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Editor’s note: The following is Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield’s State of the City address, provided in advance by city staff: 2011 was a great year for our community as we continued to grow and thrive despite the continued national and global economic climate. The Clovis community is blessed with hardworking municipal employees who continue to […]

Citizens’ group challenges city parks plan

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Kevin Wilson For the third consecutive meeting, a group of citizens frustrated with plans to repurpose the long-unused Hillcrest Park Pool asked the Clovis City Commission to stop action. The commission offered a compromise to vote on the matter, but noted their concerns with such an action and the benefits a park restructuring is already […]

ENMU men’s soccer team expects challenges

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ENMU freshman Carlos Viveros works his way upfield during Tuesday’s practice session at the ENMU practice field. Dave Wagner PORTALES — Fourth-year Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer coach Harold Munoz thinks he has his best team this season. The problem is that the other squads in the four-team Lone […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A video game, golf and a dead man’s hand

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Game: From Dust Genre: Strategy System: 360, PS3, PC What is it? A god game offering a rich world full of engaging challenges. ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ Web site: http://www.ubisoft.com Compiled from Gamespot.com Meetings watch The following governing bodies […]

Their view: Raising family workout in itself

FNM columnist and Air Force wife Loni Newby talks about the challenges of family outings:

GOP ready to reform Obamacare

Congressional Republicans are part of a strategic legislative challenge to roll back Obamacare. The effort no doubt will be fruitless this year, but it sets the stage for November electioneering, which could lead to substantive legal challenges in next year’s new Congress if the GOP gains significantly, perhaps even winning control of one or both […]

Editors face multiple challenges

By Don McAlvay: Freedom columnist Editors, as a lot, are usually decent, hardworking and totally dedicated to their task. Editors of small town newspapers in the old days, not too unlike their counterparts today, often found it difficult to please everybody. The editor of Clovis’ first daily newspaper, The Pony Post, in his first issue […]

GOP carrying substantial fight into November

Freedom New Mexico The attorneys general of at least 14 states have filed challenges to various provisions of the massive health care bill passed by Congress and signed by the president. It is unclear yet exactly which challenges will be included in what is likely to become a final consolidated challenge. But several constitutional arguments […]

Water poses new challenges as snow melts

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A truck plows though water Monday at Seventh and Mitchell streets. This was one of numerous intersections and streets facing drainage problems from melting snow in the aftermath of last week’s winter storm. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer As anybody driving through Clovis could attest, Thursday’s snowfall wreaked havoc […]

New dog presents challenges

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist The Terrys are once again a two-dog family. After last summer’s death of a dog we’d lived with for 13 years, we had been a single-dog family. But I knew it wouldn’t last. We’ve had more than one pet for most of the 27 years my wife and I’ve been […]

Local leaders discuss upcoming challenges

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Col. Stephen Clark, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, talks about base housing during Monday’s city/county luncheon at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Not too long into Monday’s city/county luncheon, County Commissioner Bobby Sandoval spoke of what kind of […]

In tribute: Clovis man overcame physical challenges

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Courtesy photo Lane Pattison was critically injured in a logging accident in 1961. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The opening credits come, and a shot of Clay Driscoll driving his family to Oklahoma in a 1955 two-tone green Chevrolet soon follows. The car is “Cinderella,” restored by Lane Pattison of Clovis, and the movie […]

Residents discuss challenges of city growth

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent In 2005, Clovis residents gathered in the north meeting room at the library and fretted about their community’s existence. On Tuesday night, a much different tune was being whistled in the same room. Instead of worry about an impeding closure of Cannon Air Force Base, which did not happen, audience […]

God molds us with challenges

One of the highlights of my childhood experience was our family’s trip to Niagara Falls. On our way to the Northeast, we encountered a glassblower in Missouri. On a winding road, we noticed a sign: “Glassblowing 4 miles. Visitors welcome.”

New year brings challenges

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist New Year, new opportunities, new challenges. Yet, as we all realize, it’s largely the symbolic attribution to an arbitrary date. The impact amounts to nothing if we don’t internalize newness. Resolutions, then, become the symbolic emotional housecleaning. My own list this year promises to be reinforced by a news story […]

Year in review: County faces challenges

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CNJ file photo By April, events will begin taking place at the new Special Events Center. Officials say they anticipate it will thrive and the region will come to depend on it as an entertainment hub and source of economic enrichment. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Packed with frustrations, public scrutiny and controversial issues, […]

Clovis’ newest police chief discusses plans, challenges

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Steve Sanders was sworn in as Clovis’ police chief on Oct. 13. Steve Sanders was sworn in as Clovis’ police chief on Oct. 13.Sanders, 47, is a former commander with the Northglenn Police Department, has more than 21 years of experience in law enforcement and also holds a master’s degree […]

Oct. 24 Letters to the Editor

Support bonds benefitting schools It has been a great honor to live in this area for over 40 years and know these communities are conservative and productive. This is a time of great challenges. Being in business in both Clovis and Portales, I have seen firsthand the difficulties that getting credit has brought on individuals. […]

Clovis grad dreams of being doctor

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo O.J. Martinez does a dance of celebration during the processional at the Clovis High School graduation ceremony on Sunday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Martinez will be attending New Mexico State University to study engineering and theater. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Yuridia Leyva’s parents separated when she was 11 […]

Challenges can be rewarding

By Clyde Davis 1. Lance Mackey 2. Jeff King 3. Ramey Smyth 4. Ken Anderson 5. Martin Buser