Portales mayor testifies in favor of water project

By Kevin Wilson Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega spent Thursday in Washington, D.C., with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He told a Water and Power Subcommittee he believed the Ute Water Project is a necessary answer to water concerns in eastern New Mexico, and that enough studying has been done to prove that. “I […]

Locals voice health care concerns

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Norma Rey Vazquez de Houdek does not advocate gun control. That is a political issue. She is concerned about the people issue. New Mexico ranks fourth in the nation for teen suicides, losing one person a day. “When we live in a state that is so diverse, […]

Farm bill gets Friday focus

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., said she learned more in a Friday roundtable on the farm bill reauthorization at Eastern New Mexico University than she ever could have learned in Washington, D.C. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., stepped outside her district Friday to gain some […]

The countdown begins to ethanol decision

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The Peavy Grain Elevator west of Clovis on U.S. 60/84 is the site of a proposed ethanol plant that would produce 108 million gallons of ethanol a year. (File photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A contested ethanol plant moved one step closer to operation last week when a New Mexico Environment Department official […]

Wildcat Relays moved

CNJ Staff Wildcat Relays moved Due to weather concerns, the Wildcat Relays have been rescheduled for Saturday. Clovis High track coach Darren Kelly said field events will begin at noon, and running events will start at 2 p.m.

U.S. attorneys’ firings expose judicial defects

By Freedom Newspapers If a mid-level press officer had been more straightforward with the media last December when the Bush administration decided to fire eight of the country’s 93 U.S. attorneys, the simmering scandal over those fired attorneys might never have developed. A spokesman might have said: “U.S. attorneys serve at the pleasure of the […]

Residents express concern about ethanol plant

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer A dozen Curry County residents expressed concerns about a proposed ethanol plant west of the city at Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. Most of the concerns centered around potential health issues that some say may arise from the construction and operation of a 105-million-gallon-a-year ethanol plant near the existing […]

Civic leaders address concerns during Special Ops visit

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer panel of local civic leaders fielded questions about eastern New Mexico health care, real estate, schools and recreation Thursday at Hurlburt Field, Fla., home of the Air Force Special Operations Command, according to civic leaders. The local community representatives addressed the concerns of about 600 AFSOC personnel during the […]

Public input gathered for master plan

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Healthcare services, infrastructure and parks and recreation emerged as top concerns Monday during a meeting to gather public input on comprehensive plans for Clovis and Curry County. For Clovis resident Christy Masterson, the meeting was an opportunity to shed light on hobbled recreation in the city. “My biggest complaint […]

Privacy concerns prompt meth ordinance revision

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A task force comprised of city officials and commissioners has revised some provisions of the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s new methamphetamine ordinance. A majority of Clovis’ city commissioners voted July 7 to introduce the ordinance that would require pseudeophedrine-based drugs be kept behind the counter at local stores and […]