Education column: Schools communicating through Skylert

We often take for granted some of the less exciting aspects of providing a quality education, such as keeping track of grades, attendance and other administrative-related activities that are critical to keeping our schools up and running for the benefit of our students, as well as for compliance with all legal requirements. One of the […]

Plumbing problems perturbing

Karl Terry Plumbing problems are never a good thing but my timing is terrible. Plumbing is critical these days, people expect me to take a bath every day and to put on clean underwear every morning. Dishes have to be washed, teeth brushed and dinner cooked. All of those things have to be accomplished with […]

Governor orders offices closed

CNJ staff Citing critical supplies for natural gas and power services caused by inclement weather, Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered non-critical state operations to close Friday to decrease the drain on energy supplies throughout New Mexico. “Due to statewide natural gas shortages, I have ordered all government agencies that do not provide essential services to […]

State engineer: Ute water pipeline critical

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Portales Mayor Sharon King, left, and Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield listen to a speaker at the Ute Pipeline news conference Thursday at the Yam theater. They, Congressional aides and water experts talked about the urgent need for federal money for the pipeline. Argen Duncan The proposed $500 million Ute Pipeline […]

Officials: Child abuse severity spikes

Sharna Johnson Critical injuries stemming from the abuse of two Clovis infants are in line with a statewide trend of increased severity in abuse cases. “What we’re experiencing now is an increase in cases that the abuse is more severe,” said Romaine Serna, spokeswoman for New Mexico’s Children Youth and Families. “Recently we’ve seen some […]

Business, quilt tips featured on show

Information on critical business thinking, making kaleidoscope quilts and insertion lace machine embroidery will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Author Kivi Bernhard talks about the hunt for profit in a tough global economy. His book is titled “Leopardology,” and he compares critical business thinking with the […]

Voters to decide judicial complex needs

Lance Pyle The Curry County Commission voted Aug. 9 to put two critical issues on the November ballot, both related to the safety of Curry County residents. First, voters will decide whether to issue up to $16.5 million in general obligation bonds for the design and construction of a courthouse addition. The second question will […]

Dora shooting victim still critical

Freedom New Mexico staff report A man shot in the head during an altercation in Dora on Wednesday night remains in critical condition at a Lubbock hospital, according to authorities. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker declined Friday to release any names relating to the incident, citing safety issues. Deputies were called to 506 Avenue D […]

Man killed in single-vehicle crash in Curry County

CNJ staff A man was killed and another is in critical condition after a single-vehicle crash Sunday night on State Road 467. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said the victims’ names are being withheld until next of kin have been notified. Glascock said the crash happened around 9:15 p.m. at a curve near mile marker […]

Everybody’s business: Revenue forecast critical to business plan

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, Ed.D. One of the most critical components of any business plan is a well-executed “revenue forecast.” The art of projecting sales and revenue is often a difficult one because it involves trying to peer into the future in an analytical fashion to estimate what is going to happen. The accuracy of a […]

Portales teen in critical condition after accident

A Portales teenager was in critical condition at Lubbock Covenant Children’s Hospital on Thursday after apparently being thrown from atop a vehicle being driven by a friend. Anthony Sapp, 16, was airlifted to Lubbock on Wednesday after suffering a head injury in the 1900 block of South Roosevelt Rd. 4 1/2. Law officers said it […]

Clovis man critical after bitten by boar

Freedom New Mexico Lubbock doctors are working to save a 26-year-old Clovis man’s arm after he was attacked Monday by a 900-pound boar he was feeding. Juan Cruz’ arm was nearly severed at the elbow around 1 p.m. as he was feeding pigs in a pen at a residence in the 1000 block of Curry […]

Airman still in critical condition after crash

CNJ staff A 24-year-old Cannon Air Force base airman remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon at a Lubbock hospital a day after he was injured in a motorcycle accident, according to a Cannon spokesman. Staff Sgt. Brandon Seals of Cannon public affairs said he could not release the airman’s name until his next of kin […]

Seminar addresses domestic violence

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The state’s assistant attorney general said getting agencies talking to one another is critical to curbing domestic violence rates in the state. Ann Badway was one of several experts to speak Monday during the first day of a three-day conference at the Clovis Civic Center. “You have to learn […]

Blood shortage has providers raising efforts

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer A shortage of blood donors has area blood service providers concerned enough to step up their efforts. United Blood Services of Lubbock, which provides blood to Portales, Clovis, Hobbs and parts of West Texas, has recently gone on critical appeal for blood. Going on critical appeal for blood means […]

Fatal crash leaves one Clovis teen dead, another injured

CNJ staff A one-vehicle crash north of Clovis early Saturday morning left one Clovis teen dead and another in critical condition. Adam Romero, 15, the passenger, died at the scene of the crash, according to Sgt. Wesley Waller of the New Mexico State Police. The driver, Charles Valero, 16, of Clovis, was in critical condition […]

Wildlife service could designate Canadian River critical habitat for shiner

By Tova Fruchtman: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI —The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority heard concerns Wednesday about the possibility of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declaring the Canadian River a critical habitat for the Arkansas River shiner. Doug Murray of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission said the Arkansas River shiner critical habitat designation […]

Muleshoe burn victim critical

CNJ staff A 78-year-old Muleshoe man injured Saturday in a house fire in Muleshoe was still in critical condition Wednesday night, according to hospital officials. Larry Hall was taken to the burn unit at University Medical Center in Lubbock on Saturday night where he was treated for burns covering about 30 percent of his body, […]

Accident victim remains in critical condition

CNJ staff Susan Downey, 45, of House, was still listed in critical condition Wednesday at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock following a Monday morning accident near St. Vrain that took the lives of her husband and son, hospital officials said. Her husband, Russell Dwain Downey, 48, and son, Levi Downey, 19, both of House, died […]

It takes a critical eye to get rid of junk

By Grant McGee An acquaintance of mine was tidying up his Clovis home recently. As I approached his house I wondered if he were having a garage sale. There was all this stuff in the driveway. I don’t really know why folks hold on to stuff. I was telling my mom I was writing about […]