Tuesday morning briefing: Going postal, holiday fun and Gore gives up

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Postal meeting Mark your calendar for a U.S. Postal Service meeting 6 p.m. Thursday at Clovis Civic Center. Postal officials will present plans to close a regional mail handling facility in Clovis. They’re looking for public opinion. Holiday fun Winter Wonderland is 8 a.m. […]

Zias’ 100-point effort gives coach first win

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks ENMU senior Guard Tori Northcutt tries to work her way around Oklahoma Panhandle State sophomore guard Camille Washington Tuesday in second half action at Greyhound Arena. ENMU won By Larry Booker: FNM correspondent PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team needed nearly all of the 100 points […]

Tie gives Hounds LSC men’s soccer title

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FNM correspondent: Joshua Lucero ENMU sophomore Jehmaine Brooks slides for the tackle on Incarnate Word’s Carlos Picado during Sunday’s Lone Star Conference men’s soccer match at the ENMU pitch. The teams played to a scoreless tie, which gave the Greyhounds the Lone Star Conference title. CNJ staff PORTALES — All things considered, a tie was […]

Military mama: Reunions bring on tears

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There are so many of my dear friends enduring lengthy deployments of their spouses, I have kept up with their roller coaster of emotions and tried to offer support whenever possible. I understand what a challenge it can be, especially when that military spouse is also a mom. As moms we are used to being […]

Day trip: Center gives families chance to discover

Courtesy photo The Don Harrington Science Center is located at 1200 Streit Drive in Amarillo. Place: Don Harrington Science Center Location: 1200 Streit Drive, Amarillo, Texas, 79106 What activities can you enjoy at this location: A variety of science exhibits including Amazing Bodies!, which connects science to everyday life using kids, cows, and dogs; Space […]

Airman gives of himself to save son

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — An airman from Hurlburt Field, Fla., donated a portion of his liver to help save the life of a two-year-old boy. Senior Airman Mario Webb, a ground radio maintainer from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, acted as a living donor to give his son, Genghis, a liver transplant in April. Webb […]

Labor Department gives aid to homeless vets

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Labor Department officials are awarding more than $5 million in grants to help homeless female veterans and veterans with families find jobs and work toward a “bright future,” the secretary of labor announced June 30. “Millions of hard-working, responsible families are at risk of losing their […]

Mom gives greatest advice

By Grant McGee: Local columnist My friend Michelle tells the story of disciplining her littlest kid, Zeke. “It was bath time and he didn’t want to take one,” she said. “But I told him he had to so he turns to me and says, ‘Momma I don’t love you anymore!’ I wanted to laugh but […]

Parishioners take advantage of Friday night services

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Courtesy photo Pastor David Swann preaches during a service at Faith Christian Family Church. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff writer Adding a Friday night church service to the traditional Sunday worship has become a success for Faith Christian Family Church. The Friday night date night service gives an alternate time for worshipers and gives parents […]

Program gives airmen online mentorship

By Master Sgt. Russell P. Petcoff: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — Airmen soon will have a new, Web-based tool to track their career and work with a mentor from throughout the Air Force, according to Dan Sitterly, the director of Force Development for the deputy chief of staff for Manpower, Personnel […]

Schools waiting for governor’s signature on education cut package

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Area schools are waiting for Gov. Bill Richardson to sign a package of measures that gives a less than 1 percent budget cut to public education. Clovis Municipal Schools leaders are collecting ideas and looking into ways of cutting corners without hurting education programs. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said nothing […]

“Foolishness” of the cross gives us hope

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist Legions of angels. That’s how many Jesus said were at his disposal had he chosen not to be arrested, not to go to the cross. I suspect even one angel would have easily handled all the Roman soldiers in Jerusalem on that “Good” Friday. But the most conspicuous thing about […]

Proposed bill exempts seniors from jury duty

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The saying age has its privileges may find new meaning in New Mexico law. A bill passed by the state Senate Tuesday gives senior citizens 70 and older an automatic pass on jury duty. Introduced by Sen. Stuart Ingle, SB 112 gives citizens 70 and older a choice to […]

ENMU Gives Letter Jacket to Governor

Clovis grad gives spark for Zias

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Vanessa O’Neal, left, gets into position to grab a rebound during the Zias’ practice Friday afternoon. O’Neal was a member of the 30-0 state champion Clovis girls basketball team in 2005. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico A jack of all trades and a master […]

Bible gives us clear picture

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Once Buffy got a splinter lodged in the palm of her hand. I worked carefully to get it out but with little success. Even with the help of the sunlight, I still couldn’t see the splinter well enough to deal with it. Then the thought came to me: try the […]

Cops and Courts: Woman gives notice of intent to sue county

A Clovis police officer has given Curry County notice she may sue, alleging a sheriff’s department dispatcher used a law enforcement database to pry into her personal life. In a Nov. 12 tort claims notice, an attorney for Sandra Spear said former dispatcher Shannon Perry used the National Crimes Information Centers database to look up […]

Education feature: Clovis school gives 50/50 language mix

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lockwood Elementary School kindergarten students Halynn Garcia, right, tells Katelynn Wideman the instructions the teacher gave the class in Spanish moments before. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer When Ana Rodriguez asked her second grade class for words that begin with the letter “B,” birthday was rejected. “Yes, but words […]

Tax holiday gives residents relief

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Marie Pickard of Clovis picks through the selection of blue jeans at a local department store at North Plains Mall Saturday during the second day of the tax free weekend. Pickard said she was shopping for back-to-school clothes for her grandchildren. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Marie Pickard sorted through a pile of boys […]

Bill passes, gives Cannon funding