Press release: CHS 70’s reunion set

Classmates from the Clovis High School classes of 1970 through 1979 will celebrate “The Fun and Fabulous ‘70’s” at the 70’s Reunion on June 3 and 4, 2011, in conjunction with Pioneer Days celebration. Events for the CHS ‘70’s Reunion include a Friday night mixer at the Days Inn and Saturday night dinner & dance […]

Portales grads look to future

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Argen Duncan: Portales News-Tribune Portales High School Principal Melvin Nusser gives graduate Katlyn Gore a hug after she received her diploma Friday night at Greyhound Arena. Nusser said the Class of 2011 was one of the biggest PHS had seen in some time. Argen Duncan The 161 graduates of the Portales High School Class of […]

Education digest — May 26

Texico senior receives scholarship award Texico High School senior Fallon Scanlan won a 2011 Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year Award, according to a news release. The award comes with a $7,500 college scholarship. Each year, the National Milk Mustache “got milk?” campaign and USA Today recognizes 25 outstanding high school senior student athletes […]

Thursday morning briefing: Mrs. Clovis, biker bash and stringing the maypole

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Mrs. Clovis The search is on for the next Mrs. Clovis. Once selected, the winner will advance to represent her community in the 2012 Mrs. New Mexico Pageant Feb. 4 in Albuquerque. Applicants must be at least 18 years old (no age limit), married […]

Air Force veteran receives CHS diploma

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Korean War veteran Troy Howard, right, received Clovis High School diplomas for himself and his brother Saturday during commencement wearing his Air Force uniform from the 1950s. Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers, left, said it was an honor to recognize the Howard twins. Liliana Castillo After 54 years, being […]

ENMU’s Draper has high hopes for nationals

Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s Daniel Draper reached NCAA Division II national track and field competition last spring in javelin, and finished 11th with a throw of exactly 187 feet. It was the school’s best place ever at the D-II national meet, although he fell five places short of scoring. This year, […]

Education column: Faculty, staff share thoughts on graduation

Graduation means endings and beginnings. Wayne Marshall, principal at Clovis High School, offered, “Graduation is a big deal. It encompasses all the emotions, and it is the culminating event of every student’s educational career. We feel it too; it’s always a little hard to see them go.” Several of the administrators who work directly with […]

Apathy, not obstruction to blame

The High Plains Patriots are in the process of getting petition signatures to require a referendum election on the Clovis City Commission’s May 5 vote to approve an affordable housing plan. The petition came less than a week after citizens upheld a gross receipts tax increase — also in a referendum election forced by the […]

Group has gathered about 100 signatures toward election

Kevin Wilson The High Plains Patriots are at least one-fourth of their way to forcing the city’s affordable housing plan onto a special election ballot. Meanwhile, another grassroots group is organizing to persuade Clovis voters not to sign the petitions, or overturn the plan if it comes to an election. During the May 5 Clovis […]

High Plains Patriots have counter effect

Freedom New Mexico When citizens rise up to fight city hall we usually applaud the effort. Not this time, however. It smells like sour grapes. And it hints at a never-ending war between elected city leaders and a few hundred disgruntled citizens who, every time they dislike a vote, could try to disrupt community business […]

Scholarships — May 15

Cotton Simms scholarship The High Plains Chapter of the Texas Tech Alumni Association announces the following students have been named as 2011 recipients of the Cotton Simms Scholarship as incoming freshmen at Texas Tech University in the fall. Clovis High School • Corbin Best • Tucker Martin • Bryan Wygant Farwell High School • Landry […]

McGee: Casual conversations

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist When folks come in to the bicycle shop I get to talking to them about other stuff besides bicycles. I might ask if they grew up here on the High Plains. If they didn’t, I might ask where they’re from. It’s all part of being conversational but it also takes […]

Group files petition on affordable housing plan

Liliana Castillo A Clovis citizens group is seeking to put another ordinance to Clovis voters. The High Plains Patriots on Tuesday filed a petition regarding the commission’s passage of an affordable housing plan last week. City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon said the petition was submitted and certified Tuesday morning. According to the city charter, a referendum […]

Animals contain surprises

The high-powered quarter horse mare had been to the breeding barn, and was bred to an outstanding stallion. Everything seemed fine. Maybe not. She colicked, and they ended up taking her to the veterinarian. He got that problem solved, and while he was at it he checked, and pronounced her “open,” no baby in there. […]

Scholarships — May 1

Texas Alumni Association The High Plains Chapter of the Texas Alumni Association has awarded the following students Cotton Simms Scholarships:

Fistful of weekend events keep residents busy

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jim Shirley gets his calf in position to tie it down during Saturday action at the Joe’s Boot Shop calf roping competition at the Curry County Events Center. Shirley posted a time of 10.14. Kevin Wilson From kites to bikes to football to fiestas, from high winds to high honors, […]

JROTC holding change of command ceremony

CNJ staff The Clovis High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp will hold the last Commander’s Call and Change of Command ceremony for the 2011 academic year. The event will take place 7 a.m. Wednesday at the AFJROTC Drill Pad. JROTC will pass the leadership of the corps on the next class of cadets and […]

Hounds rack up season-high for hits in 19-9 win

Freedom New Mexico Senior second baseman Chris Eaton drove in four runs with a career-high five hits and Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team pounded out a season-best 22 hits Friday night in a 19-9 Lone Star Conference win over Northeastern State at Greyhound Field. Eaton went 5-for-6 — all singles — and the Hounds […]

Prom schedules

Freedom New Mexico High school proms at schools across eastern New Mexico and west Texas: Farwell High School — 8 p.m. (CDT) May 21 at the Clovis Civic Center. Fort Sumner High School — 8 p.m. May 14 in the High School Auditorium. Grady High School — 7:30 p.m. May 14 at Grady School. Muleshoe […]

Clovis High graduate recounts Tuscaloosa tornado

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Courtesy photo: Delaney Ware The Tuscaloosa, Ala. tornado as seen from Delaney Ware’s dorm room at the University of Alabama Wednesday at 5:47 p.m., CDT. Russell Anglin Delaney Ware said she is lucky to be alive today. The 19-year-old University of Alabama freshman nursing student and 2010 Clovis High School graduate said a devastating tornado […]