Family: Hosting player like having another kid at home

Kevin Wilson With just a home field and a manager, and no logo or roster to speak of, the Clovis Pioneers are by and large still a mystery five months before the first pitch is scheduled at Bell Park. So too, were the Las Cruces Vaqueros when the White family caught a tryout. “We stopped […]

Director: Teen Parent Program will be missed

Liliana Castillo When Brittany Barrows learned she was pregnant, she was a senior at Clovis High School. Five months later, she enrolled in the Teen Parent Program. “I absolutely love it,” the 19-year-old said. “I love everything, especially the parenting classes. We learned things like ways to better yourself and to teach your children. Things […]

Hull Street overpass close to completion

CNJ staff Crews are putting the final touches on the Hull Street overpass, with hopes that cars could cross the new structure as soon as Friday. City Engineer Justin Howalt said the final step is a pedestrian fence, a standard feature with the sidewalk area overlooking the railroad. The fence could take up to two […]

Unprecedented terrorism taking root in Mexico

For months we’ve heard reactionaries call for sealing off the Mexican border, alleging that armed terrorists are, or could be, swarming across the border and putting Americans in danger. We’ve been among the many who have insisted that it just isn’t happening; in fact, some of the safest cities in the country are on or […]

Contraband reports up at jail

Sharna Johnson The Curry County Adult Detention Center has seen a spike in contraband discoveries the past two months, timed with the launch of inmate work details at the facility. During July and August, detention officers patrolling the outside and public areas of the jail have found and turned over about a dozen contraband items […]

Future of ministry now

On my desk for months has been a little book I’ve finally opened. It has been eye-opening. In the Name of Jesus was written by priest, professor, and writer Henri Nouwen and includes his “Reflections on Christian Leadership.” Originally published in 1989, the book was Nouwen’s look ahead to Christian ministry in the twenty-first century. […]

School board narrows middle school sites to two

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education stepped back Tuesday from a site for a proposed new middle school that it chose almost two months ago. Instead, the board is moving forward with further study of two other sites. They will now choose between: • A donation site of 40 acres at Wilhite […]

EPCOG still without director

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Six months after the dismissal of its director, there doesn’t seem to be much of a hurry to find a new executive director for the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. “As of this point, we haven’t even advertised,” said Richard Arguello of Clayton, EPCOG chairman and acting executive director. […]

Dairy owners say milk price drop temporary setback

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Wholesale milk prices for dairy owners in the area have decreased after a rise several months ago. Local dairy owners say it’s only a short setback and predict prices will start climbing again later this year. Alan Anderson of Anderson Dairy in Roosevelt County said globally, prices for cheese […]

Overzealous lending not just in U.S.

Freedom New Mexico The announcement that Dubai World, the state-owned investment/development arm of the emirate of Dubai on the Persian Gulf, wants to postpone payment on some $60 billion in debt by six months sent immediate shock waves through the world financial system last week. But markets recovered Friday and Monday, suggesting that while Dubai’s […]

H1N1 vaccines being offered

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health Clovis office is offering free H1N1 flu vaccines, according to a news release. The vaccine will be given from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Clovis Civic Center to four priority groups. The vaccine will be given to children ages six months to […]

Housing permits in Clovis double from previous months

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Manuel Veloz, a landscaper with Fox’s Green Thumb Nursery of Clovis, puts metal edging in place Wednesay at a home under construction in the Raintree subdivision of northeast Clovis. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico New housing permits last month nearly doubled from the previous month in Clovis. Local leaders […]

Police department requests additional motorcycles

CNJ Staff The Clovis Police Department will be asking the city commission Thursday for permission to lease two Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library. The motorcycles would be rented at $5,400 for a period of six months with nearly $12,000 needed for additional equipment […]

Business feature: Reinvesting in downtown

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jimmy Vela of Nick Griego & Sons Construction applies comfill to fresh concrete being poured Friday at the Main and Seventh Street construction site, where four new stores and parking lot are being built. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In about six months, Charles Wade is hoping the empty […]

Milk prices concern dairy farmers

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File photo Dairymen are getting $10 or a little less per 100-pounds of milk. Producing it costs $15 to $18, according to New Mexico State University Extension Dairy Specialist Robert Hagevoort. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Six months after the drop in milk prices, Roosevelt and Curry county dairy owners are still trying to […]

Central attraction

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Curry County Events Center can seat 3,000 people in the stands and the dirt floor can be covered to be used as standing room. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Though technically a money-loser, the Curry County Special Events Center is serving its intended purpose. And, according to managers […]

First person: Job search leads Clovis man to senior centers

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Nick Coronado spends his spare time reading and playing video games with his son. Nick Coronado left construction nine months ago in search of a more consistent income. Two months later, he was hired by the City of Clovis Older Adults Department. Now Coronado, 37, works at both the Friendship […]

Gold Star plates new way to honor fallen family members

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Bob and Lucy Kassin of Clovis proudly display a picture of their son Robert Kassin and a gold star banner. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Bob and Lucy Kassin will never forget their son Robert. In a few months, they’ll have a way to share his memory with the […]

Putting love into words best gift of all

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Why do we have so much trouble telling the ones we love how we really feel about them? My mind has been on this problem for a few months now because of a program I’ve been involved in called Letters From Dad, which was organized by a group from my […]

Cherish your spouse

Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist My husband tried to feed one of our five girls (the last one) Honey Nut Cheerios when she was 4 months old. Nothing happened, but I remember being annoyed that he didn’t remember he couldn’t do that, and worse, that he felt like he should have gotten credit for trying. I […]