Plant officials pleased with turnout

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Southwest Cheese officials hope to have the bulk of their hiring done by the time the plant is scheduled to open in October. However, hiring will continue through the end of the year, according to Southwest President Maurice Keane. The $200 million plant will employ 225 when fully operational, […]

La Casita principal believes students should be focus

Editor’s note: This is the third of five interviews with the finalists for the Clovis Municipal School Superintendent position: David Briseno, principal of La Casita Elementary Q: You’ve said you will assist teachers “in the trenches” if you’re named superintendent. Do you feel like you are closer to the faculty of Clovis schools than other […]

Assistant superintendent aims to make step up

Editor’s note: This is the first of five interviews with the finalists for the Clovis Municipal Schools superintendent position: Ladona Clayton is assistant superintendent for instruction of Clovis schools. Q: How is your experience as an assistant superintendent going to help you in the superintendent position? A: I’ve had vast experiences in the assistant superintendent […]

Help possibly on way for DA

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The average case load for prosecutors in the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office may be cut by a quarter by July. Before adjourning on Saturday, the New Mexico Legislature granted the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office its request for five additional employees, three of whom are prosecutors. Each prosecutor […]

Three run for Farwell school board positions

By Michelle Seeber There will be no contest for seats on the Muleshoe Independent School District Board of Trustees. But Farwell School Board has three candidates running for two at-large positions. They include incumbent Sam Billingsley, Bryan Roach and Mike Ratke. “Sam is a Church of Christ preacher and works at Ellis Funeral Home in […]

New Mexico lawmakers prepare for elections

By David Arkin Many eastern New Mexico lawmakers described this year’s 30-day Legislative session as the worst and most difficult of their political careers. But the challenging session that ended a month ago hasn’t kept any of them from running for office again. Every eastern New Mexico lawmaker in the House and Senate is seeking […]

Clovis schools tighten belt to avoid budget crunch

By Gary Mitchell Clovis schools will eliminate more than 20 teaching positions for the upcoming school year as a result of this year’s unfunded state mandate for an across-the-board raise for teachers. However, no teachers will be fired or laid off, Clovis school officials say. “We have about 22 teaching positions we have absorbed for […]