Embryos best left to owners’ discretion

Freedom Newspapers A federal judge on Monday put a halt on President Barack Obama’s 2009 announcement that research could begin on new stem cells. At this stage in the debate, the ruling was the right thing to do. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that a lawsuit challenging Obama’s decision can proceed, and its implementation […]

Military Update: Group hopes to ease GI Bill process

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Veterans and service members eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill already have an outstanding education benefit. But it soon could become even more valuable and easier to use. The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday released details of the GI Bill reform package it approved two weeks ago. It includes […]

Blaming the victim? Poll-lease

Kevin Wilson I guess it shouldn’t be a big deal that 18 percent of Americans think President Obama is a Muslim. I’m guessing more people than that liked Coke II. But I know why people liked Coke II — it had a lot of sugar. This Pew Research poll is a little bit trickier. According […]

Press release: Hounds’ Mitchell garners third preseason honor

PORTALES, N.M.— Senior cornerback Rodney Mitchell (Sarasota, Fla./Palmetto HS/NMMI) from the Eastern New Mexico University football team has been selected Preseason Second Team D2Football.com All-American. 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 […]

Fishing report — Aug. 24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUG. 24, 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. Northeast Cimarron […]

Land use committee approves conflict reduction list

Argen Duncan The Joint Land Use Study Policy Committee on Monday approved presentation of a proposed study-area map and a list of possible actions to reduce conflicts in land and airspace use between Cannon Air Force Base and other communities. The map and suggested actions will be presented to the public in a 6 p.m. […]

Police blotter — Aug. 24

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 8 a.m. Aug. 11, an officer responded to a report of arson in the 100 block of Manana Boulevard. A woman said she found what appeared to be a burning box of fried chicken under a coworker’s car, got some water […]

Redbox adds kiosk in Texico

CNJ staff Redbox, the company that distributes and maintains red automated DVD rental kiosks, has announced the opening of a new location at the Stripes convenience store, 225 Wheeler St., Texico. Consumers can rent DVDs from the Texico kiosk and return them to any of the more than 21,000 other locations across the country. Clovis […]

New McDonald’s opening day set

CNJ staff McDonald’s owner John Snowberger said opening day for his newest location is planned for Sept. 7. Snowberger said the North Prince Street restaurant is expected to open for business at 10:30 a.m. offering the lunch menu. Simultaneously, the Mitchell Street McDonald’s will close for construction as soon as breakfast is finished at 10:30 […]

Meetings watch: Board to consider land for proposed middle school

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education meets 5:30 p.m. today at the administration building board room. Agenda items include: • A request for travel for the Gear Up robotics team. • An activity transportation agreement with Adair Inc. for the 2010-2011 school year. • An executive session to discuss the acquisition of […]

More businesses donate toward Lighthouse homeless shelter

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Lighthouse Mission Executive Director Richard Gomez said workers are expected to break ground on a new homeless shelter sometime in the next week. Sharna Johnson Businesses and contractors continue to step forward and donate their services, bringing the Lighthouse Mission’s new homeless shelter closer to being a reality. Executive Director […]

Teen charged in ENMU student’s slaying

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Courtesy photo ENMU student Angel Vale of Roswell was shot three times in a side yard of her home July 22. Sharna Johnson A 13-year-old boy charged with murder in the slaying of a 22-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student cannot be charged as an adult. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Monday state statute prevents […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Middle school at issue and a Beatles killer

Good morning. It’s the Freedom new Mexico Tuesday morning briefing. Contest winner Jennette Lovett is the latest winner of the $50 Ace Hardware gift card in the Cnjonline.com drawing each week for our newsletter subscribers.School site selection The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education is expected to choose a site for a third middle school […]

Grandparents show perseverance

If there is one aspect of the human condition I find more prevalent than its tendency to sweet leisure and lethargy, it is a predisposition to self-doubt. Every single person I have ever met, including myself, wallows in the muck and mire of anticipating an unpleasant task or being afraid to fulfill an aspiration. In […]

Taxpayers shouldn’t fund private pensions

Freedom New Mexico For years another potential multibillion fiscal catastrophe has been brewing, obscured by higher-profile storms created by taxpayer bailouts of Detroit and Wall Street and the looming crash of underfunded public employee pension plans. For the first time, taxpayers may become responsible for the nongovernmental pension liabilities of union collective bargaining contracts in […]

Press release: Bingaman: New Mexico receives grants to support law enforcement

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that New Mexico has received more than $7 million in federal grants to support law enforcement efforts. The grants come through the U.S. Department of Justice. “These grants come at a time when local law enforcement agencies are making tough financial decisions. I’m glad these investments will […]

Monday morning briefing: Parents night, horse news and seeing the world

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Senior parent night Clovis High School is hosting the class of 2011 senior parent night 6:30 p.m. today at CHS lecture hall. College entrance exams, college application process, information on scholarships, financial aid, graduation, career exploration will be discussed at the meeting. Information: CHS […]

Weddings — Aug. 22

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Shober [image #2, align=right, size=medium] Gianna Marie Rodriguez, of Henderson, Nev., and Ryan Mark Shober, of Clovis, were married July 30, 2010, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Henderson. The bride is the daughter of Richard and Gia Rodriguez of Henderson, Nev. The groom is the son of Rebecca S. Shober and William […]

Club notes — Aug. 22

Encanto Garden Club The August activity of Encanto Garden Club was held in the flower show booth at the Curry County fair home arts building. Entries from throughout Curry County were accepted from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday. A down-pour of rain early that morning prevented several prospective exhibitors from retrieving the specimens […]

Officials: District will need more faculty, staff with student increase

Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools officials say the district will need more teachers and support staff for a near 1,000-student increase projected by 2013. If voters on Aug. 31 approve a proposed third middle school, most of the new staff will be located at that new school, officials said. Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Cindy Martin […]