Hounds offensive coordinator expected to make full recovery

CNJ staff PORTALES — Veteran Eastern New Mexico University offensive coordinator Mike Howard, who underwent triple bypass surgery on Monday night in Lubbock after experiencing chest pains earlier in the day, appears to be doing well and should make a full recovery, ENMU coach Mark Ribaudo said Tuesday. “It went well,” Ribaudo said Tuesday of […]

Summer rain means weeds growing problem

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson A house located at 600 Maple, which neighbors said has long been vacant, is overrun with weeds in the front yard. Kevin Wilson Melissa Newman, or anybody else in Clovis, might take a day off from weed pulling. The weeds, thanks to a summer full of rain, aren’t taking any […]

America’s freedoms compromised too often

Freedom Newspapers In the spirit of the holiday, we pursue the answer to a simple question: Could our forefathers possibly have envisioned the America that exists in 2010, where independence is thwarted at virtually every turn? Could they have foreseen the long lines at airports brought on by security checks? Or the invasive full-body scanners […]

Dandelion wine and changing times

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist The front yard is full of dandelions, a riot of deep green. The dandelions make the front yard look so lush and they’re getting bigger. I reckon I’m going to have to break out the lawn mower, and it isn’t even April. They made me remember something I read long […]

Job creation numbers grossly inflated

Last week marked the first anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, popularly known as the Obama stimulus package. The White House, not surprisingly, put on a full-court press, releasing a report that claimed the stimulus saved the country from having a recession degenerate into a full-blown depression, “saving or creating” some 2 million […]

In full bloom

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Brielle Mares with Amanda’s Floral restocks the showroom Thursday. By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Business is blooming for area florists even with Valentine’s Day falling on Sunday this year. Shops in Clovis and Portales plan Sunday delivery while others see themselves being out of flowers by that time or […]

Zias beat MSU to end South slide

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo ENMU forward Til-Lois Fifer scores after grabbing an offensive rebound during the first half of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference Saturday during the first half of the Zia’s game against Midwestern State. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Midwestern turnovers became Zias points, a warddrobe full of promo T-shirts blasted from […]

Holidays less trashy than previous year

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Chances are the day after Christmas you took a heap of trash out to a bin that was either full, almost full or overflowing with garbage. But area trash crews report collecting less waste after Christmas compared to last year. And they are not expecting much of an increase […]

Two women join ranks of Clovis police

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders shakes the hand of new officer Ruth Martinez Monday while fellow recruit Patty Terry looks on. The two women were sworn in Tuesday in an afternoon ceremony at the police department. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tuesday, two women joined the ranks at Clovis […]

Operation Santa Cop toy drive in full swing

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Kim Terry and Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department add donations from the Portales High School National Honor Society to a pile of toys for the annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree: Operation Santa Cop toy drive on Thursday. The honor society contributes every year, and provided 77 toys this year. […]

Hunting trip about family bonding

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Deer hunting came full circle for my brother and I last week but it’s remarkable just how much things have changed. The circle came when family members including my brother and I planned a deer hunting trip earlier this year to the same canyon where my dad first took my […]

Commander: Housing issue may affect future mission decisions

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Freedom New Mexico illustration: Gabriel Monte and Jenna Zamie The highlighted area indicates an area around Cannon Air Force Base with a roughly 60-minute drive time, where personnel can seek housing. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico When Cannon Air Force Base reaches full capacity in about five months, communities outside Clovis and Portales may […]

School supplies still relevant in life

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Well its official! School supplies are out at all the stores. Newspapers are full of ads on school supplies. With the passing of July 4th, it seems that summer vacation is on the downside and anyone can tell that by seeing the endless supplies of backpacks, school paper, pencils, pens, […]

GI Bill applies differently to Guard

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Because Sgt. 1st Class Tom Simpson of the Maryland Army National Guard has served on active duty almost continually since the 9/11 attacks, he believed he had earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and would be able to transfer them to his 18-year-old daughter who is attending college this fall. But […]

The governor that time forgot

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist I have book cases that are full of old history books. One of the books fell out of the case yesterday. The book was titled “My Life in the Mountains and on the Plains” and the man who wrote the book was that old New Mexico governor. David Meriwether, Virginia-Kentucky […]

GI Bill transfer full of questions

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Users of one of the most popular features of the Post-9/11 GI Bill — the option to transfer benefits to family members — will find a few quirks in how Congress designed the transfer provisions as they take effect in August. For example, spouses of active duty members who hope […]

June 7 Engagements

Price-Plummer Jeff and Diane Queener of Texico announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Lacy Price of Texico, to Wade Plummer, of Floyd, son of Renee Haught and Bill Plummer of Arizona. The couple will exchange vows at 6 p.m. June 20 at The Rose Garden on State Rd. 77. A reception will […]

May 31 Letters to the Editor

There will always be need for news I was amused when I read the full-page statement in the May 22 CNJ by the Newspaper Association of America on the “reality” about newspapers. I fully agree that newspapers are great, but here in Clovis the Amarillo, Lubbock and Albuquerque papers have ceased delivery. The “reality” of […]

Southwest Cheese plant expanding

A $90 million expansion at Southwest Cheese will increase its milk processing capacity by a third and bring approximately 50 full-time jobs to the area. Production at the Clovis plant is expected to increase from 7 million pounds of milk processed a day to 10.5 million pounds and a daily production capacity of 1.1 million […]

Early settler served on Territoral Senate

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist William D. McBee, full name William Dalton McBee. He was important in that he helped in the development of Melrose, Clovis and Curry County: “I was born just forty years after the Battle of San Jacinto, at Austin, Texas. My first impressions were saturated with Texas history: the massacre at […]