Day trip:

Portales gas leak evacuees allowed to return home

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Portales firefighter Rick McNally is stationed near the site of a gas leak Tuesday afternoon on North Boston in case of a fire or explosion. Alisa Boswell A handful of Portales residents were allowed to return to their homes about 5 p.m. Tuesday after being evacuated earlier in the day […]

Clovis residents spend Labor Day working

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Eduardo Lopez, right, and his son, Krystian, spent most of Labor Day working on a mural on the wall of Blanca’s on Main Street. Lopez, a business banker by day, said he enjoys painting and takes on side jobs so he can do what he loves. Sharna Johnson When he’s […]

Labor Day origin mystery

It’s Labor Day weekend — the unofficial end of summer. I’m not ready to give up summer but I’m sure ready for the thermometer to start acting like it’s fall. Most of my life I’ve never had Labor Day or its bookend holiday Memorial Day off work. In the newspaper business we’ve always been expected […]

Residents share Labor Day plans

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Freedom New Mexico: Sharna Johnson Zia Elementary Principal Jeralynn Butler monitors a fourth grade class as they pass through the hallway Friday morning. Butler said she spends the majority of her days on the go, moving from classroom to classroom and interacting with students and teachers. She said she looks forward to her holiday vacation […]

Zias gain split in first day of Lady Buffs tourney

Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University rallied from a two-games-to-one deficit Friday to edge Adams State 25-12, 23-25, 14-25, 27-25, 19-17 in the season-opening Lady Buff Classic volleyball tournament, hosted by West Texas A&M. Earlier, the Zias lost to Missouri Western 23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-18. ENMU finishes play in the event […]

Friday morning briefing: Book bargains, getting hooked and cash machines

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Book bargains A used book sale will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Saturday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The sale is being conducted by the Friends of the Library. Big fish A chance to get hook at the annual Biggest Catfish Challenge […]

Barrel racing this weekend in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico The second annual Double Dash barrel race will be held Saturday through Monday at the Curry County Events Center in Clovis. Officials expects more than 200 contestants each day. Admission is free. Information: (806) 488-2144 or visit www.CBTProductions.com

Thursday morning briefing: Fair warning, holiday closing and finding the Titanic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Fair warning Monday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Clovis police will be operating a DWI checkpoint somewhere within the city. Officers will be targeting drunk drivers. Holiday closing Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will be closed on Monday for Labor Day. The […]

Education column: James Bickley principal focuses on school’s strengths

Taking the opportunity the other day to visit with one of our elementary principals, I learned about some of the things that would be happening during this upcoming year at their school. Carlos Carrillo, principal at James Bickley Elementary, focusing on strengths, shared, “we have great teachers at James Bickley, who work very well together […]

Picture book helps explain events of 9/11 to children

Sept. 11, 2011 9/11 children's book

Provided by Roaring Brook Press “America is Under Attack” is by Don Brown, from Roaring Brook Press. It is aimed at children 6-10 and is $16. McClatchy-Tribune With the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks approaching, it is time for parents to plan how they will explain that day to children too young […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Flowers for food, top athletes and rain gutter racing

Start your day off the right way with the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday morning briefing: Food for flowers Area residents can participate in FTD Good Neighbor Day Sept. 7 at Hestands Floral and Gifts, 813 W. Second St., Portales. In exchange for three cans of food for the Community Services Center food pantry, participants receive […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Website of the day, college boards and kid stuff

Get ready for the day. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing: Website of the day Eastern New Mexico University has a mass emergency notification system designed to send text and e-mail messages about inclement weather and other information in the event of an emergency. Sign-up is available at: https://www.getrave.com/login/enmu College boards Eastern New Mexico […]

Monday morning briefing: A new trail, campus compass and the worst disaster

Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for some of the most important news of the day. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday morning briefing: New recreation Clovis is hosting a ribbon cutting for the Goodwin Lake Trails 10 a.m. Tuesday at 3205 N. Prince St. It’s open to the public…and feel free to […]

Grant: Life saving matter of taking control

A guy came in the bicycle shop the other day. We got to talking and it turns out we have something in common: We’re both Eagle Scouts, the high rank of the Boy Scouts of America. It got me to reminiscing. To be an Eagle Scout one of the things you have to do is […]

Day trip: Sacramento Mountains Historical Museum and Pioneer Village

Sacramento Mountains Historical Museum and Pioneer Village • Location: 1000 Highway 82, Cloudcroft • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Learn about life during the turn of the century from exhibits featuring early farming and ranching and railroad models. • What ages is this place best suited for?: All ages • Admission prices? […]

Child Sense: Preparing your child for the first day of school

Priscilla J. Dunstan Starting school or preschool for the first time will bring changes to your child’s life that will have them feeling a bundle of emotions. No matter how confident they appear, your child is likely to also be feeling a mixture of fear, anxiety, curiosity and excitement. Understanding how your child is likely […]

Herding Squirrels: The future has arrived

Traci Arbios We were sitting on the couch; more to the point, I was sitting, he was in my arms, my newborn son. Little mittens on his hands, tiny hat on his head; he was warm and cuddly and I sat staring, absorbing every detail of his sweet, pink face. His eyebrows were mere wisps. […]

Let’s get started

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Music teacher Sara Hennessy talks about hitting notes at the right volume on the xylophone during a Monday afternoon music class at The Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Kevin Wilson For approximately 9,000 students across 19 Clovis schools, Monday was the first day of pencils, pens, teachers and books. It […]

Day trip: Southwestern Association for Indian Arts

Courtesy photo The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts holds a market in downtown Santa Fe. Southwestern Association for Indian Arts • Location: Downtown Santa Fe • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Explore Native American art and culture. Activities include film screenings, an art symposium, musical performances and an Indian Market. • What […]