Drought may break over summer

Tonjia Rolan Relief from the state’s extended drought may come this summer, weather experts say. The La Nina weather pattern, responsible for the hot, dry conditions, developed in 2010 and intensified in 2011. National Weather Service meteorologist Deirdre Kann said the dry weather is expected to continue through the spring but as La Nina weakens […]

Organization wants help to find housing for fire victims

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Fire Department works on putting out a fire Wednesday morning at the Clovis Apartments on Martin Luther King and Cesar Chavez boulevards. Tonjia Rolan Though relief organizations are doing all they can for displaced victims of Wednesday’s fire, disaster relief is short term, according to Erinn Burch, director of […]

Education column: Homecoming parade has history

There is finally a hint of autumn in the air, relief from the long, brutal heat we’ve been experiencing. With the onset of fall comes the season of “homecoming” celebrations. Although the origins of the tradition of homecoming are debatable, it is generally agreed that in the early 1900s, inviting alumni to “come home” for […]

Bill eases GI Bill shortfall for vets

As Congress moves closer to protecting veterans at private colleges in seven states from a sharp drop in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs has softened its warning that the relief move will cause significant payment delays for many thousands of GI Bill users this fall. VA officials still see payment challenges […]

National charities accepting donations for Japan relief

Kevin Wilson Local organizations contacted haven’t taken up large donation efforts for last week’s earthquake in Japan, but say many of their national affiliates are. The official death toll from the 9.0 magnitude earthquake was at 2,800 Monday, but officials fear deaths may top 10,000. Diana Cordova, director of multicultural affairs at Eastern New Mexico […]

Other ways to facilitate relief in Haiti

Freedom New Mexico As relief efforts have continued in Haiti following a Jan. 12 earthquake that killed an estimated 250,000 people, criticism has arisen that United Nations funds have not been spent properly. “The United Nations has quietly upped this year’s peacekeeping budget for earthquake-shattered Haiti to $732.4 million, with two-thirds of that amount going […]

Commissioners table financial relief request

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis city commissioners are looking for a way for a slogan to circumvent a clause. That’s why, at an otherwise brief regular meeting Thursday, the group opted to table a request from a resident who sought financial relief for a building he recently tore down. Junior Dallas of Clovis […]

Rains bring relief, worry of disease-bearing insects

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Veterinarian David J. Orton of Clovis Equine Center, gives Duce a vaccine Thursday to fight against West Nile, encephalitis, and tetanus. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Just add water. It’s a good thing for some recipes and maybe a Chia Pet. And in eastern New Mexico, few dispute the […]

No relief in sight

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Marlowe Wiseman, 11, and Kaseam Jackson, 6, eat a snow cone to help them cool off during the hot Friday afternoon at a snow cone stand on 21st Street. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Bahama Babes — and the shaved ice stand’s employees — are busy these days. The […]

Editorial: Government bullied banks into TARP funds

A few smaller banks have begun to repay money loaned to them under the Troubled Assets Relief Program begun with $700 billion in October when the depth of the financial crisis became apparent, and the government decided some troubled financial institutions were “too big to fail.” But interestingly, repayment is not just a matter of […]