Portales resident enjoys helping

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Dennis Lopez’s office displays the photography of his wife Rachel. Dennis Lopez is active in the Portales community. He was a Roosevelt County commissioner for eight years from 2000 to 2008. As the director of support employment at Mental Health Resources, Lopez said he enjoys helping and working with his […]

Surnames carry reputations

Surnames are a pretty big deal in Eastern New Mexico. They connect you with a family, good or bad and help connect us. I met a guy working a booth at the N.M. Ag Expo this year who was wearing a co-worker’s nametag. He wasn’t from the area but he had a last name in […]

Proposed fee increases ‘modest’

Lawmakers seeking guidance from military associations on whether to support the new Defense Department plan to raise TRICARE Prime enrollment fees modestly for working-age retirees next year, and then to adjust them annually for inflation, will get mixed signals this time around. Joyce Wessel Raezer, national director of the National Military Family Association, is not […]

Former BNSF employee awarded $1.9 million

CNJ staff A Texas jury found BNSF Railway negligent Friday and awarded $1.9 million to a Clovis man for back injuries sustained working for the company. James Phillips’ award came following a four-week trial held in Fort Worth, Texas, in which the 30-year railroad employee made a case that degenerative disc disease in his mid- […]

CCC, UNM working to make transitions smoother

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo University of New Mexico recruiter Lukas Cash discusses class schedules with a student Friday at Clovis Community College. Cash will spend Thursday’s and Friday’s at the college. Liliana Castillo The University of New Mexico has made itself more accessible to students in eastern New Mexico. The school has hired advisor […]

Experience shades expectations

It has not exactly been a year when cross country, or back country for that matter, skiers could pick and choose their time and place for recreation. In fact, by this time last year enough snow had fallen in the Curry County area for a number of skiing outings, but this year, even a trip […]

Another baseball league interested in Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Weeks after the Pecos League severed ties with Clovis, another league is trying to put professional baseball in the city this summer. Officials with the independent Southwestern States League are working on an agreement to lease Bell Park for 40 games, half of the 80-game schedule for the Clovis […]

GRT increase needed for future

In 1964, the Interstate Stream Commission created the Ute Reservoir to provide a future sustainable water supply for the residents of eastern New Mexico. Like other municipalities and counties in the area, the city of Clovis has a reservation for water from Ute Reservoir and, as the Ogallala Aquifer beneath Clovis continues to diminish, has […]

Six members leave citizens committee meeting after closure retained

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Curry County Manager Lance Pyle discusses the Open Meetings Act resolution the county commission signs during a citizen’s courthouse committee meeting Thursday at the county courthouse. Pyle said the resolution does not require committee meetings to be open to the public. Kevin Wilson The Curry County Citizens Courthouse Committee decided […]

Report: Hispanic achievement gap higher in Clovis

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CNJ illustration: Gabriel Monte and Jenna Zamie Liliana Castillo White students in Clovis are outperforming their Hispanic counterparts by a margin higher than state averages, according to a recent report released by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The report concludes the achievement gap between Hispanic and white students is pronounced in reading and math […]

Cupcakes, polyester featured on show

Information on organizing your home, working with polyester fiber and preparing giant cupcakes will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Laura Dellutri will share tips on how to change your life from chaos to calm and make your home an oasis to come home to. Her company […]

Our people: Big communicator

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Courtesy photo Dobson married her husband Wayne Head July 1, 2006. Eastern New Mexico University Chair and Assistant Professor of Communication in the Communication Department Patti Dobson moved to Clovis in 1970. She enjoys working with college students.

‘Whatever works’ isn’t working

Some may remember during the debate about federal government bailouts and stimuli the Obama regime made it clear that no ideology will be allowed to sway the administration. What is important, the president said, is that the government stick to a pragmatic policy — a policy of expediency, one concerned with what works, not with […]

Nursing program receives state grant

Argen Duncan An Eastern New Mexico University program that allows working nurses to get their bachelor of science in nursing degree has received a state grant that will mostly go to scholarships. ENMU’s bachelor of science in nursing completion program received a $502,000 grant for the next two years. Executive Director of Planning and Analysis […]

‘No female’ rule on ranch unfair

Glenda Price My dad was a ranch manager for absentee owners, so he was the on-the-ground boss. When we were quite young my brother and I began working alongside him. He called us his “top hands,” which made us feel proud – and work even harder. I remember one day after we had about 300 […]

Time working in schools was rewarding

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools They say: “All good things must come to an end.” I never did care for that saying too much. My father always said, “Everything is temporary.” And when times are tough, I remind myself of this and it makes me feel better. But, when I am having a great […]

PRMC working to meet Cannon’s needs

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections As Cannon Air Force Base’s force size rises to a projected near 5,000 personnel level, local medical services are racing to catch up. Beefing up labor and delivery, finding ways to streamline emergency services, adding mental health workers and specialists such as pediatricians and orthopedic surgeons are some of the […]

My hands ain’t soft anymore

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist So how are your hands after this past hard winter? A little rough? Do they have some cracks? I was pondering my hands as I was working some lotion into them. That ole’ dry skin was drinking that stuff up. I looked at the fingers with the impacted bicycle grease […]

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Roosevelt woman says she finds peace working with horses

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Wendy Toombs of Roosevelt County puts reins on her quarter horse Little San Tippy. She has logged 750 hours riding, primarily on Little San Tippy, during the last several years with an American Quarter Horse Association program. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Wendy Toombs of Roosevelt County has gone […]