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 […]

Economy more pressing issue at hand

Freedom New Mexico Leave it to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is known to have an old-fashioned hankering to stamp out illicit drugs, to keep pushing for a solution to yet another problem that’s already well on the road to solving itself. The problem: illegal immigration. Gov. Scott told The Associated Press he hopes the […]

It’s in their blood

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Allen Kelley of Clovis proudly displays his season tickets for the upcoming Wildcats football season. Kelley is the uncle of Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley and been a fan of all the Wildcat teams since 1958. Sharna Johnson Allen Kelley might just be more excited than area teens to see […]

Deadline to apply for racino license extended

Freedom New Mexico The deadline to apply for the state’s remaining racing license has been extended another three weeks by the New Mexico Racing Commission, according to Warren Frost, Quay County Gaming authority executive director. The commission extended the deadline for applications from Sept. 2 to Sept. 23, Frost said Thursday. Frost said there should […]

Aug. 26 — Religion calendar

Saturday Contemporary Worship Service — 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church. Information: 763-6821. Matt’s Coffee House Interdenominational Jam Session Concert — 7 p.m., second Saturday of the month, First United Methodist Church, open to the public to perform and watch, free refreshments provided. To perform, contact Matt Carter at 799-2696.

Tucumcari man charged with aggravated battery on peace officer

Freedom New Mexico Portales police say a Tucumcari man was arrested after he struck a probation officer with a car door as he sped away in the vehicle to avoid arrest. Brandon Owen, 26, is charged with aggravated battery on a peace officer and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, both fourth-degree felonies; resisting an […]

Friday morning briefing: Fair warning, fair days and learn to surf

Good Friday morning. The weekend is upon us and it’s time for the morning briefing. Fair warning From 10:30 p.m. Saturday to 2:30 a.m. Sunday Clovis Police will be conducting a DWI check point within the city. Officers will be targeting drunk and drug-impaired drivers. Roosevelt County Fair Today and Saturday are the last days […]

Input sought to name new middle school

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education is seeking public input in selecting a name and mascot for the district’s third middle school, which will open in the 2013-14 school year. The district’s first survey gives residents the option to name the middle school Liberty, Bataan, W.D. Gattis, Llano Estacado, Robert H. McDougal, Clovis or […]

Residents warned of jury duty phone scam

Curry and Roosevelt County residents are cautioned to be wary of a phone scam claiming to be connected with jury duty service in the 9th Judicial District. A resident recently reported receiving a phone call in which the caller —who claimed to be with the clerk’s office of the 9th Judicial District Court — asked […]

Fishing report — Aug. 23

CNJ staff New Mexico report This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northwest Animas River — The flow is […]

Zias seek to mount title run

Dave Wagner PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s team has made it to the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament just once in its eight-year history. The Zias finished 11th in the then-12-team LSC last season, and were picked for last in the revised eight-team league this year. First-year coach Todd Padgett, though, thinks […]

Back on campus: College students, faculty, staff get in gear for fall semester

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jonathan Morales said returning to school after serving four years in the Air Force is proving to be an adjustment. Sharna Johnson and Alisa Bowell College students converged on the area’s three higher learning institutions this week —

‘Wildfire’ singer Michael Martin Murphy headlines Fort Sumner event

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Courtesy photo Michael Martin Murphy will be performing at the Under the Stars New Mexico event 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Bosque Redondo Memorial in Fort Sumner. Freedom New Mexico Michael Martin Murphy, singer of hits such as “Wildfire” and “Carolina in the Pines,” and the Rio Grande Band will perform at the Under […]

Police investigating cause of fatal collision

Freedom New Mexico Investigators on Wednesday were still trying to determine what caused a Monday two-vehicle accident on U.S. 70, which killed an Oklahoma couple. Cassandra Horton, 67, and her husband Claude Horton, 84, of Elk City, Okla., died when their Ford Explorer collided into the back of a privately owned garbage truck near the […]

N.M. can’t afford Rail Runner costs

The Rail Runner has percolated below the surface as a political issue since it went into service in 2006. Originally marketed at a price of $122 million and as possibly being “high-speed,” the RailRunner shuttles (mostly) tourists and government employees from downtown Albuquerque to Santa Fe and from Albuquerque south to the bedroom community of […]

It isn’t Amazon that’s acting with greed

Freedom New Mexico How perverse is it when wanting to keep money that you’ve earned is considered being greedy? Amazon, the online retail giant, has been castigated for not collecting sales taxes in states where it has no physical presence, and therefore no legal requirement to do so. Nevertheless, critics would have us believe Amazon […]

Education column: Superintendent looks forward to upcoming year

After the district’s incredible kick-off convocation last Friday, keynoted by Mike Moses, retired superintendent and commissioner of education, the doors are open, and students have arrived and crossed the threshold of school year 2011-2012. That first-day-of-school excitement is in the air; new school clothes are still crisp; and brand new school supplies barely used. Moses […]