State should look at adapting funding method


— 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 […]

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 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


— 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


By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer 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 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 […]

Portales woman pleads guilty in driver’s license fraud


Staff and wire reports A former public notary from Portales has pleaded guilty Monday to fraudulently obtaining hundreds of New Mexico driver’s licenses for people living outside the country. She is the fifth defendant to plead guilty in what state officials termed at the time the case broke as “one of the largest driver’s license […]

STATE LITTLE LEAGUE: Altamont 10-11s oust Zia

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Clovis Zia’s Brittni Chavez slides safely into home as Albuquerque Altamont catcher Jacob Martinez waits for the throw in the top of the fourth inning of Monday’s state 10-11 Little League game at Dickenson Field. Altamont rallied to win the elimination game 23-11.

CNJ staff In a high-scoring, seesaw game, Albuquerque Altamont got in the last swing. Altamont put an end to the contest with a 13-run fourth, capped by a game-ending, three-run homer, to oust Clovis Zia 23-11 in a losers bracket game of the state 10-11 Little League tournament at Dickenson Field. Zia, which beat Albuquerque […]

Curry County part of mediation pilot program

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer Curry County Magistrate Court will be part of a pilot program that will use volunteers for pre-trial mediation in civil cases. “In a nutshell, mediation helps the parties vent and organize,” said David Levin, co-chairman of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission in New Mexico, “and this experience makes […]

Weed complaints up since rain

CNJ staff Mother Nature provided a much-needed dose of rain over the past several weeks, but the wet weather has caused an uptick in weed complaints for the city’s code compliance office. Supervisor Marcus Brice had already received about a dozen calls for weed complaints by mid-day Monday. “With each one of those, we find […]

Federal judge rejects couple’s apology letter

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By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer JULY 22, 2013 A federal judge who ruled a Clovis couple must write a letter of apology as part of sentencing for bilking the Air Force out of $3.2 million has rejected a submitted draft, and told the couple to do it correctly or prepare for federal prison, […]

Portales woman remains in critical condition

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CNJ staff A 38-year-old Portales woman was listed in critical condition Monday, according to a spokesman at University Medical Center in Lubbock. Casey Turnbough was injured in a two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on N.M. 209 north of Ned Houk Park, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. He was life-flighted to UMC. Waller said the crash occurred […]

Meetings watch — July 23

State Legislative Water and Natural Resources Committee and the Drought Subcommittee The State Legislative Water and Natural Resources Committee and the Drought Subcommittee will meet Wednesday through Friday at the Clovis Civic Center to discuss the following: Wednesday (noon 12-5 p.m.) • Meteorologist Chuck Jones will present a drought update that includes a historical perspective […]

What’s happening — July 23

Today Free summer movie — 9 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:40 p.m., Movie is “Arthur Christmas.” Allen Theatres. Information: 763-7713 Young Masters Juried Art Exhibition — The Eula Mae Edwards Museum and Gallery, Clovis Community College, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 769-4320. Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting — 5:30 p.m., Central Office Board room, 1009 […]

Police blotter — July 23

There is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for:   Caller reported: Friday • 12:27 a.m.: Narcotics, 300 block of North Connelly Street. • 1:44 p.m.: Narcotics in progress, 13th and Cameo streets. • 7:58 a.m.: Burglary report, 3900 Springwood Drive. • 9:16 a.m.: Burglary report, 3800 block of Lew Wallace Drive. • […]