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 […]

Water rate interventions filed

By CNJ Staff About a half-dozen interventions have been filed objecting to the proposed rate increases requested by New Mexico American Water, according to a utility official. New Mexico American Water Vice President Kathy Wright said they included interventions filed by businesses, the city of Clovis and Clovis Municipal Schools. She said no residential customers […]

Rain washes out some Labor Day plans

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksHomer Pena mows his grass Monday afternoon on Wrangler Way. Pena said he planed on having a barbecue with friends and family in the back yard later in the day. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Three days of rain caused most of the holiday weekend to be a washout. But […]

Letters to the Editors 8-6

New water rates to inflict financial burden I am writing in response to last Sunday’s guest column by New Mexico American Water Co. Vice President Kathy Wright (“New water rates to provide for long-term”): According to my last water bill, I have one of those households that uses more than 15,000 gallons of water in […]

Escapees captured near Las Vegas, N.M.

CNJ Staff Two inmates who escaped from the DeBaca County Detention Center were recaptured on Saturday in Las Vegas, N.M., about 114 miles away, according to the DeBaca County Sheriff’s Department. Barry Wright, 23, of Higgins, Texas, and Cody Jessup, 19, of Woodward, Okla., were sharing a cell when they overpowered a detention officer about […]

Inmates escape

CNJ Staff Two inmates at the DeBaca County Detention Center escaped at 9:02 p.m. Friday after overpowering a detention officer, according to the New Mexico State Police. The two were identified as Barry Wright, 23, and Cody Jessup, 19, according to Eric Archuleta, a dispatcher at the DeBaca County Regional Emergency Communications Center. According to […]

Anniversaries 7/9

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Wright Ned and Marida Wright will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at St. James Episcopal Church at 12th and Main streets, Clovis. The celebration will be hosted by their daughters, Candy and Kathy Wright, both of Clovis. The couple married July 13, 1946, in Portales. They have […]

Wright, Wayne O.

Wayne O. Wright, 93, of Tucson, Ariz., died Saturday, June 24, 2006, in Tucson. He was born Nov. 12, 1912, in Diller, Neb. As a child he resided in Powell, Wyo. He married Clementine Rassier on April 21, 1935, in Billings, Mont. In 1948, the family relocated to Arizona and were long-time residents of Sonoita. […]

Water costs causing concern

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clovis resident Phyllis Wallace lives in a humble home with sparse furnishings. However, her back yard is an oasis filled with plants. A retired teacher, Wallace, 72, said the possibility of an increase in her water bill has her nervously eyeing her budget and wondering if she can maintain […]

Ned Wright

Ned Wright Date of birth: Jan. 9, 1922 Dates of service: January 1941 to September 1945 Hometown: Portales Theater and location of service: Europe, Africa and the Middle East Branch: Army Air Corps Rank: Tech Sergeant Unit and specialty: Radio operator Lives in: Clovis In his words: After he finished high school, Wright said, “I […]

3/5 Engagement

Hill/Wright Arnold Freeman and Jeanette Winfrey of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, DeeDee Hill of Clovis to Joe Wright of Clovis, son of John and Bonnie Wright of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows April 22 at 6 p.m. at Faith Christian Family Church. The reception will be at Chaparral […]