Portales victim identified

A 25-year-old man found dead Sunday in a home on Avenue O was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, police say. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry identified the man as Jose Alfredo Charize Montoya. Berry said Montoya had a local address for the last year but is from Mexico, where his wife […]

Rep. Ryan’s plan could save Medicare

Freedom New Mexico Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., last week proposed a dramatic change to nudge us closer to market-based health care’s inherent economic freedom and away from Nanny State entitlements’ inevitable bankruptcy. We will continue to argue for market solutions to America’s health care dilemma, but we find much to admire in Ryan’s proposal. We […]

CCC hikes tuition

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Community College board of trustees approved a third tuition increase in last three years during Wednesday’s board meeting. Tuition will increase $6 for each credit hour beginning in the summer. President John Neibling said the state sets a minimum two year colleges can charge for tuition. While the state doesn’t require […]

Press release: N.M. gas prices up nearly five cents per gallon last week

New Mexico, March 28- Average retail gasoline prices in New Mexico have risen 4.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.45/g (Sunday). This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.56/g, according to gasoline price website NewMexicoGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices […]

Vacation mishap makes story

Hearing about students and families on spring breaks this last week or so has brought out a streak of jealously in me. I did spend a few spring breaks backpacking, though, and actually had one beach vacation when I was in college. It wasn’t your typical beach spring break, though. A buddy and I who […]

Hounds add football game at Northwest Missouri

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has picked up a game against Mid-America Athletics Association power Northwest Missouri State for next season. The Greyhounds (5-6 in 2010) face the Bearcats, a 2010 NCAA Division II playoff semifinalist, in a noon (MDT) kickoff on Oct. 15 at Maryville, Mo. Northwest Missouri has been a Division […]

Census: Clovis population up 15.6 percent

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CNJ staff photo: Dianna Hernandez Clovis’ population increased 15.6 percent — a counted population of 37,775, up from the 2000 census total of 32,667. Kevin Wilson Local leaders expressed optimism Tuesday, as U.S. Census numbers showed double-digit percentage growth over the last decade throughout eastern New Mexico. Clovis saw the biggest increase with 15.6 percent […]

Warrants for unpaid fines up by more than 50 percent

Sharna Johnson The number of warrants for unpaid fines issued by Curry County Magistrate Court has increased by more than 50 percent over last year. As of Friday, there were 948 outstanding warrants for cases where fines have not been paid to the courts, according to a list of warrants provided by the courts. Totaling […]

Budget delays harming readiness

Defense officials are shaking their heads in disbelief as congressional leaders continue to delay passing a wartime defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2011, which began last October. With the military spending bill now more than five months overdue, lawmakers last week passed a new stopgap “continuing resolution,” this “CR” to last two weeks, so […]

Press release: New Mexico gas price rose 16 cents a gallon last week

New Mexico, February 28- Average retail gasoline prices in New Mexico have risen 16.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.28/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 17.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34/g, according to gasoline price website NewMexicoGasPrices.com.

Mayor Brumfield to deliver state of city address

Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield will deliver the annual state of the city address 4 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The address is intended to inform citizens and accomplishments and activities of the last year and to answer questions about the upcoming year. The address will be broadcast on Cable Channel 6. Information: 769-7828.

California may be next for backlash

Freedom New Mexico The near-anarchy that swept Greece last year hasn’t come yet to the United States, but there are similarities. As in Greece, thousands of workers who rely on taxpayers for their livelihoods have poured into Wisconsin streets to protest. Similarly, they protest entirely reasonable and necessary economies proposed by their government to ward […]

Free exchange of ideas remains vital

Freedom New Mexico Freedom of speech and academic freedom prevailed last week when a deeply religious man — some call him a zealot — delivered a speech at the U.S. Air Force Academy after an intensive campaign to censor him by government force. Retired Marine Lt. Clebe McClary spoke at an Air Force Academy prayer […]

Rising feed prices stretch budgets

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Austin Hale of Clovis One-Stop Feed Inc. said rising feed costs are stretching already tight budgets for consumers who have animals. Sharna Johnson With steadily rising grain-based feed prices, the future is hard to predict, but the one thing that is certain is costs are stretching budgets, especially for those […]

ENMU Wednesday basketball capsules — Feb. 9

CNJ staff Men Midwestern State (16-5, 4-3 Lone Star Conference South) at ENMU (9-10, 4-3) When: 8 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 Last time out: MSU lost at division-leading Tarleton State 68-56 on Saturday, while the Greyhounds routed No. 11 Incarnate Word 84-62 at home. Last meeting: The Mustangs beat the Hounds […]

Snow day provides chance to catch up

Whereby it is now official: After last night, I have gone out and played around in the coldest temperatures I have ever been in. Not for very long, and don’t try this at home. Last night’s -30 with windchill beat a -19 (real temperature with no wind) that I had experienced in northeast Ohio one […]

List helps keep life lessons in mind

I was glancing over some old e-mails last week and came across an e-mail that a friend from far away had sent me some months back. Along with this friends greeting, she sent an entire litany of statements titled “18 things I have learned.” She said she received the email from someone else who also […]

United Way donations total $522,599

CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico raised $522,599 during its 2010-11 campaign, according to a release Monday from the organization. The amount raised is up about 1 percent from last year’s total of $514,694. But the total is about 10 percent below the 2008 total of $580,000 raised between Curry and Roosevelt […]

Press release: Gas prices in NM increase for fourth week in row

(Irving, Texas) —- After a month of steady increases in gasoline prices during 2011, consumers are seeing some moderation at the pump as oil prices dropped this past week. Oil on Thursday fell below the $86 a barrel range for the first time since mid-November. Just two weeks ago oil was above $92 a barrel […]

ENMU president says he expects spring enrollment record to be broken

Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University will almost certainly break last year’s spring enrollment record, the university president has said. President Steven Gamble said census day is in two weeks, so enrollment numbers aren’t official yet. “It looks very good, though,” he said. Compared to last spring, Gamble expects head counts to be up between […]