Border towns celebrate unity

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleGabriela Velez, left, 14, and Janie Balch, 15, both of Clovis, ride the train Saturday at the Border Town Days festival in Farwell and Texico. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A hunk of brisket to his left, a white apron masking most of his shirt, James William, a member of […]

Players’ notions change after all-star week

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Heading into the week of all-star football practices, which culminated in a 24-7 victory for the South on Friday, Clovis linemen Randy Cerda and Aaron Simon may have had certain preconceived notions about some things. At the end of the week, some of those were all but forgotten […]

Kassin remembered in Louisiana service

By The Associated Press FORT POLK, La. — Family members wearing T-shirts with pictures on the backs of a soldier killed in Afghanistan who had ties to Clovis attended a memorial service for him at Fort Polk’s main chapel. Sgt. Robert P. Kassin, 29, was serving as part of Task Force Warrior in the southern […]

USSSA state softball: Playing for love of the game

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The Ultamitts’ Dee Dee Gutierrez puts the tag on the Zandi Queener during Saturday’s Class E game in the USSSA women’s state slow-pitch tournament at Spencer Field. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer In the 15 or so years since she organized the team, Othena Smith has yet to see […]

Prince Street construction starts

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleThe intersection of North Prince and 21st streets fills with water after heavy showers on Saturday afternoon. An underground drainage system is being extended from 21st Street north more than 800 feet. What: North Prince Street construction project Why: Storm sewer improvement When: Monday to Aug. 31 depending on weather delays […]

Q&A: Attorney enjoys chance to serve hometown

Clovis native Andrea Reeb has worked in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for 10 years. She is a chief deputy district attorney. Background: Reeb is the daughter of Dr. Nicholas and Ann Rowley of Clovis. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1989. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from […]

Food services director ready to retire

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleJudy Abernathy worked as a teacher before becoming the food services director for Clovis Municipal Schools. She is retiring Monday. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Judy Abernathy remembers when students bought paper tickets to eat school meals, calories in school meals had to be computed by hand, and family and […]

ENMU president optimistic despite attendance drop

CNJ Staff Eastern New Mexico University officials are toiling to prop up student enrollment, which dipped by 10 percent last May, but sprung back, according to ENMU President Steven Gamble. “Because we have been recruiting hard and contacting students, we are doing much better, and are now down 2.5 percent,” Gamble said during a Friday […]

July 30, 2006 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around noon July 23 an officer was dispatched to an elementary school in the 4800 block of Norris Street in reference to a report of criminal damage. The caller told the officer fish in the school’s outdoor pond had died and she […]

July 30, 2006 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the 9th Judicial District Court: • Patrick L. Chavez, 36, was found guilty by a jury of possessing a controlled substance and adjudged to be a habitual offender; and ordered to serve four years and one year, six months imprisonment, and pay all fines and fees. He […]

Democrats’ new dream is bigger government

Freedom Newspapers They have a dream — to put more of your life under the control of government. They’re the Democratic Leadership Council, the springboard for Bill Clinton’s presidential bid in 1992 and a power center for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. The DLC bills itself as a group of moderate Democrats trying to steer […]

New water rates to provide for long-term

By Kathy Wright: guest columnist As a lifelong resident of the Clovis area, I have been proud to see our community grow and prosper. I shared the joy of many to hear that Cannon Air Force Base has a new mission, and what a mission it is! Cannon is the economic engine of our community […]

State expectations higher than most

By Rhonda Seidenwurm: guest columnist As superintendent of schools in Clovis, it was my pleasure to be a part of the team that provided information to the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) group, which visited Clovis earlier this month. It became apparent to me that the group had some misinformation regarding the relative academic […]

Learning means transition

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleKathi Shaw teaches 4-year-olds at Cameo Elementary School. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer In a little more than two weeks, area students will return to school. Awaiting some are significant changes. Here is a closer view of alterations in area school districts. Clovis High School Tradition returns — in the […]

School evolves again

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Lincoln-Jackson evolved from a segregated school for black students, to an integrated school, to an arts academy. These days, it is undergoing another evolution, into a family center. The arts academy has changed locations and merged with Bella Vista Elementary. And in turn, Lincoln-Jackson has become home to a […]

New instructor wants students to have say in class’ direction

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer A hands-on learning environment is what Gwyn Del Toro hopes to create in her fourth-grade classroom. A first-time teacher, Del Toro is beginning her career at James Bickley Elementary. “I’m excited but nervous,” she said. The new teacher is hoping for a school year full of learning and fun. […]

Teacher looks forward to new challenge

By Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers Sandy Belden will be a new kindergarten teacher at Brown Early Development Center in Portales this upcoming school year. Having taught first grade at La Casita Elementary School in Clovis for the past two years, Belden said she is looking forward to teaching at Brown. She and her family live […]

Border Days Information

CNJ Staff What: 40th Border Town Days Where: Farwell and Texico When: 10 a.m. (CDT) today Background: Originally a rodeo event, Border Town Days is now a yearly gathering of members of two strikingly similar towns on each side of the Texico-New Mexico border to chat and eat. To do: There will be an arts […]

Day Trip: Parks can help make fun finale for summer

With summer winding down, families are looking to squeeze that last little bit of fun from summer. A quick way to do that on a day trip would be a visit to an area amusement park. Casel-Land Fun Center Located on the outskirts of Clovis, Casel-Land Fun Center includes a go-cart track, 18-hole miniature golf […]

City Championship features close battle

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Albert Rubio of Clovis chips onto the third green during Friday’s first round of the Clovis City Championship at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff David Maldonado didn’t think he’d played that well on Friday, yet he kept himself in contention in the Clovis City Championship tournament at Municipal Golf […]