Flood protection shouldn’t fall on rest of us

By Freedom Newspapers The American dream includes owning one’s own home. For many in New Mexico, those homes are in or near the mountains. In coastal states, it’s often beach-front property — where folks such as Cindy Armour can be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves washing ashore and awaken to the cries […]

Environment must be protected by law

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Last week, in this column, I wrote about my recent trip back to Western Pennsylvania, and specifically mentioned the day I spent at Lake Erie. This lake is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, and is subject to sudden and dangerous storms. I have actually had the dubious privilege of being […]

Cannon asbestos testing to begin soon

Cannon Air Force Base A recent change to Air Force Instruction 32-6001, “Family Housing Management” calls for educating the base populace on the potential risks associated with lead-based paint, mold, radon and asbestos in military family housing (MFH). The possible presence of these environmental hazards was disclosed in writing to each MFH occupant last month, […]

Vandalism increases in northern Clovis

CNJ staff Police are investigating a rash of vandalism incidents in north-central Clovis. More than a dozen residents called police to report graffiti to homes and fences and auto burglaries Wednesday. Police believe the incidents began Tuesday night and residents discovered the damage Wednesday morning, Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Affected areas ranged from the 2700 […]

March 27, 2007 Tornado Notebook

• Curry County Crime Stoppers is requesting information leading to the arrest of the persons involved in a burglary of a Salvation Army Mobile Kitchen at 317 East 2nd St. in Clovis. According to a Crime Stoppers news release, the incident occurred sometime between the hours of 11 p.m. Sunday night and 7 a.m. Monday […]

Hounds expect big recruiting class

CNJ staff PORTALES — If everything falls into place next week on national signing day, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo says he’ll be one happy man. The third-year coach said Tuesday the Greyhounds have 16 verbal commitments from high school prospects for next season, and he’s hoping to add more in the […]

Base Allowance for Housing rising effective Monday

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) will increase an average of 3.5 percent next year for the nearly 950,000 service members who live off-base stateside. Some BAH recipients will see their housing allowance rise two to three times the average percentage increase while others will see no BAH raise in the […]

Portales ranks high in quality of life

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers A quality-of-life study conducted by an Internet subsidiary of American City Business Journals has ranked Portales 15th in the nation among micropolitan areas. “Isn’t that something? I’m surprised we’re even on the list,” Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Manager Sharon King said. “How interesting. I think it’s absolutely wonderful and […]

Day Trip: Sitting Bull Falls

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Courtesy photoThe cave located in Sitting Bull Falls has been shaped through thousands of years. Sitting Bull Falls offers adventure and exploration. With its 150-foot waterfall, a cave to explore and pools of water, it’s a cool place for visitors looking to beat this summer’s heat. With the recent re-opening of Lincoln National Forest, Sitting […]

Fireworks watch in effect as officials monitor sale of banned items

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Curry County Deputy Larry Garrison, right, inspects a Roadrunner fireworks stand owned by Mike Hall of Texico Monday afternoon. The stand was in compliance with all safety regulations, according to Garrison. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Heightened concerns over dry conditions have Curry County officials closely monitoring fireworks sales. […]

City Hall might be moving

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The city of Clovis likely will have a new city hall and perhaps emergency management and regional communications centers in a building at 400 Mitchell St. The building was donated by the Clovis MainStreet Program during Thursday’s City Commission meeting. The building formerly was the Houston Lumber Co. Mayor […]

Colorado community preparing for army-base expansion

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer For the mountain community of Colorado Springs, Colo., change is certain. In the next few years, the size of nearby Fort Carson will more than double. As overseas assignments in Germany, Europe and Asia shrink to create a more mobile military, more than 10,000 troops will be assigned to […]

Forget lions or bears or tigers, watch for bugs, oh my

Janet Taylor-Birkey Summer fun is finally here, but along with swimming, camping and playing outdoor sports, safety must be the first line of concern in any fun activity. Those at Cannon and surrounding areas need to be particularly aware of black widows, spiders, scorpions, centipedes and fleas, said Master Sgt. Michael Elliot, a Survival, Evasion, […]

Clovis should consider scenic biking routes

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Like a line or theme from an alternative country song, this idea started in Austin. We’ve only been there twice and hope to go back this October. It seems that Austin is a valid place for worthwhile ideas — like worthwhile music — to come to life. This particular idea […]

Housing allowance to rise in January

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), paid to 950,000 service members living off base in stateside areas, will rise in January by an average of 5.9 percent, or $53 a month, say Defense Department pay officials. For 2006, as in years past, changes to individual BAH rates will vary by rank, […]

Church members give hurricane aid

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A contingent of Portales church members spent portions of the last three months in the hurricane-ravaged areas in south Texas and Louisiana and providing the victims food, shelter and above all, hope. Don Davis of Portales was one of the volunteers who went to help. “We were there to help […]

Xeriscape offers water-friendly option

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The White Dagger tree only flowers once in its lifetime of 10 to 20 years. It is also known as the century plant. Tequila is made from a close relative in Mexico, according to one Web site. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Just because one lives in New Mexico does […]

Officers oppose two-tiered death benefits

Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The vice chiefs of armed forces gave a frosty reception to a Defense Department plan that would raise the military’s $12,400 death gratuity to $100,000 but only for survivors of service members who die in combat areas. In testimony last week before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the second-highest ranking officers […]

Smart money is on partnerships, cooperation

By Clint Harden Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. A fundamental component of quality of life is the economic health of a region. Issues related to job creation […]

ENMU feels highs, lows while in Vegas

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan didn’t know the team he coached on Saturday in the High Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. He didn’t really expect the team he saw on Sunday. Dominating a good opponent from start to finish, the Greyhounds (4-6) thrashed St. Mary’s 79-41 […]