President failed to address real problems in U.S.

Freedom New Mexico One feels obliged to wonder why a speech that was advertised as one of the most important of President Obama’s term, the speech where he would define the shape of his next two years in office in order to win another four, came off so flat and uninspiring. We suspect it was […]

Thursday morning briefing: Books galore and dogs abound

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Book stop The state Rural Bookmobile is scheduled to stop in Roosevelt County Feb. 3. The schedule is: • Pep Post Office, 9-10 a.m. • Causey Post Office, 10:30-11:30 a.m. • Elida City Hall, 1-2 p.m. The bookmobile has books for loan with no late or […]

Donation to fund Mesa Theater renovation

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Community College plans to use a $500,000 donation to renovate Mesa Theater on Main Street. Liliana Castillo Clovis Community College plans to use a $500,000 donation to renovate the historical Mesa Theater on Main Street and rename it the Norman and Vi Petty Performing Arts Center. The donation comes […]

Ticket feature: String quartet to perform in Clovis

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Courtesy photo Brooklyn Rider will perform its music for Clovis audiences Feb. 19, offering classical string quartet sounds with a new twist. Freedom New Mexico A string quartet with unique twist will perform for Clovis community members Feb. 19. Brooklyn Rider is described as “adventurous,” with a “hip” contemporary take on classical music, according to […]

Education digest —

Scholarship program deadline Feb. 25 The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivor College Scholarship Program deadline is Feb. 25. The possible lifetime award is up to $10,000 per student offered in increments of $2,500 per year. Application packets can be obtained by calling 866-500-3272 or 1-800-ACS-2345. To be eligible to apply for the scholarships, the students […]

Education column: Food program aims to build foundation for culinary careers

If you ever happen to wander down the halls in A Building at Clovis High School, I have to warn you it’s a risky business at certain times of the day. Often, the most delectable aromas are emanating from the food lab. The lab is an oversized, fully equipped, professional kitchen shared by teachers in […]

Press release: NM gas prices up 2.1 percent

New Mexico, January 24- Average retail gasoline prices in New Mexico have risen 2.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.96/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.09/g, according to gasoline price website NewMexicoGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices […]

Press release: Hounds kicker selected Don Hansen Football Gazette All-American

PORTALES, N.M. — Junior place kicker Taylor Cannon (Los Lunas, N.M./Los Lunas HS) from the Eastern New Mexico University football team has been selected Honorable Mention Don Hansen Football Gazette All-American, for his outstanding performance during the 2010 season. The award marks the third All-American Honor for the Greyhounds this season and the seventh in […]

ENMU-Angelo State basketball capsules

CNJ staff Men Angelo State (6-10, 2-2 Lone Star Conference South) at ENMU (7-9, 2-2) • When: 8 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena • Last time out: The Greyhounds lost at home to Tarleton State 77-53 on Saturday, while the Rams were edged by West Texas A&M 62-59 at San Angelo, Texas. • Last meeting: […]

Reduction of forces real concern

Military personnel who seek to extend their careers should stay in shape and stay out of trouble because the armed forces will strive to keep only the best through a post-war drawdown period, warns the new chairman of the House armed services personnel subcommittee. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said his priority will be to improve […]

Now facing shortage of pitchmen

We’re coming to a shortage in this country. We should have seen it coming, but it may be too late now. Fossil fuels? No, I’m talking about pitchmen. The small group of informercial celebrities just got smaller this weekend, with the passing of fitness guru Jack LaLanne, a man who, at 96, on his deathbed, […]

Scientific race to dispute God futile

Freedom New Mexico The embarrassing race to disprove God continues with a new book titled “The Grand Design: New Answers to the Ultimate Questions of Life,” by acclaimed physicist Stephen Hawking and lesser-known physicist Leonard Mlodinow. Humanity cannot survive and thrive without honest and objective science. Without pure science, it’s easy to surmise that humans […]

Banking regulations may alter fees, services for customers

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CNJ illustration: Sharna Johnson New federal bank regulations designed to cap fees to merchants could mean new or increased fees to consumers. Sharna Johnson Alterations to rubber check forgiveness and free checking are just some of the ways new banking regulations may impact consumers, as the federal government works to curb bank fees. “I think […]

Fishing report – Jan. 25

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JAN. 25, 2011: 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.

Board picks bid in bond sale

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools received eight bids for the purchase of $8 million in general obligation bonds Tuesday. The board officially accepted the bid with the lowest interest rate from The Baker Group and the Bank of Clovis during its regular meeting Tuesday evening after the bidding process took place Tuesday morning. Financial […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Singing out, a book signing and some good old boys

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing Sing it out A Gospel Songfest is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Portales Memorial Building, at Abilene and Seventh streets. Admission is free. Performers include soloists, duets and groups. The event is sponsored Calvary Tabernacle UPC in Clovis. Information: 769-0011 or 769-0329 […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Video game, elections and big fat diamonds

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week When Jenna Zamie isn’t correcting our errors on the copy desk, she’s online looking for interesting video games. Here’s one she thinks is worth a try: Game: LittleBigPlanet 2 Genre: 3D platformer System: PS3 What is it? Powerful creation tools and […]

Dry, windy weather raises fire concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The Clovis Fire Department sent two fire trucks and two tankers Monday morning to extinguish a fire in animal pens at a residence on south Prince Street. High wind was a concern, but firefighters were able to keep the fire contained, Chief Ray Westerman said. Sharna Johnson A dry winter […]

Fire Station No. 6 reopens

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Lt. Chris Elam and Eric Blair get their equipment for a call Monday afternoon at Station 6 of the Clovis Fire Department. The department last used the building as a station in 1997, before it was replaced by a new second station on Llano Estacado Boulevard. Kevin Wilson When it […]

New Mexico American Water to be sold

CNJ staff New Mexico American Water will be sold to a Canadian utility company in an estimated $470 million deal, the company announced Monday in a press release. In the agreement, EPCOR Water (USA) Inc. would purchase companies providing water and wastewater services in Arizona and New Mexico, according to the press release. American Water, […]