Adrian to be inducted into NMAA Hall of Fame

CNJ staff Former Clovis High athletic director Randy Adrian is among three individuals who will be inducted into the New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame next week. Adrian spent 25 years as a coach, teacher and administrator. He also worked as a basketball official for 31 years and was named the state’s National Federation […]

CHS grad Lopez leaving Rio Rancho

The Associated Press RIO RANCHO — Rio Rancho High School football coach Phil Lopez has resigned, saying he wants to return to Texas to coach. He said Tuesday that he is a finalist for a job at a central Texas school, which he declined to identify. Lopez, 45, compiled a 29-14 record in four seasons […]

CHS TENNIS: Clovis teams get into swing

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Clovis High senior Tiffany Romero prepares to hit a backhand return during Lady Wildcats practice on Wednesday at the CHS tennis courts. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Like many spring programs, Clovis High’s tennis squads got off to a slow start because of the January snows. CHS girls coach […]

Bus brings residents relief from prescription costs

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Frances Apodaca of Clovis attended Wednesday’s “Help is Here Express” national bus tour at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The program helps low-income residents pay for prescription drugs. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Having suffered a heart attack, Frances Apodaca depends on three prescription drugs to remain healthy. The 49-year-old […]

Zoo misadventure traps family

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A Tuesday afternoon excursion to the zoo left a 29-year-old Clovis man and his two daughters in the same situation as the animals — locked behind bars. Getting off work a little early, Chris Gauna decided to treat his children — 2 and 3 years old — to a […]

Senator: Cannon funding lacking

By CNJ staff The transition to a new mission at Cannon Air Force Base is woefully underfunded in a proposed 2008 military budget, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The approximately $72.5 million Domenici said is needed to establish Air Force Special Operations at Cannon is not included in President Bush’s […]

Ex-CPD officer’s charges reduced

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A judge reduced criminal charges against a former Clovis police detective from felonies to misdemeanors Wednesday during a probable cause hearing in Curry County Magistrate Court. Keith Farkas, 38, of Clovis was arrested Nov. 9 by state police and charged with felony counts of embezzlement and tampering with evidence. […]

Water officials say meetings crucial

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority has long held public education and federal authorization as its two biggest keys for the Ute Water Project. If the next few months go to plan, they’ll take care of both. The plan is to have two hearings related to the pipeline […]

Ex-DPS agent sentenced for falsifying citations

CNJ staff A former special investigations agent with the Department of Public Safety has pleaded no contest to charges she falsified traffic citations, according to court records. Dolores Ledezma-Pinon, 52, reached a plea agreement before District Judge Joe Parker Friday to serve nine months unsupervised probation. Her case was scheduled for an April 12 jury […]

Man sentenced for taking $600,000

Freedom Newspapers A Portales man convicted of taking more than $600,000 from an armored car service where he worked last year has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison. State District Judge Teddy Hartley also ordered Scott Kirby, 23, to repay the money that was not recovered, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler said […]

CCS junior’s singing inspires confidence

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Melody King, a junior at Clovis Christian School, sings the national anthem at CCS basketball games. King will sing at the state basketball tournament next week in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Melody King has a gift. The Clovis Christian School junior can sing. This year, the blue-eyed […]

Student Profile: Grooms

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Iris Grooms is a senior at Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Roger and Kim Grooms. What is your most prized possession? I was given a plain heart-shaped box on my 14th birthday. I was told to decorate it and put things in it that would remind […]

Education Digest: Alliance updates state data cards

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Alliance for Excellent Education recently updated its New Mexico State Card. The card gives a statistical snapshot of the status of high schools in the state, according to an Alliance press release. The cards were developed to provide data for policymakers, government officials and concerned citizens, and are […]

Oil distribution shows hope for Iraqi reform

By Freedom Newspapers An agreement by the Iraqi cabinet on a draft of a new law to govern the distribution of oil revenues could be the most hopeful long-term sign in Iraq in a long time. The pact might reduce a great deal of the tension and resentment that feeds violence in that country, even […]

Military Feature: Going the distance

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Her husband’s decision to enter the military was a choice they made together, Christina Moreno said. The high school sweethearts knew it would likely mean time apart; however, it was a choice they made for their future, she explained. While Army Spc. Victor Moreno serves his country in Iraq, […]

Richards reaches goals

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ENMU senior Elizabeth Richards dives for the ball against against Texas Woman’s during a game earlier this month at Greyhound Arena. Richards was chosen to the women’s All-LSC South first team, announced Tuesday (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Senior forward Elizabeth Richards said she had two goals […]

Clovis police department goes digital

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Travis Hardin, a radio technician with Yucca Telecom works inside the trunk of a Clovis police cruiser Monday. Hardin is part of a two-man team installing new digital camera systems in 18 patrol units. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Digital camera systems will soon make videotapes a thing of […]

Leadership program taking applications

By CNJ staff Leadership New Mexico is accepting applications for the 2007-2008 Core Program. The Leadership New Mexico Core program is a 10-month program designed to identify, teach and challenge established leaders of the state with a curriculum that addresses critical issues affecting New Mexico, according to news release. Clovis graduates include Curry County Manager […]

Tractor gets pink paint job to raise cancer awareness

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Shelia Smith of Roswell drives her pink 1955 Farmall tractor in the parade at the New Mexico Ag Expo Tuesday in Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Nestled among the antique tractors on display at the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo was a 1955 Farmall 400 tractor belonging to Connie […]

Intelligence guidelines aren’t sure-fire solution

By Freedom Newspapers John Negroponte, who is leaving as national director of intelligence to return to a State Department position, may have performed a signal service to his country in an unusually detailed policy directive for intelligence analysis. However, as constructive as his guidelines are, they do not provide a foolproof protection against misuse of […]