Korean War veterans reflect on Memorial Day

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David By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The Korean War is commonly called the forgotten war, but not for the men who served in the three-year conflict. Local veterans George Martin, Dale Davis, and David Ash share their experiences.

ENMU’s Draper 11th in Division II javelin

CNJ staff CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eastern New Mexico University junior Daniel Draper finished 11th in men’s javelin competition on Saturday at the NCAA Division II national championships, hosted by Johnson C. Smith University. Draper, ENMU’s lone contestant at nationals, threw 187 feet even and earned the top finish for an ENMU athlete at the nationals, […]

‘RENT’ auditions scheduled

Freedom New Mexico Clovis Community College’s theater department is holding auditions for the musical “RENT” 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Actors should have a song prepared or be prepared to sing the national anthem at the audition. The production will be a rock opera so every character sings. Actors are needed to play characters between […]

Families remember loved ones

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Carol Nash, of Clovis, browses though the engineer drawing of her uncle, Pvt. Roy Melvin Johnston who served in the Army during WWII and died while fighting in Okinawa Japan. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Memorial Day was set aside for the people who lost loved ones in war. […]

Attorney general unable to determine open meeting violation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Attorney General’s Office says it was unable to determine if three Curry County commissioners held an illegal meeting in November, but admonished commissioners to exercise caution when gathering in a quorum, according to an opinion issued Friday. In February, the Clovis News Journal filed a formal complaint with […]

Tucumcari police chief: Officer followed protocol in alleged cash theft

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A lawsuit filed in Santa Fe claims Tucumcari police stole $47,000 from two Kansas residents during a May 2 traffic stop. Tucumcari police records tell a far different story, claiming $53,140 was seized and handed over to federal officials as part of an investigation related to a possible illegal […]

Gotta love thy neighbors

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Kicking back in the yard the other day I noticed there was some sort of busy-ness going on in a neighbor’s backyard. It caught my eye because the neighbor is kind of old yet was running around his backyard like a kid. I watched for a while and came to […]

Press release: Infant, child CPR classes offered

The American Red Cross together with Presbyterian Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis and the generous support of United Way of Eastern New Mexico is offering monthly Infant & Child CPR classes for new parents and caregivers. Red Cross Infant/Child CPR classes focus on teaching cardiac and breathing emergency skills for infants & and children […]

Press release: Bingaman helps write defense bill that supports Cannon

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman is helping to write key defense legislation that strongly supports New Mexico’s military installations and Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories. At Bingaman’s urging, the bill also contains a provision requiring the Air Force to report to Congress on the magnitude of the fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force […]

Lieutenant governor candidates display few differences

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Kent Cravens, left, answers a question while Brian Moore, center, and John Sanchez look on during Thursday’s Republican lieutenant governor forum at the Master’s Center. About 70 people attended the hour-long forum. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The three lieutenant governor candidates who visited Clovis Thursday had little differentiation […]

Memorial Day services planned across region

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Memorial Day observances are planned across the region to honor fallen soldiers. Among organizations planning ceremonies Monday in Portales are the American Legion Post 31 in Portales, United Daughters of the Confederacy chapters from Portales and Clovis and Sons of the Confederate Veterans. American Legion Post 31 Commander Joe […]

Sheriff relinquishing jail

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Sheriff Matt Murray informed Curry County commissioners he is returning command of the jail to them Tuesday, leaving county leaders questioning what to do next. Murray’s decision was announced in a letter sent late Thursday. The sheriff said his decision to relinquish command was the result of the commission’s […]

Peanut retail costs going up

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Wilba Duggan of Las Cruces shops at Sunland Inc.’s retail store Thursday. She and her husband, Dan, said they always stop when they come through Portales and buy peanuts for relatives in Oklahoma. Higher-than-normal wholesale peanut prices this year are expected to drive up retail costs. By Argen Duncan: Freedom […]

Friday morning briefing: Pet video, swim lessons amd Smoke on the Water

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the day Check out pets available at the animal shelter in our video of the day. Jump in The Portales City Pool is offering swim lessons. Lifeguard training is also available. Lessons are available at different levels of ability, and adults can take […]

Pioneer Days Parade to feature ‘sounds of Clovis’

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File photo Parade organizers said they have over 30 entries in for the 40th annual Pioneer Days Parade which will take place June 5 on Main Street. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The 40th annual Pioneer Days Parade is meant to be seen and heard. The parade will serve as one of the culminating […]

Nation should remember those who made sacrifices

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Gen. John Alexander Logan first thought up the idea to set aside one day to honor Civil War dead. May 30, 1868, was the first Memorial Day to honor those who had died in battle by remembering them and decorating their graves. On this Memorial Day, I cannot help but […]

a view from under the pew: the quivering red mountain

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. the quivering red mountain boss when pastor leroybeetle preached […]

Religion calendar — May 28

Saturday Food and clothing give away — 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Matt 25 Hope Center. Information: 763-4400 Sunday Worship service — 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Central Baptist Church. Sunday Worship — 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with Sunday school at 9:15 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church ELCA, 1705 West 21st Street. Information: 763-4816 Worship Service — […]

Mother’s job duties never-ending

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Every job has a euphemistic title these days. Betty Lou, a wife and mother, met a “business man” at a meeting. When he asked about her occupation she replied, “I’m an early childhood educator.” “That sounds really interesting,” he said. “Do you ever get called in on weekends?” Betty Lou […]

Crimes of hate hard to prove in court

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Everyone who is awake discriminates — it is what people do with their minds. The kind of discrimination that’s objectionable is when people use irrelevant attributes of others to classify them — like their race when hiring them for jobs where race is irrelevant. The race of a […]