In Search of Ponies: The name game

I don’t know about anyone else, but after years of having pets it can get a little challenging to come up with original names for them. In fact, I think the names must have started running out when I was a kid. Aside from the brown dog named Brownie, we had a succession of shepherd-type […]

Racing commission may open up racino license application

Quay County may be back in the running for a race track. The New Mexico Racing Commission announced Thursday that a license granted La Mesa Racetrack in Raton has expired and the commission plans to open up applications for the license to other interested communities across the state. The La Mesa license is last non-reservation […]

McGee: The American Farmer

Riding my bicycle along a county road I spied a piece of bent metal. I paused and looked at it in the dust. Was it worth saving? Was it an art treasure waiting to be developed? Bent rebar as art? Such thoughts only came to me after a trip years ago to Santa Fe and […]

MainStreet to host wind festival

Freedom New Mexico Clovis MainStreet will be hosting a new Downtown Wind Festival April 30 on Main Street, according to a news release. The event will be held in conjunction with Cannon Air Force Base’s Kite Karnival, which will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Doc Stewart Park. The main event at the […]

West Texas A&M-ENMU basketball capsules

Freedom New Mexico MEN West Texas A&M (21-5, 8-5 Lone Star Conference South) at ENMU (13-12, 8-5) • When: 8 p.m. Saturday at Greyhound Arena • Radio: KSEL-AM 1450 • Last time out: The Buffaloes defeated Incarnate Word 81-71 at Canyon, Texas, on Wednesday while Greyhounds won at Texas A&M-Kingsville 86-77. • Last meeting: ENMU […]

Cameron blanks Hounds in series opener

CNJ staff LAWTON, Okla. — Cameron’s Ricky Cramer got a double-play ball to escape a bases-loaded jam in the top of the ninth and complete a seven-hit shutout in a 5-0 Lone Star Conference baseball victory over Eastern New Mexico on Friday. Cramer (1-0) carried a four-hitter into the final inning before surrendering leadoff singles […]

Press release: Clovis’ Van Soelen appointed to state commission

Albuquerque, NM (February 25, 2011) – The NM Commission on the Status of Women is pleased to announce the appointment of the following New Mexico residents to the Board of Commissioners: Agnes Maldonado, Chair (Albuquerque) Justine Fox Young, Vice Chair (Albuquerque) Dolores (Lori) Kitts (Flora Vista) Adolfo Alarid (Santa Fe) Gerald Gallegos (Ojo Caliente) Jennifer […]

Press release: Clovis to host “Wind Festival”

The Clovis MainStreet Board of Directors and some great volunteers have decided it is time for all of us to embrace one of our natural assets — the wind!

Committees hear plan for temporary jail

CNJ staff Members of Curry County citizens’ committees studying jail and courthouse issues saw a presentation Thursday for a stop-gap measure to address overpopulation at the jail. The presentation was given by Proteus, an Atlanta company that manufactures temporary detention facilities, while entities try to fund and build permanent facilities. If approved by Curry County […]

Clovis boxer wins in Lubbock

Bryan Ramirez of Clovis boxing team won the 72-pound division last weekend at the regional Golden Gloves championships in Lubbock. Ramirez defeated Samson Mireles of Littlefield, Texas, on Friday in his first match and Gabriel Perez of Littlefield on Saturday. Gabriel Armijo of Clovis split a pair of matches in the 141-pound division, beating Angelo […]

Forecasting requires short memory

We humans wonder about the future — ours and everyone else’s. The hunger for a glimpse of what might/possibly/probably happen sends people to all kinds of prognosticators. Those eager to attempt answers to questions about the future have been around for a gazillion years. Fortune tellers with crystal balls, palm readers and numerous other “advisers” […]

Beer pong tournaments on hold

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Courtesy photo Clovis beer pong tournaments at drinking establishments are on hold pending the outcome of an evaluation by the state’s alcohol and gaming division to determine if it’s a game of skill or chance. Sharna Johnson The question at hand is whether it’s skill or chance that gets the little white ball across the […]

Principles cannot be compromised

It is often necessary to compromise face-to-face, but to compromise when stating principles means you have none. Something I read a few days ago had someone referring to themselves as “ideologically extreme, behaviorally moderate.” I like that phrase. I am serious about libertarianism. I also know that as long as someone is not attacking anyone, […]

Senate needs to back House on recent votes

Freedom New Mexico In recent days and weeks, the House of Representatives approved four major pieces of legislation that, if they become law, could stagger the big government mindset responsible for massive deficits and draconian regulations. On three separate bills, the House overwhelmingly voted to prevent federal agencies from spending money to implement Obamacare, and […]

Friday morning briefing: A town by another name and beating the odds

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Fast fact Melrose was originally called Brownhorn after two ranchers — Walter “Wild Horse” Brown and Lonny Horn — who maintained adjacent properties

First person: Immersed in scouting

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Kathleen “Katie” Haynes Burns was awarded the Bronze Pelican award earlier this month for her work counseling scouts in their quests to earn scouting emblems associated with the the Catholic faith. Kathleen “Katie” Haynes Burns of Clovis was never involved in scouting as a youth, but her family and personal […]

Religion calendar — Feb. 25

Saturday Matt’s Coffee House Interdenominational Jam Session Concert — 7 p.m., second Saturday of the month, First United Methodist Church, open to the public to perform and watch, free refreshments provided. To perform, contact Vyanne Bradley at 760-4071 or 742-3389 or Matt Carter at 799-2696. The Right to Life Committee of New Mexico’s 34th Educational […]

We should clear our hearts before judging

Judy Brandon I am somewhat “hooked” on the channel HGTV. I like to sit down and watch several of the shows. I like the shows about first time home buyers and House Hunters and House Hunters International. I also enjoy watching “Design on a Dime” as Candice Olson takes an outdated and cluttered living area […]

a view from under the pew: a night s dark deep hole

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. a night s dark deep hole boss i may have told you thisbut […]

Tornado siren set off by accident

CNJ staff Human error led to the sounding of tornado sirens in Clovis just before 1 a.m. Thursday. The alarm that sounded was the one intended to serve as the routine system test that takes place weekly at 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to Deputy Police Chief Mike Ingram. Ingram said when the test time was […]