4/9 Local roundup

Clovis man convicted for stolen vehicle A jury convicted a 54-year-old Clovis man Friday of possessing a stolen vehicle, according to a press release issued Friday by the district attorney’s office. Lorenzo Chavez faces five to nine years in prison as a repeat offender, and will be sentenced in the next two weeks, according to […]

Fiber optic work takes toll on water lines

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Portales residents in the 600 block of South Avenue A were without water at different times on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Officials blamed broken water pipes on poor maps being used to guide workers installing a fiber optic network for Yucca Telecom. Yucca Telecom held groundbreaking ceremonies on […]

Students bring Christmas to needy

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Isaiah Willmot, 4, right, opens as present as his brother Elighio Rodriguez, 7, watches during an early Christmas party for five children from the Lighthouse Mission Thursday at a home in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Mikayle Moore hugged her new dolls, however, the boxes the presents came in […]

Fungus invades Clovis High School classrooms

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Water damage and mold cover the back side of a cabinet that was removed from the wall of a Clovis High School classroom. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Behind the walls of Clovis High School Building E, black fungi flourish, dotting cabinets and once-hidden surfaces. The building was closed in […]

5/12 Education Digest

Yucca brings home silver, bronze The Yucca Junior High School branch of the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America brought home 11 silver and bronze medals in April’s state competition held in Albuquerque. Formerly called the Future Homemakers of America, the club competed in a variety of competitions, winning bronze and silvers in the […]

Yucca, Clovis High selected to perform

By CNJ Staff The Yucca Junior High School Chorale and Clovis High School Band were selected to perform on the honors concert at the All-State Music Convention in Albuquerque. The honors concert will be held at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday at the University of New Mexico’s Popejoy Hall. To prepare for the concert, the choir […]

Teacher feels first day jitters

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Kayla Smith, seventh grade literature development teacher at Yucca Junior High School, instructs her sixth period class as they fill out a worksheet Wednesday at the school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin Kayla Smith returned to college at 28 because she wanted to satisfy her desire to teach. On Wednesday, her first day […]

New principal ready for first day

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer As schools around the city resume classes this week, high school students will have a different face in the top office. Jody Balch has taken over as principal at Clovis High School. Andy Sweet resigned in late April following a five-year term at the school. Balch spent 12 years […]

Clovis High principal resigns

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School Principal Andy Sweet announced Friday he will step down at the school year’s end. Sweet will finish this school year as principal and return next school year to teach mathematics at the high school, said Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Jim McDaniel. Yucca Junior High Principal Jody […]

Education Calendar 2/5

Today > Yucca Junior High spelling bee will be held. > Kindergarten variety show at Barry Elementary > Sandia Winter Musical today and Friday at Sandia Gym at 6:30 p.m. Friday > Jump rope for heart assembly at Bella Vista Elementary > Staff Development day for various elementary schools. Saturday > Gattis Junior High, Marshall […]

Vehicle crash causes damage at Yucca

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A Clovis firefighter stands at the scene where a pickup truck involved in a two-vehicle accident Sunday night struck a light pole on the north side of the Yucca Junior High School football field. CNJ staff photo: Loretta Kos. By Jack King A two-vehicle collision damaged the fence and part of the football practice field […]