“Toothfully” speaking, local dentist age a concern

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Dr. Michael Wood practices as a dentist in Clovis. Wood, 56, said the high age of dentists in Clovis and the lack of candidates to replace them means, “We’re headed for a crash.” (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Demand for dentists in Clovis has kept octogenarian Dr. O.T. Rozzell […]

Underage drivers cause concern for law enforcement

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In recent weeks, youths in their early teens have been involved in vehicle accidents, confirming concerns law enforcement officers have about underage drivers. On Oct. 3, two 14-year-old Farwell boys were killed and two were seriously injured when a vehicle one of them was driving rolled over on a […]

Business leader gives rural NM vote

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Raymond Mondragon, manager of area economic development for ENMR-Plateau, was recently appointed to the state’s Economic Development Corp. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Raymond Mondragon, manager of area economic development at ENMR-Plateau, has been named by Gov. Bill Richardson to the board of the Economic Development Corp. known as the […]

Government using wrong argument for sale of forest

Freedom Newspapers The Bush administration isn’t exactly a fount of sensible policy making, as it spends tax dollars wildly and proposes one government expansion after another. But even when the administration does something wise and reasonable, its Democratic critics howl and squeal to high heaven. The administration announced this month a plan to sell an […]

2/10 McCulloch candidate profile

The following is the first of a series of profiles on political candidates campaigning in the area for the November general election. Candidate: Dr. Allen McCulloch Party: Republican Office: U.S. Senate Incumbent: Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Background: McCulloch is urologist from Farmington. He also holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering. Talk to us […]

Area rural schools being recognized by governor

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When it comes to meeting No Child Left Behind mandates, small schools reign, and state officials have noticed. Nine rural school districts in eastern New Mexico have been named “quality districts” by the Public Education Department and Gov. Bill Richardson. Those nine districts, in addition to 21 others across […]

1/17 Business Digest

Scholarships still available The deadline to submit an application for the Foundation for Rural Service College Scholarship is Feb. 3. Applications are available at area high schools, ENMR Plateau retail locations, at www.enmr.com or by calling 1-800-432-2369. Applicants for the scholarship program must meet the following criteria: • Be a graduating high school senior. • […]

Expert says Ute pipeline best water option

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The water JE Williams needed to brush his teeth and wash his dishes, among other things, ran out less than a year ago. After hauling water from a house he rents in town, the Clovis resident spent a lot of money to build another well on his isolated property. […]

Rural schools such as Ranchvale important

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Ranchvale Elementary School northwest of Clovis has quite a history. The first school in that area was located two miles east of present Ranchvale, taught by A.J. Reid. It was open only three months each year. In 1917-18, when four neighboring schools consolidated, they agreed to open Ranchvale Elementary School with […]

Clovis mayor testifies before Senate committee

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis Mayor David Lansford testified Wednesday before a U.S. Senate Committee about a bill that may help rural communities secure long-term sources for drinking water. His testimony comes at a time when eastern New Mexico communities are working to secure federal and state funding for a massive pipeline project […]

5/10 Business Digest

Plateau awards scholarship The National Telecommunica-tions Cooperative Association’s Foundation for Rural Service and ENMR–Plateau awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to Fort Sumner resident Ross Cortese, a company release announced. Cortese is the son of Nick and Karen Cortese of Fort Sumner. The scholarships are intended to offer rural Americans a better chance to receive a […]

‘Statewide’ should cover entire state

By Stuart Ingle Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. A move is afoot in Santa Fe to change the way in which millions of your tax dollars are […]

Ad leads authorities to more gaming devices

Cops and Courts For the second time in six months, a newspaper advertisement led to the seizure of illegal gaming devices in Clovis, according to a press release from the New Mexico Gaming Control Board. Undercover Gaming Control Board officials received a tip from a Clovis resident who saw a full-page ad in the Clovis […]

Candidate profiles — District 63 State Representative

CNJ staff Republican Russell R. Grider and Democrat Jose Campos are running for District 63 State Representative. Name: Jose Campos Occupation: Owner of Joseph’s Bar and Grill Party: Democrat Age: 43 Hometown: Santa Rosa Wife: Christina Rivas Children: Analisa, 18; Andrea, 16; Jose III, 14 Hobbies: History, antique automobiles, scuba diving, golfing, camping, boating, water […]

Candidate profiles — State Senate, District 7

CNJ staff Democrat Robert Frost faces Republican Clint Harden Jr. in the State Senate, District 7 race Name: Robert Frost Occupation: Rancher/farmer, small business owner (Caprock Creek Ranch Adventures) Party: Democrat Age: 62 Hometown: San Jon Wife: Jane Children: two daughters, three granddaughters Hobbies: Community involvement, ranch work and spending time with family Political history: […]

Ag secretary makes rural connection

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman, right, answers questions along with U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., during Wednesday’s press conference at ENMR. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The U.S. secretary of agriculture came to Clovis on Wednesday behind an entourage of political, dairy and technological gurus to promote […]

Lawmaker feels she has enough left for re-election

David Arkin: CNJ correspondent One of the state’s longest-serving lawmakers believes she still has a little more in the tank. For Earlene Roberts, it’s just not time to call it quits. The Lovington Republican has decided to run again for a seat in the House because she says she’s not completely comfortable with the current […]

ENMR sponsors $25,000 scholarship

CNJ STAFF ENMR Plateau, in partnership with the National Telecommuni-cations Cooperative Association’s Foundation for Rural Service, sponsored a college scholarship program to award a $2,500 scholarship to a local high school senior, according to a press release from ENMR Plateau. Winning one of this year’s scholarships is Hailey Lee. Lee, daughter of Scott and Aprile […]

Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, aims for minority whip seat

By David Arkin Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, on Friday said he plans to run for the minority floor post in the state House of Representatives. Moore said he thinks it’s time for a change in leadership. “Some people have asked me to take this on,” he said. “I think we need some rural leadership.” Moore’s […]

Thompson, Marsha

Marsha Thompson Services: Have been held. Marsha Thompson, 35, of Newton, Kan., formerly of Clovis, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004, in rural Halstead, Kan. She was born on Jan. 23, 1968, in Dallas. She worked for five years at Graber’s Hardware as a bookkeeper/accountant. She was a volunteer for the Habitat for Humanity and the […]