Education column: Schools communicating through Skylert

We often take for granted some of the less exciting aspects of providing a quality education, such as keeping track of grades, attendance and other administrative-related activities that are critical to keeping our schools up and running for the benefit of our students, as well as for compliance with all legal requirements. One of the […]

Child Sense: Sun protection

Priscilla J. Dunstan Keeping our children free from sunburn can be a quite a task, but there are ways to make the process a little easier. If swimming or at the beach, use sun-protective t-shirts, shorts and rash guards. During the day, clothing should at least cover the shoulders – an area that can get […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Kid stuff, help at hand and a civil rights landmark ruling

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Keeping them busy Are you looking for something for teenagers to do? The Portales Public Library has the following activities for 13- to 18-year-olds scheduled for this week: • Teen Writers Group, 4:45 p.m. today. • Teen book discussion, 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Participants can […]

Keeping warm dangerous, costly

Don’t you just hate the cold? I really do. In fact, there’s nothing about it that I particularly care for. I would just as soon skip the chilliness of winter months. We could all celebrate Christmas at Disney World — better yet, Oodnadatta, South Australia — and I don’t think anybody would truly miss the […]

Small video stores keeping pace with change

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sarah Scioli of Clovis, a manager at Talico Video and Book Exchange on Prince Street, places a video back on the shelf Tuesday. Scioli said the store has been in business for 30 years. Kevin Wilson Here lies the mom and pop video store. The eulogy’s been written numerous times, […]

June hailstorms still keeping roofers busy

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Adam Engram of Harris Construction lays down shingles Wednesday afternoon at a job on Fairfield Avenue. Engram said the crews haven’t been at a loss for work since hailstorms hit Clovis in June. Kevin Wilson When he was asked how busy July was, Roger LeClear’s first instinct was to laugh. […]

Portales auction owner charged with embezzlement

Freedom New Mexico The owner of the closed Portales Livestock Auction has been charged with embezzling nearly half a million dollars from a customer. Randy Bouldin, 39, was arrested June 2 on a charge of embezzlement over $20,000, court records show. He was released on a $10,000 bond the same day. Bouldin is accused of […]

Parks director keeping busy

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell, left, talks with Kyle Snider and Parks Superintendent Neil Lambert about fixing a pump at the Guy Leeder Softball Complex Friday. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It’s been about a month since the city’s parks and recreation department filled its director position, and […]

Area bracing for winter storm

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico was bracing for a winter storm that could dump up to seven inches of snow and glaze streets and roads over with sleet. City and county school officials will be keeping an eye on things to see if schools need to be canceled or delayed as […]

Friday morning briefing: Keeping resolutions

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing.