Candidate profiles: Roger Hatcher, Richard Hollis

The following are profiles of Republican candidates for Curry County magistrate judge Division 2. Early voting begins May 9 from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Early voting ends the Saturday before the election. The primary is June 6. Roger Hatcher Republican candidate for magistrate judge, Division […]

Rowley-backers feel snubbed

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Becky Rowley, interim president of Clovis Community College, listens Wednesday as the College Board of Trustees announced the new president. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The decision that ushers in an Arizona man as the president of Clovis Community College incited ire among a dense band of Clovis residents who […]

Arizona administrator named CCC president

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A man with more than 20 years of administrative experience won the five-month-long presidential race at Clovis Community College, his educational record inspiring confidence among those who chose him. Kansas native John Neibling of Arizona accepted the position Wednesday following his selection by Clovis Community College Board of Trustees. […]

High school electives downsized

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Readying for a new schedule next school year at the Clovis High School means downsizing programs and shuffling personnel. Eight teachers at the high school have been assigned new jobs or have been relocated to another school in the district, according to Clovis High School Principal Jody Balch. For […]

Finalist drops from CCC president race

CNJ staff One of the five finalists for the Clovis Community College president job dropped out less than 72 hours before he was scheduled to come to Clovis to interview for the position, according to college officials. Carl Heilman, president of Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Ill., alerted college officials of his intentions to withdraw […]

Defensive struggles continue for Cats

CNJ staff AMARILLO — Clovis High baseball coach Shane Shallenberger noted that the Wildcats have committed more errors (19) than they’ve had hits (18) in the last three games. That’s the quickest way to explain a three-game losing streak. Clovis (5-5) fell on Tuesday to host Amarillo Tascosa 10-1. “We’ve just got to eliminate our […]

Farwell, Bovina fill coaching positions

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer District 4-1A football rivals Farwell and Bovina will have new coaches leading their teams next season. Mark Anglin, the head coach at Class 1A Bartlett, Texas, has been hired at Farwell to replace Jacob Thompson. Meanwhile, Bovina promoted defensive coordinator Hector Guevara to take over for Kent Torbert, who […]

Portales football coach resigns position

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Portales School District Superintendent Randy Fowler announced the resignation of Portales High School football coach Glenn Johnson during Monday’s school board meeting. Johnson has been the head football coach for the Rams for the last seven years. Before that, he was the defensive coordinator at Eastern New Mexico […]

Bovina coach and AD takes job in Lamesta, Texas

CNJ staff BOVINA — Bovina football coach and athletic director Kent Torbert has been hired for the same positions at Lamesa, Texas, and will start his duties there on March 1. Torbert has been Bovina’s AD since 2002. He was an assistant football coach to Bruce Scroggins in his first year at the school before […]

College happy with president applicants

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Members of a presidential search committee are sifting through a dense pile of applicants in hopes of finding a new Clovis Community College president by May, according to search committee chairman Jay Gurley. The window to apply for the position closed Friday. The three-month search yielded 35 to 40 […]

Jail administrator search continues

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff The disappointment was evident in County Manager Dick Smith’s voice Friday afternoon when he reported county officials were unable to find a suitable person to fill the administrator position at Curry County Adult Detention Center. The position has been open since Don Burdine resigned in September. Smith said the seven […]

World could use less criticism, more critique

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist An article on the sports pages caught my eye the other day. The focus was Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe and some of the negative press he has seemingly attracted over the course of his career. Now, I am not much of a Cowboys fan, nor am I a Cowboys […]

1/5 Education Digest

CCC still accepting applications The committee searching for a new Clovis Community College president is accepting applications until Jan. 20. So far “a few” candidates have applied, search committee member Jay Gurley said. The presidential search was initiated in the fall after former college President Beverlee McClure accepted a position as New Mexico’s first secretary […]

County narrows jail administrator search

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Curry County officials have narrowed their search for a new Adult Detention Center administrator to seven. Lance Pyle, assistant county manager, said 30 to 40 applications were mailed or faxed to individuals across the United States who were interested in the position. Curry County officials received 10 completed applications. […]

Stacy selected next CHS athletic director

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Brian Stacy, who has coached Clovis High’s cross country teams under contract for the past three seasons, has been selected to replace Dale Fullerton as the district’s athletic director. Stacy was chosen from a field of four finalists for the position. The others were Lonnie Baca, a teacher at […]

10/27 Education Digest

Wayland Baptist waiting on dean Wayland Baptist University will waiting to see if Cannon Air Force Base gets a new mission before it hires a new dean, according to the school’s director of communications. The Clovis campus itself is not in jeopardy of closing, Young said. However, there may be a reduction in staff, depending […]

CHS’ Fullerton takes Bovina job

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer After 32 years in the district, Clovis High athletic director Dale Fullerton will be leaving his current post at the end of the fall semester. Fullerton, in his third year as Clovis’ AD, has accepted a position as principal at Bovina High School. He starts at Bovina in January. […]

County starts search for jail administrator

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Curry County faces a tough task in finding a new jail administrator, according to County Manager Dick Smith. The annual salary for the position is about $50,000 plus benefits, according Smith, which is below the national average for the position and could make finding a candidate slightly harder. “We […]

10/9 Letters to the editor

‘No’ men no more patriotic than ‘yes’ men Space limitations needed to rebut the letter by Kirby Rowan prohibit an extensive analysis. But it does need to be rebutted! Briefly stated, to agree with this president on every issue (as a “yes” man) may not be the definition of patriotism, but disagreement with him on […]

‘Libero’ coming to prep volleyball

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The word doesn’t exist in a standard dictionary, but it has a meaning in volleyball. What that meaning is depends on who and when you ask. The word is libero, and it’s one that high school volleyball fans will be more familiar with as the sports season progresses. […]