Ideas, good or bad, lead to consequences

Curtis K. Shelburne The amazing wordsmith G. K. Chesterton once observed that ideas (presumably, bad ones) can only be conquered by other ideas (presumably better ones), and, alas, “modern politicians have no ideas.” Ain’t it the truth? And when they do flirt with an idea or two, they seem to latch onto only really bad […]

Farmers expect strong milo crop

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Jared Tucker: Portales News-Tribune Junior Jasso, a truck driver for Lieb Farms, waits for his truck to be filled with fresh-harvested grain sorghum Wednesday. The owners of the farm, Randy and Diane Lieb, plan to spend their 39th wedding anniversary harvesting this year’s record crop. Jared Tucker What’s the best way to spend your 39th […]

Letter to the editor: Smiles can change person’s life

I have lived in Clovis for near most of my life. On Sept. 20, I had to make a police report on an incident that happened the Monday before (nothing too serious). I have been sick for quite some years and lately I’ve been in physical pain with some mental anguish and distress. I believe […]

Postponing vote on tax cuts lame decision

Freedom New Mexico Accountability took a back seat this week when Democrats in control of Congress decided to postpone voting on extension of the Bush tax cuts until after the Nov. 2 election. We prefer elected officials to be as accountable as possible. Delaying a vote on extending the tax cuts, which expire Jan. 1, […]

Without H1N1 pandemic this year, concern rises over vaccine rate, potential for increased flu cases

ALBUQUERQUE — Experts estimate that the H1N1 pandemic encouraged 23 percent more people nationwide, on average, to get flu shots last fall. Now that the pandemic threat is generally over, insurers like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) are concerned that members may be less motivated to vaccinate this year, which could […]

Police arrest two in stabbing

CNJ staff report Clovis police arrested two men Monday in connection with a Sept. 18 stabbing. Kenneth Lamar Nash, 24, and Angelo Vargas, 25, are being held at the Curry County jail. Vargas is facing two charges — aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated burglary — and is being held on $35,000 bond, […]

iPads incorporated into Clovis schools

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Cameo Elementary School sixth-grader Johnny Martinez uses an application on the iPad to work on his penmanship with speech therapist Dana Horne. Liliana Castillo Spanish education materials used to be limited. That was before the iPad. Clovis Municipal Schools has begun to disperse iPads among teachers and administrators to explore […]

Press release: Police arrest two in stabbing case

Two local Clovis men identified as 24 year-old Kenneth Lamar Nash and 25 year-old Angelo Vargas were arrested Monday morning, September 27, 2010 on charges of Felony Aggravated Battery and Felony Aggravated Burglary stemming from a burglary and stabbing incident at Clovis Apartments on the afternoon of September 18, 2010. At approximately 4:30 p.m. on […]

Eagles tribute band kicks off Cultural Arts Series

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Courtesy photo An Eagles tribute band will mark the first performance in the Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series this year. The show is scheduled for Oct. 9 at Marshall Auditorium. Freedom New Mexico An Eagles tribute band will launch the Cultural Arts Series for Clovis Community College this year on Oct. 9. Hotel California […]

Education column: Technology aids in education

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy It was in a middle school classroom that I recently saw the writing on the wall … literally. Energetic history teacher Brandi Thomas, at Yucca Middle School, carried a wireless digital tablet (about the size of a clipboard) around her classroom, and as she wrote on it, the writing appeared on the large […]

Thursday morning briefing: Babe Ruth, ENMU enrollment and Eagle Discount Cards

Good morning, and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing.

ENMU ROUNDUP: Zias thump Permian Basin

CNJ staff Sophomore outside hitter Amber Durand and junior middle blockers Jessica King and Kristen Beck combined for 34 kills Tuesday night as Eastern New Mexico defeated Texas-Permian Basin 25-18, 25-17, 25-18 in a non-conference volleyball match at Greyhound Arena. The Zias (7-7) trailed only briefly early in each game before quickly taking control and […]

Trial for 1993 slaying begins

Jared Tucker Trial began Tuesday in Portales district court of 39-year-old Arnoldo Navarette, who is accused of shooting and killing a man in 1993. Navarette is charged with first degree murder and aggravated battery in the May 30, 1993, shooting death of Rey Ornelas, according to court records. During Tuesday’s testimony, Don Guy, a sergeant […]

ENMU men’s soccer ranked 17th in NCAA Division II poll

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo ENMU senior forward Emerson Rodrigues heads the ball away in a battle with West Texas A&M Nicki Nielsen during a match on Sept. 17 at the ENMU pitch. The Greyhounds made their first appearance in the NCAA Division II national poll this week with a No. 17 ranking. CNJ staff […]

West Nile virus case confirmed in Curry County

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed a case of West Nile Virus in Curry County. The department said in a press release Tuesday the Curry County case was one of 13 confirmed in New Mexico. Ten of the patients had the more serious West Nile neurological disease, including meningitis and […]

School board approves land acquisition for middle school

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal School board of education approved a contract Tuesday to acquire 40 acres of donated land from Clovis developer Sid Strebeck. Thirty acres will be used to build a proposed new middle school. The contract included the offer of 10 additional acres for the future development of an elementary school, sewer […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Call for volunteers, cornbread tips and a reporter gets out of jail

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. A little help needed United way needs volunteers to help stuff bags of goodies for Health and Wellness day. Meet 1 p.m. Thursday at UW’s offices in Clovis, 1200 Thornton St., to help stuff bags. Health and Wellness Day is Saturday from 9 a.m. […]

Proposed ordinance would create new zoning designation for Cannon housing

Kevin Wilson If an ordinance is approved next month by the Clovis City Commission, the community could see Mission Homes work on its mission to aid Cannon Air Force Base’s mission. The ordinance is up for approval in the Oct. 21 commission meeting creating planned unit development designation in the city building and zoning codes. […]

Remembering the Pioneers

David Stevens It’s too early to tell if Clovis will be selected as the Pecos League’s seventh team next summer, but it certainly has the resume for professional baseball, hosting the Clovis Pioneers in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. Clovis mostly played in the West Texas-New Mexico League, enjoying brief Major League affiliations with the […]

Portales man arrested for outstanding library fines

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Josh Chavez was arrested in Portales Sept. 21 for failing to pay outstanding library fines. Sharna Johnson Josh Chavez may not remember the titles of the library books he lost, but he won’t forget being arrested for not paying the fines. Chavez, 29, was arrested in Portales on Sept. 21, […]