Academy won’t fix government worker shortage

Freedom New Mexico The big brains were meeting at Princeton earlier this month, mulling strategies for getting more of America’s best and brightest to choose government service as a career. We didn’t attend, so we can’t be sure our thoughts on the subject weren’t touched on, but one solution seems obvious enough to us: remove […]

Board voting on bond ballot at next meeting

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Board of Education will decide in its Nov. 13 meeting whether to add a second question regarding a Career and Technical institute for Clovis High School in the January bond election ballot. The $12.5 million project would be funded by an increase in school bond taxes. The […]

Coordinator: After school programs promote success

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jaydrien Urias, 12, gets his face painted Thursday at the Lights on Afterschool program at the Lincoln-Jackson Family Center. The event was held to inform parents and students of the importance of after school programs. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Clovis students had something to do Thursday afternoon in the […]

No Child Act needs reformed, not reauthorized

By Freedom New Mexico In what appears to be a desperate attempt to salvage some semblance of a legacy from a lame-duck period, President Bush indulged in a bit of political theater last week. He assembled a group of civil rights leaders at the White House and herded them into the Rose Garden to plead […]

ENMU building programs

CNJ staff PORTALES — On the surface, Eastern New Mexico University’s cross country teams may not have seemed to fare all that well in Friday’s season-opening Buffalo Stampede, hosted by West Texas A&M at Canyon. Still, first-year ENMU coach Eric Boll said his teams aren’t exactly in midseason form, and the men in particular aren’t […]

Education Feature: College plans new medical facility

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community College officials are hoping to break ground soon on a new facility that will expand its medical program. Tom Drake, assistant to the president for business and government affairs at CCC, said the new facility will be completed by October or November of next year. He added […]

Summer reading continues

CNJ staff The summer reading program at the Clovis-Carver Public Library has reached the halfway point and is a rousing success, according to organizer Krissie Carter. “It’s been going wonderfully,” Carter said of the two-month program that concludes at the end of July. Thursday’s children’s programs have been drawing crowds of around 100 children and […]

Q&A: Department cultivates rural life

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Ryan Gleason is the New Mexico director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. He was appointed by President Bush in May 2006. He oversees a staff of 59 employees located in 11 offices throughout the state. A fifth-generation New Mexican, Gleason, 32, was born in Portales. Gleason […]

Former athletic director looks back on athletics

Randy Adrian was inducted into the New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame during March’s state basketball tournament. His biggest thrills over the past year, however, more likely include two trips to Philadelphia to watch Eagles wide receiver and Clovis native Hank Baskett play, and a vacation at the Sturgis, S.D., motorcycle rally. The former […]

United Way approves allocations

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The United Way of Eastern New Mexico announced during its Friday meeting what many board members call a process even harder than soliciting donations from Curry and Roosevelt counties — distributing those donations to area programs operated by nonprofit agencies. The board discussed at the Memorial Building in Portales […]

It’s their business: Consigning Women Boutique

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Consigning Women Boutique, 118 E. Grand Ave. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Consigning Women Boutique Location: 118 E. Grand Ave. What they do: Take women’s clothing, jewelry, hats and shoes on consignment for sale. Who’s in charge: Sheila Savitz is the owner. Employees: 16 people volunteer their services. How […]

Bus brings residents relief from prescription costs

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Frances Apodaca of Clovis attended Wednesday’s “Help is Here Express” national bus tour at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The program helps low-income residents pay for prescription drugs. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Having suffered a heart attack, Frances Apodaca depends on three prescription drugs to remain healthy. The 49-year-old […]

Medical bus on way

CNJ Staff Twenty-one percent of New Mexicans are without health insurance, according to the Web site www.statehealthfacts.org. But, help is on the way. The “Help is Here Express,” a national bus tour sponsored by America’s pharmaceutical research companies that helps low-income people find programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free, will be […]

Development group grants housing funds

By CNJ staff Eastern Plains Council of Goverments and La Casa have been awarded grant funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Eastern Plains Council of Goverments has received a total of $235,660, while La Casa has received $221,655 of the grant money. Awarded under HUD’s Continuum of Care grant program, the funds […]

Youth topics top district crime forum

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Youth topics rose to the top of a discussion between civic leaders and community members at a public safety forum held Monday night to discuss crime concerns in Clovis. Graffiti, truancy and boredom among youth moved to the forefront as law enforcement described programs — either current or planned […]

Ag, home ec seminar set in Quay County

Freedom Newspapers The 39th Annual Agriculture and Home Economics Seminar hosted by the Quay County Extension Service will be Thursday at the Tucumcari Convention Center at 1500 West Route 66. Programs will begin at 9 a.m. Topics include: • Alternative feed solutions as the price of corn continues to rise. • Care of the home […]

9th Judicial District program director seeks local involvement.

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Steve North sits in front of a graffiti wall in his office. North said, “If we can see it every day, we won’t forget about it.” (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer As the new director of the community prosecution initiative for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Steve North […]

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 […]

United Way goal on horizon

By CNJ staff United Way of Eastern New Mexico is razor close to making its annual campaign goal. In hopes of achieving that goal, the campaign has been extended, according to a United Way of Eastern New Mexico press release. The 2006-2007 United Way Annual Campaign will last until Jan. 19, the release said. “UWENM […]

Officer’s aim: Improved community relations

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Community relations officer Eric Muller plans to start a public information campaign that will cover topics from crime prevention to educational messages about gun safety and drunken driving. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As the new community relations officer for the Clovis Police Department, Eric Muller hopes to strengthen the […]