Friday morning briefing: A bite for charity, top volunteers and a chance of rain

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. That’s a burger Taco Box’s green chili cheeseburger — once again namd one of the state’s best — is raising money for local charities. Now through June 15th when you buy one at Taco Box of Clovis or Portales, Taco Box will donate $1 […]

Freedom New Mexico picks up 11 awards

Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico picked up 11 awards on Saturday, including the seven top prizes, in the Texas Panhandle Press Association’s 2011 Better Newspaper Contest. The Clovis News Journal was honored with PPA’s General Excellence award. CNJ photographers Tony Bullocks, Liliana Castillo and columnist Kevin Wilson all won individual first place awards. The […]

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 […]

Thursday morning briefing: Top grades, an auction and a night at the opera

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Top grades Melrose High School and elementary school were recognized for top science performance on the 2010 New Mexico Standards Based Assessments, according to a news release. Melrose Elementary School had the highest percentage of students performing at proficientor advanced level in science in fifth grade […]

Fort Sumner fills three spots in school board election

CNJ staff Fort Sumner voters filled three spots in their at-large school board vote Tuesday. Incumbent Tom Wilton was elected to a second four-year term, while Ray Drake earned his first elected term after serving five months as an appointed member. Kerrilyn Webb, running for her first time, was chosen for the third open spot […]

In Search of Ponies: Gift horses tether to Grandpa

Sharna Johnson The childhood memories are many and vivid. There were the sweets; sugared mulberries and raspberries on top of vanilla ice cream, butterscotch candies, the nectar from honey suckle blossoms, boxes of oranges and grapefruits at Christmas and thin ribbon candy. And the countless hours I spent at Grandpa’s house, sitting in the branches […]

Glance at top NM races

The Associated Press (AP) 11-02-10 20:48,, U.S. House District 1 25 of 462 precincts – 5 percent Martin Heinrich, Dem (i) 59,279 – 50 percent Jonathan Barela, GOP 59,190 – 50 percent

Health care remains top priority

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Dr. George Peach Taylor Jr., says he doesn’t yet know if President Obama’s defense budget for fiscal 2012 will propose higher TRICARE fees for military retirees or any other beneficiary group. If past budget requests are any guide, going back deep into the George W. Bush’s presidency, then higher TRICARE […]

Honors — Oct. 3

Area quilters top show Area quilters took honors at the Roswell Quilt Show, which was presented by Pecos Valley Quilters Sept. 24 and 25. Linda Custer of Rogers won Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice and first place for her “Finally!!!” large appliqued and machine-quilted (one-person) quilt. Lou Sikes of Portales won first place for “The […]

First person: Appaloosa girl

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis native Kyla Myers has been riding horses since she was 5 years old. Kyla Myers of Clovis won four top 10s at her first trip to the 2010 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show. That means she ranked in the top 10 in four competitions. The 14-year-old Clovis native has […]

Jesus acts as oil cloth, keeping souls clean

By Judy Brandon: Religion columninst I had an experience in grade school that really made an impression on me through all my childhood summers. I was attending Meserve School in Kansas City, Kan. At the beginning of one school year, our teacher Mrs. Greenwood explained the rules of the classroom. She told us about the […]

High winds cause damage in Portales

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Portales Police patrol officers Colby Morgan, front, and Byanca Vega direct traffic around a tree the wind blew into one lane of U.S. 70 near Stripes convenience store Monday morning. The National Weather Service reported peak wind speeds around 60 mph in the area. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico […]

RiverHawks top ENMU twice by run

Freedom New Mexico TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team saw leads of five runs in the first game and four in the second get away on Friday and the Greyhounds suffered damaging 8-7 and 7-6 Lone Star Conference baseball losses to Northeastern State. ENMU (21-24, 19-19 LSC) started the day in a […]

Washburn top Zias for third in WT tourney

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Washburn rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday to top Eastern New Mexico University 7-4 in the third-place game of the four-team Lady Buff Invitational softball tournament, hosted by West Texas A&M. First baseman Alex Zordel, who homered twice in a 7-5 loss to the […]

Education feature: James Bickley teams take top spot in problem-solving competition

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Courtesy photo Two James Bickley Elementary School Destination ImagiNation teams won first place in their division, both led by Gifted and Talented teacher Carol Littlejohn, far left. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer For the third consecutive year, James Bickley Elementary School’s Destination ImagiNation teams took first place at a state tournament held in Albuquerque […]

Lobos in Top 10 for first time in 12 years

The Associated Press This is what Steve Alford had in mind when he left the Big Ten for New Mexico, a program with a rich tradition that had fallen on hard times. The Lobos moved into the top 10 in The Associated Press college basketball poll Monday for the first time in 12 seasons, after […]

Press Release: Rep. Luj

Washington, DC – Rep. Ben Ray Luj

Marshall music students take top honors

Congratulations go out to choir students from Marshall Middle School on their recent success at the 2010 Southeast New Mexico Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble Festival held on Saturday, February 13th, 2010. Twenty-nine students from Marshall sang solos, and 24 received the top rating of “Superior” and eight of those students went on to […]

Pregame show could top TV ads

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist A few ramblings from my couch, the grocery store and my Michael J. Fox-inspired dreams. • Sunday’s Lakers-Celtics game was just fantastic to watch, but I could have done without homerism masked as NBA coverage. ABC had a halftime interview with Lakers coach Phil Jackson. That’s a fair and timely […]

Hull overpass named one of top priorities for city

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Raymundo Garcia of Plains Masonry in Clovis saws a brick Friday for the masonry work on a home under construction in the Raintree subdivision in northeast Clovis. Getting affordable housing is among the top five priorities for Clovis this year, City Manager Joe Thomas has said. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom […]