Report: Just one lifeguard on duty during drowning

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A New Mexico Environment Department investigation into last week’s drowning at Potter Park pool shows only one lifeguard was actively on duty at the time of the incident. The report states that a protection plan submitted by the city “indicates that four lifeguards will be posted at four designated […]

Summit offers reality check

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Bernell Nez, 16, of Albuquerque, back left, and Garrett Mullins, 17, of Clovis, right, try on goggles that simulate being drunk as Lawrence Lopez, 13, of Clovis shoots a basketball. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Some area students are spending spring break getting away from the stress of everyday […]

Clovis settles dump dispute

Staff and wire reports The state Environment Department has reached a settlement with Clovis over alleged air violations at the city’s regional landfill. The department announced Monday the city has agreed to pave the landfill’s perimeter road, which is expected to reduce dust emissions and protect the health of local residents from particulate matter in […]

State OKs guidelines for plant’s wastewater

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer The New Mexico Environment Department has agreed to let Southwest Cheese and the city of Clovis produce wastewater that would be higher in dissolved solids than it normally allows, department spokesman Jon Goldstein said Friday. But the Environment Department wants two studies done to ensure the increased amount of […]

Local teachers focus on children

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Bella Vista Elementary teacher Melissa Romero helps kindergartner Elizabeth Brown in the computer lab Wednesday at the school. This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week throughout the country. Tuesday was National Teacher Day. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week throughout the country and Tuesday was National […]

Air crew tests chemical suits

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Lt. Col. Pete Schaub, left, explains the Chemical Warfare Ensemble flight suit as 1st Lt. Kyle Wallace listens during an interview Friday at Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Eight air crew members with the 523rd Fighter Squadron have been getting strange looks […]

New regulations aimed at store safety

By Jack King Area convenience store owners say proposed regulations by the state Environment Department aimed at making the stores safer for clerks and customers duplicate what they already do. But an Environment Department official said Monday not all convenience stores follow all the guidelines. The Environment Department announced the proposed regulations Sept. 29 and […]

Biking into the past

By Clyde Davis I have no idea what stroke of genius inspired Janice for this particular anniversary gift. It was nothing I would have ever thought of asking for; it was the best possible surprise. I could credit it to all the time we spend watching the Tour de Lance (oops, I mean Tour de […]

Trailer washing outfit fined by EPA

Jack King The New Mexico Environment Department has charged a Clovis cattle trailer washout facility with violating the state Water Quality Act and charged it a $483,994 fine. NMED Communications Director Jon Goldstein said Bigger and Better Septic Tanks of Clovis dumped wastewater and contaminated water from its trailer washout facility into unlined lagoons. Darin […]