Virginia Destroyers claim Baskett’s UFL rights

CNJ staff The Virginia Destroyers claimed the United Football League rights to free agent Hank Baskett of Clovis, according to a published report. The Cover Two reported the five UFL teams released 10-man reserve unsigned lists for the 2011 season. Baskett played last season for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles. He was not […]

Board restricts club meetings

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education decided Tuesday to allow only curriculum-based student clubs to meet during the school day at Clovis High School, a policy called a closed forum. The decision came after a month of review on the board’s previous policy allowing all student clubs that meet a list of […]

Teens arraigned in Portales shooting

Freedom New Mexico The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office is reviewing whether to file a notice of intent to seek adult sanctions against two juveniles charged in connection with the April 17 shooting death of 25-year-old Jose Alfredo Charize Montoya. Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer said 16-year-old Erick Pina, who police say pulled the trigger, […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Egg-citing possibilities and the universe off and running

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SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Something to crow about Excuse the pun, but M.K. Thompson of Clovis isn’t kidding around when he says he’s after a Guinness World Record for having found the world’s smallest egg. [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Thompson, who raises a variety of […]

Combating IEDs, losing battle

As in Iraq where it became the most effective weapon of insurgents, the IED, or improvised explosive device, has raised the casualty count significantly for U.S. forces in Afghanistan the past two years. A surge in ground forces and a change of strategy, to have more U.S. troops dismount from vehicles more to mix with […]

Birther bills: Swing and a miss

Maybe I’ve been wrong. I’ve rhetorically asked before, why has President Obama not shown us his long-form birth certificate? Maybe there’s something embarrassing in that documentation. Maybe he was actually born somewhere else, and he’s thus ineligible to be president, as a growing portion of Republicans have convinced themselves. According to a CBS/New York Times […]

Antagonizing each other’s beliefs shameful

Freedom New Mexico Poor Professor PZ Myers. He is clearly upset that a group of four Catholics in France barged into a French museum on Palm Sunday, one week before Easter, and vandalized a print of “Piss Christ.” They smashed plexiglass that protected the print and then slashed it with a sharp object. Gallery director […]

ENMU regents approve tuition hike

Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University Regents approved tuition increases Tuesday for next school year at all three university campuses. At the meeting in the Portales campus Administration Building, Student Regent Santana Chavez voted against all increases in tuition, room and board, and fees while Regents Randy Harris, Chad Lydick, Brett Leach and Marshall Stinnett […]

Fishing report — April 26

Attention anglers: New Mexico’s license year began April 1, and that means it’s time to renew your fishing license. They can be purchased at license vendors statewide, Department of Game and Fish offices in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Roswell and Raton, or through the Online License System.

Portales company selected as semifinalist for award

Freedom New Mexico Dairiconcepts of Portales is among three New Mexico employers selected as semifinalists for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve, according to a press release. […]

Reader-submitted content: United Way’s Day of Caring teams helped three organizations

Sara Newell On April 16 United Way of Eastern New Mexico held their annual Day of Caring. Each year the Day of Caring challenges our community to come together for a day of service to help enhance the cities we live in. In previous years, United Way has taken on projects like rebuilding the Portales […]

Tucumcari police officer to attend anger management classes

Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari police officer charged with assaulting his wife over text messages to another man will attend anger management classes. Robert Vargas agreed to attend anger management classes on March 31, according to court documents. Vargas must complete the anger management classes before a pre-trial conference set for Sept. 29, according to […]

Engagements —

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Apodaca-Hutcheson Paul Apodaca of Clovis and Carla Lueras-Fisher of Lubbock announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Paula Apodaca of Lubbock, to Lee Hutcheson of Lubbock. He is the son of John and Yolanda Hutcheson of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows June 11, 2011, at Emmanuel Worship Center in Lubbock. The bride-elect […]

Steelman recaptured

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Steelman’s vehicle was rammed by a sheriff’s deputy vehicle to force him to a stop. Liliana Castillo Curry County Detention Center absconder Justin Steelman, 32, was recaptured after leading police on a high speed chase today from Clovis to Farwell, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. The Curry County sheriff’s office […]

Fire damage estimate climbs to 71,000 acres

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan From left, Kenneth Workheiser of Transmatic Wrecker Service and Curry County Deputies Michael Brockett and Erica Romero man a roadblock on U.S. 70 near Southwest Cheese Company LLC during the grass fire April 17. Workheiser said he was there in case a fire truck needed help. Twenty-eight fire departments fought […]

Business digest: Railroad employee honored

A Clovis employee of BNSF Railway was recognized as one of the company’s Safety Employees of 2010. Locomotive Engineer Rick Spears, who has been part of the Clovis site safety team for more than 10 years, was honored at an April 6 awards ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas. He serves as chairman and facilitator for […]

Area seniors honored for academic effort

CNJ staff During a Monday night dinner, 37 area high school seniors were recognized for academic success through earning cumulative grade point averages of 4.0 or higher since the ninth grade. Cindy Harris said the Bank of Clovis has sponsored the dinner for 24 years in a desire to recognize those students who work hard […]

Professional Business Women of New Mexico looking to expand

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Leticia Zarate sets up for today’s Professional Business Women of New Mexico meeting. The meeting is free and open to the public. CNJ staff The Professional Business Women of New Mexico is looking at expanding its ranks to Clovis. An information meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to noon […]

ACLU backs formation of Gay-Straight Alliance club

Kevin Wilson With the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education set to meet today to review its student group policy, the state’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has weighed in. The board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the administration building to review board policy that sets parameters for student clubs. Discussion on the […]

National Review publisher helped end Soviet era

Freedom Communications Americans today are blessed with many, many diverse opinions in print, online and on cable TV. But in the mid-1950s, only a few publications, and none of the three major TV networks, espoused conservative or libertarian opinions. It was a time when most of the nation, especially in power centers such as New […]