Tuesday morning briefing: Calling young artists and pumpkin for oil

Good morning and welcome to the Tuesday briefing. Art contest The Congressional Art Competition is under way. This annual competition allows members of Congress to display the talent and creativity of their high school constituents. All entries from students in eastern New Mexico must be submitted to Sen. Ben Ray Luj

Press release: Naming competition for baby giraffe

On January 25, 2012, a baby was born to Jael, our Rothschild giraffe.

Spelling bee winner hopes to make it to national competition

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Freedom New Mexico: Christina Calloway Champion of the Roosevelt County Regional Spelling Bee Abigail Cameron, 10, holds up her new title proud for the audience. She’s taking a break now but we’ll be back to studying hard soon in her pursuit of the state champion title in March. Christina Calloway “Behoove” was the word that […]

Education column: Poetry competition inspires students

In the midst of this frantically busy, digitally infused world, why should we care about poetry? Clearly it touches us in some way, since it’s been around for a few thousand years. Although poetry seems inscrutable to many, it does appeal to a great diversity of people, including our youth, as evidenced by the recent […]

Education digest — Oct. 13

Choir students take top honors Choir students from Clovis High School and the Freshman Academy recently captured top honors during state competition at Eastern New Mexico University. Some 59 Clovis students earned a superior rating in solo competition and another nine earned superior ratings in the ensembles contest during the Oct. 6 Southeast District Festival. […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Battle won in Lubbock, and one fast car

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

Special Olympics community effort

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Benna Sayyed: Freedom New Mexico Special Olympics athletes help Melissa Richards, left, and Roxie Burgess, second from right, set up for Saturday’s awards dinner and dance, which included participants from Albuquerque, Lubbock and Portales. Benna Sayyed Participants and volunteers at the state Special Olympics on Saturday in Clovis said the event is all about helping […]

Equestrian competition held at events center

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Special Olympics athletes help Melissa Richards, left, and Roxie Burgess, second from right, set up for Saturday’s awards dinner and dance, which included participants from Albuquerque, Lubbock and Portales. Benna Sayyed Participants and volunteers at the state Special Olympics on Saturday in Clovis said the event is all about helping […]

Education digest — April 14

Students participate in state competition Clovis Municipal Schools Gifted and Talented students participated in the state competition of the Stock Market Game, according to a news release. The game provides students a way to learn about investing. Mesa Elementary students won second place and Zia elementary students took third place. The teams will be honored […]

Texico cheerleaders take top honors

Kevin Wilson An entire year of work comes down to two days for New Mexico high school cheerleading squads. For the second time in three years, Texico had the best two days in Class 2A. The school, which took its first cheerleading trophy in 2009, took top honors again at the state spirit competition in […]

Clovis High students headed to culinary invitational

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Team members, from left to right, Emily Wickham, Zeke Moreno-Rodriguez, Ryan Sena and Jasmin Mendez work through their three course meal as practice Thursday at Clovis High School. Liliana Castillo The Clovis High School ProStart culinary team is headed to the New Mexico ProStart Invitational competition. The competition will take […]

Education digest — March 17

Clovis students qualify for national competition The Clovis Municipal Schools Family, Career and Community Leaders of America students participated in the state competition in Albuquerque, according to a news release. The release said 11 students qualified for the FCCLA National Competition to be held in July in Anaheim, California. Yucca Middle School competitors: • Samantha […]

Clovis students win honors at Lego League competition

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Liliana Castillo In five minutes, the 11 Gifted and Talented students from the Arts Academy at Bella Vista designed a diagram of the human heart with a clot inside. But it was their level-headed, cooperative and clear ability to explain the diagram that won them first place in Gracious Professionalism at the New Mexico First […]

Band takes top honors at Zia competition

CNJ staff The Clovis High band pulled an encore Saturday in Albuquerque, winning top honors at the Zia Marching Band Fiesta at the University of New Mexico. The band won the state championship and the grand championship in the 32-band field from New Mexico, Texas and Colorado. Coupled with Tournament of the Bands last weekend […]

Ticket feature: Mixed martial arts competition to be hosted at events center

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Courtesy photo Evolution 1, a mixed martial arts competition, will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at the events center. Freedom New Mexico Saturday night is fight night in Clovis. Evolution 1, a 16-bout mixed martial arts competition is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Curry County Events Center. Presented by Evolution Combat Sports Championship, there […]

Participants visit prehistory with atlatl throw

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank New Mexico Military Institute cadet 6th Classman Cody Charlie winds up to fling his spear Saturday at the Atlatl Competition at the Blackwater Draw dig site. More than 40 people participated in the competition. Clarence Plank Modern people took a step back to pre-historic times Saturday by competing in the […]

Students building robots for state competition

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Tyler Chavez, left, Jeremy Scales, middle, and Christopher Romero practice controlling their robot via remote control Tuesday at Clovis Community College. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis High student Rosstin Ahmadian spent the last school year building a robot for a statewide competition. When it comes to robots, he […]

Ticket feature: Events center hosting dog agility trials

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File photo The second annual Stars and Stripes AKC Dog Agility Trial at the Curry County Events Center is expected to be fun for the whole family. Freedom New Mexico The upcoming Stars and Stripes AKC Dog Agility Trial is sure to be entertaining. Scheduled June 18, 19 and 20 at the Curry County Events […]

Competition heavy for state races

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For a position that many candidates say doesn’t really do anything, plenty of people seem to want it. The lieutenant governor’s race has five Democrats vying to be the next Diane Denish, and three Republicans ready to serve who they hope will be the next Republican governor. The field […]

Education feature: James Bickley teams take top spot in problem-solving competition

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Courtesy photo Two James Bickley Elementary School Destination ImagiNation teams won first place in their division, both led by Gifted and Talented teacher Carol Littlejohn, far left. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer For the third consecutive year, James Bickley Elementary School’s Destination ImagiNation teams took first place at a state tournament held in Albuquerque […]