Opinion: Technology helping engage learners

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Education columnist We’ve written about technology in education before. It’s a topic that often takes a prominent role in educational conversations. For example, do we have enough computers for every student? Should students be reading on digital mobile tablets or cell phones, and what are the differences when they do? How do […]

Opinion: Buy local, whenever you can

By Betty Williamson Local columnist One afternoon during the 1977-78 school year, my friend Susan and I found ourselves sitting in front of the old Portales Livestock Commission, hoping to sell one more ad for the Dora school yearbook. Joe Rowley owned and operated the cow sale back in those days, and it ended up […]

Veterans Day to become paid holiday for CCC staff

By Crystal Mondragon Staff writer cmondragon@cnjonline.com Veterans Day will become a paid holiday for staff and day off for students at Clovis Community College, effective this year. CCC’s board of trustees approved the proposal 4-1 during their meeting on Wednesday. Board member Russell Muffley opposed the measure. “I don’t believe it’s an educational benefit,” he […]

Pages past — Feb. 4

On this date … 1976: Heavy fog hung over Clovis and Portales, limiting visibility to zero at times. One automobile accident on West Brady in Clovis was blamed on the weather. “The fog was too thick. I couldn’t see anything,” said Bernard Baca, who lived at 808 Pierson. Baca was hospitalized in good condition, but […]

Police blotter — Feb. 4

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 2:05 a.m.: Assault with intent to commit a violent, 1900 block of West 21st Street. • 7:01 a.m.: Arson, 11th and Hickory streets. • 8:06 a.m.: Failure to yield at intersection, 21st and Prince […]

What’s happening — Feb. 4

Today Preschool Storyhour — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 401 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9687 City Commission Meeting— 5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7848 Friday Clovis Chamber Banquet — 6 p.m. Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd, Clovis. Information: 575-763-3435 Saturday 66th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day — 7 a.m.- […]

Legislative roundup — Feb. 3

Days remaining in session: 15 Minimum wage Sen. Bill Soules, D-Las Cruces, has introduced a constitutional amendment to raise New Mexico’s statewide minimum wage of $7.50 an hour. The proposal calls for the minimum to increase on July 1, 2017 in an amount equal to the increase in the cost of living from 2009 through […]

County office project delayed 2-3 weeks

Staff report Window frames are being installed, drywall is going up and construction overall is progressing on Curry County’s new offices at 417 Gidding St. But County Commissioners on Tuesday were told contractors would not complete the project by April 30 as scheduled. SDV Construction Project Manager Jerry Morgan told commissioners that delays related to […]

Attorneys to hold hearing on psychologist’s testimony

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Attorneys in the DeAngelo Montoya trial will be holding a hearing sometime this afternoon to determine if the testimony of a psychologist will be allowed as part of this week’s murder trial. Montoya, now 18, is accused of having shot and killed Portales college student Angel Vale in July […]

Locals: Narrow victories mean race far from over

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Officially, the winners were Ted Cruz for the Republicans and Hillary Clinton for the Democrats. But Clinton’s victory over Bernie Sanders was by less than one percentage point. And Curry County Republican Chairman Rube Render said he believes at least four GOP presidential contenders can claim victory after Monday’s caucuses […]

Small business owner to be honored

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Suzi Webb was well on her way to medical school, in the final stretches of biology and chemistry degrees from Eastern New Mexico University. But then life made her find a different plan. That was nearly 16 years ago, and the new plan has sustained itself as a small […]

Q&A: District 1 candidates talk personal experience

Compiled by David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com The six candidates running for the District 1 seat on Clovis City Commission are largely unknown in political circles. Each candidate in the March 1 election was asked to “talk about your personal business and/or public-service experience that you feel can be applied to the job of city commissioner.” […]

Opinion: E-claim system melts backlog

By Tom Philpott Military Update Over the past five years, since Republicans won back control of the House, the Department of Veteran Affairs has been flogged publicly many times, often for allowing a mountain of backlogged disability compensation claims. As the backlog fell, lawmakers now are learning, they should have paid more attention to how […]

Local graduates from leadership course

Staff report Jennifer Garcia, a general engineer with the United States Air Force at Cannon Air Force Base, recently graduated from the ninth Leadership New Mexico program. “… This program is designed to offer young professionals the opportunity to develop personal leadership skills, learn how New Mexico systems and structures work and explore critical issues […]

Opinion: Unexplainable things happen sometimes

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist I don’t believe in spooks, at least not in the way ghosts are shown in movies as evil, supernatural beings out to get you. Maybe they just want us to know we’re not alone, or to not forget them. Unexplainable things happen and, sometimes, that just may include unexplainable encounters […]

Pages past — Feb. 3

On this date … 1976: An Albuquerque couple was reunited with their kidnapped infant at the hospital in Muleshoe. John Paul Norris, 10 days old, was taken at gunpoint from his Albuquerque home five days earlier. A Muleshoe woman, Eileen Lowe, was convicted of taking the child. She gained access to the Norris’ home by […]

Police blotter — Feb. 3

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 12:29 a.m.: Failure to appear (felony), 2200 block of Dillon Street. • 2:29 a.m.: Burglary (auto), 1000 block of West 13th Street. • 6:34 a.m.: 500 block of Heaslet Street. • 8:33 a.m.: Assault […]

What’s happening — Feb. 3

Today Clovis Community College Board of Trustee Meeting — 8 a.m. Clovis Community College, Room 512, 417 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-769-4001 Toddler Time — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 401 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9687 Thursday Preschool Storyhour — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 401 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9687 City Commission […]

January building permits

A look at city permits for January, according to city records. • 2: New residential permits filed in January. • 3,204: Average square footage of the new residential buildings. • 10: Add/remodel residential permits filed in January. • 2: New commercial permits filed in January. • 7: Reroof permits issued in November, with six different […]

Attorneys lay out opening arguments in Montoya retrial

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com In his opening arguments Monday, Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover highlighted a series of evidence and testimony that would be laid out for the jury during the second DeAngelo Montoya trial. But there is one piece of evidence the prosecution no longer has at their disposal — the statements […]