Education column: Mesa’s new principal shares plans

Mesa Elementary has a new principal, Julie Howell, and this past week we had an opportunity to talk about education. Although this is Howell’s first principal position, she has 18 years in education under her belt. As a classroom teacher, she’s taught in the Roswell and Dexter school districts before returning to teach in Clovis. […]

New principal at Mesa Elementary

CNJ staff Julie Howell has accepted the position of Principal at Mesa Elementary School. Howell, an instructional coach at Cameo Elementary since 2008, will begin her new position July 21. Prior to her position at Cameo, she was a teacher at Parkview and Lockwood elementary schools, and was a student teacher in 1994 at Sandia […]

Large water leak fixed in Portales system

Water storage levels in Portales have risen 4 feet since a large leak was discovered and stopped, and three more city wells are expected to go online within the next two weeks, the city manager has said. Portales City Manager Tom Howell made the remarks during an emergency city council meeting Friday morning at City […]

Portales rescinds water alert

Freedom New Mexico The City of Portales rescinded its mandatory water alert Monday. Watering lawns was banned under the alert starting Thursday because of broken pumps in city wells. City Manager Tom Howell said one pump was fixed Friday, one Monday and one would be repaired Tuesday. After the city asked residents to stop watering […]

Clovis census numbers slightly down

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When it comes to the census, Portales City Manager Tom Howell said there’s never a feeling you can declare victory. “I’ve been in city government a long time, and this is my third census,” said Howell, promoted in from the public works department last fall. “You’re never happy with […]

Norvil Howell: Champion of champions

Clovis schools are celebrating their annual “Music In Our Schools” week. Editors asked readers if they have a favorite music teacher. Doug McGregor’s response: “Norvil Howell, the champion of champions. He has given more students pride, respect for themselves and leadership skills, along with showing them how to have goals and accomplish them to a […]

Democratic Party hosting women’s luncheon

Freedom Newspapers The Curry County Democratic Party women’s luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Golden Corral restaurant, 3501 N. Prince St., Clovis. Reorganization will be discussed. For information, contact Elaine Howell, vice chairman, Curry County Democrats, at 763-7019.

Portales streets flooded again

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry Water department employees Roberto Sanchez, left, and Daniel Fetterman start a large pump to aid in evacuating water from around a water main break Sunday. The break caused water service to be interrupted overnight for up to 60 percent of the city. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — For the […]

Racial tension part of Clovis history

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By David Stevens: CNJ Editor Clovis’ history has included many difficult days. Retired school teacher Elaine Howell remembers Jan. 15, 1971, as one of the worst. Thirty or 40 black students from Clovis High School were excused that morning to attend a memorial for Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who had been […]

Public record: Marriages & divorces

CNJ staff The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Dec. 21 through Jan. 3: • Juan Manuel Dominguez, 55, to Agustina Salas Betancur, 49, both of Roswell. • Vernon Ray Dobbs, 39, to Felicia A. Chavez, 34, both of Clovis. • Jessie Trujillo, 34, to Evangaline Preciado, 46, both of Tucumcari. • […]