Spread of prairie dog towns concerning residents

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A prairie dog stands watching traffic on Grand Avenue as it zips by Tuesday. Sharna Johnson The conveniences of town life may be appealing, but there are certain kinds of residents who find they just aren’t welcome. Residents in the area between Seventh Street and Grand Avenue between Upsilon and […]

ENMU narrows coaching pool for baseball

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University hopes to fill its open baseball head coaching position by June 15, athletic director Jeff Geiser said Tuesday. ENMU is looking to replace Phil Clabaugh, who resigned after 20 seasons last month and was the program’s only coach after the sport was revived at the school […]

Sacrificing soldiers all had stories

A coworker asked me a few days ago, “Do you think Memorial Day is too commercialized?” I balked, because I’d never considered it. I could only stammer, “Not really, do you?” She said yes, noting the emphasis on sales, cookouts and Facebook posts that missed the point. I agreed with her premise — that we’re […]

Aircraft put servicemen at risk

In a complaint to the Air Force inspector general, a retired officer alleges health officials have known since at least 1994 of Agent Orange contamination aboard C-123 aircraft flown by reserve squadrons for a decade after the Vietnam War, and failed to warn personnel of the health risks. After the Air Force stopped using UC-123K […]

Unpatriotic to renew Patriot Act

Freedom New Mexico W hen are Americans going to insist that their government start following the Constitution? Last Friday, Congress passed an extension of the misnamed USA Patriot Act, which severely breaches Americans’ Fourth Amendment “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” President […]

Curry County Ranch Rodeo results

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Courtesy photo Women’s winning team. The Pacheco Ranch, from left, Romni Durrett, Poppy Richardson, Jodi Gates, and Shana McIntosh. Final results Sunday from the second annual Curry County Ranch Rodeo: • Team — 1. Stierwalt/Broken H Ranch, Shidler, Okla., and Bronson, Kan. (Shane Stierwalt Lane Sierwalt, Doug Hall, Cliff Hall). 2. Wilson T4 Cattle Company, […]

School board passes budget with $11 million increase

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education approved a budget with an increase of more than $11 million Tuesday, despite budget cuts to education across New Mexico. The 2011-2012 budget was approved at $115,633,295. The 2010-2011 budget totaled $104,492,504. CMS Chief Financial Officer Jose Cano said the increase is due largely to the […]

Farmer: Cotton good planting option

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Chet Chenault, left, and Colin Chandler check the depth of cotton seeds planted by machine last week in Chandler’s field northwest of Portales. Chandler said cotton seeds must be planted about three-fourths of an inch deep. Argen Duncan Despite the drought and wind, a cotton farmer says the crop is […]

CCC board to consider presidential contract

CNJ staff Clovis Community College’s board of trustees will consider a contract for incoming president Becky Rowley during its meeting today. The meeting is set for 8 a.m. today in Room 512. Rowley, CCC’s executive vice president, was chosen as President John Neibling’s successor in April. Neibling announced in February he is retiring in August […]

Clovis resident wins $50,000 in lottery

CNJ staff Clovis resident Stacy Scott won $50,000 playing the New Mexico Lottery’s Money Multiplier Scratcher, according to a news release. Scott claimed the prize Tuesday and plans to use the money toward a down payment on her first home, the release said. The winning ticket came from Allsup’s Store at 2121 W. 21st Street […]

Lake Sumner closed indefinitely

CNJ staff Sumner Lake remains closed indefinitely to boating until further notice due to tests indicating the potential presence of Quagga mussel veligers, or larva, officials said Tuesday. The New Mexico State Parks Division and the Department of Game and Fish closed the lake Friday. Officials do not have a timeline for reopening the park, […]

Kids and Cops basketball tournament Saturday

CNJ staff Local law enforcement is hosting a basketball tournament Saturday, giving local youth an opportunity to compete against officers. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., at The Rock — Clovis High School gymnasium — children 6 to 13 can play a 10 minute game of basketball against local officers. There will be five 20-person teams formed […]

Equine virus presentation scheduled

Freedom New Mexico The Legislative Interim Water and Natural Resources Committee is meeting today at 1:30 p.m. in the State Capitol in Santa Fe. Dr. Dave Fly, state veterinarian with the New Mexico Livestock Board, will give a presentation on the equine herpes virus (EHV-1) outbreak. This will be followed by a status update on […]

Pastors show God’s works

Curtis Shelburne All honorable work is God’s work, a calling, and anyone serious about doing a good job in his/her work derives priceless benefit from the example of respected mentors. Surely teachers and doctors, business folks and farmers, all need mentors to encourage them to “soldier on.” One of my most influential mentors is a […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Mother dog, pioneer women and summer reading

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Mother dog needed Six puppies were dropped off recently at the Clovis Humane Society. They are too young to be away from their mother and are in need of another mother dog or a kind-hearted person willing to bottle-feed them. For more information, contact […]

Memorial Day to honor all who sacrifice

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: This editorial written May 25, 2009, by Freedom Newspaper senior editorial writer Alan W. Bock, who died May 18.

Isler leaving Clovis to take over at McMurry

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J.D. Isler has made a verbal commitment to McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, where his son, Jaden Isler, is getting set for his senior season. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer After 10 seasons, Clovis High will be looking for a new boys basketball coach. J.D. Isler has made a verbal commitment to McMurry University […]

Remembering the fallen

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson An MC-130W crew from Cannon Air Force Base performs a flyover during the Monday morning Memorial Day observance at Lawn Haven Garden of Honor. Kevin Wilson With plenty of wind to blow them, the colors of numerous veteran organization flags flew at half-staff Monday morning. Their groups, and members of […]

Business digest —

Xcel granting money to nonprofit groups The Xcel Energy Foundation is granting $211,000 to 29 nonprofit groups in Texas and New Mexico, according to a release from Xcel Energy. The grants are being made through the Education and Environment focus areas of the Xcel Energy Foundation, which awards funding to nonprofit groups working in towns […]

School board to discuss budget

CNJ staff Clovis Municipal Schools board of education will be meeting Tuesday to discuss the budget. The meeting will be held at noon in the district’s administration building board room. The board plans to approve the budget after a review of various budget documents. The board will also look ahead at a five-year budget summary.