Health officials: Hospital complaint confirmed

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer New Mexico Department of Health officials did substantiate an allegation against Plains Regional Medical Center during a February inspection of the hospital. But federal regulations bind them from releasing their findings to the public expeditiously, according to David Rodriguez, chief of the Health, Facility, Licensing, and Certification Bureau. Rodriguez […]

Hospital administrator resigns

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PRMC serves more than 110,000 people living within a 100-mile radius of the city of Clovis, according to its Web site. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Plains Regional Medical Center officials on Friday announced that Administrator Brian Bentley has resigned. No reason for the resignation was given and officials would […]

Rodriguez, Blanca E.

Blanca Estela Rodriguez, 45, of Muleshoe, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005 in Lubbock. She was born on Feb. 29, 1960, in Mexico. She married Raul Rodriguez in Portales on Feb. 4, 1976. Mrs. Rodriguez was a member of the Iglesia Bautista Belen Church of Clovis. She moved to Muleshoe from Needmore 15 years ago. She […]

2/4 Hometown heroes

Rodriguez Army National Guard Sgt. First Class Ernest S. Rodriguez is a member of the 115 Area Support Group based in Roseville, Calif. The group has deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Rodriguez, an automated logistical specialist, has served in the military for 23 years. He is the son of […]

2/4 Bella Vista honor roll

Third grade A Honor Roll: Denicia Aragon, Lendel Brown, Mariah Chavez, Marquese Gaither: Delicia Garcia, Anthony Gutierrez, Sarita Martinez, Deja Robinson, Josh Rodriguez, Jaime Sierra. A/B Honor Roll: Devyn Alvarado, R.J. Alvarado, Angel Anaya, Whitney Anderson, Teddy Bargas, Kenny Castillo, Shianne Diaz, Terry Hill, Janae Horton, Tiarah Light, Gabriella Loniewski, Vidal Morales, Candace Oborny, Aaliyah […]

1/31 Letters to the editor

Wage increase will help reduce poverty I am writing in response to State Rep. Anna Crook’s declaration that bringing the minimum wage up to $7.50 will hurt the economy. This kind of thinking only proves that she is not in touch with reality. Increasing the minimum wage will help reduce poverty in New Mexico. New […]

1/20 Public Record

The following marriages licenses were compiled from court records from Jan. 11 through Wednesday: • Vincent Antonio, 23, to Lee Stella Hutchins, 25, both of Clovis • Jeremy Roger Shonkwiler, 28, to Jennifer Lynn Vigil, 24, both of Clovis • Victor Pules Rojas , 23, to Selena Marie Saiz, 26, both of Clovis • Jesus […]

Honor Roll: Choices

Choices Tenth Grade Honor Roll: Patrick A. Gallegos, Sommer D. Morales, Alysha D. Ramos, Dustin D. Rush, Patrick Trujillo Eleventh Grade Honor Roll: Frank Acuna, Jennifer L. Aragon, Laura Armendaris, Shantal J. Baca, Gabriel Chacon, Cory J. Collier, Jonathan M. Cortez, Britney Ewers, Tiffany N. Harrell, Nathan A. Lewis, Krystal Loera, Adam Lopez, Diego Lopez, […]

Rodriguez Jr., Ascension N.

Ascension N. Rodriguez Jr., 3, of Waynesville, Mo., died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, at St. John’s Breech Regional Medical Center in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He was born Aug. 31, 2002, in Clovis to Ascension N. and Krystal Marie Lopez Rodriguez. He is survived by his father of Odessa, Texas; his mother, of Clovis; a […]

Rodriguez, Adriana

Adriana L. Rodriguez, 20, of Portales, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital. She was born Jan. 24, 1985, to Diana (Baca) and Arthur Rodriguez. She graduated from Portales High School in May 2003. Family members said she enjoyed music, movies, and her computer she received from the New Mexico Make-A-Wish Foundation. She […]

Even setbacks leave room for thanks

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Thanksgiving always becomes a year in review for me as I look back at the events in the news and in my personal life and try to find reasons to give thanks. Yeah right. Well at least I try to think of things to be thankful for, but sometimes it’s […]

Lighthouse Mission moves to new location

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A lighthouse greets visitors as they enter the new Clovis Lighthouse Mission. The mission offers clothing, food and shelter to people in need. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A lighthouse symbolizes hope. Its purpose is to guide ships to safety on dark, stormy nights. A small replica of a lighthouse […]

10/28 Public Record

The following marriages licenses were compiled from court records from October 19, through October 26, 2005: • Jeffrey James Tackitt II, 25, to Ashleigh Nicole Acosta, both of Clovis • David Margarito Sena, 21, to Stefanie Noel Moncayo, 20, both of Clovis • Lester William Hopper, 76, of Stella, Mo., to Lena Irene Hopper, 78, […]

Residents raise stink about cattle carcasses

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Area residents say carcasses of animals headed for a Dallas rendering plant often lie exposed at the Hull Street branch of Champion Pet Foods, Inc. for days, sometimes weeks. (Courtesy photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Skinned cattle carcasses were visible Monday night from the bed of a cargo trailer. Flies buzzed around the […]

9/23 Public Record

The following marriages licenses were compiled from court records from Sept. 7-14: • Antonio Dontrelle Rivers, 19, of Alphine, Ala., to Victoria Nicole Kirven, 18, of Clovis • OBed Fernando Echeverria, 16, to Liliana Yasmin Mendoza, 19, both of Portales • Karunaker Reddy Rachala, 29, of Richmond, Va., to Nalini Kumari Pinnammareddy of Portales • […]

Disasters, catastrophes bring lessons

Helena Rodriguez I rarely watch Christian television. When I do it’s during what I hope are rare, double-take moments, such as when I caught tele-evangelist Pat Robertson as he was advocating to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. As I was recently channel surfing, something on Christian TV made my hands freeze on the remote again. […]

Local karate students gain nationals

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Gabe Chilson, 9, was named national champion for his age division at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Karate Championships earlier this month in Lakeland, Fla. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Learning the ins and outs of karate is a serious task. But excelling at it can lead to some […]

Achieving goals better late than never

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Dear Family, friends, fans and foes: You are cordially invited this twentieth day of May two thousand and five to celebrate a milestone in the life of Helena Amanda Rodriguez — her first all-out, no-holds nervous breakdown — at 4 o’clock today (We knew spelling out the dates and times […]

Montanez , Manuel

Manuel Montanez Services: Have been held. Manuel Ruiz Montanez, 78, of Clovis, died Thursday, May 12, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born June 17, 1926, in Chin, Chiu, Mexico, to Hermenijildo and Marcela Ruiz Montanez. He married Maria Francisca Villareal 46 years ago in Muleshoe. He was a farm laborer […]

Task force discusses traffic concerns for MLK overpass

CNJ staff A task force met Thursday evening to discuss strategies for a proposed railroad overpass at Martin Luther King Boulevard. Central in Thursday’s discussion was whether the overpass should be restricted to residential and emergency traffic and whether the bridge should be two or four lanes. “The issue of maintaining the road is very […]