ENMU set for homecoming weekend

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University students and alumni are set for a weekend packed with homecoming events. This year’s theme is “Greyhounds Go Hawaiian.” Brooke Cordova of ENMU’s Alumni Affairs said students select the homecoming theme each year by voting on their favorite. One of the main attractions is the […]

Oct. 24, 2008 Amos the Churchmouse

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes.

We as adults are children compared to place in heaven

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Columnist Do you remember the cute things your children said when they were little and trying to develop a vocabulary? Many times the way they pronounce those words in no way resembles the object they are trying to describe. Then again, sometimes their words have a certain ring to the real […]

Interviews leave lasting impression

In my day job as an agricultural journalist I interview people. Through the years I’ve learned to study a person’s history and accomplishments before we talk. Interestingly, most of the country folks I interview are not fooled by their alleged “importance.” They’re just glad someone finally asked their opinions, and that the interviewer is actually […]

Oct. 24 Letters to the Editor

Support bonds benefitting schools It has been a great honor to live in this area for over 40 years and know these communities are conservative and productive. This is a time of great challenges. Being in business in both Clovis and Portales, I have seen firsthand the difficulties that getting credit has brought on individuals. […]

Immigration status irrelevant to license needs

Freedom New Mexico Critics call it a train wreck, and the euphemism isn’t too far off. The state of Texas has joined other states across the nation in restricting the allocation of drivers’ licenses according to U.S. residency status. The issue became a major problem in New York for the presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary […]

Men can’t seem to pick and choose

My father-in-law and my husband bought a hundred head of cows one year. It was a partnership deal, but when we unloaded them at the ranch they decided to split them fifty-fifty and each partner put his own brand on his half. It was early spring, so some of the cows had babies, others were […]

Oct. 24, 2008

OKLAHOMA CITY–God bless America, and how’s everybody? • Al-Qaeda was reported Monday to have netted $800 million dollars cash in illegal drug sales last year. Now they’re all too rich to volunteer for suicide missions. Who would have guessed that the best way to fight terrorism is to do heroin. • The USC Trojans leap-frogged […]

Christian comedy singer performing

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Courtesy photo Greg Strange, a Christian comedian and songwriter, will perform today at First Christian Church. Freedom New Mexico Greg Strange, a Christian comedian and songwriter, will perform today at First Christian Church. During his current two-week tour, Strange has performed in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and in Colorado. Strange, who calls himself a Christian version […]

Turbine parts recalled

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Two sections of the wind turbine tower already installed at Mesalands Community College will be dismantled and replaced because of a manufacturer’s recall, said Phillip Barry, president of the college. The General Electric recall only affects the base and mid-section, which were installed on Sunday, Barry said. The replacement […]

Roosevelt hospital tests for MSRA

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt General Hospital started testing last week for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus bacteria — the precursor for the so-called “super bug” — as part of a statewide program. RGH is one of 16 state hospitals voluntarily participating in the program that is monitoring the spread of MRSA in healthcare facilities, […]

City will foot bill for sewer line

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer City Commissioner Randy Crowder said Wednesday he didn’t think the city should be responsible for an $81,000 sewer extension to property in north Clovis recently annexed into the city. Crowder said property owners should reimburse the city for the installation and engineering costs. But his motion to charge a […]

Police: Drugs found after fatal car chase

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Police said cocaine and alcohol were found in a vehicle driven by a 25-year-old Portales man who was killed Sunday when he fled from police and crashed into a tree, according to a report released Wednesday. Miguel Gutierrez-Ornelas died at the scene. His passenger, 30-year-old Celio Salazar, is listed […]

Prince Street paving mostly done

CNJ Staff Plenty of work remains to be done on Prince Street, but many of the traffic burdens are now out of the way. Public Works Director Clint Bunch said paving is complete on the main roadways for the project, and steps currently ongoing include drainage installation and paving on side streets. “It’s going to […]

Oct. 23, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports:About 5 p.m. Oct. 12 an officer responded to a home in the 400 block of Brady for a report of an animal running at large.A man said his dog got loose and was hit by a car when it chased a cat […]

School house rocks the vote

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Desiree Barraza fills in her name on a voter registration card in Kelly Fontanilla’s fifth grade class at James Bickley Elementary school. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer The fourth-grade classroom looked different today. On each of the miniature desks sits a white laptop. In front of each laptop, the […]

Oct. 23, 2008 Education Digest

Board member honored Lora Harlan has been selected as the 2008 New Mexico School Board Association Board Member of the Year, according to a Clovis Municipal Schools press release. Harlan has served on the Clovis school board since 1991 and during that time has held all board officer positions. At the state level, Harlan has […]

Oct. 23, 2008 Education Calendar

Thursday • Report cards go home • Book Fair, Cameo Elementary School • 5:30 p.m. — Family Literacy Safari, Cameo Elementary School Friday • Multiple Intelligences Fair, Mesa Elementary School • Picture day, James Bickley Elementary School • Book Fair, Cameo Elementary School • Sport Good Character day — wear your favorite team jersey or […]

Clovis set for state NAACP conference

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer The New Mexico NAACP will hold its state conference Friday with a theme on voting, according to State Chapter President Sam Bone. Held at the Mabry Inn, the conference includes workshops discussing the issues raised during the presidential campaign, he said. The State National Association for the Advancement of […]

Curry County to host 2009 High School Rodeo

Curry County will host the 2009 New Mexico High School Rodeo Finals, according to a news release from the county. More than 100 cowboys and cowgirls from across the state are expected to attend the June event, the release said. The county learned last week it had been awarded the bid, Administrative Services Coordinator Connie […]