Clovis schools boss gets extension

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Board of Education added another year to school superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm’s contract. Board members voted unanimously Tuesday to extend her contract to June 30, 2010. Seidenwurm was hired on as the district’s superintendent in 2005. “I’m pleased that all five of my board members voted to extend […]

Officer pleads guilty to bringing drugs to jail

CNJ Staff A former detention officer at the Curry County Adult Detention Center pleaded guilty this week to bringing drugs into the jail, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Following a 60-day diagnostic evaluation, 30-year-old Damain Pardue will be sentenced. He faces a maximum of 18 months imprisonment, the […]

Portales mother’s hearing postponed

Freedom Newspapers A 24-year-old Portales woman charged last week with killing her son will undergo a competency evaluation before going in front of a grand jury, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Teresa K. Gilman was scheduled to appear before a Roosevelt County grand jury Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder or the […]

Clovis man sentenced to 48 1/2 years in prison

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Steven Duran, left, was convicted of killing his friend, Ricardo Gallegos, two years ago. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Steven Duran maintained his innocence as he was sentenced to at least 48 1/2 years in prison for killing his friend almost two years ago. Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker […]

Board gives superintendent solid grade

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer School board members showered Clovis Municipal School Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm with the equivalent of As and Bs in an evaluation of her performance completed late last month. The superintendent received a mean rating equivalent to an A- in the six-tiered evaluation, which measured her performance in 49 areas of […]

Superintendent’s performance reviewed

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer School board members convened Tuesday evening to evaluate the performance of Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. It was the first formal evaluation of her performance since the board hired her in April. However, because the evaluation is a matter of personnel, it was conducted in a executive session […]

Judge postpones mansalaughter sentencing

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A district judge on Monday postponed the sentencing of a Clovis man convicted of voluntary manslaughter, saying he needed a diagnostic evaluation of the defendant before making his decision. District Judge Joe Parker said he would like to learn specific anger issues that affect James Rogers, 43, of Clovis. […]

Sentencing hearing for child pornographer postponed

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Rocky Fleming, left, appeared with his attorney Jim Wilson for his sentencing Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. Sentencing was postponed until Friday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Sentencing for a Clovis man charged with five counts of manufacturing child pornography was postponed on Tuesday because his lawyer did not […]

Jacobs gets probation

Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced John Jacobs, 21, of Clovis to 18 months probation Thursday morning in Curry County District Court on a single count of attempted criminal sexual penetration. The charge stems from a July 26, 2002, incident that was originally prosecuted as a case of date rape. Jacobs was initially prosecuted on one count […]

Water authority to discuss fiscal agent

Special to the sun The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will meet at 2 p.m. today at the Melrose School Building. Among the items on the agenda are: n A new agreement between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the authority. n Evaluation of proposals and selection of a fiscal agent for the authority. […]