Clovis tykes pitch in for tornado relief effort

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis residents, clockwise from top left, Landon Mihalik, , Zachary Mihalik, Tyler Mihalik, and Isaac Forsyth will be running a lemonade stand today to raise money for families affected by a tornado that hit Joplin, Mo. Liliana Castillo While listening to his mother talk about a family they knew who […]

Former Portales residents lose home in Joplin tornado

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Courtesy photo: Kari Nevins A shot from the living room of the Nevins home looking toward their neighborhood Sunday after the storm. Numerous homes were destroyed and 123 people were killed in Joplin, Mo., Sunday when an EF5 tornado hit the city. Portales resident Carolyn Thompson has started a fund for her daughter, Kari Nevins’ […]

Southern Curry County wells going dry

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Resident Darlene Upham looks at her grandchildren’s handprints in the sidewalk in front of her home. Upham said she lives in fear everyday that her water well will run dry and she will lose her dream home. Sharna Johnson When Darlene Upham purchased her south Curry County property […]

Bin Laden reaction: Clovis woman hopes for peaceful world

Rabiah Memon spent Sunday night and Monday morning happy but concerned at the same time. While glad to hear news that Osama bin laden had been killed, Memon said violence broke out in Karachi, Pakistan, where her family lives and her siblings were in school and trying to get home to safety. “We were very […]

One family’s home saved by inches; another consumed in fire

Brian Victor, who lives off Highway 467 just before the Roosevelt County line, said the fire came within inches of his home. Victor said he and most of his family were in Clovis around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, preparing to go to the movies when he received a phone call telling him his home area was […]

Our people: Nicole Thornton represents Portales as the city’s community affairs coordinator

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Nicole Thornton worked as the community affairs coordinator as well as the Portales Main Street manager. Nicole Thornton was the Community Affairs Coordinator for the city of Portales until Friday. Her husband received orders from the Air Force back to Florida so the couple will be returning home. Thornton said […]

TexAnns take two from Zias

CNJ staff Arianna Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run and Tarleton State beat Eastern New Mexico University 6-1 in the nightcap to complete sweep of Friday’s Lone Star Conference South softball doubleheader at Zia Field. Tarleton State beat ENMU 5-1 in the opener. Samantha Swanda and Katie Smith combined to limit […]

Teen’s mother takes stand in homicide trial

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell DeAngelo Montoya, 13, left, is escorted from the Roosevelt County Courthouse by Transport Officer Tim Morrison Tuesday afternoon after the first day of his trial. He is accused of killing 21-year-old Angel Vale last summer. Argen Duncan During the first day of trial, prosecutors portrayed a 13-year-old charged with murdering […]

Ticket feature: Home and Garden show begins Saturday

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File photo At least half of the venders scheduled to be at the Clovis Home and Garden Show this weekend are new, according to organizers. Freedom New Mexico The annual Home and Garden Show begins Saturday, running through Sunday and promises a full house of vendors, products and ideas. With something for the whole family, […]

Clovis police investigating home invasion

Freedom New Mexico Clovis police are investigating a home invasion Thursday in which a 72-year-old woman was robbed. Police were called to a residence in the 300 block of Axtell Street just after 10 p.m. A woman told them males she believed to be teenagers approached her from behind in her home and instructed her […]

Curry County Cats play at home on Sunday

CNJ staff The Curry County Cats will host the Roswell Rhinos in a 2 p.m. kickoff on Sunday at Leon Williams Stadium. The Cats improved to 4-0 last weekend with a 34-13 win over the Alamogordo Desert Dawgs, their second consecutive road triumph after winning their first two games at home.

Wednesday morning briefing: Hank Baskett, pitch your cause and it’s all OK

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Cast your vote Hometown favorite Hank Baskett has become a website favorite in the Athlebrity Madness tournament. The site asks you to vote for your favorite pro football player who blends athleticism and celebrity — Athlebrity. Baskett sent Mark Sanchez packing by garnering 54 […]

Tuesday morning briefing: School money, the home show and loyalty tests

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Vendors needed The annual Clovis Home and Garden Show is still seeking vendors. The show is April 9-10 at the Clovis Civic Center and was attended by an estimated 3,500 folks last year. Contact the Home Builders Association of Eastern New Mexico for more […]

Area youth share spring break activities

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Derik Kuykendall, 14, of Clovis takes his turn at bat at his friend Taylor Stratton’s homemade wiffleball field on Howard Cowper Street. Clovis has its own sandlot. Stu Stratton of Clovis set up a wiffle ball field in an empty lot across from his home on Howard Cowper Street. Stratton […]

Balance freedom with responsibility

My mother was a homemaker. She made every old ranch house we lived in a comfortable home, which usually was not easy. She also was a neatness freak. Dishes were washed immediately after each meal — no waiting till later allowed. This was before automatic dishwashers, understand. Also, all beds were made first thing after […]

Pastor making new home in Portales

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan New administrator at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home, Randy Rankin, leans against a wall displaying the corner stone from the home’s previous facility, dating back to the early 1900s. Rankin said his calling in life is taking care of children. Argen Duncan The new administrator at the New Mexico […]

Way back to Father through Jesus

Curtis Shelburne We are all on a journey. What is particularly ironic about the journey is that we spend most of our lives trying to get back where we started. We spend most of our lives trying to fulfill our deepest longing, the desire to be home, truly home. If you think about the journey […]

Military touts medical home care

Most military beneficiaries haven’t heard of PCMH or “patient-centered medical home,” a civilian-conceived strategy to improve managed care. Yet 655,000 military beneficiaries who use base clinics and hospitals have been enrolled with a PCMH team over the past 14 months and that number is projected to double this year and double again, to 2.5 million […]

On the shelves — Jan. 30

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library The Library maintains a collection of documents on flood management that illustrate a broad range of flood-proofing techniques, building designs to minimize damage, personal safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and structural repair methods. Most of these publications are available for checkout, and a complete list is available […]

Clovis home sales down

Sharna Johnson Home sales in Clovis dropped about 28 percent in 2010 but home values remained steady, even inching up a little — both indicators the area is faring better than other communities nationwide, local real estate agents say. Clovis mayor and Realtor Gayla Brumfield said despite the decrease, the real estate community is pleased […]