Forecasters: Hurricane unlikely to stir up storms

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Jared Tucker The path of tropical storm Hermine is projected to barely miss eastern New Mexico, but can the area expect to see any significant weather activity produced by the storm? Probably not, according to area weather forecasters. Ken Widelski, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Lubbock, said the best chance for eastern […]

Community shows appreciation for Cannon

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Ryan Wimbrly, civilian electrical shop employee at Cannon Air Force Base, competes in a pie-eating contest during Cannon Appreciation Day at Unity Park. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico From burgers to a pie-eating contest and horseshoes to door prizes, Cannon Air Force Base airmen, their families and civilian employees […]

Egress airmen ensure ‘last chance for life’

By Airman 1st Class Jason J. Brown: 633d Air Base Wing Public Affairs LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — If something goes wrong in a fighter jet flying at 30,000 feet, the pilot needs a reliable way to escape danger, and fast. When all else fails, the pilot relies on the ejection system to exit […]

State high school rodeo boon to local economy

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File photo Jesse Clark of Dora, shown competing in last year’s New Mexico High School Finals Rodeo, is hoping to earn his third national berth. The rodeo is set for this week at the Curry County Events Center. By Kevin Wilson While the goal is to get to Gillette, Wyo., a lot of high schoolers […]

Letter to the editor: Residents should give poly-carts chance

Residents should give poly-carts chance While those opposed to poly-carts raise valid points in recent letters to the editor, it’s time someone spoke in defense of our Public Works Department. I was as upset as anyone when we lost our beloved dumpster. Now I see the benefits of the poly-cart. For those who despise the […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Girl Scout cookies, jazz and a chance of snow

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the day: It’s joking around. Question of the day Girl Scout Cookies are being delivered throughout eastern New Mexico. What’s your favorite cookie? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below. Spring reprieve In case your counting…six more days until Spring Break. […]

Livestock sale helps offset cost of raising animals

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Madison Belcher, 9, of Portales shows her Reserve Champion rabbits during the Junior Livestock Sale at the Roosevelt County Fair on Friday. Her rabbits sold for $3,500. By Clarance Plank: Freedom New Mexico Local buyers had a chance to pick up extra heifers for their dairies or a hog for […]

Rodeo still remains true to its roots

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist I got a chance to do something last week I haven’t been able to do in 35 or 40 years. I sat through a performance Thursday at the Pioneer Days Rodeo. I’ve been to lots of rodeos in three different states in that time, but I’ve always been there as […]

Save Our American Raptors

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Dale Kernahan-Stokes with the Save Our American Raptors educational program talks about the skills and habits of the red-tailed hawk Wednesday at the Curry County Special Events Center. The program travels the country educating the public about the birds By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Dale Kernahan-Stokes with the Save […]

Birds of prey exhibit to come to Clovis

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Courtesy photo The bald eagle is one of eight species of birds coming to Clovis with the American Eagle Foundation’s Save Our American Raptors program. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis residents will get a chance to learn about America’s birds of prey up close. They’ll even have an opportunity to see the birds […]

Livestock show gives 4-H youth chance to show off

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Michelle Wauson, 15, prepares her sheep for the show ring Saturday at the Farwell Junior Livestock Show. Tomee England, Farwell’s Future Farmers of America chapter advisor, said the show is intended to give the children experience showing animals. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer At a wispy 4-feet-10-inches-tall, Heath Hadley […]

Bad times give us chance to appreciate what’s good

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist In the current economic climate, the concept of gratitude or Thanksgiving might seem shallow and lacking in meaning. At a cursory glance, we might seem tempted to sink our thanks in the sea of bad news and worse predictions which barrage our eyes, ears, and thoughts. Look deeper. How many […]

Halloween a chance to enjoy childhood, not practice immaturity

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist Yearly the debate comes around, well under way by this time. What is good, what is bad, what is acceptable, what is not, in terms of celebrations of Halloween, aka. All Hallow’s Eve — the night before All Saints’ Day? So much returns to individual ethics or taste and, incredibly, […]

Baskett ready for big chance

By Jon Marks: Special to the CNJ PHILADELPHIA — Move over Brian Urlacher. There’s a fellow New Mexican who may be about to share the NFL spotlight. In his third season in the NFL, Clovis’ Hank Baskett is expected to see significant playing time while the Philadelphia Eagles top two receivers that are sidelined with […]

Online literary journal provides creative outlet

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gina Hochhalter, English instructor at CCC, began Palabras in 2002. She currently designs Palabras at home and relies on six volunteers to help her edit and post the publication. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A literary journal designed to give undergraduates a chance to publish their work is blossoming, […]

Amanda R. hanging on

In case you missed “The Bachelor” on Monday night, Amanda R. received a rose and still has a chance to win the romance game.

Custodians get chance to catch up on odd jobs during Spring Break

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo John Potock, 31, has worked as a custodial with Clovis Municipal School for about two years. Spring break gives Potock the chance to buff the floors in the home economics and other rooms in the school that are usually too busy to be buffed. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer […]

Jan. 29 – Puzzle me this

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo George Durhan and Kay Knapp chat Tuesday as they try to put a puzzle together at Friendship Senior Center. Durhan said when he was a child, his older siblings wouldn’t let him help them as they put puzzles together so now he puts them together whenever he gets the chance.

Snow, ice expected to skip Clovis area

Staff and wire reports OKLAHOMA CITY — A wintry storm caked the center of the nation with a thick layer of ice Monday, blacking out more than 600,000 homes and businesses, and more icy weather was on the way. At least 15 deaths in Oklahoma and Missouri were blamed on the conditions, with 13 of […]

Zias get offseason makover

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — To say the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team will have a different look in 2007-08 could be considered a serious understatement. Only four players who were active on last year’s 14-12 squad (5-9 Lone Star Conference South) will be back, plus redshirts Erica Cook and […]