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Voters say no to judicial complex bond questions

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Voters overwhelmingly defeated two bond questions aimed at building a $33 million jail and courthouse. Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioner Frank Blackburn doesn’t know what will happen next, but he heard voters’ message loud and clear on Tuesday. “The citizens of Curry County have spoken, so we’ll have to make […]

Local business owners say election seasons boon

Sharna Johnson Signs and banners sprout up throughout the community during election season, an indicator that printing companies have the corner on the business of elections. But printers say while elections certainly are a boon to their business, it’s not an element they count on. “I wouldn’t say it’s a major component, but it is […]

Early voting turnout at 11.7 percent

CNJ staff More than 2,400 Curry County residents have already had their say in the upcoming general election. County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman said Wednesday that 1,694 people have cast an early ballot at the county courthouse. As of 4:30 p.m. at the North Plains Mall, the county’s alternate early voting site, 761 votes had […]

Carlsbad’s Ross stood out early, locals say

By Rick White: CNJ presentation managing editor Tim King says San Francisco Giants outfielder Cody Ross hasn’t changed much since the days they played together at Carlsbad High School. Same laid-back personality, same violent swing. “It’s really funny to watch him on TV because he acts the same; same big swing, same big smile,” said […]

Letter to the editor: Inmates treated better than seniors

Do we really need a judicial complex? I say no, but that’s my choice. Maybe we should use the money for something else, and here is some food for thought: Let’s put seniors in jail and the criminals in nursing homes. This way the seniors would: • have access to showers, hobbies and walks; • […]

Commissioners say housing inmates at Texas jails not viable option

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A Parmer County Detention Officer staffs the booking area of the 50-bed jail Monday. Sheriff Randy Geries said his facility is subject to unannounced state inspections at any time. Sharna Johnson One reason Curry County officials say they need a new jail is because of a growing, violent inmate population […]

City negotiating purchase of giraffe

Kevin Wilson City officials say Jay the Giraffe is still a few weeks away. City Purchasing Agent David Boswell said Tuesday he is still working on a contract that would bring the male giraffe to the Hillcrest Zoo, where city officials hope he can produce offspring with Jael, a female. “We’re working on the contract […]

Owners say ‘mom-and-pop’ businesses challenging, rewarding

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Roger and Patricia Grah said their family-run business is working out well after years of dreaming about owning a business. Sharna Johnson Running a “mom-and-pop” business is rewarding and offers freedom, and some Clovis business owners wouldn’t have it any other way. Patricia Grah said after more than 50 years […]

Press release: NM officials say more time needed for public comments on low altitude training flights

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman, Tom Udall and Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Farmers say area cotton crop booming

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Floyd farmer Allen Deen shows dryland cotton plants in his field along N.M. 267. This year is his first to grow cotton in 31 years of farming, and he said the crop and price look like they will be excellent. Argen Duncan Roosevelt and Curry counties have much more cotton […]

Public input sought on LATN training

By Jared Tucker: Cannon Connections The Air Force is seeking input from Clovis, Portales and other local communities about a proposed training area that will be used for low-altitude training flights. Officials say communities shouldn’t be dramatically affected. The training is vital for the Air Force, especially in mountainous terrain, because it supports the development […]

Roanhaus’ success based on dedication

Say what you will about Eric Roanhaus — and football fans around the region have said plenty in his 33 seasons as Clovis High School’s head coach — but don’t forget to call him a winner. The Wildcats’ fiery leader is on the verge of becoming just the third varsity coach in New Mexico high […]

Officials: Bond election would also provide money for existing schools

Liliana Castillo Leaders at Clovis Municipal Schools say if a special school bond election isn’t approved by voters Aug. 31, it would not only mean no new middle school but no money to expand or repair many existing school buildings. If passed, the $16 million bond issue would leverage almost $57 million in state tax […]

Officials: Middle school will make space for incoming students

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo About 1,200 Clovis Municipal Schools students are housed in 70 portable classrooms district-wide. The district plans to move sixth graders from the elementary level to the middle level to help handle overcrowding. Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools officials are expecting almost 2,000 new students to jam already near capacity school […]

Letters to the editor: This particular angel was blonde

This particular angel was blonde How do you say thank you to an angel? Recently when I was ready to go to church, I couldn’t find my car keys. I hunted frantically thinking I should remember where I put them. I finally found the extra set I had hidden. (Wait until you get my age […]

Police say fewer people riding in truck beds

Sharna Johnson Local law enforcement say they see fewer and fewer kids riding in the back of pickup trucks, in part because of seatbelt laws and because of growing awareness of the danger. Wednesday a 14-year-old Texico girl fell to her death from a moving pickup truck when the wind caught a mattress she was […]

Board taking another look at middle school sites

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools own 40 acres along East 21st Street just west of 7-18 Road which has access to utilities. CMS administrations says the site is too close to Yucca Middle School to build a middle school on it. Liliana Castillo The Clovis school board will meet in a […]

Students say Kids College puts fun in summer

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Elyssa Dominguez, 13, uses a tool to add a detail to a bowl during a wheel-thrown pottery class at the Clovis Community College Kids College program. It is held at the college each summer. Liliana Castillo Christian Crider said summer is usually boring. This year, he took two classes during […]

Judicial complex: Worth $33 million?

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Courtesy graphic An architectural drawing by Rohde, May, Keller, McNamara Architecture shows the layout of a judicial complex color coded to show four developmental phases. Sharna Johnson Curry County officials say they need a new judicial complex that would address court security issues, growing county government and a faulty jail. It’s going to cost $33 […]