First person: Parks director sets youth activities as top priority

l1nsov-l1nsnj530billbizzell.jpg

CNJ photo: Liliana Castillo Bill Bizzell of Clovis is moving from education to parks and recreation after 38 years in schools. Bill Bizzell of Clovis is the new parks and recreation director in Clovis. Bizzell has lived in Clovis since 1972. Currently, he is the superintendent of Bovina Independent School District. Bizzell’s first official day […]

Survey: More youth opportunities needed

l0l3yp-49youthactivitiessurvey.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Antonio Wetmore, 7, practices his footwork Thursday during American Youth Soccer Organization practice at the AYSO fields. His mother, Victoria Moya, said this is her son’s third year playing and he loves soccer. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer About 500 Clovis residents who recently took part in a survey […]

Program organizers hope to prevent gangs through art

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A local non-profit group has plans to help prevent gangs in Clovis and Portales through art. Artists of America of New Mexico is working to launch a new afterschool and weekend program called Windows on the World, which will target middle school and high school age youth who are […]

Parent-youth summit set

CNJ staff The Curry County Wellness Council is hosting a Stay Teen Parent-Youth Summit April 10. The event is aimed at parents and teens in seventh through ninth grades. Andrea Bell with the council said this is the 11th annual summit. This year, parents and students will attend separate presentations on the same subjects. Presentations […]

Friday morning briefing: A youth survey and high winds

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Friday morning briefing.

Youth baseball groups at odds

kwqqp5-124littleleaguephoto.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The Clovis Little League organizations, right, and the Clovis Baseball Association had signups on Saturday at the Master’s Center. The Clovis Baseball Association hopes to increase participation through United States Specialty Sports Association affiliation. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer While it’s not exactly a “basebrawl,” a difference of opinion […]

Education digest: Albuquerque Youth Symphony to perform

Albuquerque Youth Symphony to perform The Albuquerque Youth Symphony will be in Clovis Friday to perform for students and the public. The symphony is made up of high school students from Albuquerque. The group will perform 1:30 p.m. Friday at Marshall Auditorium for students and again at 7 p.m. Friday at Marshall Auditorium for the […]

Education data encouraging for Hispanics

Freedom New Mexico A new study of Hispanic youth in the United States offers interesting data about one of the country’s fastest-growing groups. For political and social leaders, it has valuable information about their attitudes and risks for the future. It also can help dispel many myths and assumptions about them. The Pew Hispanic Center […]

Police blotter — Sept. 10

CNJ staff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 9 a.m. Aug. 26 an officer on duty at Marshall Middle School was informed of possible narcotics. An administrator told the officer he had information a male student was smoking marijuana and selling drugs on campus. The officer spoke […]

Melrose youth sets national pole vault record

CNJ staff Caley Barnard, 12, of Melrose, set a new girls national junior pole vault record Wednesday at the Amateur Athletics Union national championship meet at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Barnard cleared 9-6.25 feet in the finals, more than a foot higher than second-place finisher Heather Shaffer (8-6) of Leander, Texas. The previous […]