Ticket feature: ‘Christmas Nites’ opening at zoo

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File photo Santa will make appearances at the Hillcrest Park Zoo’s “Christmas Nites at the Zoo” program Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The event runs 5-8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Freedom New Mexico The upcoming week features plenty of animal magnetism, as the Hillcrest Park Zoo gets set for its annual Christmas Nites at the Zoo […]

Air Force gets approval for N.M. land gift

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson says the Air Force has received a waiver from defense officials to proceed with a land gift associated with the Melrose Bombing Range in eastern New Mexico. The waiver from the Office of the Secretary of Defense follows Richardson’s commitment of $5 million worth of land […]

Baskett fans switching team allegiance

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Joaquin, left, and Mauricio Madril of Clovis show Mauricio’s Hank Baskett collection. Mauricio has followed Baskett since his days at Clovis High School and became an Indianapolis Colts fan on his birthday Thursday, the same day the Colts signed Baskett. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A week after the […]

Obama showing signs of mediocrity

Every new president gets a “honeymoon” period when most Americans, even those who didn’t support him, wish him well and hope for the best, almost always followed by a certain disillusionment as it becomes apparent the problems facing the government — usually created by previous government actions — are beyond the capacity of one person […]

Our direction is secure with God

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist It is wonderful to have guidance! When Charlie and I are on a trip, gone are the days to plead with him to stop and ask for directions. No more are the days of reading a paper map. Now time is not lost stopping at convenience stores and asking for […]

Press release: Clovis airport up for federal aid

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded millions of dollars in formula funding for New Mexico airports. Bingaman said he was particularly pleased that airports in Roswell and Santa Fe will receive a major boost in funding this year because they reached the 10,000 passenger threshold – […]

School superintendent gets contract extension

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Board of Education voted during Tuesday’s meeting to extend Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm’s contract with the school district to 2011. The measure passed after a vote of 4-1, with Board Secretary Mark Lansford casting the dissenting vote. Lansford, who has voted in the past in to extend Seidenwurm’s […]

Ethics bill gets committee nod

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican For years, a measure that would enhance penalties for public officials who are convicted felons couldn’t even get a hearing in the Capitol. And when it was heard, it never cleared a single committee. Wednesday morning, however the bill (SB 141) got a nod from the Senate Rules Committee […]

One giant assist

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Joseph Rivera, left, and his children Audrianna, Joseph Jr., center, and Andrea, far right, open presents surrounded by the Yucca Middle School’s basketball team. Each year, the team sponsors Christmas for a family chosen by the Lighthouse Mission. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Not all team huddles are ones where […]

Children’s home gets Christmas from Cannon ‘Angels’

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CNJ staff photo: Gabe Monte Before receiving their gifts from members of the Cannon Air Force Base 27th Special Operations Medical group, wards of the New Mexico Christian Children’s home perform musical numbers. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The gymnasium at the New Mexico Christian Children’s home buzzed Saturday with the anticipation that usually […]

Corn silage harvest gets late start

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Freedom New Mexico: Sarah Meyer Kevin Breshears of Breshears Farms checks corn for moisture Saturday morning in a field west of Portales. The corn harvest for silage has been delayed because of moisture content. By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico This year’s corn silage harvest is off to a late start, according to area harvesters. […]

Raton gets racino nod

Freedom New Mexico Correspondent Though quite a bit of money was at stake in their bid to land a racetrack in eastern New Mexico, Tucumcari representatives were sportsmanlike Monday after getting the bad news. The New Mexico Racing Commission voted down the proposal from Coronado Park Partners, the group led by Albuquerque businessman Don Chalmers […]

Clovis man gets 28 years in drug conviction

CNJ Staff A 35-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to 28 years imprisonment Monday for selling drugs, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The sentence stems from a May trial in which Raymond Gonzales was convicted on three counts of distribution of methamphetamine. According to the release: Gonzales was arrested in April […]

Portales gets head start on holiday

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Western Enterprises, pyrotechnic workers, Cody Brooks and Kamdron Kralik work on the fireworks Thursday in preparation for the annual Independence Day fireworks show at Greyhound Arena. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Portales residents started celebrating their independence a day earlier this year at the second annual Smokin’ 3rd of […]

Clovis grad dreams of being doctor

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo O.J. Martinez does a dance of celebration during the processional at the Clovis High School graduation ceremony on Sunday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Martinez will be attending New Mexico State University to study engineering and theater. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Yuridia Leyva’s parents separated when she was 11 […]

Senior gets diploma after more than 60 years

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Howard Vaughn Luckett is different kind of senior than the ones he will graduate with Sunday. While it took most of Clovis High School’s graduating class of 338 about four years to earn their diplomas, it has taken Luckett more than 60 years. Luckett, 81, dropped out of high […]

Delegation gets base numbers

WASHINGTON — Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation learned Tuesday the Air Force Special Operations Command will station its 16th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base. The first of eight AC-130H aircraft could arrive at Cannon as early as October, along with associated crew and support personnel. Over the following 16 months, an […]

ENMU gets provisional qualifier

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University earned a fourth provisional qualifier to NCAA Division II national competition on Thursday when the men’s 400 relay team of freshman Josh Browning, sophomore J.T. Thompson, freshman Brian Smith and junior Tim Hamett ran a time of 41.32 seconds for third place in Abilene Christian’s Twilight […]

Ute bill gets subcommittee hearing

WASHINGTON — The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held a hearing today to consider the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Projects Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Tom Udall, D-N.M. in the House to help eastern New Mexico meet future water needs. H.R. 5710, which was introduced in the House and Senate […]

Hounds’ defense gets test

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo ENMU’s Michael Carrasco (6) tries to find some open space between three defenders during Saturday morning’s scrimmage at Greyhound Stadium. The Greyhounds will wrap up spring drills with a game against an alumni team next Saturday. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — Kyle Wilson figures with the […]