Letter to the editor: City needs conservative leadership

In the final days leading to the mayoral and City Commission election, I’d like to take a moment to remind the citizens of Clovis about an important vote they cast last year to defeat the insidious Affordable Housing Plan the mayor and her minions on the City Commi-ssion tried to shove down their throats. When […]

LSC races tight heading into final week

CNJ staff The Lone Star Conference basketball regular season is down to its final week. All but one of the 21 teams — 10 men’s, 11 women’s — remain in the running for the conference tournament, which is slated for Feb. 29-March 4 at Allen, Texas. The top eight teams on each side qualify. For […]

WT cancels final two days of event

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — The final two days of a three-day event hosted by West Texas A&M were canceled due to cold and windy weather conditions. Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team went 2-1 in three games on Friday. The Zias (3-4) were to face Texas-Permian Basin and Oklahoma Panhandle State on Saturday. ENMU […]

Final day of tourney canceled

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANTONIO — The final day of games in the St. Mary’s NCAA Division II College Classic softball tournament was canceled on Saturday due to storms in the area. More rain was expected today and Monday, so the slate of games will not be made up. Eastern New Mexico University, which went […]

Portales says yes to Sunday alcohol sales

Portales voters approved Sunday alcohol sales by a narrow margin in a referendum Tuesday. The final total was 311-278 for allowing sales of alcohol on Sunday at local restaurants. Election officials described the flow of voters as steady most of the day, but only a fraction of the city’s 6,007 registered voters ended up casting […]

Seconds matter in team roping

Julie Bryant In team roping, seconds can mean thousands of dollars to be won, or lost, and that was the case for more than 200 team ropers who made their way on Saturday to the Curry County Event Center to compete in the United States Team Roping Championships Southwest Regionals. Among them was a pair […]

Education column: Clovis schools implementing xeriscaping

The final curtain has come down on the school year, and students are well into their summer activities. Meantime, Clovis Municipal Schools Operations folks have moved into high gear, and it is their moment — pun intended — to shine. Across the district at our school sites and other buildings, things are happening. Gene Bieker, […]

Curry County Ranch Rodeo results

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Courtesy photo Women’s winning team. The Pacheco Ranch, from left, Romni Durrett, Poppy Richardson, Jodi Gates, and Shana McIntosh. Final results Sunday from the second annual Curry County Ranch Rodeo: • Team — 1. Stierwalt/Broken H Ranch, Shidler, Okla., and Bronson, Kan. (Shane Stierwalt Lane Sierwalt, Doug Hall, Cliff Hall). 2. Wilson T4 Cattle Company, […]

LSC weekly softball update — May 4

(Regular-season final) South Division Div. All W-L W-L Angelo State 15-6 40-10 Incarnate Word 15-6 31-21 West Texas A&M 14-7 40-14 Texas Woman’ 11-10 29-24 Abilene Christian 11-10 28-27 Tarleton State 10-11 22-25 TX A&M-Kingsville 5-16 24-31 ENMU 3-18 13-41 North Division Div. All W-L W-L Midwestern State 13-4 44-8 Southeastern Okla. 13-5 36-17 East […]

Architects hear feedback from school staff on middle school’s design

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Schools Food Service director Paul Kline, left, and Middle School Project Manager Jeremy Trumble go over floor plans for the kitchen and cafeteria for a new middle school Saturday at a design meeting held with architects at the administration building. Liliana Castillo Architects of a third middle school completed […]

Proposal to ban funeral services too extreme

Freedom New Mexico Funerals are accepted as the final rite of passage in virtually every culture. Here as in most of the world, funerals, and funeral processions, are part of that rite. In addition to showing respect for the deceased, they help offer some closure, perhaps even catharsis, to the mourners. Texas District Attorney Rene […]

Clovis grad ties for 38th at Nevada Open

CNJ staff Clovis High graduate Travis Reid shot a 4-over-par 76 in the third and final round Friday and finished tied for 38th at the Nevada Open in Mesquite, Nev. Reid finished at 3-under 213 and earned $537. He was tied for 17th at 7-under entering the final round. Brady Schnell beat former La Cueva […]

Hull Street overpass close to completion

CNJ staff Crews are putting the final touches on the Hull Street overpass, with hopes that cars could cross the new structure as soon as Friday. City Engineer Justin Howalt said the final step is a pedestrian fence, a standard feature with the sidewalk area overlooking the railroad. The fence could take up to two […]

Retroactive compensation awarded

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Department of Veterans Affairs published its final regulation Aug. 31 for compensating Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B-cell leukemia, or their surviving spouses. Veterans diagnosed with these diseases only will have to show they stepped foot in Vietnam sometime from Jan. 9, 1962 through May […]

Richardson talks Ute, ENMU

Kevin Wilson New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson paid one of his final official visits to eastern New Mexico Thursday, when he gave $125,000 to Eastern New Mexico University’s digital cinema arts program. Following the ceremony, he took a few questions from Freedom New Mexico and News 3 New Mexico (KENW-TV) reporters. Kevin Wilson, Freedom New […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A winner, local 4-H hall of famers and the death of a princess

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Final winner John Zitzelsberger is this fifth, and final, winner in the drawing for The Freedom New Mexico newsletter contest.

County awaiting vote to complete complex plan

Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners voted Tuesday to wait on the final phase of an architect’s plan for a judicial complex until after voters decide in November whether to fund the project. They also — following a more than hour-long executive session — granted the county manager authority to proceed with purchasing private properties needed […]

Final Agent Orange review ordered

An estimated 200,000 Vietnam veterans suffering from three diseases newly associated with exposure to Agent Orange are closer to receiving disability compensation following an appeals court order Aug. 2 directing VA to publish a final implementing regulation within 30 days. On a lawsuit brought by a coalition of veterans’ service organizations, the U.S. Court of […]

Influencing TRICARE option barred

Civilian employers of military retirees once again can offer a TRICARE supplemental plan with their cafeteria-style health insurance options so that workers who elect to use their TRICARE Standard benefit can buy coverage conveniently and with pre-taxed dollars. The change took effect June 18 under a final rule published by the Department of Defense that […]

Veterans cautious of health reform

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist As House and Senate Democrats negotiate a final compromise national health care reform bill, military people across the nation — and their advocates in Washington D.C. — remain vigilant for side effects. The Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders have tried to reassure military members, retirees and veterans that national […]