About 300 march in Martin Luther King Jr. parade

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jimmy Gallegos, left, and Richard Vela of Nick Griego and Sons Construction unveil a monument to Coretta Scott King on Monday at Potter Park at the beginning of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. The monument includes a photo of Coretta Scott King, but event organizers said a plaque […]

Martin Luther King Day parade set for Monday

Benna Sayyed The Clovis Martin Luther King Jr. Commission annual Martin Luther King Day parade starts 9 a.m. Monday at Potter Park, emulating King’s civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama. The first stop will be at Lincoln-Jackson Elementary, where the commission will stage a short program and offer refreshments. The next stop will […]

Friday morning briefing: A march, music and getting more juice

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Marching on The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative walk is 9 a.m. Monday and starts at Potter Park. Music, music, music The Yam Music Series is 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Yam Theatre, 219 S. Main St., Portales. Hiway 84 will be performing. […]

‘Wildfire’ singer Michael Martin Murphy headlines Fort Sumner event

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Courtesy photo Michael Martin Murphy will be performing at the Under the Stars New Mexico event 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Bosque Redondo Memorial in Fort Sumner. Freedom New Mexico Michael Martin Murphy, singer of hits such as “Wildfire” and “Carolina in the Pines,” and the Rio Grande Band will perform at the Under […]

City receives grant for sewer line along Martin Luther King Boulevard

Kevin Wilson The city has received $500,000 in Community Block Development Grant money toward construction of a new sewer line along Martin Luther King Boulevard. The project, which will require a $176,000 match in city dollars, will replace the sewer line between Mendenhall and 21 st streets. The sewer lines there are 6- to 8-inch […]

Education column: Mesa Elementary students excel

Students have been excelling again at Mesa Elementary. One student recently won the New Mexico Arbor Day Poster contest. On May 17th the Arbor Day society will be at Mesa at 1:30 p.m. to present the young lady with her poster framed and a savings bond. Other activities include a tree being planted at the […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 3 p.m. Jan. 7 an officer responded to the area of 21st Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard for a crash report. A woman said she was driving north on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and her vehicle started pulling […]

Warm weather greets MLK marchers

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Organizers of the 19th Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative march said more than 300 people showed up for Monday’s event. Sharna Johnson More than 300 people joined a Monday march to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. — a show of higher attendance than in recent years. Marchers, who walked from […]

School menus — Jan. 16

Clovis Elementary Monday: No school for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Tuesday: Breakfast — Whole wheat pancake and syrup. Lunch — Hamburger on a bun, corn on the cob, lettuce, tomato and pickle, fruit. Wednesday: Breakfast — Egg and cheese biscuit. Lunch — Grilled cheese sandwich, chicken noodle soup, finger veggies with dip, fruited jello. […]

Dr. King’s words still continue to inspire us

Freedom New Mexico Although making Martin Luther King’s birthday a national holiday was controversial — understandably so since he was a highly controversial figure during his lifetime — the holiday in one sense has become utterly ordinary. Instead of being celebrated on Dr. King’s actual birthday, Jan. 15, it falls on the Monday closest to […]

Nearly 600 attend Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Arts Academy at Bella Vista students ended their musical performance with a heart-shaped world. The message of their performance was that everyone contributes to equality. Liliana Castillo Organizers and attendees of the 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast were glad that the near 600 who attended were a […]

Youth focus of MLK day events

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Clovis Martin Luther King Jr. Commission Chair Joyce Pollard lines up winning posters for the commission members to see at their meeting Thursday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Liliana Castillo Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations in Clovis and Portales are centered around teaching King’s philosophies to youth. Both cities have events […]

Thanksgiving about caring, giving back

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jay the giraffe takes carrots from zoo keeper Kathy Yanotti Thursday during feeding time. Yanotti said in her 25 years at the zoo, she has lost track of how many holidays she has spent with her second family at the park. Sharna Johnson For some, Thanksgiving Day is about who […]

Retired teacher stays active in city

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Joyce Pollard was born in Texas but moved to Clovis when she was 16. Longtime Clovis resident Joyce Pollard is best known for her work on the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission in Clovis but she has also served on several other committees in the community. She was instrumental in […]

Glance at top NM races

The Associated Press (AP) 11-02-10 20:48,, U.S. House District 1 25 of 462 precincts – 5 percent Martin Heinrich, Dem (i) 59,279 – 50 percent Jonathan Barela, GOP 59,190 – 50 percent

Police blotter — July 18

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 1 a.m. July 5 an officer responded to a residence in the 1000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard for a report of criminal damage. A woman said she was asleep and woke when her bedroom window exploded and she […]

Taco Box celebrates election to Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail runs right through Portales and Clovis. Taco Box celebrated its recent election to the New Mexico Department of Tourism Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail on Wednesday. Taco Box owner Tom Martin said his restaurants were among the 20 independent establishments and chains voters, mostly visitors […]

Local businesses using Facebook, Twitter to promote services

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Michele Robertson comments Wednesday on the Facebook status of Hestands Floral and Gifts. Robertson displays photos of flower arrangements that have been created in the store and offers tips to customers for taking care of the flowers they purchase. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico More and more local businesses […]

Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest, middle school first place

By Alexandria Smith We all need to remember and act upon these words: REMEMBER, CELEBRATE and ACT. We all need to remember what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did and what he believed was right. We need to celebrate his honor and courage for standing up for his beliefs. Every one of us need to […]