State police: Lack of response to call result of procedural breakdown

Robin Fornoff New Mexico State Police on Thursday said a procedural breakdown resulted in no response to a call for help from a Quay County couple whose home was invaded by a stranger. “Somebody should have been here,” said Fay Edwards, 68, who placed two calls to 911 after a man barged through her back […]

Medical officials address Traumatic Stress Response

By Capt. Bryan W. Bovitz: 27th Special Operations Medical Group Mental Health Clinic Traumatic Stress Response teams are a valuable mental heath tool for airmen and their families in times of stress or tragedy. The teams are prepared to assist in the aftermath of ground and air mishaps, natural disasters, major accidents, or any incident […]

Clovis VA doing best they can

Clovis VA doing best they can In response to Mr. Reid’s letter about the Clovis VA clinic, I am offering another side of the story. I owe my life to the VA system, starting with the Clovis clinic. The Clovis VA clinic is not a hospital. It is a part of the Amarillo VA system, […]

Today’s closings and delays

Area schools and institutions are closing or postponing events today in response to weather and the governor’s declaration. • Eastern New Mexico University — Business offices and classes canceled until Monday. • Clovis Community College — Closed until Monday. • Portales Municipal Schools — Closed until Monday. • Roosevelt County offices — Closed until Monday. […]

Residents asked to invite airmen to Christmas dinner

CNJ staff Local organizations are asking residents to invite a guest to Christmas Day dinner from Cannon Air Force Base. Ernie Kos, executive director of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, said response was overwhelming after the “Invite an Airman to Christmas Day Dinner” project was announced Friday afternoon. “It was surprising how many single […]

Training, education keys to disaster response

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Firefighters Cody Bell, left, and Weldon Kube inspect a new emergency tool Friday provided by an emergency management grant according to Chief Ray Westerman. The device works much like the Jaws of Life, which can cut through steel. By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico While local counties don’t have to […]

Official: Switch from shared containers in response to dumping, truck maintenance

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sanitation Superintendent Rey Martinez said the new 98-gallon polycart trash cans will be taken to the curb twice a week for garbage pick up to reduce the amount of maintenance trucks need from traveling problematic alleys to empty containers. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ Public Works department is […]

Lawmakers share blame for delay

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki got a bipartisan hug from the House Veterans Affairs Committee last week as lawmakers accepted his plan to fix Post-9/11 GI Bill payment delays, and blamed their own rush to enact the complex education benefit last year for some of the challenges VA now faces. […]

Udall: Improved technology will allow for quicker emergency response

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced that New Mexico will receive almost $900,000 to upgrade the state’s E-911 technology so that emergency responders can more quickly locate people who call 911 from wireless or Internet-connected phones. The $888,893 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will allow New Mexico to improve […]

Teachers union representative: School labor board unnecessary

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools creation of a labor management board Tuesday was in response to the National Education Association’s potential to seek collective bargaining, Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said. The National Education Association, a public sector union, came to Clovis in March to resurrect its following. Consultant Andres Becerra said […]

School athletics back on again in Texas

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The University Interscholastic League has pulled a backflip. After being deluged with complaints about its decision Wednesday to cancel regional track meets amid swine flu concerns, the governing body for Texas high school athletics has rescheduled the state track meet to June 5-6 and reinstated the 20 preceding regional […]

City officials urge caution at Hillcrest Park

CNJ staff The Clovis Parks and Recreation Department is cautioning residents not to climb the wall located at Hillcrest Park. Parks and Recreation director Rob Carter said the wall is not safe. His warning is in response to a photo in Thursday’s Clovis News Journal showing a youngster climbing the wall. Carter said the wall […]

Education feature: Student test dates pushed back

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Public Education Department has moved state testing periods to three-and-a-half weeks later beginning in the 2008-2009 school year. According to a department press release, the move was in response to educators and legislators requesting more time to work with students prior to the test window for […]

Exercise helps airmen prepare for emergency

By Capt. Mae-Li Allison, 27th SOW Public Affairs Representatives from the 27th Special Operations Wing and local community functional areas with emergency management responsibilities met here May 28-29 to discuss how they would respond to natural and man-made disasters. Designated All Hazards Response Training, the “tabletop exercise” encouraged discussion about how Cannon AFB and the […]

One woman’s view of Tucumcari

We’ve received one response so far to the guy who e-mailed to ask “Can someone out there tell me all the good, the bad and the ugly about living in Tucumcari?”

New emergency response vehicle arrives

By Greg Allen, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs It looks pretty much like any 26,000 pound, 39-foot RV going down the road, if you ignore the enormous gold signage that says “Emergency Management Cannon AFB.” The Mobile Emergency Operations Center vehicle made its official appearance at Cannon Air Force Base on March 27, as […]

Questionnaires don’t need answers

By Ned Cantwell: CNJ Columnist Major political parties send out questionnaires to get a handle on how their members feel about certain issues.They are rigged, of course, the questions phrased in such a way as to invite only one response. Here’s an actual question from a list recently sent to Republican Party members: Do you […]

That would throw us for a loop

Mayoral candidate Tim Ashley thinks it would be a good idea to merge city and county government into one. Editors asked readers what they think about that idea. Christian Heller’s response: “Wow! I guess that would throw the residents in for a loop. The city would inherit a lot of issues that the county has, […]

Bad combination

Mayoral candidate Tim Ashley thinks it would be a good idea to merge city and county government into one. Editors asked readers what they think about that idea. Gerald Majewski’s response: “That’s just like combining the church and state.” Bob Baker’s response: “The goal of consolidation of should be overall cost savings and that is […]

Cost savings key to Ashley idea

Mayoral candidate Tim Ashley thinks it would be a good idea to merge city and county government into one. Editors asked readers what they think about that idea. Bob Baker’s response: “The goal of consolidation of should be overall cost savings and that is usually accomplished by spreading the costs over a larger number of […]