A parting gift from ‘The Girls’

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I was enjoying my early morning bicycle commute to work and the sounds of birds of all kinds welcoming the dawn: Robins, mockingbirds, Western kingbirds, a rooster. A rooster? In town? Sure you can have chickens in town…as long as your neighbors don’t care or animal control doesn’t come a-callin’. […]

Press Release: Boys State opens in Portales

Today Sunday May 30, 2010 the New Mexico 2010 Boys State has officially kicked off in Portales New Mexico, at Eastern New Mexico University. All the busses and vehicles arrived early this morning from across the state of New Mexico.

Officials pleased with early voting participation

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer There’s not an exceptionally large turnout, but officials are pleased with the participation they’ve seen leading up to Tuesday’s primary. “It doesn’t seem to me like it’s that drastically off for a gubernatorial primary,” Curry County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman said. “There are significant numbers, I’m not disappointed.” Saturday […]

Bulk of early comments oppose poly-carts

CNJ staff Judging by an early review of comments, the city is meeting harsh opposition to its suggestion to switch from a bin system to a poly-cart system for trash pickup. The poly-cart trial period has 1,727 units in use, according to a presentation available on the city’s website (cityofclovis.org). The area served includes houses […]

Our people: Nurse found her calling early

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis Schools Director of Health Services Rhonda Sparks believes there is a difference between medicine and healing. She said just because medicine can’t fix a health issue, you can still heal a person with human kindness. Name: Rhonda Sparks Profession: Director of health services for Clovis Municipal Schools Birthdate: Nov. […]

Early voting for June primary begins May 4

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The June 1 primaries are still roughly six weeks away, but early voting and party declaration deadlines are fast approaching. Early voting starts May 4 at the Curry County Clerk’s office. Primary races range from the U.S. House of Representatives to local law enforcement. County election chair Coni Jo […]

Minnesota man dies after single-vehicle accident

CNJ staff Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash early Saturday morning on Mabry Drive that may have contributed to the death of a 60-year-old Minnesota man. Saul Lugo’s cause of death is still being investigated, according to police Capt. Patrick Whitney, because he had preexisting medical conditions that could have caused his death. The crash […]

Curry County primary filing list

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the following had candidacy for office in the Curry County primary election: • District 64 state representative: Incumbent Anna Crook, Republican; Wade Lopez, Democrat • Magistrate Judge, District 1: Johnny Chavez, Democrat; Incumbent Duane K. Castleberry, Republican • Magistrate Judge District 2: Genaro Soto, Democrat; Incumbent Richard Hollis Jr., Republican […]

Anniversaries honor trials of early settlers

By Clyde Davis: Freedom columnist The second weekend of September, 2009, stands out in my mind as one of those “not to be forgotten” times. I had been one of a group to hike up Pike’s Peak — or rather, hike halfway up Pike’s Peak, to turn around and hike back down from the halfway […]

Early voting turnout low in Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis City Clerk Leighann Melancon, right, swears in Nita Biekkola as an election judge Monday at city hall. Biekkola will preside over the election site at Living Stones Community Church of the Nazarene. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer If early voting numbers are any indication, today’s city elections will […]