Love notes

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Floral Associate Danielle Martinez puts together an arrangement Friday at Hestands Floral. Owner Michelle Ward said her shop had 63 pre-orders for Valentine’s Day, which is double last year. With the holiday of romance approaching, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask Clovis and Portales residents to share some of their […]

USOC has other ways to achieve diversity

Freedom New Mexico O ut of the blue, the U.S. Olympic Committee has decided to give itself an “F” for diversity. Scott Blackmun, the organization’s CEO, worries openly that too many staffers look like him. They are white men, which in today’s climate is practically a hate crime. Ninety-one percent of USOC managers are white […]

Unpopular holidays movie-worthy

I was out of town Monday, and decided to pay a visit to old friends in Texas. Just like seemingly every conversation we’ve had before, it started with our jobs, went to a little discussion on standup comedy and invariably ended on movies. From October on to February, Hollywood has given us a smorgasbord of […]

Residents share teacher memories

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Terri Damron, a sixth-grade teacher at Zia Elementary in Clovis, helps student Jace Piepkorn, 12, with an assignment in an empty classroom Friday afternoon. Damron is Piepkorn’s favorite teacher because she is “always happy and really nice.” Alisa Boswell With school back in session, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask […]

County redistricting plans examined

Robin Fornoff Two Curry County commissioners said Tuesday at a special public hearing they prefer a redistricting plan that would leave existing districts about the same. The option is scheduled to be decided in September.

Board restricts club meetings

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education decided Tuesday to allow only curriculum-based student clubs to meet during the school day at Clovis High School, a policy called a closed forum. The decision came after a month of review on the board’s previous policy allowing all student clubs that meet a list of […]

Press release: Clovis to host “Wind Festival”

The Clovis MainStreet Board of Directors and some great volunteers have decided it is time for all of us to embrace one of our natural assets — the wind!

Tucumcari prosecutor to put Clovis police officer on trial

Sharna Johnson 10th Judicial District Attorney Ron Reeves of Tucumcari will prosecute a Clovis police officer charged with vehicular homicide. District Attorney Matt Chandler said in the interest of avoiding any appearance of conflict, he decided to transfer the case against Stephen Gallegos to Reeves. “Every prosecutor within our district has a strong professional relationship […]

Our people: Windmill man

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Courtesy photo Portales resident Bill Dalley enjoyed his near 25 years as a school counselor. Portales resident Bill Dalley has delved into his retirement hobby of restoring antique windmills. He has restored 80 for himself and 25 for others. Sometimes, moving or repairing a windmill became a family project, needing multiple trucks and trailers to […]

Net neutrality ruling hinders online freedom

Freedom New Mexico The Federal Communications Commission, by an expected 3-2 vote, decided to assert its own control over the Internet under the attractive-sounding label of “net neutrality.” This new power-grab will likely be challenged in court, but it is unfortunate that the commission went ahead with this ill-considered idea. The FCC ruling, which essentially […]

Wasn’t crime to deliver retribution

Glenda Price Times were hard. In desperation, George decided to gather a herd of cattle and head west with them — to California. This was in the 1850s, and folks in Texas had heard talk that gold miners in California (the 49ers) were a great market for beef. George and his wife, Inez, had been […]

School board narrows middle school sites to two

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education stepped back Tuesday from a site for a proposed new middle school that it chose almost two months ago. Instead, the board is moving forward with further study of two other sites. They will now choose between: • A donation site of 40 acres at Wilhite […]

Middle school sites still under evaluation

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo About 70 community residents attended a school board meeting Tuesday about sites for a third middle school. Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools decided Tuesday they didn’t have enough information to choose a site for a third middle school after choosing a 40-acre property last month. The four-hour special board […]

Mind better occupied with God than with fear

Curtis Shelburne Recently I decided that it might be interesting to start making a list—a list of the things the media tell us we should be afraid of. If you focused just on the morning shows in a two-week period, I’m betting you’d find that on every day, multiple times more often than not, the […]

School board member Lora Harlan resigns

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Harlan By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Longtime Clovis Municipal Schools board member Lora Harlan resigned Wednesday after 19 years on the board. Harlan, a former president, said in a letter to the board her resignation is effective May 28. Harlan, the representative for District Three, said she feels the process of choosing a superintendent […]

School board to continue superintendent search

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education decided Tuesday to continue searching for the next superintendent. The decision came after an hour-and-a-half executive session at Cameo Elementary. The board said they will continue to “aggressively search for the position of superintendent of schools during the next three months.” Three […]

Centennial committee accepting time capsule ideas from residents

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Centennial Committee is looking to its residents to help fill a time capsule. The committee met Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. Chair Dan Stoddard said the committee decided to accept ideas until the capsule is full or it’s time to put it in the ground. […]

Yes, corporations do have rights

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It has puzzled me for some time why campaign contributions are considered a First Amendment constitutional issue. If I write a check to some candidate, I am not talking, writing an essay, carrying some poster in a parade or anything that could be construed as speech or writing, […]

Students support one of their own

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Chase Carson, far left, was chosen as the target of Operation Caring by the sixth graders at Ranchvale Elementary School. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections When November and Operation Caring rolled around, sixth graders at Ranchvale Elementary School knew what they wanted to do. Each year, the students complete a […]

Foster parents sought in Curry, Roosevelt counties

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico As far as the Wofford kids are concerned, they chose their parents. When they needed a permanent family, three of the five children decided they wanted Sherill and Alan Wofford of Portales to become their parents. So they called and made the request. Unbeknownst to the children, the Woffords […]