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 [...]

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 [...]