Our people: I’m going to let it shine

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Liliana Castillo: FNM correspondent Randy Gomez is a Clovis native and spent six years in the Air Force. Clovis native Randy Gomez started the Beacon of Light Church after separating from the Lighthouse Mission in April of 2007. Gomez and his wife established a new name and location and adopted the Recovery Program. Gomez said […]

Jail alternatives considered

Robin Fornoff Curry County leaders scrambling to control overcrowding and a burgeoning jail budget are taking a more serious look at two alternatives — community service and the decriminalization of traffic offenses. Jail Administrator Keith Norwood thinks it’s time Curry County had a community service or work release program, allowing people to serve their time […]

Monday morning briefing: A new trail, campus compass and the worst disaster

Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for some of the most important news of the day. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday morning briefing: New recreation Clovis is hosting a ribbon cutting for the Goodwin Lake Trails 10 a.m. Tuesday at 3205 N. Prince St. It’s open to the public…and feel free to […]

City must decide on redistricting by mid-November

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Plan A Every time the year ends with a zero, it’s time for the U.S. to do a Constitutionally-dictated process called the U.S. Census. About a year-and-a-half later, when the year ends in a one, it’s time for state and local governments to use that information and remap its representation. […]

Clovis Music Festival upcoming

The annual Clovis Music Festival runs Sept. 7 through Sept. 11 and draws music fans from around the world. The festival is an annual celebration of the Clovis sound, attributed to music producers Norman and Vi Petty and rock music legend Buddy Holly, who recorded many of his biggest hits at their studio in Clovis.

Aug. 28 —

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 7 a.m. Aug. 16 an officer responded to a residence in the 3000 block of Sam Snead Place in reference to suspicious items found in a yard. A woman said she found a burned, melted plastic bottle in her yard. She […]

Letters to the editor: Pets need to be kept confined

Pets need to be kept confined I am wondering why the people of Colonial Parkway find that they do not have to abide by the municipal code: 6.08.050 dogs and cats — running at large prohibited. Every time my husband and I go for a walk in our neighborhood, we have some random dog come […]

Graves full of unfulfilled dreams

Returning from my small, east Texas hometown to Portales, every small town — Runaway Bay, Loving, Megargel, Vera, Benjamin, Dickens, Ralls, Anton — seemed to have more people in their cemeteries than towns. The tombstones dated to the early 1800s, with numerous people having died younger than I am. One could make assumptions about the […]

Green jobs only produce fiscal black hole

Freedom New Mexico The faddish obsession with “green jobs” is being revealed as a massive waste of taxpayer money. Pipe dreams eventually are revealed for what they are — unrealistic, wishful thinking. It didn’t take long for Spain’s touted green-job revolution to be revealed as a financial disaster, siphoning taxpayer subsidies and destroying 2.2 real […]

Youths rake in profits at annual livestock sale

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Auctioneer Johnny Paiz calls out numbers Friday night at the Roosevelt County Fair Junior Livestock Sale. Paiz said he believed this year would be a record-breaking year for the sale, because despite tough economical times, the residents of the county still give what they can. Alisa Boswell Bids bounced around […]

Desperation pass lifts Cats to 20-19 win

Freedom New Mexico Eddie Trevizo caught a tipped pass in the end zone with about a minute left and Clovis escaped Alamogordo on Friday with a 20-19 win in the season-opener for both teams. It was the Wildcats’ 14th straight win over Alamogordo. Alamogordo sophomore Tyler Schmard threw three touchdown passes, including to in the […]

In search of ponies: Growing up for the birds

So they just topple over the edge and then they’re gone, sailing into the sunset to go forth and do their thing, right? Wrong. Sure it happens that way sometimes. And then sometimes they wander too close to the edge and fall out before they’re ready or they jump out and then hang around. But […]

Grant: Life saving matter of taking control

A guy came in the bicycle shop the other day. We got to talking and it turns out we have something in common: We’re both Eagle Scouts, the high rank of the Boy Scouts of America. It got me to reminiscing. To be an Eagle Scout one of the things you have to do is […]

Residents share teacher memories

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Terri Damron, a sixth-grade teacher at Zia Elementary in Clovis, helps student Jace Piepkorn, 12, with an assignment in an empty classroom Friday afternoon. Damron is Piepkorn’s favorite teacher because she is “always happy and really nice.” Alisa Boswell With school back in session, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask […]

What matters most is our opinion of God

With the beginning of a new college semester, I think back to my own college days. During those years, I had many wonderful professors who were friendly and engaging. Then I had a few that were really intimidating. One was an English professor. My sophomore year, I needed an English class so I chose an […]

Religion feature: Church welcomes new music director

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Courtesy photo Ken McDonald, shown with his wife Marge, is the new director of music ministries at First United Methodist Church in Clovis First United Methodist Church in Clovis is pleased to announce the addition of Ken McDonald to its professional staff. McDonald will serve as the director of music ministries and brings a wealth […]

amos the churchmouse: amos falls into a vat of chocolate

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. This week’s column is being republished with the permission of the author.

Zias edge Highlands in exhibition

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Tony Bullocks: Freedom New Mexico ENMU freshman forward Paola Loya, center, battles New Mexico Highlands University Freshman Nikki Stanley, left, and senior Casey Rubin for control of the ball in the first half of Thursday game at the ENMU soccer pitch. Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Paola Loya broke a scoreless tie midway through the […]

Leave open season on feral hogs

Here’s a wonderful deal for you hunters who didn’t get drawn this year or who didn’t manage to bag a deer, or elk, or antelope. How about a feral hog? They are classified as “nuisance animals,” so there’s no actual season. You can come shoot any time. Just have a license and permission from the […]

Libertarianism starts with respect

I sometimes hear people make the claim that libertarianism is “Utopian,” just like communism, because “It sounds good on paper, but it will never work in the real world.” Ridiculous! Communism requires the impossible — omniscient central planners — in order to work. Libertarianism only needs you to not steal or attack; it places no […]