Old-timers should be consulted

I recently came across the following in a U.S. government publication: “Realistically, livestock are the primary practical tools for altering vegetation on rangelands because of environmental concerns about herbicides and the high costs of treating vast acreages of rangeland.” The story described a “recent development” called “conservation grazing,” and said it had “resulted in a […]

People can’t be forced to be free

There is no way to force someone to be free. As a libertarian I see the absurdity of that impossible notion. So when I point out the wrong of liberty-destroying laws I am not demanding that those who feel they need them give them up. That would be trying to force them to be free. […]

High court should toss elections act

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court seems to be rolling back the restrictions on free speech, especially as it relates to political campaigns, which had begun to be imposed in 1974 after the Watergate scandal. The new development occurred Monday, when the court heard arguments concerning Arizona’s so-called Clean Elections Act, passed by the […]

Hounds gear up for spring drills

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University will begin spring football drills with a 3:30 p.m. practice today at the Greyhounds’ practice facility. ENMU will have 15 practice/scrimmage dates, including the Green & Silver spring game finale at 4 p.m. on April 23 at Greyhound Stadium. All but four of the sessions are scheduled […]

State Golden Gloves set for this weekend

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Elijio Sena of Clovis, right, makes adjustment to the turnbuckle to tighten the ropes of the ring while Andy Birch of Clovis checks the status of the rope being tighten across the ring. Sena is a six-time state champion in the super-heavyweight division and will be making his last Golden […]

Bids open soon for new Motor Vehicle Department facility

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Waits at the Clovis Motor Vehicle Department office range from a few minutes to upwards of two and a half hours. Bids for a new facility are being accepted this month. Kevin Wilson Just like the wait at the current Motor Vehicle Department facility in Clovis, the wait for a […]

First person: Management specialist

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Thomas Thornton, a senior at Clovis High School, handles numerous duties as baseball team manager, from fixing equipment to hitting fly balls with the fungo bat. Major League Baseball celebrated its opening day Thursday, as managers filled out lineup cards, made pitching changes and mastered the “double switch” (National League […]

Clovis Christian School fundraiser moved to spring

Liliana Castillo Clovis Christian School faculty has moved one of the school’s two annual community-wide fundraisers from the Christmas season to the spring season. The school’s Spring Fling Benefit Dinner and Auction will be held 6 p.m. Saturday at Clovis Civic Center. Superintendent Ladona Clayton said the school annually holds a dinner and auction around […]

Religion calendar — April 1

Saturday The Right to Life Committee of New Mexico’s 34th Educational Conference and Banquet— April 2nd. 8 a.m.-11:45 a.m., Workshops. 6-7 p.m., Banquet. Registration: Complete conference (Banquet & workshops)-$50, Banquet only- $50, Workshops only- $50, Workshops are free to students with student I.D. Banquet reservation and payment deadline by close of business March 30, 2011. […]

Religion feature: New pastor joins Iglesia Boutista Belen

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Bene and Terri Fasanando recently moved to Clovis when Bene accepted the position of reverend at Iglesia Boutista Belen. Sunday at 3 p.m. a special service will be held welcoming him as pastor. Sharna Johnson In his role as new reverend of Iglesia Boutista Belen, Benedicto “Bene” Fasanando hopes to […]

a view from under the pew: billy bob bee in a box

Gary Mitchell 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, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. billy bob bee in a box the other day boss i sawthe strangest […]

God equips those he calls to his service

Easter is later than usual this year but still Easter eggs and baskets and other Easter items line the shelves in stores. Baby chicks and ducks are for sale in the seed and farm stores and commercials about getting grass in shape for the summer appear on the television. A certain excitement is evident with […]

Regular church attendance can make you fat

Curtis Shelburne Have you heard the latest “health” news? It seems that going to church—I mean really going, so regularly that folks notice when you’re absent—not just going at Christmas and Easter and whenever completely convenient and the barometric pressure is right and none of the kids are kicking balls and no relatives are visiting […]

Sins of spirit always deadliest

Curtis Shelburne A few years ago, I did something I’d never done before. Along with two writing partners, I tried my hand at penning some short pieces for what we hoped might become a series of gift books. We had in mind some little volumes entitled something like, “Dear Mom,” “Dear Dad,” “Dear Teacher,” etc. […]

Friday morning briefing: Bowling for kids, music and April Fool

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Bowling for kids The Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southeastern New Mexico are looking for participants in its annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraiser. It’s May 14 at the

Thursday morning briefing: ENMU Science fiction and film, business snips and movie whiz kids

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Science fiction fact Eastern New Mexico University is hosting annual High Plains Film Festival in conjunction with the 35th Jack Williamson Lectureship series beginning today through Saturday. Here’s a link for the series schedule and other info: http://www.enmu.edu/academics/williamson/lectureship.shtmlQuirky quote of the day “Put your […]

Education column: Test preparations becoming more innovative

This is that time of year when murmurs of testing are heard throughout the district. During this week and the next you may walk down school hallways and see “Do Not Disturb” signs on doors as most grade levels starting with third begin the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA). The outcomes of these tests will […]

Ticket feature: Team roping championships to begin Friday

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File photo Team roping is set to take place at the Curry County Events Center Friday through Sunday with events starting at 9 a.m. daily. Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Championships Team Roping will be taking place in Clovis Friday through Sunday. Sanctioned by the United States Team Roping Championships, the event will be […]

KENW holding annual auction

Freedom New Mexico KENW-TV is gearing up for its 35th annual online fundraising auction with more than 1,500 items to choose from. The goal for this year’s auction is to raise $60,000, and all proceeds go to station programming, according to a news release from KENW. The auction runs June 1-10, with items valued at […]

Miranda rights being mugged by law officials

Freedom New Mexico No matter how grave the circumstances or dangerous the suspects, television detectives Joe Friday and Lennie Briscoe always remembered to do one thing as they slammed the perpetrator against the patrol car: Read him his Miranda rights. But, if new FBI guidelines are allowed to remain unchallenged, Americans’ Miranda rights someday could […]