First person: Texico teen keeps schedule packed

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Belynn Sharp of Texico is involved with 4-H, FFA and cheerleading. She plans to study business at West Texas A&M University after high school. Texico High School senior Belynn Sharp was awarded the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association’s Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Committee Scholarship. She said she plans to go to […]

Friday morning briefing: Beautiful weather today, parent-teacher conferences coming

Welcome to Friday’s Freedom New Mexico morning briefing. Today’s going to be sunny, with weather.com reporting no chance of precipitation and a high of 79. Golfing for Greyhounds The Third Annual Greyhound Football Golf Scramble for Eastern New Mexico University is set to begin at 9 a.m. April 24 at the Clovis Municipal Golf Course. […]

First person: Unexpected pageantry

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo New Mexico’s Junior Miss winner Victoria Bailey is a cheerleader and enjoys reading Shakespeare. Clovis High School senior Victoria Bailey won the state level of America’s Junior Miss pageant Saturday at New Mexico State University in Grants. She is the first person from Clovis to be named New Mexico Junior […]

First person: Volunteer receives state recognition

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Millie Lees of Clovis says there is nothing better than doing something for someone else. Millie Lees of Clovis was awarded the K. Rose Wood Memorial Award by the New Mexico Aging and Long-term Service Department for her work with AARP in Clovis and Portales. Because Lees suffered a stroke […]

Bill targets domestic violence offenders in police ranks

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican A person convicted of domestic violence couldn’t be certified as a law-enforcement officer for three years, and officers convicted of such a charge would lose their certification under a bill introduced Wednesday. House Bill 17, sponsored by Rep. Nate Cote, D-Las Cruces, is being pushed by Gov. […]

Workforce ready

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File photo Students of the building trades program at Mesalands Community College, build a house as part of their hands-on training. This house was being built earlier in the year. The construction is scheduled to last for two semesters. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Area community colleges are offering programs designed to help students […]

First person: Combining school and faith

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Linda D’Amour spent 10 years as a banker before deciding to become a teacher. She started as the principal of the Clovis Christian elementary school in August. CNJ staff Linda D’Amour recently moved from public school to parochial, taking the job as principal of Clovis Christian Elementary school in August. […]

First person: Miss New Mexico to perform at Clovis Music Festival

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Courtesy photo: Frank Frost Nicole Miner of Albuquerque was crowned Miss New Mexico in June. She will be in Clovis ito perform at the Clovis Music Festival Sept. 10-13. Nicole Miner of Albuquerque figured this was her year. She’s run for Miss New Mexico for the past four years, each year ending as a runner […]

First Person: Pilot by day, writer by night

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Maj. Steve Beattie flies unmanned aircraft for the Air Force and wrote a children’s book in his spare time. Maj. Steve Beattie flies unmanned aircraft for the Air Force and in his spare time, he wrote, illustrated and published a children’s book. And, he’s working on a master’s degree. But […]

First person: Native American culture inspires artist

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jayne Williams, the Pintores Art League’s artist of the month for June, said a pack welcome from a wolf inspired her favorite painting “Part of the Pack.” Jayne Simmons Williams began drawing and writing as soon as she could put words together in elementary school. Her art is inspired by […]

First person: Private investigator takes week off for rodeo

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident and Mounted Patrol member Kevin Clements gets the Curry County Events Center arena ready for the rodeo each night. Pioneer Days rodeo events couldn’t take place without help from Mounted Patrol member Kevin Clements. Clements, 53, prepares the arena for the rodeo events each evening. Clements took a […]

First person: Clovis volunteer toils behind the scene

Andy Ford was named the Clovis Municipal Schools’ volunteer of the year for his dedication to Zia Elementary School’s recycling program. Ford, 60, took charge of the dirty job of cleaning trash out of the school’s can collection trailer nine years ago. Backstage: The award was very nice. There are some people who do things […]

First person: Mortician finds comfort in helping grieving families

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Katy Marteny took her passion for helping people to mortuary school in Nebraska. She works as one of the few female funeral service practitioner in Clovis. Katy Marteny, 24, is one of the few female funeral service practitioners in Clovis. She took her passion for helping people to mortuary school […]

First person: Pageant queen proud to represent married women

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CNJ photo: Liliana Castillo Noel Hunt is excited about representing married women of new mexico as Mrs. New Mexico because she said married women don’t get enough credit. Noel Hunt, 22, isn’t working for the first time since she was 15. But her husband still says she has too much to do. As a mother, […]

‘Person of interest’ sought in homicide

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Investigators want to speak with 24-year-old Brandon H. Barela about the Thursday slaying of a man in Curry County. A 24-year-old Chaves County man is being sought by the Curry County Sheriff’s office in connection with Thursday’s homicide. Termed a “person of interest”, Brandon H. Barela is from south of Roswell and was recently employed […]

Educator loss leaves long lasting impact

Freedom New Mexico Every death is a tragedy. Every person loves and is loved by many people. Everyone has affected the lives of countless others during the course of his life. Shock compounds the loss when it is sudden and unexpected, like Monday’s horrific accident near Saltillo, Mexico, that killed at least 11. Some of […]

Police investigating armed robbery at Sonic in Portales

Freedom New Mexico An armed man robbed the Sonic on Chicago Street about 9 p.m. Thursday, according to Portales police. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said one person entered the restaurant with his face partially covered, produced a handgun, demanded cash, and left. As of about 10:15 p.m., Berry said the police didn’t have a […]

For Valentine’s, think outside box

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist I would encourage you, if you are reading this, to begin thinking about Valentine’s Day, and to think beyond the box. What can you give the special person in your life that is unusual, creative, and unique? One of the gifts which my wife gave me for Christmas kind of […]

First person: Not easy being green

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Doug Scioli began volunteering as a fire fighter in Texico in 1978. Doug Scioli, 48, is the reason fire engines for Texico’s volunteer fire department are green. When Scioli’s boss first saw the green fire engines, he was upset. But Scioli held that making the fire engines from each of […]

Victim remembered as caring, giving

By Jenna Dewitt: CNJ staff writer Friends and co-workers remember Elizabeth McAdams as a dedicated caregiver and a giving person. McAdams was the health service supervisor at the Senior Citizen Resident Center since May 2006. McAdams died in her home Saturday at age 54. Police are investigating her death as a homicide. “She provided care […]