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 […]

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 […]