Mustangs finish off sweep in extra innings

CMI staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Mallory Mooney’s one-out RBI double in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday gave Midwestern State a 6-5 win over Eastern New Mexico University and a sweep of their Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader. The Mustangs (12-10, 2-1 LSC) also took the series after ENMU won Friday’s opener 6-3. […]

In search of ponies: Blizzard becomes feather-raising experience

When the winter waves hit, the dogs came in, the horses got an extra scoop of sweet feed and the firewood was stacked high. Everything was ready for the bitter wind and clinging ice…Until I suddenly remembered, I had no interest in frozen chicken. Namely because a frozen chicken is wasted on a vegetarian, but […]

Letters to the editor: Readers debate increasing GRT

Tax increase best choice for city I would like to commend the city staff, city commissioners, and the mayor on their conscientious efforts to determine the best and most efficient method by which to obtain the funds to support the Ute Water Project. They have worked diligently without prejudice to find the best acceptable solution. […]

Education column: Parents important to education

As we continue last week’s column detailing all the extra help offered through public schools, we remain passionate about providing the best educational environment so that all students succeed. The famous proverb, “it takes a whole village to raise a child” is still true. Superintendent Terry Myers states unequivocally “everything we do in this district […]

Thursday morning briefing: Paper routes, school’s out and a deadly crash near the White House

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Help needed Extra! Extra! Calling all former newsboys and newsgirls. If you ever had a paper route — delivered newspapers for the Clovis News Journal or Portales News-Tribune, we want to hear from you. The goal here is to make your story part of […]

In Search of Ponies: Procedure may lighten load

Sharna Johnson He knew something was up when I spent an extra second scrubbing behind his ears, then rinsed and combed out his unruly curls. And he slept a little closer to me, stealing more of my pillow than usual — nudging me when the alarm went off at 4:30 a.m. Oh yeah, I knew […]

Animals can never be too smart

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist One of the grandest sights in the world, in my opinion, is watching a cow dog at work. A bird dog is just as neat. Riding a champion cutting horse or barrel racing horse is an extra special thrill because you and the animal are doing something exciting together. […]

State police conducting safety operations Labor Day weekend

New Mexico State Police will be conducting several safety focused operations in the area throughout the Labor Day weekend. Capt. Jimmy Glascock said officers will be conducting extra patrols and checkpoints geared toward enforcing seat belt and child restraint laws, as well as DWI enforcement. Glascock said the operations will be conducted through Monday across […]

Oasis State Park hosting catfish derby

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File Photo Liam Hurley, 9, left, and Lan Pare, 10, fish at the Oasis State Park pond in November 2009. The pond is to be the site of the second annual Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby on Saturday. Argen Duncan The Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby is back, and with bigger prizes and an extra hour to […]

Wedding gift worth extra laughs

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist I have nothing worth 500 words this week, but a few things worth about 150. Here are the thoughts I had while watching the Texas Rangers’ bullpen blow a lead Monday night: • I was killing time at a store a few days ago. I don’t want to name it […]

City administrators: Stimulus paperwork complicate process

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico City and county administrations know all about needing a little extra dough. So, sure, when the federal government invited proposals for ways to spend stimulus money, grant writers in eastern New Mexico scrambled to get in line. But while the creation of the American […]

Pipes, pets need extra care when weather below freezing

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Shop owners: More car owners squeezing out extra miles

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Ray Dodge of No Hassle Muffler and Auto Service replaces a valve cover gasket Monday on an 1996 Plymouth Neon. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Local auto service and repair shops operators said business is up as vehicle owners opt to repair and maintain their rides rather than spend […]

More turf funds OK’d

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis School board took care of a few extra points from the surface conversion at Leon Williams Stadium. During the board’s visitation meeting Tuesday at Lincoln-Jackson Family Center, the board approved approximately $106,000 in bond money to go toward the stadium, which is being converted to an artificial […]

Sometimes, cowboys don’t smile back

Glenda Price One fall my husband decided to buy extra alfalfa, the idea being we could sell it during the winter and make some extra money. He stacked it behind the house so it would be easy to back trailers down the lane when people bought only a few bales. It worked. By January, people […]

Christmas tree lighting set for Tuesday

Freedom New Mexico The lighting of the Christmas tree and holiday lights located at the Curry County Courthouse will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Clovis High School Chamber Choir will be performing Christmas Carols and cookies and hot chocolate will be served. “The holidays are such a special time of year and what […]

Clovis High students given extra lunch time as grade incentive

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Adapting an old adage, Clovis High officials are hoping the best way to a student’s brain is through their stomachs. Effective upon the release of report cards later this month, Clovis High School students with grades of C or above will be released 20 minutes early for lunch. Those […]

Pay boosted for ENMU

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University employees and faculty will earn at least 5.5 percent more for the 2006-2007 school year. The Board of Regents approved adding at least 1 percent to a state-funded 4.5 percent pay raise for ENMU faculty and made the 5.5 percent total raise effective for all […]

PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Overtime OK with Bovina

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer BOVINA WON ITS SECOND overtime game of the season Friday when it edged Springlake-Earth 27-20. “We’ll take the wins, but golly,” Bovina coach Kent Torbert said. “The coaching staff is aging years in minutes.” In the first overtime, Justin Castillo put Springlake-Earth up with a 3-yard run, but Bovina […]

Extra-credit burrito leads to school scare

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Clovis Police Officer Clay Cullison stands outside Marshall Junior High School on Thursday. Police were called to the school after a concerned citizen reported seeing a male juvenile enter with a suspiciously concealed item. (CNJ staff: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A concerned citizen spotted a male juvenile carrying a suspiciously concealed […]