Local Republicans inspire hope

There is hope for America to overcome excessive indebtedness. While attending our weekly Gideon prayer session on Saturday at a Clovis restaurant, I witnessed the Curry County Republican Committee meeting at the same time. Their meeting was attended by more than 100 members and many were standing because of lack of space. Many were major […]

Lansford says he plans to focus on infrastructure

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Mayor-elect David Lansford is interviewed by a television crew from Amarillo Tuesday after winning the race for mayor at Clovis City Hall. Lansford won 2,914 to Brumfield’s 1, 1718. Robin Fornoff Roads and streets across Clovis will take on new priorities. Recreation and other quality of life projects will […]

Author asks right questions

Curtis Shelburne Of the three major events of Jesus’ life—Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter—only the Crucifixion took place completely out in the open for all the world to see. And when the four writers of the Gospels set forth their accounts of Jesus’ life, they devote one-third of their time to that most excruciating event […]

Roads slick and dangerous from storm

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A sand truck from the city of Clovis Public Works Department applies sand Wednesday to the intersection of Prince and 21st streets. Freedom New Mexico Blustery winds and freezing temperatures made for a slippery morning commute Tuesday across most of eastern New Mexico. The pre-Christmas winter blast closed highways and […]

Money major concern in pursuit of horse barn

Robin Fornoff Not a single negative from Curry County commissioners or a crowd of about 30 on hand Tuesday in Melrose to hear a proposal for a new 400-stall horse barn and arena adjacent to the Events Center. There was, however, the matter of a $5 million price tag. “I personally think it’s something that […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Calling all tubes, blood needed and a major award

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Calling all tubes The Zenith Youth Leadership Academy program is under way in Clovis and Portales and is gearing up for their first team building exercise which requires massive amounts of cardboard tubes. If you have tubes —toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls and […]

Major school construction projects on schedule

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The new special education building at Marshall Middle School will be state-of-the art, said Clovis Municipal Schools Deputy Superintendent of Operations Joel Shirley, and will be surrounded by an Americans with Disabilities Act compliant courtyard. Liliana Castillo Each summer is busy for the operations side of Clovis Municipal Schools. But […]

Area organizations commemorating Memorial Day

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jim Cowman, shown speaking at the May 21 memorial service at the Curry County War Memorial, said there are 173 Curry County residents listed as being killed in action. He hopes another name will never need to be added, but realizes that is not realistic. Kevin Wilson Jim Cowman retired […]

National Review publisher helped end Soviet era

Freedom Communications Americans today are blessed with many, many diverse opinions in print, online and on cable TV. But in the mid-1950s, only a few publications, and none of the three major TV networks, espoused conservative or libertarian opinions. It was a time when most of the nation, especially in power centers such as New […]

First person: Management specialist

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Thomas Thornton, a senior at Clovis High School, handles numerous duties as baseball team manager, from fixing equipment to hitting fly balls with the fungo bat. Major League Baseball celebrated its opening day Thursday, as managers filled out lineup cards, made pitching changes and mastered the “double switch” (National League […]

Relying on help disaster in itself

The videos and stories coming out of Japan in the wake of the major earthquake and tsunami are heartbreaking. The fact that so many people did so little personal preparation, counting instead on government’s promise to take care of things, should be educational. Sure, you and I may be high and dry on the Llano […]

Education column: Storytelling major educational tool

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and storytellers have long shared colorful tales about the patron saint of Ireland. Born in Wales to British and Roman parents, captured as a teen by Irish marauders and sold into slavery in Ireland, he escaped, converted to Christianity, joined the church, trained in Gaul, and returned to Ireland […]

EPCOG regains major contract

Sharna Johnson The Eastern Plains Council of Governments has regained a major contract that triggered layoffs when it was lost in December to a competitive bidder. The Eastern Area Workforce Development Board (EAWDB) contract has been returned to the hands of EPCOG, where it is expected to remain for at least 18 months, Interim-Director Sandy […]

Friday morning briefing: A major award, a major musical and a break in the weather

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. High-five for Harden State Senator Clinton D. Harden, Jr. of Clovis is the winner of the Ben D. Altamirano Award for Legislative Excellence. He was presented the award Tuesday at the 2011 Annual New Mexico Mining Association’s (NMMA) Annual Legislative Reception and Dinner in Santa Fe.

Debate would expose myths behind bill

Freedom New Mexico A fter his climate agenda was dealt a major setback by Republican victories in November, President Barack Obama said, “Cap-and-trade was just one way of skinning the cat; it was not the only way.” Now his administration has announced its intention to skin the cat another way, despite questionable underlying science and […]

Obamacare hits first major roadblock

Staff and wire reports President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul hit its first major legal roadblock Monday, thrown into doubt by a federal judge’s declaration that the heart of the sweeping legislation is unconstitutional. The decision handed Republican foes ammunition for their repeal effort next year as the law heads for almost certain eventual […]

Press release: City seeks input on city’s infrastructure and capital improvement plan

The City of Clovis will hold a public meeting at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 9th, 2010 at the North Annex, Clovis-Carver Library, 701 Main Street, Clovis to discuss major projects/purchases that should be included on the City’s Infrastructure and Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP). Residents of Clovis are invited to attend and provide input on projects […]

Preparation key in tornado season

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Tony Bullocks: Freedom New Mexico Emergency Management Director Kenneth De Los Santos explains to new dispatcher Carrie Pendleton what makes up the emergency alert system Friday at Clovis Police Department. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Experts say certain weather conditions can spawn violent storms and tornadoes anytime and anywhere across eastern New Mexico. The […]

Immigration reform should not be rushed

Freedom Newspapers Sen. Lindsey Graham seems the odd man out in Congress these days. The South Carolina Republican has taken heat from both parties for trying to work with the Democratic majority on major legislation, particularly energy and immigration. He and New York Democrat Chuck Schumer have worked the hardest to bringing immigration reform off […]

Boy Scouts plan Ten Commandments hike

CNJ staff The El Llano Grande Boy Scouts District is planning a Ten Commandments hike on May 1. The hike will last from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participants will be introduced to a variety of faiths and houses of worship. Scouts will hike to churches, avoiding major traffic areas. Each stop will be approximately […]