Director: Teen Parent Program will be missed

Liliana Castillo When Brittany Barrows learned she was pregnant, she was a senior at Clovis High School. Five months later, she enrolled in the Teen Parent Program. “I absolutely love it,” the 19-year-old said. “I love everything, especially the parenting classes. We learned things like ways to better yourself and to teach your children. Things […]

Former EPCOG executive director files lawsuit

CNJ staff The former executive director of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments has filed a wrongful discharge lawsuit against the agency and his successor. Nick Brady of Clovis filed the civil suit Nov. 12 in 9th Judicial District Court. Brady accuses EPCOG and his successor, EPCOG board member Richard Arguello, of forcing him to […]

EPCOG approves interim director

CNJ staff The Eastern Plains Council of Governments board unanimously appointed Sandy Chancey as interim director during a Wednesday meeting, Chancey, currently serving as executive assistant, will assume the role Dec. 1. She will replace Interim Director Richard Arguello, who recommended her for the position. Arguello, a Union County commissioner, will complete his commission term […]

First person: Clovis native to take over as library director

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Margaret Hinchee will become the new director of the Clovis-Carver Public Library Nov. 15. Margaret Hinchee is getting back into books. The Clovis native will become the new director of the Clovis-Carver Public Library Nov. 15. She succeeds Marilyn Belcher, who is leaving after 25 years — her last nine […]

iPads incorporated into Clovis schools

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Cameo Elementary School sixth-grader Johnny Martinez uses an application on the iPad to work on his penmanship with speech therapist Dana Horne. Liliana Castillo Spanish education materials used to be limited. That was before the iPad. Clovis Municipal Schools has begun to disperse iPads among teachers and administrators to explore […]

Ticket feature: Circus show features zombies

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Courtesy photo The Zombie Circus Extravaganza follows a circus that has a ringmaster, strongman, tightrope walker and the normal circus cast, but director Bryan Hahn said there is a twist. CNJ staff report It might have been a nightmare to put together, but the director of an upcoming zombie show said there’s no nightmare for […]

Portales director starting two children’s choirs

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Choir Director Heather Vest is starting children’s choirs at Eastern New Mexico University. Third- through eighth-graders can learn to read music and sing a variety of styles of Christmas music this semester. Argen Duncan Young voices will have an outlet at Eastern New Mexico University this fall. Heather Vest, an […]

Easier solutions would address health reform

Freedom New Mexico Robert Moffit, director of the Center for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, met recently with a Freedom Communications editorial board in California for a discussion about the impending consequences of the new, 2,300-page health care law and simple, practical legislative alternatives to Obamacare that could better address problems in the […]

Schools hustling to keep up with fall enrollment increases

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Financial aid specialist Desiree L. Garica , right, trains TymberLee Durham, 16, of Clovis on filling out financial aid verification worksheets Friday at Clovis Community College. Argen Duncan With Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College expecting significant increases in enrollment this fall, employees from both institutions are scrambling […]

Habitat Clovis project near completion

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Habitat for Humanity volunteer Charles Tosh paints in the second bedroom of the second Habitat home being built on Cameo Street in Clovis. Tosh, a retired railroad worker, said he helps with whatever he can. Argen Duncan With the completion of its newest house in Clovis nearing, volunteers with Habitat […]

Parks director keeping busy

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell, left, talks with Kyle Snider and Parks Superintendent Neil Lambert about fixing a pump at the Guy Leeder Softball Complex Friday. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It’s been about a month since the city’s parks and recreation department filled its director position, and […]

Athletes named to ENMU honor roll

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University announced 169 athletes were represented on the Spring 2010 Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. The list includes Greyhound and Zia student athletes with a grade point average of at least 3.0 for the semester. The volleyball team had the highest grades of any team, with a cumulative GPA of […]

Habitat for Humanity seeking director

CNJ staff Habitat for Humanity, which serves Curry and Roosevelt counties, is seeking a new executive director. Longtime director Joyce Davis has informed the board of directors she plans to step down from the role and remain on in a volunteer role, effective July 1. The executive director is the chief operating officer of the […]

Gaming authority revokes Raton license

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Gaming Control Board has revoked a gaming license for La Mesa Racetrack and Casino at Raton, GCB Deputy Executive Director Greg Saunders said on Tuesday. “What this means for Quay County is we have another opportunity,” said Warren Frost, executive director of the Quay County Gaming […]

First person: Parks director sets youth activities as top priority

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CNJ photo: Liliana Castillo Bill Bizzell of Clovis is moving from education to parks and recreation after 38 years in schools. Bill Bizzell of Clovis is the new parks and recreation director in Clovis. Bizzell has lived in Clovis since 1972. Currently, he is the superintendent of Bovina Independent School District. Bizzell’s first official day […]

Former Clovis school administrator named parks and rec director

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Bizzell CNJ staff The city of Clovis announced Thursday it has hired Bill Bizzell to serve as parks and recreation director. Bizzell is superintendent of Bovina schools and previously served as assistant principal of Clovis High School from 1989 to 1997, according to a press release. He holds a master’s degree in physical education. “We […]

Clovis names new recreation director

The City of Clovis is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Bill Bizzell as the new Parks & Recreation Director for the community. Mr. Bizzell is a Clovis resident who will be joining the City team from his position as Superintendent of Bovina I.S.D. Mr. Bizzell also served as Assistant Principal of Clovis High […]

City close on Parks and Rec director hire

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis is closing in on a new director for its Parks and Recreation Department. City Manager Joe Thomas said an announcement is expected before the end of the week on the replacement for Rob Carter. He said the city has decided from a field of six […]

Student services director resigns

CNJ staff Executive Director of Student Services Tamara Moore-Callahan resigned Thursday after 10 years with the Clovis school district. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said Callahan is looking for other professional opportunities. This was the first year Callahan worked as the executive director of Student Services. Callahan’s resignation is effective May 15.

Director says EPCOG will follow state open meetings laws

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Eastern Plains Council of Governments’ Interim Director Richard Arguello says a meeting held Wednesday without proper public notice was an oversight that won’t happen again. Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer Eastern Plains Council of Governments Interim Director Richard Arguello said Thursday the organization’s failure to notify the public of an […]