Base will be adding one aircraft per month, official says

Col. David Piech of Cannon Air Force Base gave Roosevelt County commissioners an update on Cannon activity at the Tuesday county commission meeting. The following is what he reported: • The base will be changing its vice wing commander and flight medicine commander later this year. • One new aircraft a month will continue arriving […]

Clovis resident Langdon Brown says his niche is in sales

Tonjia Rolan: CMI staff photo Langdon Brown at home working on his Honda. Everybody has a niche in life and Langdon Brown’s is sales. The adopted father of three works 60 hours a week, loves working on cars, attending drag races and snow boarding and skiing with his family.  

Clovis resident says gardening is her passion

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Ernie Tennefos: Courtesy photo Ernestine “Ernie” Tennefos and her 4-year-old grandson Jordan working in the flower garden. Ernestine “Ernie” Tennefos is an ordained Elder on the staff of Portales Church of the Nazarene and a counselor at the Matt 25 Hope Center in Clovis, where she primarily counsels recovering addicts. Why do you do this […]

Lansford says he’ll step down if personal beliefs make it necessary

Kevin Wilson David Lansford said if he is re-elected mayor, and his personal views will make him a detriment to getting something Clovis needs from the federal government, he’ll step aside or step down. Lansford, the former three-term Clovis mayor running against incumbent Gayla Brumfield, made the statement near the end of the Q101.5 candidate […]

Mayoral candidates share views on city issues

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson David Lansford and Gayla Brumfield are vying for the position of Clovis mayor. Robin Fornoff David Lansford is a former Clovis mayor. He had the job 12 years before stepping down four years ago, opening the door for Gayla Brumfield to best five other candidates for the position. Now Lansford […]

Jail administrator says he’s saved by bringing inmates back in county

Robin Fornoff New jail Administrator Gerry Billy said Tuesday he’s already achieved “substantial savings” for the county by reducing the number of inmates being housed outside the county. Billy’s announcement was part of his first report to commissioners since assuming leadership at the jail three weeks ago. Billy said bringing inmates back to the Curry […]

Abigail example for women to live up to

There are many notable Bible women characters. Some of those women characters teach us how to be and some teach us how not to be! A woman we could all learn from is the Old Testament character is Abigail. The Bible says that she was married to a “fool,” but she handled it well. In […]

McGee: Listening skills could use work

The Lady of the House says I don’t listen. I disagree. I hear every word she says. Just like the other day we were driving through Portales on our way to Roswell and I noticed the “Welcome to Portales” sign was gone. You know, the one that reads “WELCOME TO PORTALES…HOME OF 17,000 FRIENDLY FOLKS […]

Fred Van Soelen says he won’t seek third term

CNJ staff Fred Van Soelen announced Tuesday he will not seek a third term in March. “When I first ran for office in 2004,” Van Soelen said in a release, “I had a three-part platform: Improving pay for our police and firefighters, improving our parks, and improving our streets. I believe that the city has […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Fun for the kids, a big meeting and Nixon says no

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Fun for the kids Preschool Storytime is 6 p.m. Thursday at the Portales Public Library. Meetings Watch The City Commission meets 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. It’s open to the public. Information: 769-7828 Kitchen tip Caramelize onions very quickly by cooking […]

Weekly update — Dec. 25

Commissioner: Investigation wasted county money Commissioner Dan Stoddard wants it known that he thinks Curry County wasted $4,800 spent on an internal investigation last month over allegations he created a hostile work environment. Stoddard says he paid a Dallas law firm out of his own pocket to look at conclusions reached by a county consultant. […]

amos the churchmouse: amos turns holiday glutton

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse:a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks — except for hyphens and dashes. amos turns holiday glutton boss this holiday seasongot the best of me iturned […]

GOP lacks frontrunner for presidency

Freedom New Mexico An ancient Chinese curse says ‘May he live in interesting times.’ Like it or not, we live in an interesting time. As Charles Dickens said in a Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the […]

Causey woman says marijuana was for chronic pain

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Courtesy photo: Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Malin Parker walks past marijuana plants behind the home of Causey residents Timothy and Margie Koger on Monday afternoon. Deputies raided the couple’s residence after receiving an anonymous tip. A Causey woman said the 150 pounds of marijuana Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies confiscated […]

Wind damages area property

Robin Fornoff The National Weather Service says it was just a really strong wind. But that won’t convince Leland Pool what hit his place in Roosevelt County was anything but a tornado. Pool said the storm around 8 p.m. Friday lasted about three minutes. In that time it tore the roof off a neighbor’s barn, […]

Special ops forces will remain essential, official says

By Karen Parrish: American Forces Press Service BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The nation’s special operations forces are experiencing heady but somewhat perilous times, said the Pentagon official tasked with overseeing them. “The skills and capabilities of America’s elite special operators have never been more recognized by the nation — sometimes, frankly, more than I like,” Michael […]

Marcelle and Ruby Go Shopping: A mother and daughter buy back-to-school duds that aren’t duds at all

Tricia Romano If there’s one thing about the new school year that kids love and parents don’t, it’s shopping for clothes. As children get into their tweens and teens, fashion and trends play a bigger part in their lives. But single mom Marcelle Karp, of New York City, satisfies her child’s sense of style without […]

Attorney says he won’t file for injunction against sign prior to election

Sharna Johnson An attorney who has challenged the city of Clovis for a “Save me” sign hung from Hotel Clovis and election brochures says he won’t file for a court injunction prior to the election. Eric Dixon, who said he works for the High Plains Patriots and their treasurer Kim Runyan, said Monday he is […]

Dirty Laundry: When children won’t sleep, parents get desperate

Aisha Sultan Ginger Allington was getting up around the clock to nurse her baby back to sleep. Neither she nor her husband had slept much for months, and Allington says she remembers thinking: “We need to get him to sleep longer or I’m going to die.” Her husband, Adam, described that period of time as […]

Official says fire burned between 30,000 and 32,000 acres

CNJ staff Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said Saturday’s fire near McAlister, nicknamed the Windy Fire, burned between 30,000 and 32,000 acres. Initial estimates put that number around 25,000 acres. Jacobs said two fires started around the same time Saturday, both beginning near highways. Jacobs said a cause for the fires is unknown. He said […]