Spaceport at Cannon makes sense

Joseph Carraro: Guest Columnist If this proposed spaceport for private and commercial rocket launches is actually going to be able to fly, why not save some money and bring it to an area that already has infrastructure? It’s going to cost taxpayers $225 million to get it going. Plans call for its location north of […]

Census officers on disturbing, invasive drive

CNJ Editorial What would you do if government agents showed up at your door and demanded highly personal information about you and your housemates, then threatened you with up to $5,000 in fines if you didn’t answer or provided incorrect information? It’s an interesting dilemma, and one that American citizens should not have to face […]

Gas prices irk governor

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Bill Richardson will meet with legislators this week to discuss whether to call a special session — a move that could provide consumer relief to high gasoline prices and home heating costs. The proposed session, dubbed the Gas and Home Relief Special Session, would be aimed at stemming […]

Family Child Care program provides safe, secure environment

27th Services Squadron Air Force certified Family Child Care (FCC) providers operate child care businesses in their homes and provide a nurturing and loving environment for children. Each provider can care for up to six children with only two children under the age of two. This small grouping allows providers the opportunity to spend individual […]

Local attorney appointed judge

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Local attorney Robert Orlik was appointed a 9th Judicial judge this week. Orlik has been an attorney in Clovis for 33 years, the majority in private practice. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) CNJ staff The call Robert Orlik had been waiting for years to receive came unexpectedly on Tuesday evening. Gov. Bill Richardson was on […]

Rights can’t be given at others’ expense

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Earlier this month, the media marked the 60th anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s inglorious death. He died from ailments largely hidden from the public in a pattern of deception that has now become all too closely associated with America’s political leadership. But that’s nothing compared to the deception perpetrated […]

Clovis Housing to receive $32,844

CNJ Staff The Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $397,255 in grant funding to New Mexico housing agencies, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Clovis Housing and Redevelopment will receive $32,844 of the money. The grants will allow the various housing agencies to retain their Rental Certification/ Housing […]

Bond would benefit area colleges

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Area higher education officials say a bond that would allocate $94.5 million is crucial to projects planned at local colleges. Voters will decide Nov. 2 if funding the projects is worth a slight rise in property taxes. Bond “B” will provide funding for equipment and building projects at universities […]

Group trying to compile Clovis Web sites

Tom Difrancesca: Internet Safari H ave you heard of “The Clovis Experiment”? It’s an endeavor to locate and catalog every single Web site that is associated with Clovis. That my friends is a massive endeavor, even for a small community. As the directory is built and the activated links are provided, one will not only […]

Washington’s money: Strings always attached

Freedom Editorial This election season, as in all others, candidates are running television and radio ads that tell voters what they’ll do once in office or question their opponent’s record. They all do it and no one is particularly worse than any other. The short 15- or 30-second commercials are little more than soundbites with […]

Reps clear Melrose bleachers

By David Arkin After more than 20 years of use, officials in the Melrose school district think it’s about time the bleachers in its gymnasium get replaced. And two local lawmakers agree. Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, are putting their support behind a capital outlay request that would provide the […]

Participants give debt seminar thumbs up

By Darrell Todd Maurina Leigh Ann Melancon and Mary Eldridge have nothing but positive things to say about how the “Conquering Debt God’s Way” seminars have helped their financial situation. Even though Melancon, an assistant finance director for the city of Clovis, has a degree in accounting, she said her academic and professional training didn’t […]

Drive will help dispatcher’s son

Reporter’s notebook At 4 years old, Jordan Perry, the son of Curry County Sheriff’s Department dispatcher Shannon Perry, has rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of cancer. To recover, Jordan needs 43 weeks of chemotherapy at the University of New Mexico Medical Center in Albuquerque, Perry said this week. To help Jordan recover, friends have organized a “Jordan’s […]

Army: 400 families just too few

By Eric Butler Editor’s note: This is the 14th in a series of United Way agency profiles scheduled for publication each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through Nov. 21. When local Salvation Army director Hector Diaz says he already has 400 families signed up to receive holiday meal boxes this year, what comes next isn’t really […]

Answers to complaints sometimes difficult

Two Clovis News Journal readers complained last week about items published in the police blotter. They felt the information provided was too specific. Our blotter is published three to five times per week, depending on the availability of space and staff. Items typically describe incidents that area law enforcement officers consider criminal, but our blotter […]

Vaccines required for school

A part of getting ready for school means making sure student vaccinations are up-to-date, local health and school officials say. All students are required to provide proof of up-to-date immunization for school attendance, Clovis school officials said in a recent press release. All students entering kindergarten and seventh-grade are required to have started the three-dose […]

County tables railroad contract

By Jack King The Curry County Commission tabled discussion on a proposed contract with Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad at its meeting Tuesday, saying more negotiations with the railroad are needed before it can approve the contract. Commissioners voted April 15 to close a railroad crossing at Wheaton Street, which would allow BNSF to build […]