MVD looking online for better customer service

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Long waits and frustrating automated call systems with the state Motor Vehicle Division could be on their way out, according to the state official overseeing the division. Secretary of the Taxation and Revenue Department Rick Homans was in Portales on Wednesday to explain plans to put many MVD functions […]

May 3 Letters to the Editor

Main Street businesses needed I was glad to see the plans for the Hotel Clovis. (“Hotel proposal raises hopes,” Sunday’s CNJ). Perhaps if it contains apartment dwellers it will attract some necessary businesses to “Historic Main Street” that residents can patronize. One of the problems with “Historic Main Street” projects is

Death penalty case decision expected today

Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Defense attorney Gary Mitchell addresses the court during Monday’s death penalty hearing in Portales. Mitchell is representing William “Billy Joe” Watson, seated, who is charged in connection with the 2005 death of Jimmy Bo Chunn. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — A district court judge plans to review […]

Editorial: Self-sufficient energy efforts applauded

Smart institutions are going green and weaning themselves from dependence on the electrical grid. They want to stop paying for power, and start getting paid for it. The Vatican led the way, initiating a massive energy independence program in 2005 that most recently culminated in placement of 2,000 solar panels on the roof of the […]

Udall addresses N.M. Legislature about jobs, clean energy and health care

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today spoke to a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature about plans to address the country’s economic crisis, create clean energy jobs and fix America’s health care system.

Bingaman applauds Obama’s plans for funding health care, education, science and Indian Country

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said President Barack Obama’s 2010 budget proposal is good for New Mexicans because it gives priority to health care, education and science. “The Obama administration has prepared a budget that gives priority to the issues that matter most to our state.

City plans to revise flood map

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer If the Federal Emergency Management Agency can’t do it, the city will. During Tuesday morning’s Public Works meeting City Engineer Justin Howalt said it looks like the city may be on its own to revise a FEMA floodplain map and get credit for more than 20 years and $20 […]

Our pursuits trump Obama’s plans

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist In his inaugural address, our new president averred that “Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions — who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free […]

Legslative roundup: Human Services secretary unveils health-care plans

New Mexican staff Days remaining in session: 53 If at first you don’t succeed… Human Services Secretary Pam Hyde on Monday unveiled her department’s health-care reform plans for this session. The 10-point plan includes an electronic medical records act, a requirement that insurance companies spend 85 percent of premiums on direct services to client, and […]

Families share Thanksgiving plans

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Fern Acuff puts a homemade cherry pie in the oven Wednesday at her home in north Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Melissa Carpenter’s family is starting a new Thanksgiving tradition this year. The men in her family are traveling to Dallas to attend the Dallas Cowboys game on […]

Gas prices please residents, don’t change holiday plans

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Nell Alfieri of Clovis said gas prices aren’t affecting her plans to travel to see her family for Thanksgiving. By Sarah Meyer and Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

Clovis’ newest police chief discusses plans, challenges

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Steve Sanders was sworn in as Clovis’ police chief on Oct. 13. Steve Sanders was sworn in as Clovis’ police chief on Oct. 13.Sanders, 47, is a former commander with the Northglenn Police Department, has more than 21 years of experience in law enforcement and also holds a master’s degree […]

School officials discuss proposed student project

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School junior Luis Najera plans to study welding when he finishes high school. He told Clovis school board members Tuesday he is excited about being involved in a proposed student project to building a security fence for the high school campus. “I really think this will be […]

Animal task force plans recommendations

CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Animal Control supervisor Louisa Maestas comforts a Chihuahua that was turned into the shelter. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Members of the Clovis animal control task force discussed how to present their recommendations regarding the city’s animal regulations during the Nov. 20 city commission meeting. The nine-member task […]

Public safety stressed for holiday

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Local law enforcement is preparing for Halloween and will be out in force Friday night. City and county plans to conduct DWI saturation patrols. “(Residents) will definitely see more officers than normal,” Capt. Patrick Whitney said, explaining the patrol will be from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. “We strongly […]

ENMU plans football clinic

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s football coaches will host a coaching clinic and a women’s “football tutorial” at 6 p.m. Monday in Room 2 of Greyhound Arena. The coaching clinic is open to football coaches at all levels. The women’s program is for women 18 years old or older. For information, contact […]

School board plans to update publication policy

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board plans to introduce an updated school publications policy in next month’s meeting. The student publications policy has been a topic of discussion following community concerns when Clovis High School’s Plainsman yearbook featured photos of two lesbian couples in a section on relationships this spring. The […]

Memorial Day plans affected by fuel prices

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jeff Godfrey of Cleburne, Texas, pumps gas at a gas station in south Clovis on his way through town. Godfrey and his family were heading to Prescott, Ariz., for an art show where he will be displaying his art in. By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer Record fuel prices have […]

Turf plans shelved

By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer A proposed artificial turf for Leon Williams Stadium will have to wait. The Clovis Board of Education tabled indefinitely a decision to install an artificial turf on Clovis High School’s football field during Tuesday’s visitation meeting at the Bella Vista Arts Academy. The school district would use money from […]

May 9, 2008 Religion Digest

Church plans celebrations for Greens The First Church of God in Christ will honor Bishop W. Charles Green Sr. and his wife Ange this weekend for 51 years of service. The Rev. J. L’Keith Jones, pastor of Metropolitan Church of God in Christ in Albuquerque, will be the featured speaker at a 7 p.m. service […]