Blood test clears driver in fatality

CNJ staff Alcohol does not appear to have been a contributing factor in the November death of a Clovis toddler killed when he was backed over by a neighbor’s van, Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said on Wednesday. Martin Molina Saldana, 30, was backing out of his driveway and ran over 1-year-old Alan Loya-Moreno on […]

12/20 Business Digest

Commission extends application deadline The New Mexico Real Estate Commission has extended its deadline for applying for a real estate license to Feb. 28. According to a press release issued by the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, the extension is due to a large backlog of licensing exam applications. Testing centers in Albuquerque, Santa […]

12/16 Local Roundup

Police lieutenant returns to duty A Clovis police lieutenant involved in a pedestrian fatality Monday night returned to work Wednesday after passing a mandatory drug test. Lt. Roger Grah was taken off duty following Monday’s accident pending the results of the drug test, according to Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas. It is city policy for […]

Officer on duty at time of fatal accident

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clovis Police Lt. Roger Grah was doing routine patrol Monday evening when his police vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian, said New Mexico State Police Lt. Gary Ross, whose agency is investigating the fatality. Delores Jacks, 71, was crossing Mitchell Street around 6:45 p.m. when she was struck, officials […]

11/15 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 10:30 a.m. on Friday, a store owner in the 1500 block of Pile Street called police to report more than $2,700 in merchandise was stolen between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. The owner said more than 200 compact music discs were […]

Former Clovis pilot accidental witness

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Clovis resident and World War II pilot John Ellison, 84, retraces his route on an aerial map of New Mexico. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: For three months, the Clovis News Journal has honored local World War II veterans by publishing their first-person accounts of service. John Ellison’s […]

Toddler dies after being hit by van

Andy Jackson: CNJ Staff Writer * Driver says he didn’t see 20-month-old boy in street while leaving his driveway. Martin Molina Saldana said he “looked out both mirrors” before backing out of his driveway on Sunday afternoon. He said he never saw 20-month-old Alan Loya-Moreno in the street. The boy was hit by Saldana’s vehicle […]

Clovis to begin random steroid testing

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School will begin testing athletes for steroids by the end of the year, according to school officials. Clovis athletic director Dale Fullerton said Gov. Bill Richardson is pushing for steroid testing on a statewide scale and Clovis will be one of four high schools to participate in […]

Bulldawgs should give Cats test in scrimmage

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Clovis High senior quarterback Devin Sweet pitches the ball to a running back during Thursday’s practice at the high school. The Wildcats will scrimmage Las Cruces High today in Roswell. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s only the second full week of practice, but the Clovis High football team […]

Schools, teaching methods under scrutiny

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When La Casita Elementary did not make Adequate Yearly Progress last year, school officials had to change the way they taught. According to AYP scores, a federal measure of math and language arts proficiency and a part of the president’s No Child Left Behind push for accountability, La Casita […]

More flexible rating system on way for special education

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Individual schools and school districts in New Mexico will be rated on a more flexible system when it comes to the performance of special education students in Adequate Yearly Progress, under a temporary scoring calculation reprieve granted by the federal government. “We felt we should apply for it (testing […]

Drug testing just another fact of life

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist The National Football League’s draft is this weekend. The media has already been abuzz about some of the draft prospects testing positive for something they weren’t supposed to be ingesting. And then there were the baseball players in a congressional hearing concerning testing for steroids a few weeks back. Drug […]

Woman faces child-abuse charges

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A Portales woman faces child-abuse charges after her child tested positive for a chemical found in marijuana, according to police reports. Catherine Houston-Sprayberry, 23, of Portales, faces charges of abandonment or abuse of a child, possession of paraphenalia and possession of marijuana. The abuse charge is resulting from the 2-month-old child’s […]

Steroids not seen as problem at area schools

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With steroids becoming a bigger problem at the professional sports level, the NCAA is trying to take more preventative measures to head off potential problems. Ed Kabrick, athletic trainer at Eastern New Mexico University, said that as of the 2004-05 school year the NCAA randomly tests athletes for the use […]

Mom’s wisdom stands test of time

By Bob Huber When I was a kid, I stayed alert to the whims of the Axis power, namely my mother, and I found she had a vast array of covert knowledge hidden beneath her quaint farm-girl homilies. Her views on some of mankind’s most endearing areas of scholarship stick with me to this day. […]

3/3 Education Digest

CCC hosts GED testing Here are dates related to GED testing at Clovis Community College: March 1-17: sign-up, registration closes at noon on March 17; March 21-25: testing offices closed for spring break; March 29-30: GED testing in Room 220. There will be no GED testing during August due to fall registration at CCC. Students […]

School officials suggest modified testing

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor School officials believe modified testing of special education students will better measure student knowledge and increase a school’s chances of meeting state education standards. Most special education students have average intelligence, and are smart enough to pass standardized tests for their grade levels, just as long as the tests […]

Residents share memories of random acts of kindness

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Monica Delk has made more than 90 lapghans for residents at Laurel Ridge Healthcare facility (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal solicited stories from area residents detailing random acts of kindness they have seen others perform. Here are some of their stories. Monica Delk has […]

Students’ test scores improve from last year

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Just over half of New Mexico’s fourth graders lack proficiency in reading and a similar portion of eighth graders failed to meet a math proficiency standard, according to 2004 test scores released Thursday by the Public Education Department. The test was administered to fourth and eighth grade students […]