First person: Parks director sets youth activities as top priority

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CNJ photo: Liliana Castillo Bill Bizzell of Clovis is moving from education to parks and recreation after 38 years in schools. Bill Bizzell of Clovis is the new parks and recreation director in Clovis. Bizzell has lived in Clovis since 1972. Currently, he is the superintendent of Bovina Independent School District. Bizzell’s first official day […]

Survey: More youth opportunities needed

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Antonio Wetmore, 7, practices his footwork Thursday during American Youth Soccer Organization practice at the AYSO fields. His mother, Victoria Moya, said this is her son’s third year playing and he loves soccer. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer About 500 Clovis residents who recently took part in a survey […]

Program organizers hope to prevent gangs through art

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A local non-profit group has plans to help prevent gangs in Clovis and Portales through art. Artists of America of New Mexico is working to launch a new afterschool and weekend program called Windows on the World, which will target middle school and high school age youth who are […]

Parent-youth summit set

CNJ staff The Curry County Wellness Council is hosting a Stay Teen Parent-Youth Summit April 10. The event is aimed at parents and teens in seventh through ninth grades. Andrea Bell with the council said this is the 11th annual summit. This year, parents and students will attend separate presentations on the same subjects. Presentations […]

Friday morning briefing: A youth survey and high winds

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Friday morning briefing.

Youth baseball groups at odds

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The Clovis Little League organizations, right, and the Clovis Baseball Association had signups on Saturday at the Master’s Center. The Clovis Baseball Association hopes to increase participation through United States Specialty Sports Association affiliation. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer While it’s not exactly a “basebrawl,” a difference of opinion […]

Education digest: Albuquerque Youth Symphony to perform

Albuquerque Youth Symphony to perform The Albuquerque Youth Symphony will be in Clovis Friday to perform for students and the public. The symphony is made up of high school students from Albuquerque. The group will perform 1:30 p.m. Friday at Marshall Auditorium for students and again at 7 p.m. Friday at Marshall Auditorium for the […]

Education data encouraging for Hispanics

Freedom New Mexico A new study of Hispanic youth in the United States offers interesting data about one of the country’s fastest-growing groups. For political and social leaders, it has valuable information about their attitudes and risks for the future. It also can help dispel many myths and assumptions about them. The Pew Hispanic Center […]

Police blotter — Sept. 10

CNJ staff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 9 a.m. Aug. 26 an officer on duty at Marshall Middle School was informed of possible narcotics. An administrator told the officer he had information a male student was smoking marijuana and selling drugs on campus. The officer spoke […]

Melrose youth sets national pole vault record

CNJ staff Caley Barnard, 12, of Melrose, set a new girls national junior pole vault record Wednesday at the Amateur Athletics Union national championship meet at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Barnard cleared 9-6.25 feet in the finals, more than a foot higher than second-place finisher Heather Shaffer (8-6) of Leander, Texas. The previous […]

Beautification committee members want to pass dedication on to youth

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico In a perfect world, guys such as George Lees wouldn’t have to put in time on city government entities at 86 years of age. Lees’ world, indeed, wouldn’t have such things as a Keep Clovis Beautiful committee. “I resent, in a way, that we as a group have monthly […]

Boys State introduces youth to government

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler While waiting for results of Boys State elections on Wednesday, junior counselor Matthew Gutierrez of Las Vegas conducts a wave at ENMU’s Becky Sharp Auditorium. While waiting for results of Boys State elections on Wednesday, junior counselor Matthe By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico In a world with expanding competition […]

Youth sports provide good chuckle

By Glenda Price My grandchildren have introduced me to organized team sports for kids, and it’s great fun — for everyone.

School board discusses youth risk survey

This is a report of Tuesday’s Clovis Board of Education meeting: • School District Director of Health Services Rhonda Sparks discussed the results of the 2007 Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey. Sparks said while the survey doesn’t provide statistical data, it still provides trends that the district can use to address social issues among students. […]

Udall: Indian country youth suicide rates demand attention, help

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., participated in a hearing to examine the overwhelming frequency of youth suicide in Indian Country. The rate of suicide among American Indian and Alaskan Native population is 70 percent higher than the general United States population, with the incidence of youth suicides reaching epidemic proportions. New Mexico, which has […]

Livestock show gives 4-H youth chance to show off

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Michelle Wauson, 15, prepares her sheep for the show ring Saturday at the Farwell Junior Livestock Show. Tomee England, Farwell’s Future Farmers of America chapter advisor, said the show is intended to give the children experience showing animals. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer At a wispy 4-feet-10-inches-tall, Heath Hadley […]

Teens spread cheer

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Shelby Brown of Faith Christian Family Church sings a Christmas song, Wednesday, to Dylan Thompson, 6 months, while his mother Christy Thompson looks on. Faith Christian Family Church also provided gifts for hospital patients. By Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer Giving without expecting anything in return and bringing christmas cheer […]

Law enforcement frustrated by juvenile system

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Anchalee Sanchez, left, trains Melissa Johnson on proper booking and releasing procedures Thursday at the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Local police and the state agency that oversees troubled youths are at odds on how to handle juvenile criminal suspects. Clovis Police Capt. Patrick […]

Church will resume UNICEF campaign

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Courtesy illustration The First United Methodist Church will resume a youth fundraising program for UNICEF following a meeting with police on Friday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer First United Methodist Church in Portales will resume a youth fundraising program for UNICEF after meeting with police Friday. “We got it all straightened out,” said Toni […]

Pathway House serves as holding facility for delinquent youth

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Pathway House, a residential and outpatient treatment center in Clovis, will serve as a holding center for youth when police can’t locate parents. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The city has contracted with a local treatment center for temporary holding services for youth who fall between the cracks in […]