Gattis Middle School holds first open house


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Students, parents, school employees and community members flooded the halls of the newly constructed W.D. Gattis Middle School on Thursday afternoon as the school district held its first open house at the state-of-the art building. The school’s 130,00 square-foot campus encompasses six interconnected buildings, two of which have […]

Muleshoe teacher indicted on sexual contact charge

The Associated Press MULESHOE — A West Texas high school teacher has been indicted after she was accused of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old student. A Bailey County grand jury indicted 25-year-old Morgan Shea Marricle on Wednesday. The Muleshoe High School English teacher is charged with having an improper relationship between an educator and […]

Prairie Dog ordinance passes introductory phase

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER While the intensity of its feelings may be in dispute, the Clovis City Commission is no fan of prairie dogs. Thursday night, it also wasn’t a big fan of adding another ordinance to the city code. With reservations, commissioners approved introducing an ordinance that would name prairie dogs […]

School shopping less taxing this weekend

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Local businesses are gearing up for New Mexico’s tax-free weekend, which will help give residents throughout the state a break on back-to-school shopping. The state will suspend collection of gross receipts tax on qualifying items for the weekend — starting today and concluding midnight Monday. There will be […]

What’s happening — Aug. 2

Today Artists in Residence Creativity Group — 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Art and Anthropology Design Lab on ENMU’s campus. The group will be led by writer Don Mitchell. Information: Danielle.Holmes Young Masters Juried Art Exhibition — The Eula Mae Edwards Museum and Gallery, Clovis Community College, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday. Information: 769-4320. “The Big Latch” […]

Police Blotter — Aug. 2

There is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Wednesday Caller reported: • 12:18 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 500 block of West Christopher Drive. • 12:47 a.m.: Animal complaint, 2100 block of Gidding Street. • 1:56 a.m.: Animal complaint, State Road 245 and Wheaton Street. • 2:21 a.m.: Burglary report, 1900 block of North […]

Commissioners dispute water presentation

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER A representative for citizens of three counties asked the Clovis City Commission on Thursday to push for a halt to construction of an intake structure that is the first phase of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. An hour later, commissioners had indicated they were not convinced […]

Meetings Watch — Clovis City Commission, Aug. 2

The Clovis City Commission met Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. All members were in attendance. All action items listed below passed on 8-0 votes. • Charlie Maciel of Real Golf LLC gave an update on the status of the Colonial Park Golf Course. Maciel reported improvements to the grounds, largely […]

Lazarus was dead, but hope had last word

Lazarus was dead. Of that sad fact everyone was now absolutely sure. He had been barely breathing when Mary and Martha, his sisters, had sent the urgent message to Jesus to beg the Lord to return to help the desperate friends. They needed Jesus badly, and quickly. Yesterday, if possible, and it wasn’t possible. Even […]

Amos the churchmouse — Aug. 2


Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes.   the toilet paper war marcellus the mangy ungodly cat has been running amuck here boss terrorizing little mice hamsters guinea pigs and even […]

Brandon: Very few people needed to make change

Can just two women make a change for the better that will influence generations to come? One example is Mary Slessor who was a Scottish missionary. More than 100 years ago who left her home to give her life in service in Calabar, which is present day Nigeria. The work that she started is still […]

Ute Reservoir is lowest cost option

Gayla Brumfield

The Ogallala Aquifer is an underground water source that runs from eastern new Mexico and the Texas Panhandle up to South Dakota. It is one of the larger aquifers in the country and waters much of the nation’s richest agricultural areas. The number of wells tapping into the Ogallala is steadily increasing just to keep […]

An armed society is a polite society

Those who want to violate the right of every human to carry whatever kind of weapon they choose, everywhere they go, have all manner of emotional pleas at their disposal. And their scenarios always fail when exposed to reality. Just before Christmas last year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., reacted to the suggestion of having armed […]

Postponement of payment part of Obamacare

— Albuquerque Journal Politicians, activists, providers and patients protesting the temporary suspension by the Human Services Department of Medicaid payments to 15 nonprofits that deliver behavioral health services around New Mexico are targeting the wrong people. The requirement to suspend payments where fraud is suspected is part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Remember, a […]