McGee: Father’s advice helps with chat

Tomorrow marks a new year: 2012. It means different things to different people. For instance, I was chatting recently with my youngest daughter. She and her husband were pondering moving to the big city, getting away from their small town in West Virginia. “We want to be in a safe place, you know, for 2012,” […]

More than 350 graduate at ENMU fall commencement

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Courtesy photo: Kaylee Peterson Eastern New Mexico University graduate Justin Hudson hugs a faculty member Saturday morning after receiving his degree. Hudson graduated with a bachelor of science degree. Alisa Boswell ENMU President Steven Gamble said each commencement has unique qualities to it and fall graduation Saturday at Greyhound Arena was no different. “This one, […]

McGee: What about my cat?

Grant McGee It was a lazy Sunday. The Lady of the House and I both in our recliners reading different sections of the Sunday newspaper. “Oh this is a guy with a sense of humor,” I said, talking about a story on the front page. “He died last August and now all of his friends […]

Club notes —

Curry County Extension Clubs The Curry County Extension Clubs held their annual membership event on Sept. 13 at the extension building with 25 members and five guests attending. Grady Alpha Club was responsible for the program and decorated with a fall theme. Carol Nash was mistress of ceremonies. Sheryl Abdill gave the invocation followed by […]

Cowboys have different resolutions

We all are encouraged to make New Year’s resolutions. From what I’ve been reading it seems most “regular” folks are resolving mainly to lose weight and exercise more. Cowboy promises are different. When I asked my lanky friend Wilford about his, he thought a bit and then asked, “You mean it’s a new year already?” […]

Students connect curriculum to crime scene

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School Freshman Academy Adriana Romero, left, hands new evidence to Kimberly Acosta to be bagged Tuesday at the school’s reconstruction of a 1920 homicide. Liliana Castillo Clovis High School Freshman Academy students relived history last week as they reconstructed a homicide from the 1920s. In the cross-curricular project, […]

In Search of Ponies: Animal language simple

Sharna Johnson I think many of us find within different social settings we adopt alternate vernaculars to our own. For instance, when I visit my grandparents in the Appalachian Mountains, I develop a twang and blend words like “Ain’t” and “Y’all” into my vocabulary. If I spend time with British friends, I inexplicably develop a […]

Corn harvest yields vary for area farmers

Argen Duncan The harvest of corn for silage has gone smoothly in Roosevelt and Curry counties, and yields have varied around the area, according to farmers and harvesters. Most corn grown in the area is chopped for silage, which is used to feed cattle, said Kevin Breshears of SPRA-Green Custom Harvesting. Roosevelt County farmer Rick […]

MySpace vs. Facebook

James Walker and Torie Iverson Editor’s note: Clovis’ James Walker and Rio Rancho’s Torie Iverson participated in the New Mexico Press Association’s annual high school journalism workshop last month. They wrote this story for The Future Press newspaper: Many technological advances in American culture have helped teens in many ways. Popularity of different online social […]

Teacher’s story one of success

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Valencia Elementary School teacher Becky Duran said her fantasy dinner party wouldn’t include celebrities. “I’m very down to earth,” she said. Valencia Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Becky Duran was chosen as the Newspapers In Education teacher of the year in Portales. She uses newspapers in her bilingual classroom to teach […]

Supreme Court more political than intended

Justice John Paul Stevens, thought of as one of the left-leaning members of the U.S. Supreme Court, on Friday announced his retirement from the highest judicial body in the country. His farewell to the court is not a surprise and had been speculated about since late 2009 when he hired fewer clerks than he had […]

Legislators say tone of session unusual

Different, unusual, fatalistic. Those are some of the words used by area legislators to describe the tone of this year’s 30-day legislative session. Pending elections, the strain of having no money to work with, little guidance from the executive branch and a growing moderate platform are some of the reasons local leaders have come up […]

2010 BAH rates released

Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan and Jenna Zamie The U.S. Department of Defense released the 2010 military Basic Allowance for Housing rates online Wednesday. Rates are different for each pay grade and base. At Cannon Air Force Base, most personnel are receiving an increase of less than 5 percent, according to rates on the department […]

Rugby team trying to get sport going in Clovis area

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Nomads are a story of hard work and dedication in bringing something a little different to the city last year — rugby football. David North, Vinny Comerford and two others met at Kelley’s Bar and Grill in Clovis and decided to field a team. “Four years ago, […]

Interrogation unit to end torture tactics

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama has approved the creation of what is described as an elite team of interrogators, drawn from several different government agencies, to question key terrorism suspects. The High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, or HIG (don’t you love those government acronyms?) will be headquartered at the FBI and overseen by the National […]

Communities committed to prep football

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PNT Photo: Argen Duncan Portales Rams booster club secretary Chelle Strawn talks with her son, Justin, after the football scrimmage Friday. Justin Strawn, a junior, plays right guard. Chelle Strawn said football is an important part of her family’s life. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Large cheering crowds, sponsorship posters, t-shirts in school colors […]

Ticket feature: Nelson twins to perform tribute show

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Courtesy photo Gunnar, left, and Matthew Nelson are performing a show in memory of their father, ’50s icon Ricky Nelson, at the Clovis Music Festival in September. Freedom New Mexico Twins Gunnar and Matthew Nelson will be trying out a different genre of music during their performance at the Clovis Music Festival in September. Gunnar […]

Friend made final arrival in heaven

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Susie, my sister, and I held a common bond with Kendra Lennon. Our beloved fathers served on the staff together at Central Baptist Church when it was located at 800 Hinkle. Even though our lives guided us to different directions and cities, each of us cherished the priceless title of […]

Ute Commission focused on water conservation

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The Ute Reservoir Water Commission plans to consider different approaches to conserving water in droughts to keep Ute Lake’s water level from dropping to the point communities are no longer allowed to withdraw water. After discussing the value of planning for droughts at their meeting Thursday in Portales, commissioners […]

Cub Scouts hosting Ten Commandments hike

CNJ staff The El Llano Grande District of the Boy Scouts of America is hosting a Ten Commandments Hike beginning 8 a.m. Saturday. Co-sponsor of the hike, John Schonberger, said they are expecting about 50 Cub Scouts for the hike. The hike is intended to introduce participants to a variety of faiths and houses of […]