Baptism goes on the road

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Garvin Chandler, left, and Bob Norris lift the lid of the portable baptism tub they designed for use at the jail. Chandler, a farmer by trade, chose the tank and designed the lid with built-in baffle. Norris built a heating system. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Since inmates can’t […]

School plan based on hope, not facts

By Walter Bradley: Guest columnist As a concerned parent of a sixth grader and a background of addressing education programs and budgets I was asked by parents and businessmen to help analyze the Ninth Grade Academy proposal by Clovis Municipal Schools. With the assistance of teachers, administrators, and elected officials we have discovered this proposal […]

July 18, 2006 Business Digest

Posinski named Trigg administrator Matt Posinski has been named the new administrator for Dr. Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital (DCT) in Tucumcari, according to a hospital news release. He had been the hospital’s director of rehabilitation services. “As administrator, I will be focused on retaining our excellent staff and maintaining our high level of community […]

Local teams fare well in AAU state meet

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Several area teams qualified for national AAU girls basketball competition of the weekend in state tournaments played in Clovis, although not all of them will be able to go. In the 10-and-under division, the Clovis Wildcats have opted instead for the Basketball Congress International tournament July 7-11 in Dallas, […]

Lawmaker pensions in bill going to governor

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Just in time for Valentine’s Day, lawmakers sent the governor something to sweeten their pensions. Tucked into a bill dealing with mileage rates for state workers is a provision that would change the formula for calculating the pensions of members of the Legislature. The measure went to Gov. Bill […]

Arrest affidavit from McNaughton slaying released

Here is the affidavit for arrest warrant filed with the 9th Judicial District Court by Clovis Police Detective Roman J. Romero: On 121005 at about 1424 hours, Deputies of the Curry County Sheriffs Office and the New Mexico State Police were dispatched to the area of Curry County Road C and County Road 16. Two […]

Companies have right to regulate workers’ habits

Freedom Newspapers What you do on your own time increasingly looks like it could be your employer’s business. Smokers are the focus right now as businesses look at ways to contain health-care costs, with some companies increasing the insurance premiums of smokers or even firing them. In Ohio, Marysville-based Scotts Miracle-Gro has told employees who […]

Vigil’s resignation breath of fresh air

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist State Treasurer Robert Vigil resigned his position. We must remember Vigil is innocent until proven guilty. Vigil resigned last week. At that precise moment it felt as if a white dove flew gracefully overhead while a gentle breeze carrying the faint scent of floral spring deodorizer wafted through the New […]

10/9 Letters to the editor

‘No’ men no more patriotic than ‘yes’ men Space limitations needed to rebut the letter by Kirby Rowan prohibit an extensive analysis. But it does need to be rebutted! Briefly stated, to agree with this president on every issue (as a “yes” man) may not be the definition of patriotism, but disagreement with him on […]

Bush needs more than showmanship to meet term goals

Freedom Newspapers It is odd, in a way, for the media to deal with events such as President Bush’s news conference Thursday evening like theatrical performances. The AP story, for example, noted “At times, he twisted the toe of his shoe on the carpeted riser.” Perhaps such reviews are appropriate, however. Like most presidential appearances, […]

MLK banquet honors students

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Angie Green, left, and Yvette Kaufman-Bell visit with each other during the 2005 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast on Saturday at Clovis High School. Kaufman-Bell was the guest speaker at this year’s breakfast. (CNJ staff: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer D.J. Grayson Sr. was in sixth grade when he first heard […]

Local faith-based groups have mixed feelings on government funding

By Tova Fruchtman, CNJ staff writer Sheila Savitz was reluctant to take any money from the government for the Life Changers Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation center she has been trying to open for six years. She wanted the center to be faith-based. “I didn’t want the state telling me you can’t say Jesus,” she said. […]

Personal protection: ID theft can happen to anyone

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A U.S. Postal Service poster warning people of identity theft hangs in the lobby of the post office on Gidding Street. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marc Schoder: CNJ correspondent Years ago, Scott Davis went to a car dealership expecting to get approved for a loan to buy a new set of wheels. Instead, dealership […]

Questions arise over beverage contract

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer School officials raised concerns Tuesday about $42,000 they feel may be owed to the district as part of a beverage contract. Board Vice President Mark Lansford and Superintendent Neil Nuttall agree the board is owed the money from the New Mexico Research and Study Council, an Albuquerque-based group that […]

Educator: New tests rejuvenate the state

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Local and state school officials admit the state-mandated testing system has had its fair share of critics, among them superintendents, teachers and parents. But school officials believe the number of people who attack the state’s measurement of knowledge will diminish in the upcoming year with a set of standards-based […]

Clovis awarded SWL franchise

CNJ STAFF The Southwestern League, a Class A independent league baseball circuit, has approved Clovis for one of its two expansion franchises for the 2005 season, according to a league press release. The SWL will operate with four teams this summer, three of them in New Mexico — Alamogordo, Las Cruces and Roswell. The other […]

Financial Peace University offers series of biblically-based personal finance lessons

By Gary Mitchell FARWELL — Through Financial Peace University, the average family eliminates $5,300 in debt while saving $2,700, according to its founder, Dave Ramsey. “Financial Peace University is a series of 13 biblically based, life-changing personal finance lessons,” Ramsey said. “The course shows people how to apply proven, common-sense principles in their ‘real world’ […]

Freedom agrees to partnership

By MARY ANN MILBOURN Freedom News Service IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications Inc., parent of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun in Tucumcari, announced Tuesday it has signed an agreement with two East Coast investment firms to raise funds to allow shareholders who want out of the family-owned company to cash […]

State workers plan rally for Friday

By Gary Mitchell PORTALES — A small group of pro-union state workers brought their cause to the area Wednesday evening at the Portales Public Library, urging fellow workers to join and add clout to its collective bargaining process. A bill signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson in March will put aside the current system […]