What’s happening — July 26

Today Water and Natural Resources Committee meeting — 9 a.m.-noon, Clovis Civic Center. Information: 935-5000. Young Masters Juried Art Exhibition — The Eula Mae Edwards Museum and Gallery, Clovis Community College, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Information: 769-4320. Curry County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library, North Annex. Information: 763-6016.   Saturday Korean War Veterans 60th […]

Current jail archaic, inadequate


Regarding Joe A. Wright’s letter in last Friday’s Clovis News Journal: I am not an expert on building a jail or running a county, but from an average citizen’s standpoint, I know our current jail is an inadequate and antiquated facility. Wright commented on the under staffing. Would he enjoy working at our current facility? […]

Police blotter — July 26

There is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for:   Wednesday Caller reported: • 12:00 a.m.: Shoplifting report, 1200 block of West Seventh Street. • 1:26 a.m.: Harassment report, 700 block of West 21st Street. • 2:32 a.m.: Ill subject, 1000 block of Edwards Street. • 6:08 a.m.: Ill subject, 1100 block of […]

Meeting watch: Curry County Commission — July 26

Curry County Commission The Curry County Commission will hold a special meeting 9 a.m. today in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • Presentation and report from the New Mexico Association of Counties on the Adult Detention Center by loss prevention specialists Sal Baragiola and Manny Romero. • A 12-item […]

Followers need to stop talking, start acting

Several years ago, Buffy, Charlie and I saw scene at a local restaurant that was an indicator of a deep-seeded problem that spans all age groups. As we parked, I noticed another city’s school bus parked in the parking lot. I immediately visualized 50 teenagers in the cafeteria line! We went in, chose our food […]

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew — July 26


Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation.   amos on consolation i noticed sammy salamander sitting on a stump all by himself one day looking so forlorn and being the psychological sort of mouse that i am i decided to observe animal […]

Advent Christian Church Sunday School — 10 a.m. Sunday worship — 11 a.m. Wednesday Prayer meeting — 6 p.m. Address: 2101 East 21st St. Information: 762-0422 Agape Love Ministries Sunday Worship — 11 a.m. Tuesday Prayer — 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study — 7 p.m. Thursday Hour of Prayer — 7 p.m. second and fourth […]

Lawmakers must address scam with licenses


On its editorial page this week, The Albuquerque Journal reminded taxpayers that their state lawmakers need to take action to end New Mexico’s driver’s license scams. We certainly agree. The issue was back in the news Monday when a former public notary from Portales reached a plea agreement after facing allegations she fraudulently obtain New […]

Libertarianism strictly individual philosophy

Kent Mcmanigal

Commentator Michael Lind called it “The question libertarians just can’t answer:” “If (the libertarian) approach is so great, why hasn’t any country anywhere in the world ever tried it? Why are there no libertarian countries?” It seems Lind doesn’t understand what he’s asking; he certainly doesn’t understand libertarianism. That’s a common problem with criticisms of […]

White space is not your enemy

I just ordered a book recommended to me by a friend helping me with some ideas for the cover of my new Christmas record. (A CD is still a “record,” as in “recording.” And, no, it is not difficult at all to sing “Let It Snow” with deep feeling on a 100-degree day.) The title […]

Zias picked for last in LSC soccer poll

CNJ STAFF RICHARDSON, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team didn’t fare any better in the Lone Star Conference’s preseason poll than its volleyball counterparts had a day earlier. The Zias were picked for sixth out of six teams in the LSC poll, a compilation of coaches, sports information directors and various […]

Beloved friend, educator passed much too soon

Courtesy photo Chuck Tipton

There is a book called, The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership, by John Merrow, which is all about the powerful impact teachers can have on students. One passage reads, “Teachers can never declare ‘mission accomplished’, because they are a bridge, not an endpoint, for all the boys and girls (and men and […]

Chairman: Dry may actually be state’s norm


By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com The chairman of a newly formed state drought subcommittee says a study showing decades-long droughts in New Mexico is an eye-opener. Sen. Joseph Cervantes of Dona Ana County was referring to a precipitation study of the last 2,000 years based on tree rings that showed there was a […]

Program land largely in local counties

By Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITER ccalloway@pntonline.com More than three-quarters of the land in New Mexico accepted into the Conservation Reserve Program this year is in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties. The program, which pays agricultural producers to turn environmentally sensitive crop land into conservation areas, is expected to pump more than $552,000 annually into […]

Marshall recognized for regional honor

Marshall Logo

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Marshall Middle School is among nine secondary schools in the nation recently selected as 2013 Outstanding Schools by the Making Middle Grades Work initiative. Jay Brady, principal at Marshall, said the school received the award because of an increase in student performance on the state assessment, as well […]

CAFB to receive privatized housing


— CNJ staff A deal plagued by delays between the Air Force and a civilian contractor to privatize housing at Cannon Air Force Base will go into effect Aug. 1, according to a press release from three members of New Mexico’s Congressional delegation. Under the plan, Balfour Beatty Communities will renovate 361 homes, demolish 402 […]

Setting it straight — July 25

A story in Wednesday’s edition about driver’s license fraud included incorrect information. Veronica Diaz, 38, of Portales entered what is known as an Alford plea, in which she maintains her innocence but acknowledged the risk of being convicted at trial in light of the evidence against her. She was charged with 47 counts, including forgery […]

Education digest — July 25

Clovis Schools to hold open house at new middle school Clovis Municipal Schools will hold a community open house at the newly built Gattis Middle School, 5100 N. Thornton Street, on August 1 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., according to a CMS press release. The open house will give parents, students, and community members an […]

What’s happening — July 25

Today LEPC Emergency Response/ HAZMAT Committee — 10 a.m., Emergency Management conference room, 320 Connelly. Information: 763-9485 . Summer Concert Series — 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m., Kingswood United Methodist Church. Information: 693-1785. Young Masters Juried Art Exhibition — The Eula Mae Edwards Museum and Gallery, Clovis Community College, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 769-4320. Water and […]

Police blotter — July 25

There is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for:   Tuesday Caller reported: • 12:13 a.m.: Subject with a weapon, 1200 block of Wallace Street. • 12:32 a.m.: Public affray in progress, 2900 block of East Mabry Drive. • 2:01 a.m.: Burglary in progress, 100 block of Columbia Lane. • 3:53 a.m.: Fire/ […]