What’s happening — March 15

Today Pre-school story hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 769-7840 Basic computer skills workshop — 9 a.m. to noon, Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 769-7840 Jail bond forum — 11:30 a.m., Melrose Senior Center, 427 Main St. in Melrose. Also, 6 p.m., Texico Senior Center, 211 Griffin St., in Texico. Information provided on $9.3 […]

What’s happening — March 14

Today Toddler Time story hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 769-7840 Ethics training — 9:30 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 769-7840 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting — 3 p.m., 321 Connelly. Information: 769-7828 Thursday Pre-school story hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 769-7840 Basic computer skills workshop — 9 a.m. to […]

Disability rating reform troubling

Most of a two-hour hearing last week of the House veteran affairs’ subcommittee focused on VA’s mammoth effort to apply current medical science and revise the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities, or VASRD, by 2016. Disability evaluation boards have used the VASRD since the end of World War II to compensate veterans for average impairment […]

Thursday morning briefing: Story hour, a food drive and a new baby

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Hear a story Preschool Story Hour is 10 a.m. today at the Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 769-7840. Food for the holidays Roosevelt General Hospital is conducting a food drive through Tuesday. Boxes for donations are in the RGH nurse’s lounge and in the business office […]

Chuck wagon cook-off hosted at fairgrounds

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Ethan Gallegos, a Clovis High School freshman and member of the Clovis Swim Club, serves a chicken fried steak during the “Duke of the Dutch Oven” Chuck Wagon Cook-Off Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Kevin Wilson For about an hour Saturday, the Curry County Fairgrounds held Clovis’ biggest outdoor […]

Earth Hour has minimal benefit for our planet

Freedom New Mexico Forget Earth Hour, this Saturday and into the future. It is a feel-good exercise that does less to save Mother Earth than almost anything we can do. It trivializes the cause it supposedly bolsters: good stewardship of resources. Earth Hour organizers claim the annual stunt inspires 50 million around the globe to […]

What we need is a 24-hour courage cycle

I’m increasingly convinced that the modern 24-hour news cycle blesses almost no one. With nothing really new to report, even in the midst of the kind of crises the talking heads love to talk about, and talk about, and talk about, the never-pausing news organizations become a kind of TV Twitter assailing those of us […]

Portales residents line up for community dinner

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Melvin McAfoos, right, talks to a little boy Saturday after snatching a dessert from the bar to take to a customer during the rush at El Rancho Restaurant’s annual free Christmas dinner. Clarence Plank The seventh annual free Christmas dinner at El Rancho Restaurant Saturday was a time for many […]

Jail administrator says he’s pleased with community involvement

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Curry County Adult Detention Center Administrator Keith Norwood discusses his goals for the jail with area residents Thursday at a meet and greet held in the Curry County Commission room. Norwood was hired June 2. Keith Norwood met with the public for the first time Thursday afternoon during a gathering […]

School board to continue superintendent search

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education decided Tuesday to continue searching for the next superintendent. The decision came after an hour-and-a-half executive session at Cameo Elementary. The board said they will continue to “aggressively search for the position of superintendent of schools during the next three months.” Three […]