Area schools plan to start late

Some area schools have announced plans to start late Thursday due to inclement weather.

DA considering run for attorney general

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler says he plans to decide this week if he will be a candidate for New Mexico Attorney General. Chandler, 34, a Republican in his second term as the 9th Judicial District Attorney, said he is going over the decision with his family. “Over the past […]

School board taking first steps to replace Seidenwurm

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal School board of education plans to meet next week to decide the first step in finding a replacement for Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. Seidenwurm announced Wednesday she will resign at the end of the school year. Board members say it’s too early in the process to know […]

Ethics issues surface for TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Aetna Government Health Plans of Hartford, Conn., appears to have gained an unfair advantage in competing for TRICARE’s North Region support contract, valued at $16.7 billion, by hiring a former chief of staff at TRICARE headquarters to help the company draft its winning proposal. The Government Accountability Office, auditing arm […]

Obama needs to weigh all troop options

Freedom New Mexico Before leaving on his trip to Asia, President Barack Obama let it be known he is not satisfied with any of the four alternative plans he and his national security team have been considering — involving troop augmentations from zero to 40,000 — to prosecute the next phase of the war in […]

No plans proposed for Portales’ tallest building

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico It’s well known the tallest building in Clovis, Hotel Clovis, was once used as sleeping quarters for many but is now unoccupied. The same is true for the tallest building in Portales. Unlike the Hotel Clovis, however, no plans have been drawn up to […]

Clovis Builders update Cannon officials on housing plans

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Cannon Air Force Base wing commander said more airmen than usual are seeking to live on base here, and builders and developers explained their plans for more housing during a meeting Tuesday. Col. Stephen Clark and about 80 real estate agents, builders, developers and Clovis city and school […]

Former mayor plans public address

Former Clovis Mayor David Lansford will address the community 10 a.m. Satuday at the south entrance of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Lansford said he plans to discuss local, state and federal policy, and ask for support from local citizens on matters related to Constitutional rights and desired actions by elected officials. He said he is […]

City targets neglected properties to prepare for growth

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CNj staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis’ Building Safety Director Pete Wilt said the city is working to contact property owners of abandoned or neglected buildings as the city prepares for growth. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer It’s often a slow and painful task — tracking down property owners, getting them to step up and […]

Call from God changes plans

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Sister Elia Hernandez, right, came from Mexico City for a special celebration of Father Carlos, who is observing 25 years as a priest. The celebration is Sunday. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer In high school, Father Carlos Chavez was planning to be a nurse. He had a girlfriend and […]

New hospital facility will have added features

Parmer Medical Center (PMC) is making final plans for the move into the new facility in August.

Ute Commission focused on water conservation

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The Ute Reservoir Water Commission plans to consider different approaches to conserving water in droughts to keep Ute Lake’s water level from dropping to the point communities are no longer allowed to withdraw water. After discussing the value of planning for droughts at their meeting Thursday in Portales, commissioners […]

Religion feature: New church plans to keep it simple

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Central Baptist Church is “planting” a new church, called The Vine Community Church, to appeal to those who prefer a progressive program over a traditional one. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Central Baptist Church staff knows they aren’t the church for everyone. They also know that not everyone […]

New commander: Base plans won’t change

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Col. Stephen Clark has been active duty military for 22 years. He was the Speical Operations Support Team Chief at the National Counter Terrorism Center in Washington D.C. before being reassigned as commander of Cannon Air Force Base. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico

GM plans to drop 1,100 dealerships

Staff and wire reports General Motors on Friday told about 1,100 of its dealers — one in five — they would be dropped by late next year, adding to the economic pain radiating from the beleaguered Detroit automakers to cities and towns across the country. Clovis GM dealership owner Bryce Bender said he did not […]

MVD looking online for better customer service

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Long waits and frustrating automated call systems with the state Motor Vehicle Division could be on their way out, according to the state official overseeing the division. Secretary of the Taxation and Revenue Department Rick Homans was in Portales on Wednesday to explain plans to put many MVD functions […]

May 3 Letters to the Editor

Main Street businesses needed I was glad to see the plans for the Hotel Clovis. (“Hotel proposal raises hopes,” Sunday’s CNJ). Perhaps if it contains apartment dwellers it will attract some necessary businesses to “Historic Main Street” that residents can patronize. One of the problems with “Historic Main Street” projects is

Death penalty case decision expected today

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Defense attorney Gary Mitchell addresses the court during Monday’s death penalty hearing in Portales. Mitchell is representing William “Billy Joe” Watson, seated, who is charged in connection with the 2005 death of Jimmy Bo Chunn. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — A district court judge plans to review […]

Editorial: Self-sufficient energy efforts applauded

Smart institutions are going green and weaning themselves from dependence on the electrical grid. They want to stop paying for power, and start getting paid for it. The Vatican led the way, initiating a massive energy independence program in 2005 that most recently culminated in placement of 2,000 solar panels on the roof of the […]

Udall addresses N.M. Legislature about jobs, clean energy and health care

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today spoke to a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature about plans to address the country’s economic crisis, create clean energy jobs and fix America’s health care system.