Education column: Reading focus at La Casita

That deliciously crisp fall air means fall festivals and Halloween parties are in the works. Sylvia Martinez, principal at La Casita Elementary, shared plans for fall activities this year. “For the last three years we have really been focusing on literacy and have tied classroom and school-wide activities to supporting reading.” For example, La Casita [...]

$18,000 reward offered in vandalism case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Six weeks since heavy equipment was used to ransack a budding housing development, there are still no leads. Workers arrived at the development early Sept. 19 to discover a front-end loader and dirt compactor were used to damage three houses on Carmel Street, northwest of the Clovis Civic Center. [...]

Family: Parson wanted to be mom

By Associated Press Correspondent Betsy Blaney CLOVIS — For years, one thing had controlled Rayshaun Parson’s dreams, behavior and sometimes even her body, those who know her say — a baby of her own. It was an obsession that some say included a so-called phantom pregnancy — a rare medical phenomenon in which women who [...]

Texico mother: Baby-napper suspect in hospital before

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LeBeth Crisp of Texico said she met suspected baby kidnapper Rayshuan Parson in January during a maternity stay at the same Lubbock hospital where a baby was abducted. Crisp had her fifth child at the hospital. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A Texico woman who had a baby in [...]

Busines Licenses

The following business licenses were granted by the city of Clovis in February: • Beyond the Surface Type: Counter-top fabrication Owner: Glen Richard Westall Jr. Location: 1309 Martin Luther King • Crisp Custom Homes Type: General contractor Owner: Jessie Crisp Location: 232 Hawken Rd. • NM’s Detail King Type: Car Wash Owner: Luis Griego Location: [...]

Battle brewing over minimum wage

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Erminia Robles, right, a manager at Foxy Drive-In, makes $6 an hour. She said she’ll stay at the Clovis restaurant regardless of whether the minimum wage is raised. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Judy Crisp spends six days a week inside a cramped cigarette shop on a bumpy Clovis side [...]

Cruz, Bernadine

Bernadine Cruz Services: Have been held. Bernadine “Bernie” Cruz, 41, of Clovis, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004 in Clovis. She was born Dec. 16, 1962 to Walter and Phyllis Pierce Youngquist in Victorville, Calif. She has been a resident of Clovis since 1969. She worked for Twin Cronnies, Taco Villa, and K-Mart in Clovis. She [...]

Williams, Carl

Carl Williams Services: Have been held. Mr. Carl D. Williams, 80, of Clovis, a cattle buyer and a farmer/rancher, died Thursday, July 17, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Feb. 18, 1923, in Elmer, Okla., to Oral and Willie Cook Williams. He married Anna Gressett on June 29, 1942, [...]