Tatum named judge in 9th Judicial District

Freedom New Mexico SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson has appointed Drew Tatum of Clovis to fill a vacant seat in the 9th Judicial District. Tatum, whose principal office will be in Portales, replaces Judge Joe Parker, who resigned from the position for health reasons on July 31. There are five district judges in the […]

Kircher named county agent

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Patrick Kircher has been named to the position of Roosevelt County agriculture agent by New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service officials. Kircher began in his new role on July 1. The job was previously held by Floyd McAlister, who retired in February after more than 22 years in […]

Interim tag removed for fire chief

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer John Bridges has been appointed to the position of fire chief for the Portales Fire Department, according to Portales City Manager Debi Lee. “I’m just happy about it. John has served the Portales Fire Department well for the past many years,” Lee said. Bridges’ appointment as chief was effective […]

Parker decides to leave district judge post

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers District Judge Joe Parker has resigned his position, effective today, citing an ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease. Though it may seem like a sudden announcement, Parker said it was a very difficult decision that he and his wife talked and prayed about at length. “In reality my wife and I […]

Fire chief candidates to interview Friday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Interviews for the position of Portales Fire Chief will take place on Friday in Portales. According to Portales City Manager Debi Lee, the position for fire chief became available after the former chief, Raul Muniz left Portales to move to Arizona to further pursue his education. Retired from the […]

Greyhound grid coach adds locals to mix

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers In their second wave of recruting, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo has added local flavor. The third-year Greyhounds coach said around 52 freshmen are expected to report for practice Aug. 5. All told, about 130 players will be on hand for the start of drills. Among the […]

City names new MainStreet manager

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Georgia Gonzales has a new job and title. The City of Portales recently named Gonzales the Capital Projects/MainStreet Manager. The position replaces the Community Development Director position held by Jeremy Sturm who is leaving the post. As the new Capital Projects/MainStreet Manager, Gonzales will be in charge of managing […]

One contested race in county school board elections

PNT Staff Report Only one Roosevelt County school board race will be contested come the Feb. 6 elections. Floyd Municipal Schools’ board of education member, Lisa Schmidt, faces opposition from challenger, Jack W. Moore, a retired long-time school administrator and coach. The incumbent currently holds the Position 5 seat. A total of 12 people, which […]

Sleep positions show personality

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CNJ Staff The position a person sleeps in can reveal aspects of personality, according to one study. Six common sleeping positions were analyzed in a 2003 study by Chris Idzikowski, the director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service. The Clovis News Journal took his theory to the streets, asking people to describe their personalities […]

Huffman leaving post at CDC and Chamber

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Kim Huffman, executive director of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. and the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, has resigned for personal reasons, according to a CDC news release. He has held the position since September 2002. His resignation is effective Aug. 31. “I think it is just time […]

Kansas man selected new CCC president

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A man with more than 20 years of administrative experience won the five-month-long presidential race at Clovis Community College, his educational record inspiring confidence among those who chose him. Kansas native John Neibling of Arizona accepted the position Wednesday following his selection by Clovis Community College Board of Trustees. […]

Curry starts over on jail administrator

By Tonya Garner The disappointment was evident in County Manager Dick Smith’s voice Friday afternoon when he reported county officials were unable to find a suitable person to fill the administrator position at Curry County Adult Detention Center. The position has been open since Don Burdine resigned in September. Smith said the seven interested candidates […]

Fullerton to leave Clovis post

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers After 32 years in the district, Clovis High athletic director Dale Fullerton will be leaving his current post at the end of the fall semester. Fullerton, in his third year as Clovis’ AD, has accepted a position as principal at Bovina High School. He starts at Bovina in January. The […]

Libero usage may vary

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Kevin Wilson: Managing Editor The word doesn’t exist in a standard dictionary, but it has a meaning in volleyball. What that meaning is depends on who and when you ask. The word is libero, and it’s one that high school volleyball fans will be more familiar with as the sports season progresses. The libero is […]

CCC names new president

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Becky Rowley was named interim president of Clovis Community College during Wednesday’s special meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees. Regents voted to approve the motion to name Rowley to the position. Four voted yes while Regent Robert Lydick chose to abstain. Lydick was unavailable for comment. The board did not […]

Dog fights: Hounds have many positions open

PNT Staff Pretty much every position is available on the defensive side, but it’s not coach-speak. The Hounds graduated nine defensive starters and numerous backups. The two returning defensive starters, senior cornerback Corey White and junior linebacker Jeremy Mullins. On offense, Howard has three positions he identified as battles: Slot position This is a position […]

McClure looks to keep going

By Marlena Hartz Beverlee McClure, president of Clovis Community College, is a first-generation college student — her parents had no college or university experience. In a similar financial predicament as most of the students she now presides over, she once worked 40 hours a week for an insurance company while taking a full load of […]

Chamber’s new manager aims for future

By Marc Schoder: PNT Correspondent When Sharon King retired from Eastern New Mexico University in May, her original plan was to relax. Instead, she took over as Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce manager on June 1. The self-proclaimed scooter fanatic said she was going to travel and take time away from work when she first retired, […]

Five finalists named for superintendent post

By Tony Parra The committee involved in the search for a new superintendent has narrowed down the selection to five finalists — all with ties to Roosevelt County. The finalists are David Briseno, Jack Burch, Robert Crane, Randy Fowler and Melvin Nusser. The next step is to have meet and greet receptions for each of […]

Clovis board selects new superintendent

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers Clovis school officials on Thursday selected Rhonda Seidenwurm of Las Cruces as their new superintendent for the district. Clovis school board members said Seidenwurm has tentatively accepted the offer, pending negotiations related to salary and benefits. Clovis schools began searching for a new head administrator in January. Former Superintendent Neil Nuttall […]