Our freedoms were secured by Pilgrims

Freedom New Mexico Conscience is powerful human resource. A life lived in service to truth that abides in one’s conscience can transform lives and circumstances. And, as history sometimes witnesses, matters of conscience can make all the difference in the world to ordinary people forced into extraordinary choices. This is the Pilgrim’s journey and a […]

Friday morning briefing: Food, music and a secret revealed

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Food drive The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico’s annual Canned Food Drive begins today in schools across Curry and Roosevelt counties and continues through Dec. 15. Non-perishables please. Music, music, music The Carpe Diem String Quartet is playing at 7 p.m. Monday at […]

Thursday morning briefing: Turkey dinner, turkey tips and an assassin is assassinated

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving. Welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Free dinners There are two free Thanksgiving dinners today for folks who don’t have a place to eat and celebrate the holiday. In Clovis, the Light House Mission’s annual citywide banquet is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the facility, 407 La […]

Groups organizing Thanksgiving meals for community

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Michelle Armijo, aassistant cook at Lighthouse Mission, applies butter to rolls Wednesday that will be served at today’s Thanksgiving dinner at the Lighthouse Mission. This is the eighth annual Thanksgiving dinner for the community and meals will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Benna Sayyed The Lighthouse Mission […]

For area residents, Thanksgiving plans vary

It’s turkey time in New Mexico. Or pork time, or lasagna time, or something else, depending on who you ask. We asked two simple questions — what is for dinner and what else are you planning — and asked follow-ups when necessary. We got some simple and not so simple answers. ••• Clovis Mayor Gayla […]

Ticket feature: String quartet to perform at Marshall

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Courtesy photo Carpe Diem String Quartet will be performing 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Marshall Auditorium, general admission is $17 and for seniors, military and students it is $12. Carpe Diem String Quartet will be performing 7 p.m. Tuesday, at Marshall Auditorium. General admission is $17 and $12 for seniors, military and students. Carpe Diem […]

Clovis couple pleads ‘not guilty’ to federal charges

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis couple accused of defrauding the Air Force of $6.4 million have pleaded not guilty to all charges, according to their attorney, Terree Bowers of Los Angeles. Bowers said Donald Dean Brewer, 62, and his wife, Sherri Lynn Brewer, 62, were released on their own recognizance following a hearing Monday in […]

Retailers readying for Black Friday

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Chickie Enger, owner of Cool Stuff on Main Street, left, discusses Black Friday sales plans with her husband, Geary Enger, right on Monday. The Engers believe their 20 percent off sale could attract more shoppers. Benna Sayyed and Alisa Boswell Retailers are adding a variety of fresh marketing tactics to […]

Education column: ‘Prize Patrol’ rewards effort, hard work

A Clovis Municipal Schools school bus filled with a somewhat boisterous group of individuals was seen traveling the streets of Clovis one day last week. A closer look revealed that this lively group was traveling with a giant banner, noisemakers, giant placards, and cameras. Nope … not students. Turns out this group was made up […]

CMS foundation awards grants

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools Foundation presented $24,999 in grants Nov. 17 for the Educator Initiative Program. Since December 2007, the Foundation has awarded teachers nearly $86,695 in grants. The following grants were awarded this year: • Jr. Wildcat Transition Camps, Yucca Middle School, $4,000; Marshall Middle School, $4,000 • Jr. Wildcat math and […]

Band students take 64 seats at All-District

Clovis band students from the Clovis High School Freshman Academy and Marshall and Yucca Middle Schools won 64 of 96 seats on the Southeastern New Mexico Music Educators Junior High All-District Honor Band last week. Clovis students also won nine of the 14 “first chairs.” The all-district students will rehearse with a guest conductor and […]

Salvation Army, CNJ launching Empty Stocking program

Kevin Wilson The stories have different starting points. One family came to Clovis from Arizona to care for sick parents, and medical expenses wiped out their savings. Another family is uncertain if their place of employment may be closing. The ending points are all the same for about 300 families. They’re coming to the Salvation […]

God’s people are to ‘Overflow’ with Thanksgiving

Curtis Shelburne Sometimes we just make things too hard. I was listening to one of Garrison Keillor’s “News from Lake Wobegon” stories one day as he was talking about the deer hunting season that had just closed up in (fictitious) Lake Wobegon right before Thanksgiving. Keillor painted a word picture (which I’ve embellished a bit) […]

Bieker named Clovis airport manager

Gene Bieker, retired executive director of operations for Clovis schools, is the new manager at Clovis Municipal Airport, city officials announced Wednesday. “Mr. Bieker will be a great addition to the city team,” City Manager Joe Thomas said in a press release. “He brings with him a thorough knowledge of airport management and we look […]

Lobos pull away for 54-33 victory

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Eastern New Mexico University’s women did a nice job of hanging with the New Mexico Lobos Tuesday night. Unfortunately for the Zias, they weren’t able to shake their shooting woes. Seniors Porche Torrance and Caroline Durbin combined for 26 points and 16 rebounds and New Mexico, which itself struggled to get […]

Cuts coming out of defense budget

The “super committee” that Congress and President Obama created in August to make tough budget choices and slow America’s runaway debt has left military people confused and divided over whether to cheer for its success or pray for its failure as its Thanksgiving deadline nears. Success will be achieved if seven of 12 lawmakers on […]

Internet changing my TV habits

“Hello $2.” That was my first thought when I checked my mailbox a few weeks ago and saw the letter from Nielsen Ratings. My second thought was, “I’m a Nielsen family again.” I’d been here before when I was in college. I remember it well, not because it was some amazing experience, but because it […]

Insider trading perfectly legal on Capitol Hill

Freedom New Mexico Want to get rich? Get elected to the U.S. Congress. Recent revelations show that a lot of members of Congress came to Washington to do good — and stayed to do well. Very well. The most celebrated case involves Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, the speaker of the House of Representatives from 2007-10 […]

Hounds basketball capsule, Nov. 23

ENMU (4-1) vs. NM Highlands (1-1) When: 7 p.m. today Where: Santa Rosa High School Last time out: ENMU beat Northern New Mexico 91-71 on Saturday at Durango, Colo. Highlands earned a 71-49 win over Colorado College on Saturday at Pueblo, Colo. Radio: none. Of note: The game was a late addition to the schedule, […]

Report details mistakes leading to escape

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Curry County Detention Officer Cody Longenecker operates cell doors and monitors cameras Tuesday from within the master control room of the Curry County Detention Center. Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Inmate Narcizo Soto Jr. convinced a Curry County Adult Detention Center officer that a supervisor had OK’d his maintenance work outside of his cell, and […]