County manager: One jail employee terminated

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Curry County Interim Detention Administrator Tori Sandoval gives a report Tuesday to county commissioners on the status of the detention center regarding on-going training for her staff. By David Stevens and Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff One jail employee has been terminated in connection with Sunday’s jail escape, Curry County Manager […]

Our people: Man of action

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis resident Larry Holland enjoys outdoor activities. Clovis resident Larry Holland has never let being jolted by more than 14,000 volts stop him do anything. The electrical accident took Holland’s arms, two ribs, an ear and left extensive damage to his face and heels. Nearly 50 years later, he’s lost […]

Our people: Lady of the dance

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis resident BJ Bernet enjoys teaching dance and says her staff of dance instructors are different and provide great support for one another. Clovis resident BJ Bernet toured with the Beach Boys across the country in the 1980s. Bernet, 44, worked as a “moving prop” as she jokingly called herself […]

Our people: A clean sweep

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico CMS custodian Lois Bunting enjoys her job because she can touch children’s lives. Clovis resident Lois Bunting has worked for Clovis Municipal Schools as a custodian for 22 years. Bunting and her husband Woody Bunting moved to Clovis in 1985 when he received orders to Cannon Air Force Base and […]

Mesalands chooses new president

Freedom New Mexico The Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that Mildred Lovato will succeed Phillip O. Barry as the next president of Mesalands Community College, effective July 1. Board Chairman J. Bronson Moore emphasized that Barry is still the acting college president. Lovato takes over July 1. Lovato has worked as vice […]

In tribute: Mother believed in equality, education

Kevin Wilson Julia Jefferson believed in the need for equality and for education, and worked on both fronts. But her work often began in the simplest places — the home and the church. Jefferson, who spent more than half a century in Clovis, died Feb. 16 of complications with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She was […]

Muleshoe teacher’s dedication honored

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Courtesy photo This was Mary DeShazo’s class about 1946-47. David Stevens Mary Brantley worked in the front office at Muleshoe’s Mary DeShazo Elementary School from 1969 to 2002. She was sometimes mistaken for the school’s namesake. “People would ask me ‘Are you Mary DeShazo?’ because I’d been there so long,” Brantley said. “A lot of […]

Fire departments battle Sunday grassfire

Freedom New Mexico Ten eastern New Mexico fire departments helped fight a grass fire in Curry County on Sunday. Portales, Floyd, Elida, Dora and Arch firefighters and Roosevelt County Road Department personnel worked on a blaze that was caused by a lightning strike and burned about 6,400 acres of sandy range land along North Curry […]

First person: Senior center perfect fit

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sharon Chavez of Clovis took over as program coordinator at the Friendship Senior Center Dec. 14. Sharon Chavez of Clovis took over as program coordinator at the Friendship Senior Center Dec. 14. Chavez said she worked with the Older Adults Division before so when the job opened up, it was […]

Stores hope for busy and safe Black Friday

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Mike Hall has worked a lot of Black Fridays, but he doesn’t really consider the day to be that dark. “The worst part is thinking about it coming, but once it gets here, it’s fun,” said Hall, store manager for Wal-Mart in Portales. “You get to do a lot […]

First person: Fire chief celebrating 35 years

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Fire chief Ray Westerman will celebrate 35 years with the department on Jan. 16. On Jan. 16, Fire Chief Ray Westerman will celebrate 35 years with the Clovis Fire Department. He was hired as a probationary fire fighter at age 18 and worked is way up through the ranks to […]

First person: Again with animals

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eric Lucero is the new Animal Control Officer for the city of Clovis. Lucero previously worked with animal control from 1998-2004. Eric Lucero began his second stint as an Animal Control Officer with the city of Clovis on Aug. 24. Lucero said he enjoys serving the community with his work. […]

Softball league seeking memorial

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Brenda Depperman is working a softball memorial to honor her mother, Carol Depperman, who worked to start the Clovis women’s league years ago. Carol and few other women campaigned to get the softball league going back in the early 1970s in Clovis by talking to Guy Leeder about having […]

Fair’s pet performance draws crowd

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jo Schrepfer holds out her arms to catch a trained cat during the Pets Overboard pirate show Thursday night at the fair. She said the animal performers were all rescued from animal shelters. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Children giggled and clapped as Comet climbed a ladder and began […]

Teaching carries over to business

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Nicole Hahn thought she was getting out of teaching after she and her husband, Richard, created Clovis Pool, Spa and Patio. But she’s learned the teaching continues when running any successful business. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Nicole Hahn only thought she was giving up teaching to run the […]

Food bank adds office space

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Patricio Garcia, left, and Adam Garcia of Bennett Trucking lift the building off beams Tuesday in front of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. The former Cannon Federal Credit Union building will be used for office space. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer It seems no matter where Sheila […]

Bible gives us clear picture

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Once Buffy got a splinter lodged in the palm of her hand. I worked carefully to get it out but with little success. Even with the help of the sunlight, I still couldn’t see the splinter well enough to deal with it. Then the thought came to me: try the […]

First person: Life on the greens

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jimmy Dominguez says New Year’s Day is just another day. Jimmy Dominguez, 60, is one of the few city workers who worked on New Year’s Day. As the greens supervisor at the Clovis Municipal Golf Course, Dominguez spent the day working in the pro shop, which he does part-time as […]

Homicide suspect had conflicts with victim

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Anthony Ray Casillas By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer There was a history of friction between homicide victim Gary Payne and the man accused of shooting him, according to people who worked for a silage company with the two men. Payne and Anthony Ray Casillas worked together with a crew that traveled throughout eastern New […]

Class of ’48 recalls memories of Petty during reunion

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Vera Mathwich, left, and Carl Lott, right, take a break during a tour of the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum as part of their 60th class reunion. Mathwich said Petty helped her overcome her fears of the microphone when they worked at Gabriel Monte Vera Mathwich remembers Norman Petty as a brilliant […]