Ranchvale students paint veterinary hospital

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ranchvale sixth grader Aaliyah Lane adds teeth to her painting of a shark Wednesday on a ceiling tile for the Clovis Veterinary Hospital. Liliana Castillo Ranchvale Elementary School students brought a little bit of color to the Clovis Veterinary Hospital. Twenty-five fourth- through sixth-graders applied their artistic talents to the […]

Commissioners to give county manager budget guidance

Sharna Johnson In a break from tradition, Curry County Commissioners will host a budget workshop during a special meeting Thursday to hear the needs and wishes of department heads and elected officials for the coming fiscal year. After hearing the requests, commissioners are expected to give the county manager guidance on which items will be […]

Officials: Inmate broke out windows of transport vehicle

CNJ staff An inmate who didn’t want to be transferred to state prison is facing felony criminal damage charges after sheriff’s officials say he broke out the windows of a transport vehicle. Around 7:30 a.m. Monday, Michael Padilla became violent and had to be extracted from his cell and restrained after he refused to leave […]

Police: 26-year-old shot during apparent gang-related confrontation

CNJ staff A 26-year-old Clovis homicide victim was shot in the head during an apparent gang-related confrontation, according to information released Wednesday by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Daniel Perez was shot April 13 during a confrontation “involving multiple gunshots” in the 900 block of South Valley Road, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Wednesday. Perez died […]

Animals contain surprises

The high-powered quarter horse mare had been to the breeding barn, and was bred to an outstanding stallion. Everything seemed fine. Maybe not. She colicked, and they ended up taking her to the veterinarian. He got that problem solved, and while he was at it he checked, and pronounced her “open,” no baby in there. […]

Thursday morning briefing: Cinco de Mayo, good eats and rodeo

Good morning, happy Cinco de Mayo and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Good eating Portales Municipal Schools lunch menus for May are available at the district website http://www.portalesschools.com/ And here’s a link to the Clovis Municipal Schools menu http://www.cms.k12.nm.us/food_service/index.html Rodeo fun The Resistol All-Around Ranch Rodeo kicks off at 1 p.m. today […]

CCC board approves reduced budget

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Community College board of trustees and incoming president Becky Rowley haven’t come to an agreement on her contract yet. The board planned to meet in executive session to discuss the contract Wednesday during a regular board meeting but the executive session was pushed to the June meeting. Rowley, CCC’s executive vice […]

LSC weekly softball update — May 4

(Regular-season final) South Division Div. All W-L W-L Angelo State 15-6 40-10 Incarnate Word 15-6 31-21 West Texas A&M 14-7 40-14 Texas Woman’ 11-10 29-24 Abilene Christian 11-10 28-27 Tarleton State 10-11 22-25 TX A&M-Kingsville 5-16 24-31 ENMU 3-18 13-41 North Division Div. All W-L W-L Midwestern State 13-4 44-8 Southeastern Okla. 13-5 36-17 East […]

ENMU’s Clabaugh steps down

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CNJ file photo Phil Clabaugh has been at ENMU since baseball program was revived in 2002. CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University baseball will have quite a different look next season. Veteran coach Phil Clabaugh tendered his resignation on Tuesday. He has been ENMU’s only coach since the program was revived at the […]

TRICARE young adult fees costly

Adult children of military members and retirees now can buy TRICARE health insurance coverage out to age 26, and that coverage can be purchased back to Jan. 1 this year. The cost is steep, however, with the premium set at $186 a month for coverage under the fee-for-service TRICARE Standard plan or the preferred provider […]

Let’s set facts straight on victory

There’s no telling how the death of Osama bin Laden will be remembered. The book is still being written, and as the saying goes, the victors write the history books. Let’s also add, “And revisionist detractors lie on Facebook.” In the hours following news that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden had been killed, the following […]

New questions arise in world without Osama

Freedom New Mexico It is, of course, a U.S. victory that Navy SEALs, acting on CIA intelligence in a Muslim nation, killed al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden. The lethal firefight inside a fortified compound in Abbottabad, about 35 miles north of Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, ended nearly 10 years of pursuit of the man viewed […]

Clovis voters approve tax increase

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Dr. O.T. Rozzell and Lila Rozzell of Clovis prepare Tuesday to vote in the special election while Judge John Hays of Precinct 24 at Living Stone Community Church shows them where to sign in. Kevin Wilson By a 1,265-1,045 count — 57 percent — Clovis voters said yes to a […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Good reads, a prayer day and a pink Cadillac

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. A good read The state Rural Bookmobile is scheduled to stop in Roosevelt County on Thursday. The schedule is: • Pep Post Office, 9-10 a.m. • Causey Post Office, 10:30-11:30 a.m. • Elida City Hall, 1-2 p.m. Special meeting The Curry County Commission meets […]

Clovis pharmacist recognized

CNJ staff A Clovis pharmacist has been recognized by the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy as a distinguished alumna. Debra Herman, director of pharmacy at La Casa Family Health Center, will be presented with the award during the UNM Pharmacy College’s graduation ceremony May 15. Herman graduated with a doctorate degree from UNM […]

DA, jail administrator at odds on furloughs

Sharna Johnson A weekend medical furlough that ended with an inmate leading police on a high-speed chase through Curry County is an example of jail officials acting outside the scope of their duties, according to the district attorney. But the jail administrator says it’s ultimately up to the judge. Justin Steelman, 32, was released April […]

ACLU demanding immediate approval of Gay-Straight Alliance

Liliana Castillo The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico is demanding Clovis Municipal Schools immediately approve creation of a Gay-Straight Alliance club at Clovis High School before the school year ends. In a letter dated Monday and sent to Superintendent Terry Myers, the ACLU said students have been waiting approximately two months for approval […]