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 […]

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 […]

First person: Private investigator takes week off for rodeo

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident and Mounted Patrol member Kevin Clements gets the Curry County Events Center arena ready for the rodeo each night. Pioneer Days rodeo events couldn’t take place without help from Mounted Patrol member Kevin Clements. Clements, 53, prepares the arena for the rodeo events each evening. Clements took a […]

Dora native takes first in 19 and under roping

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Courtesy photo Jesse Clark of Dora jumps off of his horse to tie up a calf during the Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping Colt Cluck Memorial last Saturday in Clovis. Clark won first place in the second round in the 19 and under age group. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Dora native Jesse Clark […]

Clovis resident takes city to task on trash

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Linda Durant spent two years picking up trash and pulling weeds at the Clovis Area Transit building on Sixth and Axtell Streets. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer After setting down dated stacks of Tupperware containers stuffed with garbage and weeds to illustrate the problem, she stood and addressed the […]

First person: Baseball mom takes in games from the concession stand

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Tonya Flores spends a large portion of her time watching her three sons play sports. Tonya Flores, 36, has spent the whole baseball season in the concession stand at Bell Park Field, watching what she can of her son Sebastian Flores’

Editorial: Holidays takes root in trimph over powers

Easter and Passover, signal celebrations in Christianity and Judaism, are linked through the calendar and through long tradition. It is perhaps not surprising, then, that they show other kinships, including some that might be surprising to some who are merely passive believers. The most striking similarity is that both holidays represent liberation from and triumph […]