Town hall announced on gross receipts tax hike

Kevin Wilson What started as opposition to a tax increase morphed into support Thursday from one Clovis resident. But opposition to a proposed zoning change from a neighborhood of others remained solid. The Clovis City Commission dealt with proposed zone changes, and announced a town hall on a possible gross receipts tax hike, during its […]

Tire troubles overwhelm resident

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A Melrose woman said a prior tenant left thousands of tires on her property when he moved, leaving her to deal with state environment violations until Curry County stepped in and obtained a more than $14,000 state grant to have them removed. Sharna Johnson Ruth Ashley of Melrose is just […]

Portales residents line up for community dinner

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Melvin McAfoos, right, talks to a little boy Saturday after snatching a dessert from the bar to take to a customer during the rush at El Rancho Restaurant’s annual free Christmas dinner. Clarence Plank The seventh annual free Christmas dinner at El Rancho Restaurant Saturday was a time for many […]

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Clovis BPO Does Clovis BPO Does held their final meeting of the year on Dec. 9. The annual standing committee reports were given by the committee chairmen. Secretary Linda Catanzaro announced that we initiated 11 new members throughout the year and currently only have three members that will lapse if their dues are not paid […]

Project aids ENMU coach’s daughter

Eastern New Mexico University has announced a “Win for Wallis” campaign in support of Lauren Wallis, the daughter of ENMU defensive coordinator Todd Wallis and his wife, Michelle. Lauren Wallis was born six weeks premature July 12. So far, $3,267.08 has been generated through the project, which is based on points scored (236) and turnovers […]

Proposals won’t ease economic spending woes

Freedom New Mexico Three stimulus proposals announced over the Labor Day weekend by President Barack Obama are a curious stew. It’s possible the administration finally realizes that taxes have economic consequences. But the proposals may be too little to stimulate reticent businesses, fearful of expanding or investing because of monumental tax landmines that lie ahead, […]

War not over until troops can come home

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama announced in a national address last week that America had “turned the page” on combat operations in the Iraq war. From a peak of 170,000 troops in October 2007, the level now has dropped to 49,700. Combat deaths also have dropped sharply, from more than 100 a month during […]

Press release: Portales auction owner arrested for embezzling

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that the District Attorney’s Office arrested Randy Bouldin, age 39, on one (1) count of Embezzlement over $20,000. The incident stems from December 2008, when Randy Bouldin, owner of Portales Livestock Auction, was commissioned to auction approximately 1,000 head of dairy cattle for a Portales dairy. After […]

Veteran editor joins Freedom board

By By Mary Ann Milbourn: Freedom News Service Freedom Communications Inc. announced Thursday that Larry Kramer, a former newspaperman and founder of the online financial website MarketWatch, was elected to the board of directors. Freedom owns the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. “Larry has extensive experience in creating and fostering digital […]

Press release: County hires detention administrator

Curry County Manager Lance A. Pyle announced the appointment of Mr. Keith Norwood of Belen, New Mexico as Curry County’s Detention Center Administrator. Mr. Norwood has over twenty-five (25) years of experience with the New Mexico Corrections Department. Mr. Norwood retired from the Santa Fe Department in the position of Deputy Bureau Chief of Internal […]

Athletes named to ENMU honor roll

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University announced 169 athletes were represented on the Spring 2010 Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. The list includes Greyhound and Zia student athletes with a grade point average of at least 3.0 for the semester. The volleyball team had the highest grades of any team, with a cumulative GPA of […]

Two running for soon-to-be-open board seat

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Two Clovis residents will vie for the soon-to-be-vacant District 3 school board seat. District 3 representative Lora Harlan announced in March she would be resigning effective May 28. The board must name a replacement to serve the nine months before the election in February. The two candidates are Paul […]

Censorship shouldn’t be business bargaining chip

Freedom Newspapers The Internet behemoth Google announced last week it would stop filtering content for its Chinese-language search Web site in China, a bold decision that could lead to Google being blocked in China. The move hoists a glaring spotlight on Beijing’s ongoing desire to stifle free speech and manipulate Chinese markets. And, while it […]

ENMU cancels baseball games

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University has canceled a pair of games Monday and Tuesday against the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Although the games could be rescheduled at a later date, nothing has been announced at this point.

Finalists picked for Clovis superintendent

The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education has announced four finalists for the position of superintendent. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm announced in January that she would resign June 30. The finalists are Patricia Miller, Earl Pettit, R.L. Richards and Joel Shirley. We will update with more details as they become available.

Fort Sumner woman running for District 63 representative

CNJ staff Melinda Russ of Fort Sumner announced Tuesday she is running for District 63 state representative. Russ, an eastern New Mexico native and retired homemaker, is the current chair of the Republican party of De Baca County. Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa holds the position but has announced his candidacy for the position of […]

Loaning tax dollars to fund reactors risky

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama has announced that the government will offer an $8.3 billion loan guarantee to help Atlanta-based Southern Co., one of the largest producers of electricity in the United States, build two more nuclear reactors at its Vogtle plant near Augusta, Ga. The guarantee would cover about 70 percent of the […]

Chandler pledges to prosecute state corruption cases

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler and his mother Donna Chandler visit with supporters Thursday following a local announcement of Matt Chandler’s bid for the office of attorney general. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Surrounded by his family, District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday he intends to do the job Attorney […]

Area schools plan to start late

Some area schools have announced plans to start late Thursday due to inclement weather.

Clovis City Commission candidate withdraws

CNJ staff A candidate for the District 4 Clovis City Commission seat announced Wednesday he’s withdrawn from the race. Jarod Wilhite, president of Wilhite Inc. construction company, said in a press release “new business ventures” led to his withdrawal. “Unfortunately, the two priorities (his job and the City Commission seat) are competing against one another […]