Researchers gaining on bindweed

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Mark Renz, a weed specialist with New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, holds flowering field bindweed. New Mexico State Extension Service photo Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Researchers at New Mexico State University are using chemicals and parasites to successfully control field bindweed, a pesky plant that invades crops, pastures and gardens in […]

Buena Vista attorney says his clients haven’t told their side of story

By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER A temporary administrator testified Monday that Buena Vista Nursing Home had a leaky roof, black mold and a “very dirty” kitchen when she was asked to step in and oversee operations on May 20. But an attorney representing Buena Vista’s owners said his clients’ side of the story has […]

Judge’s stock holdings delay nursing home trial

By Darrell Todd Maurina District Judge Joe Parker on Friday afternoon withdrew from a hearing on whether the state should continue to control Buena Vista Nursing Home. Ten minutes before the hearing was scheduled to begin, attorneys for American Heritage Bank petitioned to intervene in the case between the New Mexico Department of Health and […]

Clovis High graduates encouraged to find a purpose greater than themselves

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Clovis senior Justin Pinckney speaks to nearly 400 fellow graduating seniors about “The Game of Life” during Saturday’s Clovis High School commencement at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer As nearly 400 members of the Clovis High School Class of 2004 prepared to graduate Saturday morning, […]

Nursing home in state hands

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer State officials took control of Buena Vista Nursing Home Thursday afternoon after filing a special court petition to put the facility into receivership, a state cabinet secretary said Thursday evening. While three nursing homes are under investigation, so far Buena Vista is the only one state officials have […]

Research backs up city employees’ claims of being underpaid, says consultant

By Jack King In a recent survey, Clovis city workers indicated they feel they are underpaid — and research validates their feelings, a human resources consultant told city commissioners Thursday night. Mike Swallow of Personnel Systems and Service has been hired by the city of Clovis to do a wage and benefits study. As a […]

School policy gives too much power to one

Freedom Newspapers I t’s sad enough when bad public policies go unnoticed for years. It’s worse when a problem is finally recognized and noted for others to see, and it’s not corrected. Clovis school board members recently were alerted to a long-time policy that allows a lone individual — the school board’s president — to […]

Hounds eliminated from LSC tournament

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Eastern New Mexico University junior Travazz Buckley can’t corral a rebound during Tuesday’s Lone Star Conference tournament game against Southwestern Oklahoma. Photo by Rick White By Dave Wagner PORTALES — The Southwestern Oklahoma Bulldogs played like, well, Bulldogs. Taking control of the game early and controlling the tempo most of the way, the Bulldogs upset […]

LETTERS: Bond decision needs to benefit teachers

On Tuesday, Clovis voters will have the opportunity to decide on a $5 million bond election with the money earmarked for school renovations and maintenance, and the addition of fiber optics in the Clovis schools. There will be much talk of the importance of this bond issue to ensure the continued excellence of education at […]

Sierra Club was overrun long ago by militant activists

Freedom Newspapers A newspaper headline recently took us aback; then it made us laugh. “Sierra Club under siege by militant activists,” it read, topping a news account of how a cadre of animal-rights, anti-immigration and zero-population-growth radicals are attempting to seize control of one of the nation’s oldest, most venerable environmental groups. But this is […]

Gun control issue should be argued sans scare tactics

Freedom Newspapers Recent years have seen a sea change in debates over public policy issues. Whether a proposed policy would be good for the nation, would actually help solve the problem being addressed or even if the proposal is constitutional is rarely given more than lip service by partisans on either side of the issue. […]

State senate candidate has big plans for future of local area

Question and Answer William V. Palmer is a Lovington oil and gas company owner, operator and investor. He has announced he will run as a Republican for State Senate District 42, which covers Curry, Lea and Roosevelt counties. The seat is currently occupied by Gay Kernan, also a Republican, from Hobbs. Q: Tell us a […]

Hundreds of cats, thousands of cats…

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A cat trapped Saturday morning by Clovis Animal Control Officer Martin Martinez waits to be transferred to a cage at the Clovis Animal Shelter. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Ben Kessler Like the man going to St. Ives in the nursery rhyme — whose cats each had “seven kits” — Clovis may soon be overrun […]

Civic center money should go for city pay raises

Letters to the editor The answer to giving our city employees raises and bringing them up with other communities on a better pay scale is simple. It’s right before our eyes, only the city commission does not want the citizens to see it or talk about it. Take the $1.2 million designated for a civic […]

Felxible timetable best road to Iraq reconstruction

Freedom Newspapers F rom the standpoint of shoring up domestic support and reminding Americans that for better or worse the United States is committed to a fairly long run in Iraq, President Bush’s speech Tuesday can be considered a success. Whether it generates notable military, humanitarian or financial support from other countries to carry out […]

Amendments not palpable alternatives

Mary Southard I oppose both Constitutional amendments on Tuesday’s ballot. Amendment 1, designed to “transfer the state department of education to a cabinet department headed by a secretary of public education who shall serve in the executive cabinet and create an elected public education commission,” raises several significant questions. First, how accessible would the governor […]

City proactive in battling insects

By Jack king A new approach to mosquito control is giving the city of Clovis a head start in the war on the pesky — and some times dangerous — insects. City of Clovis Vector Control Officer Francis Warner called the new method the “comprehensive approach.” The dictionary says a “vector” is an organism, commonly […]

Texico cracks down on cat house

By Darrell Todd Maurina TEXICO — Texico police spent Monday afternoon working with Clovis animal control officers rounding up dozens of cats at an undisclosed address. “It was deplorable in there,” said Texico Police Chief John Mares. “The smell was unbearable, and they had a family of three living there.” Mares declined to release the […]