First female commander comes to Cannon

CNJ staff The 16th Special Operations Squadron has its first female commander in Lt. Col. Tracy Onufer, according to an announcement on Cannon Air Force Base website. Onufer is only the second woman to command an operational flying squadron in Air Force Special Operations Command. She was promoted to the Cannon position in February. Onufer […]

County supports Cannon growth

The current Cannon Air Force Base commander, Col. Stephen Clark, as well as the preceding base commander, has made requests to the county commission for more than two years for assistance with security issues and other obstructions critical to their mission. These issues primarily involve County Road R and the land immediately west of the […]

Tax special election approved for May 3

Kevin Wilson In a short special meeting Thursday, the Clovis City Commission approved a May 3 special election for a gross receipts tax increase, and the $30,000 budget transfer to pay for it. Both measures, and an unrelated measure allowing city intervention in a water rights case, were approved by 6-0 votes. Mayor Gayla Brumfield […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Lent, a special election and a blond moment

Good morning. Hope you’re ready for it. Here’s the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Test the waters New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience can apply for internships in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. There are two sessions for summer internships: May 29 through July […]

Tax ordinance to go to vote

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon said the city verified enough signatures to force a special election on a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase. The election would be May 3, pending city commission approval. Kevin Wilson An ordinance approved by the Clovis City Commission to raise gross receipts taxes will now […]

High Plains Patriots turn in petition with about 1,000 signatures

Kevin Wilson Signatures were turned in Monday in favor of a special election on a pending gross receipts tax increase passed by the Clovis City Commission last month. City Manager Joe Thomas said if more than 456 signatures are verified on petitions submitted by the High Plains Patriots citizens group, a special election will likely […]

Group: Petition has enough signatures to force special election

Kevin Wilson The High Plains Patriots said they have enough signatures to force a special election on a .25 percent gross receipts tax hike. The citizens group plans to bring the city signatures on Monday, the deadline day established after the Clovis City Commission approved the GRT increase in its Feb. 3 meeting. The group […]

Family holidays can be trying times

Most families make special arrangements to get together for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. There’s a belief that family gatherings are joyous, love-filled events. Maybe not. I know one family that pretty much decided that love-filled stuff was a myth. The last such gathering they had, several years ago, left them wondering if their family is somehow […]

Grant McGee: Christmas special every year

Grant McGee Christmas means many things to many folks. For Christians its the birth of Christ. For Pagans it means the rebirth of the Sun. And for folks who like presents and things it’s a great time to get stuff from Santa Claus. This Christmas Day I’m thinking about great December 25ths I have known. […]

Friday morning briefing: Christmas cheer, odd traditions and a Flood of free agents

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Merry Christmas! From all the folks at Freedom New Mexico, Merry Christmas and have a happy New Year. Special meeting The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents is set to meet 11 a.m. Tuesday in special session to consider a solar project contract. […]

Press Release: Cannon’s Turner promoted to AFSOC command chief

The 27th Special Operations Wing is very pleased to announce that Chief Master Sergeant William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been selected as the next Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Roswell judge to preside over courthouse video case

CNJ staff A Roswell district judge has been assigned as a special judge to preside over the bond issue election video. It’s the latest move in a case filed by two Clovis men alleging Curry County violated election laws by placing the video in the courthouse lobby days before a bond issue election seeking tax […]

Designer pillows featured on show

Information on making headbands, designer pillows and lighting for special events will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Designer Laura Bray will show how easy it is to make bright and whimsical headbands for children — or even for adults to wear. Her company is Katydid-Designs, and […]

Volunteering has biggest payoff

I visit the local hospital on a regular basis to receive a special medication. Each time, I’m greeted by volunteers. They wear pink along with a friendly smile, and are willing to provide any assistance I might need. One of my daughters is a March of Dimes director, and many volunteers help her in the […]

EPCOG updates policies

CNJ staff report Members unanimously approved six policy updates during a special meeting Tuesday of the Eastern Plains Council of Government’s executive committee. The policies updated were: a Workforce Investment Act policy and procedures manual, a disaster and recovery plan, a teleworking policy, fiscal monitoring and procedures and records retention and a public access policy. […]

EPCOG holding special meeting

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern Plains Council of Governments is holding a special meeting Tuesday to consider updated policies. The meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. at 418 Main Street.

Letter to the editor: New judicial complex necessity

New judicial complex necessity A special bond issue will be on November’s ballot. As one part of that issue, Curry County citizens shall decide whether the gross receipts tax will be increased to fortify the existing detention center and increase bed space, including additional beds for maximum-security detainees. Curry County Adult Detention Center was built […]

Being their best

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Special Olympics athlete Don Roper of Clovis competes in the pole bending event Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. Liliana Castillo One of the six major state Special Olympics New Mexico events took place Friday and Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. Forty-four athletes competed in the six […]

Business digest — Sept. 7

Housing forum scheduled for Sept. 16 The Regional Growth Planning Office will hold a housing forum 7:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Clovis Civic Center. The keynote speaker will be Col. Stephen Clark, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base. Special panel presentations will include Tim Farmer, the base’s chief […]

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 […]