Obama wasting time on possible job creation

Freedom New Mexico By denying a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline last week, President Barack Obama may succeed in delaying until after November’s election the politically difficult decision of which loyal constituency to offend, big labor or environmental activists. What is more certain is that the political maneuvering to deny a permit for the […]

In search of ponies: Blizzard becomes feather-raising experience

When the winter waves hit, the dogs came in, the horses got an extra scoop of sweet feed and the firewood was stacked high. Everything was ready for the bitter wind and clinging ice…Until I suddenly remembered, I had no interest in frozen chicken. Namely because a frozen chicken is wasted on a vegetarian, but […]

Xcel customers asked to conserve power until 8 p.m.

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Xcel energy are advising customer to turn off their air conditioning or increase the thermostat setting to 85 degrees, slowly lowering the setting after 8 p.m. to a more comfortable setting. This does not apply to customers who depend on air conditioning for health reasons. Xcel Energy officials are hopeful […]

Ticket feature: Christian music event all day Aug. 13

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Courtesy photo: Chase Mahan Clovis’ Laughing Season will play as part of Shattering the Silence, an Aug. 13, seven band Christian concert. Freedom New Mexico Shatter the Silence is set to bring Clovis a full day of Christian music event. With doors opening at noon and music beginning at 2 p.m., the Aug. 13 concert […]

Friday morning briefing: Scholarships, a local cotton conference and losing a crown

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Cancer scholarship Young cancer survivors have until Feb. 25 to apply for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivor College Scholarship. The scholarship awards up to $10,000 offered in increments of $2,500 per academic year. Applicants must have been diagnosed with cancer before age 21 […]

Letter to the editor: Poor planning went into concert

My wife and I attended a concert Dec. 12 at the Clovis Civic Center. The program was one that we particularly wanted to see. We arrived 30 minutes early as we were aware that parking at the center is very limited. Upon entering the center, we were told we must wait in the lobby until […]

Dairy fire under investigation

Freedom New Mexico A fire destroyed about 500 tons of hay and damaged a barn Sunday at Westra Dairy in Portales. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said Portales and Arch firefighters battled the blaze from just after 11 a.m. until 5:50 p.m. He said they provided protection for dairy workers to use fork […]

Education column — Dec. 23

CCC closed for holidays Clovis Community College closed for the holidays Tuesday and will reopen Jan. 3 at 8 a.m. The cosmetology salon will be closed until Jan. 18. Until Jan,. 15 Health and Fitness Center holiday hours will be 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 6 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Friday; 8 […]

Hounds hang tight with UNM until late

By Kenn Rodriguez: FNM correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — In its second straight exhibition game against a Division I opponent, Eastern New Mexico started out strong but faded late to fall to the New Mexico Lobos 80-58 at the newly renovated University Arena Wednesday night. Junior guard Stefan Mirabal enjoyed a homecoming of sorts, hitting 5 three-pointers […]

Postponing vote on tax cuts lame decision

Freedom New Mexico Accountability took a back seat this week when Democrats in control of Congress decided to postpone voting on extension of the Bush tax cuts until after the Nov. 2 election. We prefer elected officials to be as accountable as possible. Delaying a vote on extending the tax cuts, which expire Jan. 1, […]

War not over until troops can come home

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama announced in a national address last week that America had “turned the page” on combat operations in the Iraq war. From a peak of 170,000 troops in October 2007, the level now has dropped to 49,700. Combat deaths also have dropped sharply, from more than 100 a month during […]

Casillas trial breaks until next week

Freedom New Mexico The prosecution and defense finished presenting evidence Friday in the Anthony Casillas murder trial in Portales District Court. Judge Robert Orlik agreed to let the jury break until next week. Closing arguments begin 8:30 a.m. Monday. Casillas, 23, is accused of shooting and killing two people Sept. 25, 2008, in Clovis. If […]

Two detention officers walk off job

CNJ staff Two Curry County jail detention officers walked off their night-shift jobs Wednesday, Administrator Keith Norwood said. Norwood said three officers still at the jail from a prior shift volunteered to continue working until others could be called into relieve them. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said he and two deputies also responded to the jail […]

No experience needed

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Daulton Hatley, 13, helps tidy up the soap box car he won in at the ninth annual Clovis Soap Box Derby. Hatley never raced in a soap box derby before this year and will be competing in the international All-American Soap Box Derby on July 25 in Akron, Ohio. Liliana […]

Education digest: Art display available until July 15

Art display available until July 15 The Portales Artist-in-Residence work will be on display at the Runnel’s Gallery at Eastern New Mexico University until July 15. Ryder Richards and Sue Anne Rische of Dallas, Texas, created the art.

Press release: Emergency repairs at Norris St. railroad crossing

BNSF will temporarily close the Norris Street railroad crossing from 12:00 noon, Friday, April 16th until 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 17th for emergency repairs. All east bound traffic will be detoured to Sugarbeat Road. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Public Works at (575) 769-2376.

Businesses, customers object to Texas Avenue median

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A motorist correctly moves to the left of a new median on North Prince Street Tuesday evening only to be blocked head-on by a northbound vehicle that has incorrectly entered the lane. The motorist eventually wove through oncoming traffic to enter the parking lot of Chili’s Grill and Bar. By […]

Special session delayed until Monday

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson says he has pushed the start of a special legislative session back until Monday. The governor says he had requests from House and Senate leaders for more time to negotiate spending cuts and tax increases before they resume debate over a state budget. Richardson says he […]

Press Release: Winter storm warning until Tuesday

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow…which is in effect from 5 p.m. this afternoon to 11 a.m. Tuesday. • Snow accumulations…snowfall accumulations of 3 to 6 inches below 7,500 feet can be expected with 6 to 12 inches above 7,500 feet. Locally higher amounts will be […]

Board approves timeline for finding new superintendent

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School Principal Wayne Marshall presented CHS English department head Renie Smith with a plaque in honor of her being named the teacher of the year for 2008-2009 during Tuesday’s board meeting. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education Tuesday approved a timeline […]