State to ask for total control of Buena Vista

CNJ STAFF The New Mexico Health and Human Services Department announced Thursday it will go to Curry County District Court at 2 p.m. today asking that the agency be granted permanent receivership of Buena Vista Nursing Home. Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker earlier granted the state temporary receivership pending today’s court hearing. In a […]

Women’s medical center reopens with more to offer

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The Women’s Medical Center in Clovis recently expanded its facility with the addition of seven examination rooms. At 2000 W. 21st St., the center celebrated its extra 2,000 square feet — to 13,000 now — with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception on Friday. “Now we have a total of 23 […]

Doctor’s defense of nursing home poor

Michelle Grisham: Guest columnist Regarding the article headlined, “Nursing home owner tells his side of story” published May 9: It appears rumors have spread through the Buena Vista Nursing Home about the consequences to its residents if the facility is placed under state receivership, as recommended by the Aging and Long-Term Services Department’s ombudsman program. […]

Nursing home owner tells his side of story

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer When Dr. Ali Ghaffari and his wife moved to Clovis in 1985, starting a facility to help older people was among their goals. “I like helping people,” Ghaffari said. “Me and my wife are both in the medical field; she is a pharmacist, I am a physician. This […]

Alliance recruiting drama performer

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Christian Ministerial Alliance decided Thursday morning to bring a man to Clovis who recites the entire Gospel of John from memory as part of a drama presentation. Brad Sherrill, the presenter, is coming on Sept. 18 to Sandia Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque and the Rev. Brad Reeves of Kingswood […]

State may take over nursing home; owner shocked

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis nursing home could be taken over by the state if regulators prove in court that deficiencies at the facility place its more than 30 residents in “immediate jeopardy.” State regulators called a press conference in Santa Fe Thursday to announce that Buena Vista Nursing Home in Clovis is one […]

State monies not allocated for county jails

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A inmate walks through pod 6 as he heads to the recreation room Friday. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Glen Seeber: CNJ staff writer Now that New Mexico is no longer a frontier state, when you catch a cattle rustler, it isn’t appropriate to string him up from the nearest tree. You’ve got to […]

Food bank not saved by funds

By Glen Seeber Life Saver Food Bank personnel had hoped $50,000 from the state would help “save their bacon,” but the funds were crossed off the capital outlay list on Wednesday. For Nancy Taylor, executive director of the food bank, it was an opportunity to say “cheese” and put on a happy face — but […]

Community changes for the better

Clyde Davis Have you managed to keep pace with some of the new growth going on around town, the new and revised businesses that we are seeing? Sometimes it seems to move fast enough to make your head spin, so let’s take a tour of the town as it is developing. In the brief seven […]

New Parmer County jail scheduled to open soon

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Joaquin Alarez, an employee with ISI Detention Contracting Inc. in San Antonio, Texas, installs a door stop Tuesday in the corridor near Vestibule M3 while working in the Parmer County Law Enforcement Center in Farwell. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Michelle Seeber FARWELL — The new Parmer County Law Enforcement Center, nearing completion at […]

Floersheim, Helmi Heikkila

Helmi Heikkila Floersheim Services: Have been held. Helmi Heikkila Floersheim, 90, of Colfax County, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at the Colfax County General Long Term Care Nursing Facility in Springer. She was born on Sept. 1, 1913, in Quincy, Mass., to Elida Maria Vuorinen and Anshelm Heikkila. She was preceded in death by her […]

CCC books trading spaces

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James Tyson, left, reaches to the top shelf Wednesday as he boxes books that will be taken to the new library later in the week. Also helping were TRiO employees at the college Tara Grant, right, and Carolyn Rogers, background. Photo: Eric Kluth. By Glen Seeber Usually when books disappear off the shelves of a […]

Hinkley: Least dangerous man on earth

Steve Chapman Forty years later, there are still unanswered questions about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. But one is unanswered only because it has never been asked: If Lee Harvey Oswald were alive today, would we let him walk the streets a free man? The question hasn’t been considered because it seems preposterous to […]

Waste water agreement reached in city meeting

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City employee Jimmy Martinez inspects an aerator tank Monday at the city’s waste water treatment plant. Martinez said the plant handles between 2.5 and 3 million gallons of waste water per day. CNJ staff photo: Rick White. By Jack King Clovis city commissioners approved three items related to waste water infrastructure for Southwest Cheese at […]

Building of cheese plant could begin in January

By Glen Seeber If funding for an expansion to Clovis’ wastewater treatment plant is approved during a special city commission meeting on Monday, groundbreaking for a multi-million dollar cheese-processing plant could happen as early as January. “I would be a little out of line if I predicted how the vote would go, but I am […]

Legacy of girl scout icon should endure

Letters to the editor/Thank you letters In 1947, I came to Clovis as the first executive secretary of a new area in Girl Scouting. It consisted of Clovis, Fort Sumner, Tucumcari and Muleshoe. My office was in the Girl Scouts Little House and I have many pleasant memories of activities there — Girl Scout meetings, […]

City still in hunt for baseball team

By Dave Wagner Clovis remains in the running for a minor league professional baseball team, but a decision one way or the other won’t be forthcoming anytime soon. Representatives of the Southwestern League, formerly the Arizona-Mexico League, visited the city last week. League president Bob Lipp said the process of looking at a number of […]

Healthplex opens in grand style

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By Gary Mitchell No one was more excited about the grand opening of the new 15,000-square-foot Healthplex than Nola Pawol, the director of home health, hospice and rehabilitation for Plains Regional Medical Center. “It’s my privilege to get to be the director of the Healthplex,” Pawol told a crowd of nearly 200 people gathered for […]

Local health community celebrates new addition

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Expansion projects at Plains Regional Medical Center include expanding the emergency room, building a new physician’s office, and the opening of the Healthplex and cancer treatment center. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Gary Mitchell Hospital administrator Brian Bentley calls today’s grand opening ceremony “a three-fold celebration.” Dignitaries from Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Plains Regional Medical Center […]

Panel OKs projects at Cannon AFB

CNJ Staff WASHINGTON — A key Senate committee has approved a request by U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici to authorize defense funding for construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base, including a new aerospace ground equipment complex. The Cannon-related items are included in the FY2004 Defense Authorization Bill, which has been approved by the Senate Armed […]