ENMU-Cameron basketball capsules

Freedom New Mexico Men ENMU (4-3) at Cameron (6-1), 3 p.m. (MST) today in a Lone Star Conference crossover game at Lawton, Okla. Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. Last outing: The Greyhounds dropped a 109-98 shootout to East Central at Greyhound Arena a week ago, completing the split of a four-game homestand. Notes: Cameron opened the season […]

The holidays can be holy days of genuine Joy

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist My kids tell me that I’m younger now than I was when they were growing up. I think “childish” may be what they have in mind; I prefer to think in terms of “younger.” It seems to me that the transformation started sometime after my wife and I discovered […]

State workers ordinary people, too

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The holidays are, most definitely, a time when we take stock of and count our blessings. They are also a time when we figure out how we shall allocate limited resources to cover the ways we wish to express our love, be it gifts, parties, or travel expenses to share […]

Pressman turned from owner to ‘phantom’

Don McAlavy: County historian Back in the old days when Joe Fahnert left the CNJ he went to the “Clovis Printing, Inc.” and dropped the word “Lithography” which no one understood. Never use names in your business title that confuse the public. Joe slowly got rid of all the extra help and built a new […]

Troops won’t help troubled Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico Secretary of state Hillary Clinton, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner and four straight days of intensive discussions with Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry provided the pressure. The result was to convince the current and probably future President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, to agree to a runoff election Nov. […]

I’ve discovered a gem in TV land

By Thomas Garcia: Guest columnist With everything on TV these days — from reality TV to game shows, special interests, food programs and sports and news — it’s hard not to find something to watch. While I enjoy episodes of “NCIS” and “24” and “Man vs. Food” along with “Adult Swim” programs, I often find […]

Melrose man driving lawn tractor pleads to fine, jail time

CNJ staff A Melrose man police say was drinking and driving a lawn tractor on city streets has pleaded to jail time and a fine. Monday, George Rierson, 36, agreed to serve 364 days in Curry County jail and pay fines and costs of $167. Police said Rierson will actually serve 11 days in jail […]

Book’s success ignited Boy Scout program

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist How great were the days of yesteryear and how filled with the promise of those ahead for the youngsters who follow in Scouting and the various Council programs. Thanks to the author who started it all. General Douglas McArthur’s farewell address to the Congress of the United States was a […]

Ticket feature: Dawg Days back at ENMU

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Courtesy photo Comedian Dylan Mandlsohn will perform Sunday during Dawg Days at Eastern New Mexico University. Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s Dawg Days’ schedule is packed with information and entertainment. Dawg Days is a new student orientation held at ENMU each fall to help familiarize incoming freshman with their new school. The event […]

Tucumcari police chief back at work

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher has been cleared of any wrongdoing and reinstated, according to a press release issued late this morning. Hatcher was placed on administrative leave July 6 after shooting a 14-year-old girl with a Taser stun gun four days earlier. City Manager Bobbye Rose said in the press release […]

Festival on the border

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Christian Barrett, 8, dressed up as a cowboy to fit the Honoring the Pioneer bike contest theme for Saturday’s Border Town Days parade. Jana Barrett said her son enjoys dressing up and playing a character. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer For Farwell native Troy Christian, Border Town Days is […]

Our direction is secure with God

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist It is wonderful to have guidance! When Charlie and I are on a trip, gone are the days to plead with him to stop and ask for directions. No more are the days of reading a paper map. Now time is not lost stopping at convenience stores and asking for […]

Organizer: Border Town Days ‘hometown thing’

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CNJ file photo Border Town Days will start at 10 a.m. Texico time (11 a.m. in Farwell). Freedom New Mexico The annual Border Town Days isn’t a huge event, organizers say. It’s more like a family barbecue — with two really big families. The communities of Texico and Farwell, which share the Texas-New Mexico border, […]

Missing my swamp…not really

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Some years in eastern New Mexico we can go all summer with just a handful of 100 degree-plus days. Apparently this isn’t going to be one of them. With a week nearly full of temperatures above the century mark what little rain we’ve received lately has been more than offset. […]

Clovis, Portales high school reunions bring grads back

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler Richard Weaver and his wife Leslie of Clovis are greeted Friday night at the CHS Class of ’89 reunion by organizers Pam Caro and Lori Luttrell (middle) at Kelley’s. Caro came to the reunion from Denver, while Luttrell traveled from Fort Hood, Texas. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Fall […]

Private colleges balk at new G.I. Bill

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Days before a June 15 deadline, 521 private colleges had signed modest-to-grand “Yellow Ribbon” agreements under the new Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit, making these higher-priced schools more affordable to at least some Iraq and Afghanistan war-era veterans who qualify for admission. But more than half of private colleges nationwide apparently […]

Private colleges balk at new GI Bill

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Days before a June 15 deadline, 521 private colleges had signed modest-to-grand “Yellow Ribbon” agreements under the new Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit, making these higher-priced schools more affordable to at least some Iraq and Afghanistan war-era veterans who qualify for admission. But more than half of private colleges nationwide apparently […]

Participation varies for Pioneer Days events

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Though they figure the timing of Curry County’s centennial helped matters, organizers estimated participation in last week’s Pioneer Days saw small changes. The number of floats at the parade was slightly higher than normal, and the rodeo’s attendance was down a little, they said. “I think it went well […]

Champ looking for repeat

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Todd Burns of Albuquerque scored 75 points during the bareback bronc riding event of Saturday’s Pioneer Days Rodeo at the Curry County Events Center. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Stran Smith has been calf roping since he was 16 years old, and last year he earned the title of […]

Pioneer Days parade celebrates heritage

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Queen of the Red Hat Floozies Betty Shober, left, and member Peggy Johnson dressed to the theme of celebrating 100 years of heritage during Saturday’s Pioneer Days Parade. Shober represented the railroad and Johnson dressed as pin-up girl Betty Grab By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico A hot and blustery […]