Wheat farmers bracing for dry winter

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Frank Blackburn of Clovis shows the effects of dry weather — a sparse winter wheat field. Alisa Boswell Two months into the winter growing season, farmers in Curry and Roosevelt County are asking one question: Where’s the rain? With 60 to 70-degree days and less than normal precipitation, the two […]

From flightline to sideline

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Rachael Barnett, far left, works as assistant coach for the Clovis Lady Wildcat’s with Head Coach Jeff Reed, far right. Gabriel Monte When Rachel Barnett resigned from the Air Force two months away from becoming a captain, she turned to the one thing that would give stability during her […]

Ticket feature: ENMU event schedule packed

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Courtesy photo Eastern New Mexico University has a full lineup of performances and arts exhibitions through its spring semester. Freedom New Mexico The next few months are sure to be busy on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University as numerous performances and exhibitions are rolled out for the community. Already under way with the […]

Melrose grant waiting on state approval

Sharna Johnson The next few months will be a waiting game before it’s known if Melrose will get the money needed to update its wastewater treatment plant. With a Dec. 17 deadline met, Curry County’s application for a Community Development Block Grant is in the hands of state officials. The grant, if obtained, would pay […]

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 […]

Letters to the editor: Speeding getting out of control

I have recently moved to Clovis and generally really like this town. I do have one concern though. In the past six months, I have observed a real speed-demon mentality around here. It’s mostly people in their hotrod trucks with loud, modified exhaust systems, but also includes drivers of Harley motorcycles on occasion, and drivers […]

Family: Hosting player like having another kid at home

Kevin Wilson With just a home field and a manager, and no logo or roster to speak of, the Clovis Pioneers are by and large still a mystery five months before the first pitch is scheduled at Bell Park. So too, were the Las Cruces Vaqueros when the White family caught a tryout. “We stopped […]

Director: Teen Parent Program will be missed

Liliana Castillo When Brittany Barrows learned she was pregnant, she was a senior at Clovis High School. Five months later, she enrolled in the Teen Parent Program. “I absolutely love it,” the 19-year-old said. “I love everything, especially the parenting classes. We learned things like ways to better yourself and to teach your children. Things […]

Hull Street overpass close to completion

CNJ staff Crews are putting the final touches on the Hull Street overpass, with hopes that cars could cross the new structure as soon as Friday. City Engineer Justin Howalt said the final step is a pedestrian fence, a standard feature with the sidewalk area overlooking the railroad. The fence could take up to two […]

Fall Harvest Festival day for family fun

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Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte John Vuong, 8, crosses the pumpkin obstacle course finish line at the skate park at Doc Stewart park. Vuong had the winning time. Cannon Connections staff During the winter months, the Cannon Community Center doesn’t have much in terms of family activities, according to center manager Paul Hopkins. The center […]

Military mama: Twins keeping me on my toes

Twins, I have twins. There are days my mind is still boggled by this fact though its been nearly nine months. We’ve been experiencing some growing pains lately. I thought I was familiar with teething, I lived through it with my first child. But teething times two is brutal. My little Aidan got his first […]

Unprecedented terrorism taking root in Mexico

For months we’ve heard reactionaries call for sealing off the Mexican border, alleging that armed terrorists are, or could be, swarming across the border and putting Americans in danger. We’ve been among the many who have insisted that it just isn’t happening; in fact, some of the safest cities in the country are on or […]

Contraband reports up at jail

Sharna Johnson The Curry County Adult Detention Center has seen a spike in contraband discoveries the past two months, timed with the launch of inmate work details at the facility. During July and August, detention officers patrolling the outside and public areas of the jail have found and turned over about a dozen contraband items […]

Future of ministry now

On my desk for months has been a little book I’ve finally opened. It has been eye-opening. In the Name of Jesus was written by priest, professor, and writer Henri Nouwen and includes his “Reflections on Christian Leadership.” Originally published in 1989, the book was Nouwen’s look ahead to Christian ministry in the twenty-first century. […]

School board narrows middle school sites to two

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education stepped back Tuesday from a site for a proposed new middle school that it chose almost two months ago. Instead, the board is moving forward with further study of two other sites. They will now choose between: • A donation site of 40 acres at Wilhite […]

Commander outlines growth

Cannon Connections photo: Kevin Wilson Col. Stephen Clark, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, discusses ongoing projects Tuesday during a Military Base Planning Commission meeting at Eastern New Mexico University. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Col. Stephen Clark outlined 24 months at Cannon Air Force Base — the previous […]

Commentary: Unique challenges offer tremendous opportunities

By Chief Master Sgt. Bill Turner: 27th SOW command chief My family and I are six months into this assignment, and it has been an incredible six months. When we were stationed in Washington, D.C., we yearned for the quieter life, and we found it here at Cannon Air Force Base. Now, our teenage daughters […]

EPCOG still without director

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Six months after the dismissal of its director, there doesn’t seem to be much of a hurry to find a new executive director for the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. “As of this point, we haven’t even advertised,” said Richard Arguello of Clayton, EPCOG chairman and acting executive director. […]

Dairy owners say milk price drop temporary setback

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Wholesale milk prices for dairy owners in the area have decreased after a rise several months ago. Local dairy owners say it’s only a short setback and predict prices will start climbing again later this year. Alan Anderson of Anderson Dairy in Roosevelt County said globally, prices for cheese […]

Overzealous lending not just in U.S.

Freedom New Mexico The announcement that Dubai World, the state-owned investment/development arm of the emirate of Dubai on the Persian Gulf, wants to postpone payment on some $60 billion in debt by six months sent immediate shock waves through the world financial system last week. But markets recovered Friday and Monday, suggesting that while Dubai’s […]