Something to do on January 1

North Plains Cinema 7 will be open today. One movie option: “I am Legend” featuring Will Smith has showtimes of 11:50 a.m., 2:25 p.m., 4:55 p.m., 7:25 p.m., and 9:55 p.m.

ENMU picks Smith as business dean

Freedom New Mexico Gene Smith, an assistant professor of accounting and chair of the Department of Accounting, Finance, Information Systems at Eastern New Mexico University, has been named dean of ENMU’s College of Business. His appointment is effective Jan. 2. He replaces interim dean Thurman Elder. “He has proven to be an excellent administrator and […]

Pyle promoted to county manager

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners stayed in-house and hired Lance Pyle as the county manager Tuesday during an executive session. Pyle has served as the interim county manager since Dick Smith resigned in October. Pyle, 27, will earn about $87,500 a year, according to county officials. “We decided rather than go […]

Military Feature: Couple rescues dog

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CNJ staff photo: Tonya Fennell Hector, left, and Melissa Santaella cuddle with their dogs in their Clovis home. Melissa calls the group her “rough riders.” By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer “Baby” is a celebrity of sorts. And like many young stars, her life has been far from perfect. The female Staffordshire bull terrier was […]

Local Roundup: County to discuss manager position

CNJ staff The Curry County Commission should start discussions on the search for a new county manager during its next meeting, according to Commission Chairman Albin Smith. The Commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday. The Commission terminated Dick Smith’s contract as county manger during its Oct. 10 meeting. In the same meeting, commissioners unanimously appointed […]

Experts: ‘Funny money’ easy to spot

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Police Detective Sonny Smith holds a fake bill up to the light to look for its watermark. Real bills have a ghostlike image of the center portrait that appears in the right-hand segment, he said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer It appears normal on first inspection but gets […]

Commission terminates county manager’s contract

By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners voted Wednesday to terminate Dick Smith’s contract as county manager immediately. Smith submitted his notice of resignation last week, giving 60-days notice as required under contract. Commissioners had the option of terminating the contract sooner, which they did during Wednesday’s special meeting. “We’ve just chosen to […]

County manager to stay through January

Curry County Manager Dick Smith is citing unspecified personal reasons for his recent decision to step down. Smith, a former hospital administrator, said he is going back to the private sector where “I’m not stalked by the paparazzi,” a reference to scrutiny he’s received as a public official. Smith submitted his letter of resignation to […]

Curry County manager to resign

CNJ Staff Curry County Manager Dick Smith has submitted his letter of resignation, County Commissioner Robert Sandoval confirmed Friday. Sandoval said he received a call from County Commission Chairman Albin Smith on Thursday informing him Dick Smith had written a letter of resignation. Attempts to contact Dick Smith on Friday were unsuccessful. Assistant County Manager […]

Oct. 2, 1983

The Clovis News-Journal reported the song “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler was the No. 1 single on Billboard’s Hot Record Hits. … Roden-Smith advertised that it sold Hello Kitty accessory items. … Ted Hare was named as president of the Clovis Board of Realtors at the Board of Realtor’s annual banquet.