How a slice of empathy pie tastes

I had many things I thought of discussing today: n CNN asking in a panel discussion, “N-WORD OR ‘CRACKER’: WHICH IS WORSE?” For future reference, CNN, if you’re asking which word is more unacceptable, and you won’t tell us one of the words, you just answered your own question. n Right after 19 firefighters lost […]

Efforts to help kids get ahead lost in politics

— Las Cruces Sun-News T here are few responsibilities more basic  and fundamental to a thriving society than  to ensure for the care and well-being of our children. And it is one in which we in New Mexico are failing. For 24 years, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has put out an annual report measuring […]

Press release: Tickets for Clovis Festival on sale

Source: Clovis Chamber of Commerce Tickets for the 2013 Clovis Music Festival are on sale now and are available online “” and at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. Tickets for reserved seating will be available online only. This year will mark the 26th anniversary of the Clovis Music Festival which honors one of Clovis’ […]

Clovis siblings claim national win

CNJ STAFF Consistency won out for a pair of Clovis siblings, who took a victory during the National Junior High Finals Rodeo, held June 23-29 in Gallup. Shad and Shelby Mayfield competed in ribbon roping during the NJHFR, established in 2005 for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade rodeo competitiors from across the United States, Canada and […]

June rain total well above norm

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer Almost half of this year’s rain in the area has been recorded in June, according to an meteorologist. According to, 3.22 inches of rain fell in June at Cannon Air Force, the official recording site for the Clovis-Portales area. The historical average for June is 2.54 […]

Group wants Lansford on water authority

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER Members of the High Plains Patriots plan to request the Clovis City Commission appoint Mayor David Lansford onto the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority during its meeting Tuesday night. Terms on the authority for current chair and former Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield and City Commissioner Juan Garza […]

June building permits

A look at building reports issued by the city of Clovis in June. 14 — New residential permits filed in June. It’s the second-largest number for a month, behind 29 in January. 82 — New residential permits for the first half of 2013. 1,861 — Average square footage of new residential permits. 1 — New […]

Chimpanzees sacrificed their health, freedom

— Albuquerque Journal This Fourth of July will have special meaning for some 300 sentient beings who have no knowledge of the Declaration of Independence but who have sacrificed their health and freedom in service to this country. We are referring to the chimpanzees the National Institutes of Health had the courage to finally permanently […]

Police blotter — July 2

There is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Friday Caller reported: • 12:52 a.m.: Missing person, 2900 block of Hockenhull Avenue. • 1:37 a.m.: Shots fired, 1100 block of Rosewood Drive. • 2:55 a.m.: Burglary in progress, 170 block of East 21st Street. • 3:04 a.m.: Shots fired, 800 block of Rosewood […]

What’s happening — July 2

Today Free summer film — 9 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:40 p.m. Movie will be Despicable Me. Allen Theatres, 2589 North Prince St. Information: 763-7713. Young Masters Juried Student Art Show — The Eula Mae Edwards Museum and Gallery, Clovis Community College, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 769-2811 Frontline from Ozark Christian College — 7 p.m., First […]

County rancher dies from single gunshot wound

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the Sunday shooting death of a 73-year-old Bellview rancher. Sheriff’s deputies found Max Allen’s body about 1:45 p.m. at his residence 16 miles northeast of Grady with a single gunshot wound to his upper torso, said Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Allen was shot during a physical confrontation […]