In search of ponies: Gadgets not limited to human

By Sharna Johnson: CMI columnist It was around the 14th century or so when some anonymous irreverent farmer took a highly prized religious implement and hung it from the neck of his best sheep — and thus the precious bell was transferred down from the upper echelons of the priesthood, literally to the herd. No […]

McGee: Conversations with insects best kept to yourself

By Grant McGee: CMI columnist It was early morning. The sunrise was still two hours away. I shuffled into the kitchen, flipped on the light and there was a cockroach skittering around in the sink. I stared at it. “Well good morning,” I said, pondering the roach. “I’ve decided you’re going to be the first […]

Official: Forty-year plan would help secure city’s water future

Kevin Wilson A 40-year water plan set to come before the Clovis City Commission next week changes no city policy, but includes recommendations on how the city can make the best use of its current water rights. But just by filing it, Commissioner Randy Crowder said, the plan secures some of the city’s water future. […]

Educators say early start best for reading proficiency

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Christian School third grade teacher Janella Hill leads her class Wednesday in the “Friendly Letter Song,” a song to learn the five parts of letter writing. Benna Sayyed Educators in Curry and Roosevelt counties agree that early intervention is the best method to help develop reading proficiency. They don’t […]

Lansford resigns county position

CNJ staff Curry County Finance Director Mark Lansford has confirmed he resigned his position on Monday. County Manager Lance Pyle said he received a copy of Lansford’s letter of resignation on Tuesday. Pyle said Lansford leaves the county in good shape financially and Pyle wished him the best in his future endeavors. Lansford filed a […]

Roads in need of repair

The roads in Clovis are horrible. I have lived in three states and these roads in Clovis are the worst. They are filled with potholes and are a hazard to drive on. Everywhere I have lived, the roads are watched over 24/7 and are always under construction to maintain the best quality. I was hoping […]

Wednesday morning briefing: High cotton and a girl’s best friend

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday morning briefing.

Charter commission ecommends eliminating commissioner dual service

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Charter Commission plans to make one recommendation to the Clovis City Commission, but otherwise feels the best thing it can do is leave the city’s governing document untouched. The advisory commission, by an 8-2 vote, will recommend to the city commission during its Dec. 1 meeting that the charter be […]

Honesty maybe not best policy

They say that honesty is the best policy, but I’m not sure. Obviously, none of us want or need to be brutally honest about others’ physical appearance, grammar mistakes, station in life or other insecurities. When others ask how I’m doing, I doubt that they really want to hear a monologue about whether I’m satisfied […]

Elida graduate named FFA president

Freedom New Mexico Elida High graduate Ryan Best was recently named president of the National Future Farmers of America organization for the 2011-12 year at the 84th annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. For the next year, Best and his national officer peers will be the face and spirit of FFA. They will travel […]

CHS band places third in Zia Marching Fiesta

CNJ staff The Clovis High School marching band finished third Saturday at the Zia Marching Fiesta, held at University Stadium in Albuquerque. The band has made the final for 32 consecutive years at the fiesta, which was won this year by Mayfield High School. In preliminary competition, CHS finished second and took awards for best […]

Fishing report — Oct. 21

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, 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.

Izzy keeps busy at LCU

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LCU courtesy photo Izzy Miranda, left, said his goal this year is to make it to nationals, which he has done the past two seasons, and finish in the top 30 — which would give him All-American honors. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The best cross country runner for the men’s team this year at […]

Food at the speed of life: Interest in food columns surprising

It was the best of limes; it was the worst of limes. That’s bad, but how does one begin a farewell food column? As many of you may know, I’ve left Portales to take a reporter position at the Rio Rancho Observer. Thanks to those who contributed recipes, made comments or simply read the column, […]

My turn: One more for the road

It was the best of limes; it was the worst of limes. That’s bad, but how does one begin a farewell food column? As many of you may know, I’ve left Portales to take a reporter position at the Rio Rancho Observer. Thanks to those who contributed recipes, made comments or simply read the column, […]

Voters seek leaders who have new ideas

Contenders for the Republican nomination for president would best serve voters in tonight’s debate if they focused on ideas and their own records, rather than anti-Obama rhetoric. This debate could be the most telling thus far because it may be the first to feature Texas Gov. Rick Perry alongside the other candidates, should severe wildfires […]

Fishing report — Aug. 23

CNJ staff New Mexico 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. Northwest Animas River — The flow is […]

Aug. 12 — 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.

First person: Cooking camp

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Courtesy photo Clovis High School culinary teacher Judy Uerling works on the cost specifics of a mac and cheese recipe in the Golden Corral test kitchen. Clovis High School ProStart and culinary teacher Judy Uerling spent a week in July getting what she called the best professional development training she’s had in years. Uerling was […]

Commentary: Rank of NCO carries great deal of responsibility

By Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso: 27th SOW Command Chief I am not convinced we are doing our best when it comes to non-commissioned officer leadership. I say “we” because, like all senior non-commissioned officers, I am an NCO at the core. Both the staff sergeant and tech sergeant chevrons reside within the master sergeant, […]