Development forum to cover Clovis’ progress, future

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis business leaders are hosting a Friday meeting at Clovis Community College to discuss how the city can build on its successes. “A lot of good things have happened in Clovis,” said Beverlee McClure, president of Clovis Community College. “Often when good things happen, we don’t stop to ask why good things […]

Curry County voters to decide on gross receipts tax issue

By Jack King On the ballot in Tuesday’s special election is a request by Curry County to increase gross receipts taxes collected in the county by one-eighths of one percent. County officials say the increase would generate approximately $750,000 to $800,000 and would be added to the county’s general fund to cover many types of […]

County officials say tax hike needed

Jack King Geneva Cooper’s days are filled with anxiety. “The question you keep asking is, ‘Where are we going to get the money?’” the Curry County manager said Thursday. A fiscal conservative who has prided herself on keeping a prudent reserve in the county coffers, Cooper is faced in 2003 with a financial situation that […]

Wildcat fever is back

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Clovis High School junior class president Gabriel Bryant, 16, adds a piece of wood to a pile Thrusday, a few hours before the school’s annual bonfire. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Rick White Like most boys his age, Stefan Smith dreamed of being a Clovis Wildcat. He attended every game he could, and listened to […]

Possible gross receipts tax looms for charities

Eric Butler New Mexico’s non-profit groups do not pay gross receipts taxes for commercial services or for goods sold. They’d like to keep it that way. The state’s Blue Ribbon Tax Committee meets this week to consider a series of tax proposals it will recommend to Gov. Bill Richardson. One proposal would require non-profit agencies […]

Cats rout Roswell

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/Clovis cornerback Angelo Sandoval tackles Roswell’s receiver Derrick Evans during the second quarter of Saturday’s game in Roswell. Clovis won 43-0. Dave Wagner ROSWELL — John Props made quite a splash in his first varsity start for the Clovis High Wildcats. So did Alex Everett. Props, filling in at quarterback for […]

Fair board chided over purchasing

By Jack King The Curry County commission and County Manager Geneva Cooper said Wednesday the county fair board spent more than $18,373 this year without following proper county procurement procedures. Commissioners took fair board President Buddy Vaughn and treasurer Peggy Burns to task at the commission’s board meeting for making 16 purchases alleged to have […]

ENMU builds cross country program from bottom

CNJ STAFF PORTALES — Greg LaSage took the Eastern New Mexico University cross country job last year knowing he was basically building a program from the bottom up. The Greyhounds and Zias had modest success in 2002 — neither finished last in the Lone Star Conference — but LaSage is determined to see them do […]

Eagles will be tested

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Clovis Christian coach Greg Darden goes over a play with junior Corey Hastings (left) and sophomore Chris Mitchell during Wednesday’s practice at Potter Park. Photo by Rick White By Dave Wagner With a talented senior class, Clovis Christian was a factor last season in area six-man football. The Eagles, in their second year of New […]

Summer’s last fling

By Gary Mitchell Ernie Kos was struggling with a dilemma for the Labor Day holiday. But it was a pleasant dilemma. “I was torn between going to the lake or to the mountains,” said the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce executive director. “The mountains won out when we checked with the weather man and found […]

Cats rebuilding on the run

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White/Clovis senior defensive end Jarod Baldwin closes in on Las Cruces High QB Brandon Lucero during last week’s scrimmage.Jarod Bald Rick White No Hank Baskett. No Nathan Nuttall. No Joey Garcia. No chance for the Clovis Wildcats? Not necessarily. For the first time in several years, the Wildcats head into a […]

Two-time state runnerup Texico faces first five games on road

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Texico head coach Mike Prokop talks to his players after practice on Wednesday about getting ready for Friday’s season opener against Bovina. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner TEXICO — If the Texico Wolverines are looking for a challenge in the 2003 football season, all they need do is take a quick peek at […]

U.S. needs to stay and finish job in Iraq

By Mona Charen The bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad drives home the point that terrorism is the modern face of evil. What purpose, other than sowing misery, is furthered by murdering those who are trying to run hospitals, distribute food and provide school supplies? One does hope that the apologists — those who […]

Governor: Reform gives rural areas a voice

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New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson talks to Clovis Community College students Jordan Dickenson, left, and Gina Martinez, center, during his visit Wednesday at Yucca Junior High in Clovis. Richardson was in Clovis to talk about education reform. Compiled by CNJ Senior Writer Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Gov. Bill Rich-ardson visited Clovis and Portales on Wednesday […]

Students start new phase

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Class of 2003 high school graduates (counter-clockwise from bottom left) Brenda Grado, 18, Daniel Aguilar, 18, Andy Garza, 18, Isaac Arzola, 18, and Ashley Sanders, 18, will begin their college careers Monday as classes start at CCC. By Gary Mitchell Friona High School graduates Daniel Aguilar and Andy Garza as well as Texico High School […]

ENMU faculty prepared for start of school

By Tony Parra Students and parents broke the stillness of the Eastern New Mexico University campus on Thursday and it carried into the weekend. Students spent the last few days moving into the dormitories and registering for classes which begin on Monday. ENMU has also added 14 new faculty members. “It’s too early to tell […]

Ideas sought for the ultimate cybercafe

Stop the presses — I’ve got nothing new to write about, I’ve reached the end of the Internet. Not really. There are thousands of new Web sites posted every day — I will never run out of things to write about. Now that’s great job security. Last week, I mentioned the fact that a new […]

Foxes set for title defense

By Eric Butler FORT SUMNER — For the first time in four years, defenses trying to stop Fort Sumner’s offense won’t have to deal with rushing whiz Lance Fikany. The small but extremely quick back was a key ingredient in three straight Class 1A championship game appearances by the Foxes — and back-to-back titles the […]

Cats battle Cruces

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Clovis High School junior John Props takes the handoff from senior Jeff Epps during Thursday’s practice at the high school. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave W agner After nearly two weeks of going against each other in practice, the Clovis High Wildcats will see someone else on the other side of the ball today […]

Texico’s Loper is adjusting

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Texico High School junior Seneca Turner passes the ball during Friday’s practice at Texico Sports Arena. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Texico senior Sissy Loper earned All-District 6-2A and second-team Class 2A all-state honors as an outside hitter last season, helping the supposedly rebuilding Lady Spikers post an 18-4 record. When setter Melissa […]