Lansford says he plans to focus on infrastructure

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Mayor-elect David Lansford is interviewed by a television crew from Amarillo Tuesday after winning the race for mayor at Clovis City Hall. Lansford won 2,914 to Brumfield’s 1, 1718. Robin Fornoff Roads and streets across Clovis will take on new priorities. Recreation and other quality of life projects will […]

Jail renovations focus of county meeting

An architect’s plan for more than $9 million in renovations and a possible addition to the Curry County jail is the focus of a special meeting 9 a.m. Friday. The meeting at the Clovis-Carver Library north annex room will open with county commissioners adjourning into executive session to consider the purchase of property. Any action […]

Curry County resident announces candidacy for District 7

CNJ staff Republican and Curry County resident Mark W. Myers will seek election for state senate in District 7, which encompasses Curry, Quay and Union counties. Myers attended New Mexico State University and Texas Tech with a focus on agriculture and law. He has more than 20 years business experience in agricultural commodities and transportation. […]

Legislative session to focus on budget

The Santa Fe New Mexican The 30-day session starting Tuesday focuses primarily on the state budget. The governor can also put other issues on the agenda. Among issues lawmakers are expected to consider when they gather in Santa Fe:

U.S. should shift focus to al-Qaida

Freedom New Mexico What a tragedy. Last weekend, NATO helicopter attacks against suspected insurgents in Pakistan inadvertently killed 28 troops of the Pakistani military. Although the two nations’ relations are strained, Pakistan is a key ally in America’s military operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan itself. Pakistani Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, a military spokesman, said that […]

Religion column: Look for encouragement from men of Bible

This week, the focus is on some men of the Bible who no doubt realized that God was the source of their spiritual sustenance. Their lives as well as the women’s lives in last week’s column reveal that even the smallest little happening in a day can be the result of a Holy God meeting […]

Protesters should focus on the Fed

The recent “Occupy Wall Street” events are entertaining political theater. It has been interesting to watch the Democrats derail the movement just as the Republicans derailed the tea party movement before. This may also partially explain why so many of the participants are missing the point. Many, if not most, of the protesters blame capitalism […]

Education column: Reading focus at La Casita

That deliciously crisp fall air means fall festivals and Halloween parties are in the works. Sylvia Martinez, principal at La Casita Elementary, shared plans for fall activities this year. “For the last three years we have really been focusing on literacy and have tied classroom and school-wide activities to supporting reading.” For example, La Casita […]

World hunger focus of Sunday walk

POLLY KENNEDY Pastor Bonita Knox and about 80 community volunteers are converging Sunday to participate in the National Communities Responding to Overcoming Poverty Hunger Walk 2011. Knox is enthusiastic about the cause. “I am just hosting this year. It is a community effort,” she stressed. “This has been going on for about five years now, […]

Cut in spending should be focus of budget deal

Freedom New Mexico This weekend, debt-ceiling wrangling in Washington remained stuck — a hash of politics (proposals are tied to 2012 election impact); ideology and principle (the rich should pay more; spending should be cut; the budget must balance); an attempt to solve everything at once with every possible remedy (see “politics”) and, as always, […]

Stop sniping, focus on issues with Hotel Clovis

Freedom New Mexico Much has been written and said about plans for renovating Hotel Clovis. Some of what’s been written and said has even been true. We’d like to see the next few weeks of debate focus on substance, not political rhetoric. Voters will decide Aug. 2 whether Clovis will implement the Affordable Housing Plan […]

Business digest —

Xcel granting money to nonprofit groups The Xcel Energy Foundation is granting $211,000 to 29 nonprofit groups in Texas and New Mexico, according to a release from Xcel Energy. The grants are being made through the Education and Environment focus areas of the Xcel Energy Foundation, which awards funding to nonprofit groups working in towns […]

Webcasts focus on civilian career tips

By Debbie Gildea: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Civilian airmen will learn how to plan for their next job, how education affects their careers and more during webcasts in May and June tailored for specific grade-groups. Hosted by representatives of the Air Force Personnel Center civilian […]

CCC board meeting to focus on finding new president

CNJ staff The Clovis Community College board of trustees will begin discussions on replacing retiring President John Neibling as its meeting Wednesday. The board plans to recess into executive session for the talks. The board will also plans to take action on the spring 2011 graduation list, the audit report for the 2009-2010 fiscal year […]

Legislators must focus on budget

Budget cuts seem to be foremost in everyone’s mind these days — everyone it seems but our elected officials. Budget cutting seemed to get short shrift during the President’s State of the Union address this week. The words investment came up quite a bit, which I’m sure is political code for “spending.” Federal lawmakers aren’t […]

Weekly update —

Scout troop conducting food drive A Clovis Boy Scouts troop is conducting a food drive to benefit the Hartley House. The troop informed the city commission during its regular meeting Thursday evening. The drive will take place Jan. 29-30, with a focus on neighborhoods from Norris Street east to Humphrey Road, between Seventh and 21st […]

Government needs to focus on real threat

Freedom New Mexico The Obama administration finally has pulled the plug on the ambitious “virtual” border fence that quickly turned out to be a big waste of money. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress on Friday that the SBInet project was being terminated, saying that a thorough review made it clear that it simply […]

Youth focus of MLK day events

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Clovis Martin Luther King Jr. Commission Chair Joyce Pollard lines up winning posters for the commission members to see at their meeting Thursday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Liliana Castillo Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations in Clovis and Portales are centered around teaching King’s philosophies to youth. Both cities have events […]

Flag Day puts focus on treatment of flags in city

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Dale Harner has lived in Clovis for 31 years, and not a week goes by where he doesn’t take some umbrage at a flying flag as he drives around the city. Harner, a retired lieutenant colonel with the Air Force, said he has nothing against the Stars and Stripes […]

Mexico talks fail to focus on real issues

Freedom New Mexico Wednesday’s meeting between President Barack Obama and President Felipe Calderon of Mexico was like a firecracker fizzling out on Cinco de Mayo: all surface, little substance. The main attention focused on the leaders’ opposition on Arizona’s recent immigration law. We also don’t like the law. But we certainly understand the reasons why […]