Wednesday morning briefing: High cotton and a girl’s best friend

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday morning briefing.

Elida teen remembered for big heart

Christina Calloway An Elida teenager killed in a crash Friday is remembered as a beautiful and bubbly girl with a big heart. Britt’ny Mowell, 17, died at a Lubbock hospital from injuries suffered in a single vehicle rollover crash outside Elida. “She loved everybody, everyone became her friend,” said Mowell’s sister, Mollie Crow. “She was […]

Cooperative efforts help students’ creativity

There are a great many gifts these days, being made in the Clovis Christian High School art and wood arts departments, especially involving joint use of the two classes, which are located across the hall from one another. The focus in this column is on handmade gifts, for those whom one loves, especially those made […]

Girl attacked while trying to protect dog

Benna Sayyed An 11-year-old Clovis girl was treated at Plains Regional Medical Center after being mauled by a dog Wednesday, police said. Robin Howe, the girl’s father, said his daughter was at a friend’s home in the 3700 block of Autumnwood. He said she was walking her pet dachshund when a larger black dog charged […]

Religion feature: Tour aims to connect mothers, daughters

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Courtesy photo Balloon sculptures, confetti blasts, and beach ball competitions are a few extras that will enhance the evening. Benna Sayyed A Clovis church accepts the adage that girls are growing up faster these days, but officials hope a new tour will help counter some of the unintended consequences. Secret Keeper Girl LIVE: The Pajama […]

Rodeoing family tradition

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Curry County resident Jo Hughes’ granddaughter Hannah Hughes competed in the 9- to 12-year-olds goat tying event Saturday in the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals at the Curry County Events Center. Liliana Castillo As a girl raced toward the first barrel on her trusty steed, Sally Bland yelled “Go […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: They’re young girls, not tramps

Marla Jo Fisher It’s nice to know that we can walk into any mall these days and outfit Curly Girl for her future career as a prostitute. Maybe she’ll meet Hugh Grant while she’s trolling the streets. Maybe she’ll be a stripper or a call girl who meets a nice married governor from Back East. […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Who was foolish enough to give me kids?

Marla Jo Fisher Occasionally, people will pick up my column in the mistaken belief they are going to become informed about how to raise children. But, really, no one would come to me for parenting advice unless they’d been drinking heavily. As writer Lori Borgman wrote in her book, “I was a better mother before […]

Clovis teen recovering from shooting

CNJ staff A 17-year-old Clovis girl was in serious condition today at a Lubbock hospital after police said she was accidentally shot by a friend who was trying to shoot from a car. Police were called to 11th and Gidding streets just before 4 p.m. Thursday. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said Alexia Bruhn, 17, […]

Police blotter — March 27

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 4 p.m. March 16 an officer responded to a business in the 1700 block of Wallace Street for a report of a fight between two female juveniles. A girl said she and her friend were skating and they fell, causing a […]

Police seeking man accused of child solicitation

CNJ staff Clovis police are seeking a man accused of trying to solicit pre-teen girls. Recently there have been three reports of a man approaching girls in various locations in the community, according to a press release. None of the children have been harmed. In a report to police Monday, a 12-year-old girl reported being […]

Press release: Police looking for man soliciting girls

Clovis Police are actively seeking to identify and capture a suspect described in three recent acts of Child Enticement in varying locations in Clovis. The suspect has been described by two different potential victims as a white male, 18 to 30 years of age, clean shaven face, wearing eye glasses and driving a red Pontiac […]

Illinois man to face charges in New Mexico

A 59-year-old Illinois man was indicted by a federal grand jury for sexual Internet activity with what he believed to be an 11-year-old Melrose girl. Jerry Wexler of Barrington, Ill., faces up to 30 years imprisonment for the crime of attempted production of a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 4 p.m. Feb. 10 an officer responded to an undisclosed residence for a report of criminal sexual contact of a minor. A 15-year-old girl said a girl from school arranged for her friend to give her a ride home so she […]

Area’s first baby also family’s first girl

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Alex and Anna Barraz welcomed their first daughter Yvette Barraz into the world at 3:50 a.m. Saturday, making her the first baby born in Clovis in 2011. Liliana Castillo The first baby born in Clovis in 2011 was Clovis residents Alex and Anna Barraz’ first daughter. Yvette Barraz was born […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 11 p.m. Nov. 11 an officer responded to a residence in the 1000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard for a report of a homeless teen. A 16-year-old girl told the officer her parents were dead and she had been […]

Police blotter — Nov. 14

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 11 a.m. Oct. 28, an officer responded to a school in the 1900 block of Thornton Street for a report of child abandonment. A 16-year-old girl said her mother moved to another state, leaving her with a friend. She said when […]

Police: 1-month-old to be released to foster care

CNJ staff A 1-month-old girl hospitalized with injuries from abuse has improved and will soon be released to foster care. The girl was taken to a Lubbock children’s hospital Sept. 28 and underwent brain surgery after extensive injuries were discovered by staff at Plains Regional Medical Center. Police said Tuesday in a press release that […]

Autopsy indicates Clovis girl did not suffocate

CNJ staff Preliminary autopsy findings show a 2-year-old Clovis girl did not suffocate as police initially thought. Aspen Reiller died Sunday after her parents reported they woke around 10 a.m. and found her unconscious and not breathing. “There were no indications of suffocation or any means of a physical foul play to have caused her […]

Suffocation ruled out in child’s death

By CNJ Staff Preliminary autopsy findings indicate a 2 year-old girl who died Sunday did not suffocate as police initially thought. “There were no indications of suffocation or any means of a physical foul play to have caused her death,” said Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Medical investigators were not able to reach a determination […]