School events not to be missed

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools I don’t know about you, but I am the one who hears about the great sale that took place last week, or the outstanding event that happened the night before. Yes, it seems that I don’t hear about these fun and exciting events until it is too late. And, […]

Education digest: Sophomore wins poetry contest

Sophomore wins poetry contest Clovis High School sophomore Savannah Armijo won second place in the state level of the Poetry Out Loud contest. Poetry Out Loud, a project by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and state arts agencies, encourages students to learn about poetry through exploration, memorization and performance. Read our […]

Land Use Study meeting aims for input from residents

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tonight begins the first of three meetings to gain public input for a Joint Land Use study. Planned from 6 to 8 p.m. at Portales City Hall, the meeting is intended to get resident insight into living in a community shared with Cannon Air Force Base, according to Roosevelt […]

EPCOG holds meeting on personnel issues

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Eastern Plains Council of Governments spent nearly two hours in an executive session Wednesday to discuss personnel matters. Richard Arguello, interim EPCOG director and chairman of the executive committee, did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday following the meeting. Committee member Gary Watkins declined to comment on […]

Base holding open house

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base will hold its inaugural 27th Special Operations Wing open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17 on the base’s flightline. The event is free, open to the public and will feature 27 SOW and Air Force Special Operations Command personnel, units and assets. Event parking will be at […]

Thursday morning briefing: Senior Olympics to start

Good morning, and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s morning briefing. According to KVII meteorologist Steve Kersh, “Thursday should be a splendid spring day with sunny skies and highs in the 60s to near 70 degrees. The winds will be howling again this weekend with the next t-storm chances set for next Monday and Tuesday.”

Cannon to conduct exercises

CNJ staff Starting Saturday, Cannon Air Force Base will conduct an operational readiness. Residents on or near the base many notice increased activity and use of the public address system. Sirens and/or simulated explosions may also be heard. Cannon’s public affairs office said these types of exercises are vital to honing the skills of its […]

County commission to introduce health, safety ordinance

CNJ staff The Curry County Commission plans to introduce a health and safety ordinance during its May 4 meeting the Clovis-Carver Library’s north annex. As drafted by the county’s land use committee, the ordinance addresses health and safety issues in the unincorporated areas of Curry County. County Manager Lance Pyle said in a release that […]

EPCOG sharing grant money

CNJ staff The Eastern Plains Council of Government is one of seven New Mexico groups that will share in more than $2 million in economic development grant money, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. EPCOG is a consortium of seven counties in eastern New Mexico and helps local governments with infrastructure […]

Operational Readiness Exercise begins Saturday

27th SOW Public Affairs Office The 27th Special Operations Wing is scheduled to have an Operational Readiness Exercise from Saturday through Thursday. This particular readiness exercise is part of a year-long effort to prepare for the wing’s first Operational Readiness Inspection scheduled for mid-November. While passing an inspection is a definite plus, the purpose of […]

Teen program makes way to eastern New Mexico

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Courtesy photo Dallas Jessup travels an average of 10,000 miles a month speaking at high schools, colleges, law enforcement conferences, women’s events and crisis shelters across the country. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer Dallas Jessup knew she would be helping her classmates at her Portland, Ore., high school when she made a film about […]

Press release: City holding Census event

The 2010 Complete Count Committee will be hosting a March to the Mailbox event, Saturday, April 10th from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at various locations throughout the city. “The purpose of this event is to encourage folk who have not yet handed in their census form to do so” advised Claire Burroughes, Legislative & […]

Police looking into magazine sales

CNJ staff Clovis police are hoping to make contact with a group of people conducting door-to-door magazine sales in the community in order to verify they are observing city ordinances. Capt. Patrick Whitney said the group, which has surfaced in the last few days, has prompted calls from citizens suspicious of the solicitation. He said […]

VA acts to expand disability claims

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist About 86,000 Vietnam War veterans, their surviving spouses or estates will be eligible for retroactive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs — an average of 11.4 years for veterans and 9.6 years for survivors — under a draft VA rule to expand by three the number of diseases […]

Gaining respect could be deadly

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Kevin Wilson, 31, of Clovis, N.M., died Saturday, April 10, 2010, on the streets of Portales. He was born May 15, 1978, in Townsend, Mont. He was a writer, photographer, columnist and expert in mediocrity. There … so in case my fears come true on Saturday, my coworkers at least […]

‘Comprehensive’ energy proposal bears watching

Freedom New Mexico Although the devil is always in the details, President Barack Obama is to be commended for proposing to reopen a limited amount of the nation’s Outer Continental Shelf for exploration, analysis, leasing and possible oil and gas drilling in the next few years. He has already taken a good deal of grief […]

Zias split at Permian Basin

CNJ staff ODESSA, Texas — Freshman Amanda Lale’s two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning Tuesday lifted Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team to a 5-4 victory over Texas-Permian Basin in the first game of a softball doubleheader. The Falcons, though, rallied to win the nightcap 7-4, scoring four unearned runs in the […]

Board sets search plans

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education made plans for the searches for replacements of the superintendent and longtime board member Lora Harlan at their meeting Tuesday. Harlan announced last week that she would resign effective May 28 after 19 years on the board. Board Secretary Max Best and […]

Jack Williamson Lectureship to feature ‘Avatar’ panel

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Debbie Lang of the Golden Library looks through the shared universe series “Wild Cards” on Tuesday at the Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library’s Special Collections area. Physicist and science friction writer Ian Tregillis published some short stories in the book series and is a guest speaker for the 34th […]

Grady student arrested for firing shotgun near school

CNJ staff A Grady High School student was arrested Friday for shooting a shotgun into the air outside the school when he got mad at other teens for throwing pine cones, state police said. Jessie Franklin, 19, is charged with felony aggravated assault and unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school premises and a […]