Group: Tax petition has two thirds of necessary signatures

Kevin Wilson A little more than one week into their efforts, the High Plains Patriots appear roughly two thirds of the way into forcing a special election on a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase. “We have somewhere around 300 (signatures), is what I’ve gotten from people we’ve talked to over the weekend,” High Plains […]

Bill would change schools’ measure of success

Liliana Castillo A bill that would change the way student success is measured in New Mexico’s schools is headed to state legislators this session. Bill sponsor Rep. Dennis Roch, an assistant superintendent with Texico schools, said under the bill, House Bill 355, each school in the state would be rated by a letter grade, A, […]

Way back to Father through Jesus

Curtis Shelburne We are all on a journey. What is particularly ironic about the journey is that we spend most of our lives trying to get back where we started. We spend most of our lives trying to fulfill our deepest longing, the desire to be home, truly home. If you think about the journey […]

United Way donations total $522,599

CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico raised $522,599 during its 2010-11 campaign, according to a release Monday from the organization. The amount raised is up about 1 percent from last year’s total of $514,694. But the total is about 10 percent below the 2008 total of $580,000 raised between Curry and Roosevelt […]

Clovis’ Lee K. Howard found a way to stay in the game — as a TV sports reporter

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Courtesy photo Howard, who beat Hank Baskett out for homecoming king his senior year — played basketball and tennis in high school. According to his bio, sports have been Lee K. Howard’s “passion from a young age, but he soon

Ticket feature: ENMU event schedule packed

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Courtesy photo Eastern New Mexico University has a full lineup of performances and arts exhibitions through its spring semester. Freedom New Mexico The next few months are sure to be busy on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University as numerous performances and exhibitions are rolled out for the community. Already under way with the […]

Lawmaker proposes using permanent fund to fix state budget

Trip Jennings As state lawmakers begin to debate where to cut spending or raise revenue, one legislator suggests a third way to plug New Mexico’s sizable budget shortfall. New Mexico sits on a huge pot of money called the permanent funds, made up of minerals royalties and other revenues. Why not take advantage of that […]

Officer on way to lunch before crash

Sharna Johnson A Clovis police officer was on his way to lunch when he was involved in a fatal crash Nov. 17. Officer Stephen Gallegos radioed dispatch at 9:38 p.m. to let them know he was done at the police department and to ask if he was clear to go to lunch, according to an […]

Cartoons can’t fight child abuse

Kevin Wilson Monday was a big study day for my friend, so I told her not to expect any texts for me throughout the day. That way, she could get out of the library sooner. She upped the offer, and I caved. “This is my Facebook password,” she said. “Change it, and don’t tell me […]

God expects of us only what we can give

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Several years ago, I had purchased a CD with Christmas songs sung by children for my grandchildren. Not long after that, I was on the way home from some doctor appointments in Lubbock and pushed that CD into the player to get into the Christmas sprit. I headed west back […]