New facility boosts expo attendance

The new Roosevelt County Events Arena played a major role in the success of this year’s Roosevelt County Ag Expo, according to expo officials. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce director Karl Terry said in previous years the two-day event had exhibitions divided between as many as seven buildings and areas. “It was like an Easter […]

Melrose’s Barnard reprises QB role

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New Mexico Highlands University: Courtesy photo Former Melrose High standout Clint Barnard, pressed into quarterback duty at New Mexico Highlands this season, is shown carrying the ball for a gain during the Cowboys’ Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game against Chadron State on Oct. 15. Barnard, who helped Melrose to two 8-man state titles, began the […]

Food at the speed of life: Food column now features online show

My food columnist role has expanded to include “cooking show hostess.” Sort of. Freedom New Mexico has started a parenting section that runs online and in a quarterly newspaper section. I do a monthly online video demonstration of cooking with kids. The first demonstration, “Fruity Peanut Butter Pitas,” is at www.parenthoodnm.com. I’ve also filmed demos […]

Religion feature: New pastor joins Iglesia Boutista Belen

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Bene and Terri Fasanando recently moved to Clovis when Bene accepted the position of reverend at Iglesia Boutista Belen. Sunday at 3 p.m. a special service will be held welcoming him as pastor. Sharna Johnson In his role as new reverend of Iglesia Boutista Belen, Benedicto “Bene” Fasanando hopes to […]

Cannon airman plays role in Tops in Blue

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USAF: Airman 1st Class Desiree Esposito Airman 1st Class Jette Warnick, front, center, performs with Tops in Blue at Ramstein Air Base on Oct. 17. Warnick is assigned to the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Special Operations Wing Before the most recent Superbowl, a group of background singers […]

Student group protesting candidate visit

Argen Duncan A disagreement has arisen among two groups at Eastern New Mexico University as to whether gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez should have been invited to speak as a role model for Hispanic people. Hispanic Heritage Month activities organizers invited Martinez to speak as a role model to encourage students, but a Hispanic advocacy group […]

Acquisition reform plays key role in cost savings

WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials have the opportunity to save billions of taxpayer dollars through acquisitions reform, but only if they grow their workforce with the right federal workers in place to oversee contracts, a senior Pentagon official said July 15. “There is a significant opportunity to save billions of dollars, but only if we […]

Press release: Bingaman visits Gulf of Mexico, applauds N.M. National Labs for their role in helping stop leak

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today visited the Gulf Coast to learn more about BP’s plans to plug its leaking well and to clean up the disastrous spill.

Habitat for Humanity seeking director

CNJ staff Habitat for Humanity, which serves Curry and Roosevelt counties, is seeking a new executive director. Longtime director Joyce Davis has informed the board of directors she plans to step down from the role and remain on in a volunteer role, effective July 1. The executive director is the chief operating officer of the […]

Young actress lands lead role in ‘Robin Hood’

Courtesy photo: Cheryl Casey Patricia Romero, back, far right, daughter of Cannon Forces Support Squadron Marketing Director Yolanda Romero, played the title role in the play “Robin Hood” at the Joint Air Force and Navy Youth Conference in Dallas last week. The part with the Missoula Children’s Theatre was her first lead role. By Argen […]

SERE training plays key role in aircrew mission

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Danielle Martin Tech. Sgt. Anthony Proctor demonstrates the first three of five phases of evasion during Code of Conduct Continuation Training. By Senior Airman Thomas Trower: 27th SOW Public Affairs It is a pilot and crewmember’s worst nightmare: their aircraft goes down in unfriendly or unfamiliar territory. Threats could include […]

Airmen play vital role in historic launch

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Danielle Martin Airmen with the 73rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit stand in front of a MC-130W Combat Spear March 2. In early February the unit helped to launch a “black letter initial,” which means that the aircraft was launched with zero discrepancies By 1st Lt. Matthew Speed: 27th SOAMS February 4, […]

Women play significant role in agriculture

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Freedom New Mexico photo: Argen Duncan Michelle Heavyside of Greenfield Park Dairy watches a cow and newborn calf on the dairy. While Heavyside doesn’t work with the cows, she is active in dairy-related organizations, supports her husband in his dairy work and keeps up with industry issu By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The classic […]

Officials stress gun responsibility

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe A rifle and handgun lay next to their magazines at the base shooting range. Proper awareness of weapons’ capabilities and safety issues keeps firearms owners knowledgable and responsible. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs Firearms and gunpowder have played a role in society for […]

Uncle Sam’s helping hand not needed

In the last few weeks some tentative moves toward resolving, or at least reducing, ongoing conflicts in the Middle East have taken place. The remarkable and remarkably important fact about all of them is that the United States has played virtually no role in any of them. Israel and the Islamist group Hamas that controls […]

Film legend, conservative activist Charlton Heston dead at 84

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES – Charlton Heston, the Oscar winner who portrayed Moses and other heroic figures on film in the ’50s and ’60s and later championed conservative values as head of the National Rifle Association, has died. He was 84. The actor died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills with his […]

PRMC administrator adds Tucumcari duties

Freedom New Mexico staff Hoyt Skabelund has been named the new hospital administrator for Dr. Dan. C. Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari, in addition to his continuing role as administrator of Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, according to a Presbyterian Healthcare Services press release. Skabelund will take over the Dan C. Trigg administrator role […]

‘Brokeback Mountain’ star Heath Ledger found dead

The Associated Press NEW YORK — On a day meant for celebration in Hollywood, Heath Ledger, one of film’s bright young stars, was found dead at age 28, his promising career extinguished just as it was reaching full expression. Hours after the Academy Award nominees were announced, pomp and circumstance gave way to the sad […]

Mayor must be leader on many fronts

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer The Clovis City Charter defines the role of mayor very simply: He is the ceremonial head of the city, presides over city commission meetings and has no voting power unless one is needed to break a tie. But the actual role of mayor encompasses much more, officials said. Some […]

Education Feature: Students stage ‘Elephant Man’

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer As soon as Clovis High School junior Kyree McField sheds her role as Ross in the production of “The Elephant Man,” she jumps into another role back stage, costume manager. McField’s dual roles on and off stage is typical of most students in the play because there aren’t enough […]