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

kp0ih3-827cancerboyweb.jpg

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

kp0dvk-827autism.jpg

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

kp0ddr-827ticket.jpg

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, […]

Consumers seek fuel efficiency through CARS program

koyp5b-826carsprogram.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Tim Baldwin of Hamilton Big Country Ford in Tucumcari said the Ford Focus was one of the more popular vehicles from customers who took advantage of the Cash for Clunkers program. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Cash for Clunkers program, which has been successful nationwide in spurring new-car […]

USDA schedules conservation meeting

CNJ Staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service is signing up agriculture producers for its new Conservation Stewardship Program. A public information meeting about the program is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 4 in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The program encourages conservation practices in agriculture and forestry. The […]

Bingaman: New Mexico awarded more than $4 million for crime prevention and victim safety

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced today that the State of New Mexico has been awarded over $4.2 million to support crime prevention and reduction efforts and to assist victims of crime. The New Mexico Department of Public Safety will receive $2.87 million through the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Edward Byrne Memorial Justice […]

Still plenty of learning left to do

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For the first time in nearly a decade, I’m getting credit for something. Granted, it’s college credit, but everybody’s got to start somewhere. The first day of school is something magical. It’s a time of the pain of letting go for parents, as many of my friends have kids […]

TRICARE Prime: Move or lose it

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Retired Navy Corpsman Lloyd Tilch Sr., his wife Debbie and their chronically-ill son Cody pulled up roots last month in Blythe, Calif. They moved into a rented house 110 miles away, near to the Marine Corps base hospital at Twentynine Palms, Calif. The Tilch family had to move — and […]

U.S. no longer has active role in Iraq

Freedom New Mexico Two large bomb blasts in Baghdad, one aimed at the Foreign and Finance Ministries, killed at least 100 people and injured about 600, putting something of an exclamation point on a month of escalating insurgent violence and calling into question the capacity of the Iraqi government to provide effective security. There will […]

Blue-footed booby makes unprecedented appearance at Conchas Lake

koyixp-826bluebooby.jpg

Courtesy photo: Glenn Walbek/www.pbase.com/gwalbek/galleries The blue-footed booby commonly is found in the Gulf of California between the mainland and Baja, Calif., with occasional sightings at inland lakes in Arizona, Nevada, Southeastern California and Texas. Freedom New Mexico Bird watchers are migrating to Conchas Lake for the rare chance to catch a glimpse of a blue-footed […]

Don’t reach for your halo too soon

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist You can be too shiny. Those words may not be profound, but they are true. The good news of the gospel, someone once wisely said, is that God loves ordinary people. We don’t have to shine ourselves up, or fool ourselves about how shiny we are, or wax on […]

Police blotter — Aug. 26

CNJ staff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 11 a.m. Aug. 15 an officer responded to the 200 block of 11th Street for a found handgun. A man said he was there visiting a friend and saw a handgun lying on the ground next to his vehicle. […]

Columbine survivor: Kindness can change world

koy9ti-826rachelschallenge.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School Freshman Academy students signed a banner declaring they accept Rachel’s Challenge of being kind to each other. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The nearly 600 students were silent, most with tears glistening in their eyes, as they watched footage from the Columbine shooting flash across the […]