Reform backers score victory for freedom

Freedom New Mexico Education reform advocates should have been encouraged Monday. The Supreme Court announced its intention to decide a case where the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called into question the constitutionality of an Arizona school-choice tax credit program that provides mostly disadvantaged students with scholarships to private schools. Arizona’s 13-year-old program is […]

Letter to the editor: Residents should give poly-carts chance

Residents should give poly-carts chance While those opposed to poly-carts raise valid points in recent letters to the editor, it’s time someone spoke in defense of our Public Works Department. I was as upset as anyone when we lost our beloved dumpster. Now I see the benefits of the poly-cart. For those who despise the […]

Individual matters more than integers

Freedom New Mexico Air traffic controllers had better keep an eye out for flying pigs, because Pat Buchanan has come out in support of quotas. The conservative commentator and erstwhile presidential candidate recently weighed in on President Obama’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, Solicitor General Elena Kagan. The court currently includes two justices of […]

Ticket feature: Joe’s Boot Shop owner hosting ranch rodeo

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File photo Saturday’s Curry County Ranch Rodeo, scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, will include children’s activities such as stick horse racing. Freedom New Mexico This weekend, crowds will have an opportunity to see a rodeo done ranch-style. Joe Rhodes said ranch rodeos are unique from other rodeos in that […]

Education digest: Graduate accepted into music corps

Graduate accepted into music corps Clovis High School graduate Alec Blazek has been accepted into the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2010 season, according to a news release. Blazek will spend the summer touring North America with the group, the release said. Members of the corps receive intense instruction in music, dance, […]

Thursday morning briefing: Cannon shows off and our worst street/road

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Video of the day Cannon Air Force Base opens up its doors with a full fledged media show of technology and might…it’s our video of the day. Did you know? In the 2007 agriculture census, Roosevelt County had 876 farms, according to the 2008 […]

Officials: Change in landfill fees designed to encourage cleanup

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer City residents will be able to take small loads of solid waste to the landfill free of charge under guidelines clarified Wednesday by the Public Works Committee. The change is effective immediately and is designed, in part, to encourage cleanup in the community. The committee decided city residents may […]

City leaders concerned Portales street lights safety risk

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Vehicles traveling through the intersection of South Avenue C and West First Street Wednesday in Portales. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis and Portales leaders are concerned traffic lights in Portales may present a safety risk to workers — an issue they plan to take up with the state, […]

Clovis census numbers slightly down

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When it comes to the census, Portales City Manager Tom Howell said there’s never a feeling you can declare victory. “I’ve been in city government a long time, and this is my third census,” said Howell, promoted in from the public works department last fall. “You’re never happy with […]

Cannon showcases mission, aircraft

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Michael Poston, deputy base civil engineer at Cannon, said the base has been under construction almost continuously since 2007. This building will be used for simulators and will be expanded to be a training center, called Simulator City or Sim City, Poston said. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Cannon […]

Time working in schools was rewarding

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools They say: “All good things must come to an end.” I never did care for that saying too much. My father always said, “Everything is temporary.” And when times are tough, I remind myself of this and it makes me feel better. But, when I am having a great […]

Zias’ Mayo Otis named to ESPN the Magazine squad

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University senior Alex Mayo Otis was selected to the third team of ESPN the Magazine’s Academic All-American squad. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must maintain a grade point average of 3.3 or higher, play in at least of the team’s contests and been on the team […]

Real fulfillment found in God

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist One of the best books I’ve read in a long time centers on one of the best stories of all time. The story is Jesus’ “Parable of the Prodigal Son,” and the book, which helped me see that great parable more clearly than ever before, is Timothy Keller’s The […]

Tough to make adult choice

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I remember the day Sarah told me she loved me. She nzever actually said it, but she showed it. She called, said she wanted to spend the afternoon with me, and she’d just have to record “Days of Our Lives.” Recording means you’re making the adult choice, whether that choice […]

DoD launches compensation study

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Military compensation is far different today than it was on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked America. As U.S. troops surged into Afghanistan and, 17 months later, invaded Iraq, Congress began pumping a stream of piecemeal improvements into pay and benefits. That continues, though the flow of new initiatives has […]

Now is time for libertarian solutions

Freedom New Mexico Why can’t every state have governors like Gary Johnson? Although a Republican, as governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003, he vetoed 750 bills, not including hundreds of line-item cuts in the state budget. He also advocated decriminalizing marijuana. Johnson has returned to politics with a new group, the Our America Initiative. The […]

Hounds look for spark from newcomers

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Michael Maya had a chance to go Division I coming out of Valley High this spring, but he felt he was ready to play. Maya, the Albuquerque area player of the year and the state leader in scoring and assists in 2009-10, is part of second-year Eastern […]

School board selects replacement for retiring member

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Schools board of education appointed a replacement for longtime board member Lora Harlan’s District 3 seat Tuesday. Rodney Muffley, superintendent and chief financial officer of Clovis Cemeteries, was elected to the seat with a 2-1 vote. Harlan couldn’t vote for her seat’s replacement and Vice President Terry […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Pioneer parade and vampires

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Get in the parade The annual Pioneer Days Parade is just around the corner — June 5. Community organizations and business are being encouraged to be parade participants this year. Contact the Clovis/Curry County Chamber to sign up and enter a float. Question of the […]

Republican lieutenant governor candidates participating in forum

CNJ staff All three Republican candidates for lieutenant governor are participating in a forum Thursday in Clovis organized by the High Plains Patriots. President Kim Runyan said candidates John Sanchez, Kent Cravens and Brian Moore will be at the organization’s 7 p.m. meeting at the Masters Centre conference room. A candidate forum will follow the […]