Wednesday morning briefing: Free dental checks, science and Olympic heroes

Good morning and welcome to the Wednesday briefing. Tooth check Check out free dental screenings starting at 2 p.m. today at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s Ingram Room. Information: 769-7840. Science fair Judging begins 8 a.m. Friday for Southeastern New Mexico Regional Science Fair. It’s being held at Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Ballroom. Information […]

USOC has other ways to achieve diversity

Freedom New Mexico O ut of the blue, the U.S. Olympic Committee has decided to give itself an “F” for diversity. Scott Blackmun, the organization’s CEO, worries openly that too many staffers look like him. They are white men, which in today’s climate is practically a hate crime. Ninety-one percent of USOC managers are white […]

Monday morning briefing: Olympic riders in Clovis and support for ENMU

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Special Olympics in town The Special Olympics New Mexico Equestrian Team is riding into Clovis for statewide competition Sept. 16. Competitions continue for two days at the Curry County Events Center. Opening ceremonies are at 7 p.m. and include lighting of the torch, the […]

Olympian spends time with Clovis swim team

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Olympian Sheila Taormina gives Clovis High School freshman Caitlin Myers advice on how to move her arms Tuesday at the Aquatic Center. Liliana Castillo The Clovis High School swim team swarmed tables at the Clovis Community Center Tuesday afternoon to write thank you notes to Olympic gold medalist Sheila Taormina. […]

Actions sometimes have unforeseen results

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The tragic death of a SeaWorld trainer, drowned by an orca, whether accidentally or intentionally. The voluntary exit of an Olympic snowboarder, after showing off a little too freely with his bronze medal. The “excommunication”of a Beverly Hills beauty contestant by her home town, after speaking on a controversial issue. […]

Endorsements real Olympic prize

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Watching USA women’s downhill skier Lindsey Vonn and snowboarder Shaun White during the Winter Olympics I had to wonder a little about motives. You want to believe their quest is all about national pride, but in the back of the mind you think about just how much a gold medal […]

Tucumcari hammer thrower fails to reach finals

U.S. Olympic hammer thrower Amber Campbell failed to qualify for the medal round late Sunday night in Beijing. Campbell, who lived in Tucumcari from 1983 to 1995, finished 21st among 50 competitors with a best throw of 67.86 meters during qualifying. The top 10 advanced to the medal round. Cuba’s Yipsi Moreno led all qualifiers […]

Former Greyhound recalls Olympic competition

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Former ENMU Greyhound distance runner Rex Maddaford looks through photo albums containing images of his participation in the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City at his home near Tucumcari. Maddaford helped ENMU win the National Championship. By Thomas Garcia, Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Freedom New Mexico is doing […]

Tucumcari claims another Olympian

Looks like Tucumcari leads all area towns in ties to Olympians. Tucumcari resident Rex Maddaford competed in two Olympic events in the Mexico Games in 1968. Maddaford finished 10th in the 5,000 meter run (14:39.8) and 12th in the 10,000 meter run (30:17.2) for his native New Zealand. Reporter Thomas Garcia is working on a […]

Olympic athlete has local connection

  Freedom New Mexico Here’s another reason to watch the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, which officially start tonight with the opening ceremonies. Former Tucumcari resident Amber Campbell will compete for the U.S. in the women’s hammer throw. Her qualifying round is Aug. 18. Finals for the women’s hammer throw are on Aug. 20. Campbell’s […]