Officials make calls for open government

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Robin Fornoff An otherwise routine Curry County Commission meeting got startled by calls for more open government Tuesday from two top elected officials. It started with Commissioner Dan Stoddard, who accused County Manager Lance Pyle of trying to hide $7,200 in a cash payout for unused vacation time. Later while announcing her retirement effective April […]

Clovis resident running for county treasurer

CNJ staff Curry County Democratic Party Treasurer Jonathan Wilson is running for the same spot with Curry County. Wilson, a Clovis resident and an assistant professor at Eastern New Mexico University, is the only candidate who has announced intentions to run for the open treasurer position. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from ENMU and […]

Three offices open in De Baca County primary

CNJ staff Candidates for De Baca County offices in the June 5 primary have to file from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the De Baca County Clerk’s office. Offices to go before De Baca County voters in 2012 voters in 2012 include: • County clerk. Incumbent republican Laurie Pettigrew is completing her second […]

Clovis man faces murder charge

CNJ staff A 30-year-old Clovis man faces an open count of murder, accused of beating a maintenance man to death at an apartment near West Seventh Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Dustin Forni was charged Jan. 31 with the death of Mark Leinberger, 48, according to a report released Tuesday by Clovis police. According […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Code talkers and how to be a Scout

Good morning and welcome to the Tuesday briefing. Code talker The Chester Nez: World War II Navajo Code Talker presentation is 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Free and open to the public. Become a Scout The Mulligan stew dinner and Boy Scout sign-up is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday at Oasis […]

Hounds open season with pair of wins

CNJ staff ODESSA, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team opened its season on Friday in the Texas-Permian Basin tournament with a couple of firsts — beating the host Falcons and Incarnate Word, both for the first time in the program’s history. Junior left fielder Luis Quinones and junior third baseman Daniel Binz each […]

Dog park officially open for business

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Noel Hunt of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, with ceremonial scissors in hand, offers a treat to Hoss, a Great Pyrenees belonging to Jay Neff of Clovis, prior to the ribbon cutting for the city’s new dog park. Kevin Wilson With a crowd of about 60 residents — not […]

Zias pull split to open softball campaign

Freshman shortstop Melissa Reynosa went 4-for-6 in Eastern New Mexico’s season-opening doubleheader, helping the Zias pull a split against Texas-Permian Basin and St. Mary’s to open the St. Mary’s Tournament. The Zias won their opener 4-1 over Permian Basin behind a solid pitching performance from freshman Alberta Medina, and dropped a 5-4 decision to a […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Open mic, a celebration, and counting presidents

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Talent search Friday is open mic night starting at 6 p.m. in the Latte Lounge at Mark’s Restaurant in Portales. There is a $5 cover charge at the door. Musicians are encouraged to bring instruments. Information: 359-0857. Renovation celebration A Ribbon cutting 9 a.m. […]

Comments open on CCC accreditation

CNJ staff Clovis Community College will undergo a March evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission as part of its process to renew the college’s general accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. A team of evaluators will visit the college March 5-7 to review CCC’s operations and form recommendations for improvement, as […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A recital, meet the lawmakers and some old time music

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Recital set Eastern New Mexico University will host the junior recital of Franklin Piland at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building in Portales. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 575-562-2377. Meet the lawmakers […]

Air Force band performing free concert at ENMU

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Courtesy photo The United States Air Force Academy Band out of Colorado Springs, Colo. will be presenting a free public concert 7 p.m. tonight in the Buchanan Hall of the Music Building at Eastern New Mexico University. Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Air Force Academy Band out of Colorado Springs, Colo., will be performing in […]

Food Bank anniversary celebration scheduled

The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico is holding two events this week in celebration of its 27th anniversary. The Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce is a business after hours event 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, 2217 E. Brady Ave. It is open to […]

Eight apply for jail position

CNJ staff Curry County has eight applicants for its open detention center administrator position, vacant since Keith Norwood resigned Sept. 6. Interim Administrator Tori Sandoval is one of the applicants for the position, along with: • Mark Anderson of Newcastle, Maine • Gerry Billy of Newark, Ohio • Michael Sales of Sundown, Texas • Carl […]

Religion feature: Lighthouse Mission opening new facility Saturday

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Lighthouse Mission soup kitchen volunteer Patrick Apodaca has lunch in the soup kitchen with his daughter, Sarah Cordova, and her son, Christopher Cordova. Sarah has also volunteered at the Lighthouse Mission. Benna Sayyed The Lighthouse Mission homeless shelter in Clovis has helped countless down-and-out folks for 25 years, but outgrew […]

Mayor calls ‘open hours office meeting’ success

CNJ staff Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield called her first “open hours office meeting” Wednesday a success, noting three groups of people stopped by to speak their minds on a variety of subjects, including restoring the Lyceum Theater. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time now,” said Brumfield, adding the office she used […]

Reunions —

Hollene and Bellview reunion The Hollene and Bellview School reunion will be held Oct. 1 at Kingswood United Methodist Church, 2600 Main St., Clovis. Buffet dinner is $8.50 per plate and will be served at noon. The doors of the church will open at 10 a.m. for everyone to come early to visit. Information: Eldred […]

Cannon set for open house

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File photo Cannon Air Force Base will open its doors to the public this Saturday to give residents a look at what a highly trained specialized military force does. Benna Sayyed Cannon Air Force Base will open its doors to the public this Saturday to give residents a look at what a highly trained specialized […]

Friday morning briefing: Ethnic Fair, Cannon open house and The Kid’s first crime

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Ethnic Fair The annual Clovis Ethnic Fair is all day Saturday in the 400 and 500 blocks of Main Street. Food, fun and lots more. Information: 749-6570. See Cannon The second annual Cannon Air Force Base open house is a free public event featuring […]

Program aims to keep kids in school

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CNJ staff photo: Robin Coffey Officer Squatch, left, gets students ready to play basketball during an ACT assembly Wednesday at Zia. Robin Coffey Abolish Chronic Truancy (ACT) reaches out to kids with a message: Staying in school can open doors, and dropping out usually leads to roadblocks. At least that’s the message Ninth Judicial District […]