History should be learned by all

Eastern New Mexico is about to gain one more American citizen. That’s the report I got a few weeks ago, when then-Clovis City Commissioner Fred Van Soelen suggested we do a story about Legislative and Community Development Director Claire Burroughes applying for U.S. citizenship. Burroughes, who has been married to a U.S. citizen for more […]

Clovis native’s memories have place in history

Clovis Media Inc. “Vietnam helped me realize who the true heroes really are in this world. It’s not the home-run hitters.” — Baseball slugger Willie Stargell

Association recruiting Buffalo Soldiers

Joe Terry: Courtesy photo Portales city councilman Oscar Robinson, left, speaks with his fellow buffalo soldier member Joe Terry, center, and Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-N.M., on the senate roundhouse floor in Santa Fe. The Llano Estacado Buffalo Soldier Association acted as the colorguard along with other Buffalo Soldiers for Santa Fe’s Centennial program last month. […]

ENMU spring enrollment sets record

Freedom New Mexico For the first time in its history, Eastern New Mexico University’s enrollment for a spring semester has surpassed 5,000 students. At 5,084 students for the semester, the university is sitting at a 4.5 percent increase over last year’s enrollment of 4,864 students. Spring student credit hours, which higher education funding is based […]

Cannon celebrating Black History Month

By: Tech. Sgt. Melinda Morris: 27th Special Operations Wing Equal Opportunity Office The 2012 theme for Black History Month is “Black Women in American Culture and History”. Black History Month is a Department of Defense-recognized special observance to honor the contributions and achievements of all Americans to the American culture and to increase awareness, mutual […]

New Mexico marks 100 years of statehood

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Courtesy photo: New Mexico History Museum President William Howard Taft signed the declaration of New Mexico’s statehood at 1:35 p.m. on Jan. 6, 1912. New Mexico was the 47th state. Freedom New Mexico The state of New Mexico turns 100 today and statewide celebrations will be going on all weekend in commemoration of this historical […]

Library hosting history display

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Clovis-Carver Public Library Director Margaret Hinchee, left, and Friends of Clovis-Carver Public Library President Carolyn Shipley, right, discuss sifting through early Curry County photos to select for the library’s upcoming Clovis history display. The photos will be organized in categories such as the evolution of Clovis’ Main Street, the history […]

Monday morning briefing: A new year, and still making history

Good morning, and welcome to the first Freedom New Mexico Morning Briefing of 2012. You might be reading this from your office or your home, depending on how your business is marking the New Years holiday. The Freedom New Mexico offices are closed, but the newsrooms are still available throughout the day (depending, of course, […]

Friday morning briefing: Tankersley history, music and gas price double

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Tankersley’s history A bit of history about Tankersley’s clothing, now celebrating its 50th anniversary in Clovis: In 1983 Homer Tankersley was appointed to the Menswear Retailers of America Committee. Only 30 retailers were chosen from all 50 states and several foreign countries. He was […]

Our towns: Fort Sumner has celebrated history

De Baca County Chamber of Commerce: Courtesy photo The site of the Billy the Kid tombstone is one of the many tourist attractions in Fort Sumner, along with the Billy the Kid Museum, Bosque Redondo Memorial, the Pecos River and more. Fort Sumner Community Development Corporation Executive Director Allen Sparks said the town is also […]

Our towns: Texico takes pride in its history

Alisa Boswell: Cannon Connections The Texico school system is a big part of the small town’s community and school athletic games are held all through the week. Resident Doug Scioli said several families bring their children to Texico from Clovis to go to school, because they like the small town school environment. Alisa Boswell The […]

Friday morning briefing: Book bargains, getting hooked and cash machines

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Book bargains A used book sale will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Saturday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The sale is being conducted by the Friends of the Library. Big fish A chance to get hook at the annual Biggest Catfish Challenge […]

Letters to the editor: Hotel Clovis has historical value

Hotel Clovis has historical value We can all benefit from having such an historical treasure and local landmark as Hotel Clovis. Its value includes its rich history. At the time of its construction in 1931, it was the tallest building between Albuquerque and Dallas. It was also the host in its elegant ballroom to some […]

Independent spirit lives on in America

The Fourth of July, Independence Day, is a good time not only for hot dogs and fireworks, but to reflect for a moment on what makes this country unique, the qualities that enabled it to become in some ways the most successful country in history, and to contemplate the extent to which those qualities still […]

Day trip: National Museum of Nuclear Science

Courtesy photo The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History is located in Albuquerque. National Museum of Nuclear Science and History • Location: 601 Eubank Blvd. SE at Southern Blvd., Albuquerque 87123, six blocks south of Central Ave. and off of Interstate 40, exit 165. • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Exhibits […]

Budget cuts could come at troops’ expense

As Washington engages in a heated political debate about the federal deficit, both parties agree that spending should be cut and no program seems entirely safe from the budget-slashing ax. But history tells us that Congress often makes mistakes during periods of indiscriminate budget-cutting. And this time, the consequences could be tragic for our soldiers […]

Zia students re-enact history of Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Zia third-grader Amber Washburn explains Wednesday about the pioneers of Clovis in the 1930s to Clovis living history museum attendees. Liliana Castillo Fourteen Zia Elementary School Gifted and Talented students re-enacted the history of Clovis in a living museum Wednesday. The students created scenes from the four eras of Clovis’ […]

Making history: First female commander selected to lead 16th SOS

USAF Lt. Col. Tracy L. Onufer assumes command of the 16th Special Operations Squadron after accepting the guidon from Col. James Slife, 27 Special Operations Group commander, during a change of command ceremony Feb. 22. By Rick Shea: 27th Special Operations Wing historian Their lineage is indisputable — 43 years of continuous service to our […]

Religion feature: Westminster Presbyterian’s first female pastor leading congregation

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Courtesy photo Cristabelle Russell is the new pastor at Clovis’ Westminster Presbyterian Church and the first woman to lead the near 50-year-old congregation. Sharna Johnson Not only has a new pastor taken the pulpit at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Cristabelle Russell is the first woman to lead the congregation in its near 50-year Clovis history. Beginning […]

Students return to teach at schools they graduated from

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Liliana Castillo Curry County teachers who have returned to their alma mater say there is a special bond between them and the community because of their history. Marshall Middle School life science teacher and coach Darren Williams has been a teacher for 12 years and has taught at Clovis Municipal Schools for the duration. “I […]