TV not much more than distraction

Somewhere in the middle of my hours-long “Parks and Recreation” binge Sunday, I wondered to myself whether TV has paid off in any way after my years of dedicated viewing. Has it been worth it for any of us? At first glance, the answer is a resounding no. I’m sure if I could replace the […]

Extreme cold causes power outage, delays Clovis schools

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank An Xcel Energy crew works on power lines in Portales Tuesday. An Xcel spokesman said the company has a short-term solution to power failures in the city and is developing a plan to address the issue long term. Sharna Johnson Extreme cold and overloaded circuits are being blamed for power […]

Official: Wind damage, power imbalance to blame for Portales outages

Argen Duncan Power outages hit the same portion of Portales for several hours two mornings in a row this week. “We are aware of the problem, and we are working on a long-term solution so we avoid this particular problem,” said Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves. “And we do appreciate the patience of our customers […]

Force Support Squadron responds to customer comments

27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron The 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron recently conducted a survey to determine customer satisfaction with its hours of operation. More than 400 responded, and we appreciate those who took the time to complete the survey. In addition to information about our hours, we also received a few Comments […]

It's their business: Chillers

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Chillers employee Tesha Middleton, left, and store owner Lisa Thalleen make a smoothie for a customer. The store has been open since 2009. Chillers Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Saturday; Open daily in the summer. Location: 4024 N. Prince […]

Disaster put problems in perspective

Kevin Wilson I was back home in Clovis, ready to enjoy my two free hours before Saturday’s work day when I got the call. “Hey buddy,” my Portales friend said, “did you keep my keys when you went out to my truck for me?” I checked my pocket, felt keys that weren’t mine and flipped […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Art, no school and a frigid turn

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday/Thanksgiving Eve briefing. Student art An Eastern New Mexico University student art exhibition is set to show Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 in the Golden Library Runnels Gallery. The exhibition is open during library hours. A closing reception is set for 5-7 p.m. Dec. 2. For […]

In Search of Ponies: Gift horses tether to Grandpa

Sharna Johnson The childhood memories are many and vivid. There were the sweets; sugared mulberries and raspberries on top of vanilla ice cream, butterscotch candies, the nectar from honey suckle blossoms, boxes of oranges and grapefruits at Christmas and thin ribbon candy. And the countless hours I spent at Grandpa’s house, sitting in the branches […]

Press release: Bingaman aide to hold office hours in Texico

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced today that a representative from his Roswell office will be available in Texico on Tuesday, September 21st to help residents in the area with problems or concerns with federal government agencies. “The office hours in Texico will give area residents a chance to meet with a representative from […]

Udall staff member holding office hours

CNJ staff A staff member for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will be holding office hours for the Roosevelt, Curry and Quay County area residents needing help with the federal government Wednesday through Friday. David Williams of Udall’s office will be available: • 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Portales City Hall • 1 p.m. Thursday at […]

Day trip: Cultural works on display

Place: Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian Location: 9151 I-40 East in Amarillo, Texas. It is about two-and-a-half hours from Cannon. What is it? The museum gives visitors a look into the cultures of the people of the pueblos and plains. The museum displays fine paintings, bronzes fine old beadwork and material culture items. What […]

Day trip: JoyLand offers evening of family fun

Place: JoyLand Amusement Park Location: Lubbock. Take U.S. 70/84 east to Lubbock. When you arrive in Lubbock at intersection of U.S. 84 and Avenue Q, turn left to Fourth/U.S. 82, which turns into Parkway Drive. Look for brown signs directing to amusement park. Travel time from base: About two hours. What is it? An amusement […]

Day trip: Ranch offers taste of ‘old west’

Brad Cooper: Grindstone Graphics and Marketing A mock gunfight begins at the Flying J Ranch in Alto. The act is part of a nightly event which includes a chuckwagon supper and live music from the Flying J Wranglers. Place: Flying J Ranch Location: 6 Flying J Road in Alto. Take U.S. 70 towards Roswell, then […]

Day trip: Historical family’s home turned into museum

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Courtesy of Texas Historical Commission The Magoffin Home State Historic Site was home to the Magoffin family for over 100 years. The adobe structure is a museum with a collection of artifacts from the Magoffin family. Place: Magoffin Home State Historic Site Location: 1120 Magoffin Avenue in El Paso, Texas, is 317 miles or 5 […]

Heat, publicity boost pool attendance

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Lifeguard Kelsey Britt, right, watches over the pool at the Clovis Aquatic Center during Saturday afternoon’s open swim. Britt is one of 12 lifeguards employed by the city. The center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. during weekdays for various activities, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. […]

Power outage hours changed

By 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The hours for the planned power outage on Sunday will now be from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. to allow base civil engineers the opportunity to upgrade the power substation. The original schedule called for the outage to last until 2 p.m., but the remainder of the upgrade […]

Food at life speed: Cooking can be quite an adventure

I love good food, but I have neither the time nor the patience to spend a jillion hours in the kitchen. I also want to be able to eat good food without it going straight to my hips, but I think moderate indulgence has its place. And that is the basis of this column. Before […]

Lujan holding office hours Thursday

CNJ staff Office hours for U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luj

Post offices not extending hours for tax day

CNJ staff This is it. Today’s the deadline for filing federal and state income taxes. You have until midnight. Local post offices are not extending hours Thursday for tax day but will stamp anything received in boxes located outside facilities before midnight Thursday with the required April 15 postmark. Closing hours: Clovis’ Gidding Street office […]

Superintendent says she will do away with teacher selection days

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff photo The days of parents lining up in the wee hours of the morning to pick their children’s teachers are gone. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm told the school board at Tuesday night’s meeting she will be changing the method of teacher selection and doing away with the tradition of selection days […]