What they’re saying: Area residents recount 9/11 memories

The 9/11 tragedy was a pivotal moment not only for this country, but around the world. It’s difficult to find anyone who doesn’t remember where they were and what they were doing. Recently, some were kind enough to share those memories in a series of video-taped interviews with Freedom New Mexico. A new mother. A […]

Ticket feature: Lonestar performing at Clovis Music Festival

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Courtesy photo Country act Lonestar is the featured performer of the 24th annual Clovis Music Festival. Lonestar is most famous for its song “Amazed,” which in 1999 spent eight weeks on the country and Billboard Hot 100 chart. Freedom New Mexico Country act Lonestar is the featured performer of the 24th annual Clovis Music Festival. […]

Engagements —

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Parra-Grossnicklaus Ed and Nancy Parra announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Gabrielle Nicole Parra of Germantown, Md., to Aron Michael Grossnicklaus of Laurel, Md., son of John and Robyn Snowberger of Clovis and Jeff and Marilena Grossnicklaus of Charlotte, N.C. [image #1, align=left, size=medium] The couple will exchange vows Sept. 11, 2011 […]

New ENMU cross country coach optimistic

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — If the Eastern New Mexico University men didn’t scare Abilene Christian’s 20-time Lone Star Conference champion last fall, it’s safe to say they got the Wildcats’ attention. The Greyhounds ran a strong second to ACU in the LSC, and the bulk of their team returns. Meantime, ENMU’s […]

Hounds sign four for track, cross country

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Texico’s Dathan McWhorter was among four student-athletes who signed a national letter of intent recently to participate in track or cross country at Eastern New Mexico University. McWhorter won the Class 2A shot put and discus titles this spring. His top throw in the shot was 53 feet, 3 inches. […]

Planning committee to meet on country club zoning change

CNJ staff The city’s Planning and Zoning committee meets 3 p.m. Wednesday at city hall, 321 N. Connelly. Included on the agenda is a proposed zoning change for the Colonial Park Country Club from residential single family to mixed development. That would allow for the sale of liquor at the facility. When the golf course […]

Independent spirit lives on in America

The Fourth of July, Independence Day, is a good time not only for hot dogs and fireworks, but to reflect for a moment on what makes this country unique, the qualities that enabled it to become in some ways the most successful country in history, and to contemplate the extent to which those qualities still […]

Vegetable garden wife’s nightmare

Country folks always have a vegetable garden, and the faithful wife is supposed to can, freeze, dry and whatever else to all that food so the family can “live offa the land.” When I’m doing all that stuff the words to “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” go through my head over and over. […]

Vegetable garden more work than worth

Country folks always have a vegetable garden, and the faithful wife is supposed to can, freeze, dry and whatever else to all that food so the family can “live offa’ the land.” When I’m doing all that stuff the words to “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” go through my head over and over. […]

Animals safe with country kids

Our family always has made pets out of all kinds of living things. We had a dogie goat named Penco, which isn’t terribly original since Penco means dogie in Spanish. Penco learned that when the back door slammed either food or fun were on the way, and he always came running. Our pet squirrel named […]

Rainstorm soaks Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A storm swept over Clovis on Thursday, bringing with it much needed rain. The area has been under extreme dry conditions for months, causing increased fire danger and drought. CNJ staff Have no fear, eastern New Mexico residents. That wet substance from the sky Thursday night was completely safe. It’s […]

Our people: Lady of the dance

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis resident BJ Bernet enjoys teaching dance and says her staff of dance instructors are different and provide great support for one another. Clovis resident BJ Bernet toured with the Beach Boys across the country in the 1980s. Bernet, 44, worked as a “moving prop” as she jokingly called herself […]

Bravado sometimes only an act

Bud and Kathy ride horses, of course, but they also like to ride mules, especially in rough country. Awhile back they bought a new mule, and Bud was ready to try him out. Kathy knew she couldn’t quite trust the one they already had but she didn’t know the new one at all, so she […]

Bill makes it easier for U.S. to go to war

Freedom New Mexico The killing of Osama bin Laden has provoked a much-needed reassessment of American defense and security needs. Our country needs to be able to defend itself against mass murderers. Yet we also need to make sure our precious liberties are not infringed in the process. In “America the Beautiful,” we sing of […]

Clovis Music Festival lineup finalized

CNJ staff Country music group Lonestar will headline the Saturday show of the 2011 Clovis Music Festival, which finalized its lineup this week, according to an announcement from the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce. The group, which made its debut with a self-titled album in 1995, hit No. 1 on the country chart […]

Business digest — May 10

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Courtesy photo Jerry Cass, broker and co-owner of Town and Country Real Estate, earned the certified commercial investment member designation from the Chicago-based CCIM Institute. CNJ staff Clovis broker earns designation Jerry Cass, broker and co-owner of Town and Country Real Estate, earned the certified commercial investment member designation from the Chicago-based CCIM Institute, one […]

City taking over Chaparral Country Club on Sunday

Kevin Wilson A few things to know about next week’s golf course transition, following the city’s $2.81 million purchase of the Chaparral Country Club. When does the city take control? Sunday is when the city begins operations at Chaparral Country Club. It will keep that name for the time being, Parks and Recreation Director Bill […]

Commission votes to raise golf course fees

Kevin Wilson A week after buying the Chaparral Country Club on a unanimous vote, the Clovis City Commission hit a few rough patches in follow-up action. A pair of agenda items at the Thursday commission meeting yielded approval, but not without consternation from both residents in the audience and commissioners at their table. The commission […]

City officials: Country club negotiations ongoing

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Portales resident Eldon Merrick said he feels there are enough golfers in the area for the city to have two golf courses, both Clovis Municipal Golf Course, shown here, and the Chaparral Country Club course. Kevin Wilson Clovis city officials confirmed Saturday they are in negotiations to purchase the Chaparral […]

Floyd jamboree starts Thursday

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Courtesy photo: Sherry Fahrenkrug Local musician Will Banister performs during the Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree dress rehearsal Sunday. The 61st annual music show is scheduled for this weekend. Argen Duncan The annual Floyd Lions Country Jamboree is still going strong, and organizers say this year’s four-day event will be one of the best in […]