CCC honor society stepping up activity

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Phi Theta Kappa members Joel Combs, left, Stacey Richter, second from left, and Misty Padilla, right, talk with an interested student Fanghsuan Huang, second from right, at a recent student orientation for the honor society. Liliana Castillo When Clovis Community College Phi Theta Kappa chapter’s faculty advisor J.R. Richter walked […]

Students return to teach at schools they graduated from

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Liliana Castillo Curry County teachers who have returned to their alma mater say there is a special bond between them and the community because of their history. Marshall Middle School life science teacher and coach Darren Williams has been a teacher for 12 years and has taught at Clovis Municipal Schools for the duration. “I […]

Positions available in Senior Companion Program

CNJ staff The Senior Companion Program of Clovis and Portales has positions available for Senior Companion volunteers. Applicants must be age 55 or older and will receive a stipend and mileage reimbursement. Information: call Nancy Harper at 356-8576, extension 18, or visit the Community Services Center at 1100 Community Way in Portales.

Land use study unifies community

The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), commissioned by the Curry County commissioners and funded by the Department of Defense, is an opportunity for the surrounding communities and Cannon Air Force Base to work together to identify and begin to address areas of common interest. Getting Cannon off of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) turned what […]

State of the City address

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Mayor Gayla Brumfield gives her third annual state of the city address Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex. Editor’s note: The following is the full text of Thursday’s State of the City address, provided by Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield: “Solve for yes”2010 was a great year for the […]

Press release: Mesalands Community College holds presidential forums

After 15 years of distinguished service, Phillip O. Barry, president of Mesalands Community College, will be retiring this year. With the assistance of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), the Mesalands Board of Trustees has conducted a nationwide search for the next college president. An Initial Presidential Screening (IPS) Committee composed of board members, […]

Our people: Non-traditional student

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Lonzo Lassiter is an instructor at ENMU and works with KENW-TV as much as possible. He helps with video, audio and often builds sets. Clovis resident and Eastern New Mexico University instructor Lonzo Lassiter began what he calls the second half of his life at age 50 when he attended […]

Mothers, sons attend annual Winter Ball at The Landing

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Chuckie Kiser, 12, boogies on the dance floor with his mom, Jessica, Saturday night at the Mother and Son Winter Ball. Alisa Boswell Mothers and sons at Cannon Air Force Base spent quality time together Saturday night at the second annual Mother and Son Winter Ball held by the Community Center. […]

Press release: New Mexico Economic Development Department presented the city of Portales with certified community initiative recertification

SANTA FE– New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) presented the City of Portales with Certified Communities Initiative (CCI) recertification on February 15th during the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation (RCCDC) meeting. Randy Knudson, Board Chairman along with Portales City Manager, Tom Howell and Roosevelt County Manager, Charlene Harden were in attendance for the award presentation. […]

Gamers building community in eastern New Mexico

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Steve Deleon, owner of the Sports Angle, sells some Yu-Gi-Oh! cards to two Yu-Gi-Oh tournament players, Kay Arguelles, left, and Lynn Salazar, Friday afternoon. The Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments are held every other Saturday at the store. Alisa Boswell The term gamer isn’t just for athletic endeavors. It can also apply to […]

Big give: Cannon community competes against each other with community service projects

USAF file photo The “Log Dogs” from Cannon earned $3,000 for their work during the Big Give program on base last year. They were one of nine teams of 134 volunteers who worked to make the community better with numerous community service projects. Cannon Connections staff Cannon Air Force Base’s community center is gearing up […]

Blight battle progress slow

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File photo Johnny Gomez of Clovis said he had a vision when, in May, he purchased a boarded up car sales lot at 1504 Mabry Dr. to house his auto detailing business. Sharna Johnson In the last year some progress has been made to clean up blighted properties in the community, but overwhelmingly there has […]

Press release: CCC president announces retirement

Dr. John Neibling, President of Clovis Community College since 2006, has announced his retirement as of August 1, 2011. Dr. Neibling previously served in a variety of teaching and administrative positions prior to becoming President at CCC, including 10 years as Vice President for Learning at San Juan College in Farmington, NM from 1991 to […]

CCC president plans to retire in August

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John Neibling Liliana Castillo Clovis Community President John Neibling announced Tuesday that he plans to retire in August. Neibling can explain his decision to retire in one word: Grandson. Neibling and his wife, Karen, are expecting their first grandchild and he said they want to be near their family living in the Phoenix area. “This […]

Business as usual after bank shutdown

First Community Bank customers in Clovis and Portales should hardly notice things are changing after the FDIC closed the bank and ownership was transferred to U.S. Bank N.A., of Minneapolis, according to the FDIC. “It really is just business as usual under our new name,” FDIC Spokeswoman Roberta Valdez said Monday. Services will be uninterrupted […]

State regulators close First Community Banks

Freedom New Mexico Regulators with the New Mexico Financial Institutions Division shut down First Community Bank, which has branches in Clovis and Portales. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation released a statement Friday that said it was named the receiver. According to the statement: l The bank failure and its sale is expected to cost the […]

Citizens’ police academy to be offered

CNJ staff Community members are being invited to participate in a 12-week citizens’ police academy. The academy is designed to acquaint citizens with the diversity in a police officer’s career, and it highlights areas such as criminal law, investigations, traffic and crash investigations, drug enforcement and domestic violence, according to a press release. Participants will […]

Education digest —

Fishtank Ensemble to play Tuesday Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts series will host the Fishtank Ensemble at 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to a press release. The band members include classical-trained violinist and vocalist Ursula Knudson, gifted fiddler Fabrice Martinez, master Flamenco guitarist Doug “Douje” Smolens and the world’s best slap bass player Djordje Stijepovic. Tickets […]

Our people: Community provider

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Courtesy photo Mario Chavez died in an accident in 1989. He was 23 and a father of four. Clovis resident Johnny Chavez was born and raised in Clovis. He has spent time on several community committees including city commission for eight years. Even as a college student attending Eastern New Mexico University, Chavez enjoyed working […]

Holiday luncheon set

The Causey Community Holiday Luncheon is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Causey Community Building. Meat, bread and drinks are provided. Attendees are asked to bring salads, other vegetables and desserts.