Tuesday morning briefing: Graduation, Curry’s first elected woman and east meets west

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Check it out Floyd and Elida school districts have calendars of end-of-the-school-year events available at: • Floyd Municipal School District: http://www.floydbroncos.com/ • Elida Municipal Schools: http://www.elidaschools.net/ ENMU graduation set Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host its 120th Commencement Convocation on Saturday at […]

Monday morning briefing: Summer guides, summer learning and the mystery of life

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Spread the word The annual Summer Activities Guide is ready to be delivered to elementary schools and

Relay for Life raises $116,000

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools and Clovis Community College’s cosmetology program’s Relay team called the E-lemon-ators sold lemonade and baked goods to raise money for the American Cancer Society. CNJ staff Officials with the Clovis Relay for Life are catching their breath from the annual fundraising event, but said there’s still […]

Reader-submitted content: Educator deserves recognition

A week or so ago I read the obituary page in the Clovis News Journal, which included closing the Book of Life for Davenport Beasley. I had to wonder how many in Clovis today remember his 32 years of service to the education of children in the Clovis Municipal Schools. I decided to add a […]

Weekly update — May 8

Cannon, police looking into fight Clovis police and investigators from Cannon Air Force Base are looking into a May 1fight that left one man in a Lubbock hospital in serious condition. Police Chief Steve Sanders said the altercation took place around 3 a.m. at a hookah lounge at 700 North Prince St., which is run […]

Gabriel’s Garden showcasing progress

Sharna Johnson Lori Yanez started Gabriel’s Garden more than a year ago with an “if you build it they will come” mentality, but has since found in Clovis “they” will come and help you build it. Yanez had a vision to use a two-acre lot of land she owns on U.S 60/84 near Cannon Air […]

Police blotter — May 8

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 3 a.m. April 22 an officer responded to a residence in the 1300 block of Traver Street for a report of a burglary in progress. A man said he was sleeping and someone rang his doorbell, so he looked out a […]

Q&A: Hank Baskett III says he’s excited about golf tournament’s growth

Hank Baskett III is getting set for his sixth NFL season, whenever or wherever that is. After finishing his fifth season with the Minnesota Vikings, the 2001 Clovis High graduate has had to wait as an NFL labor situation unfolds and casts a moratorium on all player transactions. The Clovis-born wide receiver was in town […]

Chuck wagon cook-off hosted at fairgrounds

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Ethan Gallegos, a Clovis High School freshman and member of the Clovis Swim Club, serves a chicken fried steak during the “Duke of the Dutch Oven” Chuck Wagon Cook-Off Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Kevin Wilson For about an hour Saturday, the Curry County Fairgrounds held Clovis’ biggest outdoor […]

In honor of Mom

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Don Reid wrote to his mother at least three times a week while serving in Vietnam. Before she died, she returned the letters to him. In honor of Mother’s Day, the CNJ asked Clovis citizens of all ages to tell us about their mothers. Among them: • Candace […]

Community shows support

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Rabiah Memon with ENMR Plateau paints a henna tattoo on fellow Plateau Relayer Sandy Albright during Friday’s Relay for Life at Ned Houk Park. Memon was offering the traditional eastern body art as a fundraising effort for the event. By Alisa Boswell Excitement and cheers filled the air at Ned […]

May Day celebration

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks James Bickley Elementary School fourth and fifth grade students take part in the 63rd annual May Day celebration by winding the poles Friday on the front lawn of the school. Tony Bullocks James Bickley Elementary School fourth and fifth grade students take part in the 63rd annual May Day celebration […]

In search of ponies: Joining the rat race

Sharna Johnson I had a rat roaming around in my house. Before you get alarmed or too disgusted, he wasn’t the kind found in New York subways or unsavory restaurants, not that that minor detail entirely mitigates the situation, but it helps a little. To the contrary, he was a nutritionally well-balanced, plump, not-so-little morsel […]

McGee: Pondering mortality

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist One of the cool things about the Internet is you can find out whatever happened to old pals. Sometimes you get an answer, sometimes you wish you’d never asked. So one day I got to wondering whatever happened to my date for my senior prom. The answer left me stunned. […]

Clovis City Commission passes affordable housing plan

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Stephen Crozier, founder and CEO of Tierra Realty of Taos, speaks about his planned renovation of Hotel Clovis during the Thursday Clovis City Commission meeting. Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Commission met for more than two hours Thursday, and spent much of it debating the merits of an affordable housing […]

Society can’t be victim of crime

Often when the impact of increasing liberty is being discussed, especially with regard to things some people resist on moral grounds (such as ending the criminalization of prostitution, drug prohibition, regulation of gambling, etc.), someone will claim that victimless crimes actually do have a victim: Society. What is a victim and what is society? A […]

Animals always full of 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. […]

Photo not needed to prove Osama’s dead

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama decided Wednesday to keep classified the reportedly gruesome post-mortem photos of Osama bin Laden. It’s a good call. Yes, the pictures belong to all Americans because they are government property. Few organizations have fought as long and hard as Freedom Communications for open government and open records. But the […]

Former Dora coach charged with sexual contact with student

Freedom New Mexico A former Dora Consolidated School coach has been charged with having sexual contact with a student athlete, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Amber Shaw, 28, is charged with criminal sexual penetration and criminal sexual contact with a minor, both fourth-degree felonies. Chief Deputy Malin Parker said several years ago, while […]

Portales man accused of beating, strangling girlfriend

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man is accused of beating and strangling his girlfriend and pointing a shotgun at her. Michael Cardenas, 35, is charged with aggravated assault on a household member, a fourth-degree felony; aggravated battery on a household member, a third-degree felony; intimidation of a witness, a third-degree felony; and interference with communication, […]