Friday morning briefing: Rodeo honors, Lions roar and a UFO report

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Rodeo honors Former Eastern New Mexico University rodeo coach, Charles Chambers has been honored by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association as a NIRA Alumni Outstanding Contributor, for his contributions to the sport over the years. He was inducted to the ENMU Athletic Hall of […]

Mounted patrol celebrating anniversary in Clovis

Kevin Wilson The New Mexico Mounted Patrol is descending on Clovis this weekend to celebrate 70 years of assisting law enforcement, and to undertake training to ensure they do it for a 71st year. The annual convention — which organizers expect will draw about 60 mounted patrol officers — takes place mostly at the Days […]

Our people: Gene Bieker oversees maintenance at Clovis Municipal Schools

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis Municipal Schools Executive Director of Operations Gene Bieker said he enjoys ensuring that Clovis students learn in safe and clean buildings. Clovis resident Gene Bieker has worked for the Clovis Municipal Schools for 13 years and is headed for retirement this summer. Bieker retired from a career in the […]

No regrets after wedding

By noon 29 years ago today I had begun to feel the heat. By 4 p.m. I was sweatin’ bullets. Yeah, it’s my wedding anniversary today and while June 12, 1982, was hot, it wasn’t the reason I was sweating. After I got the proposal part out of the way the previous year, I was […]

God’s plan for each of us not work of fiction

John Scott our son has a birthday coming up. I think back to childhood times when he was a little boy. But even though he is grown, I remember years filled with fantasy and child play. John Scott had an infatuation with “The Incredible Hulk” series on television and. The Hulk was a normal man […]

Even world champs have bad days

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eight-time PRCA all-around champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, competed during the PRCA Pioneer Days Rodeo Thursday in the tie-down roping and team roping events. By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer Trevor Brazile has had many good nights en route to Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association records of $4 million in […]

Press release: Clovis mother sentenced to 24 years for abuse

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Amanda Fain, age 21, was sentenced to serve twenty-four (24) years in prison for four (4) counts of Child Abuse. On September 27, 2010, Clovis Police Department was dispatched to a call of a 6-month old baby that was not breathing. Upon entering, […]

District Judge Robert Orlik dies at 64

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File photo Ninth Judicial District Judge Robert Orlik, shown during arguments in the homicide trial of Anthony Casillas, died Saturday at Lubbock Heart Hospital. He was 64. CNJ staff District Judge Robert Orlik, who first practiced law in New Mexico in 1977, died Saturday night at the Lubbock Heart Hospital. He was 64. Further information […]

Musical legacy left behind

Music has lots of ways of connecting people, sometimes when we least suspect it. After writing a newspaper column for close to 25 years I’ve learned not to fight it when a good topic comes along. Sometimes they don’t come seeking my muse at all, the good Lord and my editor know only too well. […]

Hotel Clovis: Saving a local landmark

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File photo Hotel Clovis was foreclosed on in 2004 and became city property. Sharna Johnson When Hotel Clovis fell into disrepair in the 1980s and its owners failed to address it, the city stepped in. Now, almost 11 years later, around $100,000 of local money has been invested — a figure that could grow to […]

Patriot Act needs to be reassessed

C rucial votes on extending the USA Patriot Act could happen soon in both houses of Congress. The current extension of the act, passed three months ago, expires May 27. The act originally was passed by Congress in the wake of the 9/11 attacks almost 10 years ago. It greatly expanded government surveillance powers. This […]

Southern Curry County wells going dry

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Resident Darlene Upham looks at her grandchildren’s handprints in the sidewalk in front of her home. Upham said she lives in fear everyday that her water well will run dry and she will lose her dream home. Sharna Johnson When Darlene Upham purchased her south Curry County property […]

CCC Kid’s College offering 22 summer classes

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File photo Birdhouse Building is one of 22 classes in Clovis Community College’s Kid’s College, a summer outreach program hosted by the college for over a decade. Liliana Castillo There is a class for every child from 5 years old on up in Clovis Community College’s Kid’s College. The annual summer outreach program includes 22 […]

Wednesday morning briefing: A lost ring, going green and a trail of dust

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Lost A Clovis woman needs your help. She lost her wedding ring of more than 40 years last weekend while participating in the annual Relay for Life fundraiser at Ned Houk Park. It’s described as a thin gold band with a diamond. Information: 769-1233 […]

Our people: Coming full circle

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Melrose schools superintendent Jamie Widner comes from a family of 11 children. Melrose native Jamie Widner has been in education as a teacher and administrator for 26 years, all in New Mexico. Coming from a family of 11 children, all who graduated from Melrose High School, he is family-oriented. Widner […]

Religion digest —

Church celebrates 70 years Immanuel Lutheran Church is celebrating 70 years in Clovis by creating a commemorative medallion, according to a news release. A small group of Lutheran Christians in Clovis adopted their official congregational constitution on May 7, 1941. There are eight Lutheran churches in New Mexico with the name Immanuel begun through the […]

Press release: Longtime Greyhound skipper to step down after 20 years

Press release: Longtime Greyhound skipper to step down after 20 years

Texas discovery sparks debate on Clovis culture

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Many artifacts of the Clovis culture have been excavated from the Blackwater Draw site and are now kept on site and in the Miles Anthropological Museum at Eastern New Mexico University. The Clovis culture has been identified as the oldest North American culture, but artifacts which outdate the culture may […]

An education best reward for good grades

Freedom New Mexico Remember a few years back — and for some of us it’s a little further than we’d care to admit — when perhaps dad produced a crisp five-dollar bill when that report card came home with an unexpected but much appreciated A in math? Maybe mom cooked up a favorite for dinner […]

Area seniors honored for academic effort

CNJ staff During a Monday night dinner, 37 area high school seniors were recognized for academic success through earning cumulative grade point averages of 4.0 or higher since the ninth grade. Cindy Harris said the Bank of Clovis has sponsored the dinner for 24 years in a desire to recognize those students who work hard […]