Pages past — Jan. 29

On this date … 1966: Former Gov. John Burroughs of Portales was among early contenders in the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Burroughs, Gene Lusk of Carlsbad, Bruce King of Santa Fe and Roy Walker of Clovis were among others expected to contend for the job. Lusk won the Dems’ nomination, but was defeated […]

Police blotter — Jan. 29

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 12:37 a.m.: Shoplifting, 2000 block of North Prince Street. • 5:18 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 1100 block of Merriwether Street. • 6:59 a.m.: Careless driving, 2100 block of West 21st Street. • 8:45 a.m.: […]

Opinion: Have your cake and feed it, too

By Audra Brown Local columnist Have your cake and feed it, too. Once again it’s time to delve into the lexicon of the agriculture business. Today’s word is ‘cake.’ It is a noun, a verb, and has nothing to do with sweet, spongy dessert or what Lucifer likes to eat. An example of its use […]

Legislative roundup — Jan. 28

Days remaining in session: 21 Facing blowback Rep. Rick Little, R-Chaparral, drew fire for saying during a Tuesday committee hearing that he thinks homosexuality is a choice. On Wednesday, The New Mexican reported that Little, during a debate about a bill to add police as a protected class under New Mexico’s hate crimes law, argued […]

State Supreme Court justice backs proposed constitutional amendment to alter bail rules

By Milan Simonich The Santa Fe New Mexican State Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels, departing from the tradition of judicial impartiality, joined with state legislators Wednesday to advocate for what he called the most important criminal justice reform of his eight years on the bench. Daniels is supporting a two-pronged bill by a pair of […]

Opinion: Schools taking stand against bullying

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Education columnist Bullying is a topic that seems to plague every generation, and it will likely remain so. An added difficulty in today’s world is a new realm of potential negative communications possible through the Internet. For example, cell phones and social media have expanded opportunities for negative behaviors. All of our […]

Virtual classrooms coming to Clovis

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Virtual classrooms are coming to Clovis public schools. Clovis Municipal School board members on Tuesday approved a request for proposal for virtual classroom teaching services to help with a shortage of licensed teachers. The process includes teachers in other states who meet New Mexico standards teaching classes via videoconference. […]

Bill to strengthen child porn laws passes House

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com A bill intended to strengthen New Mexico’s child pornography laws has passed the House, 60-2, and is headed for the Democratic-controlled Senate. House Bill 65, co-sponsored by Clovis Republican Rep. Randal Crowder, would allow prosecutors to charge one count of possession for each pornographic image. The law currently limits charges […]

Absentee voting under way for March elections

Staff report City of Clovis officials have published ballots for the March 1 elections and absentee voting is under way in the clerk’s office at City Hall. Four City Commission and the mayor seats are open for election and voters in all four districts will be asked one question: • “Shall a new section be […]

Pages past — Jan. 28

On this date … 2006: New Mexico lawmakers were debating the effects of a minimum-wage increase from $5.15 an hour. “I think it hurts the economy. I’m opposed to raising it,” said Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis. “Businesses won’t hire as many employees if the minimum wage rises because they won’t be able to afford training […]

Opinion: An American dream come true

By Betty Williamson Local columnist If you have ever questioned the existence of the American dream, I’d invite you to spend a little time with Rosario Jimenez. That is, if you can catch up to her. Rosario is the supervisor at Juanito’s Restaurant in Portales, where she’s been a familiar face in the dining room […]

Education briefs: CCC hosting photography invitational

Clovis Community College is scheduled to host a photography invitational, “Through Lenses & Light,” from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today. The exhibition, which features local photographers’ work, will be at the Eula Mae Edwards Museum, 417 Schepps Boulevard. The reception is free. Language proficiency to be recognized Clovis High School graduates who have attained […]

Police blotter — Jan. 28

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 8:32 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 3600 block of Benjamin Davis Drive. • 8:44 a.m.: Child abuse, abandonment, location unknown. • 10:09 a.m.: Contempt of court, 500 block of East 10th Street. • […]

What’s happening — Jan. 28

Today High Plains Patriots Meeting — 7 p.m. Master’s Center, conference room, 810 E. 21st St., Clovis. Information: 575-749-2955 Melrose City Meeting — 4:30 p.m. City Clerks Office, 105 E. Avenue B., Melrose. Information: 575-253-4274 Curry Country DWI Task Force — 4 p.m. Curry Country, commission room, 700 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-7725 Clovis […]

Bill that calls for holding back some third-graders who struggle to read advances in House

By Robert Nott The Santa Fe New Mexican A House bill that calls for holding back some third-grade students who don’t show proficiency in reading at their grade level cleared its first hurdle Tuesday after the House Education Committee recommended approval of the measure in a 6-4 vote along party lines. This followed a 6-6 […]

Legislative tidbits — Jan. 27

Days remaining in session: 22 Send it over Bills that would toughen penalties against offenders who possess child pornography and offenders who abuse children passed the House with overwhelming support on Tuesday. The Republican-backed bills now head to a Democratic-controlled Senate. Republican House members are fast-tracking their bill to make state driver’s licenses compliant with […]

Superintendent’s contract extended

Staff report Clovis’ school board members on Tuesday extended the contract of Superintendent Jody Balch by one year and gave him a $5,000 raise. His new contract goes through June 2018. His pay will increase to $150,000 annually. Board members approved the action unanimously. Balch became the district’s 17th superintendent when he was hired in […]

Ranchvale future up to school board

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By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Ranchvale Elementary School has numerous financial and safety issues that justify its closure, Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Jody Balch told school board members on Tuesday. Not long after, a mix of teachers, parents and community members asked how Ranchvale could fall into such disrepair on the school district’s watch […]

Candidate Q&A: District 3 commissioner

City Commission candidate Robert Sandoval is running unopposed in District 3 for the March 1 municipal election. He answered questions from CNJ: Question: Talk about your personal business and/or public-service experiences that you feel can be applied to the job of city commissioner. Sandoval: I bring over 20 years of experience, both as city commissioner, […]

Candidate Q&A: District 4 commissioner

City Commission candidate Chris Bryant is running unopposed in District 4 for the March 1 municipal election. He answered questions from CNJ: Question: Talk about your personal business and/or public-service experiences that you feel can be applied to the job of city commissioner. Bryant: I have been a local business owner for over 40 years. […]