Wednesday morning briefing: National Night Out and lifeguards needed

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. School help needed The Lighthouse Mission needs your help supplying Clovis children with school supplies. There goal is collecting enough to hand out to 200 students. Call 575-762-1933 for more info and a list of what’s needed. Kitchen tip of the week Add a small […]

July 23 Cannon Community

Lifeguards sought — The search is on for Liberty Pool lifeguards to extend the swim season here. The current lifeguard crew consists of students who will return to college shortly and replacements are necessary to extend the season to Oct. 17. If replacements cannot be hired, the pool will close for the season in August. […]

Lifeguard shortage could induce pool restrictions

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The state mandated stricter safety guidelines at Potter Pool last year following the drowning death of a 3-year-old boy. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis has asked the state to lift a staffing stipulation placed on a Clovis public pool after a boy drowned in it last […]

Safety priority at public pools

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Lifeguard Britta Gordan, 19, of Texico, watches children Friday at Potter Park Pool. Gordon just finished her second year at New Mexico State and is home for the summer. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Public swimming pools are a hot spot for children to spend their summer days. Safeguards, including lifeguards […]

Light crowd shows up as Potter Pool reopens under stricter guidelines

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Veteran lifeguard L.P. Francis said he supports the state’s new guidelines for the city pool. CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The sun beat down Monday on about a dozen of the first swimmers to enter Potter Park pool since the July 13 drowning of 3-year-old Jequon Haynes. Although the […]

Potter Park pool expected to reopen Monday

CNJ staff Potter Park pool is expected to reopen at noon Monday, according to Parks and Recreation Director Rob Carter. The city-owned pool will resume regular hours of noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday until school starts, pending a final pool evaluation and recertification Monday morning by the New Mexico Environment Department, Carter said. […]

Potter Park pool could reopen as soon as Monday

CNJ staff The Potter Park pool could reopen as early as Monday, city officials said. However, opening the pool will be contingent on approval from the state Environment Department. “Right now I have submitted all the necessary paperwork to the Environment Department, and there’s a good chance they will approve our reopening of the pool […]

Report: Just one lifeguard on duty during drowning

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A New Mexico Environment Department investigation into last week’s drowning at Potter Park pool shows only one lifeguard was actively on duty at the time of the incident. The report states that a protection plan submitted by the city “indicates that four lifeguards will be posted at four designated […]

Drowning victim called ‘good-natured’

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The 3-year-old boy who drowned Wednesday afternoon at Potter Park pool was described by his grandmother as a good-natured child who loved to play outdoors. Jequon Haynes of Dallas died Wednesday in the shallow end of the city-owned Potter Park pool, according to police reports. “He was always in […]

Child drowns at Potter pool

CNJ staff writer: David Irvin A 3-year-old boy drowned Wednesday at Potter Park pool. He was pronounced dead at Clovis’ Plains Regional Medical Center in the late afternoon. Police were withholding the name of the child pending notification of the mother, police said late Wednesday. Officials said they believe the boy lives in the Dallas […]

Lack of lifeguards leads to summer pool shortage

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Unlike others, when Sheila Holley gazes at the old, retired, one-time oasis that is the outdoor Play Inc. pool she sees possibility. The pool is by most accounts abandoned — a crack runs through its bottom, seemingly screaming for some heavy duty caulk and a good paint job, but […]