Thursday morning briefing: A video game and a Valentine dance

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Video game of the week Our own video game guru Jenna Zamie’s pick for the week: Game: Final Fantasy XIII-2 Genre: RPG System: 360, PS3 What is it? The follow-up to the popular JRPG, starring Lightning’s younger sister. ESRB Rating: Teen Web site: http://na.square-enix.com/ffxiii-2/ […]

Clovis Legal Aid office finding footing

Benna Sayyed Matthew Rowland received a layoff notice two weeks after he started working as managing attorney of the New Mexico Legal Aid office in Clovis. “I was calling saying, ‘Is this some kind of a joke. I just got here,’” Rowland said. That was one year ago. Now things are looking up at the […]

Monday morning briefing: Help for fire victims and a slight chance of snow

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Fire victims Donations are needed for 12 families left homeless by a recent fire at Clovis Apartments. Money is most needed and cash or checks can be mailed or dropped off at United Way of Eastern New Mexico, 1200 N. Thornton St., Suite G, […]

ENMU spring enrollment sets record

Freedom New Mexico For the first time in its history, Eastern New Mexico University’s enrollment for a spring semester has surpassed 5,000 students. At 5,084 students for the semester, the university is sitting at a 4.5 percent increase over last year’s enrollment of 4,864 students. Spring student credit hours, which higher education funding is based […]

Zias pull split to open softball campaign

Freshman shortstop Melissa Reynosa went 4-for-6 in Eastern New Mexico’s season-opening doubleheader, helping the Zias pull a split against Texas-Permian Basin and St. Mary’s to open the St. Mary’s Tournament. The Zias won their opener 4-1 over Permian Basin behind a solid pitching performance from freshman Alberta Medina, and dropped a 5-4 decision to a […]

Zias hold on to beat Pioneers

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FNM correspondent: Joshua Lucero ENMU junior guard Tara Johnson shoots over Texas Woman’s University Pioneers Tabbatha Thurmond, left, and Jessica Hanna, center, Wednesday night during the Zia’s game against the Texas Woman’s University Pioneers at Greyhound arena. Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s women had a little trouble finishing off Texas Woman’s Wednesday night at […]

Torres’ father says he urged him to give himself up

Robin Fornoff Noe Torres is a son who found God in Mexico but refused advice to face his problems, his father Lucio Torres said Tuesday. The elder Torres, a truck driver living in Dimmitt, Texas, said he and his son kept in touch via text messages almost from the time Noe Torres fled Clovis six […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Red hot, cheap books and the meaning of words

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Red hot chilies (sort of) The Eastern New Mexico University Department of Music will present Texas Tech’s Trinidad Scorpion Butch T Quartet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building. Admission is free and open to the public. The group, composed […]

Newspaper history

The Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun have been sold to Clovis Media Inc., a new company based in Sheridan, Wyo., officials announced on Tuesday. The sale also includes all of the publications produced by the group now known as Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. Here’s a brief history of each newspaper:

Health department seeking Clovis man for treatment

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Courtesy photo Robert. J. Gutierrez, 45, of Clovis has been diagnosed with active pulmonary tuberculosis with cavitary lung disease. CNJ staff The New Mexico Department of Public Health is looking for a man it believes needs isolated medical treatment. Robert. J. Gutierrez, 45, of Clovis has been diagnosed with active pulmonary tuberculosis with cavitary lung […]

Cats’ Betts opts to go to ENMU

Kevin Wilson Clovis senior tackle Kenny Betts has made a verbal commitment to play football next season at Eastern New Mexico University. Betts, who helped Clovis reach the Class 5A quarterfinals last November, announced his commitment ahead of Wednesday, the first day high school players can sign letters-of-intent to college football programs. Betts said he […]

United Way campaign winding down

Benna Sayyed United Way of Eastern New Mexico has surpassed last year’s pledges by more than $10,000 as it nears the end of its annual fundraising campaign. But it’s only slightly more than halfway toward meeting its ambitious $1 million goal with just 13 days left. Executive Director Erinn Burch said United Way has raised […]

Celebrate centennial by exploring state

Sitting at this particular computer, I am faced with a map of the northern New Mexico Mountains; the southwestern point is Albuquerque, and the northern border is about ten miles over the Colorado state line. As the map is topographical, it provides a great opportunity for placing oneself into the experience, with an imaginary journey […]

Friday morning briefing: Happy Chinese New Year, a spell down and tragedy on the launch pad

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Happy Chinese New Year Eastern New Mexico University is hosting a Chinese New Year’s Banquet at 6 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Campus Union Ballroom. Tickets are $15 and must be reserved today. ENMU has a number of students from China who will share […]

Our towns: Farwell family-oriented community

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell The Old Country Store in Farwell is owned and operated by the Koehn family. The store sells homemade clothes, knick knacks and food, such as muffins, burritos and lasagna. Cyrus Koehn referred to Farwell residents as friendly, down-to-earth people. Alisa Boswell Along with many of the smaller communities in eastern New […]

Thursday morning briefing: Cleaning up, citizen police and down under

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Scoop the poop For the convenience of those who walk pets on campus, Eastern New Mexico University has installed four pet waste stations. Each station provides bags and a trash can. They are located by the Administration Building, Campus Bookstore, between the Campus Union […]

Wednesday morning briefing: High cotton and a girl’s best friend

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday morning briefing.

Hounds face UIW in ‘football festival’

Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s football team, along with the rest of the Lone Star Conference, will get to experience “Jerry’s House” next season. The LSC, which hosted three games last September at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, has expanded its “Football Festival” to two days with all nine football schools participating. ENMU will […]

Poster contest entries sought

CNJ staff Entries are being sought for Prairie Chicken Festival poster contest. The deadline for original artwork submissions to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is March 1.The grand prize winning entry will be reproduced on the annual festival poster, and the artist will receive $300. Top winners in three age categories: adult, […]

Hounds edge Buffaloes

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Joshua Lucero: FNM correspondent ENMU guard Stefan Mirabal fakes a shot while being defended by West Texas A&M’s David Henderson, left, and Courtney Carr during Saturday night’s Lone Star Conference men’s game at Greyhound Arena. Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University didn’t wait nearly as long to make its comeback. This time, the […]