Press release: Max sentence given in 1993 Portales murder

Portales, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Arnoldo Navarette, age 40, was sentenced to the maximum time allowed by law today for his convictions of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. The charges stem from the 1993 shooting death of Portales resident, Reynaldo Ornelas, Sr. Navarette was found […]

Empty stocking funds: Mrs. S

Today’s Focus: Miss S Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstance: Miss S is having a hard time paying bills because she has been under a doctor’s care and has had some big medical issues. Her holiday hope: Wants to have fun with her child. Clothing needs: Girls shirt and pants size 2-3 toddler, and […]

Empty stocking fund: Ms. A

Today’s focus: Ms. A Household members: 6 Children: 2 Special circumstance: Ms. A is working but not making enough to support her children. She now lives with her parents to help make her earnings go farther. Her holiday hope: To have enough for a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Pants and shirts size 12 girls and […]

Empty stocking fund: Miss S

Today’s focus: Miss S Household members: 6 Children: 4 Special circumstance: Miss S’ daughter and grandchildren have been living with her ex-husband. When he lost his job, her daughter and grandchildren moved back in with her. Now she has extra people this Christmas living with her. Her holiday hope: To enjoy being with her grandchildren. […]

Empty stocking fund: Mr. and Mrs. S

Today’s Focus: Mr. and Mrs. S Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstance: Mr. S is having a hard time finding full time work, since his wife Mrs. S has cancer and needs transportation to doctor visits. They are having a hard time paying bills. Their holiday hope: They want the best for their children […]

ENMU Saturday basketball capsule — Dec. 4

CNJ staff Men Cameron (5-1) at ENMU (3-3) When: 4 p.m. today Where: Greyhound Arena What: Lone Star Conference crossover Of note: The Aggies suffered their first loss on Thursday, but didn’t go down easily before falling in overtime to unbeaten West Texas A&M 75-67 at Canyon, Texas. Cameron opened a 15-point lead before the […]

Empty stocking fund: Mrs. R

Today’s focus: Mrs. R Household members: 5 Children: 4 Special circumstance: Mrs. R is helping to raise her grandchildren, because their parents are in jail. She works, but she does not make enough to give her grandchildren a nice Christmas. Her holiday hopes: To have a good Christmas with her grandchildren. Clothing needs: Girls’ pants […]

Empty stocking fund: Mrs. P

Today’s focus: Mrs. P Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstance: Mrs. P’s husband has been out of a job for two months. Thankfully, he just found a job, but the hours are low since he just started. Her holiday hopes: To be able to one day help other people at Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls’ […]

Empty stocking fund: Ms. W

Today’s focus: Ms. W. Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstance: Ms. W is a single mother of three and she has polymyositis and fibromyalgia. She goes to the doctor a lot due to her illnesses. Ms. W would like to go back to school for physical therapy. Her holiday hopes: For her children to […]

Thursday morning briefing: Books galore, a fall festival and drinking the Kool-Aid

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Books on the cheap Thousands of used books will be available at bargain prices during the annual Friends of the Portales Public Library sale set for today through Saturday in the meeting room at the library, 218 S. Ave. B. Hours for the […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Election day, video games and a Spruce Goose

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Election day A reminder that today is election day. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Video game of the week Not for the little kids but worth a look. Game: Fable III Genre: Role-playing game System: PC, 360 What is it? […]

Holiday happenings — Oct. 31

The following is a list of local holiday happenings today: • Parkland Fall FestivalWhen: 6-8 p.m.Where: Parkland Baptist ChurchCost: Free • Harvest CarnivalWhen: 7:30-9 p.m.Where: Faith Christian Family ChurchCost: Free • Trinity Assembly of God Harvest FestWhen: 6-8:30 p.m. Where: Trinity Assembly of God, 601 S. Ave. B., PortalesCost: Free • Trick or Treat at […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Report cards, calendars and a poet in prison

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Making the grade Today marks the end of the first nine weeks in

Religion calendar — Sept. 24

Today Rock the City — 12 p.m., Hillcrest Park. Southern Baptist ministry with family fun. Information: 762-4727 or 763-3471. Spiritual Truth and Prayer Seminar — 6 p.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Nationally renowned speakers, John Martignoni and Tim Staples. $10 for non-members of the parish. Information: 575-317-8942 Saturday Coffee House Inter-denominational concert — 7 p.m., […]

First NFL cutdown today

Tuesday is the first of two cut-down days this week for NFL teams. Clovis native Hank Baskett, who rejoined the Eagles after spending a season with the Indianapolis Colts, is competing with five receivers for the final two receiver spots on the Philadelphia roster. He has one catch for 5 yards in two preseason games. […]

Announcement —

Marty Hynesm will be in Clovis today for a service at New Beginnings Church of God, 307 N. Lea Street. He will be speaking in the morning service beginning at 10:50 a.m. Hynes has a powerful message of God’s love and restoration through his testimony. His tale of a fall from grace, time in prison, […]

Religion calendar — Aug. 20

Today Woman to Woman Conference 2010 — 7 p.m., First Church of God in Christ. Information: 763-6796 Saturday Woman to Woman Conference 2010 — 7 p.m., First Church of God in Christ. Information: 763-6796 Matt’s Coffee House Inter-Denominational Concert — 7 p.m., First Methodist Church. Every third Saturday of the month. Free refreshments. Information: Vye […]

Meetings watch: Commission to vote on dumping fee waiver

The Clovis City Commission is scheduled to meet at 5:15 p.m. today at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • A request for approval to issue and sell $7 million of City of Clovis New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Revenue bonds to improve sanitary sewers and treatment plants. • A […]

Commissioners to meet, give report on jail

During today’s regular commission meeting, Curry County commissioners are expected to: • Give a report on its Aug. 3 tour and inspection of the jail. • Consider a 23-item consent agenda that includes: • A contract with BI Incorporated for inmate monitoring and tracking services • Approval for Rohde May Keller McNamara Architecture to proceed […]

Teachers advise students to ‘do their best’ on first day

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Parkview Elementary fifth-grade teacher Susan Rogers sorts through papers she will be giving to her students Thursday on the first day of school. Rogers said she plans to retire at the end of this school year after 20 years of teaching. Sharna Johnson Today marks the last day of summer […]