Navy veteran recounts service overseas

Courtesy photo Jim Warnica, second row, second from left, with his CIC unit after returning from Okinawa, Japan in 1946. By Jared Tucker: Cannon Connectiosn staff writer Jim Warnica was enlisted in the Navy Reserve from 1944 to 1946. When were you born, and where? July 31, 1926 in Clovis. We lived in Portales, but […]

Friday morning briefing: Rodeo riding into town and nuclear power

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Rodeo time The High Plains Junior Rodeo finals ride into town Monday at the Curry County Events Center and

Editors face multiple challenges

By Don McAlvay: Freedom columnist Editors, as a lot, are usually decent, hardworking and totally dedicated to their task. Editors of small town newspapers in the old days, not too unlike their counterparts today, often found it difficult to please everybody. The editor of Clovis’ first daily newspaper, The Pony Post, in his first issue […]

A parting gift from ‘The Girls’

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I was enjoying my early morning bicycle commute to work and the sounds of birds of all kinds welcoming the dawn: Robins, mockingbirds, Western kingbirds, a rooster. A rooster? In town? Sure you can have chickens in town…as long as your neighbors don’t care or animal control doesn’t come a-callin’. […]

Rep. Lujan hosting town hall via phone

Freedom New Mexico U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luj

Base to host school town hall meeting

By 27th SOW Public Affairs Educators from Clovis and Portales schools and Clovis Christian School will address issues of interest at a school town hall meeting at 4:30 p.m. April 6 at The Landing Zone. Each speaker will have a 10-minute presentation and then be available to answer questions from the audience.

Dreamers should not settle on mediocrity

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist In response to a number of reader inquiries, I want to update readers of this column on a story which I submitted several weeks ago. The story concerned an entrepreneur, whose name happens to be Brice Hoskins, and his struggles with the zoning commission of the town of Silverton, Colo. […]

Zoning should be a case-by-case decision

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist It was couched under fiction, but a cursory reading revealed that it almost had to be factual. A brief Internet research time confirmed that to be the case. Mountain Gazette, a no-frills chronicle for outdoor lovers, carried the original story. In a ski town in Colorado, a ski town in […]

Education column: Students visit ocean without leaving town

When was the last time you went on an underwater expedition…and did not leave Clovis? Impossible, you say? Well, you would be wrong, because that is exactly what the third grade class of Lockwood Elementary School did recently. Without leaving Clovis, they experienced an underwater expedition via technology. The Clovis school system was visionary enough […]

Friday morning briefing: Cowboys in town

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday morning briefing. Video of the day In your backyard – Blackwater Draw Museum. Cowboys in town The Board of Directors of the North American Corriente Association are in Clovis today to scope out the new location for their national annual Convention Show and Roping. They met in the Bank […]

First person: Santa’s coming to town

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes for 11 years. Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes at Roden-Smith Pharmacy and about 40 other engagements during the Christmas […]

Remnants of ghost town show struggle to survive

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Frontiersman Kit Carson told an audience more than 100 years ago: “When you get to Onava … you will be on the edge of tomorrowland, also called the land of manana by the Spanish speaking people there.” His audience, the members of a wagon train, was encamped for the night […]

Press release: Holy Ghosts play still on

The performance of Holy Ghosts will still be held tonight at 7 p.m. at Town Hall at Clovis Community College.

First person: Bell ringer takes on musical challenge

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jill Whitehead of Clovis performs with the First United Methodist Church’s hand bell group. The group performs every two months during services. Jill Whitehead has been playing in the First United Methodist Church hand bell group for 25 years. To start: When I started, we were new to town and […]

First person: Traveling to volunteer

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rod Bakken spends his winters volunteering at the Lighthouse Mission. Rod Bakken travels to Clovis each winter to avoid the bitter cold of North Dakota. While in town, he spends his days volunteering at Lighthouse Mission. Christmas presence: It all started last year, it was Christmas time. My wife and […]

Oct. 9 Cannon Community

Medical town hall — A medical town hall meeting will be held Oct. 15 at noon in the Wingman’s Conference Hall (the Atrium area). This is a forum for the 27th Special Operations Medical Group and its beneficiaries to interact and address concerns.

Rep. Lujan holding town hall meeting by telephone

Rep. Ben Ray Luj

Opposition for ‘Obamacare’ voiced

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., addresses the crowd at Tuesday evening’s health care town hall at the Clovis Civic Center. Approximately 400 came to the meeting. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer If the crowd at a town hall for Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was indicative of eastern New Mexico, it’s […]

Bingaman hosting health care town hall meeting

CNJ staff U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., is scheduled to host a health care town hall meeting at 4:15 p.m. today at the Clovis Civic Center. Bingaman will discuss the effort in Congress to reform health insurance as a means of containing rapidly rising health care costs and hear from constituents, according to a news […]

Bingaman hosting town hall meeting

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman will be hosting a health care town hall in Clovis at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18. Bingaman will discuss the effort in Congress to reform health insurance as a means of containing rapidly rising health care costs, and hear from constituents. Bingaman’s complete public schedule is as follows: […]