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 […]

Students share knowledge at science fair

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Machaon Shoemaker, left, gives five to his father, Paul Shoemaker, Saturday at the Southeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair in the Campus Union Ballroom at Eastern New Mexico University. Machaon, a sixth-grader at P.R. Leyva Elementary in Carlsbad, claimed a $100 cash prize and first place in the […]

Love notes

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Floral Associate Danielle Martinez puts together an arrangement Friday at Hestands Floral. Owner Michelle Ward said her shop had 63 pre-orders for Valentine’s Day, which is double last year. With the holiday of romance approaching, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask Clovis and Portales residents to share some of their […]

Residents share Super Bowl plans

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Clovis resident Christine Solano, office manager at The Hartley House, has been a New York Giants fan for 24 years. Solano said Eli Manning is her favorite Giant and naturally feels the Giants will win Sunday’s Super Bowl. Tonjia Rolan Like it or not, the Super Bowl is one of […]

Now is best time to do right

The end of the old year and the beginning of the new gives some people the feeling of a rite of passage. For them it represents a chance to clean the slate; they get to start fresh and try to do better next year than they did last year. Birthdays can provide the same opportunity, […]

In search of ponies: Horses share strength

Her voice was strained and tired as she described the stress and challenges their family was enduring. But most of all, what she wanted was her baby boy with her. Though it’s been years, I can still remember hearing her pain as she told me how it just wasn’t right leaving him there at the […]

Residents share peanut recipes

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Antonio Becerra seals a bag of peanuts Thursday afternoon at Sunland Peanuts northeast of Portales. Peanuts are the local theme for this weekend with the 38th annual Peanut Valley Festival starting today at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Alisa Boswell Local residents will be going nuts for the 38th […]

Parks professionals to gather in Clovis

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Courtesy photo Nick Ogilvie showcases his artificial landscape work in Clovis. Ogilvie is one of the session speakers for the annual New Mexico Recreation and Parks Association conference. The conference starts Wednesday at the Clovis Civic Center. Benna Sayyed A host of parks and recreation professionals from New Mexico will gather this week at the […]

Residents share Labor Day plans

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Freedom New Mexico: Sharna Johnson Zia Elementary Principal Jeralynn Butler monitors a fourth grade class as they pass through the hallway Friday morning. Butler said she spends the majority of her days on the go, moving from classroom to classroom and interacting with students and teachers. She said she looks forward to her holiday vacation […]

Area servicemen share Memorial Day thoughts

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Ricardo Hidalgo of American Legion Post 25 in Clovis adjusts the POW-MIA Empty Chair Display at Post 25 Friday afternoon. The POW-MIA flag will be carried at the 2011 Memorial Day Observance at Lawn Haven Memorial Garden at 10 a.m. on May 30. Alisa Boswell With Memorial Day approaching May […]

Education column: Faculty, staff share thoughts on graduation

Graduation means endings and beginnings. Wayne Marshall, principal at Clovis High School, offered, “Graduation is a big deal. It encompasses all the emotions, and it is the culminating event of every student’s educational career. We feel it too; it’s always a little hard to see them go.” Several of the administrators who work directly with […]

Area seniors share plans after graduation

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Alejandra Chavez, 18, left, and Bryan Wygant, 18, both Clovis High School seniors, discuss a calculus final they will be taking next week on Friday afternoon at the school library. Both students will be graduating on May 21. Alisa Boswell Graduation season. It’s an exciting and intimidating time of year […]

Reader-submitted content: National Day of Prayer coming up

Sabrina Farmer With National Day of Prayer scheduled for noon Thursday, we would like to share what has been happening locally in what has been called the “prayer movement.” As crisis after crisis arises in the world around us, people are being drawn to a secret place of prayer to find peace that passes understanding. […]

Gross receipts tax our choice of poison

Freedom New Mexico Studies accepted by city leaders predict Clovis residents will run out of water in about two decades, if not sooner. No one has shown any proof to dispute this dire prediction, though some studies guess the water won’t dry up for a decade or so longer. But there certainly is no debate […]

Officials ask spouses to share employment ups, downs

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials are inviting military spouses to air their state licensing issues and concerns as part of an overall effort to boost spouses’ education and career opportunities. The department has created a discussion board where spouses can describe their experiences — both good and bad […]

City leaders share goals for 2011

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Legislative and Community Relations Director Claire Burroughs has always enjoyed all kinds of music and hopes to see U2 in concert in 2011. By Alisa Bowell: Freedom New Mexico Call them resolutions, call them goals. But everybody has something from 2010 they want to improve in 2011. The new […]

Military mama: Always something to be thankful for

With Thanksgiving just around the corner I yet again wax philosophical. I like to believe that I am a very grateful person, however I am not always the first to voice my appreciation for all of the little things in life. So, my captive audience, I will share my list of previously unsung “thanks.” This […]

In search of ponies: Readers share pet stories

Sharna Johnson It’s been three months since my column started, and it got me thinking. At first I saw the column as another of those cursed assignments that only a boss can think up, and quite frankly, I was terrified to write in the first person and open myself up to readers. However I have […]

Residents share stories of favorite teachers

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Highland Elementary School fifth grade teacher Janet Kennard teaches math concepts to her class Friday. Kennard, a teacher for 14 years, is a second generation teacher. Her mother taught in Clovis schools for 36 years. Freedom New Mexico They made difficult subjects seem fun at school. They were an encouraging […]

Father, daughter share aircraft heritage

USAF photo: Greg Allen Recently promoted Master Sergeant Jennifer Seibt, 73rd Special Operations Squadron, and her father, retired Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3 William Seibt, stand in front of an MC-130W Dragon Spear July 30 at Cannon Air Force Base. By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — While many […]