Commissaries agency closing ‘brand name’ loophole

By Tom Philpott: Military Update One great strength of military commissaries is that patrons can buy brand name items at deep discounts, comfortable in the knowledge they are quality products, food safety isn’t an issue, and most goods are identical to those sold commercially off base and back home. The “brand name” system brings another […]

County manager says he hopes to name jail administrator by middle of week

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer County Manager Lance Pyle said he hopes to name a detention administrator by the middle of this week, to be selected from three finalists. The candidates — the current interim jail administrator, a retired warden and a penitentiary program coordinator — have completed interviews with a panel that included […]

Two running for soon-to-be-open board seat

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Two Clovis residents will vie for the soon-to-be-vacant District 3 school board seat. District 3 representative Lora Harlan announced in March she would be resigning effective May 28. The board must name a replacement to serve the nine months before the election in February. The two candidates are Paul […]

Nearly 600 in system for unpaid fines

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Court officials are hoping people see their name in print and come in to settle their debt. Curry County Magistrate Court Manager Jinger Fiola said nearly 600 people are in the system for failing to pay fines and have warrants out for their arrest. Some of the cases are […]

Our people: Keeping stories going

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LilianaCastillo: Freedom New Mexico Don Criss has worked at KENW-TV for 36 and a quarter years. He said he’ll remain busy after retirement by telling stories at church and getting a ham operators certification. Name: Don Criss Birthday: Jan. 7, 1943 Hometown: Portales Profession: Director of Production Services for KENW-TV Family: Wife of 42 years […]

Our people: Call of the wild

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Tony Gennaro, 76, continues to enjoy nature and wildlife. Bio Name: Tony Gennaro Birthday: March 18, 1934 Hometown: Raton Profession: Desert biologist, writer

Texico superintendent opts out of Clovis schools search

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Texico Superintendent R.L. Richards withdrew his name from consideration as Clovis’ next superintendent. CNJ staff Texico school superintendent R.L. Richards has withdrawn his name from consideration as Clovis’ next superintendent. A news release from Clovis Municipal Schools said Richards withdrew on Friday in a letter to CMS board members. The […]

Dog names reflect habits

By Karl Terry: Freedom columnist Sometimes a given name just doesn’t suffice for a dog. A nickname sometimes works better. The new dog at the Terry household, Ranger, earned one early on in his residence for his tendency to find out of the way, even hiding places to sleep. We found him behind the couch […]

Our people: Literary legacy

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FNM correspondent: Jeanette Everett Betty Williamson loves hugs from children and the smell of rain. By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico editor Bio Name: Betty Williamson Birthday: Nov. 12, 1961. Volunteers for: Friends of the Portales Public Library, High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival and Dora schools. Famous relative: She’s the niece of novelist Jack Williamson, […]

God’s people are athletes running a race

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Hi, my name is Curtis and I’m a Winter Olympicaholic. As I write, the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver are themselves closing. Seventeen days sounded like a good long time, but now the Olympic flame is being extinguished. Our neighbors to the north did a […]