BRAC commission submits recommendations to Bush

By Gina Holland: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The base closing commission submitted its recommendations to the White House on Thursday night after withdrawing proposed changes at an Air National Guard base in Connecticut. What was to have been a routine paperwork delivery of those proposals to President Bush was threatened by a cross-country legal […]

New state septic tank regulations presented

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Revamped state regulations guiding the inspection, maintenance and installation of septic tanks were “expected” by County Manager Dick Smith. But he was nonetheless “stunned” by the scope of the initiative when it was presented at Wednesday’s County Commission meeting. Chairman Ed Perales called the stipulations “extreme.” But state officials […]

Clovis schools superintendent makes changes in ranks

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Rhonda Seidenwurm has been Clovis schools superintendent since June 1, but already she has made changes in the ranks. The retirement of Lonnie Leslie, assistant superintendent of business and operation, spurred the creation of a new position she’s called deputy superintendent. Ladona Clayton, formerly the district’s assistant superintendent of […]

Comics page undergoing some changes

By David Stevens: CNJ Editor Our newspaper’s black-and-white comics (Page 3C today) have a new look. After months of thinking about it, asking readers’ opinions and drawing our own conclusions, and finally, negotiating prices with syndicates, we’ve added five new comics and eliminated three. We made space for the new features by moving the daily […]

Public forum hinges on participation

By David Stevens: CNJ editor The forum proposed to introduce Clovis schools’ superintendent candidates to the public remains in doubt. We’ll decide whether or not to host the event, along with radio station KTQM, on Monday. It has been tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. So far, only […]

Business feature: New year, new tax laws

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A new tax season often means new tax laws. This year is no exception. There are a number of changes that may assist taxpayers in filing their taxes and may qualify some for larger deductions and less taxes. IRS Spokesperson Bill Brunson said this year’s changes are just business […]

Military helping sexual assault victims

By Tom Philpott, Military Update Sexual assault victims in the military have had only one avenue inside their command — a visit to the chaplain — to report an attack and receive counseling, and still have the incident remain confidential. That weakness and others, involving lack of victim protection and inadequate command response, are targets […]

Latest realigment plan eliminates bi-districts

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High is expected to lose two teams in its district if the latest athletic alignments are approved Wednesday by the New Mexico Activities Association’s Board of Directors. The new 5A alignment would put Clovis in District 4 with Hobbs and Carlsbad, a change prompted by excessive travel time […]

Life, grief inevitable

By Clyde Davis On a very rainy and thunder-smitten Friday night, Good Friday to be precise, Dinky slipped quietly out an open gate and made his way to the place where he had decided to die. Normally he would not have ventured into the dark and the storm. He was, however, as dogs sometimes are, […]

No major changes planned, says new owner of supermarket

Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER S&S Supermarket in Hilltop Plaza has been sold, but the new owner — Clovis resident Kyle Brewer — said he plans no major changes. The business will change hands Wednesday, Brewer said. He said he plans a grand opening in about a month or two, but will concentrate on making […]

Planning and Zoning Commission makes ‘worthwhile changes’

By Jack King The Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday approved four changes to the city’s zoning regulations that had been requested by builders and developers. Director of Building Safety Pete Wilt called them “worthwhile changes” that are “not anything drastic.” But Planning and Zoning Commissioner Bill Bollinger questioned the practice of having staff meet […]

School board considers changes to agenda policy

CNJ STAFF REPORT The Clovis school board will discuss tonight possible changes to the policy of placing items on meetings agendas. The board of education will hold its meeting at 7 tonight at the administration building at 1009 Main St. A meeting will also be held at 6:30 a.m. today at the administration building to […]

The greatest changes in life come from within

Judy Brandon Years ago, when my parents were in seminary in Kansas City, our family had the opportunity to meet other families living at the seminary. They were from all over the United States and even foreign countries. We lived on the seminary grounds in apartments three stories high. So we had seminary families all […]

Reader thanks Bob Hope for memories

The year was 1967. I was stationed at a small air base called Phu Cat located in the north-central highlands of South Vietnam. That particular day the scuttlebutt around the base was that Bob Hope was going to put on a show that afternoon. We were backlogged at work so I decided I would hold […]

Media monoplies no longer a threat

The liberty to produce and distribute information is essential to a free society. That’s why we favor reducing the regulations that govern the telecommunications industry, including the relaxation of rules limiting media ownership that the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on June 2. “The FCC is considering allowing a single company to own […]