Education column: Faculty, staff gearing up for school year

Every year we begin school with a bang. Communications fly back and forth, all departments shift into high gear and, as far as staff is concerned, we are about to experience the payoff of careful and thorough long-term planning. Even though teachers officially started back this past Monday, many have been coming in for weeks, […]

Matt 25 Hope Center vandalized

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Courtesy photo The staff at the Matt 25 Hope Center are working to repair damage caused when vandals broke into the building Saturday night. Executive Director Steve Reshetar said there was graffiti painted and damage done throughout the building. Sharna Johnson For the staff of Matt 25 Hope Center, it’s not so much the cost […]

Bookmobile short on staff

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Courtesy photo The New Mexico State Library’s rural bookmobile program has operated for 50 years. The Bookmobile East services eight counties in the area — Curry, Eddy, Chavez, Roosevelt, Guadalupe, Lincoln, Otero and Quay. Liliana Castillo Curry County resident Marjorie Simonton can’t wait for the bookmobile to stop in Grady each month. With staffing shortage […]

Education column: Maintenance, custodial staff in high gear during summer

You might think that since summer has arrived, everything grinds to a halt, and that nothing much is going on throughout our school district. Not true. In fact, it is during the summer months that our operations department shines. Our maintenance and custodial staff begin their considerable list of projects, many of which can only […]

Local farmer meets with congressmen

Freedom New Mexico Clovis dairy farmer Wayne Palla traveled to Capitol Hill recently with other Dairy Farmers of America Inc. board members and young cooperators to discuss issues affecting the dairy industry, according to a DFA news release. DFA members and staff met in Washington, D.C., for the cooperative’s annual D.C. Board Meeting and Hill […]

Remembering the fallen

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson An MC-130W crew from Cannon Air Force Base performs a flyover during the Monday morning Memorial Day observance at Lawn Haven Garden of Honor. Kevin Wilson With plenty of wind to blow them, the colors of numerous veteran organization flags flew at half-staff Monday morning. Their groups, and members of […]

Education column: Faculty, staff share thoughts on graduation

Graduation means endings and beginnings. Wayne Marshall, principal at Clovis High School, offered, “Graduation is a big deal. It encompasses all the emotions, and it is the culminating event of every student’s educational career. We feel it too; it’s always a little hard to see them go.” Several of the administrators who work directly with […]

Steelman recaptured

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Steelman’s vehicle was rammed by a sheriff’s deputy vehicle to force him to a stop. Liliana Castillo Curry County Detention Center absconder Justin Steelman, 32, was recaptured after leading police on a high speed chase today from Clovis to Farwell, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. The Curry County sheriff’s office […]

Zias turn tables on Javs

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo ENMU junior shortstop Emily Livingston slides home with a run during the second inning of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division softball game against Texas A&M-Kingsville at Zia Softball Field. CNJ staff CNJ STAFF PORTALES — What a difference a day can sometimes make. Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team […]

Education column: Sandia Elementary staff always pushing to improve

Just before spring break, I went by Sandia Elementary to talk with Principal Matt Vetterly. It was an interesting process, because we were delightfully interrupted over and over again by passing students who had to greet the clearly beloved Vetterly. I asked all about Sandia, and Vetterly was so eloquent and described so well what […]