Jury Convicts Clovis Man of Kidnapping and Rape Charges

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today Anthony Morgan, age 36, was convicted after a two day jury trial on one (1) count of First Degree Kidnapping, one (1) count of Criminal Sexual Penetration, two (2) counts of Aggravated Assault, one (1) count of Aggravated Battery, and six (6) counts of […]

ENMU squads finish seventh, ninth

CNJ staff KINGSVILLE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University finished seventh out of nine teams in men’s competition and ninth out of 12 in women’s standings Saturday in the Lone Star Conference cross country championships, hosted by Texas A&M-Kingsville. Abilene Christian took five of the top six individual spots and ran away with its 18th […]

Man sentenced for stealing copper wire

Portales, N.M. – Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Pedro “Pete” Galvan, age 52, was convicted and sentenced today to five and a half (5

TV, Internet exposure may help capture fugitive

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Courtesy photo Noe Torres, 29, is wanted on charges of first-degree murder in connection with the 2005 shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Noe Torres is the second fugitive from the Ninth Judicial District to be featured by America’s Most Wanted, according to the show’s associate producer, Jena Naranjo. […]

Man sentenced to 15 years for molestation

Clovis, NM. – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Roy Johnston, age 50, was convicted of Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor Child Under the Age of 13 (a Second Degree Felony), and Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced Johnson to serve the next 15 years in prison.

Victim’s rights breakfast Tuesday

Clovis, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that during the week of April 14th through the 18th, the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office will join together with crime victims and victims’ rights services to publicly promote victim’s rights and educate the Ninth Judicial District’s communities about the devastating impact of crime […]

CHS GOLF: Clovis teams in middle of standings

CNJ staff RUIDOSO — Sophomore Tyler Fontenot shot 38-41 — 79 to lead the Clovis High boys golf team to ninth place in the first day of the 17-team Class 4A-5A Leroy Gooch Invitational Monday. Las Cruces High and Roswell High shared the lead with scores of 319, with four other teams within three strokes. […]

Ninth-grade academy gets official name

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Students walk the hallways of Gattis Junior High School, which will be converted into a ninth-grade academy. (CNJ staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Plans for the Clovis ninth-grade academy are progressing smoothly, according to Clovis Schools officials. Officials have decided to name the academy the Clovis High School Freshman Campus, […]

Academy approved

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Lendra Hailey, a counselor at Marshall Junior High School, speaks Tuesday night to the school board at Clovis High School. She spoke on behalf of Marshall’s teachers in support of the realignment. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis ninth-graders are bound for an academy all their own beginning with […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer What: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting When: 5:30 p.m. today Where: The Clovis High School Lecture Hall to accommodate a larger crowd. On the agenda: Board members will vote on the proposal to realign Clovis Junior High Schools. If it passes: A ninth-grade academy will be created […]

Clovis parents group fighting junior high realignment

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A group of Clovis parents believe the proposal to realign Clovis junior high schools is a boggle that needs to be tabled, but Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm contends their fears are unfounded. Realignment without further research would waste taxpayer dollars, jeopardize students, avoid the root of academic […]

School plan based on hope, not facts

By Walter Bradley: Guest columnist As a concerned parent of a sixth grader and a background of addressing education programs and budgets I was asked by parents and businessmen to help analyze the Ninth Grade Academy proposal by Clovis Municipal Schools. With the assistance of teachers, administrators, and elected officials we have discovered this proposal […]

School realignment up to board

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Gattis Junior High School was revealed Tuesday as the proposed site for a ninth grade center in Clovis. The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education will vote Jan. 23 on the proposal to establish the center and two junior high schools at Marshall and Yucca for seventh- and eighth-graders. […]

Gattis tabbed for 9th-grade site

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Deputy Superintendent Ladona Clayton talks to the Clovis school board about the benefits of creating a middle school and ninth-grade center out of the district’s three junior highs during Tuesday’s school board meeting. (CNJ photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis Municipal Schools colored in their proposal to reconfigure junior high schools […]

Coaches, AD back new plan

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis athletic director Brian Stacy and several high school coaches are in favor of an administration proposal to put all ninth-graders in one location. Stacy said the number of academic casualties among athletes making the transition to 10th grade is high — many never regain their eligibility — plus […]

Specifics next stage in junior-high plan

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Public meetings on the proposed redesign of Clovis junior high schools wrapped up Thursday, with an intimate gathering of about 20 people in the Gattis Junior High School library. Meetings were held at Marshall Junior High School and Yucca Junior High School earlier this month. The force behind the […]

Teachers support 9th-grade academy

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In an hour and a half, the concept of a Clovis ninth-grade academy was explored, lauded and scrutinized. Administrators and teachers mapped progress in research of the concept, while some parents cast doubts. Roughly 50 people gathered at Yucca Junior High School to discuss the concept of redesign of […]

Local roundup: Schools re-design forum held

By CNJ STAFF A task force created to research the reconfiguration of Clovis junior high schools will share its findings and recommendations at three public forums in December, according to a Clovis Municipal Schools press release. The forums will be: — 6 p.m. Thursday at Yucca Junior High School, 1500 Sycamore St. — 6 p.m. […]

School board OKs further junior high research

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer School administrators were given permission to move forward with research on the reconfiguration of Clovis junior high schools Tuesday during a school board meeting. Board members unanimously approved a motion that allows administrators to research the concept of moving ninth-graders into a ninth-grade center or the Clovis High School, […]

Meeting set for junior high fate

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer School board members will vote today on whether to continue or end research on the reorganization of Clovis junior high schools, according to a school board agenda. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at 1009 Main St. School administrators seek permission from the board to further explore […]