Education column: New operations director takes helm

The Clovis Municipal Schools’ operations department has a new face. Jody Balch, the new director of operations, replaces Gene Bieker, who retired at the end of July. Balch phrased it differently: “Gene is someone you don’t replace; you just hope you can come in and continue the quality of work he’s done.” Modest words coming […]

Education digest —

Executive director of personnel hired The Clovis Municipal Schools has hired Kerry Parker as the new executive director of personnel, according to a news release. Rhonda Roberts, who previously held the position, has retired. Parker previously served as the principal of a technical high school in Connecticut and as an assistant principal and principal in […]

ENMU narrows baseball coach search to three

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University athletic director Jeff Geiser left no doubt about the most important factor in narrowing the search for a new baseball coach to three finalists. “Recruiting is the lifeblood of any program,” Geiser said. Veteran West Texas high school baseball coach Jimmy Webster, Culver-Stockton College (Mo.) head coach Chris Terry […]

EPCOG executive director named

CNJ staff Sandy Chancey has been named executive director of Eastern Plains Council of Governments. The decision came by a vote of the EPCOG board of directors during the agency’s annual meeting Wednesday in Tucumcari. Chancey, who has served as interim director since December, has worked with EPCOG since 2009. “Sandy has been an asset […]

Education digest — June 9

New director of operations, principal hired Clovis Municipal Schools has hired a new director of operations and principal at Ranchvale Elementary School. Both will begin their new positions at the start of the 2011-2012 school year. Former Clovis High School, Yucca Middle School and Bovina High School Principal Jody Balch has accepted the position of […]

ENMU narrows coaching pool for baseball

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University hopes to fill its open baseball head coaching position by June 15, athletic director Jeff Geiser said Tuesday. ENMU is looking to replace Phil Clabaugh, who resigned after 20 seasons last month and was the program’s only coach after the sport was revived at the school […]

Clovis pharmacist recognized

CNJ staff A Clovis pharmacist has been recognized by the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy as a distinguished alumna. Debra Herman, director of pharmacy at La Casa Family Health Center, will be presented with the award during the UNM Pharmacy College’s graduation ceremony May 15. Herman graduated with a doctorate degree from UNM […]

Bin Laden reaction: He needed to be brought to justice

They were already planning to move back to New Mexico to be closer to their families, but Eastern New Mexico United Way Director Erinn Burch said Sept. 11 made she and her husband want to come home that much more. “We decided we didn’t need to find the perfect job; the perfect this or that […]

Press release: Lindsey Wilson tapped for ENMU women’s basketball

Eastern New Mexico University athletic director Dr. Jeff Geiser has announced the addition of Lindsey Wilson to the athletic staff as the new head coach of the women’s basketball program. Wilson brings impressive credentials to the position, having served as the assistant coach at NCAA Division I University of Texas-Arlington since the summer of 2006. […]

Raymond Mondragon named to EPCOG post

Sharna Johnson Former Clovis police chief and city manager Raymond Mondragon has been hired as economic development director for the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. Mondragon began in the position Monday, replacing Gregg Williams. Interim-Director Sandy Chancey said Williams, who held the position for about four years, left March 25, “parted ways” with EPCOG. Williams […]

ENMU administration recommending tuition increase

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University administration is recommending a 6.5 percent tuition increase for next year, Director of Media Relations Wendel Sloan said Thursday. For the increase to become effective, the Board of Regents would have to approve it. The next Regents meeting is April 26.

Small business development center selects state director

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Small Business Development Center network has selected Michael Rivera as the new state director, according to a news release. The NMSBDC operates 20 statewide centers which serve small business owners and those attempting to start small businesses. Rivera, outgoing Chief of Staff of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, […]

Portales resident Karl Terry named Roosevelt chamber director

Argen Duncan Portales native Karl Terry is the new executive director at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. Terry, former Portales News-Tribune managing editor, officially starts work Monday, although outgoing director Sharon King is expected to stay on until the end of February. “Out of all the candidates, Karl had the most overall experience, and […]

Press Release: Clovis Municipal Airport Committee

The Clovis Municipal Airport Committee meeting scheduled for 6:00 p.m. today has been rescheduled until 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 at the Clovis Municipal Airport. For more information, please contact Mr. Steve Summers, Airport Director, at 769-7890.

Base growth highlighted at chamber banquet

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Air Force Special Operations Commander Gen. Donald C. Wurster speaks about the growth of Cannon Air Force Base during the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce banquet Friday night at the Clovis Civic Center. Kevin Wilson Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com The Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the growth of […]

Portales bioethanol plant restarting

Freedom New Mexico Abengoa Bioenergy USA is restarting its Portales bioethanol plant today after nearly two years of inactivity, Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Executive Director Greg Fisher said Tuesday. The Portales plant will employ 47 people to manufacture 25 million gallons of bioethanol per year, using dryland sorghum, according to a news release from […]

State search and rescue director fired

Steve Terrell The director of the state Search and Rescue office, a former political hire who last year transferred to his classified job before a new administration took control, found out Thursday that he had been fired at the direction of the Governor’s Office. “Well that’s it. I am officially unemployed,” Peter Olson announced on […]

Six Portales subdivisions show development

Argen Duncan The Portales area has seen new development in six subdivisions in the last 13 months, a large number for the city, the planning and zoning director said. Since November 2009, City of Portales Planning and Zoning Director Sammy Standefer said, four new subdivisions have been approved and two have begun a new phase […]

Residents asked to invite airmen to Christmas dinner

CNJ staff Local organizations are asking residents to invite a guest to Christmas Day dinner from Cannon Air Force Base. Ernie Kos, executive director of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, said response was overwhelming after the “Invite an Airman to Christmas Day Dinner” project was announced Friday afternoon. “It was surprising how many single […]

Portales mayor resigns as chamber of commerce executive director

Argen Duncan Portales Mayor Sharon King has resigned as Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce executive director. King said she didn’t know when her last day would be because she had committed to help train her replacement. She said she would stay until the chamber board of directors was comfortable with her leaving, but no later […]