It’s in their blood

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Allen Kelley of Clovis proudly displays his season tickets for the upcoming Wildcats football season. Kelley is the uncle of Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley and been a fan of all the Wildcat teams since 1958. Sharna Johnson Allen Kelley might just be more excited than area teens to see […]

Police blotter — May 22

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 8 p.m. May 14 an officer responded to a residence in the 100 block of Davis for a report of criminal damage. A woman said she was in her house and heard a loud noise and when she went outside she […]

Teens arraigned in Portales shooting

Freedom New Mexico The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office is reviewing whether to file a notice of intent to seek adult sanctions against two juveniles charged in connection with the April 17 shooting death of 25-year-old Jose Alfredo Charize Montoya. Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer said 16-year-old Erick Pina, who police say pulled the trigger, […]

Monday morning briefing: Local snow records, a voice for teens and the British invasion

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing Remembering Jay Jay the newest giraffe addition to Hillcrest Zoo, sadly, passed on Saturday. Click on the video of the day if you want to remember his arrival. Local weather facts The heaviest snowfall recorded in Clovis’ history was November 1911 when 22.5 inches fell. For […]

Thursday morning briefing: Teens, T-shirts and a whole lot of tea

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Gifts for teens Lighthouse Mission is looking for donations to make Christmas bright for local underprivileged teens. Items needed: Regulation size footballs, basketballs, perfume and bath sets and jewelry sets.

Military mama: Hard getting used to idea of growing old

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I recently celebrated my birthday, and am soon attending a high school reunion. I though nothing else could remind me more that my teens have long since slipped away. Apparently I was wrong. I realize that I’m nowhere near “old” in relation to a traditional lifespan, however there are subtle reminders that make me inwardly […]

MySpace vs. Facebook

James Walker and Torie Iverson Editor’s note: Clovis’ James Walker and Rio Rancho’s Torie Iverson participated in the New Mexico Press Association’s annual high school journalism workshop last month. They wrote this story for The Future Press newspaper: Many technological advances in American culture have helped teens in many ways. Popularity of different online social […]

Press release: Committee promotes stay teen quiz

Clovis ~ Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the Stay Teen Committee will be a Taco Box inviting teens and parents to take the online Stay Teen Quiz for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Free sodas and chance to win prizes will be available to quiz participants. The Stay Teen Quiz asks young people to […]

Teens asked to participate in pregnancy prevention quiz

CNJ staff The Curry County Wellness Council’s Stay Teen Committee is promoting teen pregnancy prevention awareness by asking local teens to participate in the national online quiz at Stay Teen.org. Parents are asked to talk to their teens about the scenarios in the quiz and what they feel are the right answers. Link to the […]

Grady student arrested for firing shotgun near school

CNJ staff A Grady High School student was arrested Friday for shooting a shotgun into the air outside the school when he got mad at other teens for throwing pine cones, state police said. Jessie Franklin, 19, is charged with felony aggravated assault and unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school premises and a […]

Teens accused of shooting out car windows face felony indictment in Texas

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Four teens accused of shooting out dozens of car windows in four communities during the holidays are facing felony indictment in Texas and more than 50 criminal counts in Clovis. Kathryn Gurley, Parmer County Texas district attorney, said she is combining damage estimates from incidents in Bovina and Farwell, […]

Teen video contest worth $1,000

Freedom New Mexico A teen could win $1,000 in the Curry County Wellness Council teen video contest, according to a release from the council. The contest is part of the national Stay Teen campaign. Videos for the contest can be made with a cell phone or home video camera to produce a 30-second public service […]

Officials warn of consequences for underage drinking

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer High school graduation marks passage into the adult world, but law enforcement and parent groups want teens to remember it isn’t a license to drink. It is common for police to spend their time responding to parties the night of local graduation and even the weekends before and after, […]

Jan. 15 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 2 a.m. Jan 4 an officer responded to a call of shots fired at an undisclosed residence. Three teenage males in the home told the officer a group of four male teens came to the door and threatened them with a […]

Two teens arrested on burglary charges

The Portales Police arrested two Portales teens Friday on burglary charges, according to a release from the department.According to the release:• Daniel Lucero and Francisco Munoz, both 19, are charged with burglary and disposing of stolen property in connection with a Dec. 1 incident in the 100 block of East Elbe.• Property reported missing included […]

Clovis teens charged in vandalism spree

CNJ staff Clovis police have charged five teens in connection with a vandalism spree in early August, according to a press release. A 17-year-old female, two 16-year-old males and a 15-year-old male were arrested Wednesday, the release said. The arrest of a 14-year-old male is pending. The youth are accused of breaking almost two dozen […]

Clovis police patrolling mall

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis police are spending more time at the North Plains Mall in response to concerns and complaints about disruptive teens, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney In recent weeks, Whitney said the police department has assigned its gang unit and patrol officers to walk through the mall on evenings and […]

Teen loitering issues rising

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Cruising Main Street, hanging out at the mall, and gathering in parking lots are part of teen culture. So is angst and mischief. Police were called Friday to assist security officers at North Plains Mall when more than 80 youth gathered in a parking lot, according to dispatcher call […]

Business Feature: Study: Teen job market tight

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Tyler Marney washes a truck Saturday at Washpointe Auto. Marney has worked at Washpointe for almost a year. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer A majority of teens want to work this summer to earn money and gain work experience, yet many businesses have become reluctant to hire teens under […]

Clovis native studies MySpace

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A graduate of Clovis High School is researching the popular social networking Web site MySpace. Tamyra Pierce, assistant professor and graduate director of mass communications and journalism at California State University in Fresno, has linked use of MySpace by California high school students to drops in grades. Her research […]