Clovis making schedule switch

By CNJ Staff Clovis High School will move to a seven-period day at the start of the 2007-2008 school year, according to Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. Results from a CHS staff survey released Monday sealed the move, according to Seidenwurm. Forty percent of teachers who voted in the survey were in favor of […]

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 […]

Education Digest: Head start openings available

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eastern Plains Start program is recruiting for preschool and Early Head Start, according to a Head Start press release. Children ages 6 weeks to 3 are eligible for the programs. Head Start is a non-profit organization that helps children with disabilities or from low-income homes, the release reads. For […]

Funding frustrations

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A range of frustrations — stirred by overcrowded classrooms, staff recruiting troubles, funding constraints — emerged Thursday in a meeting on state education. And a generic and unrealistic funding formula was described. “We have a tendency in funding to paint with a large brush,” said Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis. […]

Hospital receives 26 citations

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Plains Regional Medical Center has received 26 citations for violating federal regulations, according to a federal report issued after a May investigation. The extensive investigation was performed by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, a division of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department whose mission is to […]

Openness leads to decline in sex crimes

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist Predators on the Internet, priests molesting children, Duke lacrosse players accused of rape — judging from the news or TV crime dramas, sexual assault appears to be an endless national epidemic. So powerful is this impression that when evidence emerges to suggest otherwise, Americans may have trouble believing their eyes. […]

Curry County employees get salary hike

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Several Curry County employees will be smiling all the way to the bank next month because of pay raises. The salary hikes will bring county salaries in line with others for similar positions across the state. A Curry County salary survey found 33 employees’ salaries were at the bottom […]

Survey: Superintendent ‘meeting expectations’

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The superintendent of Clovis Municipal Schools is meeting the expectations of her staff, according to a survey released to the Clovis News Journal last week. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm was given the equivalent of a ‘C- ’ from staff members in overall effectiveness, according to a summary of the survey […]

Hospital to undergo more comprehensive survey

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Plains Regional Medical Center was out of compliance with Medicare’s conditions of participation during a state inspection conducted in February, a spokesperson from the federal agency that regulates Medicare and Medicaid programs said this week. When the Department of Health visited PRMC last month, it was there to investigate […]

PRMC board committed to health care

Gayla Brumfield: Guest Columnist Lately, there’s been some buzz around town about Plains Regional Medical Center. I suspect with the recent newspaper coverage, many residents may have questions or concerns. I have lived and worked in the Clovis area for most my life. I care about this community and the quality of our health care. […]