Judge signs off on Congressional map

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state judge on Thursday adopted a redistricting plan that will establish slightly different boundaries for New Mexico’s three congressional districts and made the fewest changes among the proposed alternatives. The new map keeps Clovis in the state’s 3rd Congressional District, represented by Democrat Ben Ray Lujan. Dora, […]

Renewable energy still not cost effective

Sooner or later, the laws of economics prevail, even in heavily subsidized industries such as solar power. The latest evidence that government manipulation cannot overcome economic reality is the decision by BP PLC, the giant British energy company, to leave the solar power business. BP has developed solar energy for 40 years and for more […]

Tankersley’s marks 50 years in Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Homer Tankersley, president of Tankersley’s men’s clothing store in Clovis, arranges a Jack Victor men’s suit display. The store celebrated its 50th anniversary Saturday. Benna Sayyed Homer J. Tankersley opened Tankersley’s clothing store more than five decades ago with a letter of credit from a friend and fewer than 100 […]

Time for change when it comes to pocket change

Freedom New Mexico A dollar bill, as we all know too well, is a fleeting thing. Not just because it leaves our hands so much more easily than it returns but because, as it changes hands, it wears out within about three years, and often sooner. A coin’s life span, by contrast, averages 30 years. […]

Business seminars being offered

CNJ staff About four years ago, staff at Clovis Community College’s Small Business Development Center took appointments to talk about business startups. “It would be two or three weeks before people could get an appointment with us,” Director Sandra Taylor-Sawyer said. “They just needed the basic information. We found we were meeting with people and […]

God gives strength in times of despair

I wrote about this story several years ago. It is a story I heard in my teen years, but I do not remember its origin. I found some of my scribbled notes about this story that were packed away in a box of old correspondence. So here is the story. Wynton and Mary were high […]

Resident credits longevity to picking cotton, avoiding doctors

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Courtesy photo Grace Helen Bowen at age 18. Benna Sayyed Grace Helen Bowen is nonchalant about turning 100 years old today. “Turning 100? I don’t feel anything one way or another. It’s just another birthday, just another day on the calendar. How do you feel about yours?” said Bowen with a sweet smile. Bowen’s health […]

Mental health needs still unmet

Despite adding billions of dollars for mental health care to Department of Veterans Affairs budgets the last four years, and the hiring of 7,000 more mental health professionals at VA clinics and hospitals, many veterans with severe combat-related stress still face long waits to get the care they need. And some VA facilities might be […]

Anniversary — Nov. 27

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Smith Alvin and Mary Frances Smith of Portales celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 24, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. at Arch Community Building. The celebration was hosted by Betty Moore, Debbie Smith, Bill Smith and Roy Smith. Congratulations on 50 years of marriage! We love you, all your children and grandchildren. The couple was married […]

Former bank building sold

CNJ staff The building that formerly housed First Community Bank is in new hands. The building was purchased recently by Jim Sitterly, who has owned Curry County Title and Abstract for 31 years. “We’re still trying to decide (a purpose),” Sitterly said, “but I believe we’re going to make a professional business center. It’s going […]

Texas man sentenced to 10 years

An Amarillo man captured at a Clovis motel with drugs and a .38 caliber handgun was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison. Chief Deputy District Attorney Andrea Reeb said Norman Bonner, 33, pleaded guilty to four felony charges: Possession of a controlled substance, possession of dangerous drugs, tampering with evidence and possession of a […]

Clovis man sentenced for probation violation

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced to serve six years in prison for violating probation that stemmed from a burglary conviction, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. Bernardo Rodriguez Jr., 41, was found guilty Sept. 8 of breaking and entering, resisting an officer and concealing identity and was placed on […]

Man sentenced to 10 years for burglaries

CNJ staff A Clovis man police say they linked to more than a half dozen burglaries was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison, according to a release from District Attorney Matt Chandler. Police said they caught Floyd Pete Gutierrez, 40, in the act of burglarizing the When You Have Everything Nail and Hair Salon […]

Clovis still waiting on MVD expansion

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks The New Mexico MVD in Clovis is full of customers waiting to do some type of motor vehicle transaction. Kevin Wilson Eastern New Mexico residents waiting for a new, expanded motor vehicle department in Clovis, touted by state officials two years ago, are going to have to resort to a […]

Our people: Living in the moment

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LILIANA CASTILLO: FNM correspondent Portales resident Valerie Russ enjoys her job at Oasis State Park because she gets to work outside. Portales resident Valerie Russ enjoys working at Oasis State Park because she gets to meet new people and learn about them. She has worked there for seven years. “I have met people from all […]

Softball a big hit in Clovis

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CNJ correspondent: Liliana Castillo Nicole Marez of the Lady Takers prepares to take a swing during Thursday night’s game against the Vipers at Guy Leeder Complex. The Clovis Softball Association sponsors leagues during the spring, summer and fall. Dave Wagner When members of the Clovis Jaycees sought to start a recreational softball program for the […]

No easy way to let go of family dog

I should have known, that Wednesday two weeks ago, when the dog was sitting in the passenger seat looking at me as if trying to memorize my face. In the past 12 years, I have never seen the dog look at me that way. The dog is a terrier, and not given to serious attitudes, […]

Our people: Man of steel

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Liliana Castillo: FNM Correspondent Clovis Family YMCA Director Shane Nelson is such a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, he has an entire wall themed in their signature yellow and black in his office. Shane Nelson, associate executive director of the Clovis Family YMCA, made the first big move of his life to bring the […]

Cannon commander honors Portales resident

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Col. Albert “Buck” Elton II, of Cannon Air Force Base, left, shares childhood stories with local resident Marshall Stinnett on Tuesday afternoon at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon. Stinnett was honored with two awards during the event, one from Cannon and one from the chamber. By Alisa Boswel: […]