Our people: Covering all the bases

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Courtesy photo Hill and his family spent time together at a park near Portales. Pictured are Hill, left, his daughter Morgran, top left, wife Debbie and son Jordan. Bio Name: Greg Hill Birthday: June 21, 1963 Hometown: Portales Profession: Head baseball coach at Clovis High School Family: Wife Debbie of 23 years, children Morgan and […]

Our people: Teaching soulful work

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LilianaCastillo: Freedom New Mexico Gary Mitchell keeps his references close by while teaching classes at Wayland Baptist University. • Name: Gary Mitchell • Birthday: Feb. 18, 1948 • Hometown: Clovis • Profession: Executive director and dean, Wayland Baptist University-Clovis campus • Family: Wife Judy Mitchell, daughter Mara Andrews, grandchildren Thomas Andrews and Aubrey Andrews, and […]

Our people: Keeping stories going

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LilianaCastillo: Freedom New Mexico Don Criss has worked at KENW-TV for 36 and a quarter years. He said he’ll remain busy after retirement by telling stories at church and getting a ham operators certification. Name: Don Criss Birthday: Jan. 7, 1943 Hometown: Portales Profession: Director of Production Services for KENW-TV Family: Wife of 42 years […]

Our people: Taking center stage

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Courtesy photo Mendoza and her aunt Rachel Cassillas do everything together, Mendoza said. Name: Christy Mendoza Birthday: Nov. 28, 1949 Hometown: Clovis Profession: Film and theater instructor and director, Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series director Family: My mom Mary Mendoza and my aunt Rachel Cassillas Christy Mendoza was born in Los Angeles. She moved […]

Our people: Call of the wild

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Tony Gennaro, 76, continues to enjoy nature and wildlife. Bio Name: Tony Gennaro Birthday: March 18, 1934 Hometown: Raton Profession: Desert biologist, writer

Our People: Still going strong

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Courtesy photo Realtors Al Winklejohn, left, and Jim Fisher, right, made T-shirts to celebrate Shaw’s celebrated peanut brittle. They presented her with this T-shirt in Albuquerque in 1992. Bio: • Name: Tillie Shaw• Birthday:

Our people: Literary legacy

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FNM correspondent: Jeanette Everett Betty Williamson loves hugs from children and the smell of rain. By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico editor Bio Name: Betty Williamson Birthday: Nov. 12, 1961. Volunteers for: Friends of the Portales Public Library, High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival and Dora schools. Famous relative: She’s the niece of novelist Jack Williamson, […]

Clovis superintendent will resign in June

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File photo Rhonda Seidenwurm is in her fifth year as superintendent of Clovis schools. Clovis Municipal Schools will be undergoing massive construction projects in the coming years and Rhonda Seidenwurm said she wasn’t looking forward to the focus. “We’re getting ready to start a really exciting phase for Clovis of redoing every building we have,” […]

First person: Teaching natural path for Clovis native

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Blythe Turner grew up in Clovis and was named the teacher of the year in 2008 by the New Mexico Public Education Department. CNJ staff Blythe Turner grew up in Clovis with two teachers as parents. When she went to college, she decided to follow in her parents footsteps and […]

Wife’s hair color livens up marriage

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist My true hair color is blonde. I’m not so sure about my wife’s color. I knew when I got married I was getting a bottle blonde but she was hot looking and I was in love so I didn’t really care. Had I taken the time to calculate the investment […]