Measure could cost commissaries

Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine Corps master sergeant who has fought for years to win government-funded health care for families exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, doesn’t want the measure passed if, to pay for it, Congress would gut the military’s prized commissary benefit. Critics contend that’s what the Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans […]

America can’t spend its way to prosperity

Freedom New Mexico Our latest experiment with Keynesian liberalism — led by the last two presidents — has predictably failed and the economy is in shambles. President Barack Obama will need a miracle to win re-election in 2012, no matter who runs against him and no matter how unpolished or gaffe-prone that candidate may be. […]

Life existed before cell phones

One of the best ways to annoy somebody is to answer a rhetorical question. Why do drive-thru ATMs have Braille on the keys? First, it costs more to make two slightly different ATMs than it does to make them all with Braille. Second, blind people can be passengers in cars, so Braille lettering is an […]

Confederacy memorial to be dedicated Saturday

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Janelle Foster, left, president of the United Daughters of Confederacy, Ellen W. Jones Chapter, points out names on the new confederate memorial at Portales Cemetery to John Hilliard, who will be the guest speaker at Saturday’s memorial dedication. Alisa Boswell Saturday marks the dedication of a new confederacy memorial in […]

Clovis awarded law enforcement grant

WASHINGTON — Communities around New Mexico, including Clovis, have been awarded grants through the U.S. Department of Justice aimed at reducing and preventing crime. Grants totaled more than $350,000, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. “Local governments are having a difficult time making ends meet,” Bingaman said. “These federal grants […]

Salvation Army accepting monetary hurricane donations

CNJ staff The Salvation Army is accepting only monetary donations to assist victims of Hurricane Irene, according to a press release from the agency. Donations can be made online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, according to the release. A $10 donation can also be made by texting the word “STORM” to 80888 using a […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Flowers for food, top athletes and rain gutter racing

Start your day off the right way with the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday morning briefing: Food for flowers Area residents can participate in FTD Good Neighbor Day Sept. 7 at Hestands Floral and Gifts, 813 W. Second St., Portales. In exchange for three cans of food for the Community Services Center food pantry, participants receive […]

Texas State-Texas Tech game preview

A preview of Saturday’s Texas State and Texas Tech football game provided by the Texas Tech media relations department. Game Preview Gameday Central

Tipton aide: Air Force backs off plains training

Peter Roper PUEBLO, Colo. — The Air Force is revising its plan for low-altitude training flights over Colorado to avoid the Eastern Plains, including the Army’s Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site northeast of Trinidad, according to Rep. Scott Tipton’s office. Tipton, a Republican, was given that assurance in recent meetings with the Air Force, said Tipton […]

Officials estimate fair attendance up

CNJ staff Though admission dollars are still being counted, Curry County Fair officials are estimating a gate attendance spike of at least 15 percent compared to the 2010 fair. “We’re still counting arm bands and the weekly passes we sold,” said Kevin Jolley, general manager of the Curry County Fairgrounds that held the fair Aug. […]

Officials ready for Goodwin Lake Trail ribbon cutting

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The Goodwin Lake Trail in north Clovis travels through a 32-acre parcel of land the city owns for drainage purposes, and covers about 1.125 miles. Kevin Wilson Clovis city officials are set for a ribbon cutting on a walking trail first discussed two years ago, on a piece of land […]

Portales has long history of opposing alcohol sales

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Robin Fornoff: Freedom New Mexico Calvary Baptist Church pastor Brad Morgan says he will actively oppose Sunday sales of alcohol at restaurants in Portales if a petition drive succeeds in forcing a special election. By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Mark it as another chapter in a long and storied struggle over demon alcohol in […]

Steve Jobs could see what others couldn’t

Freedom Newspapers Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve Jobs and his family. Last week he announced he was stepping down, for health reasons, as Apple Inc.’s CEO. He no longer will oversee day-to-day operations at the world’s most successful technology company, but will serve as the company’s chairman of the board. We can […]

Hounds hope to make noise in LSC

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson ENMU’s Ronnie Slater tries to drag down running back Melvis Hawkins in the first half of the Greyhounds’ Green & Silver scrimmage on Saturday at Greyhound Stadium. Dave Wagner Despite the above-average heat this week, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo wishes the Greyhounds had a game this […]

Senior happenings — Aug. 28

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing, 1:30 p.m., Ice cream day. Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing; 10:30 a.m., indoor exercise; 11:30 a.m., Medicare benefits; 1 p.m., Bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing; 9:30 a.m. […]

School menus — Aug. 28

Clovis elementary Monday: Breakfast — Egg and cheese biscuit. Lunch — Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, steamed broccoli, fruit, whole wheat roll. Tuesday: Breakfast — Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch — Ham and cheese hoagie, garden salad and ranch, steamed carrots, cookie. Wednesday: Breakfast — Bean and cheese burrito. Lunch — Corn dog, […]

On the shelves — Aug. 28

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder” by Richard Louv identifies seven basic concepts that can help us reshape our lives by tapping into the restorative powers of nature to boost mental creativity, promote health, build smarter and more sustainable businesses, and […]

Honors — Aug. 28

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Kern Kern Judy Kern was recognized as Clovis Pains Regional Medical Center Auxilian for the Month for August. She joined the auxiliary in 2010 and volunteers in the gift shop. — Submitted by Paula Johnston Weekley Pat Weekley was recognized as Clovis Pains Regional Medical Center Auxilian for the Month for September. She joined the […]

Anniversaries —

Duke Shirley and Darrell Duke of Broadview celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 27. The couple was married May 27, 1961, in Clovis. They will be going on an Alaskan Cruise with their daughter and her husband, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary Aug. 30. They have two children, Brent (Teresa) Duke of Broadview […]

Engagements —

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McBride-Kiser Sharon Logemann of Portales announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter, Morgan McBride of Portales, to Jarod Kiser of Clovis, son of Keith and Elizabeth Kiser of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows Sept. 17, 2011, at the Sunken Garden in Clovis. The reception will be at the American Legion in Clovis. […]