Thursday morning briefing: Cannon, water fights and who’s on first

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Ideas sought The Joint Land Use Study Committee is hosting a public meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Melrose Senior Center. Members of the public will be asked to offer ideas on land used by both Cannon Air Force Base and the civilian community. You […]

Contraband reports up at jail

Sharna Johnson The Curry County Adult Detention Center has seen a spike in contraband discoveries the past two months, timed with the launch of inmate work details at the facility. During July and August, detention officers patrolling the outside and public areas of the jail have found and turned over about a dozen contraband items […]

Pigskin Preview: Hounds need defense to step up

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Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Senior defensive back Tillman Stevens tries to bring down receiver Noelin Henry during the opening drive of Saturday’s scrimmage at Greyhound Stadium. Tillman, of Baytown, Texas, had 45 tackles and three interceptions in 2009. He is one of nine returning starters on defense for the Hounds. Dave Wagner Last season, […]

Texas students forced to make tough choices

Freedom New Mexico I t’s been said that in many Texas towns, the high school football coach has more influence than the mayor. High school sports is a big part of secondary education in the state — some have said it’s too big a part. The collective penchant for sports, and competition in general, is […]

Letter to the editor: Clovis muni course good bargain

When I read Mike Majors’ letter to the editor — “Time to do away with golf course” — in last Thursday’s paper, I was appalled. He said the Clovis Municipal Golf Course is a “ghetto golf course.” When I hear the word ghetto, I immediately think of slums, dilapidated houses, and completely run-down property, not […]

Melrose couple plans to spend lottery winnings on new floors

CNJ staff A Melrose couple who won $50,000 from a scratch lottery ticket Sunday plan to install new floors in their home and share their winnings with their children. Mary Vineyard told lottery officials she was watching TV and scratching off tickets her husband purchased her that night. “Real quick, I saw that the same […]

Magician to perform at ENMU

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Courtesy photo Josh McVicar, dubbed McVicker the Trickster, will perform Thursday night at Eastern New Mexico University. Kevin Wilson Most kids get asked what they want to do when they grow up. Josh McVicar was doing it before he grew up. “The only thing I’ve ever done in my life was magic,” said the St. […]

Education column: Columnist shares memories of favorite teacher

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Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Last Saturday’s Clovis News Journal featured interviews with a number of our locals about teachers who had had an impact upon them. I can’t let an opportunity pass to offer up my own favorite teacher. Mine was Mrs. Vera Armstrong, my 6th grade teacher at Sandia Elementary right here in […]

Education digest — Aug. 26

CHS hosting open house Clovis High School is holding an open house for parents and students on Monday, according to a news release. Counselors will run an abbreviated schedule for parents to go through their child’s classes and meet their teachers. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Clovis […]

Press release: DWI checkpoint scheduled for Saturday

On Saturday, August 28, 2010, from 10:00 PM to 02:00 AM, Saturday, September 4th from 10:00 PM to 02:00 AM, and Monday, September 6th from 05:00PM to 09:00PM, Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting a DWI Check Point in the City of Clovis. Officers will be specifically targeting drunk drivers. The ODWI […]

Pigskin Preview: Muleshoe’s Riley talks about meteoric rise in coaching ranks

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East Carolina media relations: Courtesy photo Muleshoe native Lincoln Riley spent seven years learning former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach’s high-octane offense. Muleshoe’s Lincoln Riley knew he wanted to be a football coach — it just happened a little sooner than he expected. After his freshman season as a non-scholarship quarterback at Texas Tech, then-Red […]

Future of ministry now

On my desk for months has been a little book I’ve finally opened. It has been eye-opening. In the Name of Jesus was written by priest, professor, and writer Henri Nouwen and includes his “Reflections on Christian Leadership.” Originally published in 1989, the book was Nouwen’s look ahead to Christian ministry in the twenty-first century. […]

Middle school site chosen

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Courtesy illustration FBT Architechs provied the board a conceptual site analysis to illustrate how a middle school would be located on the donation site owned by Clovis developer Sid Strebeck. Liliana Castillo Clovis Schools board members chose a 40-acre site being donated by Clovis developer Sid Strebeck Tuesday as the site of a proposed new […]

Licensing rule reveals multiple pet ordinance violators

Sharna Johnson Police Chief Steve Sanders said an unexpected result of a city pet licensing ordinance passed in July is the discovery numerous residents are violating a multiple pet ordinance. But Sanders said animal control doesn’t have the resources to proactively enforce. “We have found that since we started the licensing program that several citizens […]

Housing survey contains few surprises

Kevin Wilson A lot of data compilation, and very little surprise. That’s what the city discovered when it put together results of its affordable housing survey, commissioned in June with responses gathered over a month. “We sent out 3,000 surveys, mailed out randomly throughout the community,” said Claire Burroughes of the city. “It was also […]

Judge: Teen to stay in custody through trial

CNJ staff Prosecutors said a district judge Tuesday ordered a 13-year-old charged with murder to remain in custody throughout the prosecution of his case. D’Angelo Montoya has been held at the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center since July 24. He is charged with first-degree murder in the July 22 shooting death of 22-year-old Angel Vale, […]

General manager: Fair attendance up

CNJ staff More than 3,000 people attended the Curry County Fair this year than last, according to Curry County Events Center and Fairgrounds General Manager Kevin Jolley. Jolley said 23,469 people purchased daily passes at the gate; up from 20,015 last year. Jolley said the number doesn’t include weekly passes and those who attended the […]

Portales director starting two children’s choirs

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Choir Director Heather Vest is starting children’s choirs at Eastern New Mexico University. Third- through eighth-graders can learn to read music and sing a variety of styles of Christmas music this semester. Argen Duncan Young voices will have an outlet at Eastern New Mexico University this fall. Heather Vest, an […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Video games, fire rules and a good play, Charlie Brown

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Video game of the week The latest from our own game specialist Jenna Zamie. Game: Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar Genre: Strategy System: DS What is it? The latest installment in the Harvest Moon series of farm sims.ESRB Rating: Everyone Web site: http://www.natsume.com Fire rules In […]

ENMU’s Mitchell earns third All-America honor

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico senior cornerback Rodney Mitchell of Sarasota, Fla., has been selected a second-team preseason All-America by D2Football.com. The honor marked the third preseason All-American selection for Mitchell, after being named by The Sporting News and Lindy’s Sports. Mitchell was one of two Lone Star Conference defensive backs to be […]