Kids learn how not to get burned

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis firefighter Sheryl Chavez answers questions from Kendra Aucutt’s kindergarten class at Zia Elementary School after a presentation from the fire department about fire safety. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Their hands clasped, two little girls skipped and twirled beside their classmates chanting, “Stop-drop-and-roll,” while their teacher Kendra Aucutt […]

Officials: 2005 homicide suspect negotiating surrender

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis homicide suspect Noe Torres is trying to negotiate his surrender to authorities, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said Torres contacted his office Tuesday and insisted staff from the Fox TV show “America’s Most Wanted” be included in a conference call. “He knows that we’re very close to […]

Education feature: Schools facing shortage of crossing guards

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Clovis schools system is seeking 7 crossing guards. CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools system is short on crossing guards. Clovis schools needs to fill two regular positions and five substitutes Joel Shirley, deputy superintendent of operations for the school district, said a full staff of crossing guards would […]

County declines to release jail assessment

CNJ staff Curry County has denied the Clovis News Journal’s request for a copy of a jail assessment presented at a Sept. 3 County Commission meeting. The New Mexico Association of counties prepared the assessment following the Aug. 24 escape of eight inmates from the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Four inmates have since been […]

Education feature: School staff ensures smooth start

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Michelle Cordova, administrative assistant at Highland Elementary School, continued answering phones while those in and around the front office paused for the Pledge of Allegiance. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer It’s 7:50 a.m. Wednesday on the first day of school at Highland Elementary and administrative assistant Michelle Cordova is […]

Udall staffer to hold office hours

CNJ staff A staff member for U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will hold constituent office hours here next week. Udall staff member Christopher Neubauer will be available to meet with area residents. Anyone wishing to make an appointment may do so by calling 763-7616. Anyone desiring to discuss issues relating to Congress or the federal […]

Denish visiting eastern New Mexico

CNJ staff Lt. Gov. Dianne Denish will be making several stops in the eastern New Mexico this week as part of a three-day bus tour of the state. Denish and her staff will meet individually with community members who have concerns, requests or comments, according to a press release from Denish’s office. Here is the […]

Act makes claim filing too tedious

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist In the last decade, the Department of Veterans Affairs has doubled the number of disability claim processors on staff, and yet the average time to process a claim has climbed during that period from four months to six. From January 2007 through June 2008, as VA added 2,700 claim processors […]

Work commences on turf replacement

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The grass at Clovis High School’s football field at Leon Williams Stadium is being replaced by artificial turf. The work is scheduled to be done before the start of the 2008 football season. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis High football coaching staff members admit it’s odd to see […]

Military Feature: Multimedia merger expands Cannon’s news coverage

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Senior Airman Amy Slye said her job function as a videographer has changed from just documenting incidents to producing news stories as the result of a merger between the Cannon Air Force Base Public Affairs desk and the base multimedia department. By CNJ staff writer: Gabriel Monte The Cannon Public […]

Weekend burglary reported at CCC

CNJ staff Faculty and staff at Clovis Community College spent much of Monday assessing losses suffered from a weekend burglary, according to spokesperson Lisa Spencer. “We’re still assessing the damage. Every department is looking to see what, if anything, they lost,” she said. “We’ve been asked by security for everyone to search their areas for […]

Family experiences turbulent storm

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry This center-pivot sprinkler on land owned by W-Diamond Dairy east of Portales was partially flipped by strong winds or a tornado Wednesday. The storm was fast and furious say witnesses and damaged a sideroll sprinkler and some farm buildings. Freedom New Mexico staff A strong thunderstorm and wind damage left […]

Letters to the Editor: Annual staff protected by freedom

Annual staff protected by freedom I was glad to read the column by Kevin Wilson — “Clovisites ignore bigger picture — in Wednesday’s

Letters to the Editor: Annual staff protected by freedom

Annual staff protected by freedom I was glad to read the column by Kevin Wilson — “Clovisites ignore bigger picture — in Wednesday’s

May 25, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Gays also part of our community Regarding Friday’s CNJ report on the Clovis High School yearbook staff including gays in its couples feature section: Why are so many people upset over the pictures of gay people in the yearbook?

May 25, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Gays also part of our community Regarding Friday’s CNJ report on the Clovis High School yearbook staff including gays in its couples feature section: Why are so many people upset over the pictures of gay people in the yearbook?

Yearbook creates concern

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Staff member Jessie Hardison, left, and editor in chief Maggie Chavez said they included gay couples in Clovis High’s yearbook to illustrate the school’s diversity. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Staff members of the 2008 Clovis High School yearbook say the inclusion of photos and interviews with gay couples […]

A few words of thanks

LaShawna Young e-mails to say thanks to the maternity staff at Plains Regional Medical Center:

DeCA brings benefits to soldiers

By Tom Philpott: CNJ Columnist On a weekend in early April, Staff Sgt. Ingrid Rice drove to her North Carolina Air National Guard facility in Charlotte and bought $250 worth of groceries at commissary discount prices. After filling one shopping cart and checking out, Rice, a mother of two, returned and shopped again.

Freedom New Mexico receives honors

By CNJ staff The Clovis News Journal picked up 15 awards Saturday, including the top two prizes, at the 98th annual Panhandle Press Association’s convention in Amarillo. The staff earned the General Excellence award overall in the Division II category for larger newspapers. CNJ also picked up the Community Service award and its $250 cash […]