Wednesday morning briefing: New beginnings, robot cash and the man who dared “Imagine”

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Hats off There are 297 candidates for graduation at Eastern New Mexico University’s 119th Commencement Convocation 10 a.m. on Saturday in Greyhound Arena. The keynote speaker is Kenwyn Cradock, assistant professor of biology.

Family: Hosting player like having another kid at home

Kevin Wilson With just a home field and a manager, and no logo or roster to speak of, the Clovis Pioneers are by and large still a mystery five months before the first pitch is scheduled at Bell Park. So too, were the Las Cruces Vaqueros when the White family caught a tryout. “We stopped […]

AgSense: Researchers finding ways to add value to cotton

Not much can be done to control the price of lint harvested from cotton, but research can develop ways to add value to cotton by exploring alternative uses for its byproducts such as the seed and waste materials. Higher-yielding, better-quality lint is another way to increase the value of the crop. The Cotton Breeding Program […]

Organizations enlisting parents to prevent underage drinking

CNJ staff County and state organizations are hoping they can increase the power of parents when it comes to preventing underage drinking. The Power of Parents seminar, scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, will cover the influence parents have on their children’s choices. It […]

Veteran remembers days of Pearl Harbor attack

Sharna Johnson After Dec. 7, 1941, seeing a 17- to 19-year-old boy anywhere was rare, recalls Richard Sullinger. Whether they were drafted or enlisted of their own accord, they were a minority in small-town America. “They began to disappear in a hurry, the 19- to 18-year-olds particularly,” the 86-year-old Clovis veteran said. “It wasn’t a […]

Cattle Baron founder dies

CNJ staff Jeffrey W. Wilson, chief executive officer and founder of the Cattle Baron Restaurants Inc., of Roswell, died Sunday at Roswell Regional Hospital. He was 57. Cattle Baron Restaurants, Inc. was founded in Portales in 1976. Today there are eight Cattle Baron locations operating throughout New Mexico and Texas, including Roswell, the home of […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Sweet suggestions and a day of infamy

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Food distribution The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico will distribute to clients from 9 a.m. to noon — or as long as supplies last — Thursday at the Memorial Building in Portales. Clients are being asked to bring their own bags for food. […]

Empty stocking fund: Mr. and Mrs. S

Today’s Focus: Mr. and Mrs. S Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstance: Mr. S is having a hard time finding full time work, since his wife Mrs. S has cancer and needs transportation to doctor visits. They are having a hard time paying bills. Their holiday hope: They want the best for their children […]

Republicans ready to battle it out with EPA

Freedom New Mexico Congressional Republicans, emboldened by the party’s midterm election victories, promise to force up-or-down votes on many economically harmful regulations planned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “We’re not going to let EPA regulate what they’ve been unable to legislate,” Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., told Politico.com. Upton, who hopes in the new Congress […]

Prosecutor: More test results needed in fatal crash

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Mary Castillo, 56, died from injuries received in a crash with a Clovis police officer. As long as justice is served, Tita Romero doesn’t care whether it takes one day or 30 to complete an investigation into the crash that took her sister’s life. Monday, District Attorney Matt Chandler said until lab results and cell […]

Press release: Crash investigation not complete

Clovis, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler and Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders announced today that although the preliminary reconstruction of the crash involving a Clovis police officer and the death of Mary Castillo is complete, the cause of the November 17, 2010 crash continues. On Friday, December 3rd, District Attorney Matthew Chandler met […]

Monday morning briefing: New game in town and your two cents needed

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Video game of the week Fresh from the desk of our own game specialist and wicked good copy editor Jenna Zamie. Game: Golden Sun: Dark Dawn Genre: Role-playing game System: DS What is it? This continuation of the Golden Sun series combines appealing gameplay […]

Press Release: Two killed in Portales crash

Portales – Rochelle A. Pettigrew, 33, and Charles J. Paiz, 30, of Portales were killed in a single vehicle crash. State Police were called to the scene of a single vehicle roll-over crash just before 11:00 AM this morning (Sunday) near the intersection of South Roosevelt Rd 2 and Roosevelt Rd. X (near Portales). Through […]

Parade lights up Main Street

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Beacon of Light float was one of the floats with the most lights during the Christmas Light Parade. Liliana Castillo It might have been because it was cold, but the only float to include fire took first place at the Christmas light parade Saturday. With temperatures hovering around 40 […]

Aggies slip past Greyhounds

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Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico ENMU forward Max Carrier goes up for a shot over Cameron guard Josh Davis during the first half of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference crossover game at Greyhound Arena. The Aggies defeated the Greyhounds in overtime 71-69. By Kevin Wilson

County to discuss committee applications at meeting

Sharna Johnson Curry County has received 15 applications from citizens interested in being on two committees to study and provide guidance on issues at the jail and courthouse. Committee hopefuls include an attorney, retired journalist, doctor, former commissioners and community activists. “We appreciate the interest that we have received from the community and the county […]

County residents support Air Force

County residents support Air Force As a proud citizen of Quay County for many years, I would like to reply to the Quay County Commission’s resolution opposing the low-altitude training flights over our county. With due respect, I have more confidence in the Air Force’s planning and safety skills than I have in our county […]

Gates’ advice on gay policy on right course

Freedom New Mexico A long-awaited Pentagon report on repealing the “don’t’ ask don’t tell” policy so that gay people can serve openly in the military services strongly suggests, as Defense Secretary Robert Gates put it, that it “would not be the wrenching, traumatic change that some people have predicted.” The report also noted, however, that […]

Clovis native elected state Republican Party chair

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Former Hobbs Mayor and Clovis native Monty Newman will serve as chairman of the state Republican Party for the next two years. Newman was elected chairman on Saturday by the state central committee. He defeated Nina Martinez, who has served as the GOP’s first vice chairman for the past […]

Weekly update — Dec. 5

Dirt work starts this week on runway A few years down the road, a visit to the Clovis Municipal Airport could bring a body scan or patdown. City Manager Joe Thomas said the city is looking for airlines that could possibly serve Clovis to either Denver International Airport or Dallas/Forth Worth. “If we do that,” […]