Zia student to hold bow assembly

Reporter’s Notebook The shooting of an apple off a person’s head with a bow and arrow is a familiar scene in many movies set in medieval times. But Zia Elementary School student Ryan Sanders, who has been shooting bows since age 3, will tell teachers, parents and his peers that safety is more important. Ryan, […]

Portales wins 3rd state title in four years

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Portales sophomore Ashleah Richards and teammates hold up the Class 3A state championship trophy Friday at The Pit in Albuquerque. Freedom Newspapers: Rick White By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Three seniors synonymous with Portales girls basketball went out in style Friday as the Lady Rams captured their second-straight Class 3A state basketball and third championship […]

Music a part of the family

Weldon Killough A huge part of my life is and has been music. From a young age, my earliest memories are associated with music that revolved around southern gospel songs in church and family reunions, as well as traditional country music. Early on my dad was my major influence concerning music. We always went to […]

Legislative session sparks ire at ending

By David Arkin Gov. Bill Richardson termed this the “year of the Legislature.” Many lawmakers left Santa Fe on Thursday using different words. “This session was mean, ugly, nasty and vicious,” said Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis. “We didn’t get off the floor until 5 a.m. on Thursday. Thank goodness this is over.” Many veteran lawmakers […]

Weather slows Clovis

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Annie Hauser, 70, shovels snow on the sidewalk in front of her home Thursday in Clovis. Hauser said she shovels the sidewalk because she is afraid kids might slip and fall on the ice and snow. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico’s first major snowstorm of the season closed […]

Cheese plant to be 10th in employee numbers

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Soutwest Chees hard hats await major participants int he groundbreaking cermony for the new cheese plant Friday afternoon. CNJ staff photo: Glen Seeber. CNJ STAFF When the Southwest Cheese Plant gets into full production, with an employment of 220, it will rank at 10th place among Clovis’ major employers. The top employer is Cannon Air […]

Cannon wing commander leaving for Virginia

By Darrell Todd Maurina Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, commander of the 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, has announced he will soon be leaving for Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Langley is the headquarters of Air Combat Command, the major command of the United States Air Force that includes the 27th Fighter […]

Teen of the Week – Shea Chase

Shea Chase, 18, is the son of Debra Feltner and Steve Miller and is a senior at Clovis High School. What is your theme song? Thunderstruck (AC-DC) Who’s invited to your fantasy dinner party, and why? My family and those who are close to me, and most importantly, God! What do you envision your life […]

Our region owes thank you to Wright brothers

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico T oday we live an era of hyperspeed air travel by millions of men and women worldwide. So it almost seems an afterthought to celebrate the 100th anniversary of motorized flight. It shouldn’t be because it signaled a monumental shift in the events of daily life, especially travel. It was […]

Farwell native follows his heart

By Rick White The seeds for Cody Monk’s success were planted in the growing fields of West Texas, cultivated by his junior high and high school teachers, and sprouted when he followed his heart. A 1992 Farwell High graduate, Monk returned to the area this weekend to promote his first book, Alfonso Soriano: The Dominican […]

Family exemplifies service

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Family members 2nd Lt. Alex Gonzales (left), Lt. Col. Nick Gonzales, retired Sgt. Maj. Celestino Gonzales, and 1st Lt. Daniel Gonzales are four members of the same family which has served the U.S. in the military. By Darrell Todd Maurina As Celestino Gonzales sat in his living room last week watching the Fox news network, […]

Baseball lifts the spirits

By Clyde Davis The atmosphere cannot be described in terms that are limited to one sense — it involves all five, plus those intangible somethings that we call sixth sense. The aroma of hot dogs, mustard, popcorn; the corny songs and cheers playing over the loudspeaker system; the warm evening breeze,the lit-up, colorful figures throwing, […]

Easing media restrictions will not hurt choices

Remember the days when our television choices were limited to three major networks, public television and maybe some UHF stations? When ABC, NBC and CBS dictated what appeared on television and we turned to Walter Cronkite or Huntley-Brinkley as our daily gatekeepers of television news? Today, our news and programming choices are vast and varied, […]

Tax cut not deep enough, but it will do – for now

President Bush’s tax cut should be just what the economy needs to get moving again. As passed by Congress, the plan to cut $350 billion over 10 years is less than half what the president originally called for. But it’s still a significant reduction in the burdens borne by citizens and businesses. The tax package’s […]

Area Events of Note

Don McAlavy Events that helped the area… –1901-1907 – The Santa Fe Railway building the 250-mile Belen cut-off from Texico to Belen and founded Clovis. The railroad made possible the great influx of homesteaders from 1903-1912. –1907-present: Clovis created a 5,000-square-mile trade area that became a major factor in our growth. –1909 – The creation […]