Child’s health more important than size

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist A few days ago, my eight year old daughter Luisa burst into tears at the mall and told me that she’s too big. Luisa knows that she’s overweight, and when she tried on some outfits at the store, none of them flattered her figure. She was crushed and through tears […]

Book’s success ignited Boy Scout program

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist How great were the days of yesteryear and how filled with the promise of those ahead for the youngsters who follow in Scouting and the various Council programs. Thanks to the author who started it all. General Douglas McArthur’s farewell address to the Congress of the United States was a […]

On health care debate, good to think of others

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist In health care debate, good to think of others Solipsism is a philosophical approach holding that, ultimately, one’s own existence is the only thing of which one can be assured. In it’s extreme form, it almost becomes a lampoon of itself, holding that the entire world simply exists in the […]

Jail issues linger

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File photo Following the escape, officials rushed to correct deficiencies at the jail. Workers can be seen doing repairs in this photo of one of the pods at the jail. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Two huge mistakes just weeks before the one-year anniversary of a major escape that focused national attention on Clovis […]

Convicted killer Edward Salas remains at large

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File photo Edward Salas, 25, was convicted in 2008 of killing 10-year-old Carlos Perez and has avoided capture for a year since escaping from the jail. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A year has passed since Edward Salas slipped through the roof of the jail with seven others and was secreted away in the […]

Jailbreak one year later: Into the night

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District Attorney Matt Chandler and other law enforcement held numerous press conference after the escape seek the help of the public in capturing the inmates. News of the escape of eight from the Curry County jail broke worldwide. On Aug. 24, 2008 — a year ago Monday — eight of the most violent inmates held […]

Q&A: Bingaman talks health care

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., receives an award from State Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, during a ceremony Tuesday for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., is beginning his fifth term as a senator, and his first as the state’s senior senator since the retirement of Pete […]

8-23 Bankruptcies

The following bankruptcies were filed this week in Roswell: • Rosella Etchepareborde, Chapter 7, file date: Aug. 14, 2009, Roosevelt County • David J. Simmons, Chapter 7, file date: Aug. 19, 2009, Curry County • Joshua Robert Hyatt and Tabatha Lynn Hyatt, Chapter 7, file date: Aug. 19, 2009, Curry County

PIGSKIN PREVIEW: Team in transition

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Freshman outside linebacker Peyton Whitlock pressures backup quarterback Wes Wood of Muleshoe during an Eastern scrimmage earlier this month. The Greyhounds open their season Saturday at Colorado State-Pueblo. By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico With his squad coming off consecutive winless seasons in the Lone Star Conference South Division, fifth-year […]

PIGSKIN PREVIEW: College football capsules

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico Coach: Mike Locksley (1st season) 2008 record: 4-8 (2-6 Mountain West) Last bowl game: 2007 New Mexico Bowl, beat Nevada 23-0. Stadium: University Stadium (38,634) Returning starters: 11 (8 offense, 3 defense) Key players: QB Donovan Porterie, WR Bryant Williams, WR Roland Bruno, C Erik Cook, LB Clint McPeek, S […]

PIGSKIN PREVIEW: Local college players

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University • Joshua Bryan, CB, 5-10, 153, Fr., Clovis Notes: Set the Clovis school record with 10 INTs last season while earning honorable mention all-state as a defensive back … Majoring in radiology. • Derek Dimitroff, LB, 6-0, 230, Sr., Fort Sumner Notes: Recorded 53 tackles in 11 games […]

Livestock sale helps offset cost of raising animals

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Madison Belcher, 9, of Portales shows her Reserve Champion rabbits during the Junior Livestock Sale at the Roosevelt County Fair on Friday. Her rabbits sold for $3,500. By Clarance Plank: Freedom New Mexico Local buyers had a chance to pick up extra heifers for their dairies or a hog for […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education and administrators held a work session at Eastern New Mexico University Friday. The day included reports from the superintendent’s cabinet and discussion. • Executive Director of Personnel Rhonda Roberts spoke on Title 9, a federal mandate that school districts distribute resources evenly between boys and […]

Communities committed to prep football

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PNT Photo: Argen Duncan Portales Rams booster club secretary Chelle Strawn talks with her son, Justin, after the football scrimmage Friday. Justin Strawn, a junior, plays right guard. Chelle Strawn said football is an important part of her family’s life. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Large cheering crowds, sponsorship posters, t-shirts in school colors […]

Former Melrose chief cleared in traffic case

CNJ staff Former Melrose Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling was found not guilty Friday for a citation she received in March when she crashed her patrol unit. Dreiling was charged with improper turning after police said she cut across traffic to follow a motorist she had stopped. She was struck by a car when she entered […]

Wind farm receives state health and safety award

NextEra Energy Resources, located near Fort Sumner, was recognized Friday as the state’s eighth company to achieve Zia Star Voluntary Protection Program status, according to a news release from the New Mexico Environment Department. The program recognizes companies with exemplary health and safety management systems that maintain injury and illness rates below the national average […]

Roosevelt County deputies capture parole violator

Freedom New Mexico Sheriff’s deputies said they shot a 28-year-old Roosevelt County man with an electronic stun gun Wednesday while he was trying to escape. The man is identified as Juan Z. Bustamante and is accused being a probation and parole absconder. Chief Deputy Malin Parker said a warrant for Bustamante’s arrest was issued Tuesday […]

CIity seeks public input on upgrades needed in Clovis

The City of Clovis will hold a public meeting at 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 at the Assembly Room of City Hall, 321 Connelly Street, Clovis to discuss major projects/purchases that should be included on the City’s Infrastructure and Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP). Residents of Clovis are invited to attend and provide input on […]

8-21 Religion calendar

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