Data on higher education needs to be published

Freedom New Mexico One potential benefit of a tight budget is the opportunity to assess priorities and goals. That’s true for a family or a business. And it’s especially true for a government, which, by definition, depends on taxes taken from people. This month California’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office issued a report, “Improving Higher Education […]

Charter commission discusses potential changes

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Charter Commission held a public hearing to a limited public, but had vast discussion over the future of the city’s governing document. Charter commission members and Rube Render, the only citizen to attend the meeting at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, discussed for 90 minutes potential recommendations […]

Press release: Hot weather health tips

With the temperatures heating up around the state, the New Mexico Department of Health is reminding residents to take precautions against heat-related illnesses, especially with children and the elderly. The Department of Health is also reminding parents to never leave children unattended in cars because of the potential for heat-related illnesses. “Never under any circumstances […]

Judge declares mistrial in shooting trial

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks District Judge Stephen Quinn declared a mistrial Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Lonzell Wiggins after potential jurors saw Wiggins in handcuffs and shackles. Sharna Johnson A mistrial was declared Tuesday before a jury could be selected in the first-degree murder case of Lonzell Wiggins after potential jurors saw […]

Residents oppose county road closure

Sharna Johnson The potential closure of Curry Road R has some residents riled up and planning to attend a Monday policy committee meeting of the Joint Land Use Study to make their voices heard. A topic of discussion for more than two years, the issue arose again recently when a study commissioned by local governments […]

Tres Amigas officials: Company negotiating purchase agreements

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Frank Barber updates progress Thursday of the proposed Tres Amigas elecrtic power superstation to be built near Clovis. Barber and other Tres Amigas officials say the power station would bring almost 14,000 jobs and $2.6 billion to the region. CNJ staff While conducting environmental studies, Tres Amigas is also beginning […]

Afghanistan could taint presidency

Freedom New Mexico Afghanistan, although slightly off the media radar as compared to town halls about health care or the death of Michael Jackson, is shaping up as having more potential to shape perceptions of President Obama’s tenure in office than any other issue. In contrast to Iraq, the president has taken possession of the […]

Fencing ordinance proposal fails

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer City Commissioner Robert Sandoval said no matter how the commission felt about it, they needed to take a vote on a potential ordinance to allow higher front yard fences for residences in the city. He was alone in his sentiments, and his motion died at Thursday’s commission meeting. Jim […]

Federal employees group considers closing

CNJ staff The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Curry County chapter faces potential closure. Joe Urban, who has been president of the chapter for more than 20 years, said New Mexico NARFE President Mary Ellen McKay and Vice President Tom Anderson will meet with him Monday for further planning. Urban said he has been […]

Locals received pilot training close to home

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico In the late 1930s and early 1940s area residents participated in the Civilian Pilot Training Program in Roosevelt County. Initiated in 1939, the CPTP had a goal to train 20,000 civilian pilots a year, creating a pool of potential military pilots, according to the Nation Museum of the United […]

“Air Force Roadmap” under review

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman today reviewed the mission impact of a new Air Force “Roadmap” that indicates the types of missions and aircraft that could be deployed at Air Force bases in New Mexico. The release of the Air Force Roadmap shows future potential impacts at Kirtland, Holloman and Cannon […]

Jury selection to resume Tuesday in death penalty case

CNJ Staff Jury selection won’t be completed until at least Tuesday in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen property. The […]

Everybody’s Business: Disaster planning necessary evil

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Business columnist Two words that should become part of every business owner’s regular vocabulary are, What if? The “what if” factor is the beginning stage of preplanning to prevent or minimize the damage of a catastrophe. According to David Russell, author of “Insuring the Bottom Line,” a business owner’s obligation is to […]

March 14, 1922

Buzz Wetzel was player-manager of the Clovis Baseball Club in the West Texas League. The season was scheduled to begin April 20. … Remington portable typewriters were on sale at The Clovis Journal. Cost was $60, including carrying case. … Clovis insurance agencies were reminding potential customers “You cannot buy insurance while your house is […]

Checking out potential mates is long process

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist While Santa is always merry and bright and would make a good mate since he has 11 months off to do things like fix the sink, he’s also married. Not to fret. As the end of the year offers time to reflect on relationships that didn’t work, it also offers time […]

Shift in power could prompt positive changes

Editorial For those of us who believe in limited government, and recoil at the idea that the nation’s well-being is contingent on the amount of make-work legislation Congress cranks out, there are worse things in the world than divided government. Thus, we see a potential silver lining in the storm clouds that rocked the Republican […]

Ignoring nuclear energy shows lack of brain power

What if the United States rolled out the welcome mat for the construction of new nuclear power plants . . . and no one showed up to build them? For the no-nukes crowd, that would be a victory. But it would be a hollow victory for the rest of Americans, who get 20 percent of […]

Request to restrict inmate’s contact with witnesses denied

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Judge Joe Parker has denied a request by the district attorney’s office to restrict verbal and written communications between homicide suspect James Smith and potential state witnesses. Smith is accused of killing 30-year-old Laura McNaughton in December. After reviewing written arguments from defense attorney Stephen Doerr and 9th Judicial […]

DA asks judge to stop contact between suspect, potential witnesses

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Attorney Stephen Doerr, left, talks with slaying suspect James Smith during a hearing Thursday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler asked a judge Thursday to stop all communications between a former Clovis dentist and potential state witnesses involved in James Smith’s murder […]

Possible Cannon mission located

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley has identified a potential new mission for Cannon Air Force Base, but its nature isn’t yet public, according to a press release from the offices of New Mexico’s U.S. senators. “My staff is actively exploring options and has already identified one […]