Amid disasters, God takes care of all things

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I watch the news most days. Some days there is news of victories and stories that warm my heart. Then again, some days are filled with not so good news. One evening last week I sat through an hour of doom and gloom. First topic on the news was the terrible […]

Unemployment numbers sobering news

Clyde Davis “Today, nearly 15 million Americans are still out of work. But even that may not be an accurate figure because the real unemployment numbers are probably a good deal higher than the “official” rate. The official rate doesn’t count the underemployed and people who’ve given up and simply dropped out of the labor […]

Officials: Lost signal caused Predator to veer off runway

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U.S. Air Force The MQ-1B Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft systeml, according to the U.S. Air Force website. Sharna Johnson Officials at Cannon Air Force Base said they’re not sure why they lost the link from ground control to an MQ-1 Predator, but that’s why the $4.5 million aircraft turned off the runway […]

Information Age puts public more at risk

The Information Age means instant data, news, opinions and entertainment at our fingertips. It also means our personal information is less safe than ever before, leading to identity theft and other breaches of privacy. One serious case developed in the middle of July when the names of 1,300 supposedly “illegal” immigrants were released to law-enforcement […]

Thursday morning briefing: Sign-ups, rain and epic battles

Good Morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. E-news Pardon us for a bit of shameless self promotion but… Be among the first to get it. We’re talking the Freedom New Mexico free eNewsletter. Daily top stories, weather and breaking news alerts sent straight to your email. It all starts today and […]

Free markets helping people live longer lives

Freedom New Mexico Some good news for a change: Childhood deaths are dropping worldwide. The number of deaths of children under age 5 has been cut by 35 percent in the past 20 years, to 7.7 million. The lower world rate now is 53.3 childhood deaths out of 1,000 children. The best rate, in Singapore, […]

Veteran editor joins Freedom board

By By Mary Ann Milbourn: Freedom News Service Freedom Communications Inc. announced Thursday that Larry Kramer, a former newspaperman and founder of the online financial website MarketWatch, was elected to the board of directors. Freedom owns the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. “Larry has extensive experience in creating and fostering digital […]

Pep man arrested on charges of producing pornographic material

CNJ staff A 41-year-old Pep man has been arrested on charges of violating his parole by producing pornographic material, and two women he employed were arrested on charges of prostitution and encouraging parole violation, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Parole violation is a felony, and prostitution is a misdemeanor. […]

Education digest — May 5

Arts Academy at Bella Vista students to perform instrumental show Arts Academy at Bella Vista students will perform an instrumental show 7 p.m. Friday at Marshall Auditorium, according to a news release. The performance is called “Heart of the Earth.” Tickets are $5 and the event is open to the public. Information: 769-4435

Freedom chairman talks about future of company

By Mary Ann Milbourne: Freedom Communications James D. Dunning Jr. is the new chairman of Irvine, California-based Freedom Communications Inc., owner of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. He brings broad media experience ranging from being former president and chief financial officer of Rolling Stone to chief executive of Ziff Davis […]

Freedom emerges from bankruptcy

CNJ staff By Mary Ann Milbourn Freedom News Service IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications Inc., parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, announced Friday it has emerged from bankruptcy reorganization. The emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy relieves Freedom of $450 million in debt, but it brings an end to […]

Freedom New Mexico takes 13 awards

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico newspapers raked in 13 awards, including General Excellence for the Clovis News Journal at the Panhandle Press Association conference in Canadian, Texas, this past Thursday through Saturday. The Clovis News Journal won six first-place awards, two second-place awards and two third-place awards in Division II to […]

State school board association to meet in Clovis

CNJ staff The New Mexico School Board Association spring 2010 Region V meeting will be held Monday in Clovis, according to a news release. The meeting will be 5:30 p.m. at the Clovis High School Freshman Academy. A majority or quorum of the Clovis Municipal Schools’ board of education may be present.

Police identify stabbing suspect

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Police said they were dispatched to a fight Saturday at the Clovis Apartments parking lot near Charlotte Street. CNJ staff A 19-year-old from Clovis was arrested and booked on an open count of murder Saturday, accused of stabbing 21-year-old Andrew Gama to death during an early morning fight at the […]

Freedom to emerge from bankruptcy by end of March

Freedom Communications Freedom Communications Inc., parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, should emerge from bankruptcy by the end of March, according to the company’s top executives. Interim Chief Executive Burl Osborne and Chief Financial Officer Mark McEachen said that while some change in the company’s newspapers, magazines and […]

The good news of immortality is real

By Curtis K. Shelburne I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to it, but at least it no longer surprises me as much as it once did. I’m sitting in my barber’s chair, indoors, and a gentle snow is falling onto my shoulders and gently to the ground. It’s a snow of gray, almost white, […]

Mail newspaper deliveries change

Due to the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act and its required implementation locally by the U.S. Postal Service, the Portales and Clovis post offices no longer can provide same-day mailed service of the Portales News-Tribune and the Clovis News Journal. We were told that since the local post offices are not 24-hour business mail entry units, the […]

Floyd, Texico rank among best high schools

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Floyd High School students, from left, Ashlee Banister, 18, Madeline Love, 18, Levi Nicholson, 17, Alex Rodriguez, 18, and David Slusser, 18, participate in a computer class at school Monday. Floyd, Logan and Texico High Schools were named U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best High Schools. By Clarence Plank […]

United Way short of fundraising goal

Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is 26 percent short of its goal with 11 days left in the fundraising cycle, according to a news release. So far, $430,385 has been raised toward the community-wide goal of $580,000, the release said. Deadline for donations is Jan. 20. This year’s goal is […]

Iran regime not accurate representation

Freedom New Mexico Most of the news about Iran focuses on the possibility that the regime may be getting close to developing a nuclear weapon. Such concern is justified, although it is difficult to see how the outside world can prevent it: Sanctions have been ineffective, and military intervention seems impractical. Even as we worry […]