Equity act dampens school spirit

There is no listing in the local telephone directory for them. Nothing in my GPS under “points of interest.” Driving local highways and byways, no signs announcing “dangerous right turn ahead.” Come on, Tea Party, where are you? I need you. I didn’t get it before. I get it now. Too much government in our […]

Nothing fair about Fairness Doctrine

Freedom New Mexico The fairness doctrine in broadcasting sounds like it would be so, well, fair. Why is it we believe that the end of the dormant policy, killed Aug. 22 by the Federal Communications Commission, is a good development? The truth is, there never was anything “fair” about it. The fairness doctrine was imposed […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Photo exhibit, a new splash pad and a candle in the wind

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing: Photo exhibit Runnels Gallery in Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is hosting a solo exhibition, “Our Fill of Elsewhere,” of the photography of Sherwin Rivera Tibayan. It started Sunday and continues through Oct. 1 during normal library hours. Call 575-562-2624 for hours. […]

Zias fall at Lady Buff Classic

Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team lost a competitive match to Southwest Baptist 24-26, 26-24, 25-20, 26-24 on Saturday morning, but fell flat in a 25-15, 25-16, 25-14 setback to Colorado-Colorado Springs Saturday afternoon to complete play in the season-opening Lady Buff Classic, hosted by West Texas A&M. […]

Districts focus of special session

Robin Fornoff There seems little question eastern New Mexico will lose a seat in both the House and Senate during a special session of the Legislature set to start Tuesday. The challenge will be to minimize the damage, according to several area lawmakers. The special session was set primarily to deal with the Legislature’s every-decade […]

Birthdays — Sept. 4

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Prude Cleta Faye Prude will celebrate her 80th on Sept. 9. [image #2, align=left, size=medium] If you see Cleta at Wal-Mart this week, wish her a happy 80th birthday. She was born Sept. 9, 1931, in Elida. She was president of her Portales High School senior class, was Roosevelt County treasurer, president of Democratic Women, […]

Births —

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Woods DeAngelo Clark Woods was born Aug. 4, 2011, at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood to Bernie and Stephanie Woods Fort Hood, Texas. He weighed 10 pounds. He has one brother, Dominic, 3, and two sisters, Shaquira, 15, and Liyah, 7. Grandparents are Michael and Lilly Chrisman of San Antonio, Ed […]

Greyhounds up 28-0 at halftime of season opener

Going into halftime, Eastern New Mexico University holds a 28-0 lead on New Mexico Highlands in a windy season opener at Greyhound Stadium. The Greyhounds took advantage early with a pair of interceptions on the first two pass attempts Cowboys quarterback Emmanuel Lewis. Both led to touchdowns for a 16-0 lead 5:15 in the game. […]

Monday morning briefing: Olympic riders in Clovis and support for ENMU

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Special Olympics in town The Special Olympics New Mexico Equestrian Team is riding into Clovis for statewide competition Sept. 16. Competitions continue for two days at the Curry County Events Center. Opening ceremonies are at 7 p.m. and include lighting of the torch, the […]

Anniversaries —

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Hicks Don and Sharon Hicks celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 2. [image #2, align=right, size=medium] He is a retired math teacher at Clovis Community College. She has been an active Realtor for 40 years and is at RE/MAX First Place Realtors. They have two children, a son: Todd Hicks, married to Lori, and a […]

Engagements —

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Parra-Grossnicklaus Ed and Nancy Parra announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Gabrielle Nicole Parra of Germantown, Md., to Aron Michael Grossnicklaus of Laurel, Md., son of John and Robyn Snowberger of Clovis and Jeff and Marilena Grossnicklaus of Charlotte, N.C. [image #1, align=left, size=medium] The couple will exchange vows Sept. 11, 2011 […]

On the shelves — Sept. 4

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “All that is Bitter and Sweet” by Ashley Judd is the deeply moving memoir of a an award-winning film and stage actress who walked away from a successful career in order to fight for social justice as a humanitarian advocate for those suffering in neglected parts […]

Senior happenings — Sept. 4

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing; 10:30 a.m., indoor exercise; 1 p.m., Bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing; 9:30 a.m. Free blood pressure and sugar checks; 10:30 a.m., Indoor exercise; 11:30 a.m., Monthly birthday luncheon and cake; 1 […]

Children’s image of adults reflects example set

Kids’ images of us, meaning of us adults, are funny. Those of us who have the privilege of working with them on a regular basis know this. The rest of the world occasionally is surprised by it. Thus, the setting: Ninth-grade algebra class, which in my case only has four students. The subject: Algebra, which […]

Labor Day origin mystery

It’s Labor Day weekend — the unofficial end of summer. I’m not ready to give up summer but I’m sure ready for the thermometer to start acting like it’s fall. Most of my life I’ve never had Labor Day or its bookend holiday Memorial Day off work. In the newspaper business we’ve always been expected […]

Our people: Walks without fear

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Liliana Castillo: FNM correspondent Gail Keener has lived in Pep on and off for most of her life. Pep resident Gail Keener was one of a group of Victory Life Church members who came together to create the Portales Dream Center. The church’s pastor at the time gathered a group to create the center which […]

Police blotter — Sept. 4

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 9 p.m. Aug. 26 an officer responded to a crash in the 1200 block of Mabry Drive. When the officer arrived, he found a man lying on the ground in front of his vehicle, which had crashed into the side of […]

Resident remembers Hotel Clovis history

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Anna Wyatt looks at the spot where her styling chair was once anchored to the floor in the Hotel Clovis. Wyatt said in the 1960’s when she worked at the hotel, she was only the third female barber to be licensed in the state. Sharna Johnson A lot has changed […]

Organizers say they are expanding music festival’s sound

Robin Coffey It’s been nearly a quarter-century of celebrating the Clovis sound, and festival organizers are hoping spectators from Clovis and across the world will be “amazed.” Country act Lonestar is the signature event of the 24th annual Clovis Music Festival. The four-day event starts 6 p.m. Thursday with “Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story” at […]

Weekly update —

Officials: Missing thumb drive didn’t compromise data District court officials say no data has been compromised after they found a computer thumb drive reported stolen from an employee’s office earlier in the week. The thumb drive was reported stolen Monday, according to a report filed with Clovis Police Department. The drive was located Friday in […]