Snow settles down

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Brandon Jackson decided to put his tractor to good use Friday by helping friends and neighbors clear their driveways on Rosewood Drive. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Life started returning to normal across eastern New Mexico Friday as residents began digging out from a vicious winter storm that shut […]

Monday morning briefing: Cannon sitting down with community

Good morning and welcome. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing. Video of the day U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Rene Mendoza talks about his job in this week’s installment of At Your Service. Big doings Today is the joint city and county luncheon for Clovis and Curry County. Assorted elected and appointed folks will […]

PRMC births down in 2009

Freedom New Mexico Gift baskets were ready and there was no shortage of expecting mothers in the community. But as the sun fell on the first day of 2010, there was still no first baby of the year. It was close, said Ellen Augustine, interim women’s and pediatrics’ manager for Plains Regional Medical Center. One […]

Predictions for 2010 maybe not so far-fetched

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist With a new year bearing down on us it’s time for me to observe an annual rite of this column — predictions for the new year. I’ve taken a look into my crystal ball and saw some rather strange potential occurrences gazing back at me. With tongue in cheek, here’s […]

Cannon growth cited as reason for MVD Web site

Cannon Connections photo: Sharna Johnson Rick Homans, secretary of Taxation and Revenue, was in Clovis and Portales last week presenting the Motor Vehicle Division’s new website. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections State officials were in Clovis and Portales last week announcing the launch of a new Motor Vehicle Division Web site designed to streamline services. […]

Officials hope new MVD site will cut down on wait times

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer State officials were in Clovis and Portales Wednesday announcing the launch of a new Motor Vehicle Division website designed to streamline services. Rick Homans, secretary of Taxation and Revenue, said the site, which debuted about two weeks ago, will help cut down on wait times at local MVD offices. […]

Traffic crashes up 20 percent, but injuries, fatalities down

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Traffic crashes have jumped almost 20 percent in Clovis this year but the number of injuries from those crashes has dropped and crash-related fatalities are down. At the heart of the crashes lie traffic infractions, such as following too close, failing to yield and failing to stop at stoplights, […]

Competition keeps health costs down

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of three editorials on Canada’s health care system. It is provided by editorial writers of The Colorado Springs Gazette.

Contractor seeking damages after falling down Hotel Clovis elevator shaft

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A contractor who fell 16 feet down an elevator shaft in Hotel Clovis is seeking unspecified damages from the city and a biohazard abatement company. In a lawsuit filed in the 9th Judicial District Court, John Smith said he fell down the shaft because the city and GranCor Enterprises […]

Mustangs down Zias in three

CNJ staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Midwestern State erased an early 4-3 deficit with seven consecutive points in the first set and the Mustangs went on to a 25-14, 25-9, 25-14 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in Lone Star Conference volleyball. Miranda Byrd had eight kills and Lauren Bayer added seven kills and five […]

Scriptures, like poetry, requires reading into symbolism

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Down here in Texas we tell Aggie jokes. Up around Minnesota, the Norwegians tell “Olie & Lena” jokes instead. In a recent “News from Lake Wobegon” segment, storyteller Garrison Keillor managed to incorporate a few of those. One caught the attention of the grandfather under my hat. As the […]

Animals can be just as stubborn

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist When our two daughters were in 4-H they bought a few good ewes, mostly Suffolks and Hampshires, planning to raise their own show lambs. They needed a good ram, of course, and some folks down the road had a high-powered Suffolk. He was big and long and had muscles in […]

Education feature: New Clovis Christian superintendent planning tougher curriculum

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Former deputy superintendent of Clovis schools will begin her new position as superintendent of the Clovis Christian School Aug. 1. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Former Clovis Municipal Schools deputy superintendent Ladona Clayton is moving up and a few blocks down the street. She’s the new superintendent of Clovis […]

Justification of Iraq invasion yet to be seen

Freedom New Mexico As of July 1, all U.S. troops in Iraq were scheduled to have moved out of Iraqi cities, and most of them had done so. Those remaining in cities will serve as advisers and support resources for Iraqi security forces, who now have responsibility for maintaining a modicum of order in that […]

A view from under the pew: melody the monarch

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist melody the monarch dear amos i ve been having funvolunteering at thelittle mousey schooldown the street especially with thosekindergartners uncle -they re so cute withtheir wide eyesfull of awe was i everthat wayuncle but anywaythe cool thing waswhen they learnedbout butterflies andhow they go from asad woeworm to abeautiful […]

Desperate PBS looks for ways to be relevant

It has become oh-so-cool to look down on mainstream religion in these days of clergy scandals and unpopular wars. As such, our country’s Public Broadcasting Service has decided to jump on the bandwagon after decades of religious broadcasting. The network — desperate for relevance amid the commercial success of cable networks such as Discovery, the […]

Clovis resident takes city to task on trash

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Linda Durant spent two years picking up trash and pulling weeds at the Clovis Area Transit building on Sixth and Axtell Streets. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer After setting down dated stacks of Tupperware containers stuffed with garbage and weeds to illustrate the problem, she stood and addressed the […]

Ready, set, cook

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School senior Amanda Sandoval unwraps a chocolate bar to melt for her chocolate covered no-bake cheesecake with berry coulis. Five students in her culinary arts class attended the ProStart New Mexico Invitational competition Wednesday. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer While mincing parsley, Kaylie Kemp never took her […]

Experience pays off for Clovis fighter

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent After the opening bell for the third round, but before a punch could be thrown, Elijio Sena of Clovis pointedly looked in the direction of his opponent’s corner and laughed. In Mark Martinez’ corner, his trainer had just told his fighter that he “had been here before.” Sena heard something […]

Road boss stepping down

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