In search of ponies: Losing pets eventual

It was a normal, insignificant day, the kind of day where the sight of grown man covering his face with his hands, shoulders heaving, was not what I expected as I rounded the corner. It was a scene especially surprising because I was accustomed to his smiling face and cheerful greetings as I passed his […]

Time for change when it comes to pocket change

Freedom New Mexico A dollar bill, as we all know too well, is a fleeting thing. Not just because it leaves our hands so much more easily than it returns but because, as it changes hands, it wears out within about three years, and often sooner. A coin’s life span, by contrast, averages 30 years. […]

Former bank building sold

CNJ staff The building that formerly housed First Community Bank is in new hands. The building was purchased recently by Jim Sitterly, who has owned Curry County Title and Abstract for 31 years. “We’re still trying to decide (a purpose),” Sitterly said, “but I believe we’re going to make a professional business center. It’s going […]

Midwestern State hands Hounds only LSC loss

Freedom New Mexico WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Midwestern State, ranked fourth in NCAA Division II men’s soccer, denied Eastern New Mexico University’s bid for an unbeaten Lone Star Conference season. The Greyhounds, who clinched their first LSC title on Sunday, were kept off the board until late and dropped a 2-1 decision to the Mustangs […]

WT hands Zias 2-1 setback

Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M scored a pair of goals in a span of less than two minutes late in the first half Friday night and the Lady Buffs held on for a 2-1 Lone Star Conference women’s soccer victory over Eastern New Mexico University. With the loss, the Zias (8-6-3, […]

Sometimes, giving up only option

He was a sorrel, almost 16 hands, and quite healthy-looking. I didn’t have a round pen, so I put him in the woven-wire fenced square pen. I did all the things I’d been taught: tied up his foot, sacked him out, saddled and unsaddled him, leaned over his bare back, picked up his feet. He […]

Expert: Hotel Clovis project taxpayer funded

Sharna Johnson While the extension of low-income housing tax credits to developers puts implementation and management in the hands of private industry, the projects born of them — including the Hotel Clovis project — ultimately involve taxpayer funds. “The government is financing (the project) essentially but it’s technically true that the government’s not going to […]

ENMU offering helping hands with Eastern in Action

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File photo Eastern in Action volunteers do yard work during the group’s service day last year. With the program, Eastern New Mexico University students and employees volunteer to do various jobs around Portales once a year to give back to the community. Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University is offering many pairs of helping hands […]

Clovis restaurant to change hands

CNJ staff The ownership of the Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizza store in Portales has entered into an agreement to purchase the Clovis store, which has been closed since the holiday season. Oma Creighton, co-owner of the Portales location, said the goal is to re-open the location on Prince Street in early March. “It’s […]

Public officials here to serve us

Would you feel comfortable if you had a few hired hands — and maybe a maid, a butler and a gardener — who insisted you had no right to know what they were doing while they worked for you, maybe even locked the doors behind them while around your valuables? Me neither. Then why do […]

Fort Lewis rallies late, hands Hounds first loss

Freedom New Mexico DURANGO, Colo. — Fort Lewis scored the game’s final 10 points over the last 2 1/2 minutes Friday night to turn back Eastern New Mexico University’s men 88-82 on the first night of the Skyhawks’ George B. Boedecker Classic. Senior forward Kyle Behrens and junior center Matt Morris scored 20 points each […]

School construction offers hands-on learning

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The new 11,244 square foot cafeteria and pre-kindergarten at Texico Municipal Schools will be ready for use when students return from the holiday break. Liliana Castillo One Texico Municipal Schools agriculture mechanics class used construction of a new school cafeteria as a learning tool. Ag mechanics instructor Terry Whitener said […]

Hands-free device better on animals

Glenda Price My friend and I were strolling through the local farmers’ market one day, when she suddenly began talking. I tried to answer her, even though I really didn’t know what she was talking about. This went on a few minutes — her talking, then me talking — when she finally turned toward me […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 6 p.m. April 1 an officer responded to a residence in the 1400 block of Piedmont for a report of lost property. A woman said a couple hours prior she was in the drive-through of her bank to deposit her tax […]

My hands ain’t soft anymore

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist So how are your hands after this past hard winter? A little rough? Do they have some cracks? I was pondering my hands as I was working some lotion into them. That ole’ dry skin was drinking that stuff up. I looked at the fingers with the impacted bicycle grease […]

Kingsville hands Zias 77-61 setback

CNJ staff KINGSVILLE, Texas — Senior guard Dyana Bullinger scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Saturday and Texas A&M-Kingsville handed Eastern New Mexico University a 77-61 loss in Lone Star Conference South Division women’s basketball. Bullinger went 13-of-14 from the foul line for the Javelinas (13-4, 1-1 South), who improved to 8-0 at home […]

Tourism dead at hands of cartels

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Forty-five years ago it was perfectly fine for young people to cross the border into Mexico in search of fun. In those days the drug cartels’ bloody fights were not a factor. In Juarez we could have our feet measured and order Western riding boots much cheaper than at home. […]

Unnecessary cap and trade bill averted

Freedom New Mexico The world can breathe a sigh of relief. Unnecessary economic destruction at the hands of climate zealots is likely to be averted at least another year. An international treaty to combat global warming almost certainly won’t be reached this year, despite U.N. and climate change extremists’ insistence that agreement on worldwide greenhouse […]

Congress eager to pass pocket knife proposal

Freedom New Mexico Fiscal conservatives are always on the lookout for government putting its hands into the pockets of taxpayers. In a new twist to that worry, a federal agency is set to boldly reach into the pockets of millions of Americans and extract their … folding knives. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency […]

Business feature: State agency helps local man open machine shop

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jim Perry, owner of J & S Machining Shop in Clovis, displays an invention he calls a mini track. Perry said the vehicle might be used by farmers in winter months to haul hay to cattle in the pasture. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He believes eventually he would […]