Martinez appoints two local men to state agencies

Freedom New Mexico Two eastern New Mexico men, one from Clovis and one from Portales, were among four appointments announced Friday by Gov. Susana Martinez. Blake Curtis, senior vice president of management and sales at Curtis & Curtis, a wholesale and retail seed company in Clovis, was appointed to the New Mexico Finance Authority. Curtis […]

Wednesday morning briefing: An author, school photos and a king

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Fast fact Michael Blake, the author of “Dances with Wolves” attended Eastern New Mexico University. Website of the day This is a link to a collection of photos of construction projects going on at Clovis Municipal Schools: http://www.cms.k12.nm.us/operations/construction-gallery/Main.html Question of the day Freezing one […]

Weddings — Aug. 8

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Crosby Joanna Pierce of Portales and Blake Crosby of Beardtown, Ill., were married July 18, 2010, in Allenspark, Colo. Rev. Mike Michelon performed the outdoor wedding. The bride is the daughter of Robert and Madeline Pierce of Portales. Her grandparents are deceased. The groom is the son of Rita A. Crosby of Beardstown. His grandmother […]

Home invasion suspect sentenced to 41 years

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A Portales man who chose to represent himself amid allegations he beat an 82-year-old woman while burglarizing her home has been convicted and sentenced to 41 years in prison. A Roosevelt County jury convicted Preston Blake of aggravated burglary and other charges on Friday. Blake, 27, is the third […]

Barber shears five generations

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Blake Curtis, 15 months, sits on his grandfather Blake Curtis’ lap Wednesday for his first haircut at Ellison’s Barbershop. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Blake Curtis held his 15-month-old grandson in his lap in the barber’s chair as Ellison Green snipped at the child’s hair. With the younger Blake’s […]

ENMU concert features Randy Rogers Band

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University events organizers say they’re going to end the school year with some “Texas Country” music Thursday. The ENMU Associated Students Activities Board is putting together a concert that will feature the Randy Rogers Band in the ballroom of the Campus Union Building. “He’s (Randy Rogers) got […]

Hecht, Mary

Mary Loretta Byerly Hecht, 86, died March 24, 2006, in Dallas. She was born in Sanoval, Ill., on April 21, 1919, to Leslie Owen Byerly and Hazel Marguerite Taylor. The family moved to McAllen, Texas, where she spent her early childhood with her father’s family. When she was 3, her mother died, and her father […]

Gamers gather to test skills in video-game tourney

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Marcus Garcia plays Counter Strike during Game Quest 2005 at Cyber City in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Jason Sweeney said he likes to play video games to forget about work. Sweeney, 20, was one of about 60 competitors who took part in Saturday’s Game Quest, an all-day video […]

ENMU pursues country star Willie Nelson

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Country legend Willie Nelson may just be going “On The Road Again” and make his way down to Portales for a concert at Eastern New Mexico University. ENMU officials confirmed that university representatives are in negotiations with the country singer to perform in Portales. “Officially we haven’t released […]

Peanuts, get your peanuts

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Peanut farmers, arts and crafts vendors and student organizations come out of their shells every fall to attend the Peanut Valley Festival, which after 31 years has become as traditional in Portales as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in an elementary student’s lunch bag. “I think everyone will […]