God should be part of our learning life

My how change takes place. Someone said, “You cannot step into the same river twice.” That is so true. No one brings this to my mind like my sister Susie, who collects old things. Susie collects old books and things such as catalogues. When I go and visit her in Minnesota, I really enjoy browsing […]

Obama’s use of force takes away freedom

Freedom New Mexico Don’t be gay. Accept and pay for abortion. Do it my way, or suffer consequences. This isn’t a debate, it’s a demand for action. Our country was founded to carve out freedom, expand it within American borders and defend it to the death. We ended slavery, prohibition and gave women the right […]

City tree brings holiday spirit to courthouse lawn

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Lee Delk, facilities operations director for Curry County, left, and Steve Henson, maintenance worker for Curry County, construct the community Christmas tree on the Curry County Courthouse lawn. The tree will be illuminated Saturday during the Christmas Light Parade at 6 p.m. and remain on until the second week of […]

Community takes up watch

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CNJ staff photo: Robin Fornoff Linda Whitaker with one of the neighborhood watch signs still waiting to be posted. The neighborhood watch group boasts 83 active volunteers and police say they are making a difference. Robin Fornoff If neighbors didn’t know neighbors before this neighborhood watch got started, they do now. “It’s really impressive to […]

CNJ takes top award

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis News Journal on Saturday was awarded the top prize from New Mexico Press Association at its annual Better Newspaper Contest. CNJ won the general excellence award for the fifth consecutive year — the eighth time in nine years — taking honors for news and sports reporting and […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A video game, a spoon full of vinegar and rockets red glare

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Each week our own Jenna Zamie takes time from her myriad duties as a copy editor and paginator to relentlessly search out the best games. Here’s her offering this week: Game: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Genre: Third-person shooter System: […]

Education column: New operations director takes helm

The Clovis Municipal Schools’ operations department has a new face. Jody Balch, the new director of operations, replaces Gene Bieker, who retired at the end of July. Balch phrased it differently: “Gene is someone you don’t replace; you just hope you can come in and continue the quality of work he’s done.” Modest words coming […]

Education digest — June 16

ENMU newsletter takes top honors Eastern New Mexico University’s Monday Memo won first place in the nation in the category of Electronic Newsletters in a competition by the National Federation of Press Women. The Monday Memo is a weekly newsletter at ENMU featuring news, features, photos, videos and sideshows. Director of Media Relations Wendel Sloan […]

Tarleton takes two from Hounds

Freedom New Mexico STEPHENVILLE, Texas — First baseman Zane Hensley hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning and Tarleton State went on to a 7-4 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Friday for a sweep of its Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader. In the opener, the Texans (32-10, 20-9 LSC) held on […]

ACU sweeps twin bill, takes series from Hounds

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Left fielder J.R. Roland hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth and Abilene Christian completed a Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader sweep of Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday with an 8-4 win. The Wildcats pulled away in the seven-inning opener, breaking a 1-1 tie with […]

Education column: Schools have variety of assistance programs

We share a lot of what takes place in our classrooms, but you may not be aware of all the available extras offered throughout the district. For example, there’s the 21st Century After School Program for elementary students from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. three days a week at multiple school sites, which include the […]

Christmas dinner takes year of planning

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Joe Garcia, co-owner of El Rancho Restaurant, places a pan in the buffet bar in preparation for the free Christmas dinner on Christmas Day. Clarence Plank The Garcia family starts planning a year in advance for the annual free Christmas dinner at El Rancho Restaurant. Co-owner Joe Garcia said every […]

Mullen ready to repeal gay policy

The long-awaited study on gays in the military serving openly not only takes the pulse of the force on the issue — concluding change can occur with little risk to readiness — but also details how it will work in practice. Will service members with same-sex partners qualify for the higher “with dependents” housing allowance […]

Debt panel takes aim at military

Tom Philpott Military members and retirees have more financial darts to dodge after a second bipartisan task force on reducing the nation’s debt unveiled a different set of cost-cutting recommendations on Wednesday. The Debt Reduction Task Force, co-chaired by former Republican Sen. Pete Domenici and economist Alice Rivlin, takes sharper aim at the military community […]

La Cueva escapes with 21-14 win

After being held in check most of the second half, Ronnie Daniels got loose when it counted, scooting 22 yards for the game-winning touchdown with less than two minutes left in the game as La Cueva sidestepped Clovis’ upset bid 21-14. Trailing 14-0 af halftime in the Class 5A state quarterfinal contest, 10th-seed Clovis (5-7) […]

Dodge takes District 63 House seat

Kevin Wilson New Mexico’s 63rd House District will stay in the hands of a Santa Rosa businessman. George Dodge Jr. claimed the victory Tuesday night. He will replace Santa Rosa Mayor Joe Campos, who gave up the seat in an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor. A Democrat, Dodge won with 2,623 votes to 2,193 for […]

Clovis beats Alamogordo 40-0 for Roanhaus’ 300th win

Eric Ronahaus’ 300th coaching career win at Clovis was much like his first 299. A powerful running game, a few passes and stout defense. Roanhaus is third all-time in footbal wins behind Jim Braley (310) and Bill Gentry (305). Quran Wiggins and Juan Rivas ran for two touchdowns each as the Wildcats beat visiting Alamogordo […]

In search of ponies: Animal ‘collecting’ takes balance

“Exactly how many animals do you have?” asked a man who said he reads my column regularly. I have to admit, I had to run a quick count. And a couple weeks ago when a nasty funk developed in the garage, the smell of death led me to conduct a head-count to make sure the […]

Leave politics out of friendships

Yes, most of my friends have similar political convictions to mine. Actually, not just political but also more general philosophical ones, bearing on the theory of being, knowledge, the human good and even the nature of art. But I do have some genuine friends who disagree with me on important matters, including politics. How is […]

Texico graduate takes stand against smoking

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Texico graduate Jennifer Campos worked in tobacco prevention during the last three years by giving bilingual presentations about the harms of smoking cigarettes. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Texico 2010 graduate Jennifer Campos looks back on her freshman year of high school and feels regret. “I’ve always like the […]