Local attorneys selected as finalists for judgeship

CNJ staff The competition for the open Ninth Judicial District judgeship has tightened up. Local attorneys Robert S. Orlik and David Peter Reeb were selected Friday as the two finalists for the judgeship, which opened in April when Gov. Bill Richardson signed a $1.8 million bill to establish eight new judgeships in the state. Four […]

Camp for sick youth superb

By Clyde Davis This column is geared to a special group of readers, though it may expand to include all of you with generous hearts. If you are in the first group, it is because you know a child who has or has previously had cancer. If you are in the second group, as most […]

Greenwalt heading for Korea

CNJ staff LUBBOCK — While she hopes for another shot at the WNBA, Clovis High and Texas Tech graduate Cisti Greenwalt is getting ready to ply her trade in South Korea. The 6-foot-5 Greenwalt gained a spot in a six-team South Korean professional basketball league. She will leave for Seoul in the next day or […]

More litigation won’t help older folk get employed

Freedom Newspapers It would be ironic if it weren’t so sad. Just as market conditions are making older workers more attractive to an increasing number of employers, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down a decision that is likely to make older workers less attractive. That wasn’t the intention, of course, but sometimes the law of […]

Candidate: Issues at Clovis schools ‘common’

Editor’s note: This is the second of five interviews with the finalists for the Clovis Municipal School Superintendent position: Rhonda Seidenwurm is deputy superintendent of instruction for Las Cruces Public Schools Q: What qualifies you to serve as superintendent of Clovis schools? A: I’ve had not just administrative experience, but really, successful administrative experience at […]

Qualities for top job at schools discussed

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Openness, classroom experience and a love of children: Those are some of the attributes teachers and parents say the new Clovis superintendent of schools should possess. With school board interviews of the five finalists beginning Monday, parents and teachers were asked for their ideas about the most important qualifications […]

FNNM gets new business manager

CNJ staff Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico has hired a new business manager. Kevin Cooper, 48, began work in the Clovis office on Jan. 10. A former staff sergeant in the Army, Cooper has 19 years experience in accounting and has managed small to large numbers of people throughout his career. “Kevin’s computer and organizational […]

Reader Reaction: Residents remember 2004 as a year of change

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked for memories of 2004. Some responses: “(IT) WASN’T THE BEST year I’ve had, but I will think of this year as a good year because I am living near my parents, son, uncles, aunts and cousins and I live in Clovis. Someone said you can never go home […]

Family members take different roads to graduation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble summed up the graduation in way that you’d expect. “I think every one of our graduates has a unique and interesting story of how they arrived here today,” Gamble said in his closing statements. Though he meant all of the 220 […]

Mountains may crumble, but God’s love remains

Judy Brandon: Local Columnist More than twenty five Christmas seasons ago my children, Annie and John Scott, asked for new bicycles for Christmas. At that time, we lived on the other side of town in a newly developed area. Behind our house was a giant dirt pile where the contractors had leveled off the lots […]

Marshall class learns through laughter

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Freshman Josh Metrejean pokes fun at an Amarillo television station sportscaster who is not more than 5-feet tall as part of a skit Wedneday during Keith Ingram’s theater class at Marshall Junior High School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Robert Barela, 15, was so nervous during his second-period class at […]

Diversity spans from classic to conjunto

By Helena Rodriguez How many of you out there in newspaper land can say you’ve enjoyed both classical and conjunto music — on the same night? The music of famous symphonic composers and contemporary Tejano musicians? The smooth brass and strings of a philharmonic — and the rumbling, accordion-fueled sound of a Tex-Mex band? That’s […]

Seasoned Hounds start practice today

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers sports writer PORTALES — Bud Elliott has had considerable success in his 10 seasons as Eastern New Mexico University’s football coach, but one thing he hasn’t been able to do is lead the Greyhounds into the NCAA Division II playoffs. This could be the season, the veteran coach said as […]

Chandler crushes Carter

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Matt Chandler talks on his cell phone as he looks at election results on the computer during Tuesday’s primary election at the Curry County Courthouse. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn Voters in Curry and Roosevelt counties chose youth over experience in electing Matthew Chandler as their new district attorney. Chandler earned roughly […]

DA race means tough choice

CNJ Editorial T uesday’s primary election ballot features five contested local races. One in particular has created a stir big enough to already have attracted heavy voter turnout. The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Republican primary has spurred about 2,000 Curry and Roosevelt County residents to vote early. The two-Republican race has inspired voter registration increases […]

DA office is not an entry-level position

By Brett Carter: Guest columnist Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal on Thursday offered a guest column to both district-attorney candidates in Tuesday’s primary election. Incumbent Brett Carter chose to write his own report, while challenger Matthew Chandler asked his honorary campaign chairman to write the report. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 […]

Treasurer race about different experiences

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of question and answer sessions with county office candidates. The county treasurer’s duties include collecting taxes in the county and maintaining a bond fund account and a general fund account. The treasurer also is responsible for the safekeeping, disbursement and […]

Disagreement arises over ads in DA election

By David Arkin: CNJ correspondent Four prosecutors in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office claim former colleague Matt Chandler is misrepresenting his record in hopes of being elected on June 1. Chandler said information he’s supplied in fliers and in media advertisements is accurate. He called the prosecutors’ comments “disappointing.” “For this to come out […]

Carter using experience to win re-election.

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Brett Carter says experience counts. He’s counting on that experience to carry him to a victory on June 1 over challenger Matt Chandler for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s position. Chandler, the 28-year-old Eastern New Mexico University graduate, is running an intense campaign in a race that is the talk […]

Local Republicans come together to gain support

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Republican state Supreme Court candidate Ned Fuller told his audience at a Republican candidates’ forum Monday there is one cure for “fuzzy-headed liberalitis” — a full-judge transplant. Fuller, who is running for the state Supreme Court seat occupied by Richardson-appointee Edward Chavez, spoke to a meeting of the Curry […]