Equity act dampens school spirit

There is no listing in the local telephone directory for them. Nothing in my GPS under “points of interest.” Driving local highways and byways, no signs announcing “dangerous right turn ahead.” Come on, Tea Party, where are you? I need you. I didn’t get it before. I get it now. Too much government in our […]

Sen. Ingle being honored for public service

CNJ staff State Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, is one of 10 New Mexicans being honored for public service at the New Mexico First Forum Spirit of Bipartisanship Awards. The awards are part of the annual First Forum Lecture Series on May 25 at the University of New Mexico’s Keller Hall. The event will […]

Sins of spirit always deadliest

Curtis Shelburne A few years ago, I did something I’d never done before. Along with two writing partners, I tried my hand at penning some short pieces for what we hoped might become a series of gift books. We had in mind some little volumes entitled something like, “Dear Mom,” “Dear Dad,” “Dear Teacher,” etc. […]

Texico cheerleaders take top honors

Kevin Wilson An entire year of work comes down to two days for New Mexico high school cheerleading squads. For the second time in three years, Texico had the best two days in Class 2A. The school, which took its first cheerleading trophy in 2009, took top honors again at the state spirit competition in […]

Our people: Indomitable spirit

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Benny Gallegos enjoys his car, a 1991 Oldsmobile 88, even though he can’t drive it and enlists his family members to take him for a drive as often as possible. Gallegos lost his arms after sustaining injuries from an electrical accident. Clovis resident Benerito Gallegos’ life changed when in 1961, […]

Local businesses enhance public spirit

Clyde Davis The compliments must go out to local businesses which, not only during the holiday, but in other times of the year, do what they can to spread and enhance public spirit. I have lived in enough places to know that, not only Clovis, but every town, has its detractors, and that many or […]

Church performance awoke spirit of season

Judy Brandon Always at Christmas I recall the Flat Creek Baptist Church Christmas children’s program over fifty years ago. The children in the church were to tell the Christmas story the Sunday night before Christmas. Daddy was the pastor and on this particular Sunday, my sister Susie had strep throat so mother stayed at home […]

Internet better off without FCC’s proposal

Freedom New Mexico Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has announced that the commission will take up a new strategy for regulating the Internet at its Dec. 21 meeting. Proposed in the spirit of what has popularly become known as net neutrality, the new rules would forbid Internet service providers from blocking any […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Free legal advice, school spirit and a shootout

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Send lawyers There a free legal fair from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Curry County courthouse. Free consultation with Attorneys and Civil Legal Service Providers for such things as divorce, estates, unemployment, real estate and criminal law. Question of the day […]

A week for spirit

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Freedom New Mexico: Sharna Johnson Wiley the Wildcat met his new partner Wanda during a Friday pep rally at Clovis High School. Jared Tucker Homecoming weekend gives students, faculty and the community the chance to show their school spirit, and former students the chance to come together and share stories of school days past. Barbara […]

Local DJs carry traditional spirit

Less than five weeks away, it is about time to start planning for the Clovis Music Festival. No, I don’t mean for the people who organize it; if they haven’t started planning by now, there is a siginificant problem. I mean for the families who plan to attend. Talk about an event that has grown […]

Don’t let spirit of World Cup spill over

Freedom New Mexico The FIFA World Cup tournament is about to begin. The quadrennial global championship in the world’s most popular event, which challenges the Olympic Games as the biggest sporting event on the planet, starts today. Mexico’s national team, the local favorite, takes on host South Africa in the inaugural game. The United States […]

Letters to the editor: Rooting for Christian spirit’s return

Rooting for Christian spirit’s return Not long ago, “fighting spirit” was what took hold when the Clovis Wildcats competed against Alamogordo. It was a competitive attitude encouraged in sports but frowned upon elsewhere because Clovis was a hand-shaking, hat-tipping town where neighbors respected neighbors. Civility and kindness were not only encouraged, they were expected as […]

Students embrace spirit of caring, giving

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools “…and a little child shall lead them.” I could not help it — this phrase kept coming to my mind as I visited our various schools this month and saw the amazing caring spirit of our students and school staff. I know this is the season of giving, and […]

Fruitful Spirit Ministries saved

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Fruitful Spirit Ministries has been saved. The non-profit reduced-price grocery program was on the verge of closing its doors when the Matt 25 Hope Center stepped in. Center Executive Director Steve Reshetar said a proposal to take over the program was brought in front of the board of directors […]

In tribute: Homemaker remembered for spirit, determination

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Courtesy photo Arnetta Foster died Oct. 4, 2009 at age 85. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Her soft, welcoming voice, kind generous spirit, determination and attention to detail are but some of the things her family remembers about Arnetta Foster. Foster, 85, died Oct. 4, 2009, in Clovis. She was the matriarch of the […]

Policies violate American spirit

After hearing a letter from Janet Contreras being read by Glenn Beck of Fox News, I realized this is the beginning of a re-awakening of the American spirit. Janet wants President Obama to slow down and stop trying to “fix things” to his own way of thinking. She doesn’t want everything fixed for her, especially […]

Two students win Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Melissa Redman, 16, of Silver City and Jennifer Sanchez, 14, of La Luz are New Mexico’s top youth volunteers for 2009 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

Spirit remains in our hearts year-round

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Christmas is only 13 days away. Through the years, my wants at Christmastime and my attitude about the season have really changed as I have grown. One Christmas when I was only seven, we were living in Kansas City. I remember that Christmas because Susie was very, very sick and […]

In search of heritage

The Buck Ramsey Heritage Award will be given Sept. 20 at the annual Nara Visa Cowboy Gathering. It goes to an individual, family or ranch that reflects the spirit of the West.