Police offering text, web tip system

Benna Sayyed Clovis residents can help local law enforcement fight crime by providing anonymous text message and web tips. The Clovis Police Department has partnered with CrimeReports, a company specializing in law enforcement tip management software and web applications, to offer the system. “I have been a law enforcement officer for over 25 years and […]

McGee: Security system might have given burglars trouble

It was a year ago this week our bicycle shop was burglarized. The Lady of the House and I imagined they were two kids, let’s call them Fred and John. John is the smaller of the two, probably the leader and a little mean. They should’ve been in school. But they weren’t. They were going […]

Ute water project may receive more money

CNJ staff Some more dollars may be flowing toward the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, with a $1.978 million federal allocation in President Obama’s 2013 budget. That money makes $2.978 million in commitments to the pipeline project, which would deliver water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to entities that make up the […]

Education digest —

Parent notification system in place Clovis Municipal Schools have implemented a web-based system that will allow parents phone, email, and text-message access to information on school-related events, according to a news release from the superintendent’s office. The school district will use the Skylert Calling System to notify parents and guardians of time sensitive information such […]

Discrepancies found in grading system information

Freedom New Mexico The trial A-F grading system information released Tuesday by the New Mexico Public Education Department included discrepancies for two Clovis schools. Clovis High School (64.0) and the Clovis Freshman Academy (62.7) received a point value that corresponded to a B letter grade, but the state education department website indicated they received a […]

New Ute water project program manager in place

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Former Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Project Manager Scott Verhines, left, applies a ceremonial water project pin to new Project Manager Paul van Gulick during the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting Tuesday in Melrose. Van Gulick will serve until at least June 30 to fill the place […]

Cannon aims for environmental efficiency

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Courtesy illustration By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th SOW Public Affairs The Environmental Management System at Cannon Air Force Base is a system aimed at achieving continual improvements in mission performance by reducing environmental risks and cost, providing methodical approaches to planning, and implementing and reviewing the impact activities have on the environment. […]

Educators weigh in on school grading system

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Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Educators on Monday cautioned Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration against rushing the implementation of a new law that will assign grades A to F to rate the performance of public schools. Teachers, superintendents and others raised questions Monday about proposed rules by the Public Education Department for the school […]

Portales police upgrades communications

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Travis Hardin, of Yucca Telecom, sets up the computer system in what will soon be the new dispatch center at the Portales Police Department. Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenberger said the new system will allow dispatchers to do their job more quickly and efficiently. Alisa Boswell Big changes are in […]

Officials to break ground on Ute water project

Kevin Wilson Nearly half a century after the idea was conceived, eastern New Mexico entities have planned a Thursday groundbreaking on the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System — also known as the Ute Water Project. An 11:30 a.m. groundbreaking is set for Ute Reservoir, on N.M. 522 about two-and-a-half miles west of Tucumcari. Many […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Growth management, game of the week and a star dies

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Meetings watch The Local Growth Management Committee meeting is 2 p.m. today at Portales City Hall. The agenda includes a closeout report on goals achieved from an initial planning grant. The committee includes various local public, private and Defense Department individuals to manage the […]

Drinking water warning issued for area delivery system

CNJ staff The New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau has advised a “drinking water warning” be issued by the Desert Ranch Mutual Domestic Water Consumer’s Association, located west of Clovis and north of Cannon Air Force Base. The advisory was issued after Thursday tests revealed excessive nitrate amounts. According to a release from the […]

Advisory system replaces color-coded terror alerts

CNJ staff The Department of Homeland Security has implemented a terror alert system which incorporates the growing trend of social networking. The National Terrorism Advisory System replaces the color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System. The new system is intended to give Americans more specific information on an alert, rather than the vague dread brought on by […]

Rating system needs improvement

After a three-year effort by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to improve the process, ill and injured military members still endure a long, complex and often contentious evaluation system when seeking disability ratings and compensation for service-related health conditions. The process has been made more convenient and even shortened by an average six […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Lindbergh’s Clovis legacy and for breakfast, green eggs and ham

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Fast fact Aviator Charles Lindbergh helped establish a transcontinental plane-train service that included a stop in Clovis. The terminal built in 1928-29 about eight miles west of Clovis eventually grew into what we know today as Cannon Air Force Base. Video game of the […]

Tornado siren set off by accident

CNJ staff Human error led to the sounding of tornado sirens in Clovis just before 1 a.m. Thursday. The alarm that sounded was the one intended to serve as the routine system test that takes place weekly at 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to Deputy Police Chief Mike Ingram. Ingram said when the test time was […]

DA launches crime notification system

An automated system designed to keep crime victims informed has been launched in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (V.I.N.E), alerts victims and other concerned citizens with a phone call or e-mail when there is a change in a criminal offender’s status, according to a press release from the district attorney’s […]

Clovis backs request for water system project funding

Freedom New Mexico Clovis City Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Friday in support of funding for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Project. The vote was taken during a special meeting. Mayor Gayla Brumfield said the resolution is a show of support for requesting $25 million for the project from the eastern New Mexico’s […]

Time to revert back to gold standard

Freedom New Mexico Gold could help stabilize monetary system. The suggestion was somewhat indirect and conditional, but it is nonetheless fascinating that the head of the World Bank should bring up the idea of using gold to help stabilize the international monetary system. Robert Zoellick was far short of calling for a return to the […]

System would keep victims notified of offender’s status

Sharna Johnson A new automated system will open up a world of information for victims of local crime by giving them real-time notice about an offender’s custody status. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system is expected to be up and running in October, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. “This program […]