No jobs will be lost in CMS proposed budget cuts

Dear Staff, Parents, and Community Members, For the last few weeks, a letter has occupied this space telling you about the money that wastaken from the public education budget this year and replaced with stimulus monies that willdisappear at the end of the 2010-2011 school year. Our concern is that the legislature will not address […]

Kingsville posts sweep over Zias

CNJ staff KINGSVILLE, Texas — Tara Grier had 11 kills, 10 digs and 15 assists Thursday night as Texas A&M-Kingsville overcame a four-point deficit late in the first set to sweep Eastern New Mexico University 25-21, 25-16, 25-19 in a Lone Star Conference volleyball match. Sha Tremble added 10 kills and Kristin Chancellor nine for […]

Friend made final arrival in heaven

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Susie, my sister, and I held a common bond with Kendra Lennon. Our beloved fathers served on the staff together at Central Baptist Church when it was located at 800 Hinkle. Even though our lives guided us to different directions and cities, each of us cherished the priceless title of […]

St. James celebrates century

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rev. Benjamin Wright looks through scrapbooks made by Cindy Lakin to commemorate the church’s first 100 years. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer By Liliana Castillo CNJ STAFF WRITER lcastillo@cnjonline.com When Cindy Lakin finished the daunting task of making scrapbooks to commemorate St. James’ Episcopal Church’s first 100 years, she […]

American 9-10s stay alive at state

CNJ staff CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis American All-Stars stayed alive in state 9-10 Little League competition Saturday, using two big innings to turn back Taos 12-7 in a losers bracket game. American, which lost to Carlsbad Shorthorn 6-4 on Friday, erased a 4-2 deficit with a five-run third, then pulled away with four […]

Salvation Army hit hard by gas leak

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis’ Salvation Army, located at Gidding and Second streets, has been working around major construction due to a gas leak for the past 3 1/2 weeks. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The staff at Clovis’ Salvation Army knew this summer was going to be tough. Goodwill moved in to […]

Staff memories of Michael Jackson: Greatest entertainer of my lifetime

By Tony Bullocks: CNJ photographer My sister Jeannette and I would get on the bus to ride across town to see Michael Jackson and his brothers at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Every time they came to the city, we went to see them. Later when they became the Jacksons, they would play at […]

Staff memories of Michael Jackson: April 1 hoax

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico I can only remember falling for two April Fool’s jokes that were in print. One was Sports Illustrated’s hoax that an eccentric pitcher named Sidd Finch had learned how to throw a baseball 168 miles an hour and had been signed to the Mets. That was sort of understandable. […]

Religion feature: New church plans to keep it simple

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Central Baptist Church is “planting” a new church, called The Vine Community Church, to appeal to those who prefer a progressive program over a traditional one. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Central Baptist Church staff knows they aren’t the church for everyone. They also know that not everyone […]

Senior resident center celebrates fathers

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo John Schmidt, a resident at Senior Citizen Resident Center in Clovis, said Father’s Day has never been a big deal for him. He said his favorite thing about being a father is being a grandfather. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The staff and residents of the Senior Citizen Resident […]

Longtime Clovis pastor appointed to state Baptist council

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Pedro Escobar grew up in El Salvador and came to the United States in 1978 at the age of 30 to follow God’s call to pursue the ministry. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Longtime Clovis pastor Pedro Escobar has been selected to join the Baptist Convention of New Mexico […]

Meetings watch: School board votes for third-party audit of school staff

Highlights from the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday. • The board accepted applications for Title I migrant, state bilingual education, Title III English, Title I federal stimulus and Title I consolidated funding. The $1.4 million in stimulus funding would go toward hiring five language specialists and buying Read 180 • A gift […]

Clovis Police launch new web site

On Friday, May 8, 2009, after more than 2 months of work, the Clovis Police Department is launching its new and improved website. The new design, consistent with the department’s commitment to being more technologically enhanced, features vastly improved navigation, an enhanced internal search engine, and an upgraded events calendar. A key reason for the […]

County jail short on command staff

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File photo Lois Bean took over as administrator of the Curry County Adult Detention Center in December By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Three officers have resigned from the Curry County Detention Center in the last two weeks, leaving a lean command staff. Administrator Lois Bean said the officers — the assistant administrator, a captain […]

Hounds split slugfests with Bulldogs

CNJ staff CNJ STAFF WEATHERFORD, Okla. — Senior catcher Freddy Carmona highlighted an eight-run second with a three-run double, while right fielder Ethan Wagner hit a grand slam and first baseman Seth Clabaugh whacked a pair of solo homers to lift Eastern New Mexico University past Southwestern Oklahoma 16-6 Saturday in the first game of […]

Flags fly at half-staff for former Cannon airman

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USAF courtesy photo Staff Sgt. Timothy Bowles was killed when his vehicle was destroyed by an improvised explosive device while on a four-vehicle patrol checking on a local school on March 15 in Afghanistan. He was deployed from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. Staff and wire reports Flags are at half-staff around the state in […]

March 8 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 11 a.m. Feb. 20 an officer responded to a school in the 100 block of Commerce Street for a report of a drug deal. A staff member said he witnessed two boys doing a drug deal and provided the officer with […]

Commission approves storage building, flooring for events center

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File photo Renovations at the jail include motion sensors in mechanical rooms, new ceilings in the laundry, kitchen, visitation areas and annex, upgrades to controls and a new control station. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer County commissioners approved more than $280,000 in bids for the Special Events Center and $500,000 for improvements at the […]

Proposed algae plant to create 100 jobs

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Portales will become home to an algae farm that produces biofuel and an estimated 100 new jobs for the region if the U.S. Senate passes a proposed budget bill. Nearly $1 million in funding for the project is included in the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill expected to […]

Auxiliaries tackle tasks in colorful way

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Ruby Goforth has been a member of the Pink Ladies for five years. She said Goforth said she enjoys volunteering at a hospital because she can provide comfort for people who need it. The women are known as Pink Ladies. The men Red Coats. They volunteer to man the gift […]