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 […]

TRICARE: It takes strength…to quit

By Diane Mayer: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX

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 […]

Lyons takes PRC spot for Republicans

CNJ staff Clovis native and Public Lands Commissioner Patrick Lyons prevailed Tuesday, sweeping 60 percent of the votes and gaining the Republican nomination for Public Regulations Commissioner, District 2. With a count of 15,172-9,900, Lyons had a lead of 5,272 votes over opponent Robert Corn. In the November general election, Lyons faces Stephanie L. Dubois, […]

Friday morning briefing: Census takes and green chili cheeseburgers

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Did you know? In the 2000 census, Portales was reported to have 11,131 people. Of the population 15 years old and older, 50.9 percent were married. Among people age 25 and older, 74 percent had a high school diploma or higher education. Source: U.S. Census […]

Hounds takes series with 8-0 victory

CNJ staff PORTALES — Senior right-hander Russell Campbell pitched an abbreviated one-hit shutout and Eastern New Mexico University roughed up Central Oklahoma 8-0 on Sunday at Greyhound Field, taking its third win in the four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series. The contest, scheduled for nine innings, was delayed for an hour by lightning after the […]

ENMU takes women’s title at Western Texas College Rodeo

CNJ staff SNYDER, Texas — Freshman Jessie Kirkes of Carlsbad was the all-around champion, helping Eastern New Mexico Unversity take the women’s team title in the Western Texas College Rodeo over the weekend. The Zias finished with 270 team points to 140 for Tarleton State and 120 for West Texas College in a field of […]

ACU takes three games from Hounds

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — The first “tripleheader” in Eastern New Mexico University baseball history — actually, a doubleheader plus the completion of a game suspended after three batters on Friday night — didn’t go too well for the Greyhounds. ENMU, which won Friday’s seven-inning Lone Star Conference series opener at Abilene Christian 4-3 with […]

Cannon airman takes on stage life

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Senior Airman Anthoney Williams of the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron played songs by Louis Armstrong during a New Orleans-themed portion of the show. By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections One of Cannon’s own performed in the local performance of Tops In Blue. Senior Airman Marc Hightower is on the last leg […]

Sheriff takes over jail after latest escape attempt

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A Curry County Sheriff’s squad car sits outside the jail Monday after the interim jail manager and most of his command resigned following a weekend escape attempt by four inmates. The sheriff took command and is running the jail. CNJ staff A spokesman said Monday that Curry County Sheriff Matt […]

School board meets, takes no action

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education met Saturday in executive session without taking any action. The closed meeting was to discuss “threatened or pending litigation” regarding Coach J.D. Isler’s federal case. Isler was granted a preliminary injunction Friday, reinstating him as head coach of the Wildcat varsity boys team. President Lora Harlan […]

Lubbock Christian takes two more from Zias

CNJ staff LUBBOCK — Freshman third baseman Stephanie Rendon drove in four runs with a pair of doubles, including a go-ahead shot in a four-run fifth, and Lubbock Christian rallied for an 8-5 victory in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday to complete the sweep of a four-game weekend series with Eastern New Mexico […]

Budget takes top billing for Legislative session

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With the state expecting a budget shortfall of at least $600 million for 2010, the priority for the New Mexco Legislature is to fund what’s essential and cut

Google Wave could be new face of collaborative work

By Jenna DeWitt: CNJstaff writer By Jenna DeWitt CNJ staff writer As a college student, I am a proud member of Generation Instant. Instant coffee, macaroni, banking, shopping, music and news. These things are all very important to us 20-somethings, born around the same time as the home computer. However, nothing is as important to […]

Education feature: Program provides ‘special’ education

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Arts Academy at Bella Vista special education teacher Jennifer Wines uses the Picture Exchange Communication System to communicate with her autistic student. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer People tell Jennifer Wines it takes a special teacher for special education. She agrees. “I don’t know what it is. I don’t […]

Government ‘help’ comes from taxpayers

The government has an insidious way of helping. First it hurts you. Then it benevolently rushes in to relieve a little of the pain. Then, it takes credit for being so nice. Taxpayers experience this every payday when the government takes money from their earnings. Later, the government may deign to return some of your […]

Mrs. New Mexico takes away experience with pageant

Mrs. New Mexico Noel Hunt of Clovis placed 14th in last week’s Mrs. United States Pageant in Las Vegas, Nev. Mrs. South Carolina Tammy Johns-Brown took the crown as Mrs. United States 2009. Hunt said she was two votes away from winning Mrs. Congeniality, but chalked up the experience as a good one. “God has […]

Class takes over dig site

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler Students from Eastern New Mexico University work at a dig site that had been abandoned for the past 40 years. The students were part of a summer field class held at Blackwater Draw which ended on Friday. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico One dig site at Blackwater Draw, for […]

Soapbox derby takes off

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Valon Smith of Clovis concentrates on the course ahead as she waiting for her race to begin during Saturday’s Soapbox Derby. This is the third year Smith, 12, has participated in the derby. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer After a friendly sibling race, Valon Smith figures it’s going to […]