Life is a little easier with Clovis Meals on Wheels

By Eric Butler Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of United Way agency profiles scheduled for publication each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through Nov. 21. Upon being released from the hospital after a recent stay, 70-year-old Joyce Noack of Clovis got a suggestion that might make her life a little easier. The […]

Organizations 10/26

Beta Phi Beta Phi members held a monthly business meeting on Oct. 6 with hostesses Mary Ann Vinson and June Patrick. Correspondence was received from Theta Rho chapter of Farwell inviting District 1 to attend the district meeting on Nov. 8. Registration is 9:30 (MST). The philanthropic project for the meeting is to bring canned […]

Mother charged with filing false report

By Darrell Todd Maurina Portales police have arrested a woman who said Sunday that she found an abandoned baby in a park. Police said Tuesday they now believe the newborn belonged to the woman who said she found the baby while jogging in Rotary Park near her dorm room at Eastern New Mexico University. The […]

Non-profit organizations applaud tax committees decision

By Darrell Todd Maurina As the largest nonprofit corporation in Clovis, Plains Regional Medical Center might have lost millions of dollars if a state blue ribbon tax reform commission recommendation had gone differently, hospital officials say. Hospital administrator Brian Bentley said he is “cautiously optimistic” that nonprofits won’t face taxation in the final version of […]

Racism’s biggest blow is impersonality

Leanard Pitts Jr. It was over before we could do anything. This is maybe 25 years ago. A bunch of us had left work and gone to Westwood, the shopping district in west L.A., for dinner and a movie. We were walking down the street laughing and talking, most of us black, one or two […]

Tony Evans challenges community leaders

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Dr. Tony Evans speaks about overcoming hopelessness Thursday at Marshall Junior High School. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Gary Mitchell Dallas evangelist Tony Evans told a Thursday crusade audience of 350 to 400 people he had a theme verse for the proposed Matt. 25 Project to renovate the old Memorial Hospital — Jeremiah 29:11. […]

Old hospital may become resource center

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Matt. 25 project members Gary Bender, David Petty, Sid Strebeck and Tammy Willard look at the old Memorial Hospital building Thursday afternoon. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell Builder David Petty shook his head at the massiveness of the project. Petty has been involved in the building of large churches, a school gym […]

Healthplex opens in grand style

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By Gary Mitchell No one was more excited about the grand opening of the new 15,000-square-foot Healthplex than Nola Pawol, the director of home health, hospice and rehabilitation for Plains Regional Medical Center. “It’s my privilege to get to be the director of the Healthplex,” Pawol told a crowd of nearly 200 people gathered for […]

Local health community celebrates new addition

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Expansion projects at Plains Regional Medical Center include expanding the emergency room, building a new physician’s office, and the opening of the Healthplex and cancer treatment center. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Gary Mitchell Hospital administrator Brian Bentley calls today’s grand opening ceremony “a three-fold celebration.” Dignitaries from Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Plains Regional Medical Center […]

One killed in car wreck

Darrell Todd Maurina One woman died and six people were hospitalized in two unrelated car crashes late last week, officials said. Patrolman Jason Spearman of the New Mexico State Police said he arrived about 4:20 p.m. Friday at the scene of a one-vehicle rollover crash on U.S. Highway 70 a few feet from the Curry-Roosevelt […]

Former county commissioner ill with West Nile

Jack King Paul Dee Barnes, a former Curry County commissioner and longtime community leader, said Tuesday he has contracted West Nile virus. “Unfortunately, I have it,” the 60-year-old farmer and rancher said. “I don’t know when I got it. I’ve spent about two weeks in the hospital, but I’m OK. There’s no permanent damage that […]

West Nile invades region

By Darrell Todd Maurina West Nile has invaded the region full force, with new confirmed or suspected human cases reported in Curry, Roosevelt, Bailey, and Parmer counties. Until mid-August, no human cases had been confirmed in the area, though a number of cases had been confirmed as early as last year in horses. Although West […]

New hospital boss on board

By Gary Mitchell The new administrator of Plains Regional Medical Center brings more than 20 years of experience in healthcare administration to the job. Brian Bentley, who was en route to Clovis Tuesday night and could not be reached for comment, takes over as administrator of the hospital Sept. 1. Bentley replaces Dick Smith, whose […]

Doggone good therapy

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Dustin Williams (left), 12, his brother Josh Williams, 10, and Nicole Kennedy, 10 enjoy the company of Cosmos on Thursday at the Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. Photo by Lisa Sonnenschein. By Helena Rodriguez If laughter is good medicine, then pets just may be part of the cure. Several times a week, volunteers with […]

Clovis teen struck by car

CNJ Staff A 16-year-old boy is recuperating in a Lubbock hospital today after being struck by a vehicle near Ned Houk Park north of Clovis early Thursday morning. Danny Benavides is in “stable condition” in the intensive care unit at Lubbock’s Covenant Medical Center, according to his mother, who was at the hospital on Thursday. […]

Emergency delivery

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Jessica Taylor delivered son Aidan at her home in June, with the help of husband, Aaron, who was being coached by Clovis 911 dispatcher Carolyn Aragon. Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina. By Darrell Todd Maurina When Airman 1st Class Aaron Taylor went into the Air Force on June 19, 2002, he knew he might have […]

Healthy expansion

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Dave Sikes of Myers Electric works on the new storage facility being built as part of Plains Regional Medical Center expansion project. Photo by Rick White. By Gary Mitchell The Plains Regional Medical Center expansion is gaining momentum — much to the delight of the hospital staff. In fact, the Healthplex building — which will […]

Stabbing leaves one injured

CNJ Staff A Saturday morning stabbing at the 600 block of Ross led to a Clovis man being transported by air ambulance to Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. According to Detective Kirk Roberts of the Clovis Police Department, David Lopez was stabbed about 10 a.m. following an argument in front of several witnesses. No one else […]

Covenant clinic to close in August

Jack King The Covenant Family Health Care Center in Clovis will close on Aug. 1, the center’s office manager said Friday. Mary Cox, the center’s office manager said the center will close, but its doctors — three pediatricians and a family practice specialist — will remain in Clovis. She said the center has 18 employees, […]

Glidewell in stable condition

By Jack King A Clovis man who rammed his truck into a train just off U.S. Highway 60-84 Monday was listed in stable condition Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman said. Derek Glidewell, 41, was listed in critical condition earlier this week at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, after being flown there from Plains Regional Medical Center following […]