Friday morning briefing: Clovis man honored, school supplies needed and 21st street blues

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Clovis native honored Dalton (Ga.) State College has honored former president and Clovis native James A. Burran,dedicating the college’s 75-foot bell tower in his name. Burran grew up in Clovis and graduated from Clovis High School in 1968.

Portales rodeo champ honored with own day

Kevin Wilson Michael Trujillo’s had a few days to remember over the last two years. Add Friday to the list. That day has been declared Michael Trujillo College National Finals Rodeo Day by Gov. Bill Richardson. “It’s pretty crazy that day’s going to come up Friday,” said Trujillo, a Portales High graduate who found out […]

ENMU’s Mayo Otis honored by ESPN

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University senior Alex Mayo Otis has been selected First Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 6 for her performance in the role of designated player and in the classroom during the 2010 season. The Phoenix native was a second-team selection last season in addition to making the Lone […]

Clovis emergency services director to be honored

CNJ staff Jan Elliott, the executive director of emergency medical services for Region 3, is one of 21 to be honored during the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women’s annual Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women. The event is scheduled for May 7 at the Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town. Also, Albuquerque […]

Education digest: Muleshoe school honored

Muleshoe school honored DeShazo Elementary School in Muleshoe was named one of the 2009 Just For the Kids Higher Performing Schools in Texas for Mathematics, according to a news release. The award was given by the National Center for Educational Achievement, the release said. The school uses a math curriculum called Math that Works. An […]

Event aims to give families closure

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Daryl Harris hangs an ornament in memory of his wife, Betty Jo Harris, during Thursday’s 25th annual “Celebration of Life” sponsored by the Plains Regional Medical Center Home Health Care/Hospice. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Area families honored loved ones who have passed away in 2009 at Thursday’s 25th […]

Regent honored posthumously by Eastern New Mexico Foundation

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A story of helping others after tragedy and contributions of time, effort and money make the recipients of this year’s Eastern New Mexico Foundation awards stand out. Late ENMU Regent and businessman Alva C. Carter Sr. is posthumously receiving the Volunteer of the Year award, while Super 8 motel […]

Zias’ Mayo Otis honored

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University outfielder Alex Mayo Otis has received a plaque from the NCAA recognizing her as the toughest hitter to strike out in Division II softball during the 2009 season. Mayo Otis, from Phoenix, struck out just twice in 160 at-bats over 47 games. She tied for the lead […]

Portales veteran to be honored

Courtesy photo Lloyd Smith, 22, in uniform at Christmas a few months before heading overseas to fight in Vietnam. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections At 88, Myrtie Smith isn’t apt to just jump up and take any cross-country trip. Given the honor about to be bestowed on her fallen hero of a son, she just […]

Military feature: Fallen Vietnam soldier honored with memorial

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Courtesy photo Lloyd Smith, 22, in uniform at Christmas a few months before heading overseas to fight in Vietnam. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico At 88, Myrtie Smith isn’t apt to just jump up and take any cross-country trip. Given the honor about to be bestowed on her fallen hero of a son, she […]

Portales historian honored

By Ruth Burns: FNM correspondent Rose Powers White has been chosen to be honored by a historic marker for her tireless dedication to preserving the history of the early days on the plains of Eastern New Mexico. Rosalie Pierce Powers was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico in 1894 to Neville and Stephen Powers. She […]

First person: Local nurse put family before dream

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Jennifer McKinney of Clovis traded her dream of being a physician for having a family. Sixteen years later, she has no regrets. She splits her time between her three children and her home health patients as a nurse for Plains Regional Medical Center. McKinney […]

Melrose student honored

Caleb Dodd of Melrose has been chosen as one of 50 participants in the National FFA Organization 2009 New Century Farmer Program. Dodd is an Eastern New Mexico University student majoring in general agriculture. He plans to work on his family’s farm after college and expand operations using technology. This year’s New Century Farmers will […]

Family’s weather tracking legacy honored

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Fern White, 91, looks over a San Jon weather data archive collected by her family. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In aged pencil on yellowed paper, notes about the baby’s first tooth or daily chores mingled with the high and the low temperature for the day — a history […]

Bingaman will be honored for his conservation work

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman will be honored on Wednesday by the Wilderness Society for his work on land conservation issues.

Much-honored Reagan’s ideas marginalized

Freedom New Mexico A bipartisan crowd celebrated last week’s unveiling of a larger-than-life bronze statue of President Ronald Reagan in the Capitol Rotunda. We admit we felt a little choked up, just like former first lady Nancy Reagan, who shed a few tears at remembrances of the heady days of the Reagan presidency. More than […]

Cannon airmen honored at annual awards dinner

27th SOW Public Affairs Office The 27th Special Operations Wing’s top airmen and civilians were recognized at the annual awards dinner at The Landing on Feb. 21. Receiving awards were: •

Texico High School to be honored

Public Education Department to Honor 18 Schools For Math and Science Achievement

Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. Garc

Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. Garc

Falcons quarterback honored by Sporting News

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USAF photo: Mike Kaplan Air Force Falcon quarterback Tim Jefferson looks for a receiver during a 38-24 loss to the Brigham Young University Cougars at Falcon Stadium in Colorado on Nov. 15. Jefferson was named the Mountain West Conference’s freshman of the year by Sporting U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Air Force Academy freshman […]