Wednesday morning briefing: Free dental checks, science and Olympic heroes

Good morning and welcome to the Wednesday briefing. Tooth check Check out free dental screenings starting at 2 p.m. today at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s Ingram Room. Information: 769-7840. Science fair Judging begins 8 a.m. Friday for Southeastern New Mexico Regional Science Fair. It’s being held at Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Ballroom. Information […]

USOC has other ways to achieve diversity

Freedom New Mexico O ut of the blue, the U.S. Olympic Committee has decided to give itself an “F” for diversity. Scott Blackmun, the organization’s CEO, worries openly that too many staffers look like him. They are white men, which in today’s climate is practically a hate crime. Ninety-one percent of USOC managers are white […]

Monday morning briefing: Olympic riders in Clovis and support for ENMU

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Special Olympics in town The Special Olympics New Mexico Equestrian Team is riding into Clovis for statewide competition Sept. 16. Competitions continue for two days at the Curry County Events Center. Opening ceremonies are at 7 p.m. and include lighting of the torch, the […]

Olympian spends time with Clovis swim team

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Olympian Sheila Taormina gives Clovis High School freshman Caitlin Myers advice on how to move her arms Tuesday at the Aquatic Center. Liliana Castillo The Clovis High School swim team swarmed tables at the Clovis Community Center Tuesday afternoon to write thank you notes to Olympic gold medalist Sheila Taormina. […]

Actions sometimes have unforeseen results

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The tragic death of a SeaWorld trainer, drowned by an orca, whether accidentally or intentionally. The voluntary exit of an Olympic snowboarder, after showing off a little too freely with his bronze medal. The “excommunication”of a Beverly Hills beauty contestant by her home town, after speaking on a controversial issue. […]

Endorsements real Olympic prize

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Watching USA women’s downhill skier Lindsey Vonn and snowboarder Shaun White during the Winter Olympics I had to wonder a little about motives. You want to believe their quest is all about national pride, but in the back of the mind you think about just how much a gold medal […]

Tucumcari hammer thrower fails to reach finals

U.S. Olympic hammer thrower Amber Campbell failed to qualify for the medal round late Sunday night in Beijing. Campbell, who lived in Tucumcari from 1983 to 1995, finished 21st among 50 competitors with a best throw of 67.86 meters during qualifying. The top 10 advanced to the medal round. Cuba’s Yipsi Moreno led all qualifiers […]

Former Greyhound recalls Olympic competition

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Former ENMU Greyhound distance runner Rex Maddaford looks through photo albums containing images of his participation in the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City at his home near Tucumcari. Maddaford helped ENMU win the National Championship. By Thomas Garcia, Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Freedom New Mexico is doing […]

Tucumcari claims another Olympian

Looks like Tucumcari leads all area towns in ties to Olympians. Tucumcari resident Rex Maddaford competed in two Olympic events in the Mexico Games in 1968. Maddaford finished 10th in the 5,000 meter run (14:39.8) and 12th in the 10,000 meter run (30:17.2) for his native New Zealand. Reporter Thomas Garcia is working on a […]

Olympic athlete has local connection

  Freedom New Mexico Here’s another reason to watch the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, which officially start tonight with the opening ceremonies. Former Tucumcari resident Amber Campbell will compete for the U.S. in the women’s hammer throw. Her qualifying round is Aug. 18. Finals for the women’s hammer throw are on Aug. 20. Campbell’s […]

Olympic hosts can’t downplay shabby record

Freedom New Mexico The eyes of the world will be on Beijing on Friday for the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympic Games — festivities which typically are matched in pageantry and pompousness only by the Super Bowl halftime show. The athletic events will take place over the next couple of weeks. American fans, no […]

ENMU produced Olympic standout

Staff reports Eastern New Mexico has not produced a lot of Olympians, but we haven’t been shut out either.

ENMU produced Olympic standout

Eastern New Mexico has not produced a lot of Olympians, but we haven’t been shut out either.

Protests cast light on China’s barbaric rule

Freedom New Mexico Through rerouting and improvisation, they managed to run the Olympic torch through some of San Francisco’s streets, if not the streets along the Embarcadero as originally planned. The reason, of course, was the multiplicity of protesters against various aspects of Chinese policy — its recent brutal crackdown in Tibet, its support of […]

State Golden Gloves tourney starts tonight

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Elijio Sena trains at the Roy Walker Community Center on Thursday afternoon. Sena is scheduled to fight in the super-heavyweight division of the state Golden Gloves tournament this weekend. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Until the fighters start actually showing up, beginning this morning, Chuck Haas can never quite be […]

Forgiveness warms hearts — even on ice

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist The 2006 Winter Olympics at Torino, Italy, are now history. I like the Olympics, and I like the winter games best of all. I’d come down with an almost terminal cold and was still sneezing, sniffling, coughing and spluttering on the second Sunday of Olympic competition, but I still […]

Olympics score ‘Perfect 10′ with Clovis

The Olympic Games are scheduled Aug. 13-29 in Athens, Greece. A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if participants are looking forward to watching them. Some responses: “YES I ENJOY THE Olympics very much. I am concerned that there may be terrorist attacks at this one.” — Mac McDonald, Clovis “I LOVE THE OLYMPICS. I […]

Athlete was inspiration to hold on to faith

By Judy Brandon: CNJ correspondent Sporting events are really in the news this summer. Lance Armstrong just won his sixth Tour de France. Within two weeks, the summer Olympics will begin in Athens. Preparations have been under way for several years to accommodate the great influx of athletes, media and spectators at that event. There […]

Ex-CHS star falls short in Olympic trials

CNJ STAFF SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Former Clovis High track star Ryan Tolbert-Jackson failed to qualify for the 400-meter hurdle finals Saturday at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials. Tolbert-Jackson, the 1997 NCAA outdoor champion in the 400 hurdles at Vanderbilt, finished sixth in her heat and 11th over among the 16 semifinalist with a […]