some Portales and Clovis residents enjoyed cool treats to beat the triple-digit heat Tuesday, others say they're used to the hot temperatures in the summer. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Assistant Zoo Director Mark Yannotti sprays Rek, a young raven, with cold water Tuesday at the Hillcrest Park Zoo to aid in cooling him off. […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education met Tuesday at the CMS administration building. Four members were present. Board member Terry Martin did not attend. During the meeting: The board approved a sale of $9 million in general obligation bond. The sale was made to Vining-Sparks IBG of Chicago. Kevin Powers of RBC Capital of […]

Committee assigns tasks for regional growth planner

The Local Growth Management Committee decided Tuesday what tasks will be delegated to a regional growth planner. In the committee meeting on May 1, committee members discussed where to go with the position after previous regional planner Rick Draker terminated his contract in the end of April. The Local Growth Management Organization was created to […]

Police blotter – June 27

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Monday 8:06 a.m.: Caller reported the male reported for a domestic disturbance was across the street peeking into the windows of the house, 800 block of North Edwards Street. 9:39 a.m.: Caller reported their wallet was stolen from an unlocked vehicle, 3700 block of […]

New Mexico’s A-F grading system flawed

The intention of the state's new school grading system was to simplify the accountability process. Instead of categories such as Restructuring Year 1 or Corrective Action, each school gets a grade of "A" through "F." Simple, right? For the parents, yes. For school administrators trying to figure out the new system, not so much. Sen. […]

Doherty awarded Melrose baseball position

Melrose promoted from within Monday, giving Jim Doherty coaching duties for the Buffalo baseball squad. Doherty, who came to Melrose from Des Moines last year, finished his first season as boys basketball coach. "Coach Doherty is an outstanding coach and has a background in baseball and basketball," Melrose Schools Superintendent Jamie Widner said. "He played […]

Zias add four distance runners

Four athletes have been signed to compete for the Eastern New Mexico University women's cross country and track and field teams, according to a release from the university. The four athletes, all from New Mexico high schools, include Amber Saiz of Belen, Farrah Hood of Gallup and Hobbs teammates Andrea Whittman and Jherica Rhodes. n […]

Officials: Arizona bill not likely to have much local impact

Officials polled across New Mexico doubt the Supreme Court upholding the most-discussed portion of Arizona's Senate Bill 1070 will have much local impact. But the reason why is, like Monday's decision, somewhat split. In a 5-3 opinion released Monday, the high court eliminated three portions of the law. Portions struck down by the Supreme Court […]

Steps taken to aid soccer associations

The Clovis Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee, following a long discussion on the future of soccer and softball in Clovis, made moves to help Clovis' local soccer associations have slightly bigger homes. Space and money remain concerns for the board, which unanimously approved recommendations to: Keep the current location for the Clovis Youth Soccer Association […]

Fireworks organizers seeking donations

Certainly, organizers of Clovis' annual 4th of July fireworks display don't really favor one contributor over another. After all, as it says in a recent press release from the Clovis Chamber of Commerce, "any amount, no matter how big or how small, is greatly appreciated." File photo Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie Kos says […]

Business feature: Pack and Mail making transition

The storefront may say Pack and Mail, but it's obvious that a quick look in the Prince Street location makes little of its business with actual packing and/or mailing of items. CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Pack and Mail employee Mark Call, right, helps Robert Miller with a package Monday afternoon. Miller was mailing books […]

No injuries in attempted shooting

No injuries were reported in an attempted shooting Saturday on Prince Street, according to a Clovis Police Department incident report. According to the report, officers responded to a call of shots fired around 2:43 a.m. on Saturday at Seventh and Prince streets. A security guard reported that a fight had broken out at the old […]

Business digest – June 26

Marketing firm wins award Elliott Marketing of Clovis was named as a bronze winner in the 33rd annual Telly Awards, a nationwide competition with nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries. The winning commercial, part of an ongoing campaign for the Bank of Clovis, features a young boy named David referring his […]

Police blotter – June 26

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Friday 5:19 a.m.: Caller reported someone driving erratically, driving into people's driveways and doing donuts on the main street, Main Street, Melrose. 1:22 p.m.: Caller witnessed the theft of a gas can from a trailer with lawnmowers on it, 2200 block of North Main […]

Press release: Melrose Schools names baseball coach

The Melrose School Baseball program will have a seasoned face leading the baseball program for the 2013 season. Jim Doherty, who just finished his first season as the Melrose Basketball Coach, will add to his duties by taking over the baseball team as head coach for the upcoming school year. "Coach Doherty is an outstanding […]