Chairman: Dry may actually be state’s norm

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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

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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

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— 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/ […]

State should look at adapting funding method

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— Albuquerque Journal There are differences between universities that are research institutions and higher education institutions with other missions. All are valuable endeavors, but the costs are likely to vary. University of New Mexico President Bob Frank is urging separate state funding formulas that take those differences into account. Frank wants research universities — New […]

Alleged ringleaders sought in NM license fraud

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CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have issued arrest warrants for a Mexican couple accused of leading a ring that fraudulently obtained New Mexico driver’s licenses for hundreds of people living outside the United States. Luis Raul Collazo-Medrano, 53, and his wife, Olivia Campos, may have returned to Mexico but also have ties to Texas, Louisiana and […]

Fishing report — July 25

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 — We had no […]

Zias picked for LSC volleyball cellar

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University enters the 2013 volleyball season looking up at the rest of the Lone Star Conference. The Zias, under first-year coach Sia Poyer, were picked to finish last in the now-nine-team league in the LSC preseason poll, released by the conference office on Tuesday. West Texas A&M, […]

County weighs land choice

By Kevin Baird CNJ STAFF WRITER kbaird@cnjonline.com Contract negotiations for a land deal between Clovis and Curry County for the purpose of building a new jail are ongoing, according to Mayor David Lansford. The deal, as presented by Lansford, would be handled as a government-to-government transfer giving 15 acres east of the landfill on Brady […]

Local Bank of America branches acquired

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— CNJ staff Two local locations are among the 51 Bank of America branches acquired by Washington Federal last week, according to a release from Washington Federal. Bank of America branches on Prince Street and the Cannon Air Force Base will be converted to Washington Federal on Nov. 1. The release also stated that Washington […]

Cannon command changes

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By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Brig. Gen. Buck Elton is trading New Mexico sunsets for the Sunshine State, but before he ended his leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing on Tuesday, he was praised for his legacy at Cannon Air Force Base, which included his leadership over the Air Force’s largest military […]

CMS to provide free breakfast to every student

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Clovis Municipal Schools will provide free breakfast for every student in the district thanks to a pilot program unanimously approved by the CMS Board of Education during its regular meeting Tuesday evening. The district will use surplus money generated within the food program — between $180,000 and $200,000 […]

Police blotter — July 24

There is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for:   Monday Caller reported: • 3:05 a.m.: Harassment in progress, 1900 block of East Seventh Street. • 3:23 a.m.: Trespass in progress, 3700 block of North Prince Street. • 4:29 a.m.: Criminal damage, 1000 block of North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. • 4:34 […]

What’s happening — July 24

Today 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 Natural Resources Committee meeting — Noon, Clovis Civic Center. Information: 505-935-5000.   Thursday LEPC Emergency Response/ HAZMAT Committee — 10 a.m., Emergency Management conference room, 320 Connelly. Information: 763-9485 . Summer […]

Spurning debate not the answer

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.” — Noam Chomsky   The cover was like most others at newsstands across the country. Teases to about half a dozen stories. On the bus with Willie Nelson. The […]

NM needs more national cemetery space

— Albuquerque Journal For more than a decade, New Mexico has needed additional cemetery space for the men and women who have made the sacrifice inherent in serving this country. In fact, in 2001 New Mexico Republicans Heather Wilson and Pete Domenici introduced legislation in Congress to plan a new site in Albuquerque. Yet in […]