More students pursuing degrees at CCC

CNJ staff Clovis Community College is in line with its spring semester numbers from last year, and it appears more people are pursuing degrees. Lisa Spencer, marketing director for CCC, said the numbers on Tuesday — the first day of school for the two-year college — are close to the spring 2011 early head count […]

Party lines Facebook of my time

They called them party lines way back when. Today when I mention a party line most people under 40 would think I was talking about one of those 1-900 numbers where women talk dirty to you. Occasio-nally someone on the party line would talk dirty to you but it was just because you were interrupting […]

Unemployment rates drop in Curry, Roosevelt

Sharna Johnson Monthly unemployment numbers in Curry and Roosevelt counties dipped to rates that haven’t been seen in two years and officials are crediting expanding industries as the reason. The most current data available from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions shows in April, Curry County’s unemployment dropped to 4.2 percent and Roosevelt County’s […]

Environment department receiving reports of health inspector impersonator

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Environment Department said Tuesday it has received multiple reports from food establishments of individuals impersonating health inspectors and requiring cash payment for inspections and other materials. According to a release from the NMED, the individuals often call the food establishment, provide names and inspector identification numbers and require a […]

DoD to drop Social Security numbers from ID cards

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Beginning June 1, Social Security numbers on military identification cards will begin to disappear, said Maj. Monica M. Matoush, a Pentagon spokeswoman. The effort is part of a larger plan to protect service members and other DoD identification card holders from identity theft, officials said. Criminals […]

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 […]

Unemployment numbers sobering news

Clyde Davis “Today, nearly 15 million Americans are still out of work. But even that may not be an accurate figure because the real unemployment numbers are probably a good deal higher than the “official” rate. The official rate doesn’t count the underemployed and people who’ve given up and simply dropped out of the labor […]

Voters approve $16 million school bond issue

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School teacher Keith Ingram congratulates Superintendent Terry Myers after the school bond passed Tuesday in the Curry County Clerk’s office. Liliana Castillo Sixty-three percent of voters approved Clovis Municipal Schools’ $16 million bond proposal Tuesday — 1,561 votes for and 926 against. Fourteen percent of 18,059 voters eligible […]

ENMU close to enrollment milestone

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Courtesy photo: Wendel Sloan Eastern New Mexico University registration clerk Margaret Estrada registers senior biology major Shellisa Moreno, a Clovis resident, on Monday afternoon in the Registrar’s Office. Moreno’s children are 7-year-old Kinzie and 4-month-old Levi. ENMU President Steven Gamble expects enrollment to reach 5,000 for the first time this semester. Argen Duncan Eastern New […]

Monday morning briefing: Fair time and Portales by the numbers

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing.

Clovis census numbers slightly down

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When it comes to the census, Portales City Manager Tom Howell said there’s never a feeling you can declare victory. “I’ve been in city government a long time, and this is my third census,” said Howell, promoted in from the public works department last fall. “You’re never happy with […]

Former Grady teacher wins $200,000 lottery prize

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The numbers added up for a former Grady teacher. Vandean “Bibbi” Isler of Grady on Friday claimed a $200,000 prize from a Powerball ticket she purchased in Clovis. Isler was in town to watch her granddaughter, Jacee Isler, compete in the April 30 District 4-5A track championship at Clovis […]

Census responses close to 2000 numbers

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Courtesy illustration Census return rates are up to 54 percent in Clovis and 60 percent in Curry County as of Monday according to www.census2010.gov. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Nearly a month after Census questionnaires were mailed to residents, return rates are approaching the numbers seen 10 years ago. As of Monday, Clovis has […]

Police chief says crime declining overall

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Though year-to-date figures show an increase in burglaries, Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said the numbers are actually declining and overall crime in the city is down. Burglaries — auto, residential and commercial are all tracked under one heading — rose about 10 percent from January to October by […]

Census count on the horizon

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MCT graphic By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The year is winding its way to an end and 2010 is right around the corner. For many in the state who are aware of the importance of numbers, that means one very important thing: It’s time for a new census. Though many population estimates are taken […]

Poor economy boosting recruitment

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Middle-class American youth are entering the military in significant numbers today, drawn by more competitive pay, a battered civilian job market and the buzz surrounding an improved GI Bill education benefit. The Department of Defense announced earlier this month that for the first time since the draft ended and the […]

Clovis believes graduation numbers correct

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File photo Clovis HIgh’s graduation rate of 78.8 percent compares favorably with the national average of 70 percent. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis municipal school system isn’t joining a recent wave of criticism toward the New Mexico Public Education Department over the release of tentative 2008-09 graduate rates. With rates exceeding the […]

Official reports Clovis schools attendance up

CNJ staff Expansion at Cannon Air Force Base is being pegged as the reason for a significant jump in the number of students at Clovis Municipal Schools. Attendance is up 400 students from this time last year. That represents a 5 percent increase in the usual 8,000 students, Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm disclosed Wednesday. Seidenwurm said […]

Global warming numbers need re-examination

If fighting global warming may cost the economy $9.6 trillion and more than 1 million lost jobs by 2035, as the Heritage Foundation forecasts, it’d be a good idea to be sure there’s a sound basis before making such a massive sacrifice. We’ve noted before that climate change is occurring as it always has, but […]

County officials find gross receipts taxes inconsistent

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Numbers may not lie, but right now they apparently aren’t telling anybody anything either. Officials say gross receipts tax revenues, which not only line coffers of local government but also serve as an indicator of consumer spending, have been inconsistent in recent months. December’s 12 percent drop in gross […]