Traffic crashes up 20 percent, but injuries, fatalities down

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Traffic crashes have jumped almost 20 percent in Clovis this year but the number of injuries from those crashes has dropped and crash-related fatalities are down. At the heart of the crashes lie traffic infractions, such as following too close, failing to yield and failing to stop at stoplights, […]

Competition keeps health costs down

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of three editorials on Canada’s health care system. It is provided by editorial writers of The Colorado Springs Gazette.

Contractor seeking damages after falling down Hotel Clovis elevator shaft

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A contractor who fell 16 feet down an elevator shaft in Hotel Clovis is seeking unspecified damages from the city and a biohazard abatement company. In a lawsuit filed in the 9th Judicial District Court, John Smith said he fell down the shaft because the city and GranCor Enterprises […]

Mustangs down Zias in three

CNJ staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Midwestern State erased an early 4-3 deficit with seven consecutive points in the first set and the Mustangs went on to a 25-14, 25-9, 25-14 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in Lone Star Conference volleyball. Miranda Byrd had eight kills and Lauren Bayer added seven kills and five […]

Scriptures, like poetry, requires reading into symbolism

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Down here in Texas we tell Aggie jokes. Up around Minnesota, the Norwegians tell “Olie & Lena” jokes instead. In a recent “News from Lake Wobegon” segment, storyteller Garrison Keillor managed to incorporate a few of those. One caught the attention of the grandfather under my hat. As the […]

Animals can be just as stubborn

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist When our two daughters were in 4-H they bought a few good ewes, mostly Suffolks and Hampshires, planning to raise their own show lambs. They needed a good ram, of course, and some folks down the road had a high-powered Suffolk. He was big and long and had muscles in […]

Education feature: New Clovis Christian superintendent planning tougher curriculum

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Former deputy superintendent of Clovis schools will begin her new position as superintendent of the Clovis Christian School Aug. 1. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Former Clovis Municipal Schools deputy superintendent Ladona Clayton is moving up and a few blocks down the street. She’s the new superintendent of Clovis […]

Justification of Iraq invasion yet to be seen

Freedom New Mexico As of July 1, all U.S. troops in Iraq were scheduled to have moved out of Iraqi cities, and most of them had done so. Those remaining in cities will serve as advisers and support resources for Iraqi security forces, who now have responsibility for maintaining a modicum of order in that […]

A view from under the pew: melody the monarch

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist melody the monarch dear amos i ve been having funvolunteering at thelittle mousey schooldown the street especially with thosekindergartners uncle -they re so cute withtheir wide eyesfull of awe was i everthat wayuncle but anywaythe cool thing waswhen they learnedbout butterflies andhow they go from asad woeworm to abeautiful […]

Desperate PBS looks for ways to be relevant

It has become oh-so-cool to look down on mainstream religion in these days of clergy scandals and unpopular wars. As such, our country’s Public Broadcasting Service has decided to jump on the bandwagon after decades of religious broadcasting. The network — desperate for relevance amid the commercial success of cable networks such as Discovery, the […]

Clovis resident takes city to task on trash

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Linda Durant spent two years picking up trash and pulling weeds at the Clovis Area Transit building on Sixth and Axtell Streets. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer After setting down dated stacks of Tupperware containers stuffed with garbage and weeds to illustrate the problem, she stood and addressed the […]

Ready, set, cook

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School senior Amanda Sandoval unwraps a chocolate bar to melt for her chocolate covered no-bake cheesecake with berry coulis. Five students in her culinary arts class attended the ProStart New Mexico Invitational competition Wednesday. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer While mincing parsley, Kaylie Kemp never took her […]

Experience pays off for Clovis fighter

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent After the opening bell for the third round, but before a punch could be thrown, Elijio Sena of Clovis pointedly looked in the direction of his opponent’s corner and laughed. In Mark Martinez’ corner, his trainer had just told his fighter that he “had been here before.” Sena heard something […]

Road boss stepping down

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Time for salaries to come down

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist Will our ailing economy finally bring salary figures back into reality? With regular folks hit hard by the current downturn the outcry over CEO salaries has turned pretty ugly. Automaker CEOs got the message pretty quickly after each of the Big Three hopped individual private jets to Washington in order […]

Business feature: City construction up 6 percent

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CNJ staff photo The city issued 154 building permits for new residential and commercial properties in 2008 compared to 145 in 2007, according to city reports. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Construction of new properties in Clovis rose about 6 percent in 2008 from the year before and city officials believe the number will […]

Winter driving key: Slow down

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MCT Photo New Mexico State Police Sgt. Clint Varnell said accident numbers increase significantly during the winter months when inclement weather hits. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer he key to traveling safely in a winter weather is slowing down. New Mexico State Police Sgt. Clint Varnell said drivers don’t realize that slick roads require […]

Abengoa shuts down temporarily

Freedom New Mexico Abengoa Bioenergy in Portales is shutting down temporarily, according to Chris Standlee, executive vice president of the ethanol production plant. Standlee said Wednesday that the plant is “laying off some staff” because of the “general economy in the industry.” “We’re operating plants the best we can under market conditions,” he said. Some […]

New president faces N. Korea unsteadiness

Freedom New Mexico You might say the new quasi agreement with North Korea amounts to kicking the can down the road, and you might be right. But kicking the can down the road to be handled by the next administration is probably a less-worse outcome than continuing a strictly confrontational approach to the “hermit kingdom” […]

Residents recall 9/11 memories

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard presented the colors as part of a Patriots Day ceremony Thursday at Patriot Outdoors. Patriot Outdoors owner Stephen Powell gave a speech on patriotism. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Marie Lou McAnulla said tears flowed down her face Thursday as soon as […]