Clovis Christian School going virtual

Liliana Castillo Clovis Christian School plans to launch a virtual high school that will allow students to receive a high school diploma by taking nothing but online courses. Superintendent Ladona Clayton said she hopes to have the Truth Seekers Virtual Academy up for a summer session this year and ready for a full launch in […]

Ticket feature: American Idol finalist taking stage in Clovis

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Courtesy photo Melinda Doolittle, sixth season American Idol finalist, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Marshal Auditorium. Freedom New Mexico American Idol hit Melinda Doolittle takes the stage Saturday in Clovis. With a voice described as big and soulful, the sixth season finalist of the popular TV show is performing as part of […]

Committee postpones vote on sanitation fees

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Lifeguards Morris Sharp and Evie Fisher watch over Wednesday afternoon’s “When the Bell Rings” after-school program at the Clovis Wellness Center. The center is one of a many areas where city departments looking for fee increase approvals. If the city commission approves fee increases next Thursday, individual open swims will […]

Free speech not intended to mask hate

Freedom New Mexico Last week was a tangled mess of free-speech controversies. Anti-Christian smut hung on the wall of a government-funded art museum in Loveland, Colo., right up until a woman offended by the expensive painting destroyed it with a crowbar on Wednesday. The painting depicted Jesus receiving oral sex from a man, taking government-sponsored […]

Mexicans need to start taking the cities back

Freedom New Mexico On the bicentennial of Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s call to arms against oppression from Spain, Mexico’s residents now find themselves held down by another powerful enemy: fear. Traditionally, the country’s independence celebration begins with a “grito” at midnight on Sept. 16, leading to daylong celebrations on the 16th. This year many […]

Weekly update —

Wellness center holding ribbon cutting The Clovis Wellness Center is taking another step in its progress Tuesday. A 4 p.m. ribbon cutting is scheduled for the new aerobics room. Clark Campbell of the wellness center, which will absorb the Clovis Aquatic Center, said the center is in the process of adding an aqua zumba aerobics […]

Our People: Taking care of business

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Lynell Skarda was born in Clovis and worked as a bellhop at the Hotel Clovis while it was operational. Lynell Skarda is the oldest practicing lawyer in New Mexico. At 95 years old, he works at his family’s bank, the Citizens Bank of Clovis. His father started Farmer State Bank […]

Unprecedented terrorism taking root in Mexico

For months we’ve heard reactionaries call for sealing off the Mexican border, alleging that armed terrorists are, or could be, swarming across the border and putting Americans in danger. We’ve been among the many who have insisted that it just isn’t happening; in fact, some of the safest cities in the country are on or […]

Clovis streets unsafe for bicyclists

Clovis streets unsafe for bicyclists As a citizen who prefers to ride a bicycle instead of taking my car everywhere in town, I must make a complaint about Clovis’ profound lack of safe non-motorized vehicle paths. Most of the major roadways are simply impossible for a cyclist. But there are major arterials throughout town that […]

Political debate taking its toll on Border Patrol

Freedom New Mexico Border Patrol agents don’t have it easy. Nobody seems to like what they’re doing. To many they’re the face of increasingly oppressive policies and arguments that have racial undertones. Others say they aren’t doing their jobs, since many people still manage to encroach our boundaries without getting caught. So news that suicides […]

Three Oklahoma schools prepare to leave LSC

Staff and wire reports Eastern New Mexico University is taking a wait-and-see attitude on the possibility of three Oklahoma schools — and perhaps all five — leaving the Lone Star Conference. Nine Division II schools in Arkansas and Oklahoma announced plans Tuesday to apply to the NCAA for permission to create a new conference. Arkansas-Monticello, […]

Ethnic studies don’t threaten U.S. history

Freedom New Mexico Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer once again is taking heat for signing a knee-jerk bill that targets minority groups. Just weeks after signing the immigration enforcement bill that allows local police to stop people, without evidence of a crime, and ask for their proof of legal U.S. residency, Brewer approved a bill restricting […]

Bingman: Report says New Mexicans taking home an average of $1,012 more this year

WASHINGTON — On the eve of tax filing day, U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman pointed out that almost all New Mexico working families benefited this year from tax cuts enacted as part of last year’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. •Citizens for Tax Justice, a Washington, DC-based think tank, today released a [ http://www.ctj.org/obamastaxcuts/nm.pdf ]report saying […]

Rib Crib participating in charity event

CNJ staff Rib Crib in Clovis is taking part in an “Eat, Drink and Be Charitable” event from 4-10 p.m. Wednesday. Whoever brings in a flyer from the Red Cross will have 10 percent of ticket sales donated to the American Red Cross. The flyer is available at http://www.redcrossalbq.org/eatdrink/#blank

Two candidate forums set for this week

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Election season is taking hold in Clovis, with a pair of candidate forums this week. The March 2 city election is featured in Tuesday’s KTQM/KWKA radio forum. Also, the state’s five Republican gubernatorial candidates will descend on Clovis Thursday for a forum sponsored by the High Plains Patriots. Bob […]

School board meets, takes no action

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education met Saturday in executive session without taking any action. The closed meeting was to discuss “threatened or pending litigation” regarding Coach J.D. Isler’s federal case. Isler was granted a preliminary injunction Friday, reinstating him as head coach of the Wildcat varsity boys team. President Lora Harlan […]

ENMU choirs chosen for musical celebration in Austria

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Courtesy photo Eastern New Mexico University’s Choir will represent the state to participate in the 2010 American Celebration of Music in Austria. By Zou Yang: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University choir members are taking their music to Europe. The two ENMU choirs have been chosen to represent New Mexico in the 2010 […]

Dancing performance highlights heritage month

Illustration: Airman 1st Class Erik Cardenas Celebrate African-American Heritage month events in February at Cannon. There will be a Step-Off dance Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hangar 125, On Feb. 26 there will be a Retreat Ceremony and on Feb. 27 the base chapel will host a Gospel Fest. By 2nd […]

Blight battle: Committee taking beautification steps

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The Keep Clovis Beautiful committee installed welcome signs at all four main entryways to Clovis. Freedom New Mexico Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield wants the city to make a good first impression on travelers. That is why the condition of the city’s entryways comes up frequently when the “Keep Clovis Beautiful” […]

Bill would reinvest state money in state banks

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican State Rep. Brian Egolf is taking the `keep it local’ mantra to the extreme. Under a bill he’s carrying this session, the state would pull the roughly $1.4 billion it has in a Bank of America account and invest it in New Mexico banks. Egolf, D-Santa Fe, […]