Thursday morning briefing: Art treasure, a free film and a million behind bars

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Be amazed Or, at least a little surprised by taking a walking tour of art treasures at Eastern New Mexico University. It’s from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and includes stops in the Administration Building, the Roosevelt County Museum and end sin […]

Letter to the editor: Norwood was asset to county jail

Norwood was asset to county jail I was very surprised to hear that Keith Norwood resigned. I don’t know why he resigned, but I believe he is more of an asset than a liability because he has positively changed the appearance of the Curry County jail, the morale of the staff, and the quality of […]

In search of ponies: Egg-citing discovery

Sharna Johnson I have to admit and even I am surprised, but I am actually enjoying having chickens. Racquel and Molly — they came with names — are perfect ladies and are actually kind of neat to have around. They don’t like to be touched, but by the same token they like to shadow me […]

No experience needed

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Daulton Hatley, 13, helps tidy up the soap box car he won in at the ninth annual Clovis Soap Box Derby. Hatley never raced in a soap box derby before this year and will be competing in the international All-American Soap Box Derby on July 25 in Akron, Ohio. Liliana […]

Jail security 101: Guards must watch inmates

Yes, by now most residents know the Curry County jail has structural problems that should have been resolved before it was built in 1993. Yes, by now we know how difficult it is to find trained, experienced correctional officers to work there, and stay longer than a few months. Yes, by now we are not […]

FIrst person: Awarded for service

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Nancy Taylor, executive director of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, won the 2009 public service award by the New Mexico Aging and Long-term Services Department. Nancy Taylor, executive director of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, was recently presented the 2009 public service award by the New […]

Thieves nab flowers, stuffed bears from shop

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Courtesy Photo The entrance door to Katie’s Flowerland was smashed to gain entry. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Rose Riley was surprised when burglars struck her shop Thursday night and took only flowers and teddy bears. “They left a glass trail where they shopped,” Riley said Friday morning. “They knew the difference between the […]

Dog goes to court without attorney

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson After his dog, Kujo, was denied a court-appointed attorney, Dale Mattingly says he doesn’t know the law and fears he can’t adequately defend Kujo in a courtroom. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Dale Mattingly believes his dog Kujo is entitled to a court-appointed lawyer to defend his interests. Kujo […]

Two words make huge difference

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist No one has to convince me of the power of words. So why am I so often surprised by the power of the two little words, “thank you,” as they lift the corners of my mouth and make my heart soar? It was 1992 when a good-hearted fellow named […]

School scanning fingers, not ID cards

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Head librarian Marla Layman checks out a book from a student Friday at Clovis High School using the biometric scanner. Layman said that the scanner is faster, more efficient, and allows for increased accuracy. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer Margaret Fritz was surprised when her 16-year-old daughter Lucinda came […]

Anxiety mixed blessing

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist I am always surprised, although I shouldn’t be, when I receive a visit from a most familiar and unwelcome visitor: anxiety.

May 9, 2008 Reporter’s Notebook: Southwest Cheese wins awards

Southwest Cheese CEO Fred Stephenson said he was pleasantly surprised when he learned the plant’s Monterey Jack entries won first and third place in March at the 2008 World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wis. It was the first time the company entered the contest, which included 1,753 entries from 19 countries, the chief executive […]

Video fallout mixed

By Anita Doberman: CNJ columnist I fully expected my children to be ecstatic when we put on a recording my husband sent from Iraq. But I was surprised by my 4-year-old daughter’s reaction. We received hubby’s DVD through a program called “United Through Reading,” sponsored by The United Service Organizations and the Family Literacy Foundation. […]

Tornado tales: Clovis parent surprised by damage

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Cody Johnson figured the obvious — her mobile home probably wasn’t safe for her or for 6-year-old Kaitlyn during Friday’s tornado. They rushed to a friend’s house, and realized she wasn’t the only one in a hurry as visibility worsened. “It was raining so hard, and hailing so hard,” […]

Candidate profiles: Probate judge

Kevin Duncan Republican candidate for probate judge What’s your background? I am 32 years old. My wife is Jodi Duncan. I am the proud parent of two boys, Jared and Tanner. I have been employed with Muffley Funeral Home for 14 years. I am a former city commissioner, serving for 8 1/2 years. Two of […]

In good company

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor They will leave Clovis as the school’s all-time leading scorer, passer and 3-pointer shooter. And with three wins this week at the state basketball tournament, they will win back-to-back Class 5A state titles. Starters since they were sophomores, Brittany Blackmon, Aimee Hilburn and Tori Quintana have been the core […]

How many things in life have you found to be easy?

By Curtis K. Shelburne I have found some things in life to be really very, very easy. Gaining weight is easy. Spending more money than you make is really easy. Allowing your attitude to get really sour is really easy. Catching colds. Watching your automotive fleet slowly disintegrate right before your eyes. Over-committing in just […]

Party supporters spend night on edge

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Rube Render discusses the presidential race while watching the returns with newly elected District 9 Public Education Commissioner Dennis James Roch at a party of Republicans on Tuesday night in Clovis. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor While experts and analysts chimed in their thoughts on what swing state John Kerry […]

Incumbent Hulder wins in District 2

By Jack King Incumbent County Commissioner Pete Hulder will hold on to his District 2 seat, winning the Republican primary against two opponents with about 59 percent percent of the vote Tuesday. With no Democratic challenger, Tuesday’s vote decided the race. Hulder received 585 votes to challenger Carol Nichols’ 241 and challenger Ray Montoya’s 158. […]

Jackson’s stunt sign of bigger problem

Ned Cantwell You would have thought, judging from the outcry, that our society was clean as a pasture blanketed with fresh snow before Janet Jackson made a boob of herself on national television. It’s as if she dumped a load of coal on an otherwise pristine landscape of cultural innocence. In one breast-taking moment at […]