Cannon schedules series of public meetings

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Air Force has planned a series of public meetings to gather input for an environmental impact study of the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base. “These meetings will give the public an opportunity to learn about the proposal and voice their questions and concerns,” said Capt. Rebecca […]

Parkview teacher believes state education testing unfair

1157003542-8-31-education-web.jpg

CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleLisa Gershon teaches special education at Parkview Elementary School. She said teaching special education enables her to become more involved with her students. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Lisa Gershon has taught special education at Parkview Elementary School for six years. A Clovis native, Gershon follows in the footsteps of […]

Aug. 31, 2006 Education Digest

Sept. 7 — The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Regents Room. Regents will vote on an amendment to the ENMU-Roswell faculty handbook, and research and public service project requests. Sept. 8 — Eastern New Mexico University will present Cross Canadian Ragweed, The Stoney LaRue Band and […]

Gas line broken along U.S. 70

1157003559-8-31-gas-leak-web.jpg

CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksJohnny Torres, left, and Fred Segura of PNM observe a gas leak on U.S. Highway 70 and Kimberly Drive Wednesday afternoon. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A labyrinth of cable and telephone wires hampered work Wednesday on a broken natural gas line along U.S. 70, according to officials. Attempts to […]

Police officer testifies homicide suspect used racial slur

1156912804-8-30-Bentley-trail-2.jpg

Homicide defendant Jimmy Bentley, left, and defense attorney Randy Knudson listen to testimony Tuesday afternoon at the Curry County Courthouse. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The following report contains a racial slur. A Christmas Eve murder suspect used a racial slur when he was taken into custody, […]

Area Marines could be recalled into service

1156912506-8-29-Roman-Romero-USMC.jpg

Clovis Police Detective Roman Romero plans to re-enlist in the Marine Corps. Romero said the troops in Iraq deserve a break. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Police Detective Roman Romero said he plans to renew his reserve contract with the Marine Corps in coming weeks even though it […]

Clovis junior high reconfiguration outlined

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A twofold recommendation to soothe growth and social issues within Clovis schools was outlined Tuesday during a meeting hosted by school officials. Made by an advisory board of teachers, administrators, and parents, the recommendation would: -Create a separate school for ninth-graders. -Create two middle schools to house seventh- and […]

Reporter’s notebook: Clovis man gets big return on money

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Art Duron turned $3 into $33,000 merely by scratching. The Clovis resident recently won the top prize on a New Mexico Lottery Crossword Scratcher game. Although the $33,000 is the largest prize Duron has ever received, he said he is no stranger to winning. In 2004, he won $1,000 […]

Plant’s water source still unknown

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A water source for a planned ethanol plant in Clovis has yet to be identified, according to ConAgra Trade Group officials. ConAgra spokeswoman Melissa Baron said no final decisions have been made about the type of water the plant will use in its operations. “There is no update at […]

Eagles trade for wide receiver

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles acquired wide receiver Donte Stallworth from the New Orleans Saints. The Eagles sent veteran linebacker Mark Simoneau and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2007 to the Saints, according to the team’s Web site. The trade is pending both players passing physicals with their new team. Stallworth, […]

One heavy classload

1156825537-8-29-Alvirda-Pahor-CCC-.jpg

Alvirda Pah’or of Clovis enrolls in an advanced art and sculptor class and women’s weightlifting Monday afternoon at Clovis Community College. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A widow and a weight lifter. A great-grandmother to seven, a missionary and a late-blooming artist. That’s Alvirda Pah’or (pronounced power). About four […]

Shooting witness testifies

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The murder trial of Jimmy Bentley began Monday afternoon after most of the day was spent in jury selection. The only witness to take the stand was a former cab driver who saw the shooting. Wiping tears from his eyes, Richard Barry, 42, identified the man in a photo […]

A home: Her canvas

1156825346-durant-webphoto.jpg

Linda Durant, a Clovis resident, stands in front of her home Monday afternoon. Durant finds cheap homes and fixes them to make a small profit on a re-sell. The process is called “flipping” a home. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The view from her window is a barren field. […]

Boeing helps fund college’s program

By CNJ staff A program intended to supply more teachers to public schools received a monetary boost from a well-known military aircraft manufacturer. The Boeing Company donated $10,000 to the Clovis Community College Alternative Teacher Licensure Program Aug. 18, according to officials. The funds will enable the college to fully develop the licensure program, according […]

Cops and courts: Clovis murder trial begins Monday

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The five-day murder trial for Jimmy Bentley is set to begin Monday in the 9th Judicial District Court. Bentley, 72, is accused of shooting and killing Joseph Phillips on Christmas Eve in the parking lot of Econo Lodge on Mabry Drive. Prosecutors have alleged Bentley, a white man, is […]

Miss N.M shares identity theft story

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers A victim of the growing identity theft problem, Miss New Mexico 2006 Christina Hall is helping others avoid a similar situation. “When I was 19 my identity was stolen by a girl who renewed her driver’s license under my name,” said Hall, a 2005 Eastern New Mexico University graduate. “I […]

Day-care dilemma

1156646669-8-26-Child-Care.ad_.jpg

Sabrina Prucey of Clovis cares for infants at ABC Child Development Center. Prucey has worked at the center for about a year. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Emotional mothers desperate for child-care pleaded with Christy Masterson on a daily basis. “I was flooded with calls. I would get phone […]

Dust bowl days stuck in memories

1156579326-8-26-Dust-Bowl.ad_.jpg

CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleGrace and Foy Bailey were married in 1933 during the Great American Dust Bowl. They have lived in the area most of their lives and are among the few eastern New Mexico residents who lived through the Dust Bowl. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Traces of their frontier life are […]

Cannon airman to stand trial

CNJ Staff An airman charged with murdering his wife will stand trial, according to a press release from Cannon Air Force Base. Airman Edward Novak II is charged with premeditated murder and child abuse by the military. The decision came after a June evidentiary hearing was held at Cannon to determine if evidence against Novak […]

Prosecutors ask for testimony to be excluded

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Prosecutors asked a judge to exclude testimony of a defense psychiatric expert from the murder trial of Jimmy Bentley during a hearing Friday in the 9th Judicial District Court. District Attorney Matt Chandler gave the court several reasons for wanting Dr. Samuel Roll stricken as a witness, including outdated […]