Locals bringing mixed martial arts to Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Duffy Simmons practices a knee strike at the Force of One Gym in Clovis. Simmons said he is anxious for his first fight at Saturday’s Evolution Combat Sports mixed martial arts match at the Curry County Events Center. Gabriel Monte Martin Singleterry and his brother, Sam, are ready for a […]

Ready to let Google take wheel

My favorite cop-driver story comes from two friends in Portales mocking a street sign. The sign said, “Speed controlled by radar,” which led them to joke the driver was no longer responsible. On cue, they got pulled over for speeding, and tested their logic. “Actually, officer, that’s your fault,” the driver said as he handed […]

Feds ready to pay ‘stop loss’ troops

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Let’s go on a scavenger hunt! The object is to find one (or more) of 89,836 service members, many of them now veterans, who were forced to stay on active duty under “stop loss” orders, for days or months beyond projected separation or retirement dates, sometime from Sept. 11, 2001, […]

Letters to the editor: This particular angel was blonde

This particular angel was blonde How do you say thank you to an angel? Recently when I was ready to go to church, I couldn’t find my car keys. I hunted frantically thinking I should remember where I put them. I finally found the extra set I had hidden. (Wait until you get my age […]

LeBron James makes his pick: He’s going to Miami

The Associated Press LeBron James wanted to play with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The only place that could happen was Miami. Get ready, NBA: A superstar trio is born. Ending weeks of silence and drama, the two-time MVP said on his ESPN special from Greenwich, Conn. on Thursday night that he’s decided to join […]

Congress holds strongest power of influence

Freedom New Mexico Congressional Democrats and their minions are applauding the financial oversight bill that was hammered out on Friday. President Obama and his leaders in Congress say the compromise bill should be ready for the president’s signature before the Independence Day break. There is plenty of cause for worry in the bill. It places […]

U.S not ready for influx of refugees

While Americans spent Sunday celebrating Father’s Day, a darker commemoration drew much of the world’s attention. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees marked June 20 as World Refugee Day. For many Americans, the term “refugee” spurs thoughts of war-torn and famish-plagued countries in Africa, Asia or the Middle East. Many refugees find their way […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Wildcadettes, free T-shirts and get ready for 80s

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the day Check out the award-winning Clovis High School Wildcadettes from their recent “night of spectacular dance.” Last chance Want to guarantee a 2010 Relay For Life event T-shirt? Get your team registered before midnight today. Registration can be completed from 5:15p.m. to 7p.m. at […]

Influence should be cherished, used to nurture

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I am ready for some rain now. I would like to hear that thunder, see that lightening am ready for spring. Yet, thunderstorms bring me back to thoughts of tornado country in the rural area in Arkansas where my grandparents lived. When I was a child, I delighted in the […]

United Way ready to kick off fundraising

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Some people don’t have to look far to see the impact the United Way has on the community. Todd Morris only needs to look down the hallway at work. “Without kids getting fed, getting clothed, getting things taken care of,” said Morris, principal at James Bickley Elementary in Clovis, […]

Patience key word in school shopping

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist I decided to homeschool my kids again this year, but I also feel the back-to-school frenzy that sweeps Wal-Mart aisles across the country, if only because I buy supplies that school children use for the kids’ curriculum, co-ops and various classes. Like many other adults across the country, I get […]

Fair’s pet performance draws crowd

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jo Schrepfer holds out her arms to catch a trained cat during the Pets Overboard pirate show Thursday night at the fair. She said the animal performers were all rescued from animal shelters. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Children giggled and clapped as Comet climbed a ladder and began […]

School staff prepare to welcome back students

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Melissa Ward works as bus driver, assistant manager and sometimes janitor at Adair Transportation Inc., which runs bus routes for the Clovis Municipal Schools system. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Getting 43 buses and their drivers ready to drive 34 routes carrying 2,200 children to school daily can only […]

Wiener dogs ready to run

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Karl Korff holds one of his two dachshunds Bear Hunting. Bear Hunting is a male long-haired dachshund and was rescued by Korff. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Long legs, svelte lines, built for speed and ready to chase wild rabbits or birds in the countryside for miles. These are […]

Western code: Never admit to pain

After years of personal observation I am ready to reveal the real, true code of the West. Here it is: “Don’t ever admit you’re hurt.” We all know the guy who gets bucked off on his c

May 17 Letters to the Editor

Ready to bid Glenda Bly goodbye I’m always a little perplexed that frequent letter writer Glenda Bly, who lives in Farwell, Texas, is so determined to criticize our New Mexico city and state governments. Perhaps when Texas secedes from the Union, she will really be able to live in her beloved Republic of Texas. Of […]

Math graduate looks toward future in linguistics

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico One new Eastern New Mexico University graduate is standing on a foundation of math and getting ready to leap into linguistics. “I’m excited,” said Allison Sanderson, who is from Edgewood. Sanderson said she is sad to be leaving the people she met in Portales, but is excited about what […]

New Clovis principal ready for latest challenge

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Wayne Marshall will take over as Clovis High principal in July. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Wayne Marshall likes a challenge. In his life, he’s been a member of the Air Force, cycled cross country, been an elementary school teacher and a principal at two grade levels. For his next challenge, Marshall will take […]

Defining a genuine disaster

By Curtis K. Shelburne In the event of a disaster, I am now ready. I think. I don’t suppose I’ll know until I’m faced with one. But I just installed software to back up my computer and create a disk for “Disaster Recovery.” So now all I need is a disaster. For a moment or […]

Hounds get ready for season

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ENMU coach Phil Clabaugh gives junior Ethan Wagner a few pointers after he leaves the batting cage during Friday’s practice. The Greyhounds open the 2008 season today. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Veteran Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh said there’s one potential alibi the […]