New building proposed for Clovis MVD office

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The state Motor Vehicle Division is looking for a new place to park in eastern New Mexico. Rick Homans, secretary of Taxation and Revenue, announced Friday the state will be building a new Motor Vehicle Division office in Clovis. He also hinted a new facility may be in the […]

Funeral director has broad involvement with local sports

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist No, Nicholas Mufli is not a common name in Clovis. But the name Muffley is know all over Clovis and respected. The history and story of Russell L. Muffley is one to remember. The history of his ancestor goes back to 1737, but … this is Russell’s history. Russell L. […]

Community Development Director treated after auto accident

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community Development Director Claire Burroughes was treated and released from Lovelace Hospital after she was involved in a crash in Albuquerque Wednesday while attending the New Mexico Municipal League Conference. Burroughes said she was driving to a meeting at the New Mexico Environment Department when she was struck […]

Petty Studios documentary airs Thursday

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A New Mexico Music Commission produced documentary about the Norman Petty Recording Studio airs 7 p.m. Thursday on the regional PBS station, KENW. Jay Parmenter of Clovis gives tours of the studio during the annual Clovis Music Festival. CNJ staff The New Mexico Music Commission produced a documentary focusing on […]

Clovis hosts Legislative Finance Committee meeting

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With the Legislative Finance Committee meeting in Clovis this week, local officials hope that updates on the local uses of government appropriations will encourage the Legislature to earmark more money for the area. The Clovis Civic Center will host the three-day meeting, which begins with an 8:30 a.m. Wednesday […]

Clovis MainStreet hosting downtown makeover event

Freedom New Mexico Clovis MainStreet is continuing its revitalization efforts by creating a Facade Squad, to help repaint buildings in the downtown district on Saturday. Robyne Beaubien, executive director of the Clovis MainStreet program, said she’s hoping the event will be the first of many. Beaubien said Clovis MainStreet received a grant of $1,500 from […]

New ENMU athletic director emphasizes need for strategic plan

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Before he begins to work on reviving Eastern new Mexico University’s lagging sports programs on June 15 — his official start date — new Athletic Director Jeff Geiser has another pressing bit of business. “First thing I’m going to do is go to the bookstore and buy […]

ENMU names new athletic director

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A former Adams State College athletic director and sporting goods salesman has become the new Eastern New Mexico University athletic director. ENMU President Steven Gamble announced Monday that Jeff Geiser of Alamosa, Colo., had been selected to replace Mike Maguire, who is to teach physical education and raise funds […]

Division III athletic director seeks to make move up to ENMU

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Dick Kaiser, currently the athletic director at Division III Defiance College in Ohio, is one of four finalists for the same position at Eastern New Mexico University. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer PORTALES — Dick Kaiser was asked how he’d be able to make the transition from Division III Defiance College to Division II […]

ENMU athletic director search narrowed to four

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has narrowed its athletic director search to four finalists, according to a university press release. Mike Maguire, who served as ENMU’s athletic director for seven years, will be reassigned to a teaching and fundraising position after seven years at the AD post. University president Steven Gamble said the […]

First Person: Librarian has a life-long passion for books

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Marilyn Belcher prefers reading to watching television. Marilyn Belcher, Clovis-Carver Public Library director, has been working in libraries since high school. She grew up helping her mother run the Elida Public Library. Then, in high school and college, she worked at both those libraries. Working in libraries is the only […]

Lujan opens office in Tucumcari

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) announced today that Ron Wilmot will head up his Tucumcari office. Lujan has said that his representative in Tucumcari would serve his constituency on the eastern side of the state in the 3rd District. Lujan made the announcement during a visit today in Tucumcari, where he joined Lt. Gov. […]

ENMU hosting wind symphony clinic

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File photo The Clovis High School concert band is one of six bands attending a wind symphony clinic Monday and Tuesday at ENMU. Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University is hosting a wind symphony clinic Monday and Tuesday. Six area high school and junior high bands will be attending the clinic, and Portales High […]

Senator Udall announces New Mexico state director

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today proudly announced that Bianca Ortiz Wertheim will serve as his state director. A native New Mexican, Ortiz Wertheim has a wide range of public service and government experience on the state and local level. “Throughout her career, Bianca has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the lives of the […]

March, 3 2009 Business digest

Workshop to avoid fines set for March 11 A workshop educating manufacturing businesses to identify possible penalties will be held March 11 at the Business Enterprise Center in the Chamber of Commerce Building, according to a New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership news release. Information from the workshop includes issues with employment eligibility and complying with […]

Education feature: Music director retiring

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools Director of Music Wayne Anderson has saved records of the Clovis High School choirs performances from his years as the choir director. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer “You swine,” the student mumbled under his breath to the teacher. A few seconds of silence. Then, a choir […]

AJ Swope named executive director of Class 4 Winds

Former KVII News Anchor AJ Swope has joined Class 4 Winds, Inc. as the first executive director for the wind-energy advocacy group that was formed last year. Class 4 Winds is a non-profit organization housed on the campus of West Texas A&M University. The group is dedicated to providing educational opportunities and information to promote […]

ENMU Athletic Director Requests Reassignment

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Eastern New Mexico University athletic director Mike Maguire will step down effective July 1 after eight years to take a new position in the athletic department. Maguire will be responsible for athletic fundraising and special events in his new post, according to a release from the university. He is […]

Local recycling program proposed

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The city could establish a recycling program by early next year after Public Works Committee members approved during a Wednesday meeting a proposal for a program. The committee is recommending the proposal because it would free up space in the landfill, according to Public Works Director Clint Bunch. “It’s […]

Prince Street project ahead of schedule

CNJ Staff The Prince Street rehabilitation project is well ahead of schedule, according to Public Works Director Clint Bunch. Considered a major rehabilitation of the city’s main artery, the $3 million project was estimated to take 120 days and included resurfacing, drainage installation and adding sidewalks compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Work started […]