Father says shooting victim loved life

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Courtesy photo Angel Vale, 22, was found shot to death outside her Portales residence Thursday evening. Sharna Johnson Raymond Vale remembers his daughter as a dedicated, hard-working girl who wanted to help people and loved life. Angel Vale was found dead Thursday evening in the sideyard of a Portales home she was renting. The 22-year-old […]

County manager says money found to expand to jail staff

Sharna Johnson Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said Tuesday he has found the money to add seven personnel to the jail’s staff. Pyle told commissioners he would include the positions in the budget, which will be voted on at a special July 28 meeting. Pyle said the jail jobs are possible because: • County departments […]

Superintendent says he’s good fit for Clovis

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Myers Liliana Castillo The new Clovis Schools superintendent says he’s a good fit for the district and community. [image#1, align=right, size=medium] Terry Myers, superintendent of Mount Pleasant (Texas) Independent School District, was named the Clovis district’s superintendent July 7. He replaces Rhonda Seidenwurm, who resigned last month. Myers said he’s friendly, likes to shake hands, […]

Press release: Bingaman says health insurance reform law already benefiting New Mexicans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he is pleased New Mexico is able to expand its ability to provide affordable health insurance coverage for high-risk uninsured residents – one of the first benefits of the newly enacted health insurance reform law Bingaman helped write. The law will provide at least $37 million to […]

Gossip can be as destructive as flames

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Words can be very destructive. Gossip can be devastating. James compares the tongue to a fire. He says, “Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.” (James 3:5) Put another way, gossip spreads like wildfire and is just as destructive. Great lessons can be learned […]

Head of superintendent search confident he can find candidates

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Moses By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The man who is leading the effort to find a new superintendent for Clovis schools says finding candidates for the job won’t be a problem. Mike Moses, chief of School Executive Consulting Inc., was in Clovis on Wednesday to brief the school board in a three-hour executive session. […]

EPCOG chair says no vote needed in firing of former director

By Robin Fornoff: Content editor The chairman of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments board says he exercised “executive privilege” when he fired EPCOG’s former director last fall. Richard Arguello also acknowledges there was never a vote to name Arguello as EPCOG’s interim director but said board members did not object. Details of how Arguello […]

Cannon spouse says census work has been good way to get to know community

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bethany Mueller hosted a training class in Portales April 15 for crew leaders in the area at Portales City Hall. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When her husband was assigned to Cannon Air Force Base in October of last year, Bethany Mueller finished teaching a semester at a community […]

Some residents fear Dennis Chavez Park neglected by city

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Domingo Bolanso of the Clovis Parks and Recreation Department lops a branch Thursday from a pine tree in Dennis Chavez Park. Shane Cole of the Parks and Recreation Department said they plan to trim and shape all trees in the park, allowing patrons a chance to enjoy more shade this […]

Bingman: Report says New Mexicans taking home an average of $1,012 more this year

WASHINGTON — On the eve of tax filing day, U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman pointed out that almost all New Mexico working families benefited this year from tax cuts enacted as part of last year’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. •Citizens for Tax Justice, a Washington, DC-based think tank, today released a [ http://www.ctj.org/obamastaxcuts/nm.pdf ]report saying […]

Press release: State engineer says there’s no evidence of imminent water shortages in Clovis

(CLOVIS, New Mexico) — State Engineer John D’Antonio, accompanied by representatives of his office, attended a public meeting at the City of Clovis Chamber of Commerce on Friday, April 9, 2010, to openly discuss the basis and the rationale behind the emergency authorization approval. The State Engineer also wanted to clearly state that approval of […]

Texico superintendent says he still has goals to accomplish

CNJ staff Texico Schools Superintendent R.L. Richards, who withdrew from consideration as Clovis’ next superintendent, gave the CNJ a copy of his written statement Saturday as submitted to the Clovis school board. The statement: “In these uncertain times, there is always one constant, the Lord. After much prayer and thought, I need to stay at […]

Superintendent says she will do away with teacher selection days

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff photo The days of parents lining up in the wee hours of the morning to pick their children’s teachers are gone. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm told the school board at Tuesday night’s meeting she will be changing the method of teacher selection and doing away with the tradition of selection days […]

Sheriff proposes sending inmates to other jails

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In the 10 days since Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray took over command of the jail, he says deputies have discovered a complete contradiction to what the former interim administrator was telling county commissioners. Speaking Tuesday to commissioners, Murray said he found a jail understaffed, with poorly trained personnel […]

Senator says state budget would be guesswork

Staff and wire reports Even by postponing the special session till Monday, the state Senate minority leader says the governor is still asking the legislature to guess at a budget. Tuesday, Gov. Bill Richardson moved the start of the special session, originally planned for Wednesday, to next week in response to requests from legislators. Sen. […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Survey says and eight-second rides

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Survey says If there’s really nothing for your kids to do, here’s your chance. The Curry County Wellness Council and the City of Clovis Quality of Life Committee want your opinion on Youth activities and recreation options. Click on this link to take a survey for parents […]

Press release: Bingaman says president’s budget proposal invests in NM. military bases

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he believes President Obama’s budget proposal for next year makes the right investments in New Mexico’s military installations. The president today unveiled his 2011 budget, which Congress will use as a blueprint for the spending bills it will pass later this year to fund the federal government. […]

Monday morning briefing: A brush with the president

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Video of the day Check out Clovis High School senior Randy Miller talking about his trip to the State of the Union address in D.C. last week. Miller says he took a wrong turn and almost bumped into the president. Honorable mentioning Jeanette Everette of […]

Wind farm official says they hope to break ground ‘as fast as possible’

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When looking for a place to set up their wind farm startup, Abundant Energy was blown away by what they saw in Clovis. The company, which has agreed to start subsidiary Vert-I-Go Energy in Clovis on 6 acres of land south of the city landfill, said the area’s excitement […]

Quay resident awaits word from family in Haiti

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Jean Morency of Tucumcari lived in Haiti until he was 12 years old. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A Quay County business owner says he’s stunned at the destruction in Haiti, where he has relatives struggling to survive. “I asked my brother if he had eaten anything,” Jean Morency of Tucumcari said on Tuesday. […]