Honors — Oct. 17

Boal Air Force Cadet Caitlin A. Boal completed six weeks of basic cadet training and has been officially accepted into the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, Colo. She is the daughter of Stevan and Rhonda Boal of Albuquerque and granddaughter of Leo and Bootha Robinson of Portales. Boal graduated in 2009 […]

Our people: Nurse found her calling early

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis Schools Director of Health Services Rhonda Sparks believes there is a difference between medicine and healing. She said just because medicine can’t fix a health issue, you can still heal a person with human kindness. Name: Rhonda Sparks Profession: Director of health services for Clovis Municipal Schools Birthdate: Nov. […]

Board votes to make hiring practices priority for interim superintendent

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education decided in a 4-1vote Tuesday to make investigating school hiring practices a priority for Interim Superintendent G.C. Ross. Charges of discriminatory hiring practices were leveled at Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm during the board’s April 28 meeting by the Concerned Citizens of Curry County. […]

School board to discuss budget cuts Tuesday

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board has scheduled a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss how the district will handle budget cuts handed down by the Legislature. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said the cuts will equal about $600,000 for the district. Seidenwurm said each site or department with a […]

County Treasurer enters plea

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout, age 55, plead “No Contest” today to Tampering with Public Records (a fourth degree felony).

Bookout’s pretrial hearing postponed

CNJ staff A pretrial hearing in Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout’s public records tampering case has been postponed, according to court officials. The hearing was scheduled for today. A new hearing date has not been set, a clerk with the 9th Judicial District Court said Monday. It is unclear if the delay will effect the […]

School board approves budget, superintendent’s contract

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Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm was given a two-year contract with an annual salary of $138,700 at a board meeting on Tuesday. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Following a lengthy executive session, the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education approved the 2008-09 budget and the contract of Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. Seidenwurm, Clovis’ superintendent since 2005, was […]

State gives school budget boost

CNJ staff Clovis Municipal Schools operating budget will increase by about $2 million, according to Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. Seidenwurm introduced the school district’s preliminary budget during Tuesday’s board of education meeting. Seidenwurm said she expects the school district to operate on a $57 million budget during the 2008-09 school year. About 90 percent […]

County treasurer’s trial set for September

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout and her attorney Gary Mitchell listen as District Attorney Matt Chandler addresses the court Friday during a pre-trial hearing at the Curry County Courthouse. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

April 16, 1953

The annual Red Cross fund drive had collected $9,392.63. Officials were hoping to beat the record of $10,017.77 set in 1949. They’d already passed the previous year’s total of $8,961.28. … Ronald Reagan and Rhonda Fleming were starring in Tropic Zone at the Sunshine theater. … Workers were installing 1,566 seats in Clovis’ new junior […]

Muleshoe man convicted of murder

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers MULESHOE — Family members of Vince Simnacher believe justice was served Friday when a Bailey County jury convicted a Muleshoe man of capital murder. Larry Kitchens, 53, was found guilty after 45 minutes of jury deliberation and sentenced to life in prison, according to 287th District Attorney Johnny Actkinson. Actkinson […]

Muleshoe man faces second murder trial

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Muleshoe man who has been acquitted of two murder charges went on trial Monday in connection with the third victim in a 2003 triple homicide. A jury was selected and two prosecution witnesses were heard Monday in the trial of Larry Brent Kitchens, 52, who is accused of […]

Clovis names superintendent finalists

Clovis school officials on Tuesday named five finalists for their superintendent’s position. The finalists are: • David Briseno, principal at Clovis’ La Casita Elementary and federal programs director for the district; • Ladona Clayton, assistant superintendent for instruction of Clovis schools; • William Reents, superintendent of Tucumcari schools; • Rhonda Seidenwurm, deputy superintendent of instruction […]

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 […]

Shooting accident kills one

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis truck company owner bled to death Sunday evening after accidentally shooting himself in an apparent attempt to ward off potential attackers. According to police reports, Daniel Stockton, 52, was in his pickup truck with his wife Rhonda when a car sideswiped his vehicle near the corner of Eighth and […]

Readers invited to share family stories

Gayline Shaw was still 16 when she graduated from Bledsoe High School as valedictorian. Brains were not her only gift. The school’s senior class of 1950, “being of unsound mind and disintegrating memory after four strenuous years,” issued a class will. While Ona Mae left “her most charming looks and personality to Helen” and Wayne […]