Religious groups reduce need for government

President Barack Obama’s attack on religious liberty resulted in a reversal and a statement that one typically hears only from free market economic realists. Obama explained that religious charity may do more than government programs to benefit society: “My first job in Chicago was working with Catholic parishes in poor neighborhoods, and my salary was […]

Religious groups realizing pitfall of Obamacare

Thomas Jefferson said: “To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” The third president wasn’t Catholic and, arguably, probably not Christian. But he understood that for the government to compel people to pay for something they find morally repugnant is “sinful […]

Clovis groups form charity network

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Steve Reshetar, executive director of the Matt 25 Hope Center in Clovis, inventories a storage room with items reserved for people in emergency situations. Benna Sayyed Local community organizations and churches will soon have a method of working together to provide assistance in real time. Thirteen Clovis community groups and […]

City animal rescues plummet in May

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Animal Control Officer Brice Stacy tries to calm two puppies before he unloads them from cages in the truck. The puppies, their pitbull mother and heeler father were all relinquished Tuesday by their owner, who said the adults were vicious. Sharna Johnson While the Clovis Police Department continues to evaluate […]

Remembering the fallen

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson An MC-130W crew from Cannon Air Force Base performs a flyover during the Monday morning Memorial Day observance at Lawn Haven Garden of Honor. Kevin Wilson With plenty of wind to blow them, the colors of numerous veteran organization flags flew at half-staff Monday morning. Their groups, and members of […]

Business digest —

Xcel granting money to nonprofit groups The Xcel Energy Foundation is granting $211,000 to 29 nonprofit groups in Texas and New Mexico, according to a release from Xcel Energy. The grants are being made through the Education and Environment focus areas of the Xcel Energy Foundation, which awards funding to nonprofit groups working in towns […]

Military update: Debate heating over TRICARE

Senior Defense officials defended their plan to raise TRICARE Prime fees modestly for working-age retirees last week at a hearing of the House armed services subcommittee on military personnel. Next day, representatives of military associations testified. Five of them, including one who spoke on behalf of 13 other groups too, said they could accept what […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Singing out, a book signing and some good old boys

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing Sing it out A Gospel Songfest is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Portales Memorial Building, at Abilene and Seventh streets. Admission is free. Performers include soloists, duets and groups. The event is sponsored Calvary Tabernacle UPC in Clovis. Information: 769-0011 or 769-0329 […]

Savior’s birth connects entire world

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Several months ago I hear a wonderful story while listening to Ravi Zacharias on the radio. A dynamic speaker, he is also a wonderful teacher and a Christian theologian that has a world wide ministry. He is highly educated, has been a visiting scholar at Oxford and has spoken to scores […]

Local groups host Halloween, fall harvest events

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Even the teachers at the Art Academy of Bella Vista get into the Halloween action as fifth grade teacher Ginny Swann dresses as a bumble bee. Alisa Boswell ‘Tis the season for candy, costumes, and fun. Several Halloween, Harvest and fall events are happening in the Clovis/Portales area this week […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Jokes, dorm life and activity groups

A good Wednesday morning, from wherever you’re browsing, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico morning briefing.

Boy Scouts take to sidewalks to learn about local religious groups

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Cub scout Jason Scioli, right, and his brother Matthew Scioli look over a prayer book Saturday at Saint James Episcopal Church during the scouts Ten Commandments Hike. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Local Boy Scouts took to the sidewalks Saturday to learn about Clovis’ various faith groups in the […]

Bipartisanship comes at cost to taxpayers

Freedom New Mexico After his State of the Union address, we expected environmental groups to protest President Barack Obama’s declaration to advance nuclear power. We’re pleased the outrage already spans the political spectrum, with many stops in between. Add us to the complainers. The new federal budget proposes to triple loan guarantees for new nuclear […]

Youth baseball groups at odds

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The Clovis Little League organizations, right, and the Clovis Baseball Association had signups on Saturday at the Master’s Center. The Clovis Baseball Association hopes to increase participation through United States Specialty Sports Association affiliation. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer While it’s not exactly a “basebrawl,” a difference of opinion […]

Public Health Office to administer 2,000 doses of swine flu vaccine

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Public Health Office plans to administer 2,000 free doses of the swine flu vaccine Thursday. Gayla Jacquess, nurse manager at the office, said the vaccine is part of an allotment the Centers for Disease Control gives each state. The state disperses the vaccine to counties. The vaccines […]

Press release: Free H1N1 vaccine given Dec. 3

H1N1 flu vaccine will be given free of charge on Thursday, December 3rd from 9 am to 1pm at the Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd. The vaccine is for the following groups only:

Education feature: Students trade virtual stocks

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gifted and Talented students Karly Wells, left, Nathan Dunagan, middle, and Logann Ewers look over their virtual portfolio with teacher Rene Hedeman. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Each of the seven students in the small room had a job to do. Two were researching a mutual fund, one was […]

Education feature: Band starts school work early

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School senior Stephanie Lamm said she enjoys being in the band because of the family atmosphere. While school doesn’t start until next week, band members have been practicing since Jul. 22. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Groups of students jam the band hall. Some are splayed on […]

Officials warn of consequences for underage drinking

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer High school graduation marks passage into the adult world, but law enforcement and parent groups want teens to remember it isn’t a license to drink. It is common for police to spend their time responding to parties the night of local graduation and even the weekends before and after, […]

School music groups to perform at concert

Freedom New Mexico Musical groups from six Clovis Municipal Schools perform today at the Music in Our Schools Week Grand Concert. The concert is at 6:30 p.m. in Marshall Auditorium. Clovis Elementary Schools’ Ambassador Choir, Freshman Campus Chorale, Clovis High School Chorale, Jazz Band I, Marshall Middle School Band and Clovis High School Symphony Band […]