Wage increase would restrict growth

By Walter Bradley: Guest columnist Today we are experiencing a vibrant, robust economy. We have growth in jobs, unemployment under 4 percent and higher wages. According to the New Mexico Labor Department, Curry County ranks 18th in the state with an average wage of $11.42 an hour. In polling businesses in our area, the average [...]

Day trips: Carrizozo offers treat for lava lovers

Compiled By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Just west of Carrizozo lies a 45-mile long lava flow which is estimated to have been formed more than 1,000 years ago. The perfect place from which to begin exploration of the lava flow is the Valley of Fires Recreation Area, four miles west of Carrizozo. The recreation area [...]

Governor opposes new wage proposal

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson opposes a proposal heading to the Senate that would boost the state minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $6 in 2007 and then phase in additional increases for some experienced workers. Under a measure approved Monday by the Senate Finance Committee, a [...]

Police charge four with stealing guns

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Four boys were arrested Monday attempting to steal rifles from a Main Street gun shop, according to a press release from the Clovis Police Department. The four boys, ranging in age from 12 to 14 years old, are being held on charges of aggravated burglary, attempted larceny of firearms, [...]

DA investigator escaped blast in Iraq

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By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Keith Bessette was checking e-mails in the early morning hours of March 9 in his fourth-floor room at the Al-Sadir Hotel in downtown Baghdad, a short distance from the square where a statue of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was famously toppled in 2003. He started hearing volleys of [...]

Legion post ruined

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By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Decades of camaraderie and Friday night bingo sessions faded with the smoke and flames that engulfed the second floor of American Legion Post 117 late Wednesday afternoon. Nobody was in the structure at 1400 W. Seventh St. and firefighters reported no injuries, but the more than 55-year-old building is [...]

Clovis, crime, halftime on readers’ minds

Project: Reader Reaction Members of Project: Reader Reaction were recently asked for comments on any issue they had on their minds. Some responses: “I moved here in 1989 because it was a small community in which my husband and I would finish raising our kids. The Army gave us the choice of New York City [...]

Restaurant owner claims inspector targeting his business

By Jack King A Curry County restaurant owner has charged that over-regulation and a “vendetta” by a state electrical inspector forced him to close his restaurant in December. But city and state officials said questions were raised about whether the restauranteur — Will Cockrell, owner of The Restaurant at Fox Run — followed proper, even [...]

Greenwalt determined to shrug off inconsistency

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Cisti Greenwalt led Clovis to back-to-back state titles in 1999-2000. Rick White Cisti Greenwalt had a sophomore season at Texas Tech pockmarked by inconsistency, injury and adversity. Stat-stuffer games such as a 21-point, 11-rebound effort against Southern Mississippi that also included five blocked shots would often be followed by games where her line in the [...]

chased by oranges

by amos Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. boss i was minding my own business the other day strolling through the church kitchen when marcellus the ugly ungodly cat scampered across the counter in pursuit of hapless homer hummingbird homer made [...]