United Way seeing greater needs

Kevin Wilson United Way of Eastern New Mexico figures there’s plenty of need in Curry and Roosevelt counties, and they’re thinking six figures might be what it takes to provide for it. The charitable organization is in the first stages of its annual fundraising campaign. This year’s goal: $1 million. That’s almost twice the charity’s […]

Cantaloupe voluntary recall issued

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks David Figueroa, store manager of Lowe’s Supermarket in Clovis, stocks California cantaloupes Tuesday in his produce department. California cantaloupe are not being associated with a deadly Listeria outbreak that state and federal health officials say they have traced to fruit from the Rocky Ford region of southeastern Colorado. Robin Fornoff […]

Richardson believes Cannon in ‘good shape’ for next BRAC

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Freedom New Mexico: Jared Tucker Gov. Bill Richardson visited Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday afternoon to award $125,000 to the college’s digital cinema arts program. Kevin Wilson Gov. Bill Richardson believes New Mexico always needs to be ready to defend itself for a Base Realignment and Closure round, but Cannon Air Force Base is […]

Jail administration source of debate

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Talk of whether or not to add 10 new detention officer positions for the jail Tuesday turned to discussion of how the county should manage the facility. Commissioner Dan Stoddard said he believes the county should cease looking for an administrator and Sheriff Matt Murray should stay in command […]

Teacher believes science fair can change students’ lives

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Zia Elementary School student Logann Ewers works on her display board Tuesday, getting set for the regional science fair Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Zia Elementary School science teacher Suzanne Tipton knows how science can change a student’s life. She saw it in […]

Clovis believes graduation numbers correct

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File photo Clovis HIgh’s graduation rate of 78.8 percent compares favorably with the national average of 70 percent. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis municipal school system isn’t joining a recent wave of criticism toward the New Mexico Public Education Department over the release of tentative 2008-09 graduate rates. With rates exceeding the […]

New detention center security chief believes communication is key

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Maj. Carlos Ortiz, left, created a Special Operations Response Team to deal with situations at the jail. He said they function much like a SWAT team. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Adult Detention Center’s new chief security officer believes communication is the key to safety. Maj. […]

GOP candidate calls for Constitutional values

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Courtesy photo Adam Kokesh plans to run for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District next year. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Adam Kokesh believes a revolution is needed to return America to its constitutional principles — and there’s an easy way or a hard way to do it. “The good way,” Kokesh said, “is to […]

Ex-Hounds assistant longs to return

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Greg Young is head coach at Jacksonville, Texas, Junior College. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent PORTALES — Greg Young is certainly one coach who believes that the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team can successfully compete in the Lone Star Conference. If not, the current head coach at Jacksonville (Texas) Junior College wouldn’t have […]

No injuries reported in house fire

CNJ staff The Clovis Fire Department responded to a house fire on Cameo Street around 5 p.m. Friday. Battalion Chief Tim Peterson believes the fire began in the attic. He believes sparks from the fireplace caused the fire. The fire department ventilated the attic through the roof to contain the fire in the attic, he […]

Judge calls for judicial complex

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Judge Hartley said that the Ninth Judicial Court will need two more judges and three to five more courtrooms in the next five years. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer District Judge Teddy Hartley believes Curry County is in dire need of a judicial complex. His vision of a judicial […]

Congressional candidate believes in holistic approach

Carol Miller, one of two independent candidates running in the Nov. 4 general election for the 3rd U.S. Congressional District seat, said she believes the issues that face the state transcend partisan politics. Miller, of Ojo Sarco, is running against Republican Dan East, Democrat Ben Ray Lujan and Independent candidate Ron Simmons. Miller said she […]

Transition under way for Hounds

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Eastern New Mexico University freshmen quarterbacks Anthony Ramos front, Cory Baker, center, and Carl Bouldin, at practice Wednesday, are battling for next season’s starting spot to replace departing senior Michael Benton. By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo believes the Greyhounds’ transition from […]

Contractor believes in tightening borders

Rio Rancho civil contractor Dan East is running for the district 3 U.S. representative seat against seven other candidates. The district covers San Juan, McKinley, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, Santa Fe, San Miguel, Los Alamos, Taos, Colfax, Mora, Union, Harding, Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties. Tom Udall, who is running for Pete Domenici’s seat in the […]

Harden says he will run for re-election

CNJ staff State Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, announced Tuesday his intent to run for re-election.

Some struggling with commercial side of Easter holiday

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Norma Stickley shops for Easter baskets and bunnies Thursday at the Main Street Crafters Mall with her great-granddaughter, Alexys Ortiz, 6. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer It’s beginning to look a lot like Easter, with the aisles of local stores filled with vivid displays of pink bunnies, assorted chocolates, marshmallow […]

Music in Our Schools gearing up

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Clovis High School sophomore Joshua Zahn, right, sings “A Red Red Rose” along with other tenors Thursday during concert choir class at the high school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer February will end on a good note for area students and music enthusiasts with the commencement of Clovis’ annual Music […]

Voter turnout dropping

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Clovis Bureau of Elections Coordinator Stephanie Boydstun enters voter registration information into the state system Friday afternoon at the county clerk’s office. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Statistics show a significant decrease in voter turnout in the last municipal election, which has some candidates concerned. The next municipal election is […]

Political hopefuls outline campaign views

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Ron Dolin focused on education and healthcare during his talk Tuesday at the Curry County Federated Republican Women monthly meeting. David Pfeffer believes securing America’s borders should be the federal government’s top priority. Dolin and Pfeffer are considering running for office against Democratic incumbents. Dolin, a part-time mathematics professor […]

Representative could be solid, independent voice

Freedom Newspapers If political and security conditions are met in Iraq in the next few months, such as a written constitution, America could see lower troop levels as early as next year, predicted Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican who serves on the International Relations and Science committees. By the end of next year, “I think […]