State awards program seeking nominees

The New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards is looking for a dozen residents to honor as role models. In its 33rd year, the state program recognizes volunteerism and public service and improvement of government by citizens and government employees. The program is particularly interested in nominations from outside the metro areas and from New Mexico’s […]

Programs helps prepare airmen for life transitions

By Darrell Todd Maurina Most airmen have decades of working life ahead of them after they leave the military. To help outgoing service members get a good start in their new lives, the Air Force has a designed special program. Known as the Transition Assistance Program, the program isn’t an option — it’s a requirement. […]

Dictionary listings sometimes not pretty

By Ned Cantwell Words. Merriam-Webster brought out is first Collegiate Dictionary back in 1898. It was a very thin book, because people did not need many words back then. There was much more grunting and pointing in those days. The first dictionary primarily concerned itself with the definitions of “yes,” “no,” and “I’m hungry.” Early […]

Public meetings

City Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., Clovis Downtown Revitalization Program, at Wells Fargo Bank. Tuesday, noon, Distinguished Employee Award Program. Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., Cultural/Ethnic Affairs Committee Tuesday, 5:15 p.m. City Commission Meeting. Wednesday, 9 a.m. Water Policy Advisory Committee, Bert Cabiness City Government Building, assembly room. Wednesday, 6 p.m., Civil Aviation Board. Thursday, 7 a.m., Chamber of […]

Service to small airports in jeopardy

By Gary Mitchell Air service to Clovis and other similar-sized communities was jeopardized recently by potential congressional action. A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman said Bingaman and fellow senators beat back an initiative last week that would have forced some of New Mexico’s communities that take part in the Essential Air Service (EAS) program […]

United Way adds two agencies

By Gary Mitchell A new program will allow the Curry County United Way to stretch its donation dollars further, according to local officials. All donations to the local office of the United Way will go directly to those in need with the help of a program called Corporate Cornerstone in which corporate donations will be […]

Editorial: Supreme Court discount drug ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court’s confused decision on an effort by the state of Maine to use the federal Medicaid program as leverage to force drug manufacturers to give other Maine residents a discount on prescription drug prices makes one wonder why the high court took the case. The decision was so fractured, with four separate […]

New ENMU coach likes program’s potential

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Kevin Blaskowski built the Southern Arkansas University softball program from scratch, capped off by a 30-win season this spring. But the North Dakota native believes he has a better chance of getting to the NCAA Division II national tournament at Eastern New Mexico University. Blaskowski won a three-way battle to […]

Clovis police taking part in Superblitz this month

Darrell Todd Maurina If you like to drive drunk or don’t like using your seat belt, you don’t want to drive in Clovis this month. The Clovis Police Department is one of 81 law enforcement agencies statewide participating in Superblitz, a program of saturation patrols sponsored by the Traffic Safety Bureau of the New Mexico […]

Police and court news

Darrell Todd Maurina The Texico Police Department has a new chief. Former chief deputy John Mares, who has been with the Texico police four years, was promoted at the May 9 city council meeting, replacing former police chief Kelley Brophy. Brophy resigned recently to accept a position with a California computer company. Brophy had been […]

Business briefs

Lucero receives service award Adrianna Lucero of the Women’s Medical Center received a service award from the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program at its yearly conference April 25 in Albuquerque. Lucero was given the award because of her knowledge and professionalism in dealing with patients that qualify for the program, the Women’s Medical Center said. […]

Oasis State Park the site of a summer of activity

By Mike Linn If you’re a hopeless romantic who likes to gaze at the stars, or a rugged outdoors type with an infatuation for snakes, there may be some fun in the future for you. Oasis State Park officials have a full slate of outdoor and wildlife programs scheduled this summer. “It’s educational as well […]

Cloud seeding director undaunted by critics

By Haley Rice Duncan Axisa believes he can make it rain. Axisa said this power is available to him through cloud seeding, the process of dropping silver iodide crystals into the supercooled upper parts of clouds. The crystals act as a gathering point, attracting and freezing the microscopically small droplets of water that make up […]

Reuther, Angela

 Angela Christine Reuther Services: Have been held. Angela Christine Reuther, 23, a resident of Fort Sumner, died Wednesday, April 30, 2003, in an automobile accident on Highway 104 in San Miguel County. She was born Sept. 14, 1979 in Tacoma, Wash. She attended schools in Anchorage, Alaska; Flagstaff and Camp Verde, Ariz., where she participated […]

Parenting Anonymous helps solve problems

Special to the CNJ Parents Anonymous Inc, an organization dedicated to having parents help parents, is getting its start in the area. Dawn Pivonka, executive director of Youth Opportunities Unlimited and a certified trainer in Parents Anonymous, said the group offers parents a chance to freely share concerns, problems and possible solutions to parenting in […]