Summit makes second run

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Freedom Newspapers: Claude VigilCarlos Vargas-Aburto, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kutztown University, answers questions during the Latino Leadership Summit, held Friday afternoon at Eastern New Mexico University. By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Enthusiasm rippled through the crowd as high school students gathered Friday at Eastern New Mexico University to participate in the […]

Texico residents allowed to go home

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer More than a dozen Texico residents were allowed to return to their homes around 2:30 p.m. Friday, two days after a truck accident resulting in a fuel spill forced their evacuation, according to Texico Fire Chief Lewis Cooper. The residents of five homes in the 300 block of north […]

Church group protests N.M. funeral

Staff and Wire Reports RIO RANCHO — Members of a Kansas fundamentalist group that contends the deaths of U.S. soldiers are God’s punishment for America’s tolerance of homosexuality showed up at an Army soldier’s funeral. Flags around the state were flown at half-staff Thursday as family and friends honored Spc. Alexander Jordan, 31, who died […]

Accident claims life of Jal man

Freedom Newspapers A 21-year-old Jal man is dead following a single- vehicle rollover early Friday morning in Roosevelt County, according to a press release from police. Jared B. Hunter was traveling north on State Road 206 at approximately 2 a.m. when the vehicle he was driving crossed the south-bound lane and into a field, rolling […]

Caring companions

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleWanda Beavers, right, 79, of Clovis, gets help with her daily activities from senior companion Nadine Fixler, left. Fixler is taking over for Beavers’ regular companion while she recovers from knee surgery. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Senior companions help their clients run errands. They alert doctors and relatives about […]

Hounds ready for home opener

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Eastern New Mexico University and Central Oklahoma each got what it needed last week — a victory. Now they’ll see who can build on it when the teams collide in ENMU’s 6 p.m. home opener today in a Lone Star Conference crossover game at Blackwater Draw. “I think the […]

Cats outlast Rio Rancho

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Clovis High’s Derrick Phillips avoids Andrew Mastriano after a second-quarter interception. Clovis beat Rio Rancho 36-33. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff For the second-straight week, Clovis was plagued by mental mistakes. At least this week, Clovis managed to escape with a win. Brian Mead rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner […]

Southern control fleeting at times

By Anita Doberman: Lifestlyes Columnist If there is one thing that I learned living in the South, it’s that a Southern lady maintains control no matter how badly her children act. A few weeks ago I embarked on a trip to Rome with my children. I was determined to maintain Southern composure. Except that I […]

The little town that was — then wasn’t

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Gate City beat Vega, Texas, in basketball at Gate City on July 10, 1938. Gate City? Where in the world is Gate City? Think Conchas Dam. Yes, there is a Gate City and old folks around Tucumcari know where it was. I say was because there is no Gate City […]

Labeling system could be useful

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Here at the Lazy Syntax Library we’re perusing a couple columns we wrote about terms used to describe groups of animals — you know, like a pride of lions and a gaggle of geese. The seed for this research was the behavior of news reporters in Washington, D.C., a few […]

Lessons can be learned from food scares

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist Just when New Mexico folks thought that burrito was safe, new news says a tainted bag of spinach found its way to the Land of Enchantment. The spinach E. coli scare has now strained its way to 23 states, killing one in Wisconsin. While the scare heavily hit California — since […]

City picks Blair as new police chief

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor City Manager Joe Thomas stayed within the system in hiring a new police chief. Thomas announced at Thursday’s Clovis City Commission meeting he has selected Deputy Police Chief Dan Blair to succeed Bill Carey, who retires Sept. 29. Blair, a 21-year Clovis Police Department veteran, was promoted to deputy […]

Safety grows at camp

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksTech Sgt. Charles Derflinger of the Cannon Air Force Base Fire Department guides Candice Vineyard of Melrose through fire and fire safety practices Thursday afternoon at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The program was By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As the flames leapt through the metal grate, the spooked 8-year-old flinched […]

Council tackles teen pregnancy at forum

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksSallie Foster, chairman of the Maternal and Child Health Council of Curry County, gives the opening presentation during Thursday’s Teen Pregnancy Summit at the Clovis Civic Center. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Evidence poured from the women in the room: A social service agent whose youngest client is a pregnant […]

Detention center doctor deal done

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The county has hired a two-person medical staff in an effort to increase the overall health of the jail population and reduce ambulance transports to the hospital, county officials said. Dr. Les Donaldson, a Clovis internal medicine physician, entered into a contract with the county to provide health care […]

Sept. 22, 2006 Meetings Watch

The following is a report on Thursday’s City Commission meeting: • Commissioners recognized Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey for his service, and Mayor David Lansford presented him with a key to the city and a plaque. Lansford described Carey’s contributions during his 29 years on the force as “enormous,” adding, “you cannot measure the contributions […]

Education foundation gets city consideration

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The seeds for an education foundation were planted Thursday during a presentation given at the Clovis High School Lecture Hall by Foundation Development Consultant Pete Karabatsos. An education foundation, Karabatsos said, could support a range of activities in area schools. With money donated from community members, teachers could bring […]

Sept. 22, 2006 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Sept. 14 through Wednesday: • Bryan Dono Forbush, 34, to Chrisgina Dawn Beezley, 34, both of Clovis. • Ruben Silva Castillo, 64, to Sharon Ilene Fulgham, 40, both of Farwell. • Darrin Dean Surls, 36, to Irma Galindo, 28, both of Hereford, Texas. • Michael […]

Sept. 22, 2006 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About midnight Saturday an officer responded to an assault report at Plains Regional Medical Center. The assault victim said he was at his residence in the 100 block of 13th Street when some unknown men got out of a vehicle and assaulted […]

CHS VOLLEYBALL: Lady Cats can’t stop Goddard

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Clovis freshman Antiesha Brown hits around the block of Roswell Goddard’s Laura Fry (10) and Jamie Edgett during Thursday’s match at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Nobody celebrates a kill shot quite like Clovis’ Siobhan Flatow. But even her fist-pumping was noticeably muted after she hit one […]