‘Hollow force’ concerns surfacing

The Congressional Research Service has a message for those who suggest planned defense budget cuts and military compensation curbs will return America to the “hollow force” era of the 1970s. Such references, in light of current force quality and the amount of money used to modernize weapons, infrastructure and benefit programs over the past decade, […]

Hounds, Zias ready to return from holidays

Dave Wagner Last year’s Eastern New Mexico University men’s team rode a strong finish to a berth in the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament. Coach Andrew Helton said the Greyhounds’ goals have increased as they prepare to hit the meat of the schedule. “Our main goal last year was to get in the conference tournament,” […]

Plenty of room for classics to return to TV

Kevin Wilson During a football game last weekend, I couldn’t help but be happy with what I heard on the sideline. It wasn’t some coach yelling about effort, or the crowd complaining about all the calls that were benefiting the team already significantly behind. Nope, it was the waterboys during halftime, talking about this great […]

Commissary boss: Value overlooked

Military grocery stores operate so efficiently that the discounts provided to shoppers are worth double the value of tax dollars being spent to deliver this prized benefit worldwide to U.S. service members and families. Joseph H. Jeu, director of the Defense Commissary Agency, made that point and more in an interview last week amid rising […]

Portales gas leak evacuees allowed to return home

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Portales firefighter Rick McNally is stationed near the site of a gas leak Tuesday afternoon on North Boston in case of a fire or explosion. Alisa Boswell A handful of Portales residents were allowed to return to their homes about 5 p.m. Tuesday after being evacuated earlier in the day […]

Time for fed to make return to gold standard

Freedom New Mexico Families across America are suffering what we’ll call pump shock: A doubling of gas prices in the past two years. A couple days ago, one of us paid $4.27 a gallon, spending about 43 bucks to fill up a Toyota Corolla. At a Town Hall meeting in Reno last week, President Barack […]

Police blotter — March 20

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 10 p.m. March 12 an officer responded to a restaurant in the 3000 block of North Prince Street for a theft of services report. A manager said a group of five men had eaten, ordering more than $180 in food and […]

Students return to teach at schools they graduated from

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Liliana Castillo Curry County teachers who have returned to their alma mater say there is a special bond between them and the community because of their history. Marshall Middle School life science teacher and coach Darren Williams has been a teacher for 12 years and has taught at Clovis Municipal Schools for the duration. “I […]

Elway’s return necessary

Karl Terry It’s been tough without John, I’m glad he’s back. OK, the realist in me knows that I’ll never see another “Drive” or watch my team’s quarterback sacrifice his body by taking a “helicopter hit” in the Super Bowl, but having John Elway back in a leadership role (vice president in charge of football […]

Highlands beat Zias in return game

CNJ staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Whitley Coca scored 20 points to lead three Cowgirls in double figures, and New Mexico Highlands cruised to a 72-62 win over Eastern New Mexico in Monday’s non-conference women’s game at the John A. Wilson Complex. Briana Gholston added 13 points and Taylor Ealey added 12 points and seven […]

Baskett feels at home in return to Philly

By Jon Marks: Special to the CNJ PHILADELPHIA— Hank Baskett likely won’t forget his 28th birthday for a long time. Clovis’ claim to NFL fame learned shortly after he woke up a week ago Saturday he had survived cutdown day with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he’s been welcomed back after a year away playing for […]

ENMU guard Nelson opts not to return

CNJ staff PORTALES — Guard Reggie Nelson, Eastern New Mexico University’s co-leading scorer during the 2009-10 basketball season, will not be back for the Greyhounds this season. Hounds coach Andrew Helton said Nelson, who would have been a senior at ENMU, wanted to play closer to his home in Tyler, Texas. “I wish Reggie the […]

Start of school inching closer

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Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Brown Early Childhood Center secretary Tanya Baca works at her desk Friday at the school. The Brown secretaries returned to work for the new school year this week. Argen Duncan Decorating bulletin boards, installing landscaping, going to meetings, ordering food. School employees in Clovis and Portales are getting ready for […]

Thursday morning briefing: National Day of Prayer and return of the wind

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Prayer info It’s National Day of Prayer. Some things you might not know about this annual observance: • Participants are asked to focus prayer on seven “centers of power”: Government, military, media, business, education, church and family. • It was created in 1952 by a […]

Education column: Educators deserve thanks, recognition

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools Recently, I was talking to one of our principals and he shared an inspiring story with me about one of his students. It seems this student had become a runaway and a dropout. However, the school kept following up on this student and was able to get him to […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 6 p.m. April 1 an officer responded to a residence in the 1400 block of Piedmont for a report of lost property. A woman said a couple hours prior she was in the drive-through of her bank to deposit her tax […]

Census responses close to 2000 numbers

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Courtesy illustration Census return rates are up to 54 percent in Clovis and 60 percent in Curry County as of Monday according to www.census2010.gov. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Nearly a month after Census questionnaires were mailed to residents, return rates are approaching the numbers seen 10 years ago. As of Monday, Clovis has […]

Letters to the editor: Rooting for Christian spirit’s return

Rooting for Christian spirit’s return Not long ago, “fighting spirit” was what took hold when the Clovis Wildcats competed against Alamogordo. It was a competitive attitude encouraged in sports but frowned upon elsewhere because Clovis was a hand-shaking, hat-tipping town where neighbors respected neighbors. Civility and kindness were not only encouraged, they were expected as […]

Hounds, Zias face difficult tests in return to action

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Zias freshman guard Sorrel Huntington, who has started the last three games for Eastern New Mexico, scored a season-high 10 points in the Zias’ 69-68 win Dec. 21 against Texas Woman’s. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Saturday will easily be one of the most challenging days in the history […]

Suspended players to return for ENMU

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo said Tuesday that four players suspended last week for “violation of university policy” will be active for Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at 14th-ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville. Included were sophomore quarterback J.J. Harp, the NCAA Division II leader in passing yards per […]