Monday morning briefing: Farewells and cash for CCC

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Party time Mark your calendars for a couple of special events. Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., a farewell reception for Christina Martinez-Guajardo as she leaves United Way of Eastern New Mexico to take a position with La Casa. It’s at 1200 Thornton, […]

Board members decline to release drug task force coordinator’s identity

CNJ staff Board members have selected a lone finalist as the Region V Drug Task Force coordinator, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Sanders said Thursday a choice has been made but the position will not be offered until contract details are finalized. He declined to name the finalist. An announcement should be made […]

Interviews set for Region V Drug Task Force coordinator

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Three candidates are being interviewed Monday for the position of Region V Drug Task Force coordinator. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said the candidates for the position are retired Deputy Police Chief Roger Bartosiewicz, retired Clovis Police Chief Ray Mondragon and former Clovis Police Officer Heather Wike. Sanders, who […]

De Baca sheriff retains position

CNJ staff Dennis A. Cleaver retained his position as De Baca County sheriff by beating former Fort Sumner Police Chief Wayne Atchley for the Democratic seat in Tuesday’s primary. Cleaver, who will run unopposed in November, gathered 263 votes to 163 for Atchley as 48 percent of De Baca County’s 1,362 voters participated in the […]

School board to discuss personnel matters

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education will discuss personnel matters related to the position of superintendent during Wednesday’s special board meeting. The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the district board room in closed executive session.

Tucumcari schools assistant superintendent accepts position in Texico

CNJ staff Tucumcari schools Assistant Superintendent Dennis Roch has accepted a similar position at Texico. Roch said he begins work at Texico, where he previously spent 8 1/2 years as a teacher and coach, on July 1. “I am looking forward to returning to Texico, though my wife and I will certainly miss the many […]

Competition heavy for state races

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For a position that many candidates say doesn’t really do anything, plenty of people seem to want it. The lieutenant governor’s race has five Democrats vying to be the next Diane Denish, and three Republicans ready to serve who they hope will be the next Republican governor. The field […]

School board meets about superintendent position

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education met in executive session for about an hour and a half Tuesday. The meeting was called to discuss personnel matters related to the position of superintendent, according to the legal notice. The board’s attorney Dave Richards and longtime Clovis educator G.C. Ross attended the closed meeting […]

Education digest: Board meeting today

Board meeting today The Clovis school board is holding a special executive session 5:30 p.m. today in the district board room. The board will discuss personnel matters related to the position of superintendent.

Fort Sumner woman running for District 63 representative

CNJ staff Melinda Russ of Fort Sumner announced Tuesday she is running for District 63 state representative. Russ, an eastern New Mexico native and retired homemaker, is the current chair of the Republican party of De Baca County. Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa holds the position but has announced his candidacy for the position of […]

Jail administrator search narrowed to seven applicants

CNJ staff The search for a new Curry County jail administrator is down to seven applicants. County Manager Lance Pyle said he is verifying references and will begin scheduling panel interviews with the top five candidates soon. Pyle said he is hoping to have the position filled by April. The position was posted Oct. 5 […]

2-6 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 12 Here comes the judge A new district judge position would be created for the First Judicial District under a bill approved unanimously Friday by the Senate. The disrict includes Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties. Senate Bill 6, sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, also creates a […]

Municipal elections

The city will hold municipal elections March 2 for four commissioner positions and one municipal judge position. All positions are four-year terms. Absentee voting is ongoing through Feb. 26. Voters may either visit City Hall or call the city clerk’s office at 763-9632 for an absentee ballot. Early voting is available starting Feb. 10 at […]

New parks director expected to focus on quality of life projects

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The next director of the Clovis Parks and Recreation Department will be expected to shift the emphasis to quality of life projects, city officials said. City Manager Joe Thomas estimated receiving about 35 to 40 applications for the position being vacated by Rob Carter, who is leaving the city […]

Parks and Recreation director leaving Clovis

CNJ staff Parks and Recreation Director Rob Carter is leaving Clovis to accept a position with Guest Services Inc. of Fairfax, Va. His last day is Feb. 5, according to a press release from the city. A spokesperson said Carter’s position will be advertised immediately and remain open until filled. Public Works Director Clint Bunch […]

Ortiz vies for jail administrator position

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Lt. Holly MIttlemark talks with an inmate at the Curry County Adult Detention Center Thursday afternoon. Communicating with the inmates on a regular bases is critical to maintaining control of the jail according to Interim Administrator Carlos Ortiz. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Interim jail administrator Carlos Ortiz has […]

Boys State introduces youth to government

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler While waiting for results of Boys State elections on Wednesday, junior counselor Matthew Gutierrez of Las Vegas conducts a wave at ENMU’s Becky Sharp Auditorium. While waiting for results of Boys State elections on Wednesday, junior counselor Matthe By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico In a world with expanding competition […]

Education digest: Clovis employees switching positions

Clovis Municipal Schools announced that six employees have moved to different positions with the system, according to a news release. Each position will begin with the start of the 2009-2010 school year.• Tamara Moore Callahan, special education liaison, will moved into the position of Executive Director of Student Support Services.• Esther Steinle, assistant principal of […]

Finalists named for Greyhound basketball position

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A Division II coach in Indiana, a junior college coach with university ties, and a Division I assistant are finalists to be the next men’s basketball coach at Eastern New Mexico University. Greg Young of Jacksonville College in Jacksonville, Texas, an assistant under Earl Diddle from 1991-94, joins Richard […]

Editorial: Head of drug council should bring change

President Obama is reported to have settled on Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, taking the position commonly referred to as “drug czar.” It would have been preferable to abolish the position and transfer the 100 or so employees the “czar” supervises to other departments or to […]