Editorial: Education best way to curb teen birth rates

On paper, New Mexico has a serious teen pregnancy problem. The state has the second-highest teen birthrate in the nation, at 53 per 1,000 teens ages 15 to 19. (The national average is 34.2.) And on paper, reducing that birthrate involves clear steps: Male involvement, comprehensive sex education, confidential clinic services, service learning programs and […]

Letters to the editor: Clean energy key to our future

The Dec. 11 newspaper had an informative article about lawmakers pushing for an extension to wind energy tax credits. Our two senators and one representative, Ben Lujan, are for the extension. Ken Starcher, associate director at Alternative Energy Institute at West Texas A&M, explained the importance of the tax credit to speed up the development […]

Self defense prevents massacres

Mass murders. Who commits them? Where do they happen? How can they be prevented? How can they be stopped when prevention fails? These seem to be the only reasonable questions to ask in the wake of Sandy Hook. Who commits them? People who have mental problems, which have often been treated with medication. That includes […]

Local gun sales up

Gun shop sales have increased sharply in the Clovis area in response to events surrounding the Newtown, Conn., school shooting tragedy, local gun shop owners say. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Larry Reeves, left, owner of R & S Gun Shop in Clovis explains Thursday to Mike DeGroot of Pleasant Hill the features of a […]

Education column: Education Foundation continues to grow

Not long ago, the "Education Foundation Prize Patrol" bus set out from Clovis Municipal Schools Central Office to travel through the district surprising Education Foundation Grant recipients with appropriate pomp and circumstance. Truth be told, there is actually no such bus, but we were able to use a CHS Wildcat bus for a few hours […]

New Mexico fishing report: Dec. 20

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 […]

Zias notch first win of season

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — In a season where few things has come easy, Eastern New Mexico's first win of the season did. The Zias jumped out to a 10-2 lead and never trailed Wednesday afternoon in a 66-45 victory over Brigham Young University-Hawaii to break a 10-game skid to open the season and salvage a victory […]

Spreading holiday cheer

Parkview Elementary kindergarten students received early Christmas presents from Clovis Nazarene School students this week in a book exchange aimed at teaching students it's better to give than to receive. CMI staff photo: Benna Sayyed Parkview Elementary kindergartners Jackie Valverde, right, and Angel Ramirez admire Valverde's book gift, Dr. Seuss' "Sleep Softly Book" Monday at […]

Blown over

As most people in Curry and Roosevelt counties tried to avoid blowing away, the wind proved to be a more than a nuisance Wednesday. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks High winds Wednesday peeled back the metal roof of First Baptist Church like the top of a sardine can on Grand and Gidding. Winds reached gusts […]

Clovis man found guilty of drug trafficking

Following a one-day jury trial, a Clovis man was found guilty Tuesday evening of trafficking cocaine. Sergio James, 35, will face up to 18 years in prison with a sentencing hearing scheduled within the next 30 days, according to a release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney. According to the release: n In May of […]

Police blotter – Dec. 20

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Tuesday 12:02 a.m.: Caller reported criminal damage in progress, 1000 block of Edwards Street. 12:25 a.m.: Caller reported a subject was unconscious, 500 block of North Lea Street. 2:10 a.m.: Call in reference to seizures, 2100 block of Ross Street. 4:52 a.m.: Caller reported […]

Officials review intersection

Conceding that tweaks to traffic light timing can only solve so many problems, Clovis city officials are looking to once again tackle the issue of traffic congestion where 21st and Prince streets and Commerce Way meet. Following discussions that didn't go far in 2005 and 2008, the charge again is to look at ways the […]

Meetings watch – Clovis City Commission

Clovis City Commission The Clovis City Commission will meet 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: Authority for an auction of equipment and for Mayor David Lansford to act on behalf of the city as needed to expedite procedures regarding Beauty Health and Science Innovations, Inc. The […]

Education digest – Dec. 20

Schools to close early on Friday Clovis Municipal Schools will conclude classes for 2012 11:30 a.m. Friday for elementary schools and noon for secondary schools. All other Clovis Schools offices will close at 1 p.m., and will be closed through Jan. 2. The closure also moves up the deadline of nominations for the Education Foundation […]

Empty stocking: Family P2

Today's focus: Family P2 Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: This family needs help this year because the two older children have had a lot of surgeries this year. The family has had to travel to Albuquerque for surgeries. This has cut into the budget of this family. Clothing needs: Boys clothes sizes 7, […]

Clovis landfill seeks license to accept special waste

If all goes according to plan, the Clovis Regional Solid Waste Facility will be licensed in three or four months to accept "special wastes," including materials such as asbestos and oil- and gasoline-contaminated soils, Clovis City Engineer Justin Howalt said Wednesday. If approved, the expanded waste facility will take special wastes from the same areas […]

Letters to the editor: Massacres show lost link to God

U.S. "massacre events" since 1966 total 36 and nearly 350 murders — a profile of a nation that has lost its soul and its connection with its Creator! This is reflected not only in these demonic acts of carnage, but also in our media and leaders who ask the endless string of empty "Whys." "Political […]

Editorial: Capital outlay system can be made better

As part of what is being billed a "New Century Economy Jobs Agenda" for the upcoming legislative session, Gov. Susana Martinez will attempt to reform New Mexico's inefficient capital outlay system. We wish her luck. Martinez is following in the well-worn path of previous governors who attempted without success to reform the way New Mexico […]

House speaker Lujan succumbs to cancer

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — House Speaker Ben Lujan, one of the most powerful and longest serving state legislators in New Mexico history and the father of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, died late Tuesday at age 77 after a long battle with lung cancer, a spokesman for his son said. He died at about […]

Press release: Udall statement on Lujan’s death

WASHINGTON – U.S. SENATOR TOM UDALL (D-NM) issued the following statement today on the passing of Speaker Ben Luján: "Our state lost a great leader, and a great friend, yesterday with the passing of Speaker Ben Luján. For over four decades, Ben was a tireless advocate for the people of New Mexico. Ben was a […]