Diamond Sharp airmen: Manpower maintainer

By Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Editor’s note: his feature is the twenty-eighth in a series of Air Commando spotlights at Cannon. The Airmen being highlighted are recent Diamond Sharp award winners. Diamond Sharp is a monthly program where Airmen are recognized by wing leadership and first sergeants for […]

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 […]

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 […]