Cannon commander shares experience to middle schoolers

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Clovis junior James Moten of the Clovis High School JROTC stands at attention while presenting the colors Friday at Marshall Middle School Veterans Day assembly to honor veterans past and present. Marshall Principal Jay Brady said this is the time their veterans day event was open to the public. Benna […]

Proposal raises costs for military

Military personnel and federal civilian workers would see pay levels frozen for three years and their out-of-pocket medical costs rise under a proposed plan to cut federal budget deficits by $200 billion a year by 2015. The 58-part “illustrative” plan was unveiled Wednesday by former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson (Wyo.) and Erskine Bowles, chief of […]

Pigskin Preview: Muleshoe’s Riley talks about meteoric rise in coaching ranks

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East Carolina media relations: Courtesy photo Muleshoe native Lincoln Riley spent seven years learning former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach’s high-octane offense. Muleshoe’s Lincoln Riley knew he wanted to be a football coach — it just happened a little sooner than he expected. After his freshman season as a non-scholarship quarterback at Texas Tech, then-Red […]

Dairy owners say milk price drop temporary setback

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Wholesale milk prices for dairy owners in the area have decreased after a rise several months ago. Local dairy owners say it’s only a short setback and predict prices will start climbing again later this year. Alan Anderson of Anderson Dairy in Roosevelt County said globally, prices for cheese […]

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 […]

Student absences, flu concerns on rise

Incidents of flu in the schools: Relatively normal. Worry from some parents because of the H1N1 virus: Elevated. School officials across eastern New Mexico are experiencing what they often do this time of year — increased absence due to sicknesses like the flu. What Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari Schools, among others, are also fighting is […]

Commander focuses on housing issues at meeting

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Housing continues to be a big concern for Cannon Air Force Base as personnel relocate to the region and staffing numbers rise. With more than 1,000 personnel still headed to Cannon, base housing is at 82 percent occupancy and local housing options are slim, commander Col. Stephen Clark told […]

Commander focuses on housing issues at meeting

Housing continues to be a big concern for Cannon Air Force Base as personnel relocate to the region and staffing numbers rise. With more than 1,000 personnel still headed to Cannon, base housing is at 82 percent occupancy and local housing options are slim, commander Col. Stephen Clark told members of the Military Base Planning […]

Emergency calls on the rise

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Donna Gonzalez of Clovis takes a call at the Clovis Police Department dispatch center. Gonzalez has 17 years of dispatch experience. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The fire department is responding to a significant increase in calls for help lately. The majority are ambulance calls and there doesn’t appear […]

Annual report: Crime increased in 2008

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Clovis police on Tuesday released its annual report. Collecting information from 2008, the report indicates crime increased in the city compared to last year. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Crime increased in Clovis in 2008 with property crimes leading the rise according to the police department’s annual crime report, released Tuesday. Violent crimes — […]

Clovis schools see rise in unpaid lunch bills

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer While bigger districts with bigger deficits are fighting the unpaid lunch bill battle with cheese sandwiches, Clovis and Portales schools are still in the trenches making phone calls and sending home statements. School districts across the state have seen a rise in unpaid lunch bills with the economic downturn. […]

Getting away with murder

Staff and wire report National data shows despite the rise of DNA fingerprinting and other “CSI”-style crime-fighting wizardry, more and more people in this country are getting away with murder. FBI figures reviewed show that the homicide clearance rate, as detectives call it, dropped from 91 percent in 1963 —the first year records were kept […]

Car burglaries on rise in Portales

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VA loan ceilings may be on rise

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist With thousands of service members and veterans having lost homes or facing foreclosure as the mortgage crisis continues, lawmakers are pushing legislation to raise VA loan ceilings, lower VA funding fees and expand the VA’s ability to help veterans refinance loans they can’t afford. The Department of Veterans Affairs, meanwhile, […]

Report: Violent crimes rise

Freedom New Mexico Violent felony crimes in Clovis increased about 9 percent in 2007 while felony property crimes decreased 9 percent, according to the Clovis Police Department’s annual report. The report, which was released Friday, details selected felony-level violent and property crimes over the last five years. In violent crime data for the last five […]

Senate committee perpetuates global warming scare

By Freedom New Mexico To protect us from unlikely harm, Congress is rushing toward a trillion dollar disaster that will empower government and enrich a few. A bill to impose potentially economy-crippling restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions has passed a key Senate committee. Only eight years ago senators voted 95-0 against imposing Kyoto Protocol’s similar […]

Experts expect gas prices to continue upward trend

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gas prices in Clovis and Portales reached $3.15 a gallon Wednesday for regular unleaded gasoline. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Don’t expect the price of gasoline to go down anytime soon. In fact, gasoline prices are going to continue to rise, according to travel and oil industry officials. Gas […]

Ag, home ec seminar set in Quay County

Freedom Newspapers The 39th Annual Agriculture and Home Economics Seminar hosted by the Quay County Extension Service will be Thursday at the Tucumcari Convention Center at 1500 West Route 66. Programs will begin at 9 a.m. Topics include: • Alternative feed solutions as the price of corn continues to rise. • Care of the home […]

Prices symptom of inflation, not cause

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Last month, President Bush nominated Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, as chairman of Federal Reserve Board to replace the retiring Alan Greenspan. Greenspan’s replacement comes at a time of heightened fears of inflation resulting from the recent spike in oil prices. First, let’s decide […]