Obesity battle should start with cafeterias

Freedom New Mexico Childhood obesity has been a growing problem for several years. One of the biggest battles regarding the issue has been in school cafeterias, which must deal with the conflicting problems of low income and overconsumption. Because of predominant low household incomes, some public school districts provide free breakfasts and lunches to all […]

Letter calling for Seidenwurm’s removal draws crowd to meeting

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gene Lavato of Clovis addressed the school board during Tuesday’s board meeting. About 150 attended the meeting, most in support of a letter calling for the removal of the superintendent. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer An overflow crowd packed the Clovis Municipal Schools board of education meeting Tuesday, apparently […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Slinging mud and United Way

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing.Web site of the day The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100000169033411 Slinging mud The Fifth annual Mud Volleyball Tournament is Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University starting at 10 a.m. Five courts will be dug behind Lincoln Hall. They also plan to play […]

Flexible employers to be recognized at National Guard ceremony

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For the fifth-straight year, Clovis is providing an opportunity that National Guard and Reserve members don’t get in their everyday service — the chance to say thanks. This weekend’s Guard/Reserve Awards and Recognition Banquet is expected to draw about 150 to Clovis on Friday and Saturday. Attendance includes National […]

Playoff beard not winning move

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Whether personal or political, the things that came to my head for this column didn’t quite stretch into the space I must fill. So here’s a small shot of each: • The playoff beard returned, and left. Consistent fans of my column, which may or may not include more than […]

ENMU raising tuition, fees next year

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents voted Tuesday to increase tuition and fees at all three of its campuses next year. Regents Randy Harris, Chad Lydick, Marshall Stinnett and Pauline Ponce voted Tuesday for the increases. Student Regent Robert Wachter voted against them. Tuition and […]

Melrose students win supercomputing challenge

The Associated Press LOS ALAMOS — A team from Melrose High School who modeled how wildfires behave captured the top prize in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 20th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge. The team’s project, called “Control and Spread of Wildfires II,” built on their earlier research, adding the variable of topography to the computer model. […]

Ministry more of a calling than a career

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist Twenty-five years. Easter Sunday was for my wife and me our 25th anniversary. “Interesting,” someone might say, “since three of your four sons are older than 25. Glad you got around to tying the knot.” Now did I say it was a wedding anniversary? No, I did not. But, though […]

State police seize 400 pounds of marijuana from plane crash

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia A plane that police said was carrying more than 400 pounds of marijuana crashed Monday night in a field 14 miles southwest of Tucumcari. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico State Police are investigating a Monday night “controlled crash” of a plane filled with more than 400 pounds […]

Crash landing report turns into drug bust

Over 400 pounds of Marijuana was seized when a fixed wing Piper airplane landed on a farm near Tucumcari last night (Monday). Officers from the Tucumcari State Police office were investigating an alleged plane crash just after 9:00 PM last night when they learned that the pilot was transporting narcotics.

Man charged in 2003 death

CNJ staff A 37-year-old man has been charged with murder in the 2003 Chaves County death of his then estranged wife, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District attorney’s office. According to the release: Ramon Bravo, who was arrested Monday without incident, faces life in prison if convicted. • Susan Amos-Bravo, 27, […]

Area preschool students meet for lunch, activities

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Floyd preschooler Alex Diaz sports a paper handle-bar mustache at his school’s second-annual Preschool Roundup Monday. After preschoolers from three districts did a variety of activities, they ate lunch provided by the Floyd Fire Department. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Branding irons and bandanas, marshmallows, glue and clay snakes. […]

Tuesday morning briefing: the largest pencil and something to sing about

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the Day Joking around: the world’s largest pencil. Details Clovis Municipal Schools board of education meets 5:30 p.m. today at the district board room. The meeting is open to the public. Something to sing about The Eastern New Mexico University annual Spring Choral […]

ACU rallies to beat Zias

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Shortstop Andi Anti delivered a tie-breaking, two-run double to left-center with two out, capping a three-run fifth which lifted Abilene Christian past Eastern New Mexico University 4-2 on Sunday in the finale of their three-game Lone Star Conference softball series. The Wildcats (21-28, 5-9 South) took the series two games […]

Hounds’ Draper earns provisional NCAA qualification

CNJ staff TEMPE, Ariz. — Eastern New Mexico University junior Daniel Draper earned a provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Division II track championship in javelin in Arizona State’s Sun Devil Open on Saturday, placing second in the event with a throw of 199 feet, 4 inches. ENMU sophomore Bill Squire, meantime, improved on his […]

Business feature: Local businesses expanding with economic recovery

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Sonic Drive-in’s Area Manager Jim Howard said his company chose a lot on U.S. 60/84 as its third location because a demographics study pointed to the area as a solid investment. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer With the economy starting to turn the corner, local businesses are expanding and […]

Area communities receive grant money

CNJ staff Local municipalities are set to receive $1.5 million of allocations in Community Development Block Grant money. The allocations, made Wednesday in Albuquerque, were part of five, granted to entities within the Eastern Plains Council of Governments, which helped lobby for the monies. Gregg Williams, director of economic development for EPCOG, said he was […]

School board to meet Tuesday

CNJ staff The Clovis Muncipal Schools Board of Edcuation will meet 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the school administration building, 1009 Main. • The board will hold an executive session pertaining to the hiring of an interim superintendent, and take action following the executive session. • The board will discuss establishment of a a finance subcommittee […]

Child aids in drug arrest

CNJ staff Curry County Sheriff’s investigators arrested a Clovis couple Friday on drug charges following a tip from one of the children living in the residence. Danny, 35, and Samantha Alcala, 32, are charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence and child endangerment. The child who called law enforcement alleged […]

Bingaman talks financial legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reports about a variety of issues, including a financial reform legislation coming before the Senate. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman042610m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman talks about a bill he has joined in […]