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Articles from the July 7, 2016 edition


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  • Jail ready for administrator

    Staff Writer [email protected] The Roosevelt County Detention Center administrator position was posted last week since an interim administrator has held the position since January 11. Roosevelt County Manager Amber Hamilton said the RCDC felt that it was important to maintain some “essential functions” of the facility before worrying about filling the position, especially when the interim administrator, Joseph Alaniz, has been so successful thus far. “With changes like this, you need a transition period and we were more...

  • Faith: Missionaries coming, going

    STAFF WRITER [email protected] Whether they are retired teachers or children’s camp attendees, church-goers in the Portales community are returning from or preparing for summer mission trips. Courtesy photo Retired teacher Alvonna Arnold teaches Kenyan students about the story cloth. Brian Arnold, a member of the First Baptist Church, just returned from a mission trip in Kenya through the Calvary Road Ministries organization. According to Brian Arnold, he and his w... Full story

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  • Brown: Lots of miles put in on the farm

    Modern farming involves a lot of driving. There’s the drive to and from the field, which is likely to vary from no miles to fifty miles, depending on the spread of your operation. I’m not saying there aren’t further fields, but I’m going with confidence intervals, not absolutes today. Audra Brown Down on the Farm Then there’s the driving in the field. Back and forth and back and forth, or maybe around and around in a circle, or in certain cases, the patented D-Pattern...

  • Q&A: University student's on a mission

    Before beginning her third year as a social work major, Eastern New Mexico University student Katie Ledbetter will be traveling on a mission trip for Trinity Church to Brazil, only shortly after returning from Zambia, Africa, on a mission trip through Florida missionary organization Overland Missions. Ledbetter Ledbetter, who will graduate a year early in May, and is considering graduate studies at New Mexico Highlands University, will be traveling to Brazil with a youth...

  • To do list — July 8

    Monday • Get Your Game On — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Game: Unplugged. Information: 575-356-3940 Tuesday • Full STEAM Ahead — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades 2-6. Activity: Melted crayon art. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: Feed the body and mind. Information: 575-356-3940 Wednesday • Ready, Set, Storytime — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for preschoolers. Book: Ice Cold. Information: 575-356-3940 ... Full story

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  • Rodriguez: No share required to get blessing

    Helena Rodriguez

    One of my pet peeves is those Facebook postings that read, “Share this post and a blessing will come your way.” Usually, there’s a photo of a stack of folded dollar bills included. Well, sign me up. Amen! The problem, however, is that the next day, I see the same people sharing a similar posting. What, that wasn’t enough money? I like a posting that my son-in-law, Nino, shared recently which reads, “I’m still looking for the scripture that says I will get a blessing fo...

  • Shelburne: Keep hyphens in perspective

    Curtis Shelburne

    As an English major and an occasional copy editor, may I say that the hyphen, as tricky at times as it is versatile (think, confusingly, of dashes, en hyphens, em hyphens, etc.), is a noble and useful mark of punctuation. But it pays to keep hyphens in perspective. In our present age and culture, the hyphen, too often seen as a mark of division, can serve us better as a mark of unity, all the more noble because that unity occurs in the richness of genuine and joyful...

  • McManigal: Refusing to vote is vote for liberty

    In last week’s column, valid alternatives were offered to those hesitant to waste a vote by endorsing an evil — lesser or not. For some reason almost everyone focused on the point that it isn’t smart to keep playing a game you know is rigged. Overwhelmingly, the people demand their right to keep losing to known cheaters. Kent McManigal They apparently see voting as essential to liberty rather than recognizing it as a tool to empower the opposite. Fair enough. I won’t demand yo... Full story

  • Congress' main concern should be our children

    Only the U.S. Congress could turn a battle against a mosquito-borne virus into a fight over Obamacare and the stars and bars. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-New Mexico, is advocating for legislation that would dedicate $1.9 billion to fighting the Zika virus because more than 63 percent of the U.S. population lives in areas susceptible to it. Three people have been diagnosed with Zika in New Mexico. “Congress has got to pass legislation to provide research (funding),” Luján says. The Senate in May approved $1.1 billion to fight...

  • Pages past — July 8

    On this date ... 1976: Marvin Hass, Clovis’ city manager for 27 years, submitted his resignation to the City Commission. Hass, 69, said he would continue the job until his successor could be found. “My reason for this move is personal, and I thank each member of the commission for his understanding,” Hass wrote. “I also wish to make it clear that in all my relations with the city commission and with our staff, I have always enjoyed the best possible cooperation.” 1971: A cross-country crusader for law and order rode into...

  • Render: Current party conferacy of dunces

    I think Richard Fernandez, on his “Belmont Club” blog, was first to note that the Obama administration could be defined by the red-neck phrase, “Hold my beer Bubba, I’m a try somethin.’” Either gross incompetence or wide-ranging ignorance permeates the State Department, Department of Justice and Health and Human Services. The above list is not all inclusive. Rube Render FBI Director James Comey’s report on Hillary Clinton’s home brew server system shows Clinton lied repeatedly... Full story

  • Officials considering new city flag

    Kevin Wilson

    Managing Editor [email protected] The Clovis City Commission is agreeable to the idea of a new flag for the city. Commissioners just aren’t sure what that flag should look like, or how they can make sure citizens have the final say on the process. In a discussion-only item to conclude Thursday’s meeting, which was otherwise an hour-long affair of consensus votes, commissioners viewed 16 suggested designs for a new city flag. Mayor David Lansford said he was contacted by Clovis High School junior Mitch Weber, who was not... Full story

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  • Faith: Ministerial alliance seeks unity

    Staff photo: Brooke Finch From left, Parkland Baptist Church Pastor Roy Martin greets Lighthouse Mission Director Richard Gomez before the Clovis Christian Ministerial Alliance meeting begins, while Christian Believers Education Founder Sistar Yancy shares a laugh with them. Staff Writer [email protected] Twenty representatives of various Christian churches and nonprofit organizations in Clovis felt more unified than ever Thursday morning, but they wished it had been under...

  • Opinion: It’s not the years, it’s the mileage

    Local columnist Modern farming involves a lot of driving. There’s the drive to and from the field, which is likely to vary from no miles to fifty miles, depending on the spread of your operation. I’m not saying there aren’t further fields, but I’m going with confidence intervals, not absolutes today. Then there’s the driving in the field. Back and forth and back and forth, or maybe around and around in a circle, or in certain cases, the patented D-Pattern. This is not only a lot of miles, but is done at a rather slow pace... Full story

  • Police blotter — July 8

    CNJ Staff

    Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 1:38 a.m.: Assault, 2100 block of Fred Daugherty Drive. • 4:39 a.m.: Shoplifting up to $500, 1300 block of North Prince Street. • 10:47 a.m.: Falsely Obtaining services up to $500, 200 block of Schepps Boulevard. • 11:03 a.m.: Criminal damage up to $1,000, 500 block of Upsilon Street. • 12:25 p.m.: Failure to appear (felony), 2200 block of Chaparral Street. • 1:34 p.m.: Battery, 3000 block of Ma... Full story

  • Faith: Young girls should look for steadfast heroines

    Judy Brandon

    Religion columnist This past week I read an article about the most admired women of 2015. Among the most admired were Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Carly Fiorina, Barbara Bush, Laura Bush and Angela Merkel. I suppose responders to this poll sincerely admire these women and believe that these women have led amazing and extraordinary lives. Dictionary.com defines “admire” as: “an object of wonder, pleasure, or approval.” Be it far from me to say the above w...

  • Faith: Americans need to keep hyphens in perspective

    Curtis Shelburne

    Religion columnist As an English major and an occasional copy editor, may I say that the hyphen, as tricky at times as it is versatile (think, confusingly, of dashes, en hyphens, em hyphens, etc.), is a noble and useful mark of punctuation. But it pays to keep hyphens in perspective. In our present age and culture, the hyphen, too often seen as a mark of division, can serve us better as a mark of unity, all the more noble because that unity occurs in the richness of genuine...

  • Events calendar — July 8

    Don McAlavy

    Friday Ribbon Cutting 10 Year anniversary — 4 p.m. Mike Morris State Farm, 116 E. 11th St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-3838 Saturday CSA “Fight Against Cancer” Softball Tournament — 8 a.m. Guy Leeder Softball Complex, Sycamore and 14th streets, Clovis. 3rd Annual Auto Show — 10 a.m. Advance Auto Parts, 2109 N. Prince St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-7300 Volunteer Opportunity, Demolition Cleanup — 8 a.m. 404 N. Thornton St., Clovis. Information: 575-359-1344 Volunteer Opportunity, ReStore Donation Pickup — 9 a.m. Habitat R...

  • Meetings calendar — July 8

    Monday Grady village meeting — 6:30 p.m. Village Hall, 219 W. Main St., Grady. Information: 575-357-2005 Fort Sumner City Council — 5:30 p.m. City Hall, 173 E. Avenue C., Fort Sumner. Information: 575-355-7481 Muleshoe City meeting — 5:30 p.m. (CDT) City Hall, 215 S. First St., Muleshoe. Information: 806-272-4528 Revenue Review Committee — 5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, north annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 Tuesday Water Policy Advisory Board — 8:30 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, north a...

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