Fitness center starts construction

By Lt. Col. Daniel Guinan and Maj. Dina Quanico: 27th Special Operations Group As part of ongoing efforts to improve and modernize facilities at Cannon Air Force Base, a portion of the fitness center renovation will begin today. During this phase, the exercise areas will not be affected. However, there will be limited access to […]

ENMU receiving part of $5 million grant

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University is one of eight New Mexico colleges receiving part of $5 million in grant money to increase enrollment and graduation rates in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. According to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., ENMU will receive $615,226 from the U.S. Department of […]

In some areas technology can wait

Kevin Wilson I have a list. It’s not on any piece of paper, or any task list on my phone or computer. It’s in my mind, titled, “Things I Must Do While Visiting Montana.” While visiting Montana last month, I tackled the list — including restaurants, landmarks and a small baseball park about 40 minutes […]

Local areas get rainfall

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Monday’s rainfall dropped about .20 inches on Clovis, according to the National Weather Service. Freedom New Mexico That water dropping out of the sky is called rain and weather forecasters are speculating it could mark the end of a months-long drought and the beginning of a much needed monsoon season […]

Press release: Air quality in several areas of the state to be impacted by two wildfires

(Santa Fe) – Wind conditions in New Mexico Wednesday and Thursday are expected to circulate smoke from wildfires burning in New Mexico and Arizona that could cause unhealthy air quality conditions in several areas of the state through June 16. The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Environment Department are reminding residents […]

Curry, area counties declared disaster areas

Argen Duncan The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared Roosevelt, Curry and Quay counties, along with 12 other New Mexico counties, primary natural disaster areas because of losses from drought, high winds and wildfires this year, according to a news release from the department. The declaration makes farmers and ranchers in those counties eligible for […]

Press release: USDA designates local counties disaster areas

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2011 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 15 counties in New Mexico as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought, high winds and wildfires that began Jan. 1, 2011, and continues. The counties are: Catron, De Baca, Grant, Luna, Roosevelt, Chaves, Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Otero, Sierra, […]

Rainstorm soaks Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A storm swept over Clovis on Thursday, bringing with it much needed rain. The area has been under extreme dry conditions for months, causing increased fire danger and drought. CNJ staff Have no fear, eastern New Mexico residents. That wet substance from the sky Thursday night was completely safe. It’s […]

Business digest —

Xcel granting money to nonprofit groups The Xcel Energy Foundation is granting $211,000 to 29 nonprofit groups in Texas and New Mexico, according to a release from Xcel Energy. The grants are being made through the Education and Environment focus areas of the Xcel Energy Foundation, which awards funding to nonprofit groups working in towns […]

Press release: Clovis gets $500,000 grant

The City of Clovis was informed at a hearing of the Community Development Council in Albuquerque on Tuesday morning that it had received a $500,000 grant for the construction of a sanitary sewer line between 21st Street and Mendenhall on Martin Luther King. One of the uses of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding […]

Counties placed on fire restriction

Freedom New Mexico Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties are among 29 in New Mexico placed on restriction Friday limiting fireworks, smoking, campfire and open fires due to dangerous fire conditions. The restrictions will go into effect 8 a.m. today and remain in effect until further notice. Smoking is only allowed only in enclosed buildings, developed […]

Land use study unifies community

The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), commissioned by the Curry County commissioners and funded by the Department of Defense, is an opportunity for the surrounding communities and Cannon Air Force Base to work together to identify and begin to address areas of common interest. Getting Cannon off of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) turned what […]

Blight battle progress slow

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File photo Johnny Gomez of Clovis said he had a vision when, in May, he purchased a boarded up car sales lot at 1504 Mabry Dr. to house his auto detailing business. Sharna Johnson In the last year some progress has been made to clean up blighted properties in the community, but overwhelmingly there has […]

Domestic wells going dry in Curry County

Argen Duncan Domestic wells in some areas of Curry County are drying up, while Roosevelt County wells are still pumping, although often with less volume, according to the Office of the State Engineer. This area of eastern New Mexico has three basins, geographical areas in which water drains to a specific point. Mike Barajas, OSE […]

Bowl game part of ‘overload’ problem

clyde Davis I’m not a likely candidate to complain about too much football on TV, or too much sports in general. In fact, confronted with the frequent wasteland that occupies the “Glass Teat”, in Harlan Ellison’s terms, sports is often the best available option. However, it seemed a bit ludicrous, (though I watched it anyway), […]

Local experts provide winter tips

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CNJ staff photo: Alisa Boswell Juan Olguin of Guthals Nursery loads outdoor plants onto a trailer to take to the indoor nursery in preparation of winter. Alisa Boswell Winter weather is approaching the Clovis and Portales areas, which means it’s the time of year when electric bills jump higher, lawns hibernate and driving to work […]

Polycart program terminated

Kevin Wilson Clovis has trashed its polycart program. In response to near-unanimous public comment against a potential sanitation transition from alley trash bins to individual polycarts, the Clovis City Commission voted unanimously Thursday to terminate the plan. The city used about 1,700 units for the trial program. Service areas for those polycarts included houses in […]

Alcohol prevention program starts with sixth-graders

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Karen Garcia looks over the Too Good for Drugs, Too Good for Violence workbook at her office. The same program is taken to students in Portales’ schools. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Alcohol prevention is not a stranger in Roosevelt and Curry Counties. Both areas have programs in place […]

Time to rethink U.S. presence in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Afghanistan, where he sought to encourage U.S. troops and reportedly delivered yet another lecture to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the importance of reducing corruption in an endemically corruption-riddled regime and being able actually to deliver services to the people after U.S. […]

Golden shovels signal start of CDC addition

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz Col. Stephen Clark, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, gets a helping hand from Ryienne Brown, daughter of Staff Sgt. Fabiola Brown, 27th Special Operations Wing Legal Office, during a groundbreaking for a new addition at the Child Development Center Feb. 11. The renovated building will include […]