Commenatry: Airman’s life celebrated

Courtesy photo U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. George R. Morgan, Jr., 27th Special Operations Support Squadron assistant chief tower controller, passed away Jan. 18 of natural causes. While at Cannon Air Force Base he made a positive impact on the Air Commandos he worked with in the air traffic control tower. By Air Traffic Control: […]

Production company, nonprofit team up for concert

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Courtesy photo The Love Come to Life Tour, coming Sunday to Eastern New Mexico University, features well-known Christian music performers Big Daddy Weaver, Kerrie Roberts and Mike’s Chair. Christina Calloway A local production company owner was touched on hearing the story of a nonprofit organization’s message against drinking and driving and invited them to be […]

Hounds’ Nelson makes All-LSC first team

CNJ staff ALLEN, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University senior guard Reggie Nelson was chosen to the All-Lone Star Conference men’s first team on Tuesday night at the LSC pre-tournament awards banquet. Nelson, who did not play last year, was an honorable mention All-LSC South choice in 2009-10. He ranks second in the league in […]

Education column: Drill team members dancing stars

You’ve seen them in the Macy’s Day Parade, or maybe at the Capital One Bowl in Orlando; dance teams of young ladies executing perfectly synched and choreographed routines, riveting the crowds with their performance. I had the privilege of speaking with two of our young ladies who achieved “all-American” status and, as a result, traveled […]

Honors — Jan. 22

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Courtesy photo Kimmie Davis presents the Conquistador Council and the El Llano Grade District of the Boy Scouts of America District Award of Merit to Greg Bucher, center and John Schonberger, right, looks on. Bucher Gregory Bucher received The Conquistador Council and the El Llano Grade District of the Boy Scouts of America District Award […]

Sandlot football Tebow’s forte

My team’s quarterback is making me crazy. Yeah, I have been Bronco fan since before Elway migrated east from Stanford. While there have been a few magical stretches at Mile High over the years we’ve had our dark seasons — kinda like the way this one started. I was resigned at the first of the […]

Hounds land Cannon on All-LSC first team

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Senior punter Taylor Cannon was Eastern New Mexico University’s lone representative on the All-Lone Star Conference first team in football. Selections were released on Thursday by the conference office. Senior wide receiver Darian Dale, the school’s career leader in catches and receiving yards, was named to the second team. Sophomore […]

Meteorologist visits with drama students

Chief Meteorologist Steve Kersh from the KVII Channel 7 news team visited one of our high school classrooms recently as part a special project. No, he wasn’t headed for a science classroom, but a drama class instead. This professional weather/newscaster was coming, professional equipment in hand, to tape a group of Keith Ingram’s students whose […]

Our people: Rising to the top

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Courtesy photo Sievers hiking at San Luis Peak in Colorado in July. Portales resident Joel Sievers is the team physician for Eastern New Mexico University, Portales and Clovis high schools. Sievers said he believes overcoming an injury helps young people learn how to overcome other obstacles they will face in life. “I enjoy teaching athletes […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Battle won in Lubbock, and one fast car

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday morning briefing.

ENMU plans baseball clinic

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University baseball team is hosting a free youth baseball clinic on Oct. 22 at Greyhound Field. The clinic, directed by first-year ENMU coach Chris Terry and members of his team, is open to anyone from kindergarten through 12th grde. Participants are asked to bring a glove, hat, baseball […]

Rooting problem: Without in-state team, NFL allegiances vary in eastern New Mexico

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FNM illustration: Kevin Wilson With Clovis product Hank Baskett not currently on an NFL roster this season, what team, if any, should eastern New Mexico football fans support? Dallas is an obvious choice. Kevin Wilson You look at your fuel gauge, and you notice that you’ve dropped to seven-eighths of a gallon. You don’t rush […]

Monday morning briefing: Olympic riders in Clovis and support for ENMU

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Special Olympics in town The Special Olympics New Mexico Equestrian Team is riding into Clovis for statewide competition Sept. 16. Competitions continue for two days at the Curry County Events Center. Opening ceremonies are at 7 p.m. and include lighting of the torch, the […]

ENMU men’s soccer team expects challenges

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ENMU freshman Carlos Viveros works his way upfield during Tuesday’s practice session at the ENMU practice field. Dave Wagner PORTALES — Fourth-year Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer coach Harold Munoz thinks he has his best team this season. The problem is that the other squads in the four-team Lone […]

Seconds matter in team roping

Julie Bryant In team roping, seconds can mean thousands of dollars to be won, or lost, and that was the case for more than 200 team ropers who made their way on Saturday to the Curry County Event Center to compete in the United States Team Roping Championships Southwest Regionals. Among them was a pair […]

New Mexico ropers competitive in USTRC

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Donnie J. Helmer, front, the header, and son Chad Helmer, the heeler, competed on Friday in the United States Team Roping Southwest Regional finals at Curry County Events Center. They didn’t get a time on the run. Julie Bryant New Mexico ropers took on the competition in fine fashion from […]

Fort Sumner cowboy signs to rodeo at Mesalands

CNJ staff Kit Pettigrew of Fort Sumner signed a National Letter of Intent to compete on the Mesalands Community College rodeo team for the 2011-2012 season. The Mesalands Rodeo Team competes in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Last year, Mesalands claimed the Grand Canyon Regional Championship title.

Lazbuddie roper wins USTRC open

By Julie Bryant: U.S. Team Roping Championships In what was a star-studded field of open ropers at the U.S. States Team Roping Championships Southwest Regionals, it was the local ropers who fought to the top of the 63-team field Thursday at the Curry County Events Center. Josh Morris of Lazbuddie and Brandon Gonzales of Bosque […]

Clovis gets taste of Pecos League action

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Roswell second baseman Clint Stottlemeyre makes the catch on a pop-up by Ruidoso’s Chris Davis to end the third inning. Dave Wagner Clovis nearly had a Class A minor league team this year. Thursday night, the city was exposed to what it might see in the fledgling Pecos League. The […]

Team roping regional finals to be hosted in Clovis

CNJ staff The United States Team Roping Championships will host the Regional Finals in Clovis August 4-7 at the Curry County Events Center. Touted as the richest team roping series, the event will offer $340,000 in cash and prizes with an estimated economic impact of $1.2 million to the Clovis area, according to a press […]