Warm weather sparks thoughts of outdoors

The recent, though probably not permanent, trend of warm weather turns one’s thoughts to outdoor activities. This is especially true when that trend is coupled with the garage cleaning — the connection being that all outdoor equipment is stored in one corner of the garage and I wanted to make sure that my two-person tent […]

Schools administering flu vaccine through nasal spray

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools Director of Health Services Rhonda Sparks and Curry County Field Health Office Nurse Manager Gayla Jacquess screen flu vaccination consent forms to make sure students are qualified and forms are filled out correctly. Liliana Castillo Nursing staff will take half the time, and give much less pain, […]

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. […]

May 3 Engagements

Sparks-Waggoner Jeanna and Michael Pace of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Rebecca Sparks of Clovis, to Bryan Waggoner of Clovis, son of Michael and Roberta Waggoner of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows June 19, 2010, at their family home. A reception will follow. The bride-elect is a 2005 graduate […]

Oct. 12, 2008 Weddings

Jump-Sparks Kelly Jump of Portales and Cody Sparks of Fort Sumner were joined in marriage Sept. 12, 2008, at the First Baptist Church of Portales. The Rev. David McFadden performed the double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Janeen Jump of Glenwood and Rick Jump of Belen. She is the granddaughter of Georgia […]

Cowboy event offers peek into past

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte During Saturday’s Running Water Draw Cowboy Symposium, Sam Bass, an Amarillo optometrist and apprentice blacksmith, said blacksmithing uses basic elements of fire and strength to create art. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Sparks flew as Sam Bass hammered the glowing steel rod. Wiping his brow, the optometrist from Amarillo […]

Schools foster sexual abuse awareness

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools has implemented a sexual abuse awareness program over the last five years following the unrelated arrests and convictions of two local teachers in sexual abuse cases. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Education and open lines of communication are key to keeping children safe from sexual predators […]

Tarantulas turning up across state

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Desert tarantulas are reclusive, nocturnal spiders. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Every year about this time male desert tarantulas emerge from burrows and crevices in search of a perfect mate. About the size of a human hand — counting their eight long, hairy legs, they traverse roads and fields […]

Education feature: State suggests enlarging risk survey’s scope

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The state wants to extend the reach of a survey that measures risky behavior among youth. State officials have created a version of the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey for middle-school students, and have requested schools administer it this spring, according to New Mexico Department of Health epidemiologist Dan […]

Survey shows county youth on par with state in drug use, sex

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Among 40 states that participated in a 2005 teen behavoir survey, New Mexico ranked highest for number of students who used cocaine, injected drugs intravenously, smoked marijuana and attempted suicide that resulted in injury. (MCT illustration) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer By the numbers More than 200 Curry County students in grades nine through […]