Our people: Jackie Clark has helped organize the Roosevelt County fair for more than 20 years

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico A bench at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds was dedicated in Roosevelt County resident Jackie Clark’s honor after she helped organize the county fair for more than 20 years. Roosevelt County resident Jackie Clark helped organize the Roosevelt County Fair for more than 20 years. She began volunteering at the fair […]

CCC hikes tuition

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Community College board of trustees approved a third tuition increase in last three years during Wednesday’s board meeting. Tuition will increase $6 for each credit hour beginning in the summer. President John Neibling said the state sets a minimum two year colleges can charge for tuition. While the state doesn’t require […]

Sins of spirit always deadliest

Curtis Shelburne A few years ago, I did something I’d never done before. Along with two writing partners, I tried my hand at penning some short pieces for what we hoped might become a series of gift books. We had in mind some little volumes entitled something like, “Dear Mom,” “Dear Dad,” “Dear Teacher,” etc. […]

Internet should remain free of sales tax

Freedom New Mexico For years we’ve fought putting new taxes on Internet activities. But like a bad computer virus, that idea keeps coming back. The latest manifestation is what’s called the “Amazon tax.” But it also would hit many more companies than online retailer Amazon.com, including hundreds of thousands of small businesses that sell online. […]

Area youth share spring break activities

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Derik Kuykendall, 14, of Clovis takes his turn at bat at his friend Taylor Stratton’s homemade wiffleball field on Howard Cowper Street. Clovis has its own sandlot. Stu Stratton of Clovis set up a wiffle ball field in an empty lot across from his home on Howard Cowper Street. Stratton […]

Business digest — March 15

Muleshoe man elected board president The Board of Directors of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) elected Sandy Vandevender, executive vice president and general manager of Five Area Telephone Cooperative in Muleshoe, as president of its 2011 Board of Directors at its annual meeting in Dallas. The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association is the premier association […]

Press release: Woman sentenced for drugs

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Chantille Woods, age 42, was sentenced to serve six (6) years in prison for one (1) count of Distribution of Marijuana, a third degree felony. On April 21, 2009, a New Mexico State Police officer conducted a routine traffic stop on a vehicle. Upon approaching Chantille […]

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 […]

Storytelling: Cultural preservation

The children, probably from 4 or 5 years old to 12, sat (or lay) on the floor in front, close to the speaker — the storyteller. The grownups sat on the floor or in chairs. The audience had a speaking part in the story, which the storyteller explained. The younger kids, especially, listened carefully for […]

Press release: Man gets 10 years for home invasion

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Kenny Hodge, age 53, was sentenced to serve ten (10) years in the Department of Corrections for one (1) count of Armed Robbery and one (1) count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. This sentence stems from an incident that occurred in […]

Patient transfers stretching resources

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Firefighter Mike Field performs a routine maintenance check on an ambulance at Station 1. Sharna Johnson Clovis ambulances are spending more and more time taking patients out of town, a dynamic that is starting to stretch resources a little thin. In the last two years, out-of-town ambulance transfers increased 57 […]

Man gets 10 years for robbing pizza employee

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years imprisonment for the 2009 robbery of a Papa Murphy’s Pizza employee. Michael Olivas, 23, pled guilty to armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and vehicle theft, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. On Sept. 16, 2009, a Papa Murphy’s […]

Press release: Clovis man gets 10 years for robbery

Birthday —

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Mullins Ethel Mullins, left, of Portales, celebrated her birthday Wednesday with all of her sister bowlers. She is a young 95-year-old!! She is the Matriarch of the Wednesday Morning Coffee League. For 37 years, Ethel has been admired and loved by all of her sister bowlers. Laquita Terry, right, of Clovis, is one of Ethel’s […]

KENW exploring Spanish broadcast channel

Freedom New Mexico Portales based KENW-TV is exploring the possibilities of broadcasting a third standard definition channel in Spanish in the next few years. “We have been in discussions with veme.tv to broadcast their satellite programing to our area,” said KENW Director of Broadcasting Duane Ryan. Ryan said adding the Spanish channel to the KENW […]

Our people: Mayhem on her mind

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Donita Massy Privett: Courtesy photo Darynda Jones of Portales enjoys writing characters who people are interested in reading about. Portales resident Darynda Jones has been writing toward publication for nine years. She realized her goal when on Feb. 1 her first book “First Grave on the Right” was published. The book, the first of a […]

Christ expert at transforming lives

Judy Brandon Many years ago my sister Susie and I headed off to Baylor for the fall semester. Mother and Daddy were excited — after all their children were going to a place of old friends and acquaintances that they had made during their college years. Some were faculty, some were just citizens of Waco, […]

Press release: Portales man gets 12 years

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Epigmenio (Pete) Baltazar, age 36, was sentenced to serve twelve (12) years in prison for one (1) count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The charges stem from July of 2009 when Portales Police Department and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office received tips regarding the sale […]

Plateau recognizes employees

Each year ENMR Plateau recognizes those employees who reach certain milestones in their career at the cooperative. Those recognized in December were: 30 years • Jimmy L.Liles, Wireline Area Supervisor, Logan • Richard Martinez, Wireline CO.Quality Assurance Technician, San Jon • Bruce W. Scott, Manager- Wireline Service Areas, Clayton 25 years • Cip Encinias, Wireline […]

Mason jars more secure than banks

I got to know Amos several years ago. He had a fairly fancy house in town, but spent most of his time at what he called his homestead. I drove to his homestead expecting to see a crusty, bedraggled old fellow, but an urbane gentleman with wavy white hair and a twinkly grin greeted me […]