Jury will decide on death penalty

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The same jury that on Thursday convicted Stanley Bedford of kidnapping and killing an elderly Portales couple will decide in a second, separate trial whether he should be executed as punishment. After the verdict was read, Judge Stephen Quinn immediately sentenced Bedford, 43, of Portales to 120 years […]

Council approves next phase for Wellness Center

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis city commissioners unanimously approved the next step in the design and construction of the Wellness Center, despite uncertainty that lingers about language used by the New Mexico Legislature to appropriate funds for the center. Designing and overseeing the construction of the second phase of the Wellness Center — […]

Commissioners set to vote

CNJ STAFF City commissioners are expected to vote at today’s meeting on details concerning the second phase of the Clovis Wellness Center, according to city documents. The second phase includes the construction of offices and a pool, according to documents. The pool and offices are tentatively planned for placement at Play Inc. on Seventh Street, […]

Substance abuse program focuses on morals, job skills

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Jose Carrillo said the turning point for him in his battle against drugs was when he sought shelter with friends but was turned away. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Freshly showered and neatly groomed, polar opposites Jose Carrillo and Gerald Williams sat in the dining hall at the Lighthouse Mission […]

First day brings excitement

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Cameo Elementary fourth-grade teacher Laci Standifer takes a look at a game her student Israel Garcia is playing during an open house Tuesday at the school. This is Standifer’s first year teaching fourth grade here. Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Lacy Standifer has spent the better part of the last […]

Q&A: PRMC keeping pace

Wesley White is chief operating and financial officer at Plains Regional Medical Center. He answered questions recently about the hospital expansion. Q. What is capacity now? A.The hospital is licensed for 106 beds. The Intensive Care Unit beds will increase from 8 to 12 in 2007. Q. Is PRMC seeing increase in demand, and how […]

Healthy expansion

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Dave Sikes of Myers Electric works on the new storage facility being built as part of Plains Regional Medical Center expansion project. Photo by Rick White. By Gary Mitchell The Plains Regional Medical Center expansion is gaining momentum — much to the delight of the hospital staff. In fact, the Healthplex building — which will […]

City formulates cleanup plan for landfill

By Jack King Remediation of ground-water contamination beneath the old Clovis landfill and sewage treatment site will begin in about six months. It could cost between $639,000 and $1.5 million, Clovis Public Works Director Harry Wang said Wednesday. City officials said in May that a plume of perchloroethylene, a toxic solvent, has been found in […]