Commentary: Tornado underlines importance of preparedness

Courtesy photo 1st Lt. David Stuckenberg, a pilot in the 3rd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, holds a cat found in the rubble on May 24. Lt. Stuckenberg facilitated a relief convoy to Joplin, Mo., as soon as he was notified that the tornado destroyed his hometown. By 1st Lt. David Stuckenberg: 3rd Special Operations […]

Fireworks stands open despite restrictions

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Monday was the first day vendors were allowed to sell fireworks in the state. Taylor Vest of Roadrunner Fireworks said the first week or so of fireworks season will be slow but business usually picks up closer to Independence Day. Stands close July 6. Sharna Johnson Despite restrictions, stands opened […]

Thursday morning briefing: Alumni call, rattlesnakes and Buddy Holly’s

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Calling all alumni Eastern New Mexico University’s Portales Alumni Chapter is expanding to Clovis and surrounding areas and there is a meeting 6 p.m. today at Leal’s Restaurant on Prince Street for anyone interested. Ordering a meal is optional. Information: Tammi Gardner at 562-2125 […]

Veteran call center launched

Freedom New Mexico A Vet Center Combat Call Center is now available to help veterans readjust to civilian life, according to a news release. 1-877-WAR VETS is an around the clock confidential call center where combat veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing […]

Combat call center online

CNJ staff A Vet Center Combat Call Center is now available to help veterans readjust to civilian life, according to a news release. 1-877-WAR VETS is an around the clock confidential call center where combat veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in […]

Environment department receiving reports of health inspector impersonator

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Environment Department said Tuesday it has received multiple reports from food establishments of individuals impersonating health inspectors and requiring cash payment for inspections and other materials. According to a release from the NMED, the individuals often call the food establishment, provide names and inspector identification numbers and require a […]

Education digest — March 31

Lectureship, film festival begin today Eastern New Mexico University will host the annual High Plains Film Festival in conjuction with the 35th Jack Williamson Lectureship series beginning today, according to a news release. The events will take place today through Saturday. For more information and lectureship luncheon reservations, call 562-2315 or e-mail Patrice.Caldwell@enmu.edu. For information […]

Police blotter — Feb. 6

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 1 a.m. Jan. 27 an officer responded to a business in the 2000 block of Main Street for a report of burglary. The owner told the officer he got a call a call from his alarm company notifying him the alarm […]

Thursday morning briefing: Civic call, Souper Saturday and the day the music died

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Call to duty Clovis is looking to fill the District 2 and District 3 citizen positions on the Public Works Committee. The committee meets every fourth Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. If interested call 769-7828 no later than Monday. Question of the day How cold […]

Stolen turtle returned to zoo

Freedom New Mexico A Hillcrest Park Zoo employee told police he wants to press charges against a man accused of stealing a turtle and trying to sell it on the Internet. A Clovis Police Department report states Officer Cameron Reeves responded to a call made by zookeeper Cody Machen Tuesday. According to Reeves’ report, Machen […]

In Search of Ponies: Allergies call for compromise

Sharna Johnson Sneezing, wheezing, struggling for air with itching and puffy red eyes, my son’s friend sat in the living room on the ottoman, his shoulders hunched, his physique conveying sheer misery. Not knowing what to do, I asked if he needed some Benadryl. “No,” he said, trying to tough it out. “Should I call […]

City leaders share goals for 2011

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Legislative and Community Relations Director Claire Burroughs has always enjoyed all kinds of music and hopes to see U2 in concert in 2011. By Alisa Bowell: Freedom New Mexico Call them resolutions, call them goals. But everybody has something from 2010 they want to improve in 2011. The new […]

Friday morning briefing: Music, Mrs. Clovis and built to a “T”

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Music, music, music… The first concert for the new Eastern New Mexico Children’s Choir is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday in Eastern New Mexico University’s Music Building. Information: Kathi Fraze at 562-2377. Question of the day What do you believe is true even though […]

Military mama: Holiday shopping with you in mind

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The holidays make me acutely aware of all the special people in my life, even those that have moved to other bases or are back in my hometown. All of those mental associations that are normally tucked nicely in my subconscious spill over as I scour the aisles for presents. When I shop, I hunt. […]

Day trip: Ranch offers riding lessons

Place: Abrazos Adventure Location: 5 miles west of Portales. Call for detailed directions. What activities can you enjoy at this location: Horseback riding and lessons. What ages is this place best suited for?: All ages Admission prices?: Call for rates. Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 days a week. Special events coming […]

Friday morning briefing: Black eyes, free food and cash for a cause

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. School business Monday is parent-teacher conference day for Portales Municipal Schools from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no school that day. Information: Call the administration office at 356-7000 or call your child’s school. Black eyes for Cannon Airmen of all ranks will […]

Monday morning briefing: Chiefs alone, Commander’s Call and rich pitches

Commander’s Call: The Air Force Junior ROTC of Clovis High School will conduct its October Commander’s Call Wednesday at the JROTC drill pad. Cadets will arrive at 7 a.m., with the event starting at 7:15 a.m. Col. Phillip Frazee said there will be a large number of promotions, particularly for the newer cadets. Upcoming commander’s […]

UT shooting should serve as wake up call

Freedom New Mexico Call it signs of the times. After news spread that a man armed with an automatic weapon had opened fire at the University of Texas at Austin campus, two other universities — Texas Tech in Lubbock and the UT Medical Branch in Galveston — canceled tests of emergency procedures designed to deal […]

Phone call leads to suspect’s capture

CNJ staff A phone call from a citizen led to the capture Tuesday of a man Clovis police have been seeking for about six months. Gabriel Chavez was taken into custody without incident just before 5 p.m. in the 700 block of Gidding Street, said Chief Steve Sanders. “Somebody witnessed him going down the street […]

Curry, Roosevelt holding policy committee meeting

CNJ staff Curry and Roosevelt counties will hold a policy committee meeting 1:30 p.m. Monday in Portales as part of the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study. The public meeting will be held at the Portales City Hall. For information or to get an agenda visit currycounty.org or call 763-6016.