Education column: Poetry competition inspires students

In the midst of this frantically busy, digitally infused world, why should we care about poetry? Clearly it touches us in some way, since it’s been around for a few thousand years. Although poetry seems inscrutable to many, it does appeal to a great diversity of people, including our youth, as evidenced by the recent […]

Last-minute shoppers keep merchants busy

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson From left, Chris Grah, Taylor Austin and Roger Grah move a piano to deliver to a customer in time for Christmas delivery from Penny Lane Saturday. Store owner Pat Grah said business had been good over the week leading up to Christmas. Kevin Wilson ’Twas the day before Christmas, and […]

Retired teacher stays busy

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Courtesy photo Clovis resident Martha Hardwick taught at Grady schools for 23 years. Clovis resident Martha Hardwick grew up on her family ranch, Lee Hammond Ranch, northwest of Clovis. She lived on the ranch in the summer and in Clovis during school. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1965 and went off to college […]

Socialism weakens freedom

Collectivism or socialism, in whatever form, is like a deadly parasite excreting a poison into its host. As long as your society is vibrant and healthy it can support a small amount of this societal poison. The collectivism feeds off of the rest of the society, dragging it down a little, but not enough to […]

Izzy keeps busy at LCU

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LCU courtesy photo Izzy Miranda, left, said his goal this year is to make it to nationals, which he has done the past two seasons, and finish in the top 30 — which would give him All-American honors. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The best cross country runner for the men’s team this year at […]

Major school construction projects on schedule

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The new special education building at Marshall Middle School will be state-of-the art, said Clovis Municipal Schools Deputy Superintendent of Operations Joel Shirley, and will be surrounded by an Americans with Disabilities Act compliant courtyard. Liliana Castillo Each summer is busy for the operations side of Clovis Municipal Schools. But […]

Our people: Clovis pastor keeps busy

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LILIANA CASTILLO: Freedom New Mexico Clovis resident David Dawson has been a pastor for nine years. Clovis resident David Dawson has lived in Clovis for 38 years. He spends his time doing many things including being a singer, songwriter, producer, motivator and pastor. If you know Dawson, you’re wondering why he didn’t list coach. He […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Kid stuff, help at hand and a civil rights landmark ruling

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Keeping them busy Are you looking for something for teenagers to do? The Portales Public Library has the following activities for 13- to 18-year-olds scheduled for this week: • Teen Writers Group, 4:45 p.m. today. • Teen book discussion, 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Participants can […]

Our people: Former farmer stays busy

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Courtesy photo Longtime Clovis resident and retiree Don Reid said he’s busier now than he ever was. Clovis resident Don Reid is a self-declared house husband. In his retirement, he spends his time working around the house, visiting hospitals and retirement homes, spending time with his grandchildren, teaching a men’s non-denominational Bible class and going […]

Ticket feature: ENMU event schedule packed

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Courtesy photo Eastern New Mexico University has a full lineup of performances and arts exhibitions through its spring semester. Freedom New Mexico The next few months are sure to be busy on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University as numerous performances and exhibitions are rolled out for the community. Already under way with the […]

Year in review: City ends busy year with re-opening of Hull overpass

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The Hull Street Overpass re-opened in November, signaling the end of 28 month of frustration for many Clovis residents. Kevin Wilson More than $3 million and 254 tons of steel. Thousands of vehicle pass-overs per day. And sighs of relief throughout south Clovis. The re-opening of the Hull Street Overpass in early November was one […]

Our people: Retiree keeps busy

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Courtesy photo Ross was the principal of the Eugene Field Elementary School in 1968. Longtime area educator G.C. Ross, 72, was inducted into Eastern New Mexico University’s Hall of Honor during homecoming celebrations Sept. 25. An alumnus of the university, Ross said he was “very honored. I was humbled to be included in such an […]

Government wrong to punish Texas’ schools

September has been a busy month in Texas’ fight to maintain autonomy against an increasingly oppressive federal government. A federal judge in Florida held the first hearing in a lawsuit filed by Texas and 19 other states contesting the federally mandated health care coverage that became law in March. Last Thursday, Texas filed legal motions […]

Mischief favorite past time at ranch

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Courtesy photo Bill and Eddie White about ages 2 and 4. Ruth Burns The Llano Estacado in the early days was a wonderful place for small boys. The grown-ups were busy with their chores and didn’t have a lot of time to spend worrying about the young’uns. Consequently, little boys could spend their time exploring, […]

June hailstorms still keeping roofers busy

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Adam Engram of Harris Construction lays down shingles Wednesday afternoon at a job on Fairfield Avenue. Engram said the crews haven’t been at a loss for work since hailstorms hit Clovis in June. Kevin Wilson When he was asked how busy July was, Roger LeClear’s first instinct was to laugh. […]

Our people: Royal flush

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Ernie Kos, executive director of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, is named after her father. Ernie Kos said she loves her job as the executive director of the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce. Her days are never the same and keep her busy. What is your most […]

Parks director keeping busy

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell, left, talks with Kyle Snider and Parks Superintendent Neil Lambert about fixing a pump at the Guy Leeder Softball Complex Friday. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It’s been about a month since the city’s parks and recreation department filled its director position, and […]

Gotta love thy neighbors

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Kicking back in the yard the other day I noticed there was some sort of busy-ness going on in a neighbor’s backyard. It caught my eye because the neighbor is kind of old yet was running around his backyard like a kid. I watched for a while and came to […]

Outages keep workers busy

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy power crews spent Thursday working to restore power across eastern New Mexico and west Texas. “There were a few scattered outages early on, but they were really limited,” said Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry. “The power company has been right there on the spot to take […]

Stopping to hear God’s voice helpful during busy season

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Is Christmas sometimes synonymous with the word “pressure” or is that just me? It is probably just me. Let me explain. In the past I have always seemed to feel a pressure about the season to meet the deadline of Dec. 25. Store advertisements and great sales have tempted me […]