Candidate: Leadership means empowering others

Editor’s note: This is the fourth of five interviews with the finalists for the Clovis Municipal School Superintendent position: Andy Sweet is a former Clovis High School principal and current Clovis High math teacher. Q: What qualifies you for the superintendent position? A: Nearly 20 years in education, and serving very successfully in a variety […]

CCC to receive $235,689 for student aid

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici announced last week $3.7 million will go to 13 state institutions of higher education, including Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. The funds come from the Department of Education and provide grants through the TRIO Student Support Services Program, which offers […]

Patriot Act needs toning down, revision

Freedom Newspapers The debate in Congress over the USA Patriot Act, portions of which are scheduled to “sunset” at the end of this year, will not take place for months. But it’s heartening to see that a coalition of liberals and conservatives that has raised concerns about portions of the law is still together and […]

Skies to host Navy planes

By 1st Lt. Jennifer Geeslin: Mach Meter CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than 275 Navy personnel, along with 10 F-18s and three E-2 radar planes will begin arriving at the 27th Fighter Wing on Saturday for a joint military exercise called Roving Sands. The exercise will run from March 21 to April 1. Cannon […]

It’s all a matter of the batter

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Kiwanis Club member Kevin Mitchell flips pancakes during the 54th annual pancake day held by the Noon-day Kiwanis Club on Saturday at Clovis High School. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer In a break between pouring and flipping pancakes, Kiwanis Club of Clovis member Gary Hoadley took a little time […]

Board supports wellness center

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board Tuesday night approved a resolution in support of the $7.5 million Wellness and Youth Development Center proposed for construction at Spencer Park. The center would supply Clovis with a regulation-sized pool for community use and use by the Clovis swim team. “As the City Commission […]

Clovis mayor backs smoking ban

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Clovis Mayor David Lansford has thrown his support toward proposed legislation that would ban smoking in businesses and restaurants statewide, an issue that will pit health advocates against proponents of a live-and-let-live society. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Al Park, D-Albuquerque, is scheduled to be introduced Monday during a […]

Snow can’t stop pride

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Players on the Cowboys in the junior division warm up in front of the heater during half time of their Play Inc. semifinal game against the Rams Saturday at Jim Hill Field. The tunnel effect was from condensation on the lens. (Photo by Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Snow was in the […]

Candidate profiles — State Senate, District 7

CNJ staff Democrat Robert Frost faces Republican Clint Harden Jr. in the State Senate, District 7 race Name: Robert Frost Occupation: Rancher/farmer, small business owner (Caprock Creek Ranch Adventures) Party: Democrat Age: 62 Hometown: San Jon Wife: Jane Children: two daughters, three granddaughters Hobbies: Community involvement, ranch work and spending time with family Political history: […]

Police department wins awards

Cops and Courts The Clovis Police Department received two awards Friday for above and beyond support for the New Mexico National Guard. Police Chief Bill Carey received one award and the department received the other at an Employers Support Guard and Reserve Luncheon at K-Bob’s Steakhouse. “We all support the Guard, these guys while they’re […]

Regional child support office part of more aggressive approach by state

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Dee Hammons, left, county office manager for Child Support Enforcement Division, left, talks with the deputy director Cathi Valdes on Thursday at the Clovis office. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer In 2003, the child support division of the New Mexico Human Services Department collected $3.4 million for families in Curry […]

Federal officials holding up pipleline

Senator Jeff Bingaman An affordable supply of good quality water is critical to sustaining future economic opportunities, not to mention our state’s culture and way of life. Drought, population increases, and depleting aquifers make water management one of the most difficult and important issues facing New Mexicans. Nowhere is this more evident than in eastern […]

Air Force flexes its muscle

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Garison Bohler, 2, and his dad Matt Bohler, of Muleshoe, Texas, watch a performance during the 2004 Air Expo at Cannon Air Force Base. An A-10 Warthog is in the background. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Chilly temperatures and intermittent rain showers at Saturday’s 2004 Air Expo at Cannon Air […]

Clovis man found guilty of identity theft

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Ricardo Mendez, 37, of Clovis was found guilty of accessing a computer with the intent to commit a crime and two counts of theft identity on Friday by 9th Judicial District Judge Joe Parker. District Attorney Brett Carter said Mendez was placed on adult probation for four years. Mendez and […]

Jews should support Republican ticket

Freedom Newspapers If it’s an election year, it must be time for my quadrennial column urging Jews to vote Republican. Though I feel a bit like Sisyphus, I’ll try not to be a sourpuss. Here are some of the questions I usually get on this subject: Everyone knows that Republicans tend to be rich, snobbish […]

Community shows its appreciation for base

By David Irvin: CNJ staff reporter Eastern New Mexico said thanks to Cannon Air Force Base personnel on Friday, with games and $6,000 worth of giveaway prizes highlighting the 15th annual Cannon Appreciation Day. Events included a dunking booth, a bouncy castle for the kids, horseshoes, a tug of war and volleyball contest as Air […]

Study: Support system needs overhaul

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Family support professionals and volunteers have expanded programs to help military families cope with longer, more frequent separations from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. But weaknesses in coordination, communication and command oversight still deny too many families access to the information and help they need, says a new study by […]

Ute Water Project meets funding obstacle

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Reporter The commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation told members of a U.S. Senate subcommittee Thursday the Bush administration does not support authorization legislation for the Ute Water Project as it is written. And in a press release Thursday, Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said he also would not support […]

Lawmakers considering stiffer DWI legislation

David Arkin: CNJ correspondent There’s sweeping support statewide — and especially in eastern New Mexico — for legislation that would implement the harshest penalty yet for DWI offenders. This week, Gov. Bill Richardson threw his support behind a plan that wouldn’t allow DWI offenders to buy alcohol for five years. An offender’s driver’s license would […]

DA candidates spar on air

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John Randal acted as one of the moderators during the Candidates forum on KTQM/KWKA. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Candidates for county, state and district attorney positions fielded listeners’ questions on KTQM/KWKA’s radio political forum Tuesday night, but the sharpest exchanges occurred between Brett Carter and Matthew Chandler, Republican […]