CMS foundation awards grants

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools Foundation presented $24,999 in grants Nov. 17 for the Educator Initiative Program. Since December 2007, the Foundation has awarded teachers nearly $86,695 in grants. The following grants were awarded this year: • Jr. Wildcat Transition Camps, Yucca Middle School, $4,000; Marshall Middle School, $4,000 • Jr. Wildcat math and […]

Pot legalization needs to be taken seriously

Freedom New Mexico Proposition 19, an initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, was soundly defeated in the November election after California’s political establishment, Democratic and Republican, came out strongly against it. We had concerns with a provision related to the ability of employers to combat marijuana use at the workplace, but we are […]

Late local historian honored

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative is set to honor Rose Powers White, historian of the Portales area’s early days of settlement, with a historic roadside marker. A dedication and reception is scheduled for 4 p.m. July 30 at the Portales Public Library. State Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, will speak. Ruth […]

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Education feature: Class of 2012 looks back at 100 years of New Mexico schools

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School freshman campus students Kyla Vestal, left, and Shannon Spurgeon are working on centennial projects this year at the freshman campus. Current freshman, the class of 2012, will be the 100th class to graduate from high school in New Mexic By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Students at […]

Impact report suggests airspace increase

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Training airspace near Cannon Air Force Base could be expanded by the end of November, according to Air Force officials. A report on the impact of increasing airspace near Cannon was officially released Wednesday. Before the Air Force can make a decision on whether to expand airspace, federal environmental […]

Award deadline extended

CNJ Staff The deadline for participation in a state initiative to honor New Mexico women has been extended. Those who wish to nominate a deceased woman who influenced New Mexican history have until Sept. 5 to do so. The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs will honor the accomplishments of New Mexican women through the […]

ENMU adding film major in fall semester

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University Regents approved a new film major that will have 33 core classes in its curriculum Saturday during a regular board meeting. Students can enroll in the degree program in the fall. Robert Vartabedian, ENMU vice president for academic affairs, said the new major in digital […]

Congress should oppose proposed extra spending

Freedom Newspapers President Bush played Jekyll and Hyde in his State of the Union speech Tuesday. For each small-government conservative idea — making tax cuts permanent, for example — he offered at least one awful statist proposal — new subsidies for alternative-energy research. The pattern was no more apparent than in what he called his […]

Former Cannon commander promoted

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Former Cannon Air Force Base commander Robert “Rowdy” Yates was promoted to the rank of brigadier general Wednesday at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. (File photo) CNJ staff Former Cannon Air Force Base commander Robert “Rowdy” Yates was promoted to the rank of brigadier general Wednesday at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. According […]

List of closures only first step in long process

By Tom Udall: Guest Columnist Friday the 13th was a day that unfortunately lived up to its ominous reputation when the Department of Defense released its Base Realignment and Closure recommendations. In what I and the entire New Mexico congressional delegation believe is an enormous mistake, the Secretary of Defense included Cannon Air Force Base […]

Reactions mixed at Cannon airspace expansion hearing

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Area ranchers’ dissent toward the Air Force’s proposed air-space expansion surrounding Cannon Air Force Base was countered by support from Clovis residents’ at a town hall meeting Friday evening. About 100 people attended the final of four public forums to discuss concerns or voice support about a proposal to […]

Impact of pre-kindergarten concerning

By Gay G. Kernan, Guest Columnist Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. The pre-kindergarten initiative presented by the governor and lieutenant governor has been trumpeted as a solution […]

Smart money is on partnerships, cooperation

By Clint Harden Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. A fundamental component of quality of life is the economic health of a region. Issues related to job creation […]

More room to roam

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by Mike Linn If approved, Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed airspace expansion will allow pilots to better train for combat and decrease Cannon’s chances of ending up on the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) list, military officials and community leaders said this year. Cannon officials began the first of many steps to implement the airspace […]

Range initiative crucial to combat training

Ray Sullivan As a Marine combat veteran, I know the best chance of surviving war for any serviceman or woman is to train hard, train realistically and train often. That’s why I support the New Mexico Training Range Initiative to expand the airspace for Cannon Air Force Base and the nearby Melrose Bombing Range. It […]