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 […]

Not all indigenous customs honorable

Curtis K. Shelburne The last thing I wanted to do on a recent trip to San Antonio was to have to think much. Thinking is work and I do it poorly. I just wanted to relax. But my wife and I took a tour to a couple of the vintage San Antonio missions, and—here’s the […]

Base growth highlighted at chamber banquet

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Air Force Special Operations Commander Gen. Donald C. Wurster speaks about the growth of Cannon Air Force Base during the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce banquet Friday night at the Clovis Civic Center. Kevin Wilson Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com The Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the growth of […]

Bible remains bestseller for reason

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Last week I came across a website that had a list of the most widely read books in the world over the last 50 years. The author of the website wrote that the numbers reveal the quantities of books printed and sold. The list goes like this: 10. “Diary of Anne […]

Fathers, daughters share evening at annual Winter Ball

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Olivia Herrick, 9, makes a door hanger at the craft table. Liliana Castillo Each daughter was handed a gem-encrusted tiara as they entered the second annual Father Daughter Winter Ball at the Landing Zone on Jan. 8. About 75 fathers and daughters attended the event. Community Center Director Paul Hopkins said […]

Food at the speed of life: Noodles help family bond

My sister-in-law, Ashley, and I seem to be developing a fettuccine tradition. Over the holidays the last two years, we’ve made chicken-vegetable fettuccine alfredo together. It wasn’t planned either year. With Ashley and Eric being married less than a year and us living far apart and being busy, I’m still getting to know my sister-in-law. […]

Only you can judge what is right

Last week’s column emphasized the need for each of us to do the right thing in order to improve society. Most commenters seemed to agree, but were not necessarily sure what “the right thing” is. Fair enough. Real right and wrong are pretty easy to grasp as long as you aren’t looking for excuses or […]

Salvation Army reports donation increase

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FNM file photo David Garza of Clovis been a bell ringer for the last five years and said he enjoys doing it and helping people. The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle drive raised $15,000 more than last year. Liliana Castillo The Salvation Army wrapped up 2010 Christmas projects with its most successful campaign in the last […]

Census shows GOP gaining popularity

Freedom New Mexico Some analysts suggest that long-term demographic trends favor Democrats over Republicans, and this may well be true, especially if Republicans continue to alienate Hispanic voters. However, the trends of the decade now limping to a close, as reflected in U.S. Census results that will determine how representation in the U.S. House is […]

Attractiveness lies with symmetry

While at a restaurant drive-through last week, I encountered a nice lady, maybe a little older than me, who told me … well, I can’t tell you exactly what she told me as it may prove a tad PG-13 for the Quay County Sun. Suffice it to say she made a flattering comment about my […]

Letter to the editor: Job raises should be last priority

Job raises should be last priority Regarding last month’s CNJ article “Texico school boss gets a raise:” Superintendent R. L. Richards was given an annual pay raise of $26,000. His yearly salary went from $112,700 to $138, 700 plus benefits. His contract was not due to expire until June 2012 yet this salary increase started […]

United Way officials say campaign outperforming last year’s

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks United Way campaign associate Sara Newell of Clovis works on the United Way 50-50 campaign Monday. Sharna Johnson Three quarters of the way from deadline, the United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s fundraising campaign is outperforming last year. At $341,014 for Curry and Roosevelt counties, donations are already about $100,000 […]

Nov. 12 Sports briefing

The Fab 5 Top area team and individual performances last week: • Clovis Christian senior Mike Urioste rushed for 360 yards and scored nine touchdowns as the top-ranked Eagles routed Hondo 63-12 in a 6-man state semifinal game. • Junior Kelsey Laurenz had 13 kills and 10 blocks and Portales swept Ruidoso in the District […]

Government doesn’t need to act as parents

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week in Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants, which will decide whether California’s blanket ban on people under age 18 being allowed to purchase certain violent video games will stand. The justices seemed sympathetic to the idea that there should be some way to shield minors from violent games in […]

Students learn about effects of bullying

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Liliana Castillo Marshall Junior High School students spent the last nine weeks learning about what to do when they are bullied or when they see someone else get bullied. Assistant Principal Cindy Terry and School Social Worker Lynn Fronk came together to raise awareness about bullying. Terry said bullying was one of the top three […]

Letters to the editor: Time for public officials to listen

We wish to thank the Clovis News Journal for its viewpoint to vote no on the jail and courthouse in last Sunday’s paper. I am so thankful someone has finally stood up to our public officials to the point they might just have to listen. On numerous occasions, small groups of people have met with […]

United Way focusing on outreach

CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is in campaign mode. The charitable organization that aids non-profits throughout Curry and Roosevelt counties kicked off its fundraising campaign last month, but in the last week has done 10 presentations to area groups with another five scheduled for Wednesday. “We are in it,” Executive Director […]

Judicial complex concerns addressed at forum

Kevin Wilson The Curry County Commission held its second public forum on upcoming ballot questions for the first phase of the county criminal justice complex. There was more attendance and more complex support than in last week’s meeting, but opposition still ran high at the Clovis-Carver Public Library to the tax increases that would fund […]