Memorial statue commissioned from Fort Sumner sculptor

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Courtesy photo Fort Sumner-based artist Mike Scovel has been commissioned to recreate a saluting boy he created for a veterans memorial in Temple, Texas, for a veterans plaza in Schertz, Texas. The original was created nine years ago with his grandson, Kolter West of Fort Sumner, serving as the model. Kevin Wilson When Ruth Tienor […]

Dance to raise money for Portales war memorial

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell The corner of Second Street and Main Street in Portales is where a memorial for Roosevelt County war veterans will be located. Alisa Boswell A dance with a patriotic theme is being held Saturday night to raise funds for the new $20,000 war memorial being brought to Portales. According to […]

Community ceremonies commemorating 9/11

Sharna Johnson With the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil three days away, area organizations and residents are finding ways to remember. Ongoing through Sunday evening, 9/11 memorial events will begin today with a 7:30 a.m. ceremony at J.P. Stone Community Bank in Portales and a 9 a.m. ceremony at Steed-Todd […]

Confederacy memorial to be dedicated Saturday

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Janelle Foster, left, president of the United Daughters of Confederacy, Ellen W. Jones Chapter, points out names on the new confederate memorial at Portales Cemetery to John Hilliard, who will be the guest speaker at Saturday’s memorial dedication. Alisa Boswell Saturday marks the dedication of a new confederacy memorial in […]

Boy Scouts to honor Lydick

CNJ staff The Conquistador Council of Boy Scouts of America will honor the late Robert Lydick of Clovis during its annual Flag Plaza Memorial Dedication ceremony. The event, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. July 16 at Wehinahpay Mountain Camp near Sacramento, N.M., honors deceased scouters who significantly contributed to the council’s camping program. Lydick was a […]

Fontenot’s memory honored in tourney

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Hunter McLemore watches his tee shot from No. 4 during Saturday’s Tyler Fontenot Memorial tournament at Municipal Golf Course. Dave Wagner Municipal Golf Course is scheduled to be closed later this year, but on Saturday it hosted a four-person scramble honoring the memory of former Clovis High golfer Tyler Fontenot. […]

Memorial Day to honor all who sacrifice

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: This editorial written May 25, 2009, by Freedom Newspaper senior editorial writer Alan W. Bock, who died May 18.

Monday morning briefing: Memorial Day, school budget and the big race

Good morning and happy Memorial Day. Welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. This holiday Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army […]

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 […]

Area servicemen share Memorial Day thoughts

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Ricardo Hidalgo of American Legion Post 25 in Clovis adjusts the POW-MIA Empty Chair Display at Post 25 Friday afternoon. The POW-MIA flag will be carried at the 2011 Memorial Day Observance at Lawn Haven Memorial Garden at 10 a.m. on May 30. Alisa Boswell With Memorial Day approaching May […]

Two names being added to county war memorial

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Courtesy photo: Billy Gonzales Joe Luis Gonzales enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1968, he died in during an exercise board the USS Evans when an aircraft carrier ran through the ship in Australia. Gabriel Monte Joe Luis Gonzales is not a forgotten sailor. He’s a sailor who people barely remember. In fact, the Curry […]

Press release: Greg Skarda Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Leadership Clovis

CLOVIS, NM – The 2010-2011 Leadership Clovis Class’ Annual Golf Tournament – in memory of the late Greg Skarda, an alumni of Leadership Clovis – will be held at Chaparral Country Club, Saturday April 16th with registration beginning at 8:00 am and a shotgun start at 9 am. The cost for this 4-person scramble is […]

County seeks names for DWI memorial

CNJ staff Curry County is looking to memorialize those who have lost their lives or were injured due to a DWI crash. As part of an effort to refurbish a DWI memorial on the west lawn of the courthouse, the DWI Task Force is asking to hear from friends and family members who want a […]

In tribute: Restaurant founder remembered for generosity

Argen Duncan A public memorial service for Cattle Baron restaurant founder Jeffrey Walter Wilson, remembered as a supporter of youth and a good employer, is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Monday at the Roswell Civic Center. Wilson died Sunday in Roswell at the age of 57. “He was a very generous man, helped the community any […]

9/11 memorial ceremony set

CNJ staff report The James Polk Stone Community Bank will host its annual 9/11 community memorial ceremony 7:30 a.m. today, according to a press release. The ceremony will take place near the bank’s flag pole at the corner of Abilene and West First Streets. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry and J.P. Stone Community Bank […]

Memorial Day services planned across region

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Memorial Day observances are planned across the region to honor fallen soldiers. Among organizations planning ceremonies Monday in Portales are the American Legion Post 31 in Portales, United Daughters of the Confederacy chapters from Portales and Clovis and Sons of the Confederate Veterans. American Legion Post 31 Commander Joe […]

Nation should remember those who made sacrifices

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Gen. John Alexander Logan first thought up the idea to set aside one day to honor Civil War dead. May 30, 1868, was the first Memorial Day to honor those who had died in battle by remembering them and decorating their graves. On this Memorial Day, I cannot help but […]

Press release: Senator discusses DWI memorial bill, Wall Street reform and upcoming meeting with Elena Kagan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today talked with radio reporters from around the state about a bill he will introduce Wednesday to designate the DWI Memorial of Perpetual Tears in Moriarty as the National Victims Memorial. He also discussed Senate passage of Wall Street reform, his upcoming meeting with Elena Kagan, and took […]

Friday morning briefing: For the local military

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the day: It’s in your backyard. For the military The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is hosting an orientation for military families. It starts 11 a.m. Saturday at the Memorial Building, 200 E. 7th St. Speakers will tell you about recreational opportunities at […]