Sending troops not best way to end violence

Freedom New Mexico Texas Gov. Rick Perry got a few tongues wagging recently when he said that if he were president, he would consider sending U.S. troops into Mexico to battle drug cartels. Stumping in Manchester, N.H., for the Republican presidential nomination, Perry said Mexico’s drug war was like the situation in Colombia, where the […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Battle won in Lubbock, and one fast car

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday morning briefing.

Roosevelt fire scorches more than 2,000 acres

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Clovis firefighters prepare to hose down the remains of a grass fire along New Mexico Highway 202 Tuesday afternoon. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Shannon Lee said the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Staff and wire reports Firefighters were expecting to be up most of the […]

Editorial: Community firefighters deserve thanks

Some 400 firefighters and dozens of other public safety folks from eastern New Mexico and west Texas stepped up to battle Sunday’s massive wind-driven fire that burned at least 17,000 acres of grasslands and three homes across Curry and Roosevelt counties. About 80 percent of those firefighters were volunteers — sales clerks, cowboys, railroad workers, […]

Republicans ready to battle it out with EPA

Freedom New Mexico Congressional Republicans, emboldened by the party’s midterm election victories, promise to force up-or-down votes on many economically harmful regulations planned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “We’re not going to let EPA regulate what they’ve been unable to legislate,” Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., told Politico.com. Upton, who hopes in the new Congress […]

Immigration battle will not divide nation

Freedom Newspapers It’s nothing short of civil war, according to Al Kreiger. The Yuma, Ariz., mayor told a forum on immigration last week that the issue of immigration enforcement authority has torn this country in two. Kreiger noted that such wars occur when state and federal governments are at odds. “We basically have an undeclared […]

In tribute: Melrose matriarch kept faith during battle with cancer

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Courtesy photo: Jackie Clark Polly and Panny Bigler, seated, pose with their grandchildren, from left, Felicia Glascock, Scotty Clark and Toni Whitecotton during Christmas in 2001. Freedom New Mexico Verna “Polly” Bigler cleaned relatives’ kitchens when they weren’t home, kept track of daily events on her family’s farm and kept her Christian faith through her […]

God saves those who trust in him

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist The son of some dear friends of mine lost his battle this week. The family feels defeated. It had been a long battle. For two decades, this young man had fought a battle with drugs. One night this week his much-abused body gave up. And now his family, long […]

Local schools do part to battle childhood obesity

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Students at Sandia Elementary School munch on a lunch of grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup Friday at the school cafeteria. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico First lady Michelle Obama is directing national attention to childhood obesity with her “Let’s Move” campaign. And Clovis and Portales schools are taking […]

Blight battle survey results

Results of a survey on community blight in Clovis. Results tabulated through surveymonkey.com

Credibility questioned at Hittson murder trial

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Seated in front of a photograph of the victim Ron Hittson, Brandon Barela and deffense attorneys Chandler Blair and Brett Carter listen as prosecutor Camille Chavez gives opening arguments to a Curry County jury Tuesday morning. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Opening arguments in the first-degree murder trial of […]

Portales boy survives battle with cancer

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PNT Staff Photo: Eric Butler Lance Fletcher, 9, relaxes with mom Carol and sister Lindsey at their Portales home. Fletcher, diagnosed with cancer just over a year ago, is a poster child for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer There’s a genetic bug in the family tree of Portales’ Joe […]

Fields of hope: How Portales won the battle for Eastern New Mexico University

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Courtesy ENMU Library Historial Collection The original Eastern New Mexico University Adminstration Building in 1935. Note students in the foreground relaxing with a game of horseshoes. By David Stone: Special to the CNJ Editor’s note: Reprinted with permission of New Mexico Magazine.

Hounds battle rain, wind

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo ENMU’s Anthony Ramos tries to break the tackle of Tillman Stevens during Saturday’s spring football scrimmage at Greyhound Stadium. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent BLACKWATER DRAW — Saturday’s spring football intrasquad scrimmage may have been no big deal to some of Eastern New Mexico University’s established veterans. But it was […]

Hounds, Falcons battle to tie

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield ENMU sophomore forward Emerson Rodrigues tries to win a ball in mid-air during Tuesday’s match against UT-Permian Basin at the ENMU soccer pitch. CNJ staff PORTALES — Twenty seconds away from victory, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team had to settle for a 2-2 double-overtime tie against Texas-Permian […]

Clovis schools struggle to meet AYP

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By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico schools are facing an uphill battle trying to meet the state’s adequate yearly progress. Nine Clovis schools and all five Portales schools fell short of AYP this year. The Public Education Department announced Friday results of the AYP report, which is based on the state’s standards […]

Officials ferret out solution

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Officials said a ferret in the custody of Clovis Animal Control is headed to the zoo if her owner cannot be verified. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A ferret at the center of custody battle will be calling Hillcrest Park Zoo home if her owner can’t be identified by […]

Cancer battle fought by many

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist Relay for Life teams have been forming for months. Organizational meetings have been held, and soon the fundraisers will start. There will be carwashes, bake sales, auction items, garage sales and so on. All of these happen in service to the underlying issue — raise awareness, raise money, and raise […]

Earl vs. calf

Earl is doing battle with a calf today. The daily comic can be found under “More features” below or at this link: http://www.cnjonline.com/sections/editors-notebook/earl/• • • Have you participated in our Web poll lately? To access it, click on “More features” below or follow the link:

New band causes chatter

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle: Jim Bailey, foreground, practices at the microphone with other Cause + Effect band members Taylor Borden, left, and Zach Gerzon during hearsal for the Clovis High School talent show at Rock Staubus Gym. By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer The combined age of Jim Bailey, Taylor Borden and Zach […]