Habitat for Humanity holding groundbreaking ceremony

CNJ staff report Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties has scheduled the groundbreaking ceremony for its ninth house for 8:30 a.m. Saturday at 310 E. Kaywood St. The ceremony is open to the public, and attendees can meet the family who is to help build and receive the home. The house is the […]

Bingaman talks to New Mexico radio reporters about his bill to establish a national renewable energy standard

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reports about bipartisan legislation he introduced to establish the first-ever national renewable electricity standard (RES).

Udall PSA urges troops and veterans to claim stop loss compensation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today released a 30-second video PSA urging active duty service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members who were involuntarily extended between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009, to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay.

Press release: NM officials say more time needed for public comments on low altitude training flights

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman, Tom Udall and Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Monday morning briefing: A big winner, 4-H and Facebook

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Big winner You might know Lynnae Allen of the Melrose 4-H Club if you attended the Curry County Fair. You couldn’t hardly miss her…she had entries in 85 categories, including baking, sewing, canning, posters and housing interiors. She’s the fair’s 2010 sweepstakes winner. Website […]

In tribute: Pastor remembered for loving nature

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Courtesy photo Longtime Texas and New Mexico pastor Roy Roach died Sept., 8 at 85 of congestive heart failure. Kevin Wilson Roy Roach trusted people enough to not need a contract, and he trusted his congregation enough to show up without any outreach beyond his personality and love. They did. The longtime Texas and New […]

Police blotter — Sept. 26

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 5 p.m. Sept. 8 an officer was flagged down by a woman in the area of 12th and Wallace streets. The woman said someone had just driven by her home and fired a gun towards residences. Officers spoke with two men […]

ENMU sophomore enjoys rodeo life

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank ENMU sophomore Jessie Kirkes recorded a time of 8.70 seconds in goat-tying during Saturday’s slack at the College Daze Rodeo in Portales. She finished sixth in the long go. Clarence Plank PORTALES — She watches and waits. One by one the cowgirls race to end of the arena, dismount, flank […]

Ethnic fair offers chance to learn about cultures

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Members of the Flamenco Nuevo Mejico Dance Company entertain the crowd during Saturday’s Ethic Fair along Main Street. The fair included numerous performances, food, a car show and miscellaneous vendors. Kevin Wilson It was a chance to look, a chance to listen and a chance to learn as both a […]

Residents oppose county road closure

Sharna Johnson The potential closure of Curry Road R has some residents riled up and planning to attend a Monday policy committee meeting of the Joint Land Use Study to make their voices heard. A topic of discussion for more than two years, the issue arose again recently when a study commissioned by local governments […]

School lunch breaks unpleasant

Recently I visited a Clovis elementary school to have lunch with my grandchildren. I expected to find a cafeteria filled with happy students enjoying their lunch break but was shocked to discover just the opposite. Instead of relaxing and quietly chatting with friends, they ate in an environment of controlled silence and harassment. Evidently the […]

USPS not making necessary cuts

It’s no secret the nation has been riding out a deep recession for a couple of years now. At the Las Vegas Optic, where I have been publisher for nearly six years, we have faced these hard times by making tough decisions. Last year, for example, we made the move from carrier delivery of our […]

Be wary when placing trust in junk science

A recent poll asked Americans who and what they trust. It found that Republicans trust religion more than science; Democrats trust science more than religion. Neither should trust in science, as it is a discipline of proof. Most religious beliefs cannot be proved, so those who submit to religion do so in nothing more than […]

Clovis Christian School hopes to consolidate campuses

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Illustration: David Petty Phase I of Clovis Christian’s east campus is the left wing. The rest of the construction, phase II, will cost $6 million. Clovis Christian School has had two buyers interested in their secondary campus on Hinkle Street this year. The school is hoping to sell the 98-year-old building to move the entire […]

ENMU alumni honored

By Noelle Bartl: ENMU Director of Development Eastern New Mexico University presented several ENMU Foundation and Alumni Association awards Saturday during homecoming breakfast in the Campus Union Building. The ENMU Foundation Awards: Business of the Year: Doris and James Cassan of Dollar Rent A Car Being raised in the small town of Causey southeast of […]

EPCOG holding special meeting

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern Plains Council of Governments is holding a special meeting Tuesday to consider updated policies. The meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. at 418 Main Street.

Police arrest Farwell man in McDonald’s restaurant crash

A 24-year-old Farwell man was arrested Friday evening after Clovis police said he crashed into McDonald’s restaurant on Mabry Drive and fled the scene. James Willoughby is charged with aggravated DWI, leaving the scene of a crash with injuries and failing to notify police of a crash, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Sanders […]

Weekly update — Sept. 27

Street improvements and a new animal control building are among priorities the city of Clovis has outlined in its infrastructure capital improvement plan. The plan, which is required by state Department of Finance and Administration, outlines projects the city would like to work on, if capital outlay or other funding sources become available between 2012 […]

Hounds dominate in LSC North opener

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eastern running back Tony Valenzuela is taken down by two Texas A&M-Commerce defenders. By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University was rolling along with a 21-7 lead over Texas A&M-Commerce on Saturday. Then, in nine seconds, the Lions tied the score. Not to worry. […]