Clovis teen faces felony charges

Robin Fornoff A 16-year-old Clovis boy faces an assortment of felony charges after he is alleged to have stolen 10 guns from a local business “to take care of the bullies” in his life, Police Chief Steve Sanders said Thursday. Sanders said the boy gave officers a list of names of people he planned to […]

Education cuts hurt us in future

In her first month of teaching fourth grade in a lower socio-economic school district, a 10-year-old boy rushed at my friend with a sharpened pencil yelling, “I hate you; you are going to die!” The teacher (who requested anonymity) had simply asked him to complete an assignment. Now in her fourth year of teaching overall, […]

Honor — Nov. 27

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Storms Jeff Storms, a member of Basehor, Kan., Boy Scout Troop 169, was honored in July for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Jeff, 15, is a sophomore at Basehor-Linwood High School. For his Eagle leadership project, he led other scouts and adults in installing flagpoles and raising American and Christian flags for Tonganoxie Christian […]

In search of ponies: Horses share strength

Her voice was strained and tired as she described the stress and challenges their family was enduring. But most of all, what she wanted was her baby boy with her. Though it’s been years, I can still remember hearing her pain as she told me how it just wasn’t right leaving him there at the […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Ten things to know before you become Mom

Marla Jo Fisher Life would have been easier if I had known these things before I had children: 1. It’s pointless to buy nice furniture It’s so much easier to just get cheap stuff than to spend your life hollering and frantically running around trying to clean up messes. My children are active _ OK […]

Boy Scouts to honor Lydick

CNJ staff The Conquistador Council of Boy Scouts of America will honor the late Robert Lydick of Clovis during its annual Flag Plaza Memorial Dedication ceremony. The event, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. July 16 at Wehinahpay Mountain Camp near Sacramento, N.M., honors deceased scouters who significantly contributed to the council’s camping program. Lydick was a […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Mom vs. kid – Who will win droopy drawers war?

Marla Jo Fisher Late at night, I like to gather my children around me and tell them stories from the old days, back when guys wore belts to hold up their pants. I have to explain the concept of belts, of course, and that pants also used to fit around the waist, which prevented them […]

Isler leaving Clovis to take over at McMurry

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J.D. Isler has made a verbal commitment to McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, where his son, Jaden Isler, is getting set for his senior season. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer After 10 seasons, Clovis High will be looking for a new boys basketball coach. J.D. Isler has made a verbal commitment to McMurry University […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Who was foolish enough to give me kids?

Marla Jo Fisher Occasionally, people will pick up my column in the mistaken belief they are going to become informed about how to raise children. But, really, no one would come to me for parenting advice unless they’d been drinking heavily. As writer Lori Borgman wrote in her book, “I was a better mother before […]

McGee: Boy meets burritos

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist Don’t you just love burritos? I’ve had a love affair with burritos since I was in high school back east. They’re so good; chowing down on that tasty, sometimes gooey, warm stuff wrapped up inside a soft tortilla. It started with beans, the main attraction in many a burrito. I […]

Weekly update —

Boy arrested after reported shooting A 13-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday after school administrators reported he shot another student in the eye with an air-gun at Marshall Middle School. Police were called to Marshall at 9 a.m. on a report a student had shot another student with an Airsoft pistol. School officials told an officer […]

Portales boy facing weapons charge

Freedom New Mexico A 15-year-old Portales boy faces a fourth-degree felony and a misdemeanor charge after bringing handgun parts and knives to school, according to Portales Police Department records. The boy is charged with unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school premises, a fourth-degree felony, and unlawful possession of a handgun, a misdemeanor. According […]

Local veterans recall Pearl Harbor attacks

Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico After Dec. 7, 1941, seeing a 17- to 19-year-old boy anywhere was rare, recalls Richard Sullinger. Whether they were drafted or enlisted of their own accord, they were a minority in small-town America. “They began to disappear in a hurry, the 19- to 18-year-olds particularly,” the 86-year-old Clovis veteran said. […]

Objects’ value lies in the heart

Clyde Davis Where do you draw the line between what is truly an antique, and what is valuable simply because it has value to you? Maybe this line is easy, on some occasions, but there are times when it becomes truly difficult. The older one gets, the more some of the objects that surround one […]

Thursday morning briefing: We’re talking water and a boy king

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Projects due Science Fair Projects at Zia Elementary School are due Tuesday and judging will take place Nov. 11. A science fair assembly will be held 8 a.m. Nov. 17. Question of the day If you could only access just one website for your entire […]

Shooting victim’s widow recalls memories of husband

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Courtesy photo Rey Ornelas, his wife Shirley Ornelas and their son Rey jr. were a close family and enjoyed spending time together on the farm where Rey worked. Rey Ornelas was shot and killed May 30, 1993. Sharna Johnson Her son has grown from a boy to a man. Her home has aged and seems […]

Letter to the editor: Responders reacted with diligence

Responders reacted with diligence A recent Internet piece named New Mexico as one of the least favored states for good medical care. I have lived in Clovis since 1967 and have heard many conversations about the lack of quality medical care in Clovis. No doubt, some of the complaints have merit. However, I was the […]

Police: Child killed crossing street

CNJ staff Police say a 4-year-old boy killed by a vehicle Sunday was following his older sister across the street when he was struck. Xavier Salcido was pronounced dead at Plains Regional Medical Center shortly after the crash, according to a Monday press release from the Clovis Police Department. Around 4 p.m. Nadine Armijo, 46, […]

Police: Teen was using stolen weapon for target practice

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Jared Tucker: Portales News-Tribune Friends of shooting victim Angel Vale console each other shortly after learning of her death Thursday afternoon. Police said a 13-year-old boy is being charged with burglary in connection with the case. Jared Tucker A 13-year-old Portales boy charged with stealing the weapon used in Thursday’s homicide was shooting at targets […]