New Mexico American Water manager defends company

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer New Mexico American Water General Manager Kathy Wright says criticism of her company has reached a level of unfairness. During a Clovis City Commission meeting Thursday night, Wright defended her company and its role in the community to commissioners tasked with deciding if the city should withdraw from a [...]

Clovis Christian names Clayton new superintendent

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Ladona Clayton served as deputy superintendent for Clovis Municipal Schools. Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Christian School announced Friday it has hired Ladona Clayton as its superintendent to replace Stephen Schultze on the heels of controversy over his involvement with a fugitive. Clayton is the former deputy superintendent for Clovis Municipal Schools. Ben Wright, [...]

Jan. 6 Business Digest

Clovis Realtor joins state association executive committee Clovis Realtor Sharon Hicks joins the 2009 executive committee of the Realtors Association of New Mexico, according to an association press release. A Realtor with Re/Max, Hicks is the Southeast District vice president of the association, according to the release. Also according to the release, Bonnie Wright of [...]

Religion Feature: Group watches daily bread

CNJ illustration: Tony Bullocks Dieters discuss their struggles and Bible passages at meetings of the 3D group. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer LaWanda Furney used to weigh 250 pounds. She has lost almost 75 pounds since January. She’s been on diets before, but this time she turned to a faith-based diet group that meets [...]

Trujillo, Wright eliminated at state

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis’ Heather Trujiilo and Marlon Wright were eliminated Friday in the first round of the Class 5A state tennis tournament. Unseeded Amanda Kane of Onate knocked off the eighth-seeded Trujillo 6-4, 6-4. Trujillo, and eighth-grader, qualified for state by finishing second in the District 4-5A tournament. Meanwhile, No. 8 seed Mark [...]

CHS TENNIS: Clovis duo heads for state

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CNJ file photo Clovis freshman Heather Trujillo posted a 21-5 record and a District 4-5A runnerup finish this season. Trujillo and senior Marlon Wright will represent CHS in Class 5A state singles tennis competition starting Friday. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Heather Trujillo is looking forward to playing in Class 5A state singles competition [...]

CHS TENNIS: Clovis sends two to state

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson Clovis freshman Heather Trujillo leaps to return a shot from Hobbs’ Torie Murdock in their Friday’s District 4-5A girls singles semifinal. Trujillo won 6-2, 6-3 and placed second in the tournament. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Already assured a trip to state, Clovis freshman Heather Trujillo went for the whole [...]

Portales beats Clovis boys tennis squad

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Gerber Vander Ploeg backhands a volley against Portales’ Sunny Liu at Clovis High on Thursday afternoon. CNJ Staff Portales boys tennis coach Wade Fraze didn’t mind his team’s mini-break in the schedule. The Rams had been idle for nine days before Thursday’s dual against Clovis, but hardly missed a beat [...]

Recommendation downsizes rate hike

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor A state Public Regulation Commission hearing examiner recommended a smaller water rate increase for the city’s water provider, according to a PRC document. Hearing examiner Elizabeth Hurst recommended in her Feb. 12 report a 12.6-percent hike, which would generate about $1 million annually in additional revenue for New Mexico [...]

Officials: Film shot in area going to big screen

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Farwell High graduate Hailey Grimes landed a prominent role in the feature film. (File photo) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A movie about an Oklahoma high school basketball coach filmed mostly in the Clovis area is bound for a big-screen debut in March, according to movie officials. Filmed locally in October 2004, “Believe in [...]