Baby giraffe named Jerrica

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Rebecca Holt of Clovis, winner of the Hillcrest park Zoo’s giraffe naming contest, puckers up Wedneday to give Jerrica a kiss. Holt said she suggested Jerrica for the 6-week-old female giraffe because the name means strong and beautiful. Tonjia Rolan A frequent visitor to Hillcrest Park Zoo with her two […]

Sweet Home New Mexico: Pet considered part of our family

My column this week is written with a heavy heart. Our family dog, a medium-sized black-lab mutt named Pepper, who wore a blue collar, escaped from our home last week and has yet to turn up. I have plastered pictures and information about him on every Clovis-related Facebook group I know of. I have made […]

Clovis native selected as San Angelo interim city manager

Freedom New Mexico Clovis native Michael Dane was named Tuesday as interim city manager of San Angelo, Texas. Dane became San Angelo’s director of finance in August 1998. Located southeast of Lubbock, San Angelo had a population of 93,200, according to the 2010 Census. According to city press release: • He served the city of […]

Honors —

The following students have been named to the Fall 2011 dean’s List at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas.: • Jessica Hall of Muleshoe. • Martha Chace of Clovis. • Rachel Thyrion of Fort Sumner.

Four finalists named for top jail job

Freedom New Mexico Four finalists including Interim Administrator Tori Sandoval were named Friday for the position of jail administrator, according to Curry County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle identified the other three candidates as Gerry D. Billy of Newark, Ohio; Michael D. William of Selah, Wash., and Joe Sprunk of Albuquerque. Pyle also announced a committee […]

Bieker named Clovis airport manager

Gene Bieker, retired executive director of operations for Clovis schools, is the new manager at Clovis Municipal Airport, city officials announced Wednesday. “Mr. Bieker will be a great addition to the city team,” City Manager Joe Thomas said in a press release. “He brings with him a thorough knowledge of airport management and we look […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Military friendly, secret tour and Chief Joseph

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Military friendly Eastern New Mexico University in Portales has been named a “Military Friendly School” by G.I Jobs, a magazine devoted to helping military members make the transition to civilian life. This distinction makes ENMU among the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and […]

Portales family named farm family of year

Freedom New Mexico A Portales family has been named “Farm Family of the Year” by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. Rick and Evelyn Ledbetter produced chile, cotton, alfalfa and corn silage, according to a news release from the ag department. Rick Ledbetter grew up on a farm in eastern New Mexico, and took out […]

73rd Wombat Wives winners of Big Give

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Courtesy photo Tina Blessing, left, and Gretchen Brown, of the 73rd Wombat Wives team, paint a bench at the Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis in mid-April as part of their Big Give project for Cannon Air Force Base. The team won first place and people’s choice in the competition. Alisa Boswell The 73rd Wombat Wives were […]

Person of interest named in Tucumcari homicide

Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — New Mexico State Police late Sunday named a person of interest in the homicide of a 33-year-old Tucumcari woman. Officers responded to a residence at 11:30 p.m. Saturday on Arapahoe Street in Tucumcari, where they discovered Shirley Pacheco deceased inside her home, said Sgt. Tim Q. Johnson Initially, police called […]

Grassfire on Curry and Quay county line under control

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Officials believe five buildings were destroyed in a Saturday fire that burned 15 miles long and two to three miles wide at its widest point. A shed located near the intersections of Curry Road AB and Quay Road 34 was destroyed but a residence east of it was spared. Liliana […]

Animals safe with country kids

Our family always has made pets out of all kinds of living things. We had a dogie goat named Penco, which isn’t terribly original since Penco means dogie in Spanish. Penco learned that when the back door slammed either food or fun were on the way, and he always came running. Our pet squirrel named […]

EPCOG executive director named

CNJ staff Sandy Chancey has been named executive director of Eastern Plains Council of Governments. The decision came by a vote of the EPCOG board of directors during the agency’s annual meeting Wednesday in Tucumcari. Chancey, who has served as interim director since December, has worked with EPCOG since 2009. “Sandy has been an asset […]

June 7 — Business digest

Farm Credit of New Mexico names new manager Brett Valentine has been named the new branch manager for Clovis’ Farm Credit of New Mexico office. Wednesday was his first day in the position. Valentine, who has been with the company since 1997, was serving as assistant branch manager and as vice president, a title he […]

Our people: Fan of the 50s

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Portales resident Nancy Gentry said her poodle, Zuni, intentionally avoids photographs. Portales resident Nancy Gentry has worked in banking, telecommunications, real estate and public service as a Roosevelt County Probate Judge for 10 years. She adopted a rescue poodle and named him Zuni and her children joke that he’s replaced […]

ENMU’s Mirabal, Herrin named All-South first team

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ENMU junior guard Stefan Mirabal CNJ staff BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — Junior guard Stefan Mirabal for the men and junior forward Precious Herrin for the women were first-team All-Lone Star Conference South Division selections in basketball for the 2010-11 season. The all-league selections were announced Tuesday during a banquet prior to the start of this week’s […]

Honors — Jan. 16

Blair Lauren Ruth Blair of Clovis was one of 410 students who was named to the president’s honor roll at Southwestern Oklahoma State University for academic work during the 2010 fall semester on the Weatherford campus.

First person: Life with cattle

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Charlie Rogers said auction Wednesdays are the busiest, but there’s always some kind of transaction going on at the Clovis Livestock Auction. Clovis Livestock Auction president Charlie Rogers has been named to the Secretary of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health. Rogers, 54, an Elida native, is serving a two-year […]

Press Release: Portales couple named Farm Family of the Year

LAS CRUCES — Chad and Rebecca Davis, owners of the Davis Blackwater Ranch near Portales, were recently named Farm Family of the Year by the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau.

Clovis city commissioner named to search committee

Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder is one of nine members for Governor-Elect Susana Martinez’ general services and information technology search committee, according to a release from Martinez. The committee will work with former Rep. Heather Wilson, Martinez’ transition committee chair, to identify and recommend cabinet officials and other leaders who will reflect the governor’s policy […]