Virtual classrooms coming to Clovis

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Virtual classrooms are coming to Clovis public schools. Clovis Municipal School board members on Tuesday approved a request for proposal for virtual classroom teaching services to help with a shortage of licensed teachers. The process includes teachers in other states who meet New Mexico standards teaching classes via videoconference. […]

Bill to strengthen child porn laws passes House

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com A bill intended to strengthen New Mexico’s child pornography laws has passed the House, 60-2, and is headed for the Democratic-controlled Senate. House Bill 65, co-sponsored by Clovis Republican Rep. Randal Crowder, would allow prosecutors to charge one count of possession for each pornographic image. The law currently limits charges […]

Absentee voting under way for March elections

Staff report City of Clovis officials have published ballots for the March 1 elections and absentee voting is under way in the clerk’s office at City Hall. Four City Commission and the mayor seats are open for election and voters in all four districts will be asked one question: • “Shall a new section be […]

Pages past — Jan. 28

On this date … 2006: New Mexico lawmakers were debating the effects of a minimum-wage increase from $5.15 an hour. “I think it hurts the economy. I’m opposed to raising it,” said Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis. “Businesses won’t hire as many employees if the minimum wage rises because they won’t be able to afford training […]

Opinion: An American dream come true

By Betty Williamson Local columnist If you have ever questioned the existence of the American dream, I’d invite you to spend a little time with Rosario Jimenez. That is, if you can catch up to her. Rosario is the supervisor at Juanito’s Restaurant in Portales, where she’s been a familiar face in the dining room […]

Education briefs: CCC hosting photography invitational

Clovis Community College is scheduled to host a photography invitational, “Through Lenses & Light,” from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today. The exhibition, which features local photographers’ work, will be at the Eula Mae Edwards Museum, 417 Schepps Boulevard. The reception is free. Language proficiency to be recognized Clovis High School graduates who have attained […]

Police blotter — Jan. 28

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 8:32 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 3600 block of Benjamin Davis Drive. • 8:44 a.m.: Child abuse, abandonment, location unknown. • 10:09 a.m.: Contempt of court, 500 block of East 10th Street. • […]

What’s happening — Jan. 28

Today High Plains Patriots Meeting — 7 p.m. Master’s Center, conference room, 810 E. 21st St., Clovis. Information: 575-749-2955 Melrose City Meeting — 4:30 p.m. City Clerks Office, 105 E. Avenue B., Melrose. Information: 575-253-4274 Curry Country DWI Task Force — 4 p.m. Curry Country, commission room, 700 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-7725 Clovis […]

Bill that calls for holding back some third-graders who struggle to read advances in House

By Robert Nott The Santa Fe New Mexican A House bill that calls for holding back some third-grade students who don’t show proficiency in reading at their grade level cleared its first hurdle Tuesday after the House Education Committee recommended approval of the measure in a 6-4 vote along party lines. This followed a 6-6 […]

Legislative tidbits — Jan. 27

Days remaining in session: 22 Send it over Bills that would toughen penalties against offenders who possess child pornography and offenders who abuse children passed the House with overwhelming support on Tuesday. The Republican-backed bills now head to a Democratic-controlled Senate. Republican House members are fast-tracking their bill to make state driver’s licenses compliant with […]

Superintendent’s contract extended

Staff report Clovis’ school board members on Tuesday extended the contract of Superintendent Jody Balch by one year and gave him a $5,000 raise. His new contract goes through June 2018. His pay will increase to $150,000 annually. Board members approved the action unanimously. Balch became the district’s 17th superintendent when he was hired in […]

Ranchvale future up to school board

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By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Ranchvale Elementary School has numerous financial and safety issues that justify its closure, Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Jody Balch told school board members on Tuesday. Not long after, a mix of teachers, parents and community members asked how Ranchvale could fall into such disrepair on the school district’s watch […]

Candidate Q&A: District 3 commissioner

City Commission candidate Robert Sandoval is running unopposed in District 3 for the March 1 municipal election. He answered questions from CNJ: Question: Talk about your personal business and/or public-service experiences that you feel can be applied to the job of city commissioner. Sandoval: I bring over 20 years of experience, both as city commissioner, […]

Candidate Q&A: District 4 commissioner

City Commission candidate Chris Bryant is running unopposed in District 4 for the March 1 municipal election. He answered questions from CNJ: Question: Talk about your personal business and/or public-service experiences that you feel can be applied to the job of city commissioner. Bryant: I have been a local business owner for over 40 years. […]

Candidate Q&A: Mayor

David Lansford is running unopposed for Clovis mayor in the March 1 municipal election. CNJ asked him if he thinks the city should invest in more storm-fighting equipment in case we see Goliath II. His response: “I’m interested in getting a complete assessment from management of our resource and communication deficiencies that were identified as […]

Q&A: District 1 candidates have different ideas to make city more business friendly

Compiled by David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Six candidates are running for the District 1 seat on Clovis’ City Commission. The municipal election is March 1. CNJ asked candidates: What can city government do, that it is not doing now, to make Clovis more business friendly? Candidate Rodney Muffley did not respond. Here’s what the other […]

Home costs up in 2015

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer escarbrough@pntonline.com According to a New Mexico Realtor’s Association housing market report, the median price for a home in Roosevelt County increased by more than $13,000 from 2014 to 2015. In the association’s 2015 third quarter report, NMRA reported Portales saw an increase from $126,500 to $140,000 in median home price […]

Opinion: Price of cheap gasoline too high

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist When I was in high school, Dad would give us money to go buy him cigarettes. Of course we needed gas in the green van to buy those cigarettes. And we couldn’t buy cigarettes without cruising “The Drag.” And then, of course, we’d need a soda. This sounds kind of […]

Pages past — Jan. 27

On this date … 2006: Police were warning area business owners to beware of a fraudulent check scheme. Scammers were printing checks with phony account numbers and phony phone numbers for the banks. Suspicious business owners were calling the number listed on the  checks and being told funds were sufficient. 1946: Excessive speed led to […]

Police blotter — Jan. 27

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 1:24 a.m.: Criminal damage up to $1,000, 400 block of North Pile Street. • 2:16 a.m.: Possession of methamphetamines, location unknown. • 9:29 a.m.: Unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, Ninth and Davis streets. […]