CCC president search trimmed to five

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The hunt for a Clovis Community College president has been whittled down to five finalists. An eight-member presidential search committee selected the quintet from a pool of 29 candidates, according to a CCC press release. The college board of trustees approved their recommendations during a Wednesday morning meeting. Among […]

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 […]

Chamber hands out awards

CNJ staff The following awards were handed out Friday at the Clovis-Curry County Chamber banquet: • Leadership Awards: Clovis Community College, Director of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission Hanson Scott • Ambassador Spirit Award: Norma Patterson • Ambassador of the Year: Jacque Ochs • Business of the Year: ENMR Plateau • Volunteer of […]

Program drives home importance of education

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Nikole Trujillo of Clovis holds her 3-year-old daughter Olivia as she listens to Saturday’s Family Leadership Institute conference at Parkview Elementary. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer As Pablo Lara mapped the salaries of high school dropouts and degree holders, his own reality was underscored. In a sense, it was he, […]

World could use less criticism, more critique

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist An article on the sports pages caught my eye the other day. The focus was Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe and some of the negative press he has seemingly attracted over the course of his career. Now, I am not much of a Cowboys fan, nor am I a Cowboys […]

10/20 Local Roundup

Grain truck collides with BNSF train A grain truck collided with a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train Tuesday morning on N.M. 467, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s office. The driver of the truck, David Dibble, 47, of Tucumcari, refused treatment at the scene, according to Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy David Kube. Dibble fell asleep […]

GOP could use new leadership in Congress

Freedom Newspapers It’s a sad sign of how starved Republicans in the House of Representatives are for leadership that they continue to rally around Majority Leader Tom DeLay, even as doubts deepen about the ethics of the former Texas exterminator whose delicate touch earned him the nickname “The Hammer.” For the sake of the party […]

Cannon colonel honored

By Leslie Radford Colonel Lisa Firmin remembers when she joined the United States Air Force 25 years ago. It was a time when there were not many advantages to being a woman in the military. But she has been an instigator in changing those conditions. Her efforts over the years have altered what the military […]

La Casita principal believes students should be focus

Editor’s note: This is the third of five interviews with the finalists for the Clovis Municipal School Superintendent position: David Briseno, principal of La Casita Elementary Q: You’ve said you will assist teachers “in the trenches” if you’re named superintendent. Do you feel like you are closer to the faculty of Clovis schools than other […]

Program prepares leaders

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Participants in the Leadership New Mexico program will take part in a three-day session in Clovis this week focusing on educational issues and possible solutions. Leadership New Mexico is a statewide program that exposes business and community leaders to the issues that affect the state, a press release from […]

Clovis shows Cannon loyalty

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer While some communities have invested heavily in recent months in hopes of keeping their military installation off the closure list, eastern New Mexico is hoping that years of planning and anticipation will accomplish the same goal. The region has long taken an active role in promoting community support for […]

Local business briefs

• Local men chosen for leadership group Clovis businessmen Blake Curtis, co-owner and manager of Curtis & Curtis Inc., and Wes Graham, chief executive officer of RE/MAX First Place Realtors Inc., have been selected to participate in a series of classes aimed at deepening their understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing New Mexico, according […]

Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, aims for minority whip seat

By David Arkin Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, on Friday said he plans to run for the minority floor post in the state House of Representatives. Moore said he thinks it’s time for a change in leadership. “Some people have asked me to take this on,” he said. “I think we need some rural leadership.” Moore’s […]

Local leadership gets a chance to enhance

By Jack King A visit to Clovis by members of Leadership New Mexico this week offers a chance to showcase the community, City Manager Raymond Mondragon said Thursday. Fifty community leaders from around the state, participating in a conference on education issues here Thursday through Saturday, toured Cannon Air Force Base Thursday afternoon, then attended […]

Leadership N.M. coming to Clovis

By CNJ STAFF Members of Leadership New Mexico’s Core Program will visit Clovis Thursday through Saturday to review education concerns. “Each year, a group of accomplished leaders from around the state is selected to participate in the Leadership New Mexico Core Program,” said Trish Plichta, marketing director, in a news release. “The participants are selected […]

Religion Roundup 2/13

The African Children’s Choir will perform at 7 p.m. Monday at Faith Christian Family Church. The concert is sponsored by the Clovis Christian Ministerial Alliance and Faith Christian Family Church and Kingswood United Methodist Church are coordinating the housing of the choir members and their sponsors. The concert is free but donations are accepted. For […]

Bishop’s wife teaches leadership

By Darrell Todd Maurina Ange Green knows a bit about leadership. As the wife of Bishop W. Charles Green Sr., head of the Church of God in Christ’s New Mexico jurisdiction, Green said she’s learned a great deal about leadership from her husband that will help her conduct a special leadership conference on Feb. 13 […]

Yucca students Washington bound

By Ryan Lengerich Two Yucca Junior High students have been selected for an elite leadership conference in Washington set for March. Tyler Fontenot, 13, and Zach Zurzolo,12, will attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in the nation’s capital along with 200 middle school students from around the country. The seventh-graders will tour historic landmarks, […]

Clovis city manager enhances leadership skills

Clovis City Manager Ray Mondragon recently completed a course of study with Leadership New Mexico, a non-profit organization whose aim, according to its Web site, is “to identify current and emerging leaders throughout New Mexico, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing the state.” In six sessions that […]