Former Clovis school administrator named parks and rec director

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Bizzell CNJ staff The city of Clovis announced Thursday it has hired Bill Bizzell to serve as parks and recreation director. Bizzell is superintendent of Bovina schools and previously served as assistant principal of Clovis High School from 1989 to 1997, according to a press release. He holds a master’s degree in physical education. “We […]

Press Release: Xcel Energy’s Tolk Station recognized by coal trade group

AMARILLO – The Powder River Basin Coal Users Group (PRBCUG) recently named Xcel Energy’s Tolk Generating Station near Muleshoe, Texas as its Plant of the Year, citing its safe operation, high reliability and environmental stewardship. Tolk was one of four power plants considered for this year’s annual award. PRBCUG is a trade group that promotes […]

Portales resident named Firefighter of the Year

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Courtesy photo: Janice Culpepper Portales firefighters Steven Cain, left, and Dathan Culpepperbattle a blaze at Dollar General Store last spring. Culpepper was named Paid Firefighter of the Year in eastern New Mexico last Saturday. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Portales firefighter Dathan Culpepper was named Firefighter of the Year in eastern New Mexico. Culpepper […]

K through ENMU art exhibition winners

Freedom New Mexico Winners of the K through ENMU art exhibition named Thursday: • First place: Braden Tucker, Portales High School sophomore, watercolor titled “A Rainy Evening.” Prize is $100. • Second place: Kristen Wagner, Portales Junior High School eighth-grader, drawing titled “Man’s Attempt to Harness the Sun.” Prize is $100. • Third place: Kary […]

Clay named to LSC South second team

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Cat Clay led the Zias and was 11th in the Lone Star Conference with 14.2 points per game. CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University junior guard Cat Clay was named to the All-Lone Star Conference South Division’s second team for the second-straight year. Junior guard and Clovis native Tori Northcutt was an honorable mention for […]

U.S. embargo on Cuba no longer relevant

Freedom New Mexico New efforts are being made in Congress to open trade with Cuba. We encourage our members of Congress to support those efforts. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., last week filed House Resolution 4645. Named the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, it would help […]

Original Clovis settlement named after outlaw

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Some say that it’s a person’s urge to get away from regimentation, that the so-called laws puts a man into too tight a situation. I think there’s too many dern outlaws anyway. Why is it that so many people are fascinated by outlaws? So why do men turn outlaw? Some […]

Muleshoe’s Riley named offensive coordinator at East Carolina

The Associated Press GEENVILLE, N.C. – Muleshoe’s Lincoln Riley has been named offensive coordinator at East Carolina University, according to an announcement Friday from head football coach Ruffin McNeill. Ruffin, who served as Texas Tech’s defensive coordinator for the last two seasons, was named the Pirates head coach Thursday. Riley, 26, and McNeill worked together […]

Hull overpass named one of top priorities for city

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Raymundo Garcia of Plains Masonry in Clovis saws a brick Friday for the masonry work on a home under construction in the Raintree subdivision in northeast Clovis. Getting affordable housing is among the top five priorities for Clovis this year, City Manager Joe Thomas has said. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom […]

Commission requests overpass be named for fallen soldier

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File photo The Curry County Commission is asking the state to name the 467 overpass in honor of Leroy “J.R.” Segura, a Clovis soldier killed in Iraq in 2006. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission will petition the state name the State Road 467 overpass near Cannon Air Force Base after […]