Fitness center starts construction

By Lt. Col. Daniel Guinan and Maj. Dina Quanico: 27th Special Operations Group As part of ongoing efforts to improve and modernize facilities at Cannon Air Force Base, a portion of the fitness center renovation will begin today. During this phase, the exercise areas will not be affected. However, there will be limited access to […]

Socialism weakens freedom

Collectivism or socialism, in whatever form, is like a deadly parasite excreting a poison into its host. As long as your society is vibrant and healthy it can support a small amount of this societal poison. The collectivism feeds off of the rest of the society, dragging it down a little, but not enough to […]

Libertarianism starts with respect

I sometimes hear people make the claim that libertarianism is “Utopian,” just like communism, because “It sounds good on paper, but it will never work in the real world.” Ridiculous! Communism requires the impossible — omniscient central planners — in order to work. Libertarianism only needs you to not steal or attack; it places no […]

New twist: Remake bad movies

A few weeks ago, I wrote about social networking, and the difference between Facebook and Google+. In brief, the starting point is the difference, because Facebook starts with the concept that everybody sees everything and Google+ starts with everybody sees nothing unless you say so. Over the past few weeks, I’ve found starting points everywhere […]

Monday morning briefing: SBA testing starts, a bit of green and a U.S. nuclear disaster

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Test alert Standard Based Assessment (SBA) testing starts today at Clovis schools and continues through April 8. The school asks that you not schedule any appointments requiring your child to be away from school on these dates. The SBA is an annual test given […]

Floyd jamboree starts Thursday

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Courtesy photo: Sherry Fahrenkrug Local musician Will Banister performs during the Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree dress rehearsal Sunday. The 61st annual music show is scheduled for this weekend. Argen Duncan The annual Floyd Lions Country Jamboree is still going strong, and organizers say this year’s four-day event will be one of the best in […]

Christmas dinner takes year of planning

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Joe Garcia, co-owner of El Rancho Restaurant, places a pan in the buffet bar in preparation for the free Christmas dinner on Christmas Day. Clarence Plank The Garcia family starts planning a year in advance for the annual free Christmas dinner at El Rancho Restaurant. Co-owner Joe Garcia said every […]

Keep childrens’ safety in mind as school starts

It’s that time of the year again. The madness of getting our children back to class has already started in most area school districts. That means early morning and mid-afternoon traffic will be heavier and school zone restrictions go into effect. Higher traffic and slower speeds will affect all drivers, not just those who are […]

Tax-free shopping holiday starts today

Liliana Castillo New Mexico’s annual tax-free holiday runs today through Sunday and local and corporate businesses in Clovis and Portales are stocking up to deal with the rush. This weekend, New Mexico shoppers get a break from gross receipts tax on: • all clothing and shoes under $100 • school supplies under $15 • computers […]

Pioneer Days Parade to feature ‘sounds of Clovis’

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File photo Parade organizers said they have over 30 entries in for the 40th annual Pioneer Days Parade which will take place June 5 on Main Street. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The 40th annual Pioneer Days Parade is meant to be seen and heard. The parade will serve as one of the culminating […]

Curbing government spending starts at ballot box

Freedom Newspapers April 15 — traditionally the most dreaded day of the year since it’s the deadline for filing income tax returns or extension requests — has past. The pain we all feel from heavy taxation remains. This caused the populist Tea Party movement to arise last year. Hundreds of thousands of people rose up […]

Crime Victim’s Rights Week starts

The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is kicking off national Crime Victim’s Rights Week with its Sixth Annual Community Breakfast Tuesday. Scheduled for 7 a.m. at the Clovis Civic Center, the breakfast is held to honor crime victims and their families and those who serve them, according to a press release. Crime Victims’ Week began […]

County starts study of jail complex

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Architect Don May called Friday the “kick-off” for a study to determine if Curry County needs a judicial complex. During a special commission meeting held at the courthouse, May and other members of his firm were on hand to hear a list of objectives for the study from county […]

Education digest: Holiday break starts Friday

Holiday break starts Friday Clovis Municipal Schools holiday break begins Friday. Elementary schools dismiss at 11:30 a.m., secondary schools at noon and school offices will close at 2 p.m. All other offices such as the administration office, Student Support Center, maintenance and transportation will close at 2:30 p.m. Classes will resume Jan. 6. The administration […]

Mission seeking out soles

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Carolyn Rubio with the Lighthouse Mission organizes the shoes already donated during the mission’s third annual shoe drive. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Each year before the school year starts, the demand for new shoes depletes the Lighthouse Mission’s stores. To restore their ability to help those in need […]

Custom Classic starts today

Freedom Communications The 26th Annual Plateau Wireless Custom Classic slowpitch softball tournament starts today. This year’s classic has 126 teams converging on Clovis for the weekend-long event at the Guy Leeder Softball Complex and Bob Spencer Field. USSSA Area Director Roger Jackson said the tournament is a great economic boost for Clovis because of the […]

Gubernatorial candidate starts campaign early

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Hunter education classes start Friday

The first of two hunter education classes starts Friday in Clovis. The classes are conducted by the New Mexico Game and Fish Department and are held at Patriot Outdoors, 1250 County Road 16. Each class consists of three-day sessions and completion is required for anyone under 18 who wants to purchase a state hunting license. […]

City starts recycling program

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The city started a recycling program in January that includes containers in the Albertsons and Wal-Mart parking lots and the city landfill. City Public Works Director Clint Bunch said the program is designed to save space at the landfill. CNJ staff Clovis is giving recycling another go with containers in […]

Six vie for Curry County spelling bee crown

Freedom New Mexico The Curry County Spelling Bee starts at 9 a.m. today at Clovis Community College in Room 512. The winner of the county bee will participate in a statewide spelling bee in Albuquerque. The Albuquerque bee will determine the winner representing New Mexico at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in […]