People in charge of own destinies

“Ours is not to wonder why, ours is but to do and to die.” This, a quote from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Charge of the Light Brigade,” scarcely describes the attitude of entirely too many people today. According to a recent E-poll (admittedly, a view which may be slanted), the attitude characterizing many U.S. citizens currently […]

Letters to the editor: Readers should do own research

Readers should do own research In Lonnie Leslie’s video posted on the CNJ website about Clovis’ Affordable Housing Plan (AHP), he makes the statement “(the Air Force) plan has been that they would have enough housing for the people in the lowest ranks and then they expect the higher ranks to live in Clovis and […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A video game, summer classes and the Brooklyn Bridge

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Our own Jenna Zamie’s pick, just for you gamers. Game: L.A. Noire Genre: Adventure System: 360, PS3 What is it? A journey through the seamy side of the City of Angels featuring absorbing investigations and intoxicating sense of style. […]

Military mama: Counting my blessings

Again, my column will center around gratitude. I am so thankful for the friends and family that I have been blessed with. I am grateful to have a roof overhead and shoes on my feet. Within my extended social circle I have come across a great many families experiencing tremendous difficulties lately, each time I […]

In search of ponies: Passengers ride at own peril

Sharna Johnson Only the strong of heart ride with me nowadays. Even still, those brave enough get the disclaimers: • He could run up your leg, if so I’m sorry in advance • Close your purse tight — not that I would mind if he hitched a ride home with you • I can’t guarantee […]

McGee: Answer door at own risk

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist It was another sunny Saturday morning on the High Plains and I was just kicking back at home. The doorbell rang. I wasn’t expecting anyone. I pondered whether to just stay in the recliner or get up and answer the door. I got up and looked out the window. I […]

Tuesday morning briefing: An inspirational speech and remembering the Maine

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Fresh from our own Jenna Zamie’s scouting surges into the Internet. Game: Stacking Genre: Puzzle System: 360, PS3 What is it? An enchanting world seamlessly combines with fun gameplay and rewarding puzzles. ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ Web site: http://www.thq.com/ […]

Koreas able to handle own conflicts

Freedom New Mexico A fter several weeks of tensions, highlighted by military exercises in which South Korea fired live artillery near North Korea in a show of force and defiance, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, in what most news accounts described as a surprise, has called for the resumption of six-party talks over North Korea’s […]

Our people: Driven by music

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Courtesy photo J.T. Montoya began playing music at age 11 and played keyboard for a Tejano band at 16. J.T. Montoya lived in Clovis for 8 years until breaking out on his own in Phoenix to be a musician. His artist name is Keize which is a derivative of keys and seize. It originates from […]

Let airports decide on own safety measures

As we approach the busiest air travel day of the year and the busiest season for flying, airline travel is poised to be fouled up not only by the weather but by the Transportation Security Administration and the inevitable backlash against the TSA’s new intrusive screening mandates. Whatever happens this Thanksgiving week, the government’s approach […]

Education column: Students going green with conservation programs

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools Ever had cookies baked in a solar oven? How about cooking your own solar personal pan pizza? Students in the Clovis Municipal Schools have. The CMS Energy Program and other energy conservation projects headed up by our own Mike Thomson, district energy manager for Clovis Schools, are teaching students about […]

Portales rodeo champ honored with own day

Kevin Wilson Michael Trujillo’s had a few days to remember over the last two years. Add Friday to the list. That day has been declared Michael Trujillo College National Finals Rodeo Day by Gov. Bill Richardson. “It’s pretty crazy that day’s going to come up Friday,” said Trujillo, a Portales High graduate who found out […]

Hospice goes beyond medical care

By Stacy Gleaton: Guest columnist In the past, many families took care of their own and never sought outside assistance. Nowadays, many families just don’t realize the great services that are available to them. Plains Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Hospice began in 1994 and has been providing excellent end of life care ever since. PRMC […]

Boy Scouts plan Ten Commandments hike

CNJ staff The El Llano Grande Boy Scouts District is planning a Ten Commandments hike on May 1. The hike will last from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participants will be introduced to a variety of faiths and houses of worship. Scouts will hike to churches, avoiding major traffic areas. Each stop will be approximately […]

Baskett back in town for golf tournament

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer This weekend, it’s all about Fore and Four for the Baskett family. The once-again Philadelphia Eagles receiver and 2001 Clovis High graduate is coming back for his annual benefit golf tournament. Hank Baskett III, who re-signed with the Eagles after a one-year stint with the AFC champion Indianapolis Colts, […]

Antique tractor parade expo tradition

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Herb Newberry of Portales rides his father’s tractor, fixed up for the antique tractor parade Tuesday at the annual Roosevelt County Ag Expo. Newberry said the tractor was used before his dad bought it in the 50s. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The antique tractor parade at the Roosevelt […]

Letters to the editor: Take responsibility for own pets

Take responsibility for own pets Well, it’s happened again: An irresponsible person brought their pet out to the country to find a new home last month. My first reaction upon arising and letting our own pets out to meet the day was “oh great, not again.” Upon further examination, I found the stray was not […]

Everyone loses in NBC shakeup

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I had two major thoughts this week, neither long enough for its own column, but combined enough to be way longer than necessary. Sorry. ••• As a long-time fan of late-night television, it’s troubling to see the mismanagement decimating the tradition of “The Tonight Show.” But nobody at NBC is […]

Organizations accepting donations to help Haiti

The Associated Press Want to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti? Aid organizations need your assistance but warn that well-intentioned efforts like collecting bottled water and clothing on your own may not be the most helpful thing for a disaster-ravaged country that does not have the infrastructure to distribute them. Some tips from InterAction, […]

ENMU gets New Mexico license plate design

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Courtesy photo A new license plate design featuring the ENMU mascot is available for purchase from the Department of transportation. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has its own New Mexico license plate. The new plates, which feature the university’s Zia symbol and greyhound on a green background, are available now, […]