Wednesday morning briefing: Catfish, quilts and a legend

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Video game of the week The latest from our own tireless gamester Jenna Zamie. Game: Child of Eden Genre: Shooter System: 360, PS3 What is it? A unique rail shooter where the player’s mission is to save Edent from a virus. ESRB Rating: Everyone […]

Friday morning briefing: Loose change needed, catfish abound and a revolution

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Loose change Thursday, Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico is asking families to donate loose change to help keep ill children together with their families. The charity calls it their 2010 Day of Change. Donation boxes are located at McDonald’s locally and across the […]

Oasis State Park hosting catfish derby

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File Photo Liam Hurley, 9, left, and Lan Pare, 10, fish at the Oasis State Park pond in November 2009. The pond is to be the site of the second annual Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby on Saturday. Argen Duncan The Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby is back, and with bigger prizes and an extra hour to […]

Cruising timeless pastime across U.S.A.

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House and I were heading north up Main Street last Friday night just after 10 o’clock when we found ourselves in a gaggle of pickup trucks with too-wide tires and shiny cars filled with young folks yelling and gesturing at each other. They all lined up […]

CLOVIS FISHING DERBY: Big one always gets away

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Richard Lokken (right) watches his grandson Richard Lokken, 15, of Clovis, reel in a catfish at the 19th annual Clovis Fishing Derby on Saturday at Ned Houk Park. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The 2,000 catfish recently transported to Ned Houk Park must have thought it a little Shangri-la the […]

Guns have place, but not at my place

By Grant McGee I was kicking back in Elida with my good friend Kent, bard of the Pecos. We were having iced tea, talking about his return to this small outpost of Roosevelt County. During a lull in the conversation, my mind wandered to the rifle by the door. There weren’t any firearms in my […]

It’s a shame that ‘Catfish’ got away

Just off Thornton Street the other day I saw two boys, probably about 8 years old, sitting on an iron railing chattering and laughing . It got me to thinking about my old friend “Catfish.” Those two Clovis boys reminded me of a summer long ago and far away when things were simpler (key word […]

Fishing Derby brings families together at Ned Houk Park

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Everett McSchooler, 4, of Clovis, looks at the catfish he caught as his dad Scott shows it to him during The Optimist Club of Clovis’ 17th annual Fishing Derby Saturday at Ned Houk Park. McSchooler caught five fish on the day. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Janet Bresenham: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Timothy Estrada, 5, yawned and […]

Hooked on fishing

By Janet Bresenham On the Saturday before Father’s Day, nothing beats spending a beautiful sunny day beside the lake fishing with your dad, your grandpa — or even your mom. “This is a good Father’s Day gift,” said Kenneth Bobo, who was watching his son Weston fish the waters of the big lake at Ned […]

Friends and good eats add up to perfect Juneteenth celebration

By Gary Mitchell The catfish, the music and the ribs were hot. The weather and the coming together of friends, family and community made Saturday’s Westside Juneteenth Extravaganza perfect, organizers said. “It’s a real good day,” said food chairman William P. “Pill” Hall. “This year, everybody’s eating good. We had plenty of food, and everybody’s […]