Portales police investigating death of ENMU student

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Freedom New Mexico: Jared Tucker Portales Police and Fire personnel were on-scene at the 1200 block of North Avenue A, investigating a suspicious death Thursday evening. Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said the victim had evidence of head trauma. Jared Tucker Portales police are investigating the death of a 22-year-old woman found outside her residence […]

ENMU’s Poku nominated for ‘Good Works’ team

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University senior wide receiver Jesse Poku has been nominated for the 2010 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works team, based on performance on the field and community contributions off it. Poku, from Murphy, Texas, was among the leaders in receptions and yards receiving in NCAA Division II […]

Police say fewer people riding in truck beds

Sharna Johnson Local law enforcement say they see fewer and fewer kids riding in the back of pickup trucks, in part because of seatbelt laws and because of growing awareness of the danger. Wednesday a 14-year-old Texico girl fell to her death from a moving pickup truck when the wind caught a mattress she was […]

Friday morning briefing: A good bet and milk magic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. A good bet You can’t say Sean Sena, 23, of Clovis doesn’t know a good bet when he sees one. Or that he isn’t willing to race into marriage. Sena recently proposed to Laura Gulley, 21, using the infield message board at Ruidoso Downs. […]

First person: Appaloosa girl

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis native Kyla Myers has been riding horses since she was 5 years old. Kyla Myers of Clovis won four top 10s at her first trip to the 2010 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show. That means she ranked in the top 10 in four competitions. The 14-year-old Clovis native has […]

Salvation not a bureaucracy

Curtis Shelburne God’s grace is wonderful. But if we think grace is easy, we need to think some more. One of Jesus’ most famous stories was told in response to a religious lawyer’s question: “Teacher, who is my neighbor?” The question was blatantly self-serving. Luke prefaces the lawyer’s question: “But he wanted to justify himself, […]

Religion calendar —

Saturday Food and clothing give away — 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Matt 25 Hope Center. Information: 763-4400 Sunday Worship service — 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Central Baptist Church Worship service — 9 a.m., Word of God Lutheran Church, LCMC, The Chapel, 1500 N. Thornton. Information: 356-3605. Fellowship and donuts — 9 a.m., Central Christian Church […]

Human touch needed even as technology advances

Judy Brandon: Religion Columnist One time on a trip to Houston, our family witnessed an episode that warmed our hearts. Entering through the security gates at the apartment complex next to a golf course, we noticed a young woman running quickly, even frantically through the parking lot. She stopped at a parked car and quickly […]

a view from under the pew: amos all shook up

Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. amos all shook up boss you may think i look […]

Americans embracing entitlement

I travel a lot. I have crossed the USA about 25 times by car and have also done a good deal of driving in Europe — France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and so on. Some time ago I noticed something that one might wish to explore more systematically than just relying on one’s personal observation. This […]

Clipping better left to professionals

One of my daughters has a toy poodle named Rudy (short for Rudoph Valentino Price, since he’s a little lover.) He’s a really fun little guy who is exceptionally smart. The only problem is his curly poodle hair grows really fast. A groomer lady informed me that he should be clipped at least every eight […]

New rationer in chief named by Obama

We’re calling him Dr. Ration. Others are calling him the Rationing Czar or the Rationer in Chief. He is Don Berwick, MD, whom President Obama just appointed as the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which runs the huge Medicare and Medicaid government health programs. This was a recess appointment, meaning […]

Thursday morning briefing: Ropers, opinions needed and Jessica Lynch

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Worth noting Jesse Clark of Dora is leading Tie Down Roping at the National High School Finals in Gillette, WY.

Dora’s Clark leads tie-down roping after first round

Freedom New Mexico Gillette, Wyo. — Jessie Clark of Dora leads tie-down roping at the National High School Finals Rodeo after the first round. Clark’s time of 8.68 seconds Tuesday night gives him a half-second lead over the field 110 ropers in the weeklong event. “I made a good run on a calf that really […]

Fishing report — July 20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JULY 20, 2010: NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

City commission meeting to vote on budget

Clovis City Commission is meeting in special session 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Library. The meeting is to vote on the city’s 2010-2011 budget. Also planned for discussion will be a cooperative agreement with the state transportation department for improvements to 21st Street.

Make-a-Wish aims to raise funds with musical gala, auction

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Courtesy photo Anastacia Chavez hugs her iCarly pillows in her new iCarly bedroom last year when Make-A-Wish granted that wish. She suffered from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for two years. Liliana Castillo Jennifer Chavez still tears up when she talks about seeing her daughter smile after fighting Hodgkins lymphoma for two years. Chavez’s daughter, 8-year-old Anastacia Chavez, […]

Intelligence program in dire need of oversight committee

Freedom Newspapers An ancient Roman proverb asks, “Who watches the watchman?” We might update that to: “Who spies on the spies?” That is, who makes sure they’re doing the right thing and not abusing their budgets, authority and powers? The question arises after a recent three-part series in The Washington Post, “Top Secret America.” Some […]

Letter to editor: Dead trees liability

For more than three years I have asked to have a dead elm tree at the corner of 14th and Sheldon streets removed. It has been dead for so long that all the outer branches have broken off. Each passing day increases the load on the remaining branches poised over the stop sign and sidewalk […]