Clovis home sales down from year ago

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson There have been 82 single-family homes sold in Clovis over the last three months, according to Multiple Listing Services data. Gabriel Monte Single-family Clovis home sales were down by 30 percent in the last three months compared to a year ago, according to a national property listing service. The Multiple […]

County approves Plan A

Robin Fornof Curry County Commission districts will remain about the same for the next decade. Commissioners on Tuesday adopted Plan A before a near-capacity crowd of nearly 50 onlookers on a unanimous 5-0 vote. The plan that only slightly alters two district borders was one of seven alternative options up for consideration. An earlier motion […]

Old-Timer Days draws young, old alike

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson John Gorley of Melrose tosses candy from his tractor seat during the Melrose Old Timers Day parade Saturday morning. Kevin Wilson The Melrose Old-Timer Days mean the same thing for most participants, whether they left the eastern New Mexico village, stayed there or figured out something in between. The event, […]

Commissaries to be consolidated

In these tight budget times, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has learned it must cut current spending to fund new initiatives for veterans. For example, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., committee chairman, would pay for her Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 by extending by three years, to 2014, a higher fee on veterans who reuse their […]

Six-word summaries say a lot

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Six-worders arrived on the scene a few years back. The six-worder brevity grasps a life story or current condition or philosophy. Column readers were invited to offer their own, did so with creativity, and the invitation is repeated. Here is a current crop of mine: She is a Tea Party […]

Golf course purchase to be discussed at city meeting

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Christian Fontanilla, 11, of Clovis, practices his chip shot Monday afternoon at Chaparral Country Club. The city is considering purchasing the club. Kevin Wilson Clay Bracken said it would break his heart if the current Clovis Municipal golf course was to shut down. “I grew up golfing there,” Bracken said. […]

Shutdown or not, Congress must make cuts

Freedom New Mexico The current appropriations bill — the Continuing Resolution — funding the federal government is set to expire Friday. If it does, it would cause a shutdown of some portions of the government. With the stakes so high, congressional Republicans ought to, as Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., recently told a group in Newport […]

Commissioners indicate preference to keep current air service

Kevin Wilson Clovis city commissioners indicated a preference to keep the city’s current airline carrier during their regular meeting Thursday night. There was little discussion on most items, including a recommendation to stay with Great Lakes Airlines at the Clovis Municipal Airport, in a 50-minute meeting. Great Lakes, which has served Clovis since 2006, submitted […]

Father, son named to search committees for governor-elect

CNJ staff Father and son Caleb and Matt Chandler of Clovis have both been named to search committees for Governor-Elect Susana Martinez, according to releases from Martinez. Matt Chandler, the current 9th Judicial District Attorney, is one of five selected for a transition committee charged with finding candidates for state public safety director and director […]

Candidate profiles: Land Commission

Liliana Castillo The race for state land commissioner pits a veteran against a newcomer, both counting on voters’ thirst for change. Specifically, a change to transparency. Democrat Ray Powell of Albuquerque, 60, had the job from 1993 to 2003. Republican Matt Rush of Portales, 36, is new to politics. Current Land Commissioner Republican Patrick Lyons […]

Current administration dangerous

Tibor Machan It bothers me to no end that millions of Americans simply don’t get just how dangerous this current administration’s views are, especially about the nature of our basic rights. I suppose I should not be surprised, given the utterly perverted primary and secondary education most people receive now in their government-run schools. After […]

U.K. leadership could influence U.S. voters

Freedom New Mexico To get through its current crisis, the United Kingdom needs another Iron Lady. That’s the derogatory term bestowed by her opponents upon Margaret Thatcher, the Conservative Party’s prime minister from 1979-90. But the moniker later was adopted by supporters when they admired Thatcher’s getting the country through the major crises of the […]

Board approves $600,000 worth of cuts for current school year

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education unanimously approved $600,000 worth of budget cuts to the 2009-2010 school year and $500,000 worth of cuts to the 2010-2011 budget during Tuesday’s special board meeting. The cuts were suggested by administration after the Legislature handed down budget decreases to education during […]

First person: Fire chief celebrating 35 years

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Fire chief Ray Westerman will celebrate 35 years with the department on Jan. 16. On Jan. 16, Fire Chief Ray Westerman will celebrate 35 years with the Clovis Fire Department. He was hired as a probationary fire fighter at age 18 and worked is way up through the ranks to […]

Local leaders: Session shouldn’t impact current budget

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local leaders aren’t expecting next week’s special legislative session to impact current budgets but aren’t sure what it will mean for the future or tax revenue communities depend on each year. Clovis’ Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said the city is not anticipating any issues with existing state allocations. […]

Nudge-ocrats have own agenda

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Ideas do have consequences and this is quite evident with the current administration’s adoption of what has been labeled — or mislabeled — “libertarian paternalism.” Two political economists, Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein,

Clovis school district hires new high school principal

Freedom New Mexico Wayne Marshall, current principal of Moriarty High School, is the new principal at Clovis High School. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm made the announcement Friday. She said current CHS principal Jody Balch announced his retirement in March. The interview committee consisted of two high school teachers, a parent from the governing council, the CHS […]

House bill guarantees wages

By Sandra Baltazar Martinez: The New Mexican House Labor and Human Resources Committee members approved a bill aimed at protecting New Mexico employees from wage theft. House Bill 489 sponsored by State Rep. Miguel Garcia, D-Albuquerque, was approved with a 4-2 vote Tuesday. Among other provisions, the bill aims to guarantee that workers get their […]

U.S. shouldn’t support either side in Mideast

Freedom New Mexico As is so often the case with Middle Eastern conflicts, there are wheels within wheels in the current Israeli ground invasion of the Gaza strip, and a distinct shortage of reasons to cheer either side. The primary blame for the current conflict must lie with Hamas, a militant organization heavily subsidized by […]

Budget prey to wasteful spending

By Paul Gessing: Guest columnist New Mexico faces a $454 million budget shortfall. For just the third time in 20 years, revenue is expected to decline during the current budget year. Certainly, the ongoing financial crisis and subsequent rapid drop in oil and gas prices are at the heart of the issue, but the good […]