God is a source of joy

By Curtis K. Shelburne Bruce Larson tells of a conference at a Presbyterian church in Omaha. As the story goes, people were given helium-filled balloons and told to hold them until a time came in the service when they experienced joy in their hearts. At that point, they could just let go of their balloons […]

Facts show U.S. border security not at risk

Freedom New Mexico Politics often involves a tug-of-war between perception and fact. One of the most obvious cases involves the insinuation that “illegals” are swarming across our southern border and putting the entire nation at risk. Of course, “illegals” could be harmless immigrants just looking for a way to feed their families, or sophisticated gangsters […]

Live buffalo among KENW auction items

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A live buffalo is up for bid in this year’s KENW online fundraising auction. The buffalo, a 3-year-old male pet belonging to a Portales man, is for sale along with about 820 other items — ranging from an autographed Green Bay Packers football to out-of-production Barbie dolls to couches. […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Funny stuff and Muleshoe’s latest Facebook page

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday morning briefing. Video of the day Did you hear the one…it’s our own Joking Around. Website of the day The Muleshoe Public Library is updating their Facebook as they progress through the summer reading program. Friend them on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Muleshoe-TX/Muleshoe-Area-Public-Library/338587969227?v=info#!/pages/Muleshoe-TX/Muleshoe-Area-Public-Library/338587969227?ref=ts&ajaxpipe=1&__a=25 Question of the day Does the heat […]

Tres Amigas partners with Viridity Energy Inc.

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Wednesday’s announcement of partnership between Viridity Energy Inc. and Tres Amigas is just one more step in bringing forward the first power superstation to connect the nation’s power grids. Viridity will supply the software and network operating system to make it possible for Tres Amigas to sell its transmission […]

United Way taking diaper donations

CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is partnering with Casel-Land Fun Center for its day of action. Anybody who brings one pack of diapers to either the Matt 25 Hope Center or the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce before June 18 will receive two passes to Casel-Land. Information: 935-0211.

Vacation Bible School activities

The following is a compilation of area Vacation Bible Schools. To add a listing, contact CNJ administrative assistant Caritina Pineda at 763-3431, ext. 311. • First Christian Church: Ages 4 through grade 6, June 21-25, 6-8:30 p.m. • Central Baptist Church: Kindergarten through grade 6, June 21-25, 9 a.m.-noon • High Plains Baptist Church: Aug. […]

State high school rodeo boon to local economy

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File photo Jesse Clark of Dora, shown competing in last year’s New Mexico High School Finals Rodeo, is hoping to earn his third national berth. The rodeo is set for this week at the Curry County Events Center. By Kevin Wilson While the goal is to get to Gillette, Wyo., a lot of high schoolers […]

Press release: Bingaman talks about Gulf of Mexico oil spill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reports about what is going on in the Senate this week and answers questions relating the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman060710m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman […]

Business licenses — June 8

The following business licenses were obtained from the city of Clovis in May:

Police: Two men arrested after burglary attempt

CNJ staff Two Clovis men are in jail after police said they were caught burglarizing a house Friday. Gabriel Rodriguez, 27, and Jeremiah Mascarenas, 30, were apprehended around noon after a foot pursuit. According to a Clovis police press release: • Officers were called to Nancy Lopez Drive in northeast Clovis by neighbors who reported […]

Press release: Daytime burglars apprehended

Clovis Police Department — A pair of local Clovis men identified as 27 year old Gabriel Rodriguez and 30 year old Jeremiah Mascarenas were arrested Friday, June 4, 2010 at around Noon time by Clovis Police Officers responding to a report of a “Burglary In Progress” called in by neighbors on Nancy Lopez Drive located […]

Monday morning briefing: Video games, water and cattle

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Video game of the week Fresh from the desk of our own mistress of games, Jenna Zamie. Game: Snoopy: Flying Ace Genre: Flight Action System: XBox Live Arcade What is it? An arcade flight sim that packs in a lot of action at a […]

Saturdays Pioneer Days PRCA Rodeo results

CNJ staff At Curry Co. Events Center Bareback riding (Go-round 1): 1. Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash.; 2. Clint Cannon, Waller, Texas; 3. Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas; 4. Matt Bright, Azie, Texas; 5. Jake Halverson, Amarillo. Barrel racing (Go-round 1): 1. Linda Gail Stewart, Matthews, Ala.; 2. Kelsi Elkins, Aztec; 3. Teresa Marr, Sunland Park; 4/5. […]

More than 70 floats featured in Pioneer Days Parade

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Brooke Reid, left, and Emile Reid ride a miniature horse-pulled carriage with the help of Harry Riser on Saturday during the 40th annual Pioneer Days Parade on Main Street. The miniature carriage and horses was a float with Southwestern Flavor, a riding group in Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff […]

Pioneer Days parade winners

2010 Pioneer Days Parade Winners Sweepstakes Trophy: Red Hat Floozies

Parks director keeping busy

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell, left, talks with Kyle Snider and Parks Superintendent Neil Lambert about fixing a pump at the Guy Leeder Softball Complex Friday. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It’s been about a month since the city’s parks and recreation department filled its director position, and […]

Police blotter — June 6

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 2 a.m. May 16 an officer responded to an undisclosed residence for a report of a trespasser. A woman said she was staying at the house with a juvenile female and the girl’s former boyfriend kept knocking on windows trying to […]

Don’t put blame on Blue Cross

By Paul Gessing: Guest columnist There has recently been a great deal of consternation and concern over the rate increase enacted by Blue Cross Blue Shield New Mexico (BCBS). The company, a “mutual” firm legally obligated to re-invest any profits back into the company, had originally requested a 24.6 percent rate increase. Then, just as […]

Free markets helping people live longer lives

Freedom New Mexico Some good news for a change: Childhood deaths are dropping worldwide. The number of deaths of children under age 5 has been cut by 35 percent in the past 20 years, to 7.7 million. The lower world rate now is 53.3 childhood deaths out of 1,000 children. The best rate, in Singapore, […]