In tribute: Melrose matriarch kept faith during battle with cancer

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Courtesy photo: Jackie Clark Polly and Panny Bigler, seated, pose with their grandchildren, from left, Felicia Glascock, Scotty Clark and Toni Whitecotton during Christmas in 2001. Freedom New Mexico Verna “Polly” Bigler cleaned relatives’ kitchens when they weren’t home, kept track of daily events on her family’s farm and kept her Christian faith through her […]

Thursday morning briefing: Emergency info, basketball camp and UFOs

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Emergency tips Are you interested in the preparation for emergencies in Portales and Roosevelt County? The Roosevelt County Local Emergency Planning Committee meets 4-5 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Memorial Building in Portales. Call Emergency Management Director Keith Thomas […]

Ticket feature: Lion’s Club, Patriot Outdoors holding annual gun show

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File photo A gun show at the Clovis Civic Center Saturday and Sunday is expected to draw up to 2,000 people. It’s a weekend of guns and knives. For the sixth year, the Clovis Lions Club, in partnership with Patriot Outdoors, is hosting a gun and knife show. Traditionally held at the armory, this will […]

Grazing workshop planned

CNJ staff A Planned Grazing Workshop for ranchers and land owners is set for June 29-July 1 in Amarillo, Texas. Agricultural consultant Kirk Gadzia and Kelly Boney are expected to cover rangeland monitoring, financial planning, land planning and more, according to a press release from Holistic Management, the organization hosting the workshop. Planned grazing aims […]

Press Release: Clovis Music Festival ticket spans three decades

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Press Release: “Rent” coming to Clovis

Clovis Community College’s Theater department will be performing the Tony Award and Pulitzer prize-winning musical RENT, by Jonathan Larson, on July 21-25, 2010, with curtain times of 7:00 p.m. nightly, and a Sunday matinee performance beginning at 2:00 p.m. All performances will be held in Town Hall on the CCC campus and tickets are $10. […]

Energy company breaks ground for wind farm

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Abundant Energy Chief Executive Officer Kurt Knapton explains how wind turbines will be built on the company’s six-acre piece of land south of Clovis after a ground breaking ceremony Wednesday. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A wind turbine company broke ground for a five-megawatt wind farm and manufacturing plant […]

Press Release: Use caution with roofing contractors

Due to recent hail storms a number of roofs were damaged and there are numerous contractors doing repairs.

Jail seeking program volunteers

CNJ staff The Curry County jail is seeking volunteers to run programs and services for inmates. A training session will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in the commission room at the courthouse. Administrator Keith Norwood said volunteer inmate programs are an integral part of working toward rehabilitation and reducing recidivism among inmates. “We need […]

Education digest: Art display available until July 15

Art display available until July 15 The Portales Artist-in-Residence work will be on display at the Runnel’s Gallery at Eastern New Mexico University until July 15. Ryder Richards and Sue Anne Rische of Dallas, Texas, created the art.

Former interim jail administrator ‘let go’

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Former Interim Deputy Administrator Kirk Roberts doesn’t believe he was “let go” for reasons being cited by the new administrator at Curry County jail. Roberts was dismissed Wednesday morning as part of what Administrator Keith Norwood classified as restructuring at the facility. “Dismissed is rather a strong term. He […]

Obama accepts McChrystal’s resignation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday, saying his scathing published remarks about administration officials undermined civilian control of the military and eroded trust on the president’s war team. Obama chose McChrystal’s immediate superior — Gen. David Petraeus — to take over the […]

Press release: Groundbreaking for Vert-I-Go Wind Energy, LLC to be held in Clovis

Clovis, New Mexico – On Wednesday, June 23, a groundbreaking will take place for the initial operating site of Vert-I-Go Wind Energy LLC at a location south of Clovis. Vert-I-Go, a subsidiary of Abundant Energy LLC, reached an agreement with the City of Clovis in January to purchase six acres of land south of the […]

Custom Classic tourney begins Friday

CNJ staff More than half the teams will be from out of town this weekend in the 27th Custom Classic softball tournament at Guy Leeder Complex and Spencer Field. Tournament director Roger Jackson said Tuesday that 67 of the 125 squads will be coming into Clovis for the three-day event. “It makes everybody happy,” Jackson […]

VA ailment dispute getting heated

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki will get the Senate hearing he didn’t want. Sen. James Webb, D-Va., says he will use a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing — rescheduled now for Sept. 23 — to have Shinseki explain his decision to compensate Vietnam veterans, and many surviving spouses, for three more ailments including heart disease. Shinseki […]

I’m determined to conquer 5K run

Saturday was my second 5K race. I hoped to erase memories of my 37:58, when I pulled up injured and saw other racers driving home while I was still running/walking. Mark Bussen, a coach at Clovis High School, reassured me by saying, “That’s better than everybody who didn’t show up.” Calming words, but they didn’t […]

U.S not ready for influx of refugees

While Americans spent Sunday celebrating Father’s Day, a darker commemoration drew much of the world’s attention. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees marked June 20 as World Refugee Day. For many Americans, the term “refugee” spurs thoughts of war-torn and famish-plagued countries in Africa, Asia or the Middle East. Many refugees find their way […]

School board to call two candidates back for further interviews

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education decided Tuesday to call back two of the four candidates for superintendent for further interviews. Mount Pleasant Independent School District Superintendent Terry Myers and Wichita Falls Independent School District Assistant Superintendent Tim Powers will return for interviews Monday and Wednesday. Powers, 55, said he was impressed […]

Middle school site raises concerns

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Citizens brought concerns about the site chosen for the new middle school to the Clovis Municipal School board of education Tuesday. On June 8, the board chose a 40-acre plot of land from three gifts of land. The site is on Pleasant Hill Highway and Humphrey Road and owned […]

Wednesday morning briefing: A Smokin Fourth and the Teflon Don

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Smokin Fourth This year’s Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce fireworks show is scheduled for 9 p.m. July 4 at the Eastern New Mexico University Football Practice Field at U.S. 70 and University Drive. To donate to the fireworks fund: http://www.portales.com/fireworks Alternative groundbreaking There’s a groundbreaking […]