Year in review: Major crimes down

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CNJ file photo An investigator holds up homicide victim Clifford Webber’s New Mexico driver’s identification card found in his wallet by collecting evidence at a house on west 14th Street. The case was one of three homicides in Clovis and Curry County during 2009. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local law enforcement focused on […]

Friday morning briefing: Backyard video and Chamber awards

Happy New Year! And welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the day Check out our latest walk through an attraction… In your backyard. And the winner is… Have someone special in mind you’d like to honor? You have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to nominate them for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber annual awards. […]

First person: Dispatcher works ’round the clock

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Carolyn Aragon of Clovis said she likes working as a dispatcher because every day is different. Carolyn Aragon of Clovis has a degree in computer science but the thought of working with computers bores her. She’s chosen to work as a dispatcher for the past 15 years. After working as […]

Jan. 1 Religion Calendar

Saturday Food and clothing give away — 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Matt 25 Hope Center. Information: 763-4400

Deadline nears for chamber awards

CNJ staff report Deadline for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce 2009 Annual Awards is 5 p.m. Tuesday. A nomination form is available at www.clovisnm.org. A fax copy may be requested by calling the chamber at 763-3435. Categories include citizen of the year, chamber volunteer, heart award, business of the year, ambassador of the year […]

a view from under the pew: amos the irresolute

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist 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 dashes and hyphens.

Accepting Christ defining moment in life

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Here we are in the year 2010 and it seems we should be just half way through 2009. I have to agree with the saying that time “really does fly by.” The Psalmist wrote about time when he was thinking about how his little short life fit into the whole […]

Perfectly OK to go against herd

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist FFA and 4-H youngsters learn early that livestock they’re raising for the shows eat better and grow faster if they’re not alone. Two or more steers or lambs fed together compete for the feed, and everybody gains faster. When show lambs are let out of their pen to run for […]

Health insurance not an entitlement

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist I am fond of affordability. That extends to insurance.My home, car, health and sometimes travel insurance would at their best be something I can well afford. But then this is so with whatever it is that I am in the market for — shoes, food, furniture, electronics, etc. […]

Look to new decade, keep past in mind

Freedom New Mexico The general reverence for New Year’s Day dates back to the most ancient of times. Counted among the gods of the Roman pantheon was Janus, the two-headed deity who inspired the modern name for the first month of the year. One of Janus’ faces supposedly looked back into the past to recall […]

Holidays less trashy than previous year

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Chances are the day after Christmas you took a heap of trash out to a bin that was either full, almost full or overflowing with garbage. But area trash crews report collecting less waste after Christmas compared to last year. And they are not expecting much of an increase […]

Lack of cooperation slows shooting investigation

By CNJ Staff Lack of cooperation from victims and witnesses is stunting an investigation into a shooting Wednesday night on Mora Street. Around 5:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of Mora for multiple reports of shots fired. Police believe a home that had just been burglarized a block over was the target […]

Predictions for 2010 maybe not so far-fetched

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist With a new year bearing down on us it’s time for me to observe an annual rite of this column — predictions for the new year. I’ve taken a look into my crystal ball and saw some rather strange potential occurrences gazing back at me. With tongue in cheek, here’s […]

Emissions bill would derail economic recovery

Freedom New Mexico A cap-and-trade program to curb greenhouse gas emissions and financially penalize businesses emitting them faces new opposition among moderate Senate Democrats, apparently worried about voter backlash in next year’s election. Cap-and-trade, along with sweeping changes in health care, are the Obama administration’s two principle initiatives, but polls already show more Americans oppose […]

Thursday morning briefing: Local talent and college Bowlmania

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Video of the day Lots of local talent. It’s our Talent Watch. Bowlmania Five bowl games are on the schedule with two standing out. The Sun Bowl matches up Oklahoma and Stanford at noon on CBS. In primetime, Virgina Tech plays Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A […]

Cannon airman remembers slain father

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Courtesy photo Thomas Manyvong with his father, Bounhom Manyvong, far right, and his mother Amnouy Manyvong, far left, stepfather Vatanachai Sangchai, left, and half brother Jerry Tango, center, during a 2007 Thanksgiving gathering at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. Freedom New Mexico A Cannon airman led a jammed funeral service for his father earlier […]

12-31 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 5 p.m. Dec. 20 an officer responded to a residence in the 900 block of Jones for a report of a vicious dog. The resident said he shot his dog because it attacked him. The 61-year-old said he got up from […]

Education column: District’s principals positive force

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools Tomorrow is the first day of the New Year… ready or not, change is here. So, when you hear something is going to ‘change’, what is the first emotion you feel? For me, it is usually tension. I am never too sure how this new change is going to […]

Education digest: Literacy council seeks volunteers

Literacy council seeks volunteers The Curry County Literacy Council is looking for volunteers, according to a council news release. The council provides education program that help American adults learn to read and write. Volunteers in the program help teach adults basic literacy, GED preparation, math and English as a second language. To volunteer, visit www.clovis.edu […]

Education feature: CHS principal touts program as road toward success

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School Principal Wayne Marshall has a display of memorabilia from his 20 years working in schools proudly displayed in his office. He plans to add to it while at CHS. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer As Wayne Marshall and his wife took their seats high in the […]