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 […]

Clovis MainStreet honored

CNJ staff FARMINGTON — Clovis MainStreet was honored at the New Mexico MainStreet Summer Institute in Farmington with three awards and national accreditation, according to news releases from the New Mexico Economic Development Department, which sponsors New Mexico MainStreet. Clovis MainStreet received awards for Excellence in Fundraising— for the Clovis Downtown Cultural Arts Fest wine […]

Murder trial for Clovis man delayed

CNJ staff Next week’s first-degree murder trial for a Clovis man will be delayed almost six months, according to the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Robert Macias was scheduled for a three-day trial starting Wednesday, but additional days were needed to accommodate more witness testimony than originally planned. The next available date that could be […]

Clovis resident elected Curry County Democratic chairman

CNJ staff Gordon Smith of Clovis has been elected chairman of the Democratic Party of Curry County, according to a news release from the Democratic Party of New Mexico. Patricia Doran of Clovis was elected county party vice chairwoman. Smith, appliance manager at McDaniel’s Home Furnishings, succeeds Jan Elliott, who resigned. Doran succeeds Drew Tarum, […]

Lifeguard shortage could induce pool restrictions

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The state mandated stricter safety guidelines at Potter Pool last year following the drowning death of a 3-year-old boy. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis has asked the state to lift a staffing stipulation placed on a Clovis public pool after a boy drowned in it last […]

Soft-spoken coach loved to keep busy

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He was a quiet man who carried himself with consistency and unflinching stability. He was happiest when he was busy, family members said. Rufus George Jr. worked a majority of his life as a coach and teacher, spending 23 years at Gattis Junior High School, his wife Barbara George […]

Report urges protecting water rights, conservation

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Nine strategies for conserving water in arid Northeast New Mexico are evaluated in a preliminary water plan recently released by a water resources and environmental consulting firm. Municipal conservation, agricultural conservation, groundwater management, rangeland conservation and watershed management, water rights protection, Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, planning for […]

Yucca rushing to get ready

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Paul Vernon, project superintendent for LCI2, looks at a drop ceiling damaged by rain at Yucca Junior High School. (Staff photo: Andy DeLislie) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Floating floor tiles, damaged plaster and soaked carpets greeted school officials last week after rain seeped through portions of a partially constructed roof and flooded […]

Portales man injured in robbery

Freedom newspapers o Police say intruder beat 88-year-old victim in home. Portales — An 88-year-old Portales man was in serious but stable condition in a Lubbock hospital on Wednesday after he was beaten and robbed at his home, police said. Police said Wednesday they had no suspects. Nabor Leal of 724 W. 15th Lane was […]

Off-duty PRMC surgical nurse helps deliver baby boy

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Donna Morrow arrived at the Curry County Animal Hospital for her dog’s shots — instead she delivered a baby. A surgical nurse at Plains Regional Medical Center, Morrow was waiting for her Chihuahua to be seen Tuesday when she heard a woman scream. Morrow followed the sounds to a […]

Fuel duel: Fire marshal ends gas war on Prince

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Gas prices dropped to 49.9 cents a gallon Wednesday at the Allsup’s at the corner of Prince Street and Llano Estacado. (Staff photo: Andy DeLislie) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer When a fevered gas war between rival convenience stores snarled traffic at one of the city’s busiest intersections Wednesday afternoon, Clovis Fire Marshal Allan […]

What’s Happening 7/27

All times MDT Today Damn Yankees — 7 p.m., Clovis Community College Town Hall, Tickets $10. Information: 769-4035 Friday Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents — 9:30 a.m. in the Regents Room on the Portales campus. Damn Yankees — 7 p.m., Clovis Community College Town Hall, Tickets $10. Information: 769-4035 Saturday Border Town Days […]

Meetings Watch 7/27

The following is a summary of the Clovis City Commission meeting held Wednesday: • The 2006-2007 city budget was approved. The estimated cash balance of the budget is roughly $17 million with revenues and expenditures, according to city documents. City revenues are slightly higher than expected and will be funneled into public improvement projects, City […]

Fueling frenzy hits Clovis

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleDale Bone of Bard fills his vehicle at Allsup’s on North Prince Street. Bone waited in line for 30 minutes Tuesday to purchase gasoline at $2.29 per gallon. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The real winner in a price war between two Clovis gas stations is the consumer. Regular unleaded […]

Vandalism has Melrose considering curfew

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleVandals struck several targets in Melrose on July 18. A Melrose Police Department truck was one of the vehicles vandalized. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Melrose is considering imposing a juvenile curfew in response to an overnight vandalism spree that targeted the vehicle of the town’s high school principal and […]