Chavez to serve 13 year sentence for second-degree murder

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Lorenzo Chavez, 58, looks back towards his family during a plea hearing in district court Thursday. Chavez pleaded guilty to second degree murder and will serve 13 years for the 1998 shooting of 47-year-old Daniel Jose Lopez. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The last words her son said as […]

School officials report theft of model jet

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School security cameras recently caught two people in the act of stealing a 1/8-scale model of an F-16 mounted in front of the school. But the culprits haven’t been caught and the plane is still missing. Principal Wayne Marshall discovered the theft while taking a walk around […]

Aug. 28 Religion Calendar

Friday Clovis Jump Up — 5:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m., Second and Pile Streets

Faith outweighs material goods

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist A millionaire California investor with a wife and five children owned a massive sky rise apartment building. Not only was the businessman financially successful, he was a deeply spiritual man. He had a firm conviction that what wealth he acquired came from God and must be returned to God. The […]

A view from under the pew: little mouse from nowhere

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist little mouse from nowhere

First person: Spreading the word

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Penny Bailey, the new communication specialist for the Clovis Municipal Schools system, said she can’t wait to let parents and the community know about the good things happening in the district. CNJ staff Penny Bailey said she learned firsthand about Clovis Municipal Schools. When her family had the choice to […]

Finally enjoying fruits of my labor

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist I had threatened to put in a garden for the last three summers. The last several weeks we’re finally enjoying the fruits of our labor. Back in the spring I tilled up a spot in the southwest corner of our yard and planted a variety of vegetables. Overall the new […]

Interrogation unit to end torture tactics

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama has approved the creation of what is described as an elite team of interrogators, drawn from several different government agencies, to question key terrorism suspects. The High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, or HIG (don’t you love those government acronyms?) will be headquartered at the FBI and overseen by the National […]

ENMU officials project record enrollment

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University freshman Mathew Lujan, who hasn’t declared a major, reads Wednesday while waiting for someone to inquire at the information desk in the Campus Union Building. Enrollment is up 10.7 percent at ENMU. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University officials say it’s preliminary, […]

Surgery center, PRMC joining forces

CNJ staff The Surgery Center of New Mexico adjacent to Plains Regional Medical Center will soon operate under PRMC’s umbrella. A joint agreement to establish Plains Regional OutPatient Surgery, effective Sept. 17, was announced Tuesday in a release from the hospital. By joining forces, the surgery center — opened in 2006 — will house more […]

Religious procession organizer determined soul

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When asked his favorite Bible verse, Sean Ferreira says he can’t possibly narrow it down to one, or two, or even eight. But when it comes to the Jump Up religious procession planned for Friday, he finds Matthew 18:20 fits the bill perfectly. The first-time event should work, according […]

Portales boy survives battle with cancer

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PNT Staff Photo: Eric Butler Lance Fletcher, 9, relaxes with mom Carol and sister Lindsey at their Portales home. Fletcher, diagnosed with cancer just over a year ago, is a poster child for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer There’s a genetic bug in the family tree of Portales’ Joe […]

Education digest: CCC nursing program reaccredited

CNJ staff The Clovis Community College Nursing Program has earned reaccreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, according to a news release. The NLNAC board granted continuing accreditation to the program July 27 following a self-study report and extensive on-site review. The new NLNAC accreditation is for eight years.

Education feature: Program provides ‘special’ education

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Arts Academy at Bella Vista special education teacher Jennifer Wines uses the Picture Exchange Communication System to communicate with her autistic student. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer People tell Jennifer Wines it takes a special teacher for special education. She agrees. “I don’t know what it is. I don’t […]

Beatles tribute band part of cultural arts series

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Courtesy photo The Beatles tribute band Yesterday will be opening Clovis Community College’s 2009-2010 Cultural Arts Series on Sept. 26. Freedom New Mexico Clovis Community College’s ninth year of bringing the world to Clovis kicks off Sept. 26 with a concert commemorating the Beatles. It’s all part of the college’s annual Cultural Arts Series. Cultural […]

$10,000 penalty issued in trophy deer poaching case

HOBBS — A Hobbs magistrate ordered a man convicted of poaching a trophy mule deer to pay the state $10,000 in civil damages, the maximum penalty under a 3-year-old law that allows the state to seek reimbursement for the loss of a trophy game animal. Bradley Smith, 26, indicated through his attorney that he will […]

Press release: ENMU-Portales experiencing record enrollment

PORTALES — Although the final numbers will not be official until Sept. 4, preliminary figures show a record enrollment exceeding 4,550 for the 2009 fall semester at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. The 2008 fall headcount was 4,300. The previous record enrollment of 4,342 in the fall of 1972 had stood for 37 years.

Kennedy dead at 77

The Associated Press BOSTON — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the last surviving brother in a political dynasty and one of the most influential senators in history, died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a year-long struggle with brain cancer. He was 77. In nearly 50 years in the Senate, Kennedy […]

Zias’ Mayo Otis honored

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University outfielder Alex Mayo Otis has received a plaque from the NCAA recognizing her as the toughest hitter to strike out in Division II softball during the 2009 season. Mayo Otis, from Phoenix, struck out just twice in 160 at-bats over 47 games. She tied for the lead […]

Hounds add assistant coach

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Andrew Helton has added Stott Carter to his staff for the upcoming season. Carter comes to Portales after serving at Pfeiffer University in Carolina. In 2007, he was part of the staff at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, helping the Islanders reach the NCAA tournament. Previously, […]