July 1 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8 p.m. June 8 drug agents served a search warrant at a residence in the 1400 block of Lea Street. Officers knocked on the door but when they received no response, attempted to make entry into the residence, until a man […]

Former CHS softball standout signs to play for Division I school

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Courtesy photo Former Clovis High standout Jordan Garrett signed to play Division I softball for the University of Tennessee-Martin. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Not too long ago, former Clovis High standout Jordan Garrett was mentally preparing herself for life after softball as her time at Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee was coming […]

Clovis man facing felony drug charges

Freedom New Mexico A 27-year-old Clovis man is facing felony drug charges after task force agents seized nearly a pound of marijuana Monday in a raid at his house. Brandon Johnson was released on $31,000 bond Monday night, jail officials said. He is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine […]

Cannon officials to hold public meetings for area communities

Freedom New Mexico Representatives from Cannon Air Force are hosting public meetings in surrounding communities next week. They want to inform the public if and why planes will be flying over cities in the area, according to a press release. The schedule: Texas communities Sudan — 6:30 p.m. CST July 7, Sudan High School Auditorium […]

Family’s weather tracking legacy honored

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Fern White, 91, looks over a San Jon weather data archive collected by her family. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In aged pencil on yellowed paper, notes about the baby’s first tooth or daily chores mingled with the high and the low temperature for the day — a history […]

Freedom Communications announces company-wide wage reduction

Freedom New Mexico Freedom Communications, Inc. announced a five percent across-the-board

GI Bill transfer full of questions

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Users of one of the most popular features of the Post-9/11 GI Bill — the option to transfer benefits to family members — will find a few quirks in how Congress designed the transfer provisions as they take effect in August. For example, spouses of active duty members who hope […]

Potter pool to open

Potter Pool should be open by the end of the week, according to Assistant City Clerk Claire Burroughs. The Parks and Recreation department is waiting for authorization from the New Mexico Environment Department, Burroughs said, and certification paperwork on lifeguards who were certified during a class last week before opening the pool. Potter Pool hours […]

Sandra Bullock and the five stages of grief

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I had never walked out on a movie, and I wasn’t starting now. The following is a true story. The names of the people involved are changed, the names of the movies involved aren’t. Sunday. 4:38 p.m. In one hand I hold my soda; the other, two tickets for the […]

DNA process should become routine in court

Freedom New Mexico It is possible to see both sides in the difficult case of District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne, in which a divided U.S. Supreme Court recently decided this particular defendant did not have a post-conviction constitutional right to get access to evidence in the state’s possession so he could conduct his own DNA […]

Thoughts from the cemetery

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Several years ago my younger brother told me he’d taken his bag chair out to Paint Creek Cemetery near Robert Lee, Texas, unfolded it on his cemetery plot, sat down, and written a column or two for his church newsletter. He said he figured he might as well get […]

New hospital facility will have added features

Parmer Medical Center (PMC) is making final plans for the move into the new facility in August.

Lightning strikes fire station, restaurant

They say lightning never strikes twice in the same place but it struck twice in different parts of Clovis on Monday evening. A Clovis fire station was damaged and lightning was also blamed for setting Red Lobster’s sign on fire. Fire Chief Ray Westerman said the damage to Station 3 at Martin Luther King Jr. […]

Business feature: Chamber, CIDC team up to help businesses

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Gene Hendrick, manager of the recently-formed Clovis Business Incubator, likes to use an analogy when trying to explain the name of his organization. “When I was growing up, everybody had an incubator because they’d raise their own chickens,” Hendrick said. “An incubator was something you used to bring the […]

Integrity only anchor left in tough times

Freedom New Mexico There’s an old newspaper superstition that deaths of famous people come in threes. We sometimes bend our perceptions to see things that way, but last week we didn’t have to. The trio of celebrity deaths also seems to demand some reflection on the fleeting nature of celebrity in our culture and on […]

Cannon officials holding public meetings

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Alumni and Portales residents celebrate Founder’s Day

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PNT Photo: Zhongming Jiang Janet Roehl, professor of communicative arts and sciences professor, talks to one of the guest at the Founders’ Day Picnic on Sunday. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Local residents and alumni took a trip down memory lane Sunday during the Founder’s Day Picnic at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. […]

Federal order will divide magistrate elections

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Election procedures for Curry County’s magistrate court judges are about to be changed, leaving some with a bad taste in their mouths. On August 18, the Curry County commission is holding a public hearing to explain creation of two magistrate divisions, replacing the at-large voting system. However, the hearing […]

Food bank to receive $22,000 worth of food

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico will be receiving about $22,600 worth of commodities from the USDA’s Emergency Food Assistance Program. By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico will be receiving about $22,600 worth of commodities from the USDA’s Emergency Food Assistance Program […]

Game commission will consider aquatic invasive species rule changes

SANTA FE — The State Game Commission will consider rule changes under the Aquatic Invasive Species Control Act that will allow state agencies and contractors to take appropriate actions to prevent the introduction and possible spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in state waters. AIS will be among several items on the agenda for the […]