Area Road Construction — July 28

U.S. 70 project U.S. 70 project officials will begin removing asphalt on First Street between Avenues B and C, on Second Street in front of the downtown businesses and from Avenue A to Boston, according to Constructors, Inc., press release. The work will begin on Monday. With the construction continuing in this area, there will […]

Good deeds done more for ourselves than for others

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While sifting through books for a garage sale, I ran across an essay by Mark Twain about altruism. It articulated what I have long thought, but dared not utter in the hidebound hamlets of the High Plains — good deeds are done more for ourselves than others. Twain’s premise in “What Is Man?” is we […]

New approach needed to create jobs

Jobs. We all talk about them and New Mexico needs them. New Mexico needs jobs, especially high paying jobs. These jobs keep our sons and daughters here, and they stimulate our economy. But again the state of New Mexico is losing a chance at high paying jobs. The recently released Bureau of Land Management (BLM) draft environmental […]

Parties that stand to benefit need not foot the bill

— The Santa Fe New Mexican Here’s another door to shut in our bought-and-paid-for electoral system. Turns out that political action committees can’t just buy candidates. They can actually pay the costs of a special election — essentially buying the outcome. County clerks across New Mexico think that’s a bad idea and want the New […]

In search of ponies: The power of hunger

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By Sharna Johnson CMI columnist Easy vittles. Yep, vittles have motivated creatures for as long as there have been creatures, and easy vittles are a dream come true. Sure, it’s easy to forget just how compelling food can be when one is well fed and satiated, but one trip to the grocery on an empty […]

Q&A: Texas girl at heart

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By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Growing up in the small town of Farwell, Charla Corn dreamed of making it big in country music. Since her early beginnings singing at Border Town Days and local county fairs, Corn has toured nationally with the likes of Kevin Fowler, Roger Creager, Pat Green, Aaron Watson and the Josh Abbott […]

Curry County selects site for proposed jail

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com The Curry County Commission voted Friday to accept a 15-acre land gift from the city of Clovis as the home of its proposed jail. Transfer of the land is contingent upon voters approving a $9.8 million bond to help pay for the jail, which is up for vote […]

Curry County Commission approves pay raises

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By Emily Crowe CMI STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com All Curry County employees and elected officials will be receiving a pay increase, some as early as next month. The Curry County Commission voted Friday in a special meeting to raise the salaries of county employees on a graduated scale, dependent on how much each respective employee is […]

McGee: Yard art has limits

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By Grant McGee CMI columnist “Look,” said The Lady of the House. “Those are toilet tank lids by that Dumpster.” We were picking up our eats at a local fast food joint when the gleaming porcelain rectangles caught her eye. “Do you want them?” I asked. “Oh, we must have them,” she said, rolling her […]

Meetings Watch: Curry County Board of Commissioners — July 27

The Curry County Board of Commissioners met Friday in a special meeting at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library. During the meeting: The commission approved various county road projects totaling $465,420. The New Mexico Department of Transportation will provide 75 percent of the funds with the county paying 25 percent, or $116,355 toward the […]