Comments open on CCC accreditation

CNJ staff Clovis Community College will undergo a March evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission as part of its process to renew the college’s general accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. A team of evaluators will visit the college March 5-7 to review CCC’s operations and form recommendations for improvement, as […]

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Clovis dairy evaluated A Clovis dairy business has received Expert in Animal Health and Verified Premium Plus designations from the Iowa-based Dairy Quality Center. Dutch Valley Farms received an on-site review from a licensed veterinarian for the DQC. The biosecurity evaluation looks at vaccination schedules, bulk tank milk tests, employee training and milk quality scores. […]

Middle school sites still under evaluation

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo About 70 community residents attended a school board meeting Tuesday about sites for a third middle school. Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools decided Tuesday they didn’t have enough information to choose a site for a third middle school after choosing a 40-acre property last month. The four-hour special board […]

Police blotter — May 12

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 7 p.m. April 25 officers responded to a residence in the 1300 block of North Prince Street for a report of an attempted suicide. Dispatch told the officers a woman had reportedly stabbed herself in the abdomen. The officers made contact […]

Area students take FFA honors

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FNM correspondent: Helena Rodriguez From left, Jake Tayler, Chase Varnell and Calvin Tayler examine soil outside Dora High School. The trio took first place in the homesite evaluation contest during the recent New Mexico State FFA Career Development Event in Las Cruces. FNM correspondent: Helena Rodriguez Dora High School students have uncovered a lot of […]

School board evaluates superintendent in executive session

The Clovis Board of Education evaluated the district superintendent Tuesday during a special meeting for an executive session. Board President Lola Bryant declined to comment on the annual evaluation. But she said no actions were taken as a result of the session. Executive sessions are not open to the public. Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda […]

Committee evaluates 9th Judicial District judges

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission has recommended all four judges in the 9th Judicial District be retained by voters in the upcoming elections. Four of the district’s five judges will be listed on the Nov. 4 ballot for retention or rejection and must receive 57 percent of votes to […]

Homicide suspect to undergo mental evaluation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The case against a Portales man charged with an open count of murder in the death of a 69-year-old man is on hold pending psychological evaluations. District Judge Drew Tatum ordered Thursday that Isaac Montano II, 46, undergoes a psychological evaluation, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Montano’s case […]

Students receive in-depth dairy lessons

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kimmi Devaney, a student from Washington State University, observes a herd of dairy cows feeding at Southern Draw Dairy north of Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The students look intently as professor Mike Hutjens sifts through the corn silage cupped in his hands, pointing out crucial components of […]

We have a winner

Texas Tech’s meat animal evaluation team won its second consecutive national championship last week.

Clovis schools boss gets extension

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Board of Education added another year to school superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm’s contract. Board members voted unanimously Tuesday to extend her contract to June 30, 2010. Seidenwurm was hired on as the district’s superintendent in 2005. “I’m pleased that all five of my board members voted to extend […]

Officer pleads guilty to bringing drugs to jail

CNJ Staff A former detention officer at the Curry County Adult Detention Center pleaded guilty this week to bringing drugs into the jail, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Following a 60-day diagnostic evaluation, 30-year-old Damain Pardue will be sentenced. He faces a maximum of 18 months imprisonment, the […]

Portales mother’s hearing postponed

Freedom Newspapers A 24-year-old Portales woman charged last week with killing her son will undergo a competency evaluation before going in front of a grand jury, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Teresa K. Gilman was scheduled to appear before a Roosevelt County grand jury Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder or the […]

Clovis man sentenced to 48 1/2 years in prison

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Steven Duran, left, was convicted of killing his friend, Ricardo Gallegos, two years ago. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Steven Duran maintained his innocence as he was sentenced to at least 48 1/2 years in prison for killing his friend almost two years ago. Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker […]

Board gives superintendent solid grade

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer School board members showered Clovis Municipal School Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm with the equivalent of As and Bs in an evaluation of her performance completed late last month. The superintendent received a mean rating equivalent to an A- in the six-tiered evaluation, which measured her performance in 49 areas of […]

Superintendent’s performance reviewed

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer School board members convened Tuesday evening to evaluate the performance of Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. It was the first formal evaluation of her performance since the board hired her in April. However, because the evaluation is a matter of personnel, it was conducted in a executive session […]

Installation Excellence evaluation team visits Cannon

Headquarters Air Combat Command’s Installation Excellence Evaluation Team visited Cannon Oct. 11 through 13. Cannon is one of only two bases nominated for the ACC level award. Airman Thomas Trower Cannon has been named as a finalist for the Air Combat Command Installation Excellence Award (IEA) for 2006. The 27th Fighter Wing hosted the 2005 […]

Judge postpones mansalaughter sentencing

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A district judge on Monday postponed the sentencing of a Clovis man convicted of voluntary manslaughter, saying he needed a diagnostic evaluation of the defendant before making his decision. District Judge Joe Parker said he would like to learn specific anger issues that affect James Rogers, 43, of Clovis. […]

Sentencing hearing for child pornographer postponed

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Rocky Fleming, left, appeared with his attorney Jim Wilson for his sentencing Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. Sentencing was postponed until Friday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Sentencing for a Clovis man charged with five counts of manufacturing child pornography was postponed on Tuesday because his lawyer did not […]

Jacobs gets probation

Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced John Jacobs, 21, of Clovis to 18 months probation Thursday morning in Curry County District Court on a single count of attempted criminal sexual penetration. The charge stems from a July 26, 2002, incident that was originally prosecuted as a case of date rape. Jacobs was initially prosecuted on one count […]