Land use study unifies community

The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), commissioned by the Curry County commissioners and funded by the Department of Defense, is an opportunity for the surrounding communities and Cannon Air Force Base to work together to identify and begin to address areas of common interest. Getting Cannon off of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) turned what […]

Pot legalization needs to be taken seriously

Freedom New Mexico Proposition 19, an initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, was soundly defeated in the November election after California’s political establishment, Democratic and Republican, came out strongly against it. We had concerns with a provision related to the ability of employers to combat marijuana use at the workplace, but we are […]

Anniversaries — March 6

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Butler Charles and Verna Butler of Clovis celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on March 2, 2011. [image #2, align=left, size=right] The couple was married March 2, 1956, in Phoenix. The couple has two children and three grandchildren He is retired from the U.S. Air Force and from Holland’s Printshop in Clovis. [image #1, align=left, size=right] […]

Engagements — March 6

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Strunk-Cogdill [image #2, align=left, size=medium] Jennifer Strunk, of Halstead, Kan., and Jerred Cogdill, of Clovis, will be married 7 p.m. April 30, 2011, at Ranch House Weddings in Canyon, Texas. A reception will follow. The bride-elect is the daughter of Julie Schrader of Conway Springs, Kan. and Clem Strunk of Colwich, Kan. The prospective groom […]

School menus — March 6

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch —Chicken sandwich, tater tots, lettuce, tomato, pickle, 7 marshmallow fruit salad. Tuesday: Breakfast —Smucker’s snack’n waffles. Lunch —Frito pie, California veggies, lettuce, tomato, fresh fruit. Wednesday: Breakfast —Sausage biscuit. Lunch — Mac & cheese, garden salad and cheese, ranch dressing, fruit and cookie. Thursday: […]

Startup baseball league’s solvency questioned

Kevin Wilson A startup independent baseball league hoping to tout Clovis as one of its host cities is facing allegations it’s not solvent. On the evening of Feb. 18, just hours after speaking with Freedom New Mexico, Southwestern States Baseball League Operations Director Brian Ramsey sent an e-mail to announce the formation of an online […]

Government workers part of community

As did many husbands on Valentine’s Day, I took my wife to one of her favorite restaurants. That place being overcrowded, with a two hour wait predicted, we went instead to another of her favorite dining establishments. We did not complain about the prices, nor the expectation that, with good service, we would leave a […]

Surnames carry reputations

Surnames are a pretty big deal in Eastern New Mexico. They connect you with a family, good or bad and help connect us. I met a guy working a booth at the N.M. Ag Expo this year who was wearing a co-worker’s nametag. He wasn’t from the area but he had a last name in […]

Our people: Indomitable spirit

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Benny Gallegos enjoys his car, a 1991 Oldsmobile 88, even though he can’t drive it and enlists his family members to take him for a drive as often as possible. Gallegos lost his arms after sustaining injuries from an electrical accident. Clovis resident Benerito Gallegos’ life changed when in 1961, […]

Monday morning briefing: Help a kid, a free movie and a dialing up

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. A little help from friends Eastern New Mexico….fifth-grader Linda Mariana of Napa, Calif., needs your help to complete a school project. She’s putting together a PowerPoint report on New Mexico and needs pamphlets, postcards, souvenirs and the like from the region. A nice letter couldn’t hurt […]

Udall internships available

CNJ staff U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is inviting college students to apply for internships in his Washington, D.C., office. There are two sessions for summer internships: May 29-July 2 and July 3-Aug. 6. The deadline to apply for both sessions is March 25. Internships may count toward college credit. Students from New Mexico or […]

Small Texas schools bracing for education cuts

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Liliana Castillo With a $27 billion shortfall expected in Texas’ budget for the next two years, educators in the Lone Star State are just waiting on the final word on how deep the cuts will be. Gene Sheets, Muleshoe Independent School District superintendent and president of the Texas Association of Rural Schools, said educators are […]

Weekly update —

Allsup’s plans official opening Monday The upgraded Allsup’s store at 21st and Prince Streets was set to officially open Monday, a representative for the store said. “We’re going to shoot for 6 a.m.,” said Steve Munoz, area supervisor for the chain. However, Saturday saw plenty of traffic at the location, and a clerk who answered […]

Press release: Spring 2011 forecast includes more wild weather

State College, Pa. — 3 March 2011 — AccuWeather reports the AccuWeather.com forecast for Spring 2011 calls for more wild weather for the U.S. The biggest concerns center around expectations of an active severe weather season, the spreading of a severe drought and a high wildfire danger, and, as always, threats for flooding. Paul Pastelok, […]

In search of ponies: Chickens on wheels merit research

Sharna Johnson Why didn’t the rooster cross the road? I don’t know the answer, but when the call went out over the police scanner this week, you can bet your bottom dollar I grabbed a camera and hurried for the scene. The call that went out came from a sheriff’s deputy who asked dispatch to […]

Bulldogs take series opener from Hounds

CNJ staff PORTALES — Right fielder Edwin Mendoza went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs, leading Southwestern Oklahoma to an 8-5 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Friday in the opener of a three-game Lone Star Conference baseball series. Jeremy Guest (1-0) pitched six solid innings for the Bulldogs (13-4, 12-4 LSC), allowing three […]

Clovis softball coach saves truck driver

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File photo The Clovis High School Lady Wildcats softball coach Brandi Thomas said she didn’t think her assistance was a “big deal,” just an automatic response to an emergency situation. Russell Anglin The Clovis High School Lady Wildcats softball team made an unexpected stop on their bus trip to Farmington Thursday. Coach Brandi Thomas stopped […]

Grant McGee: College protest lacked passion

Some folks were protesting in front of one of our High Plains courthouses some days ago. I like seeing folks protest. It means that something has moved them so much they have gotten off their duffs from in front of the TV, made some signs and taken their complaint out where everyone can see. I […]

DWI patrols planned

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Police Department will conduct DWI saturation patrols Saturday, and a DWI checkpoint on Friday, according to a release from the department. The saturation patrols will take place 10 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday, while the checkpoint will follow 11 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday. Both measures will take […]

Interest in wind power picking up

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks James Kratzer of Portales, lead meteorologist at Cannon Air Force Base, said the region faces 50 mph or higher winds an average of 15 times per year. Alisa Boswell Wind and its power is old stuff to eastern New Mexico residents. But there is a new push to harness that […]