Education digest — April 28

Mesa students write winning essays Mesa Elementary School students Rohan Angadi and Allison Pettit won the essay portion of the New Mexico Stock Market Game called InvestWrite, according to a news release. Angadi competed in the sixth through eighth grade division and Pettit competed in the fourth through fifth grade division. Both students will attend […]

Portales boy facing weapons charge

Freedom New Mexico A 15-year-old Portales boy faces a fourth-degree felony and a misdemeanor charge after bringing handgun parts and knives to school, according to Portales Police Department records. The boy is charged with unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school premises, a fourth-degree felony, and unlawful possession of a handgun, a misdemeanor. According […]

Students learn about food chain through owl pellets

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo James Bickley Elementary fourth grader Gerardo Valenzuela picks fur off of a skull. Liliana Castillo A class of about 20 fourth-graders dissected what looked like hairballs Wednesday at James Bickley Elementary School. The subject of their regard with tweezers and other tools were owl pellets. Owls eat their food in […]

Blessing of animals in fourth year

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CNJ file photo Three area churches plan to hold a pet blessing ceremony Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church on West 21st Street. Sharna Johnson Organizers are hoping to have a zoo Saturday on the lawn of the Trinity Lutheran Church. The fourth annual pet blessing ceremony begins at 3 p.m. and will bring together pastors […]

Baskett catches pass in Vikings’ debut

CNJ staff Hank Baskett caught a pass Sunday in his debut with the Minnesota Vikings. The 2001 Clovis High graduate caught a Brett Favre pass for an 18-yard gain on third-and-9 in the fourth quarter of Minnesota’s 24-10 win over the Detroit Lions. It was his first catch of the season. Baskett was signed Wednesday […]

Hounds picked for fourth place in LSC North

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s football team received two first-place votes and was pegged for fourth place in the seven-team Lone Star Conference North Division this fall in a preseason poll released on Tuesday by the LSC. The ENMU volleyball squad, meantime, was chosen for last place in the 15-team LSC […]

Officials dish about Fourth of July menu

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo James Burns, owner of Burns Do It Center, explains the benefits of using pellets instead of charcoal while grilling. Burns said Friday the rain won’t stop him from grilling for the Fourth of July. The Independence Day weekend is here which means the patio table is set, the American Flag […]

Ticket feature: Fireworks displays readied to celebrate Fourth

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File photo Clovis and Portales are planning fireworks displays Sunday night to commemorate Independence Day. Freedom New Mexico There’s sure to be no shortage of fireworks and fun Sunday. Clovis and Portales are each planning events to commemorate Independence Day complete with music, food, games and closing the night with fireworks. Portales’ annual Smokin’ Fourth […]

Wednesday morning briefing: A Smokin Fourth and the Teflon Don

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Smokin Fourth This year’s Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce fireworks show is scheduled for 9 p.m. July 4 at the Eastern New Mexico University Football Practice Field at U.S. 70 and University Drive. To donate to the fireworks fund: http://www.portales.com/fireworks Alternative groundbreaking There’s a groundbreaking […]

School board to consider reducing meetings to once a month

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education is considering reducing the frequency of its meetings. The board currently meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first and fourth Tuesday of the month. At the next regular meeting 5:30 p.m. June 22, the board will consider changing meetings to once monthly. […]