Xcel plant honored by coal trade group

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Every tour attendant donned hard hats and protective eyewear around the plant. The plant’s coal is next to its water retention ponds. Liliana Castillo Xcel Energy’s Tolk Station opened its doors to nearly 100 people for tours Tuesday after it was named the Plant of the Year by a national […]

Starship draws around 2,000 fans to Curry Events Center

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Stephanie Calvert joins Mickey Thomas as Starship plays Thursday night at the Curry County Events Center. The group, which has toured with Thomas since 1990, was the headline event at the evening’s performances of the Clovis Music Festival. Kevin Wilson The Clovis sound came out in full force Thursday night, […]

Military Update: Group hopes to ease GI Bill process

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Veterans and service members eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill already have an outstanding education benefit. But it soon could become even more valuable and easier to use. The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday released details of the GI Bill reform package it approved two weeks ago. It includes […]

Educators pleased with Freshman Academy’s progress

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo From left to right math teacher Lori Gammill, English teacher Kym Cordova, physical education teacher Amy Wyatt, business teacher Christal Reid, biology teacher Corinthia Hall and history teacher Brian Pickard look over feedback Wednesday from a national conference where they presented information about the Freshman Academy. Liliana Castillo The Clovis […]

Group hosting outreach block parties

CNJ staff Christian Believers is hosting two community outreach block parties. The first is July 24 at Gatewood Apartments on W. 15th Street. The second is Aug. 28 in the Clovis Apartments on W. Grand Street. The group is seeking volunteers to help with program setup, games, food, music, supplies and teardown. To volunteer or […]

Weekly update —

Political group pushing middle school petition A local political group is pushing the latest school debate up a grade or two. The High Plains Patriots are circulating a petition asking the Clovis Municipal Schools board of education to rethink the site chosen for the new middle school. The site chosen is more than a mile […]

Club notes — June 27

Clovis Quilters club The Clovis Quilters met June 14 at Trinity Lutheran Church with 13 members attending and welcomed new member Margie Truelock. Sheryl Abdill called the meeting to order. The group decided to skip the July meeting since vacation Bible school is that week at the church. Amy Armenta announced that the group has […]

Middle school site raises concerns

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Citizens brought concerns about the site chosen for the new middle school to the Clovis Municipal School board of education Tuesday. On June 8, the board chose a 40-acre plot of land from three gifts of land. The site is on Pleasant Hill Highway and Humphrey Road and owned […]

Joint land use group meets

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Kit Roupe, left, talks with members of the Joint Land Use Policy Committee about the goals and objectives of the study Monday during a meeting in the commission room at the Curry County Courthouse. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer During a Monday policy committee meeting for the Joint Land […]

Message of Jesus’ love always the same

By Judy Brandon: Religion calendar This past week, I read about the new Lighthouse Mission facility to be constructed this summer. Over the years, those folks, the Salvation Army and the newer Matt 25 organization have done a tremendous work for many people. I can remember different days in the 1950′s in Clovis. Daddy was […]

Citizens group meets with Seidenwurm

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Leaders of Clovis Municipal Schools and three spokesmen from the Concerned Citizens of Curry County met in private talks Friday that Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said helped clear up misconceptions. Seidenwurm and Interim Superintendent G.C. Ross met with CCCC President David Briseno, Johnny Chavez and local NAACP President Selmus Price, […]

Bella Vista hosting anti-tobacco event

Freedom New Mexico The group Students Concerned About Tobacco at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista is hosting a Big Tobacco “Beat Down” pinata party 1 p.m. Monday, according to a news release. The party is the last of a series of anti-tobacco events held across Curry County, the release said. The students will be […]

Citizens group to meet with Department of Justice representative

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The group Concerned Citizens of Curry County is hosting a public meeting on May 20 with Justo Garcia from the U.S. Department of Justice to voice concerns about hiring and instructional practices at Clovis schools. The group is requesting a civil rights investigation by the Justice Department. CCCC is […]

Officials decline comment on meeting between board members, concerned citizen group

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Officials have declined to talk about a Thursday afternoon meeting held between two school board members and a group calling for the removal of Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. The meeting was held at the school’s administration building. Board President Mark Lansford, who attended the meeting with fellow board member Lola […]

Opportunity wasted for unusual

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer There are certain things I wish would have been different. I wish I had asked that girl out to dinner instead of making small talk. I wish I was riding in the car when (according to police records) a group of four people planned out a bank robbery in […]

Press Release: Xcel Energy’s Tolk Station recognized by coal trade group

AMARILLO – The Powder River Basin Coal Users Group (PRBCUG) recently named Xcel Energy’s Tolk Generating Station near Muleshoe, Texas as its Plant of the Year, citing its safe operation, high reliability and environmental stewardship. Tolk was one of four power plants considered for this year’s annual award. PRBCUG is a trade group that promotes […]

NMAW undermined joint group

By Clint Harden: State senator Clovis’ water supply is not in danger of running dry next month or even next year. Telling the truth, the whole truth, is a fundamental principle of how we conduct ourselves, whether in our personal lives or our businesses. It’s what allows us to look at ourselves in the mirror, […]

Police looking into magazine sales

CNJ staff Clovis police are hoping to make contact with a group of people conducting door-to-door magazine sales in the community in order to verify they are observing city ordinances. Capt. Patrick Whitney said the group, which has surfaced in the last few days, has prompted calls from citizens suspicious of the solicitation. He said […]

Col. Slife assumes command of the 27th Special Operations Group

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Base commander Col. Stephan Clark, left, Col. James Slife, center, and Col. James Cardoso stand at attention during a change of command ceremony Monday at Cannon Air Force Base. Slife assumed command of the 27th Special Operations Group from Cardoso, who will become the vice commander serving under Clark. By […]

Sunday calendar

Activities Parenting Group — Meets 10 a.m. first Friday of each month at Clovis Civic Center. Information: 763-9027 Senior Center Bingo — 1 p.m., Thursdays, 908 Hickory. Information: 762-3631 Baxter-Curren Jam Session — 6:30 p.m., first, second and third Tuesdays, 908 Hickory. Music instrument playing. Information: 762-3631 Baxter-Curren Music Sessions — 6 p.m., second and […]