Senators aim to protect GI benefits

What if the military gave every service member an expensive car as a reward for honorable service, but they could take delivery only at night and the headlights didn’t work? Many of those gift cars might end up damaged. Something similar is happening to thousands of veterans leaving service with Post-9/11 GI Bill eligibility worth […]

Ticket feature: ‘Queen of Bingo’ being performed in Clovis

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Shane Partlow, left, and Rowan Joseph play sisters Sis and Babe in “The Queen of Bingo.” Courtesy photo CMI staff Clovis Community College is offering a game of bingo, a night of laughs and a chance for a frozen turkey. “The Queen of Bingo,” scheduled Wednesday at Marshall Auditorium in Clovis, follows two men playing […]

Magic altered perception of HIV

Basketball was on my mind as I turned on the TV Sunday night, but I wasn’t even thinking about a bracket. While Selection Sunday was upon us for the NCAA tournament, my mind was at the Great Western Forum, and a speech Nov. 7, 1991. In its latest production, ESPN Films has created, “The Announcement,” […]

Zias rally to beat Cameron

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JOSHUA LUCERO: CMI correspondent ENMU freshman Amber Williford looks for an opening against Cameron’s Sabelle Diata during Wednesday’s Lone Star Conference women’s matchup at Greyhound Arena. Kevin Wilson PORTALES — If the night for Eastern New Mexico junior Hannah Altheide wasn’t enough indication, there was plenty of evidence to show that it didn’t matter how […]

Can’t resist homestyle cooking

I arrived home the other night to my wife toiling intently over a hot stove. “What ya got cookin’ there?” I asked. “Real chocolate pudding,” she answered. I inspected her work and asked why she didn’t have any white bread heels in the pot. That really puzzled her and I realized my dad had never […]

Holiday services

Friday Friday night service — 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Faith Christian Family Church. Information: 762-7751. Saturday Christmas Eve services — 4 p.m., Lessons, carols, candlelight service and Holy Communion, Trinity Lutheran Church, 1705 W. 21st. Coffee. Information: 742-0496 or 763-4816. Christmas Eve services — 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., Saint James Episcopal Church, 1117 N. Main […]

High school tagged with graffiti

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CNJ Staff: Tony Bullocks Al Sloniker of Clovis, a painter for the Clovis Municipal School District, removes graffiti Thursday from the side of building D. The building was tagged sometime Wednesday night according to school officials. Clovis High School Principal Wayne Marshall said this is not something that happens often and when it does, the […]

Night holiday event showcases zoo

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Hillcrest Park Zoo Director Vince Romero, left, shows his daughter Olivia holiday decorations displayed at Hillcrest Park Zoo. The decorations are part of the Christmas Nites at the Zoo event Tuesday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Benna Sayyed Donna Wilson is taking her granddaughter to the Hillcrest […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Big bands, a test of strength and a he lost on Jeopardy

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Big band sounds Dance the night away Saturday to the Eastern New Mexico University Jazz Ensemble. It’s the ensemble’s Big Band Dance at the State Theatre in Clovis from 7-10 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and all proceeds go towards the annual ENMU […]

Clovis man dies when vehicle forced off road

CNJ staff A 26-year-old Clovis man died Tuesday night after the vehicle he was riding in may have been forced off U.S. 60-84 by another vehicle, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Brandon Vann was a passenger in a 1995 green Ford Explorer traveling west on U.S. 60-84 about four miles west of Clovis […]

Cain presents bold ideas at GOP debates

Tuesday night’s Bloomberg/Washington Post Republican presidential candidate’s debate did little to change the complexion of the GOP primary. It did further distinguish former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain and his ideas as deserving of national attention and campaign momentum. It also showed that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is already running a general election campaign, […]

Clovis library hosting moon observation

CNJ staff The Clovis-Carver Public Library will host a moon observation night 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Ned Houk Park. There will be lunar activities and crafts, and a howling contest. The Clovis Astronomy Club will provide telescopes and be on hand for explanations, and the Friends of the Library will provide refreshments. Information: Krissie […]

Documents detail homicide scene

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Courtesy photo Enrique Deleon Benna Sayyed Clovis police responding to a double homicide Tuesday night said they found the brother of one of the victims kneeling over the accused killer “beating him in the head with his fists,” according to court documents released Thursday. The documents, affidavits filed requesting arrest warrants, detail the scene at […]

Hearing loss growing among vets

One summer night outside of Fallujah, Iraq, in 2006, Marine Lance Cpl. David Goldich was manning the gun turret atop a Humvee when a roadside bomb, rigged with a 155 mm artillery shell, detonated beside him. “It knocked out our vehicle commander, blew our fuel tank, shredded our tire,” Goldich recalled. The explosion also punctured […]

Zias drop LSC volleyball opener

CNJ staff At Wichita Falls, Texas, the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team managed small leads in each game, but Midwestern State eventually pulled away to take a 25-17, 25-21, 25-16 win over the Zias on Tuesday night in the Lone Star Conference opener for both squads. Junior Tarrah Sweet’s ace gave the Zias a […]

Youths rake in profits at annual livestock sale

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Auctioneer Johnny Paiz calls out numbers Friday night at the Roosevelt County Fair Junior Livestock Sale. Paiz said he believed this year would be a record-breaking year for the sale, because despite tough economical times, the residents of the county still give what they can. Alisa Boswell Bids bounced around […]

Monday morning briefing: Video game of the week, rodeo days and Ruby Ridge relived

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Rodeo days La Nina Classic Ranch Rodeo is set for 6:30 p.m. today and Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Fifteen teams compete each night in events including branding, stray gathering, doctoring, trailer loading and bronc riding. Bull riding is Tuesday night only. Admission […]

Officers remove badger from outside 21st Street restaurant

Sharna Johnson Whether it was looking for a late-night snack or just lost its way, a badger that wandered into the bushes at a Clovis fast-food restaurant Sunday night attracted a lot more attention than it bargained for. Around 8 p.m. Clovis police and animal control were dispatched to Taco Box on 21st Street across […]

Clovis police hosting National Night Out on Tuesday

CNJ staff The Clovis Police Department’s annual National Night Out is planned from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday night at Greene Acres Park. The event is held with the intention of heightening crime and drug prevention awareness, to generate support for local crime efforts, to strengthen neighborhood spirit and to send a message to […]

Zia falls in state Majors tourney

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Zia’s Andre Hooks pitches against Bayard Copper during Monday’s state Majors Little League game at Beachum Field. CNJ staff Although its run in the state Little League Majors tournament was a short one, Clovis Zia gave a pretty good account of itself. Host Zia had early leads both Sunday […]