County made right decision taking down video

Freedom New Mexico Growing public outcry and a legal petition filed Monday finally got the attention of Curry County officials. On Wednesday they stopped playing a video in the county courthouse that many residents believe promotes passage of a bond and a tax to pay for a proposed $33 million judicial complex. We applaud the […]

Halloween chance to be child-like

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Halloween is my favorite holiday. I’m not pressured to buy a gift for anyone, it’s okay for me to wear ragged clothes and for my hair to look scruffy. I can pretend to be everybody’s worst nightmare for a few hours. Really. What’s not to like? I grew up […]

Friday morning briefing: Roadblocks, updates and an old guy returns to space

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Question of the day What’s the best holiday pie? Please feel free to join this delicious debate in the comment section below. Fair warning Hunters and other outdoor travelers may encounter state Department of Game and Fish roadblocks throughout the state this fall. The […]

County treasurer hoping to raise property tax awareness

Sharna Johnson The Curry County treasurer is hoping by sending tax bills to residents, home owners will review their property taxes and verify everything is in order. Bernice Baker said her office decided to send property owners a copy of their tax bill this year to help them stay informed about their obligation. Baker said […]

Airmen serving community well

By Col. Stephen Clark, guest columnist A few weeks ago I was asked to be the keynote speaker at a Joint Land Use Study housing forum. While my comments were geared toward our much-talked-about housing issues, my focus was on a much more important point and that is community. Specifically, your airmen and their families […]

Dairies work to keep milk antibiotic-free

Argen Duncan While people may worry about overexposure to antibiotics, local dairy industry representatives say a system of safety checks keep those substances out of milk produced in the area. “Most antibiotics in the dairy industry are used in a very cautious manner, and there are several reasons for that caution,” said dairy owner Alva […]

Time away good for the soul

Curtis Shelburne It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Though I love my usual “neighborhood,” it was nice to wake up today in another one: Robert Lee, Texas. It’s the Semiannual Pastors of the Shelburne Variety Robert Lee Ministry Conference which I’ve been religiously attending now for thirty years or so. It’s by far the […]

Thursday morning briefing: Play day, a big band and prohibition begins

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Play day Big Brother Big Sisters Big Day of Play is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Park. Food, games, entertainment, costume contest, pumpkin carving and prizes. The event is free. Information: 742-3337 Meg Sadau. Question of the day What’s the most […]

Ticket feature: Mixed martial arts competition to be hosted at events center

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Courtesy photo Evolution 1, a mixed martial arts competition, will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at the events center. Freedom New Mexico Saturday night is fight night in Clovis. Evolution 1, a 16-bout mixed martial arts competition is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Curry County Events Center. Presented by Evolution Combat Sports Championship, there […]

Seniors lend helping hand at schools

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Foster Grandparent Magdalena Gallegos works with students Wednesday in her assigned first grade class at La Casita Elementary School. Liliana Castillo Seniors Juanita Chavez and Magdalena Gallegos are called grandma by more than their biological grandchildren. They are two of the 14 seniors who participate in Curry County’s Foster Grandparent […]

Early voting turnout at 11.7 percent

CNJ staff More than 2,400 Curry County residents have already had their say in the upcoming general election. County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman said Wednesday that 1,694 people have cast an early ballot at the county courthouse. As of 4:30 p.m. at the North Plains Mall, the county’s alternate early voting site, 761 votes had […]

President’s Own marine band performing in Clovis

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Courtesy photo The President’s Own Marine Band will perform Saturday night at Marshall Middle School. The show is expected to include solos and full ensemble music. Sharna Johnson Saturday, local residents will have a rare opportunity to see the most distinguished of U.S. military bands perform a free concert at Marshall Middle School. The President’s […]

Letters to the editor: Tough decisions await voters Tuesday

Tough decisions await voters Tuesday Over the past several months, the Curry County Commission, members of the court and county management have tried to answer and provide educational materials to every voter in Curry County on the complicated issues regarding the proposed judicial complex on this upcoming ballot. The two issues before the citizens of […]

Video removed from courthouse

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County officials turned off a controversial video in the courthouse lobby Wednesday afternoon and said an informational display about election issues would be dismantled. Sharna Johnson A controversial video related to Tuesday’s election was turned off at the county courthouse on Wednesday afternoon. County Attorney Stephen Doerr said the […]

Cholera poses new threat to Haitians

Freedom New Mexico As if the island country of Haiti had not suffered enough from the earthquake Jan. 12, the country is experiencing a deadly outbreak of cholera. As of Monday morning, the Red Cross said there were 3,015 confirmed cases of cholera and 253 deaths from the disease, which is spread through contaminated water […]

English couple cycling through Clovis, Portales to promote charity

CNJ staff Two English Rotarians cycling 10,000 miles to raise awareness about disaster relief charity Shelter Box are expected in Clovis and Portales, according to a press release. Huw and Carolyn Thomas of Cornwall, UK, riding in tandem with a green Shelter Box in tow, are traveling across Canada, the U.S. to Florida then to […]

Education column: Principal says positive school culture important to success

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Things are hopping at Marshall Middle School. Recent conversations with high-energy Principal Jay Brady and his staff revealed some proactively positive trends taking place at this school. Building a positive school culture is important to student success, according to Brady, as he discussed the importance of setting high standards both for academics as […]

Education digest — Oct. 28

CHS students to audition for all-state choir Thirty-two students from Clovis High School and the Freshman Academy were selected by audition to perform with the 2011 New Mexico All-State Choir, according to a news release. The all-state audition process includes singing a prepared solo by memory, memorize and perform a required choral piece and contestants […]

Press release: Hard Freeze Warning now in effect from 3 a.m.-8 a.m. Thursday

FYI All: Lower Rio Grande Valley-Upper Tularosa Valley-Union County-Harding County-Eastern San Miguel County-Guadalupe County-Quay County-Curry County-Roosevelt County-De Baca County-Chavez County Plains-Eastern Lincoln County-Southwest Chavez County Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010 The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Hard Freeze Warning which is in effect from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. MDT Thursday. The freeze […]

Press release: Freeze Watch for Oct. 27 and 28

FYI All: Lower Rio Grande Valley-Tularosa Valley-Union County-Harding County-Eastern San Miguel County- Guadalupe County-Quay County-Curry County-Roosevelt County-De Baca County-Chavez County Plains-Eastern Lincoln County-Southwest Chavez County Wed, Oct. 27, 2010 The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a freeze watch which is in effect from late tonight through Thursday morning. • Temperatures — Lows will […]