New budget may call for fee hike

As defense budgets grew over the past decade, Congress shrugged off complaints of runaway military health costs and blocked every proposal from the Bush administration to raise TRICARE fees sharply on retirees. Defense budgets have stopped rising, however, and Defense officials today are sounding more confident that Congress will follow last October’s $5-a-month bump in […]

Renewable energy still not cost effective

Sooner or later, the laws of economics prevail, even in heavily subsidized industries such as solar power. The latest evidence that government manipulation cannot overcome economic reality is the decision by BP PLC, the giant British energy company, to leave the solar power business. BP has developed solar energy for 40 years and for more […]

Clovis homes retain value in midst of struggling market

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Homes have retained their value in Clovis and new home construction continues despite dropping values around the nation, according to local lenders and officials. Sharna Johnson While the rest of the nation continues to struggle with home values at record lows, homes in Clovis appear to be retaining their value. […]

Curry, Roosevelt Hispanic populations jump

Argen Duncan Like the rest of New Mexico, Roosevelt and Curry counties saw a leap in the Hispanic population in the last decade, according to the latest U.S. Census numbers. Roosevelt County’s Hispanic population age 18 and older grew 34.2 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to the census. The county’s adult Anglo population, on […]

Decade in review: Community rallied to keep base

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File photo Clovis residents cheer and wave flags during the Operation Kept Cannon celebration at the Clovis Civic Center in 2006. By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base had a wild ride in the past few years, as its near closure and new mission became the most far-reaching story of […]

DECADE IN REVIEW: Y2K and beyond

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CNJ file photo Tornadoes tore through Roosevelt, Curry and Quay counties in March 2007, damaging about 500 homes and businesses, injuring 35 people ” and for the first time in 100 years of area record keeping •” killing two. By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico Editor Y2K didn’t hurt a bit. The hours and days […]

Look to new decade, keep past in mind

Freedom New Mexico The general reverence for New Year’s Day dates back to the most ancient of times. Counted among the gods of the Roman pantheon was Janus, the two-headed deity who inspired the modern name for the first month of the year. One of Janus’ faces supposedly looked back into the past to recall […]

Bad poem points to God’s prescription for joy

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist Once a decade or so I wax poetic. This one is so bad, I’m not sure it even counts, which means I might be good for another bad poem this decade. Oh, well. It’s entitled, “The Grouchy, Grinchy Grumble” (by the author of the same description).

Still plenty of learning left to do

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For the first time in nearly a decade, I’m getting credit for something. Granted, it’s college credit, but everybody’s got to start somewhere. The first day of school is something magical. It’s a time of the pain of letting go for parents, as many of my friends have kids […]

County cuts ribbon on Special Events Center

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Curry County Commission Chair, J. Albin Smith gave thanks to the taxpayers of Curry County Monday, during the Special Events Center Open House/Ribbon Cutting ceremony. Smith also gave the history of the Special Event Center. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer After more than a decade of planning and more […]

Nov. 11, 1936

Mrs. J.D. Autry and Mrs. John Bradley Jr. traveled from Portales to Clovis and were visiting friends. … Oil was 10 cents a quart at Super Service, 411 W. Seventh St. … The city of Clovis commemorated Armistice Day with a moment of silence at 11 a.m. … The Tucumcari Rattlers football team played the […]