Antelope meeting set for Tuesday

CNJ staff The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will conduct a meeting to gather information and comments about proposed changes to the Antelope Private Land Use System from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Clovis-Public Library, 701 N. Main. There will also be a meeting from

Oct. 9, 2008 Education Digest

Schools closed for fall break The Clovis Municipal Schools system’s fall break begins Friday and ends Monday, according to school officials. Classes will not be held either day. The administration building will be closed on Monday only.

First Person: Driver enjoys ghostbusting

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Lorrie Menkens has been a CATS driver for seven years. Lorrie Menkens is a driver for the Clovis Area Transit System during the week and a ghostbuster on the weekends. The 46-year-old travels with a friend across the state to cemeteries and sanitariums searching for an entity from beyond the […]

Education feature: After-school program provides academics, activities

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis Municipal Schools system’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers after-school program resumes Monday. The program, funded by a federal grant, serves students at five elementary schools who require additional academic assistance. Craig Terry, 21st CCLC program coordinator for the school district, said the program had 682 participants last year. […]

Commissioners will consider fixed bus routes

Clovis city commissioners will consider approving a proposed fixed bus route system in tonight’s city commission meeting. Also up for consideration in tonight’s meeting is the decision to establish a transportation task force that will work to implement the proposal, according to Clovis Area Transit System Director Mary Lou Kemp. Introduced to commissioners in January, […]

Official: New ID system protects students

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Finger imprints and new rules for school publications were the major topics of conversation Tuesday in a regular meeting of the Clovis Municipal Schools board of education. Though Clovis schools superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said only a couple of complaints had made their way to her desk regarding a new system […]

Proposed act expands VA benefits

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Congress is moving to reopen the VA health care system to many more thousands of Priority Group 8 veterans — those who aren’t poor, at least by government standards, and have no service-related ailments. Disabled American Veterans and some partner organizations support such a move but with two caveats, explained […]

Commission made proper ruling in case

Freedom New Mexico We are still not fans of the military commission system for dealing with suspected terrorists being held at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. But the first test of the system, the trial of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a former driver for terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, has come out with a verdict […]

Clovis Area Transit System sees increase in riders

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Edie Valdez of Clovis gets off the CATS bus in front of her home Thursday on Axtell Street. Valdez said she takes the bus once a week to the hospital for volunteer work. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Area Transit System Director Mary Lou Kemp said bus ridership […]

Inmates conduct phone scam

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County inmates made unmonitored phone calls with free weekend minutes courtesy of the automated phone system of the public defender’s office. Sheriff Matt Murray said the inmates called the public defender’s office during the weekend to take advantage of a flaw in the office’s automated answering service that […]

Crime Victims Rights Week kicks off with breakfast

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Tammi Lambert said dealing with the court system is almost as hard on the victims as the crime itself. Lambert, director of the Governor’s Office of Victim Advocacy, related a story about one victim’s plight during Tuesday’s 4th annual Victims Crime Rights Week breakfast at the Clovis Civic Center. “She […]

April 6, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Golf enthusiasts encouraged to act Are we going to stand by as the Clovis Municipal Golf Course is abused? Golfers need to get involved. The building is in disrepair, needs painting and the roof leaks. The irrigation system is not effective. The equipment is outdated. The labor force is too small.• Why? There is no […]

Despite progress, China remains political tyrant

The ongoing unrest in Tibet demonstrates once again that while mainland China has liberalized its economic system considerably and taken steps toward relatively responsible behavior internationally, politically it is still a one-party tyranny without even minimal respect for the human rights of its citizens. Reprisals against China may not be wise or practical just now, […]

Study suggests fixed bus routes

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A feasibility report recommends the city’s public transportation provider switch to a fixed bus route system because it would reduce operating expenses, expand service and accommodate growth. The report by a Scottsdale, Ariz.,-based mass transit consulting firm recommends the Clovis Area Transit System implement three bus routes snaking through […]

Patience difficult, but virtuous

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist Our son Matteo, whom we adopted from Ethiopia about a year and a half ago, has had numerous health problems since arriving in the United States. Matteo had been abandoned by the side of a road, so the orphanage he came from didn’t have any background information, which can be […]

Yes, we can still count on death and taxes

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist It’s usually best for me to avoid much writing — or thinking — about the following subject. It’s just not healthy for me, and I’m fatalistic about the whole mess anyway. Alas, the monster’s long out of the box, never to be tamed. I love our country with all […]

Commissioner: Events center usage far off

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CNJ file photo County officials are hopeful for $850,000 in capital outlay money from the state Legislature to help with construction of the Curry County Events Center. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Even when construction is finished on Curry County’s Special Events Center, it could be several months before it’s available for use, a […]

Decision to try terror suspects long overdue

Freedom New Mexico The military commission system to deal with captured terrorists and suspected terrorists set up by the administration and revised after a 2006 Supreme Court decision has not really been tested yet. Glitches and missteps can be expected. Nonetheless, the decision by the Pentagon to try six of the people detained at Guantanamo […]

Something to read

Read any good books lately? The “Librarian Recommends” feature below will ensure you answer that question in the affirmative the next time someone asks. Click on “More Features” to find the link. Our videographer is Tony Bullocks. • • • The Clovis News Journal introduced new tools for the Web site on Monday. The SiteLife […]

Comments, anyone?

The Clovis News Journal introduced new tools for the Web site on Monday. The SiteLife system allows readers to build their own blogs, share photos and more, but the main attraction is its commenting features. Our old system allowed readers to comment on stories, but it also allowed readers to delete comments for no reason […]