Musician remembered for faith, strength

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Courtesy photo Kevin Gardels on the air during one of his radio programs. Benna Sayyed Kevin Gardels called on his spiritual strength to deal with his fierce battle against cancer, family members said. After being diagnosed with a rare cancer known as primary myelofibrosis in September 2002, the Portales musician’s battle lasted nearly a decade. […]

Happy birthday, Will Rogers

Happy birthday, Will Rogers Will Rogers was well known as a world traveler. Did you know one of his frequent destinations was a childhood friend’s ranch near Muleshoe? For the rest of this story, see David Stevens’ local history blog: http://highplainsyesterdays.freedomblogging.com/2011/11/03/happy-birthday-will-rogers/1603/

Economy more pressing issue at hand

Freedom New Mexico Leave it to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is known to have an old-fashioned hankering to stamp out illicit drugs, to keep pushing for a solution to yet another problem that’s already well on the road to solving itself. The problem: illegal immigration. Gov. Scott told The Associated Press he hopes the […]

Now GOP’s chance to rein in spending

Freedom New Mexico A s a new Congress reflecting the will of the voters as of November finally assumes office, with Republicans holding a majority in the House and more effective power in the Senate, we can expect symbolic gestures and a few substantive moves in the direction of less-intrusive government. Whether legislators will move […]

Taxes must not be used to pay for mosque

P ark 51 developers, formerly known as Cordoba House, the group behind what is popularly known as the proposed “ground zero mosque” two blocks away from the site of the 9/11 attacks, has catapulted its proposed project back into the news spotlight. By applying for a $5 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, […]

Our people: Driven by music

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Courtesy photo J.T. Montoya began playing music at age 11 and played keyboard for a Tejano band at 16. J.T. Montoya lived in Clovis for 8 years until breaking out on his own in Phoenix to be a musician. His artist name is Keize which is a derivative of keys and seize. It originates from […]

First person: Veteran lends voice to girls basketball

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Bill Gaedke, known as “Chief” around Clovis High School, has been the public address announcer for sports events for more than 30 years. The second season is about to start for Bill Gaedke. Better known as “Chief” around Clovis High School, the longtime instructor and retired Air Force chief master […]

Our people: Nurse found her calling early

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis Schools Director of Health Services Rhonda Sparks believes there is a difference between medicine and healing. She said just because medicine can’t fix a health issue, you can still heal a person with human kindness. Name: Rhonda Sparks Profession: Director of health services for Clovis Municipal Schools Birthdate: Nov. […]

Court ruling paves way for freedom

Freedom New Mexico In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, commonly known as the “Hillary movie” case, the U.S. Supreme Court finally vindicated a proper understanding of the First Amendment, which provides that “Congress shall make no law” restricting freedom of speech. One might ask what part of “no law” do you not understand, but […]

Memorial to be built for little known black community

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Courtesy photo Members of Geni Flores’ “Teaching Multicultural History of the Southwest” class at ENMU visited the Blackdom site and historic marker last spring. By Helena Rodriguez: FNM Correspondent A small black community between Roswell and Artesia was an epicenter of social life during its heyday in the early 1900s. Before succumbing to ghost town […]