Get dressed on your own time, officers

Freedom New Mexico Taxpayers, reform advocates and those concerned with responsible government budgeting and reining in the power of public employee unions claimed a small victory this month when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a lawsuit against the city of San Diego by its police officers, seeking back pay and […]

ENMU hosting music teacher conference

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Alisa Boswell The first day of the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico 61st annual state conference included several presentations, including one by the special guest speaker Peter Mack, an internationally recognized Irish pianist and music educator from Washington state. Mack told his audience Friday at Eastern New Mexico University about several imaginative techniques for […]

Curry County celebrates Melrose health clinic opening with ribbon cutting

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Courtesy photo More than 80 people attended a Friday ribbon cutting for the Melrose health clinic, in operation since July 18. Freedom New Mexico Curry County held a ribbon cutting Friday for its new health clinic in Melrose. La Casa is managing the clinic, which opened July 18 under a three-year contract with the county. […]

Ticket feature: Nazareth German Festival set for Saturday

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Courtesy photo The 39th annual Nazareth German Festival takes place Saturday in Nazareth, Texas, approximately 70 miles east of Clovis. Freedom New Mexico With food, music and fun, Saturday marks the 39th annual Nazareth German Festival in Nazareth, Texas. The day-long festival begins at 9 a.m., all times Central, in the community of Nazareth, with […]

Our people: Clovis pastor keeps busy

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LILIANA CASTILLO: Freedom New Mexico Clovis resident David Dawson has been a pastor for nine years. Clovis resident David Dawson has lived in Clovis for 38 years. He spends his time doing many things including being a singer, songwriter, producer, motivator and pastor. If you know Dawson, you’re wondering why he didn’t list coach. He […]

Freedom New Mexico picks up 11 awards

Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico picked up 11 awards on Saturday, including the seven top prizes, in the Texas Panhandle Press Association’s 2011 Better Newspaper Contest. The Clovis News Journal was honored with PPA’s General Excellence award. CNJ photographers Tony Bullocks, Liliana Castillo and columnist Kevin Wilson all won individual first place awards. The […]

ENMU women’s soccer team adds four players

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University has added four players, including Class 5A’s leading scorer, to its women’s soccer roster for next year. Carlsbad forward Melissa Marshall, who scored 95 goals in her career and led 5A with 31 last season, will join the Zias along with midfielder-defender Gerilyn Armijo of Las Cruces, forward Maurisa […]

Health care providers preparing for surge of flu cases

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Department of Health is warning local health care providers to look for a surge in flu cases in upcoming weeks, including the H1N1 strain. Director of Marketing for Roosevelt General Hospital Gay Weese said the surge is normal for flu season. “Flu season works in waves,” […]

Commissioners say Constitution resolution not on agenda

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission will be discussing numerous issues Tuesday morning in Texico, including the Trek for Trash, juvenile detainee housing agreements and service contract renewals. What they won’t be discussing — despite previous advertisements to the contrary — is a resolution supporting the Constitution. “Nobody’s contacted me about […]

Tucumcari air show features Snowbirds

By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico The 17th annual Tucumcari Rotary Club Air Show comes to the Tucumcari Airport on Wednesday with a full slate of performances and acts. The gates will open at 10 a.m. The main attraction will be the Canadian Air Force Snowbirds. The Snowbirds fly nine jets at the same time […]

County: No Constitution resolution despite what you read

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer The Curry County Commission will be discussing numerous issues Tuesday morning in Texico, including the Trek for Trash, juvenile detainee housing agreements and service contract renewals. What they won’t be discussing — despite previous advertisements to the contrary — is a resolution supporting the Constitution. “ Nobody’s contacted me […]

First person: Young fiddler full of talent

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Portales’ Coby Carter said he started playing the fiddle after hearing George Strait play. The 13-year-old has been playing five years. Thirteen-year-old Coby Carter has been playing fiddle for five years. He has played with big name bands, including Restless Heart at last year’s Dairy Fest. This year, he’ll be […]

Clovis police launch new Web site

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Courtesy photo The new site showcases personnel, including biographies and photos, and explains community outreach . CNJ staff The Clovis Police Department launched a new Web site Friday in an effort to make department information more readily available to the public. According to a news release, the site offers improved navigation, enhanced search capability, news […]

Bingaman to take part in finance committee round table on health care coverage

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman on Tuesday will take part in a Finance Committee roundtable to discuss expanding health care coverage. Also on Tuesday, Bingaman will chair an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on pending nominations, including that of New Mexican Michael Connor to be Commissioner of Reclamation (BOR) in the Department of Interior.

Ute pipeline legislation headed to president

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Ute Water Project has cleared Congress. Senate Bill 22, commonly known as the Bingaman lands bill, contains 160 projects, including the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. The bill passed the House on a 285-140 vote Wednesday, and now heads to President Barack Obama’s desk. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, […]

Mayor discusses city accomplishments

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield addressed about 75 community residents Tuesday during her state of the city speech at Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer With more than 1,000 jobs created in the last couple of years and more businesses attracted to Clovis, the city’s economy is isolated […]

First person: Jason Bloomer

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eastern New Mexico University cheerleader Jason Bloomer, 21, has been involved in competitive cheerleading since he was five. Given the choice of video games, sleep or studying, Eastern New Mexico junior Jason Bloomer will always go with video games or sleep. He learned not to give himself the option of […]

Credit unions angry over bailout tax

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Federal credit unions, including those serving millions of military patrons, are fighting to keep off their books nearly $5 billion in charges that regulators have assessed to bail out their largest “corporate” credit union. The U.S. Central Federal Credit Union was in danger of insolvency due to losses on mortgage-backed […]

Library card system quite practical

I have worked in three different libraries in the last eight years, including the Clovis-Carver Public Library, and I’d like to respond to John Ippoliti’s letter in last Sunday’s paper (“Library policies difficult for patron”). One of Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science is “Save the time of the reader.” I believe this principle applies […]

Tough times for dairy farmers

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PNT photo: Argen Duncan Pimpi Trillo (left) and Isabel Vicuna work in the milking parlor at Anderson Dairy near Portales. Due to the current global economic troubles, dairies are struggling with low milk prices. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Area dairy farmers, like their counterparts around the nation, are struggling financially due to the […]