CCC trims part-time tuition

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Part-time students can afford to take more classes at Clovis Community College in the spring semester. The tuition reduction, which affects students taking less than seven credit-hours, is part of the school’s 2007-2008 strategic plan approved Wednesday by CCC Board of Trustees during their monthly meeting. CCC president John […]

Commission considers smoking code

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission is considering limiting outdoor smoking at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The proposal would limit outdoor smoking to 25 feet or more outside the fairgrounds gates. The ordinance will also designate a distance of 25 feet for smoking areas at all county building entrances and ban […]

Local Roundup: Aquatic center opening planned

CNJ staff Officials hope to open the Clovis Aquatic Center on Monday pending an inspection by the New Mexico Environmental Department, according to Rob Carter, director of Clovis’ Parks and Recreation. Utilizing city and state funds, the facility has undergone approximately $450,000 in renovations, Carter said. The pool was sandblasted and repainted and the deck […]

Sept. 6 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 1 a.m. Aug. 26 an officer conducted a traffic stop in the area of Fifth and Main streets. A check of identification on the vehicle’s occupants revealed a passenger had warrants for her arrest. When […]

Researchers seek to end peanut rot

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Researcher Saum Sanogo is working to develop more organic methods to treat pod rot in peanuts. Beneficial microbes for seed treatment and botanical extracts, such as garlic and chili plant extracts, are being studied to determine if they could prove to be beneficial to the peanut community, according to Sanogo, […]

Space still available in CCC classes

CNJ staff Clovis Community College is still enrolling students for the following classes: High Plains Chorale — 15 sessions, 6:45–8:25 p.m., Thursdays through Dec. 13, Room 186. Fee: $15 The Backstage Pass — Allows students to work behind the scenes with the CCC Cultural Arts staff, assisting with live performances and the production process. Classes […]

Sept. 6 Education Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of school-related incidents in which area law enforcement responded, according to reports: Around noon Aug. 20 an officer responded to a report of a fight after lunch between two male students at Marshall Middle School. The principal said they had been “talking smack” and began exchanging punches, putting […]

Letters to the Editor: Zoo’s evolution impresses patron

Having grown up in Clovis many years ago and having lived five blocks west of the zoo, I was pleasantly surprised to see how much it has improved over the years. While visiting relatives during July, we had the pleasure of touring the zoo and meeting some of the workers. The staff was friendly and […]

Timing of Iraq pullout won’t lessen turmoil

By Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s surprise visit to Anbar province in Iraq, leading him to suggest the possibility that further successes in the security situation could lead to an unspecified reduction in the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, was a qualified political success. With an eight-hour visit to a military base and meetings not […]

ENMU building programs

CNJ staff PORTALES — On the surface, Eastern New Mexico University’s cross country teams may not have seemed to fare all that well in Friday’s season-opening Buffalo Stampede, hosted by West Texas A&M at Canyon. Still, first-year ENMU coach Eric Boll said his teams aren’t exactly in midseason form, and the men in particular aren’t […]

Lady Cats pull away from Westerners

CNJ staff LUBBOCK — The Clovis High volleyball team struggled through the first two games, then cruised to a game-clinching win in the third Tuesday night in a 25-23, 26-24, 25-11 victory over Lubbock High. The Lady Wildcats (4-1), coming off a four-game win over Portales on Saturday for the championship in their own invitational […]

Clovis Relay raises $100K

CNJ Staff The 2007 Clovis Relay for Life has raised more than $100,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society, according to event organizers. This year’s effort has brought in the most donations since the fund-raiser began in 1996, according to event co-chair Rebecca Holt. More than $80,000 was raised at May’s annual Relay for Life […]

Jail back in use

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Detention Center Warden Leslie Johnson takes a look at the renovated women’s jail, which will house 58 inmates. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A renovation project that took more than four months to create a separate women’s facility at the Curry County Detention Center is complete. Curry […]

Police going mobile with new vehicle

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The mobile command center purchased by the Clovis Police Department. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Clovis Police Department’s new mobile command center will make it possible for commanders to operate on-scene during major incidents and events, Chief Dan Blair said. Designed to provide police a central, portable location for communications and strategic planning, the […]

Separation doesn’t justify silencing religious

Freedom Newspapers T he last thing we want to see is an overloaded federal court system burdened with another lawsuit. But we can’t say we’re disappointed that Erica Corder and her parents are suing a Colorado school district, claiming violations of the young woman’s First and 14th Amendment rights. Her case raises constitutional questions of […]

I made my bed, and I burned in it

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I don’t have what you’d call a varied wardrobe. If there’s a shirt I find comfortable, I usually buy one in every available color. Another dress code rule for me is, “No shorts.” It all has to do with my attachment to self-esteem, and my hatred of my exposed white […]

Former deputy sentenced for failure to register as sex offender

CNJ staff A former Roosevelt County deputy was sentenced to almost six years in prison Tuesday for failing to register as a sex offender and violating probation, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. Raymond Gates, 49, must remain in prison until June 7, 2013, the release said. Gates pleaded guilty to […]

Dentist not being sought in Oklahoma homicides

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File photo Former Clovis dentist James Smith is serving a life sentence for the slaying of Laura McNaugton. The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — A New Mexico dentist serving life in prison for murder is no longer a “person of interest” in the unsolved killings of several prostitutes in the Lawton area. Oklahoma State Bureau […]

Family starts new tradition

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Esmi Valadez, 7, fishes for catfish with a new fishing pole at Greene Acres Park on Monday with her sisters, Precious, 2, front, and Samantha, 10. Sonia and Roberto Valadez, background, took their daughters to the park for a family picnic on Labor Day. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer […]

Holly, Petty proteges performing at festival

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The history of rock ’n’ roll, from the revolutionary sound of Elvis to the modern beat of Tejano, will be showcased at the 2007 Clovis Music Festival. The first concert in this year’s event sponsored by the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce will be at 7 p.m. Thursday with […]