ENMU squads looking to build

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University’s cross country teams made their best showings ever in the Lone Star Conference meet last fall. Fourth-year coach Eric Boll is optimistic they can improve on it this season. The Greyhounds, picked for ninth, finished third in the LSC meet last fall and then stunned traditional conference power Abilene […]

Quay traffic stop nets pot cache

Thomas Garcia A Georgia man is in federal custody following a traffic stop resulting in the seizure of 900 pounds of marijuana near Tucumcari. Forrest McLaughlin of Atlanta was arrested by a New Mexico Motor Transportation Police after $1.3 million of marijuana was discovered stacked behind pallets of cantaloupes, said Major Ron Cordova. McLaughlin, 46, […]

Residents express concerns over wind turbines

Jared Tucker Talk early, talk often. That was the message during Tuesday’s public meeting in Melrose to discuss the findings and recommendations of a joint land use study. The $140,000 federally funded study is geared at preventing incompatible land uses between entities, such as Curry County and Cannon Air Force Base, according to Rudy Bauer, […]

Oasis State Park hosting catfish derby

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File Photo Liam Hurley, 9, left, and Lan Pare, 10, fish at the Oasis State Park pond in November 2009. The pond is to be the site of the second annual Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby on Saturday. Argen Duncan The Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby is back, and with bigger prizes and an extra hour to […]

Hounds offensive coordinator expected to make full recovery

CNJ staff PORTALES — Veteran Eastern New Mexico University offensive coordinator Mike Howard, who underwent triple bypass surgery on Monday night in Lubbock after experiencing chest pains earlier in the day, appears to be doing well and should make a full recovery, ENMU coach Mark Ribaudo said Tuesday. “It went well,” Ribaudo said Tuesday of […]

Voters approve $16 million school bond issue

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School teacher Keith Ingram congratulates Superintendent Terry Myers after the school bond passed Tuesday in the Curry County Clerk’s office. Liliana Castillo Sixty-three percent of voters approved Clovis Municipal Schools’ $16 million bond proposal Tuesday — 1,561 votes for and 926 against. Fourteen percent of 18,059 voters eligible […]

Wednesday morning briefing: 3-on-3, a job fair and air bags

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. 3-on-3 If you’re a basketball fan, check out the Gus Macker 3-on-3 tournament this weekend at Clovis Community College. Tipoff is 8 a.m. Saturday and the games continue through Sunday in the east parking lots.Job fair College student looking for work? An Eastern New […]

Phone call leads to suspect’s capture

CNJ staff A phone call from a citizen led to the capture Tuesday of a man Clovis police have been seeking for about six months. Gabriel Chavez was taken into custody without incident just before 5 p.m. in the 700 block of Gidding Street, said Chief Steve Sanders. “Somebody witnessed him going down the street […]

Gus Macker tournament rescheduled for Saturday

Kevin Wilson Gus Macker is taking another shot at Clovis. A 3-on-3 basketball tournament originally set for June is scheduled to tip off 8 a.m. Saturday in the east parking lots of Clovis Community College, adjacent to the Health and Fitness Center. “We’re all set, ready to come,” said Patty Donovan, a marketing manager for […]

Autopsy indicates Clovis girl did not suffocate

CNJ staff Preliminary autopsy findings show a 2-year-old Clovis girl did not suffocate as police initially thought. Aspen Reiller died Sunday after her parents reported they woke around 10 a.m. and found her unconscious and not breathing. “There were no indications of suffocation or any means of a physical foul play to have caused her […]

Another inbox deleted from life

Kevin Wilson I’ve had seven e-mail addresses in my life. I mourned the death of No. 3 on Tuesday. Go.com announced it was phasing out its service, which shouldn’t have come as a surprise. I doubt I was the only one who had long since gone elsewhere for my main e-mail, and used theirs only […]

Rebuilding after disaster homeowners’ responsibility

Freedom Newspapers News outlets are reporting heavily about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Mississippi coast on Aug. 29, 2005. Heavy rain from the huge storm overwhelmed the levees surrounding New Orleans, causing flooding that destroyed much of the city. Five years later, much of the damage still exists, and thousands of people […]

‘Quality of life’ benefit falls short

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Disabled veterans were thrilled in 2007 when the Veterans Disability Benefits Commission asked Congress to enact an immediate “quality of life” increase to disability payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The special increase, said VDBC commissioners, should be across the board, benefiting all veterans with service-connected health conditions, and […]

Fishing report – Aug. 31

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUG. 31, 2010: NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Polls show King has 15-point lead over Chandler

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Chandler, King Kevin Wilson A poll on the upcoming attorney general’s race shows incumbent Gary King with a 15-point lead over Matt Chandler heading into November’s general election. King, a Democrat, was chosen by 48 percent of poll respondents, while Chandler, currently serving his second term as the district attorney for the state’s 9th Judicial […]

Suffocation ruled out in child’s death

By CNJ Staff Preliminary autopsy findings indicate a 2 year-old girl who died Sunday did not suffocate as police initially thought. “There were no indications of suffocation or any means of a physical foul play to have caused her death,” said Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Medical investigators were not able to reach a determination […]

First NFL cutdown today

Tuesday is the first of two cut-down days this week for NFL teams. Clovis native Hank Baskett, who rejoined the Eagles after spending a season with the Indianapolis Colts, is competing with five receivers for the final two receiver spots on the Philadelphia roster. He has one catch for 5 yards in two preseason games. […]

Inmate no longer being sought by law enforcement

CNJ staff An inmate authorities believed was released from jail by mistake Thursday is no longer being sought by law enforcement because a federal immigration hold has expired. Monday morning, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office issued an announcement to area law enforcement, canceling a Friday alert to look for Ramiro Chavez. Chavez, 23, was released […]

One killed, one injured in crash near Carlsbad

CNJ staff A 35-year-old Clovis man was killed in a single-vehicle crash near Carlsbad Sunday afternoon, which also critically injured his 11-year-old passenger. Juan Castillo was driving his 2000 Isuzu Rodeo east on US 62/180, east of Carlsbad, when his vehicle traveled into the median, according to a press release from state police. Castillo overcorrected […]

Course transfers, local colleges topics at higher education meeting

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan New Mexico Secretary of Higher Education Viola Florez listens at the town hall meeting Monday in the Clovis Community College Town Hall. Giving input for a proposed higher education master plan, participants discussed such things as the importance of the institution to the community, dual-credit programs and duplication of courses […]