My turn: High school reunion full of lessons

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It took awhile, but I’ve finally figured out that most people are pretty tough. It’s easy to assume that we are stronger than others — or at least stronger than others give us credit for. It’s harder to accept that we are not especially unique. It’s also easy to underestimate the easy-going. Until someone crosses […]

Obama’s tax campaign has no credibility

Freedom New Mexico Yes, President Barack Obama, it is time to panic. Advice to “panic” was given to Obama by close ally James Carville, former advisor to President Bill Clinton, after Republicans won the special election in New York’s ultra liberal Ninth District this month with a candidate who ran an anti-Obama campaign. The Ninth […]

Greyhounds win Highlands Cross Country Jam; Zias place second

CNJ Staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Junior Isiah Samoei and senior Mohammed Noor led a strong showing for Eastern New Mexico University’s men as the Greyhounds won the New Mexico Highlands Cross Country Jam on Saturday. Samoei finished second in 25 minutes, 12.99 seconds and Noor third in 25:14.10 as the Hounds finished with 23 […]

Abilene Christian turns back Zias in straight sets

CNJ Staff ABILENE, Texas — Jennie Hutt and Kalynne Allen posted double-doubles Saturday as Abilene Christian held off Eastern New Mexico University 27-25, 25-18, 25-21 in a Lone Star Conference volleyball match. Hutt had 18 kills and 10 digs while Allen notched 13 kills and 12 digs for the Wildcats (8-7, 4-3 LSC), who pulled […]

Monday morning briefing: Business women, fun and games and a candidates debate

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Women in business There’s a seminar for women who own small businesses Tuesday from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The PTAP Woman Owned Small Business Seminar is at the Business Enterprise Center Board Room in the Clovis Curry Chamber of Commerce building. Information: 935-7827 […]

Up close and personal

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Civilians surround an A-10 fighter jet, mingle with airmen, ask questions, and observe the jet’s artillery Saturday at the Cannon Air Force Base open house. Benna Sayyed Excitement prevailed at Cannon Air Force Base on Saturday as area residents poured in to get an up-close look at the 27th Special […]

Legislature adjourns after House OKs capital bill

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Deeply divided Democrats and Republicans headed home Saturday from a special legislative session dominated by partisan conflict over plans to draw new boundaries of districts for elected offices. The session ended after the House approved an $86 million package of capital improvements that supporters say will help create […]

Weekly update — Sept. 25

Trial postponed in 2008 slaying The first-degree murder trial of Aaron Quinones, accused of killing 52-year-old Elizabeth McAdams in her Clovis home on Dec. 20, 2008, is being postponed. Quinones was scheduled to begin trial on Monday, but Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said the trial is being postponed until a date to be […]

Some Cannon construction projects nearing end

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Construction on this aircraft maintenance hangar began in 2010 and should be completed the second quarter of 2012. It was the first project for the southeast development on Cannon Air Force Base and measures 38,000 square feet to house two C-130 aircraft. Alisa Boswell Big construction projects have been under […]

Hounds suffer first loss

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FNM correspondent: Joshua Lucero ENMU freshman forward Tyler, left, Wagley battles with Northeastern State’s Eric Crawford deep in the Riverhawks’ end Friday afternoon in Portales. CNJ staff PORTALES — Juan Peralta knocked in a header off a corner kick in the second overtime Friday to lift Northeastern State past ENMU’s men 2-1 in a battle […]

Rio Rancho beats Clovis 27-14

RIO RANCHO —Jason Fitzpatrick threw for a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter and Rio Rancho beat Clovis 27-14 Friday. Sophomore Kamal Cass scored on a 10-yard run and 61-yard screen pass for Clovis (2-3), which dropped its third straight game. Rio Rancho (3-2) led 6-0 at halftime on a pair of Carlos Garcia […]

Rooting problem: Without in-state team, NFL allegiances vary in eastern New Mexico

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FNM illustration: Kevin Wilson With Clovis product Hank Baskett not currently on an NFL roster this season, what team, if any, should eastern New Mexico football fans support? Dallas is an obvious choice. Kevin Wilson You look at your fuel gauge, and you notice that you’ve dropped to seven-eighths of a gallon. You don’t rush […]

Youthful Texans hunting first win at ENMU

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico After going through an un-Tarleton State-like 3-8 campaign in 2010, second-year Texans coach Cory Fowler is looking to change the culture of the program. Forty-three of the 100 players on Tarleton’s roster are in the freshman class as Fowler tries to steer away from a reliance on transfers and […]

Prep football scoreboard — Sept. 23

Area Class 5A Rio Rancho 27, Clovis 14 Class 3A Roswell Goddard 56, Portales 15 Class 2A Texico 33, Gruver 13 8-man Melrose 62, Reserve 6 6-man Clovis Christian 80, Hondo 28 San Jon 44, Elida 14 Foothill 60, Floyd 6 Texas Class 1A New Deal 14, Farwell 0 Sundown 42, Bovina 14 Class 2A […]

McGee: Catching up with Catfish

Funny how long-ago things stick in your head. Someone you haven’t thought of for years pops up, or an old phone number of a long forgotten friend or an old pal’s birthday. It’s weird to me that I have trouble remembering my grandkids’ birthdays but I remember my buddy Catfish’s birthday. This year I decided […]

In search of ponies: Schedules help avert cat-astrophe

Waking to teeth on my nose was not a pleasant feeling. In all honesty, it was downright disturbing. To add insult to injury, the little black furry face – I could only see in segments because of the macro view I had between my eye and the end of my nose – shifted and found […]

No. 18 Rambelles rout Zias

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Celeste Bonter collected 11 kills Thursday night as 18th-ranked Angelo State remained unbeaten for the season with a 25-11, 25-14, 25-15 Lone Star Conference volleyball win over Eastern New Mexico University. The Rambelles (15-0, 7-0 LSC), who host No. 17 West Texas A&M on Saturday, recorded their 10th straight-sets […]

Religion feature: Tour aims to connect mothers, daughters

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Courtesy photo Balloon sculptures, confetti blasts, and beach ball competitions are a few extras that will enhance the evening. Benna Sayyed A Clovis church accepts the adage that girls are growing up faster these days, but officials hope a new tour will help counter some of the unintended consequences. Secret Keeper Girl LIVE: The Pajama […]

In tribute: Longtime resident remembered for pursuit of excellence

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Courtesy photo Friends, family members and business colleagues remembered Charles Wade, 77, as a man who excelled in what he learned, in what he inherited and even in positions where nobody would expect to find him. Kevin Wilson For better or for worse — but usually for much better — Charles Wade was never satisfied […]

America’s crop rich in variety

It’s fair time — After showing your livestock it’s unusual food time — mostly fried, like Twinkies and funnel cakes. A newie lately is bacon dipped in chocolate. Still, the one food that most of us have at the fair (as well as at home) is — corn on the cob covered with melted butter […]