Former Cannon operations commander promoted to Air Force vice chief of staff

CNJ staff report A lieutenant general who served as operations commander of Cannon Air Force Base in the late 1990s is being promoted to vice chief of staff of the Air Force. Lt. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove will assume the position in March, replacing Gen. Howie Chandler, who is slated to retire, according to an […]

Press release: USDA Grants for Rural Community Development Available

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Greyhounds game notes

Game Notes vs. Texas A&M-Commerce

Getting to know …

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University senior defensive end Matthew Kalisch. • Hometown: Killeen, Texas • High school: Harker Heights • Favorite NFL team: Dallas Cowboys • Favorite NFL player: Brian Urlacher • What do you hope to be doing in five years? Serving my country as an army officer. • Biggest off-field accomplishment […]

ENMU frosh earns weekly LSC soccer honor

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University freshman midfielder Andy Wilkinson has been selected as the Lone Star Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for his performance last week in the Greyhounds’ 2-1 victory over West Texas A&M. Wilkinson, who is from East Sussex, England, netted the game-winning goal with 2:44 remaining, lifting the […]

ENMU rodeo team starts season at home

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank ENMU graduate student Kacey Kobza of Brighton, Colo., practices goat tying for the ENMU College Daze Rodeo today through Saturday at Lewis Cooper Arena in Portales. Kobza competes in goat tying, breakaway and barrels. Clarence Plank The Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team kicks off their fall season with the […]

Farmers say area cotton crop booming

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Floyd farmer Allen Deen shows dryland cotton plants in his field along N.M. 267. This year is his first to grow cotton in 31 years of farming, and he said the crop and price look like they will be excellent. Argen Duncan Roosevelt and Curry counties have much more cotton […]

Lincoln county voters approve tax to help Ruidoso Downs

Staff and wire reports RUIDOSO — Lincoln County voters have approved a five-year gross receipts tax aimed at helping Ruidoso Downs racetrack. The tax proposal passed by 420 votes in Tuesday’s mail-in election. County officials reported 3,719 votes supporting the tax and 3,299 opposed. The county will increase the gross receipts tax by 3/16ths of […]

Ticket feature: Cannon, ethnic fair hosting car shows

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File photo Two auto shows are planned for Saturday with dozens of cars trucks and motorcycles expected to be on display. Freedom New Mexico It’s a weekend for auto lovers with two auto shows in Clovis Saturday. The first show will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Main Street between Fourth and Sixth Streets in conjunction […]

New plant owner optimistic about future of biodiesel

Sharna Johnson An Iowa renewable energy company that has acquired a Clovis biodiesel plant says it is optimistic about the future of biodiesel. Wednesday, Renewable Energy Group announced it has purchased a twice-stalled biodiesel plant planned for Clovis. Company spokeswoman Alicia Clancy said REG is “excited” about its future in Clovis. However she said the […]

Students dig into project

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sixth grader Hannah Ayre gets instruction from sixth grade teacher John Wangler during the dig. Liliana Castillo After the Clovis Christian School middle school academy read about, etched, fossilized, researched and wrote about archaeology, they got on their hands and knees and did it themselves Wednesday at the east campus. […]

Thursday morning briefing: Ethnic fair needs help and Billy the Kid busted

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Fair needs help Selmus Price, the director of the Clovis Ethnic Fair, is looking for volunteers to help with set-up and tear down at the fair this week. Below are the times he needs help. To volunteer call Price at 575-749-6570: Friday – […]

Education digest — Sept. 23

ENMU organizations presenting awards Eastern New Mexico University will present ENMU Foundations and Alumni Association awards during this year’s homecoming breakfast Saturday in the Campus Union Building, according to a news release. The foundations awards are: The business of the year award will go to Doris and James Cassan of Dollar Rent A Car, the […]

College halls dedicated to educators

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jay Gurley speaks Wednesday at Clovis Community College, where the Town Hall was redidicated as the Dr. Jay Gurley Town Hall. Also seated are James H. Turner, left, for whom the Business Service Center was dedicted, and Clovis Community College President John Neibling. CNJ staff report Clovis Community College dedicated […]

Retroactive stop loss pay filing deadline nears

CNJ staff report The deadline to apply for retroactive stop loss pay is Oct. 21. Service members whose service was involuntarily extended from Sept. 11, 2001 to Sept. 30, 2009 are eligible for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. Stop loss is a policy used during major conflicts to quickly retain and generate forces to surge. […]

Letter to the editor: Responders reacted with diligence

Responders reacted with diligence A recent Internet piece named New Mexico as one of the least favored states for good medical care. I have lived in Clovis since 1967 and have heard many conversations about the lack of quality medical care in Clovis. No doubt, some of the complaints have merit. However, I was the […]

Government wrong to punish Texas’ schools

September has been a busy month in Texas’ fight to maintain autonomy against an increasingly oppressive federal government. A federal judge in Florida held the first hearing in a lawsuit filed by Texas and 19 other states contesting the federally mandated health care coverage that became law in March. Last Thursday, Texas filed legal motions […]

Prep polls — Sept. 22

New Mexico High School Coaches Association FootballClass 5ASchool (1st-place votes) Pts1. La Cueva (15)

Education column: Students celebrate constitution

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Last week we observed “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day” designated, according to the Library of Congress, as the day to commemorate the signing of the Constitution and “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.” Although I know all of our schools throughout the district had related activities […]

Press release: Wilkinson selected for weekly LSC soccer award

PORTALES, N.M.— Freshman midfielder Andy Wilkinson (Lewes, East Sussex, England/Sussex Downs 6th form college) has been selected as the Lone Star Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Greyhounds victory over West Texas A&M, last week. Wilkinson netted the game-winning goal with 2:44 remaining in a 2-1 win over […]