What's Happening: July 27

Friday Baby Sitter Bootcamp 8 a.m. Chavez CDC The Final Move 8:30 a.m. Community Training Room Friday Social Hour Snacks 4:27 p.m. The Landing Zone Family Bowl-a-Rama 5 p.m. Cannon Lanes Senior NCO Induction Ceremony 6 pm The Landing Zone Epic Proportions Tour 8 p.m. The Drop Zone Youth Karaoke 5:15 p.m. for Tweens and […]

The Spouse Briefs: All-natural pest control

When we first moved to Clovis, my husband had the option of putting rocks or grass in our front lawn. Unlike most of our neighbors he opted for mostly grass. It took awhile but finally after months of careful work we had a beautifully-established lawn. We soon came to understand that we were not the […]

Baby giraffe Jerrica turns 6 months old

This baby's come a long way. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Zookeeper Cody Machen gives Jerrica some attention Wednesday, while her mother Jael looks on. Jerrica turned 6 months old Wednesday and has become one of the zoo's biggest attractions. Jerrica, one of Hillcrest Park Zoo's main attractions, turned 6 months old Wednesday. Measuring about […]

Education column: Administration still working during summer

As with any profession, in order to be optimally effective, it is essential that continuing education take place in order to keep up with the latest, knowledge, research and methodologies that have proven successful. Particularly in this day and age of rapid change, it becomes more important than ever to stay abreast of the knowledge […]

Ticket feature: Border Town Days ‘simple celebration’

Mike Pomper was putting the finishing touches on the upcoming edition of the State Line Tribune Tuesday evening — the second biggest paper of 2012, behind the Christmas edition. The reason why is a mystery, unless you're familiar to Texico, N.M., or Farwell, Texas — the two towns the paper serves and the participants in […]

Education feature: Custodians put in long hours over summer

While most students, faculty and staff get time off for the summer, Clovis Municipal Schools custodians such as Lakeisha Lobstein wax floors, clean classrooms and remove gum from surfaces. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Marshall Middle School custodian Lakeisha Lobstein of Clovis mows the grass Tuesday at Marshall Middle School, one of her many duties […]

Police blotter – July 26

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Tuesday 12:09 a.m.: Caller reported a large group of people being loud and playing basketball outside, 4400 block of Sandstone Drive. 1:45 a.m.: Caller reported a pit bull outside not letting her outside of her house, 1300 block of West 14th Street. 7:43 a.m.: […]

Gay marriage arguments awkward

So, the Muppets aren't eating at Chick-fil-A anymore? That was my reaction Monday, when I read the Jim Henson Company cut its ties with Chick-fil-A, with whom it had partnered with this month to release make-your-own-puppet kits as the toy given with kids' meals. Companies sever ties every day, but this one got national attention […]

Zia pulls out win in state Junior Division

CARLSBAD — The Clovis Zia All-Stars got run-scoring singles from Rafa Maldonado and Edgar Madrid in the top of the seventh and edged Albuquerque Zia 17-15 in a 3 1/2-hour marathon on Tuesday night in the Little League state Junior Division tournament. Clovis Zia trailed 9-2 after two innings, but scored four in the fourth […]

Meter change halfway complete

The city of Portales is halfway through four-year project of installing a new automated water meter system. according to City Manager Tom Howell Portales City Manager Tom Howell said new automatic reading water meters being put into place in the city will not require attention from meter readers, saving the city the $25,000 annual salary […]

Traffic concerns raised

Billie G. Rains made screeching noises as she described the nearly daily occurrence of driver's slamming on their breaks to avoid vehicle accidents on Main Avenue. A hair stylist who works in the problem area, Rains said speeding is a problem on Main Avenue between Second and Fourth streets. She looked out the window and […]

Redistricting aims to keep classmates together

Four redistricting options for Clovis middle schools met no opposition from the public Tuesday at a Clovis Municipal Schools board meeting. "I think they (the public) were here for the informational purposes," Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers said about the first of two meetings to gather public input. "I think they absorbed what we […]

Jail bond issue staying off ballot

Curry County voters won't see a $9 million jail bond issue on the ballot for the second time this year. County Commission Chairman Wendell Bostwick's push to place the once-defeated issue on the November ballot was tabled Tuesday after it became clear he couldn't muster majority support during a long and lively 4 1/2-hour commission […]

ENMU board approves funds application

At a special meeting for the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents on Tuesday in the Administration Building, regents approved once again applying for $5.5 million in annual legislative appropriation funds: President Steven Gamble said the funds go toward the athletics department, the KENW television station, the Blackwater Draw museum and site, allied health […]

Clovis man on probation after plea

A 22-year-old Clovis man was placed on supervised probation Monday after he pled guilty to robbing a city convenience store last summer, according to a press release to the district attorney's office. Robert Martinez, 22, admitted robbing a Stripes convenience store at Llano Estacado and North Prince Street at gunpoint late at night. His probation […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

This is a supplement report to Tuesday's Curry County Commission meeting in whch commissioners took the following action: Approved a $20.9 million annual budget for fiscal year 2012-2013. Renewed a countywide burn ban. The ban basically forbids all open fires with the exception of certain approved burns for agricultural purposes. Approved a resolution opposing a […]

EPCOG audits repeat findings from 2005 report

Audit reports from 2006 through 2008 at the Eastern Plains Council of Government repeat findings from a 2005 report — poor accounting practices that either contributed to misuse of government-provided monies, or at least provided such opportunities. Just like an auditor's report and financial statement of 2005 done by Woodard, Cowen and Co., the three […]

Police blotter – July 25

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Monday 2:41 a.m.: Caller advised a teen male vomiting and bleeding from his nose, possibly intoxicated, 900 block of Edwards Street. 9:06 a.m.: Caller reported smoke coming out of the ducts at an apartment complex, 1200 block of North Cameo Street. 10:51 a.m.: Caller […]

Press release: Udall talks campaign finance reform testimony

WASHINGTON – On his weekly radio call today, U.S. SEN. TOM UDALL discussed his testimony on campaign finance reform before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the need to extend middle-class tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans before they expire in December. Click here to listen to the full audio online. Click here to download […]

Pledge threat to defense budget

Worried by the "sequestration" blade set to fall on defense budgets in January, Republicans are sounding alarms with special hearings, a flurry of press releases and bills that offer at least interim solutions. But will Republicans also reconsider their "anti-tax hike" pledge to the powerful lobbyist Grover Norquist? A rising chorus of critics, including some […]