Businesses, individuals honored at United Way banquet

CMI staff photo: Alisa Boswell Hoyt Skabelund of Plains Regional Medical Center speaks at the United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s annual banquet Tuesday night, telling his audience that the time they give volunteering in the community is the most precious commodity. “To me, what we’re gathered here for today is very real and personal,” […]

Jerrica’s first day out

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Seven-week-old Jerrica was made available for public viewing for the first time Tuesday at Hillcrest Park Zoo. Jerrica, who was born at the zoo, was placed in exhibit next to her mother, Jael. Assistant Zoo Director Mark Yannotti said, “I’ve never seen it this busy in all of my 26 […]

‘Par 3′ golf course renovations top parks priority list

Kevin Wilson In line with approving the start of a bid process for fixing the sprinkler system at Colonial Park Golf Course, the Clovis City Commission on Thursday directed Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell to push the “par-3” golf course renovation at Hillcrest Park to the top of his park renovation priority list. The […]

Lansford resigns county position

CNJ staff Curry County Finance Director Mark Lansford has confirmed he resigned his position on Monday. County Manager Lance Pyle said he received a copy of Lansford’s letter of resignation on Tuesday. Pyle said Lansford leaves the county in good shape financially and Pyle wished him the best in his future endeavors. Lansford filed a […]

Baby giraffe’s debut still on hold

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Public viewing of a baby giraffe born last week at the Hillcrest Zoo remains on hold, Clovis Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell said Monday. CNJ staff Public viewing of a baby giraffe born last week at the Hillcrest Zoo remains on hold, Clovis Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell […]

Year in review: Region expecting hundreds of new jobs

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Lee Malloy, president of Clovis Industrial Development Corp., was one of several city officials who spoke during a news conference in November to announce Beauty Health and Science Innovations intent to move its corporate headquarters to Clovis. Beauty Health and Science Innovations, a beauty supply manufacturing company, announced plans to open in Clovis in April […]

Golf course greens damaged by vehicles

CNJ staff The city will work to secure entry points to the Colonial Park Golf Course after four greens were heavily damaged by vehicles Dec. 6, according to Bill Bizzell, director of City of Clovis Parks and Recreation. Bizzell said damage to the greens indicates a full-size vehicle or vehicles spun donuts on the greens. […]

Bieker named Clovis airport manager

Gene Bieker, retired executive director of operations for Clovis schools, is the new manager at Clovis Municipal Airport, city officials announced Wednesday. “Mr. Bieker will be a great addition to the city team,” City Manager Joe Thomas said in a press release. “He brings with him a thorough knowledge of airport management and we look […]

Clovis airport director taking state job

The director at the Clovis Municipal Airport is leaving for a state position. Steve Summers, who has been with the airport for 17 years, will become the new director of the State Aviation Division of the New Mexico Department of Transportation. His final day at the Clovis airport will be Nov. 25, and he will […]

Experts offer advice on avoiding flu

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Camellia Gallegos, a nationally certified medical technician at Clovis Family Healthcare, draws up a flu vaccine. Benna Sayyed Winter is right around the corner, temperatures are dropping and the flu season is here. Essie Means, director of Barbara Ann’s Child Care Center, is at ground zero for the battle against […]

4Troops: Musical group comprised of veterans to perform

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Victor Hurtado: Courtesy photo Clockwise from left, 4Troops band members Meredith Melcher, Tony Genpilo, Joey Beebe and Ron Henry will be performing in Clovis at 7 p.m. Saturday at Marshall Middle School Auditorium. The band, made up of four veterans, has achieved national fame and tours all over the U.S., playing for veterans, military members […]

Rain expected through 10 a.m.

Widespread rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue across eastern New Mexico through 10 a.m. today, according to a news release from Clovis Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos. The release said most areas will receive “a few hundredths to one quarter inch” of rain. Some areas could see half an inch of rain, […]

Airport director asked to empty hangar

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CNJ staff photo: Robin Fornoff Clovis homebuilder Bob Linn checks the oil on one of his airplanes, kept at Clovis Municipal Airport. Linn’s complaint prompted City Manager Joe Thomas to order Airport Director Steve Summers to stop using a hangar to store personal items. Robin Fornoff Clovis’ city manager has ordered Clovis Municipal Airport Director […]

Our people: Man of steel

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Liliana Castillo: FNM Correspondent Clovis Family YMCA Director Shane Nelson is such a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, he has an entire wall themed in their signature yellow and black in his office. Shane Nelson, associate executive director of the Clovis Family YMCA, made the first big move of his life to bring the […]

Former choir director still imparts lessons

Curtis Shelburne I’m pretty sure I just participated in “Mr. Holland’s Opus.” Several hundred of Mr. Frank Frisbie’s former students—“his kids,” as he has always called us—and many friends gathered at Amarillo’s Tascosa High School to surprise our former choir director on his 75th birthday and to say “thank you” to this dear man. We […]

Hotel Clovis project to move forward

Sharna Johnson A Taos developer has bridged a funding gap and will be cleared to move forward with renovation of Hotel Clovis in as little as a week, according to state officials. Developer Stephen Crozier is poised to close his loans by next week and has satisfied underwriting requirements, said Linda Bridge, housing development director […]

Religion feature: Church welcomes new music director

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Courtesy photo Ken McDonald, shown with his wife Marge, is the new director of music ministries at First United Methodist Church in Clovis First United Methodist Church in Clovis is pleased to announce the addition of Ken McDonald to its professional staff. McDonald will serve as the director of music ministries and brings a wealth […]

Clovis grad honored by Texas Bandmasters

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Courtesy photo Randy Vaughn, a former Clovis band member was inducted into the Texas Bandmasters hall of fame. Randy Vaughn, retired band director at Klein High School, was installed July 26, in the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame in ceremonies held in conjunction with the annual Convention of the Texas Bandmasters Association meeting in San […]

Weekly update — Aug. 7

Region IV housing office closed The Region IV housing office in Clovis, located at 600 Mitchell Street in Clovis, was closed Friday. Chris Herbert, Executive Director of Eastern Regional Housing Authority in Roswell, said the Roswell office took over supervision of the Mitchell Street office in 2009 when the state was consolidated from seven regions […]