Local Republicans see no clear frontrunner

Kevin Wilson In discussing the ongoing Republican presidential nominating process, only a few things are certain. First, there’s no sure way to know right now who’s going to be the candidate to take on Democratic incumbent Barack Obama. “It’s a winnowing situation and we’re down to four candidates,” Curry County Republican Party Chairman R.L. “Rube” […]

Mitt Romney’s momentum unstoppable

Mitt Romney is two for two in the 2012 Republican presidential nominating process. On Tuesday, as expected, Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts and co-founder of the Bain Capital asset-management and venture-capital firm, bested five challengers in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary balloting. Romney’s glide to victory in the Granite State, although predictable, was an important […]

Comments open on CCC accreditation

CNJ staff Clovis Community College will undergo a March evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission as part of its process to renew the college’s general accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. A team of evaluators will visit the college March 5-7 to review CCC’s operations and form recommendations for improvement, as […]

Impeachment process should be used more

E ssential to liberty is the separation of powers among the three branches of government: the legislative, the executive and the judicial. As America’s founders established it, too much power exercised by one branch is supposed to be checked by the other two branches. That balance of powers has been brought up in the Republican […]

Politicians interfere with process

Kevin Wilson All things considered, the last 24 hours had been quite good. My baseball team was in the running to host a playoff series, I actually made a decent dinner and the movie I couldn’t find at the rental place was available for free online (no movie piracy took place). But leave it to […]

Zias still in rebuilding process

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ENMU junior Tarrah Sweet returns a serve during a practice session Tuesday at Greyhound Arena. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — In 20 seasons at Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball coach, Mike Maguire built a program that ran off 16 consecutive winning seasons, including two Lone Star Conference […]

Frost: La Mesa injuction “desperate”

Thomas Garcia La Mesa Racetrack and Casino at Raton filed for an injunction to halt the application process for the state’s last racing license, a move that Quay County Gaming Authority officials are calling frivolous. “This is their last desperate effort to stop the application process,” said Warren Frost, executive director of the Quay County […]

Bill makes it easier for U.S. to go to war

Freedom New Mexico The killing of Osama bin Laden has provoked a much-needed reassessment of American defense and security needs. Our country needs to be able to defend itself against mass murderers. Yet we also need to make sure our precious liberties are not infringed in the process. In “America the Beautiful,” we sing of […]

Child Sense: Remember your child’s dominant sense while starting a garden together

Priscilla J. Dunstan Family activities are wonderful for creating memories, building family unity and having fun. It’s important to pick activities that the whole family can enjoy, remembering that not everyone enjoys things in exactly the same way. Building a spring garden together, while using each child’s dominant sense, can make each part of the […]

Apathy, not obstruction to blame

The High Plains Patriots are in the process of getting petition signatures to require a referendum election on the Clovis City Commission’s May 5 vote to approve an affordable housing plan. The petition came less than a week after citizens upheld a gross receipts tax increase — also in a referendum election forced by the […]

Business digest — May 10

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Courtesy photo Jerry Cass, broker and co-owner of Town and Country Real Estate, earned the certified commercial investment member designation from the Chicago-based CCIM Institute. CNJ staff Clovis broker earns designation Jerry Cass, broker and co-owner of Town and Country Real Estate, earned the certified commercial investment member designation from the Chicago-based CCIM Institute, one […]

Rating system needs improvement

After a three-year effort by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to improve the process, ill and injured military members still endure a long, complex and often contentious evaluation system when seeking disability ratings and compensation for service-related health conditions. The process has been made more convenient and even shortened by an average six […]

Land use study unifies community

The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), commissioned by the Curry County commissioners and funded by the Department of Defense, is an opportunity for the surrounding communities and Cannon Air Force Base to work together to identify and begin to address areas of common interest. Getting Cannon off of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) turned what […]

Our people: Windmill man

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Courtesy photo Portales resident Bill Dalley enjoyed his near 25 years as a school counselor. Portales resident Bill Dalley has delved into his retirement hobby of restoring antique windmills. He has restored 80 for himself and 25 for others. Sometimes, moving or repairing a windmill became a family project, needing multiple trucks and trailers to […]

Block grant meeting kept short

CNJ staff The City of Clovis held a quick public meeting for information on the Community Development Block Grant process. Just one member of the public, Michael Sena of Clovis, attended. Burroughes spent the 15 minutes of meeting describing the CDBG process and answering related questions from Sena. The process allows state entities to apply […]

Earning blue ribbon recognition long process

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Many will have read the Clovis News Journal article last Thursday about Ranchvale Elementary being recognized as a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School. What an achievement to have received such an honor. The Blue Ribbon Award has become a way to assess exemplary practices and establish standards of excellence for public and private […]

Press Release: City wants comments on affordable housing plan

The City of Clovis is in the process of preparing an Affordable Housing Plan for the community to evaluate ways to use public resources to assist in the production of affordable housing.

Foreclosure process long, frustrating

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For dozens of Clovis property owners, April 1 didn’t feel like much of a joke. That’s the day the city filed a foreclosure suit on their properties with the city poised to take over titles for liens ranging from $180 to nearly $50,000. There were 128 properties on the […]

Timeline established for land use study

Freedom New Mexico The first public meeting Thursday in the Joint Land Use Study process for Cannon Air Force Base and Curry and Roosevelt counties provided a timeline for the study and encouraged public participation. Project Manager Catherine Roupe of Colorado company HDR Inc., which is working on the study under contract with Curry County, […]

Program organizers hope to prevent gangs through art

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A local non-profit group has plans to help prevent gangs in Clovis and Portales through art. Artists of America of New Mexico is working to launch a new afterschool and weekend program called Windows on the World, which will target middle school and high school age youth who are […]