Parks manager approves swimming lessons

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Bill Bizzell didn’t take long to dive in to his tenure with the city Thursday night. Only working as the city’s new parks and recreation director since Monday, Bizzell met little opposition in approving summer swimming lessons a few minutes after his introduction by City Manager Joe Thomas. “We […]

Education column: Census event family fun

By Penny Bailey: Education columnist Have you ever been at an event and found yourself with a big grin on your face, and you didn’t even realize it? Well, that is what happened to me the other night when I visited Lockwood Elementary School. As I approached the campus, I could see and smell smoke […]

Foreclosure process long, frustrating

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For dozens of Clovis property owners, April 1 didn’t feel like much of a joke. That’s the day the city filed a foreclosure suit on their properties with the city poised to take over titles for liens ranging from $180 to nearly $50,000. There were 128 properties on the […]

Don’t believe everything you see

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It was an interesting time to be on Twitter the last few days. Not just for the 140-character reflections on the U.S.-Canada gold medal hockey game, or the one-liners about the Oscars. It was great for the stuff that didn’t happen, too. I noticed a lot of Twaffic and […]

Plains Regional Medical Center auxiliary donating $50,000 to hospital

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Plains Regional Medical Center auxiliary outgoing president Ina Chandler, front, and member Judy Wylie worth together to stock shelves in the gift shop at PRMC. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer After years of saving, the Plains Regional Medical Center auxiliary has a $50,000 check to hand over to the […]

DECADE IN REVIEW: Y2K and beyond

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CNJ file photo Tornadoes tore through Roosevelt, Curry and Quay counties in March 2007, damaging about 500 homes and businesses, injuring 35 people ” and for the first time in 100 years of area record keeping •” killing two. By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico Editor Y2K didn’t hurt a bit. The hours and days […]

Parade lights up Portales square

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan From left, Jarek Ham, 11, Bobby Terry, 6, and Joe Terry ride the Portales Women’s Club float created by Raymond Kobernick during the Christmas Jubilee Lights parade in Portales Friday night. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Cold weather didn’t dim the lights or stop the crowd at the Live […]

Ag well application closure receives mixed reactions from local farmers

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Local members of the agriculture industry have mixed reactions to the recent closure of the High Plains aquifer to new appropriations of water. Last week, the Office of the State Engineer announced that it would no longer allow permits for agricultural, commercial, municipal or industrial wells that would pump […]

ENMU rehires Maguire as volleyball coach

CNJ staff Jeff Geiser didn’t have to leave Eastern New Mexico University’s campus to find its new volleyball coach. But the college’s athletic director doesn’t think he would have found a coach better than Mike Maguire if he searched the country. Maguire, who spent 20 seasons leading the Zia volleyball team, returns to the sidelines […]

In tribute: Restaurant owner sought to fill need

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Courtesy photo Leal By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jesse Leal didn’t have a big business plan with hopes of riches and success. Instead, he and his wife, Irma, wanted to fill a need in the community. Jesse Leal, 79, founder of Leal’s Mexican Food Restaurants, died Friday in Clovis after a lengthy illness. He […]

Home invasion experience still haunts Portales resident

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Freedom Photo: Eric Butler Jo Ann Vickers stands over the spot in her hall where she lie beaten and suffering a broken femur during a March 30, 2008 home invasion. Vickers attackers are serving prison time, but memories of the attack still haunt her. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico It was late on a […]

TRICARE increase stuns retirees

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Defense health officials didn’t do the Obama administration any favor last week when they announced a “small” increase in the daily fee that military retirees under 65, their families and covered survivors must pay for inpatient care in civilian hospitals under TRICARE Standard starting Oct. 1. The jump, in fact, […]

Student heads to Italy for arm wrestling championship

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Ashley Romero and her Husband Pete Romero are headed to Italy where she will compete in the 31st World Arm Wrestling Championships. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico When Ashley Romero was young, her father told her never to date a guy she could beat at arm wrestling. That didn’t […]

Talking aids strengths

By Anita Tedaldi My husband returned home for a short visit before taking off again. I guess we should be used to the routine, the coming and going, and to the changes we adjust to, but each time I’m taken back by how tough it is, no matter the preparation and good intentions. As with […]

Class takes over dig site

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler Students from Eastern New Mexico University work at a dig site that had been abandoned for the past 40 years. The students were part of a summer field class held at Blackwater Draw which ended on Friday. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico One dig site at Blackwater Draw, for […]

Cannon spouse launches business

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Lisa Thalleen talks to a customer about the natural ingredients in the berry smoothie that she ordered Tuesday at Chillers Nutrition. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico When Lisa Thalleen relocated to Cannon Air Force Base last November, she found that the cities of Clovis and Portales didn’t quite have […]

Local LL team wraps up 22-0 season

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson American Orioles catcher Tucker Dobbs high-fives pitcher Derik Kuykendall after the team got out of the first inning in Thursday’s game against the Braves. The Orioles erased a 6-0 deficit to win 17-9 win and finish 22-0. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Thursday night didn’t start well for the […]

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 […]

Fugitive Klinker arrested while watching movie

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Missouri man wanted on a federal fugitive warrant didn’t get to finish watching the newly released “Star Trek” movie in Clovis on Monday. For the second time in a month, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jerry Klinker on the same warrant, this time as he sat in […]

Business feature: Area aesthetic services expanding

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Macrodermabrasion removes layers of dead skin cells, allowing new cells to reproduce at a quicker rate, giving skin a fresh, younger look. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Dr. Donald Brown didn’t become a dermatologist to give Botox injections or photofacials. But when his patients began inquiring about those services, […]