Credit reform penalizing responsible

Freedom New Mexico We noted in August the unintended consequences in the wake of Washington’s reform legislation to protect consumers from credit card interest rate hikes and penalties. Congress had restricted changes in credit card terms, citing complaints about high rates and penalty fees. Even before the first wave of new regulations went into effect, […]

West Texas A&M rallies past Zias

Freedom New Mexico West Texas A&M scored twice in a four-minute span midway through the second half and rallied to beat Eastern New Mexico University 2-1 in a men’s Lone Star Conference soccer match Wednesday in Portales. Aaron Thornton poked home the game-winner for the fifth-ranked Buffaloes on a through pass from Abel Olivas with […]

Thursday morning briefing: Dragon Ball, Halloween weather

Freedom New Mexico Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing. Weekend video ideas: Jenna Zamie, a copy editor for the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune, spends much of her free time playing video games. Here are summaries of three recent releases:Game: Borderlands Genre: First-person shooter System: 360, PS3 What is it? […]

Cameo Elementary’s Parent Center offers space for children, parents to spend time together

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools History is in the making. Now, I know each day we live, we are actually making history, but what you might not know is that you are actually reading a part of history…right now. Yep, this article is making history in two ways. First, this is my first official […]

Civil suit filed against former Tucumcari parole, probation supervisor

Freedom New Mexico A civil lawsuit filed by a Tucumcari woman against a former state parole and probation supervisor accuses him of sexual harassment and discrimination. Diana Cassidy, a state employee, alleges Benjamin Rex Allison, also of Tucumcari, used racial slurs against herself and clients and made inappropriate sexual remarks. Cassidy said Allison would mispronounce […]

Ticket feature: Pumpkin farm offers maze of hay, mountain of pumpkins

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kenneth Davis’ Pumpkin Patch includes a hay bale maze, sea of pumpkins and a pumpkin mountain. The display is made up of 6,000 pumpkins. Freedom New Mexico Just north of Clovis, a hay bale maze leads past a pumpkin mountain on the way to a sea of pumpkins. Those are […]

Education digest: Health center opening at CCC

Health center opening at CCC Clovis Community College will open Phase I of the Allied Health Center at 10 a.m. today with a dedication, ribbon cutting, open house and reception. The building will be dedicated in honor of Clovis residents and friends of the college, Don and Gustenia Bonner. Funding for construction of the center […]

Bill including money for water pipeline signed into law

CNJ staff A multi-billion dollar bill signed into law Wednesday includes $1 million for the Ute pipeline project. The $34 billion 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill was signed into law by President Obama , according to the offices of Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall from New Mexico. Projects receiving money include the Ute […]

N.M. senators: Bill that funds labs, water projects signed into law

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that President Obama has signed into law a key spending bill that supports New Mexico’s two national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Project and a variety of key water-related projects. “When we started this process several months ago, LANL was facing deep cuts to […]

Bingaman & Udall: President signs bill that benefits New Mexico

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announce that a bill that supports several of New Mexico’s national security initiatives has been signed into law. The Senators said the fiscal year 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill that was enacted contains $20 million Bingaman and Udall requested for the National Infrastructure Simulation and […]

Education feature: Clovis students earn all-state choir honors

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School senior Ean Guthals was one of 18 Clovis students selected for the 2010 All-state choir. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Police post crime map

Clovis police today posted a crime map on their web site. Police say it is the first of what they hope to be a monthly posting detailing specific crimes and the neighborhoods where they occurred. The link to the map: www.police.cityofclovis.org/index.php/monthly-crime-map

Federal criticism of Fox-TV unjust

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It doesn’t matter if Fox-TV news is unbalanced, biased, partisan or whatever. All newspapers, magazines, journals and such have leanings — they are produced, managed and edited by individuals who have agendas and however much they wish this had no influence on them, that just isn’t realistic. Of […]

Poor economy boosting recruitment

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Middle-class American youth are entering the military in significant numbers today, drawn by more competitive pay, a battered civilian job market and the buzz surrounding an improved GI Bill education benefit. The Department of Defense announced earlier this month that for the first time since the draft ended and the […]

Throwing cash at problems not solution

Freedom New Mexico The Senate is facing the politically uncomfortable prospect of raising the limit on the national debt — again — to somewhere north of $13 trillion. Senate Democrats are seeking a way to fold the admission of fiscal malpractice into some larger spending bill, hoping it won’t be noticed — and exploited politically. […]

Wednesday morning briefing: The “Thriller,” the World Series and maybe some snow

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing. Movie time Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” movie opened with a late show Tuesday, but area residents have a variety of viewing options starting tonight. Clovis’ North Plains 7 offers showtimes at 2 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:10 p.m., and 9:50 p.m. Adult tickets are $6 […]

Plans for new middle school press forward

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board has taken the first step for the district and Public School Facilities Authority to move forward on plans to build a new middle school to absorb growth from Cannon Air Force Base. The school board approved educational specifications for a new middle school and […]

School board to discuss budget cuts Tuesday

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board has scheduled a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss how the district will handle budget cuts handed down by the Legislature. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said the cuts will equal about $600,000 for the district. Seidenwurm said each site or department with a […]

Variety of festivals planned for Halloween

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Afterschool Program Director Andrea Copenhaver works on a grave for the Portales Recreation Center on Tuesday. The center’s haunted house is going to be open to the public 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and the cost of admission is $5. By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Clovis […]

Clovis Builders update Cannon officials on housing plans

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Cannon Air Force Base wing commander said more airmen than usual are seeking to live on base here, and builders and developers explained their plans for more housing during a meeting Tuesday. Col. Stephen Clark and about 80 real estate agents, builders, developers and Clovis city and school […]