Bond money will be put to use on updates, upgrades and renovations

Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools’ operations department will be busy updating, upgrading and renovating buildings, parking lots and technology at several schools with money approved in Tuesday’s bond election. Sixty-three percent of voters approved the $16 million bond issue. Fourteen percent of 18,059 voters eligible cast ballots in the election. Deputy Superintendent of Operations Joel […]

Hotel offers historic experience

Karl Terry Do you believe in ghosts? For me I guess the answer would be no but I do enjoy the stories and legends. If a ghost story helps put a person in a period of history and brings that history to life in some way that’s pretty cool whether you believe in ghosts or […]

Embryos best left to owners’ discretion

Freedom Newspapers A federal judge on Monday put a halt on President Barack Obama’s 2009 announcement that research could begin on new stem cells. At this stage in the debate, the ruling was the right thing to do. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that a lawsuit challenging Obama’s decision can proceed, and its implementation […]

Hounds look for help from running game

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank ENMU sophomore running back Troy Harris center finds a hole in the Greyhounds’ defense during Thursday’s practice at the ENMU practice field. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — With a senior-dominated offensive line and a handful of capable backs, the Eastern New Mexico University football team is hoping to put together […]

Food at the speed of life: Nutella sandwich makes great dessert

The versatile sandwich can make just as good of a dessert as it does a lunch. I put Nutella, (spreadable chocolate, one the greatest things since the sliced bread you put it on), marshmallow cream and the ever-useful banana in a sandwich. For a small time investment, you get a rich dessert. You may remember […]

Dairy farmers say proposed regulations could put them out of business

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File photo Agendas for the Portales City Council and the Roosevelt and Curry County commissions include a resolution opposing proposed regulations for maintaining groundwater quality under dairies. A trio of governmental bodies meeting today are set to consider opposing proposed state regulations that some dairy farmers say will drive them out of business. But state […]

Official: Ag expo on track

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FNM correspondent photo: Karl Terry New Mexico Ag Expo committee volunteers Colton Haragan, left, and Lonnie Banister set up booth space in the Idsinga Pavilion at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The 18th annual Ag Expo runs Tuesday and Wednesday in Portales with approximately 150 vendors expected. By Karl Terry: FNM correspondent Organizers of the 18th […]

Fireballs’ rise to fame helped put Clovis on map

By Don McAlavy: County historian Editor’s note: This is second of a two-part series on the history of the Fireballs rock n’ roll group, a frequent guest of the annual Clovis Music Festival. Tomsco reunited the group and set up a recording session at the Petty studio. “We were really excited, we had no idea […]

1-31 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around midnight Jan. 20 an officer responded to a residence in the 900 block of Axtell for a report of a vehicle on fire. A woman said her neighbor woke her and told her that her vehicle was on fire. The neighbor […]

Clovis students’ robot takes third in competition

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis High junior Rosstin Ahmadian, with the GEAR UP program, watches Tuesday as the class robot picks up a beach ball, one of many tasks the robot can perform. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Though making their first trip to the annual Boosting Engineering Science and Technology competition in […]

Finally enjoying fruits of my labor

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist I had threatened to put in a garden for the last three summers. The last several weeks we’re finally enjoying the fruits of our labor. Back in the spring I tilled up a spot in the southwest corner of our yard and planted a variety of vegetables. Overall the new […]

Scaled-back health care bill likely

Freedom New Mexico The past few weeks, as Slate.com writer Christopher Beam has put it, “have amounted to a long, cold shower for Democratic health care proposals.” First came the report from Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, which showed that all the current Democratic proposals being considered in various committees not only […]

Colorado board right to nix pot proposals

Congratulations to the Colorado Board of Health, which did the right thing by rejecting proposed regulations that would have put medical marijuana dealers out of business and deprived thousands of Coloradans the drug they need. One major component of the regulations would have limited medical marijuana dispensaries to five clients. The proposals alone have held […]

First person: Local nurse put family before dream

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Jennifer McKinney of Clovis traded her dream of being a physician for having a family. Sixteen years later, she has no regrets. She splits her time between her three children and her home health patients as a nurse for Plains Regional Medical Center. McKinney […]

State authority halts Clovis schools renovations

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The state Public Schools Facilities Authority halted all but one of seven planned school renovation projects in the Clovis school district, pending additional student data. The Marshall Middle School renovation will continue as planned. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Public Schools Facilities Authority has put a […]

First person: Native American culture inspires artist

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jayne Williams, the Pintores Art League’s artist of the month for June, said a pack welcome from a wolf inspired her favorite painting “Part of the Pack.” Jayne Simmons Williams began drawing and writing as soon as she could put words together in elementary school. Her art is inspired by […]

Rep. Crook: Hosting state meeting helped put face on community

CNJ staff This week’s Legislative Finance Committee meeting in Clovis was informative and educational but more than anything, it put a face to the community, according to state Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis. “When the other legislators have the opportunity to be in your community and see exactly what we are and what we’re about, it […]

In tribute: Farwell woman put family first

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Courtesy photo Christy Thatcher By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Christy Thatcher could easily send 100 text messages in a day and text a “TF” moment without even looking at the cell phone. But she’d also use the phone to call mom when she was a few minutes late coming home, or when she’d call […]