Warm weather sparks thoughts of outdoors

The recent, though probably not permanent, trend of warm weather turns one’s thoughts to outdoor activities. This is especially true when that trend is coupled with the garage cleaning — the connection being that all outdoor equipment is stored in one corner of the garage and I wanted to make sure that my two-person tent […]

Schools administering flu vaccine through nasal spray

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools Director of Health Services Rhonda Sparks and Curry County Field Health Office Nurse Manager Gayla Jacquess screen flu vaccination consent forms to make sure students are qualified and forms are filled out correctly. Liliana Castillo Nursing staff will take half the time, and give much less pain, […]

Our people: Nurse found her calling early

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis Schools Director of Health Services Rhonda Sparks believes there is a difference between medicine and healing. She said just because medicine can’t fix a health issue, you can still heal a person with human kindness. Name: Rhonda Sparks Profession: Director of health services for Clovis Municipal Schools Birthdate: Nov. […]

May 3 Engagements

Sparks-Waggoner Jeanna and Michael Pace of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Rebecca Sparks of Clovis, to Bryan Waggoner of Clovis, son of Michael and Roberta Waggoner of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows June 19, 2010, at their family home. A reception will follow. The bride-elect is a 2005 graduate […]

Oct. 12, 2008 Weddings

Jump-Sparks Kelly Jump of Portales and Cody Sparks of Fort Sumner were joined in marriage Sept. 12, 2008, at the First Baptist Church of Portales. The Rev. David McFadden performed the double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Janeen Jump of Glenwood and Rick Jump of Belen. She is the granddaughter of Georgia […]

Cowboy event offers peek into past

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte During Saturday’s Running Water Draw Cowboy Symposium, Sam Bass, an Amarillo optometrist and apprentice blacksmith, said blacksmithing uses basic elements of fire and strength to create art. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Sparks flew as Sam Bass hammered the glowing steel rod. Wiping his brow, the optometrist from Amarillo […]

Schools foster sexual abuse awareness

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools has implemented a sexual abuse awareness program over the last five years following the unrelated arrests and convictions of two local teachers in sexual abuse cases. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Education and open lines of communication are key to keeping children safe from sexual predators […]

Tarantulas turning up across state

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Desert tarantulas are reclusive, nocturnal spiders. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Every year about this time male desert tarantulas emerge from burrows and crevices in search of a perfect mate. About the size of a human hand — counting their eight long, hairy legs, they traverse roads and fields […]

Education feature: State suggests enlarging risk survey’s scope

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The state wants to extend the reach of a survey that measures risky behavior among youth. State officials have created a version of the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey for middle-school students, and have requested schools administer it this spring, according to New Mexico Department of Health epidemiologist Dan […]

Survey shows county youth on par with state in drug use, sex

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Among 40 states that participated in a 2005 teen behavoir survey, New Mexico ranked highest for number of students who used cocaine, injected drugs intravenously, smoked marijuana and attempted suicide that resulted in injury. (MCT illustration) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer By the numbers More than 200 Curry County students in grades nine through […]

Hall, Jean

Jean Hall, 79, of Clovis died Sunday, June 4, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born Nov. 4, 1926, in Globe, Ariz., to E. C. and Pearl Hunt Luna, and married L.S. (Bud) Hall on Feb. 10, 1944, in Portales. She received her master’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University and […]

Michael Ray Pace

Michael Ray Pace, 51, of Clovis, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born Feb. 5, 1954, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to Henry and ElJuena Gibbs Pace. He was a welder and longtime Clovis resident. He served in the U.S. Navy. Family members said he was a loving […]

Sparks, Sam

Sam Sparks Services: Have been held. Sam Harlan Sparks, 81, of Melrose, died Monday, July 25, 2005, in Clovis. He was born on Feb. 10, 1924, in the Perry community to Samuel Elijah and Leta Clemens Sparks. Family members said he was a gentleman farmer with a passion for horses, old trucks, good friends and […]

Dodd, B.J.

B.J. Dodd Services: Have been held. Mr. B.J. “Bill” Dodd, 82, of Melrose, died Saturday, July 16, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on July 30, 1922, in Crowell County, Texas, to R.E. and Helen May Dodd. He married Mary Doyle on Dec. 13, 1941, in Portales. Family members said […]

Bug invasion

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico is being invaded. Not by the Beatles but by a flea-sized bug that feeds on wheat fields. Area pest controllers have been flooded with calls the past two weeks wondering what to do about the swarms of a relatively harmless pests called false chinch bugs. “I have […]

Campbell , Katherine

Katherine Campbell Services: Have been held. Katherine “Kat” Campbell, 98, of Clovis, died Tuesday, June 28, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on July 20, 1906, in Stevenson, Ala., to James Robert and Lene Huddleson Graham. She married Thomas A. “Gus” Campbell on June 11, 1925. She was a seamstress […]

Greenwalt may be playing in Los Angeles

CNJ staff It’s been a whirlwind few days for Clovis native Cisti Greenwalt. Thursday, she scored four points in an exhibition game for the Sacramento Monarchs of the WNBA. Greenwalt, a post who led Clovis to state titles in 1999 and 2000, was cut as the Monarchs had an abundance of players at her position. […]

Judge to decide on sheriff’s recall

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A push to oust the De Baca County sheriff will come to a head in May when a 9th judicial district judge will determine if allegations against Gary Graves warrant a recall election. A group of De Baca County residents — the De Baca County Concerned Citizens — will […]

Singing for America

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Billy Sparks, right, poses for a picture with Jay Leno. Sparks said working in politics and entertainment gives him the opportunity to meet all kinds of interesting and famous people. (Courtesy photo) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer His name is familiar. But many New Mexico residents know Billy Sparks as the governor’s press guru, […]

Fort Sumner’s Billy the Kid back in news

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Billy the Kid’s grave in Fort Sumner is the area’s top tourist attraction. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Western legend Billy the Kid has been dead for more than a century, but you wouldn’t know that from the headlines the legendary gunslinger made in 2004. An investigation spearheaded by a group of New Mexicans […]