Officials: Bear attack unlikely on horses

CNJ Staff Five horses found dead southwest of Ranchvale have generated rumors of bears and mountain lions in the area. But a New Mexico Game and Fish official said there’s little evidence to support those rumors. Bruising around one dead horse’s neck could be consistent with a bear attack, but there is no indication of […]

Petty, Clella

Clella Petty, 71, of Clovis, died Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at her home. Born June 20, 1934, in Clovis to A.C. and Bess Hays, she lived in Clovis all her life. She married Charles F. Petty on Dec. 24, 1950, in Clovis. She worked for many years at Queens & Teens. She was active in […]

Ranchvale reprieve: Board decides against school’s closure

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Ranchvale Elementary fifth-grader Devon Boddy, center, gets a hug from family friend Jennifer Settle, left, after hearing during Tuesday’s Clovis Municipal School Board meeting that the rural school will remain open. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The rural Clovis school in jeopardy of closing has been granted a reprieve. Clovis […]

1/29 Letters to the editor

Foster families no more needy than others Regarding the “Making Clovis a Safer Place” story (Dec. 16 CNJ): For the last eight years my husband and I have been licensed foster parents in Curry County. I am also contracted with the state as the county’s foster parent liaison. As part of my duties I help […]

Ranchvale update on school board agenda

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer His father gave 5 acres to the Curry County School District for $1 so that a school could be built on the land with one condition — if it ceased to be used for school or church purposes, the land would be his once again. Sixty-six years later, the […]

11/27 Letters to the editor

Reason for school merger hypocritical The Nov. 15 school board meeting was historical. With little compassion shown by the board, except for two, and certainly not by the administration, an execution date has been set for the guillotine to fall on Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy. Despite the objections of both communities, hundreds of students from Bella […]

W.G. “Bill” Patton

W.G. “Bill” Patton Date of birth: April 6, 1920 Dates of service: April 1942 to December 1945 Hometown: Ranchvale Lives in: Ranchvale Theater and location of service: Eastern Europe, Britain Branch: Army Air Corps Unit and Specialty: 5th Air Drome Squadron, control tower In his words: Working under the supervision of the British, Patton said […]

Board faces difficult, necessary decision

By Rhonda Seidenwurm: Guest Columnist Editor’s note: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Marshall Junior High to consider school consolidation. The meeting will be open to the public. As the superintendent of Clovis Municipal Schools, I have presented our Board of Education with one of the toughest […]

Parents protest proposed school modifications

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The letters, petitions, passionate pleas and shared prayers carried one resounding message: Please do not change my school. A brigade of parents voiced concerns Tuesday over proposals to alter three elementary schools during a Clovis school board meeting held in the Marshall Junior High School Auditorium. The school board […]

Anti-drug program reinforcing substance abuse awareness

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Cannon Air Force Base Emergency Medical Technician Brandi Pett talks about her job Tuesday with Ranchvale Elementary School sixth-graders for Red Ribbon Week. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Their hands shot up toward the ceiling. It seemed most of students in the classroom had a story to tell — a […]