Preparations in place for Floyd Jamboree

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File photo Floyd Lions Club Vice President Fred Patterson said the Floyd Jamboree will have plenty of many familiar faces again this year. Secretary Paul Benoit said they hope to have local celebrity Will Banister attending again. The Floyd Jamboree will go on this year despite no one showing for Sunday’s auditions, according to Floyd […]

Citizens panel should set Congress’ pay

At least one group of Americans has been profiting despite the faltering economy: members of the U.S. House of Representatives. They’re supposed to be the part of the government that’s “closest to the people.” But as the saying has it, they came to do good and stayed to do well. In their cases, mostly very […]

Graduates optimistic on job prospects

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PNT file photo Fall graduation is traditionally a smaller crowd for Eastern New Mexico University and despite tough economic times, graduates said they are positive about their career prospects. Alisa Boswell Despite a tough job market, Eastern New Mexico University students graduating today said they aren’t worried about job prospects. Halee Goff, graduating with a […]

Mental health needs still unmet

Despite adding billions of dollars for mental health care to Department of Veterans Affairs budgets the last four years, and the hiring of 7,000 more mental health professionals at VA clinics and hospitals, many veterans with severe combat-related stress still face long waits to get the care they need. And some VA facilities might be […]

Hounds hope to make noise in LSC

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson ENMU’s Ronnie Slater tries to drag down running back Melvis Hawkins in the first half of the Greyhounds’ Green & Silver scrimmage on Saturday at Greyhound Stadium. Dave Wagner Despite the above-average heat this week, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo wishes the Greyhounds had a game this […]

Fireworks stands open despite restrictions

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Monday was the first day vendors were allowed to sell fireworks in the state. Taylor Vest of Roadrunner Fireworks said the first week or so of fireworks season will be slow but business usually picks up closer to Independence Day. Stands close July 6. Sharna Johnson Despite restrictions, stands opened […]

Commissioners approve preliminary budget

Sharna Johnson In a unanimous vote Tuesday, commissioners approved a $12.1 million preliminary budget for Curry County despite concerns over the jail’s out-of-county housing costs, commissioner expense budgets and oversight of capital outlay purchases. The final budget has to be approved and submitted to the state by the end of July. During a presentation of […]

Hounds lose despite outhitting Tarleton

CNJ staff STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Not many times does a team outhit its opponent in every game of a three-game series and still lose all three. Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team accomplished the feat, if you will, as Tarleton State completed a Lone Star Conference sweep of the Greyhounds with a 12-2 rout on […]

Rise in fuel costs based on demand

Price gougers are evil executives who harm us at the gas pump. They set outrageous prices that are approaching $4 a gallon. They hold their conspiracy meetings in the Land of Make Believe, among the unicorns and spaghetti monsters. Despite the ranting of pundits and politicos — from Bill O’Reilly to Nancy Pelosi — price […]

Despite loss, Greyhounds earn LSC tournament berth

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eastern senior guard Alan Branch keeps the ball despite West Texas senior guard Joe Mincey’s best efforts during the first half. Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s men survived a brutal eight-day stretch to win four games in a row. Saturday night against rival West Texas A&M, the […]

Administration dragging feet on civil liberties

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has pretty much confirmed what most observers have taken to be a done deal, anyway. Despite President Barack Obama’s campaign promises, the prison at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba for detainees in the undeclared, misnamed, and ill-conceived “war on terror” will remain open for the foreseeable future. […]

Shop owners say holiday profits mixed

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Betty Mullins of Clovis makes an adjustment Friday to her display of crosses at Main Street Crafters Mall. Mullins has been displaying her craft for the past 10 years and said “I sell more during Christmas and this Christmas has been better than the last.” Alisa Bowell According to many […]

Global warming hysteria stays in Mexico

Despite profuse self-congratulations and a Kumbaya spirit, the global warming summit in Cancun, Mexico, didn’t much advance the cause of climate alarmism. It may even have set back the movement. We’re pleased on both counts. The 1997 Kyoto Protocol, whose Draconian mandated cuts in greenhouse gas emissions expire in 2012, wasn’t extended or replaced, and […]

Shooting victim’s widow recalls memories of husband

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Courtesy photo Rey Ornelas, his wife Shirley Ornelas and their son Rey jr. were a close family and enjoyed spending time together on the farm where Rey worked. Rey Ornelas was shot and killed May 30, 1993. Sharna Johnson Her son has grown from a boy to a man. Her home has aged and seems […]

Curry inmate released despite immigration hold

Sharna Johnson Law enforcement is searching for an inmate who was released Thursday night from the Curry County jail despite an immigration hold. Detention Center Administrator Keith Norwood said Ramiro Chavez was released on his own recognizance by order of magistrate court. However, Norwood said there is a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold in […]

Military increasing awareness of benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Despite billions of additional dollars pumped into veterans’ benefits in recent years, many military personnel still leave service unaware of their VA benefits or of programs set up to help them transition to civilian life, a senior Defense official and veteran advocates testified Wednesday. Noel C. Koch, deputy under secretary […]

State hires 21 despite hiring freeze

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican State government in the past seven months has hired 21 new employees despite an ongoing hiring freeze, state personnel records show. The records obtained by the Santa Fe New Mexican under the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act show that three people were added to the payroll […]

Area residents remain charitable despite sluggish economy

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Charitable organizations in Roosevelt and Curry counties are reporting donations mostly equal or above last year’s levels as Christmas approaches. Most of those organizations say they have enough to meet community requests for the holiday. Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico Executive Director Nancy Taylor said her organization has […]

County: No Constitution resolution despite what you read

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer The Curry County Commission will be discussing numerous issues Tuesday morning in Texico, including the Trek for Trash, juvenile detainee housing agreements and service contract renewals. What they won’t be discussing — despite previous advertisements to the contrary — is a resolution supporting the Constitution. “ Nobody’s contacted me […]

Most committee chairmen stay despite pro-tem fight

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican It was the Senate committee chairmen shake-up that wasn’t. After Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings was re-elected Tuesday with the help of 15 Republicans and eight Democrats, including himself, some expected that chairmanships would change hands Wednesday. That didn’t happen, although some current chairmen sweated whether they’d keep […]