Zias win on late 3-pointer

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — The basketball gods don’t give many breaks to a 5-foot-4 player. So Vanessa O’Neal’s got to make her own. The Zias senior did just that Monday, making small plays throughout and the biggest play at the end — an assist to Cat […]

Area residents remain charitable despite sluggish economy

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Charitable organizations in Roosevelt and Curry counties are reporting donations mostly equal or above last year’s levels as Christmas approaches. Most of those organizations say they have enough to meet community requests for the holiday. Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico Executive Director Nancy Taylor said her organization has […]

Free Internet access customer drawing card

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Electra Charles, 19, of Clovis, surfs the Web on Monday at Java Loft. Charles said she comes to Java Loft two to three times a week. By Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer Restaurants offering free Internet have been popping in recent years, but in 2010 they will be as common […]

Teen seriously injured leaving scene of party, police say

CNJ staff New Mexico State Police are investigating separate crashes involving a police officer and a Clovis teen police say stem from a large party early Sunday morning. The 18-year-old male driver was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital, where police say he was in stable condition Monday. Officer Jason Blankenship received minor injuries, state police […]

Salvation Army receives more gold, silver coins

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Maj. Tammy Ray of the Clovis Salvation Army proudly displays the gold and silvers coins that someone deposited Friday in one of its kettles. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer During her daily six-hour post at Walgreen’s, Cindy Mendoza makes sure to say hello, goodbye and “Merry Christmas” to everyone […]

Immigration reform needs streamlining

Freedom Communications Congress’ latest effort to reform our nation’s immigration laws has begun. Unfortunately, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 offers little in the way of real reform. The proposal, given the unwieldy name to create the ASAP acronym, is touted and condemned as a new means to enable […]

Distracted driving tough to enforce

By Tibor Machan: Freedom Newspapers columnist For a while now I have observed the alarm about the use of cell phones while driving. There is hardly any doubt that doing so is hazardous. In his Dec. 7 article for The New York Times, Matte Richtel chronicles some of this. He reports on Bob Lucky, an […]

Safe haven law saves lives

By Mona Charen; Syndicated columnist Mia’s story is good holiday fare. That must have been what the Washington Post editors were thinking when they put her smiling face on the front page. Whether they considered the deeper implications is not so clear, as we shall see. Mia Fleming is a 20-year-old college student who was […]

Cops give kids early Christmas

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jaden Philips, 6, holds out his hand to McGruff the Crime Dog Monday morning during the Shop with a Cop program at Wal-Mart. Philips and his three siblings were each taken on a $100 shopping spree by local law enforcement. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Leaning out of the […]

Commerce topples Hounds

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo ENMU forward Tyler Jefferson shoots over Ronnie Morgan of Texas A&M-Commerce during the first half of Saturday’s game. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — Standing 6-foot-6 with a mohawk and a booming voice, Ronnie Morgan is tough to miss on the court. Much to Eastern New Mexico’s chagrin, […]

Zias fall on buzzer-beater

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo ENMU forward Kassie Daugherty scores a basket over Texas A&M-Commerce’s Deltrice Daniel during the second half of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference crossover game at Greyhound Arena. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — Texas A&M-Commerce lived by the three. But Ashley Murphy made sure the Zias died by the […]

Anheuser-Busch offers free theme park admission

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — A tribute program that has provided free admission to SeaWorld and Busch Gardens for more than 4 million members of U.S. and coalition armed forces and their families has been extended through 2010. “Here’s to the Heroes,” a program sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, was launched in […]

Letters to the Editor: Couple restored faith in people

Couple restored faith in people I would like to share my story on how my faith in people and the holiday were restored. Last week, while shopping with a co-worker and some clients, we noticed how it seems the true meaning of the holiday has been lost — so we thought. We went for dinner, […]

Pressuring banks to lend more initial problem

Freedom New Mexico Those of us who had anticipated the possibility of a de facto nationalization of the banking and finance sector of the economy after the meltdown last fall and the government’s bailout reaction, may have to rethink our scenarios and happily so. With the announcement that Citigroup will pay back $20 billion in […]

12-20 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 p.m. Dec. 4 officers responded to a residence in the 800 block of Fourth Street for a domestic dispute. A man met them outside the residence, bleeding from a wound on his head. He told them he had been drinking […]

No break for teachers

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Portales High School teacher Alex Lopez flips through a grade book. He said he checks the past grades of students new to his class to learn about them in preparation for teaching them. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico While the students head out to play during the winter break, […]

Lighthouse party provides early Christmas for needy families

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Caleb Huggins, 6, didn’t wait to get out of line to play with the electronic guitar he was given Saturday at the Lighthouse Mission Children’s Christmas Party. His mother Tia Koenig, left, said she was happy her son got what he wanted. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When Caleb […]

Fruitful Spirit Ministries saved

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Fruitful Spirit Ministries has been saved. The non-profit reduced-price grocery program was on the verge of closing its doors when the Matt 25 Hope Center stepped in. Center Executive Director Steve Reshetar said a proposal to take over the program was brought in front of the board of directors […]

‘Jingle Bell Classic’ prepares contestants for county fairs

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Courtesy photo: Karen Cone Koby Cone grooms a calf to get it ready for a show at a past Jingle Bell Classic steer jackpot. The event is scheduled for this weekend. By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County is hosting a contest for 4-H members this weekend that should be a learning experience for […]

12-18 enmu men’s, women’s basketball capsules

CNJ staff MenTexas A&M-Commerce (8-1) at ENMU (5-4), 8 p.m. today in a Lone Star Conference crossover game at Greyhound Arena.Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9.Last outing: The Hounds built a 20-point, second-half lead and held off Southwestern Oklahoma 82-71 on Monday at Weatherford, Okla., snapping a three-game losing streak.Notes: Monday’s win ended a seven-game losing streak overall […]