What’s happening — July 28

Today Circle of Love Team Roping — 8 a.m., In support of Benny Fulgham, Curry County Events Center. Information: 806-265-7417. Monday Older Adults Committee meeting — 5 p.m., Baxter-Curren Senior Center. Information: 769-7828. Clovis-Carver Library Board meeting — 5:30 p.m., 701 North Main St. Information: 769-7828. Young Masters Juried Art Exhibition — The Eula Mae […]

War vets share memories over breakfast


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Korean War veterans shared memories of the cold over a hot pancake breakfast Saturday at Veterans of Foreign Wars post 3015 in Clovis. “There was two feet to four feet of snow on the ground in Korea,” said Tommy Flicking of Clovis. “I promised the good lord and […]

New jail bond hard to sell with poor planning

Clovis and Curry County need a new jail, and it should not be located downtown where families live, shop and celebrate community. But it must be planned and managed professionally with funding sources clearly identified in advance. Yet, county leaders want voters to approve a $9.9 million jail bond issue on the Aug. 6 special […]

Commission listening to voters

By Lance Pyle/ Guest columnist Curry County has been forced to spend more than $6.8 million over the past 10 years to house inmates outside of our county. This is a major reason the Curry County Board of Commissioners has scheduled an election on Aug. 6 of a bond measure to fund a new medium […]

Good deeds done for ourselves more than others

Wendel Sloan

While sifting through books for a garage sale, I ran across an essay by Mark Twain about altruism. It articulated what I have long thought, but dared not utter in the hidebound hamlets of the High Plains — good deeds are done more for ourselves than others. Twain’s premise in “What Is Man?” is we […]

Q&A: County manager discusses jail bond election

Curry County Manager Lance Pyle on Friday answered questions about the Aug. 6 special election. Voters are being asked to renew for 20 years a $9.88 million bond issue due to be paid off in August 2014. Should voters approve, the money generated by the bonds would be used to finance most of the estimated […]

Celebrating life on the border

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Texico fireman Daniel Saiz of Clovis digs into some potato salad and a plate of barbecue Saturday after the parade at Farwell city Park.

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Kristi Carson of Lubbock returned to the Texas-New Mexico line for the Border Town Days Parade after being away more than 20 years. “Border Town Days was the highlight of the year,” Carson (formerly Kristi Jones) said. “It was fun to have everybody getting together and seeing people […]

Q&A: Texas girl at heart


By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Growing up in the small town of Farwell, Charla Corn dreamed of making it big in country music. Since her early beginnings singing at Border Town Days and local county fairs, Corn has toured nationally with the likes of Kevin Fowler, Roger Creager, Pat Green, Aaron Watson and the Josh Abbott […]

Meetings Watch: Curry County Board of Commissioners — July 27

The Curry County Board of Commissioners met Friday in a special meeting at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library. During the meeting: The commission approved various county road projects totaling $465,420. The New Mexico Department of Transportation will provide 75 percent of the funds with the county paying 25 percent, or $116,355 toward the […]

McGee: Yard art has limits

Grant McGee

By Grant McGee CMI columnist “Look,” said The Lady of the House. “Those are toilet tank lids by that Dumpster.” We were picking up our eats at a local fast food joint when the gleaming porcelain rectangles caught her eye. “Do you want them?” I asked. “Oh, we must have them,” she said, rolling her […]

In search of ponies: The Power of hunger

Sharna Johnson

By Sharna Johnson CMI correspondent Easy vittles. Yep, vittles have motivated creatures for as long as there have been creatures, and easy vittles are a dream come true. Sure, it’s easy to forget just how compelling food can be when one is well fed and satiated, but one trip to the grocery on an empty […]

County commission approves pay raises

Dollar tick isolated in white

By Emily Crowe CMI STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com All Curry County employees and elected officials will be receiving a pay increase, some as early as next month. The Curry County Commission voted Friday in a special meeting to raise the salaries of county employees on a graduated scale, dependent on how much each respective employee is […]

County selects city-donated land for proposed jail site

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com The Curry County Commission voted Friday to accept a 15-acre land gift from the city of Clovis as the home of its proposed jail. Transfer of the land is contingent upon voters approving a $9.8 million bond to help pay for the jail, which is up for vote […]

TeamBuilders closing doors


By Steve Hansen CMI staff writer shansen@qcsunonline.com The leaders of the TeamBuilders Counseling Services are preparing to throw in the towel after struggling to remain in operation since the New Mexico Human Services Department froze Medicaid payments to behavioral health services providers that are under investigation for possible overbillings, Lorraine Freedle, Teambuilders chief financial officer […]

Ag producers, advocates want decades old Right to Farm Act updated

Stock image of Cows

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Farmers and dairymen have seen their fair share of hardships in recent years, including drought and rising operating costs. Most recently, nuisance complaints from neighbors have caused a string of lawsuits against dairies statewide, and many producers and advocates are asking for clearer legislation to help prevent further […]

Hounds favored to repeat in LSC cross country

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team has been picked to capture its third consecutive Lone Star Conference championship in a preseason poll released by the conference office on Thursday. ENMU received 16 of 20 first-place votes and earned 129 points in balloting done by conference coaches and […]

Official outlines interim pipeline plan

By Kevin Baird CNJ STAFF WRITER kbaird@cnjonline.com Paul Van Gulick, program manager of the Ute Water Project, told legislators at Thursday’s legislative water and natural resources committee meeting that underneath Portales the Ogallala Aquifer has only 40 feet of saturated thickness, and it is depleting at a rate of 4 feet per year. If this […]

Children bloom at action camp

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@cnjonline.com Brandon Clark carried his ‘plants’ — three fellow camp counselors scrunched down — across the podium as part of a skit the Briarwood Action Camp. To the delight of the youth campers, one of the “plants” grew tall by slowly rising with her arms up in the air. Another rose at […]

Aircraft damaged during training flight at CAFB


— CNJ staff A remotely piloted aircraft, known as an MQ-9 Reaper, was damaged during a routine training flight Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base, according to the base’s public affairs office. “An investigation has been initiated into the cause of the incident, which took place on the runway,” Marcelo Calero of Cannon public affairs […]

Counties receive added funding to help veterans


By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt and Curry counties are among 19 in the state receiving help through an expansion of Goodwill Industries of New Mexico’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, which offers case management and temporary financial assistance for homeless and near-homeless veterans. According to Terry Armstrong, case management director for […]