Officials put fireworks ban in place

When it comes to the Fourth of July, things that go bang and provide sharp flashes of light are the norm. CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Another dry summer has firework sellers and purchasers dealing with restrictions on what can be sold and used within county boundaries. Unfortunately for Eastern New Mexico, chronically dry conditions […]

Column: Homeless people all have a story

While recently in Waco, Texas, I met Chuck Rose, a 55-year-old homeless man. Despite an accounting degree from Northern Illinois University, he worked as an auto mechanic. At 21, he married high school sweetheart Melody — a future OBGYN doctor. They owned a nice house, cars and motorcycles. Chuck's downward spiral began when Melody, 27, […]

Editorial: Incompetency root of jail’s ongoing mess

Two Curry County commissioners want to ask voters — again — for money to build a new jail. The question would appear on November's general election ballot. If any other souls on Earth thought that was a good idea, their unreal expectations surely died Thursday when the latest example of jail staff incompetence was brought […]

Colleges taking steps to improve academic success

Tutoring and other supportive services are just a few improvements being made at Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University as officials work towards improving areas of student success. A recent report from the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued a state-by-state report card on public […]

Municipal makeover

Throughout the hot days, and sometimes into the late nights, construction is ongoing for Clovis Municipal Schools. By the time July 2014 rolls around, current projects will have been finished with a projected $51.2 million expended on three new school sites and facility upgrades at three others. The school district provides 20 percent of the […]

Area hospitals: Bill won’t change who they serve

Affordable Care Act or not, Roosevelt General Hospital and Plains Regional Medical Center officials say they already serve the uninsured and underprivileged in Roosevelt and Curry counties. If President Barack Obama's health care bill were to be fully enacted in 2014, officials noted the changes they would see wouldn't be in who they serve, but […]

Community band holding summer concert

While the "Clovis sound" is a phrase often thrown out to remind Clovis Music Festival attendees of the sounds of Buddy Holly, the Fireballs and the Crickets, it could just as much be applied to the tunes that play on a warm summer night every year at Ned Houk Park. The Clovis Community Band is […]

Holiday closings

The following businesses, schools and government agencies will be closed Wednesday for Independence Day: American Heritage Bank Bank of America Bank of Clovis Cannon Federal Credit Union Citizens Bank James Polk Stone Community Bank New Mexico Bank & Trust U.S. Bank Western Bank of Clovis Wells Fargo Bank Government agencies Clovis Municipal Schools Clovis Community […]

Road construction this week

Area road construction and closure information for this week: City of Clovis K. Barnett and Sons continues to have cones in place for striping Llano Estacado Boulevard, between Prince and Norris streets between Lowe's Home Improvement and the roundabout. Lujan Communications, doing work for CenturyLink, will be performing 800 feet of boring work on 21st […]

Police blotter – July 1

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Thursday 12:22 a.m.: Caller advised her teen daughter was refusing to come home and would like an officer to bring her home, 800 block of Rencher Street. 3:03 a.m.: Caller reported their work vehicle stolen, 600 block of Maple Street. 3:20 a.m.: Caller saw […]

McGee: Damaged building piques curiosity

A few weeks ago The Lady of the House and I were leaving a church rummage sale when something across the street caught my eye: A nice fence had a gaping hole in it. It looked like some vehicle had rocketed off the road, then smashed the fence and the storage building behind it. "Wow," […]

In Search of Ponies: Toads ingrained in New Mexico

Walking outside after the sun goes down they scatter before you like proverbial cockroaches under a light. Such was the case when I killed my first. Stepping down from the edge of the porch, I was in mid-motion when I saw it sitting there directly under my lowering shoe. Carrying a full water dish at […]

Farmers seeing crops stunted by weather

Don Wiley hopped onto his shovel, slicing into the dry ground around a garlic bulb, which he plucked and threw behind him. CMI staff photo: Gabriel Monte Curry County farmer Don Wiley holds up bulbs of garlic he grew in his farm. Wiley said harsh weather has stunted his crops. In a good year the […]

Police: Homicide witness assaulted in jail

A witness in a homicide case was assaulted and injured Wednesday by the suspect in the same case after the two were mistakenly placed in the same pod of cells at the Curry County Adult Detention Center, Administrator Gerry Billy confirmed Thursday. Officials said Jaime Perez was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center for treatment […]

Clovis man sentenced for drug trafficking

A 41-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison for drug trafficking, according to a press release from the district attorney's office. According to the release: Ramon Chavez-Hernandez was found guilty by a jury in March of trafficking cocaine. He also pleaded guilty Wednesday to a separate charge of trafficking methamphetamine. The […]

Local reactions to health care ruling mixed

La Casa Family Health Center CEO Seferino Montano declared Thursday a victory in health care reform. Rep. Stuart Ingle, R-New Mexico, said President Barack Obama's health care bill will not help the current health care system. Seferino and Ingle were two of many who expressed mixed reactions to the Supreme Court's historic ruling to uphold […]

Religion column: Jesus leads us safely through dark times

Many in our community are doing through dark times. Tragic accidents come, sickness descends once again on those we love and our hearts are grieving and saddened. Yet, through the storms and dark times of our lives, Jesus is our hope and our light. The following story best illustrates that spiritual concept. Years ago, our […]

amos the churchmouse: the great trumpage gamer

amos the churchmouse:a view from under the pew Editor's note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can't operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. the great trumpage gamer boss i went by tommy tarantula s house the other day and […]

No one should meddle in our lives

When I defend liberty I constantly get accused of condoning all sorts of things I don't condone. Rather than "condoning" them, I realize that those things are simply none of my business; not mine to approve or condemn. Nor are they anyone else's business, either. Recently a fellow libertarian posted a comment on Facebook that […]

Editorial: Let’s stop swindling disabled vets

A fter years of dedicated service to their country, some mentally disabled military veterans who need help managing their finances are getting shortchanged by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Too many have fallen victim to fiduciaries the U.S. government appointed to act in their best interest when the veterans are considered incapable of managing […]