Education feature: Bella Vista students make canvas out of lab coat

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bella Vista sixth-graders Isaiah Callahan, left, and Jesus Uribe add detail to the art they added onto Shelly Grim’s lab coat she wears while she teaches science to her fourth-grade class. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Police bust meth lab

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte State police agents in hazmat suits examine and catalogue items stored in a backpack seized Monday from a Choice Inn Motel room. Police said the room was allegedly used as a meth lab. CNJ staff Clovis police shut down a meth lab at a Clovis hotel Monday night, according to […]

Police seize active meth lab

CNJ staff New Mexico State Police arrested four Clovis residents Friday in connection with an active methamphetamine lab, according to officials. Anna Goodwin, 35, Wilbur Stejskal, 33, and James Metzger, 36, were arrested as they were “cooking” the drug, according to state police public information officer Andy Tingwall. Charges include trafficking, manufacturing and conspiracy to […]

Meth lab discovered in empty Melrose house

CNJ staff Area law enforcement discovered a methamphetamine lab in the late stages of construction Thursday while serving a search warrant at a Melrose house, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said the house, located at 623 Third Street, was not occupied at the time the warrant was served. Arrest warrants are anticipated […]

Education Feature: College plans new medical facility

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community College officials are hoping to break ground soon on a new facility that will expand its medical program. Tom Drake, assistant to the president for business and government affairs at CCC, said the new facility will be completed by October or November of next year. He added […]

Local legislative priorities

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Education BACKDROP: Public schools account for the largest share of state spending from the main budget account, about 45 percent or $2.3 billion this year. Higher education represents 15 percent of state spending. A report by Education Week ranks New Mexico last in the nation on a “Chance for […]

Special simulations

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleMaster Sgt. Dan Arnold explains the versatility of the Tactical Operations Medical Skills Lab and medical dummy By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Skinny tubes of blue neon their only source of light, John’s rescuers insert an air tube into his mouth. The sounds of war are deafening: Gunfire ricochets, tanks […]

Clovis man arrested when discovered with meth lab

CNJ staff A 51-year-old Clovis man was arrested Friday after a citizen smelled a chemical odor coming from an apartment at the Zia Motel on Prince Street and called police, according to Sheriff Roger Hatcher. The meth lab consisted of all the components needed to manufacture meth and approximately two grams of completed product, Hatcher […]

Arrest sidetracks ex-ENMU student’s work

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Joshua Gilpin holds up a jar of sodium chloride at his Portales apartment. Gilpin studied chemistry at Eastern New Mexico University. (Freedom Newspapers: William Thompson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Joshua Gilpin turned his Portales kitchen into a makeshift laboratory last November. The Eastern New Mexico University graduate student took three chemical solvents from […]

Clovis dentist indicted

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Clovis dentist James Smith was indicted by a grand jury Thursday for the murder, rape and kidnapping of Laura McNaughton and for three counts of tampering with evidence, according to a release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said he will make a decision in 90 days […]