Ron Paul’s message makes him favorable

Ron Paul almost certainly won’t get the GOP presidential nomination, and Mitt Romney probably will. Alas, Romney won’t have anywhere near the passionate support that Paul brings to the race. The difference between Paul and the rest is his message. Paul defends the individual and promotes freedom. It’s irresistible to men and women who would […]

We all lose during election time

I can give you a prediction about the next presidential election almost a year before it happens. Ready? The U.S. government will win and America will lose. The status quo will be elected once more. There isn’t a bit of difference between any of the candidates who will end up on the ballot in the […]

God’s plan almost always surprises us

Curtis Shelburne Does God ever do anything just like we’d expect him to? A world to save, a Gift to give, a Baby to send . . . And the greatest Christmas Present ever given is all wrapped up in swaddling cloths and laid in a feed trough. And the mother of the King is […]

Starter pistol prompts lockdown at Logan school

Police said Logan school was locked down almost two hours Wednesday after a teacher took a starter pistol from a student. “The gun was a starter pistol which shoots blanks,” said Logan Police Chief Bob Gore. Gore said a teacher noticed a student in the hallway with the pistol. “The teacher took the pistol and […]

Sometimes, giving up only option

He was a sorrel, almost 16 hands, and quite healthy-looking. I didn’t have a round pen, so I put him in the woven-wire fenced square pen. I did all the things I’d been taught: tied up his foot, sacked him out, saddled and unsaddled him, leaned over his bare back, picked up his feet. He […]

Police say fugitive nabbed in Clovis hotel

CNJ staff An almost three-month search for a 34-year-old man accused of shooting at his girlfriend’s car while her child was in it ended Wednesday at a Clovis hotel. Police said they arrested Narcizo Soto around 10 p.m. at the Econo Lodge on Mabry Drive. He is being held without bond on a warrant from […]

Hotel Clovis: Saving a local landmark

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File photo Hotel Clovis was foreclosed on in 2004 and became city property. Sharna Johnson When Hotel Clovis fell into disrepair in the 1980s and its owners failed to address it, the city stepped in. Now, almost 11 years later, around $100,000 of local money has been invested — a figure that could grow to […]

County manager granted authority to purchase properties near courthouse

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners granted County Manager Lance Pyle authority to purchase three properties near the courthouse for a total of for $209,000 following an almost one-hour executive session Tuesday. The properties — located at 810 Main Street for $56,000, 905 and 913 Mitchell Street for $85,000 and $68,000 — are three of five […]

Clovis shooting victim dies

CNJ staff A 26-year-old Clovis man died Tuesday from wounds received in a shooting last week. Daniel Perez died at 9:15 a.m. (CST) at a Lubbock hospital, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Perez’ death marks the first homicide of the year in Curry County. Police records indicate deputies were dispatched around 11:30 p.m. April 13 […]

Jail report: Nearly half of inmates ineligible for bond

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File photo According to data released by the jail, nearly half of inmates are not eligible for bond and jail officials say probation and parole violators account for a large percentage of the jail’s population. Sharna Johnson Almost half the inmates at the Curry County jail do not have the option of bonding out. Jail […]

Grant helped fund toddler hearing test

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Preston was able to move in and out of his mother’s, Stephanie Anderson, arms during the test. Liliana Castillo While having his hearing tested, 15-month-old Jaxson Preston was able to bring his mother almost the entire alphabet in magnetic letters. Preston’s freedom to roam while being tested was granted by […]

Educational choices best left to parents

Freedom New Mexico Hurray for Colorado, a state of school choice in which parents may open enroll their children in almost any school they choose. If education is the future, Colorado’s future is bright. State money follows each student, so schools compete for the favor of parents. In trying to win the hearts of parents, […]

In search of ponies: Barn smells become comforting

Sharna Johnson It was a wafting, almost ambient kind of odor. Sniff sniff sniff… “Urine… stale urine,” I identified, looking around and dismissing it, figuring there was a dirty baby diaper somewhere in the restaurant. The next time we ate at that restaurant weeks later, we were seated in the same booth. It was faint […]

ENMU president says he expects spring enrollment record to be broken

Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University will almost certainly break last year’s spring enrollment record, the university president has said. President Steven Gamble said census day is in two weeks, so enrollment numbers aren’t official yet. “It looks very good, though,” he said. Compared to last spring, Gamble expects head counts to be up between […]

Food Bank meets money match for refrigeration space

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico volunteer Teresa Wilcock of Texico sorts through food donated in a drive over the weekend. The food bank raised $135,000 in little over a month to match another $135,000 from an anonymous donor to expand their refrigerator and freezer space. Liliana Castillo Small individual […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Fireworks, a trade show and one fast horse

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing.Hunting down The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish received almost 30,000 fewer hunting applications for the coming hunting season compared to the previous year. The declines included almost 15,000 fewer applicants for deer licenses and about 10,000 for elk licenses.Website of the day […]

A view from under the pew: the great bugtussle rodeo

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist boss whoever first spoke or sang – i love a parade – must have been misquoted i m almost sure they said – i love a rodeo -

County receives DWI program grant

CNJ staff Curry County has received almost $25,000 more this year in state grants to fund its DWI programs next year. According to a press release from the county, April 7, the state’s DWI Grant Council awarded Curry County $230,260 for 2011, and an additional $72,000 for the 2010/2011 project year. The money will be […]

God’s rules more important than man’s

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist Not long ago my wife and I were away for a couple of days at a hotel in the Dallas area for a training seminar. For almost 20 years, I was the one attending the classes and she was the spouse along for the ride. For a number of years […]

Portales police investigating vandalism

Freedom New Mexico Portales police are investigating a string of almost a dozen broken windows in vehicles and homes they believe may be related. Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry said last week the reports picked up intensity for about four or five days but have since tapered off. “We probably took about 10 or […]