Local social worker honored by CYFD

lzpy47-lzpy2v221cyfdfeature1.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wlison Sheila Smith, a social worker at the Children, Youth and Families Department, takes a call in her office Monday. On Wednesday Smith will receive the Rose Praisner Award from the National Association of Social Workers New Mexico Chapter in Albuquerque for 22 years of service. Benna Sayyed Sheila Smith was […]

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 […]

Ute water project receives $1 million (updated)

CNJ staff WASHINGTON — The Ute Water pipeline project has received $1 million from the Department of the Interior. The $432 million project, which will deliver reserved water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to authority members in Curry and Roosevelt counties, was federally authorized in 2009 with the caveat that the federal government […]

Education column: Marshall students racing toward success

The race is on. If you’ve had occasion to drive by Marshall Middle School lately, you will have seen a giant banner with the words “The Great American Race” spanning the front doors of the building. No … the school is not buying each of the middle school students a race car. This program is […]

No one ‘box’ can contain God

I once saw John Denver, hair wet and with a clothes bag tossed over his shoulder, heading through a hotel lobby toward the desk. Two weeks or so later, he crashed his plane and died. Christian author Max Lucado is still very much alive and writing fine books. In his book Fearless he tells about […]

Seminar offering drought management information

Argen Duncan Farmers and ranchers dealing with drought have a chance to gain management information with a seminar scheduled for Monday. Admission is free, and no preregistration is required. The drought-management workshop is geared toward local agricultural producers. “There’s times you need a little more information to make a decision, and I’m hoping some of […]

Even in bad times, God working toward good

Several years ago, I attended a women’s conference in Austin, Texas. Still today the keynote speaker’s words stand out in mind. She had only four points: Life is made up of moments. Some of those moments are good. Some of those moments are bad. And most of the time we can’t tell the difference. I […]

About 60 dogs participate in Weiner Nationals

lp694f-lp693m731weinernatls2.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sasha took first place in the competition. Her owner, Tammy Coldren said the Dachshund needed no training. Liliana Castillo Four-year-old Isabella Hailey called the winner of Weiner Nationals during one of the first heats. Lendra Hailey said her great niece watched Sasha belt toward her owner Robert Bruhn in the […]

Rodeoing family tradition

lot70u-lot708724hpjrafgenerations.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Curry County resident Jo Hughes’ granddaughter Hannah Hughes competed in the 9- to 12-year-olds goat tying event Saturday in the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals at the Curry County Events Center. Liliana Castillo As a girl raced toward the first barrel on her trusty steed, Sally Bland yelled “Go […]

We should take care before we pray for rain

We drove home from Colorado last Sunday. Colorado was cool and we enjoyed the wonderful sensation of rain. As we came back through New Mexico around Raton, and then Springer, we noticed the dry brown grass that was on usual years green for pasture. When we headed toward the Caprock, we could see the smoke […]

Group has gathered about 100 signatures toward election

Kevin Wilson The High Plains Patriots are at least one-fourth of their way to forcing the city’s affordable housing plan onto a special election ballot. Meanwhile, another grassroots group is organizing to persuade Clovis voters not to sign the petitions, or overturn the plan if it comes to an election. During the May 5 Clovis […]

Storm may bring first snow of season

CNJ staff A winter storm heading toward eastern New Mexico will likely bring the first snow of the season. National Weather Service meteorologist David Craft in Albuquerque said there is a winter storm watch in effect for Thursday evening through Friday morning. He said the watch means there could be “a few to several inches” […]

Airmen serving community well

By Col. Stephen Clark, guest columnist A few weeks ago I was asked to be the keynote speaker at a Joint Land Use Study housing forum. While my comments were geared toward our much-talked-about housing issues, my focus was on a much more important point and that is community. Specifically, your airmen and their families […]

Officials optimistic about Clovis league

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Pecos League has submitted a few concessions it would like as it moves toward the possibility of opening play next May with a baseball team in Clovis. “I think there’s going to be baseball there (in Clovis), unless they come up and say (a park lease is) going […]

Baseball league more optimistic about adding Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Pecos League has submitted a few concessions it would like as it moves toward the possibility of opening play next May with a baseball team in Clovis. “I think there’s going to be baseball there (in Clovis), unless they come up and say (a park lease is) going […]

Spouse: CCC tailored to military

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Community College student Kayla Blair reads during a break at her work study job in the college’s marketing department. Liliana Castillo The population of students with a connection to the military at Clovis Community College is a minority group which may be why such students say they feel special. […]

Education feature: Some students work toward future in sewing class

l06aeb-41designclass1.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School senior Tkeyia Coats re-sews a seam on a computer bag that she designed for her Commercial Sewing class. Coats learned to sew from her grandmother. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Among the scraps of cloth, mannequins, pins and professional grade sewing machines in the clothing design […]

Iraq elections: Ongoing game of wait and see

Freedom New Mexico Two weeks after the election in Iraq that optimists hoped would be a significant step toward forming a reasonably stable democracy that would at least be able to govern itself fairly peacefully, a final vote tally is still not available. However, two things seem certain. It will probably take months for a […]

Monday last day to donate to United Way

CNJ staff Monday is the last day to donate to the United Way of Eastern New Mexico, according to a press release. So far, $482,994 has been donated towards the $580,000 goal. Curry County has raised $407,791 toward its $500,000 goal and Roosevelt County has raised $75,203 toward its $80,000 goal. Information: 769-2103