ENMU rodeo team starts season at home

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank ENMU graduate student Kacey Kobza of Brighton, Colo., practices goat tying for the ENMU College Daze Rodeo today through Saturday at Lewis Cooper Arena in Portales. Kobza competes in goat tying, breakaway and barrels. Clarence Plank The Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team kicks off their fall season with the […]

Area teachers selected for award

CNJ staff Portales fifth grade teacher Becky Duran and Clovis High School teacher and coach Drew Hatley are Freedom New Mexico’s Newspapers in Education teachers of the year for 2010. The program provides newspapers for classrooms as a resource in education. NIE coordinator Lynn Berry said the award is given to a teacher who creatively […]

Homicide suspect to undergo mental evaluation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The case against a Portales man charged with an open count of murder in the death of a 69-year-old man is on hold pending psychological evaluations. District Judge Drew Tatum ordered Thursday that Isaac Montano II, 46, undergoes a psychological evaluation, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Montano’s case […]

June 22, 2008 Weddings

Gonzales Miranda Chavez and Richard Gonzales, both of Clovis, were joined in marriage May 25, 2008, at their home. District Judge Drew Tatum performed the family ceremony. The couples’ three children are Richard Gonzales II, Alycia Gonzales and Victoria Chavez. The bride is the daughter of Joaquin G. and Naty Madril of Clovis. The bridegroom […]

Energy sources now main focus of U.S. majority

Freedom New Mexico Republican presidential candidate John McCain this week reversed his position and drew environmentalists’ wrath when he came out in favor of lifting the federal ban on off-shore oil drilling. McCain apparently realizes he needs motorists’ votes more than environmentalists’ endorsements. Better late than never. Rising gasoline prices have focused voters’ attention. A […]

Power restored, courthouse temporarily emptied

Freedom New Mexico Power was out for 36 minutes across Portales on Friday morning, the outage caused by a piece of equipment that regulates voltage, an Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said. The power was out from 9:10 to 9:46 a.m. The power outage is believed to have triggered the temporary closing of the Roosevelt […]

Faith, art walk hand in hand

By Clyde Davis: Columnist A book by Madeliene L’Engle, “Walking On Water,” given to me by a close friend almost a year ago, explores the relationship between art and religion, or more dynamically, between art and faith. Coincidentally, I was giving it a reread last week, seeking for some inspiration. It caused me to rethink […]

2/4 Zia honor roll

Third Grade A Honor Roll: Halle Brown, Zachary Burrell, Baylee Dlouhy, Price Drake, Devinne Fallis, Levi Grim, Bronwyn Guthals, Jaylen Harris, Daisa Hastings, Emery Herbert, Antonio Hicks, Luke Hisel, Bailey Kinley, Derik Kuykendall, Matthew Lanier, Nicole Lautenslager, Rylie Lee, Derek Nunez, Coleton Parks, Levi Reid, Christopher Romero, Justin Rucker, Breanna Smith, Danni Williams and Aarica […]

Talent takes center stage at Kid Fest

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Trazon Jimerson, 4, of Cannon Air Force Base climbs through a blow-up tunnel Saturday afternoon at Kid Fest at Clovis High School. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer She’s a seasoned performer — but Amy Carter is only 8 years old. In a red polka dotted shirt, her hair in curls, […]

Longest running comic wasn’t always funny

By Don McAlavy The first thing I read every Sunday morning are the color comics. I bypass the bad news on the front page and go to my favorite comic strip, Blondie and Dagwood. I want a laugh. Long ago, they said the funnies were responsible for selling a lot of newspapers. But in these […]