Officials work toward Ute Lake compromise

Thomas Garcia A conservation steering committee said Thursday they would like to work together to establish policies that ensure Ute Lake water levels protecting recreation while providing water to Curry and Roosevelt counties. Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said hers and other communities should be willing to work out a compromise that benefits everyone. “We do […]

Trio reunited at McMurry

Kevin Wilson The band is back together, somewhat, and it’s making a Friday swing through Portales. In the closest thing they’ll have to a homecoming, Clovis High guards Jaden Isler and Bryce Hill, and former Wildcat coach J.D. Isler, lead McMurry University in a 7 p.m. Friday neutral site game at Greyhound Arena against Northern […]

Clovis trio set for homecoming

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The band is back together, somewhat, and it’s making a Friday swing through Portales. In the closest thing they’ll have to a homecoming, Clovis High guards Jaden Isler and Bryce Hill, and former Wildcat coach J.D. Isler, lead McMurry University in a 7 p.m. Friday neutral site game at […]

Our people: Walks without fear

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Liliana Castillo: FNM correspondent Gail Keener has lived in Pep on and off for most of her life. Pep resident Gail Keener was one of a group of Victory Life Church members who came together to create the Portales Dream Center. The church’s pastor at the time gathered a group to create the center which […]

Quarterly luncheon covers recent accomplishments

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Becky Rowley, president of Clovis Community College, opens the city-county joint luncheon Tuesday at the college. She announced registration was in full swing, which was evident by heavy traffic at the front entrance. Kevin Wilson City and county officials got together Tuesday for a small lunch and a talk over […]

Reader-submitted content: United Way’s Day of Caring teams helped three organizations

Sara Newell On April 16 United Way of Eastern New Mexico held their annual Day of Caring. Each year the Day of Caring challenges our community to come together for a day of service to help enhance the cities we live in. In previous years, United Way has taken on projects like rebuilding the Portales […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Coming together, an Easter warning and terrorism at home

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Coming together The community comes together at noon today during the joint City of Clovis/Curry County luncheon at the Clovis Civic Center. Quirky quote “It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.” — Muhammad Ali Easter […]

Vacation to ocean ended too soon

So as the wizard tells her the way to return to Kansas, Dorothy dutifully clicks together her heels and incants, “There’s no place like home … there’s no place like home … there’s no place like home…” Yet with a hint of wistfulness in her voice, for the magic of Oz that she is leaving […]

Texico schools gather to celebrate success

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Texico kindergartners Angel Salas, left, and Aviana Hall applaud for their fellow students Friday during the schoolwide Assembly of Success in the Educational Complex. Liliana Castillo The entire Texico school population and community members took part in a 12-year school tradition Thursday morning. Once each semester, Texico schools gathers together […]

Family holidays can be trying times

Most families make special arrangements to get together for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. There’s a belief that family gatherings are joyous, love-filled events. Maybe not. I know one family that pretty much decided that love-filled stuff was a myth. The last such gathering they had, several years ago, left them wondering if their family is somehow […]

Camel helps pay student’s way through college

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Edwin Snell said he and Caesar the camel, who he took to college with him in Las Cruces, have been together 11 years. Sharna Johnson A college student would be lucky to have a wingman like Caesar. And Edwin Snell is. Caesar the camel is not only a companion after […]

Photographers providing free family portraits for needy

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Kayla Blair talks to volunteers at an organizational meeting for the Help-Portrait event Wednesday at Clovis Community College. Liliana Castillo A group of area photographers is getting together to provide free family portraits to less fortunate families for the holidays. Nikki Penny of Portales and Kayla Blair of […]

Students learn about effects of bullying

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Liliana Castillo Marshall Junior High School students spent the last nine weeks learning about what to do when they are bullied or when they see someone else get bullied. Assistant Principal Cindy Terry and School Social Worker Lynn Fronk came together to raise awareness about bullying. Terry said bullying was one of the top three […]

MainStreet aims to raise money with downtown gala

Liliana Castillo An event that started as a wine and cheese tasting nine years ago has evolved to include New Mexico wines, beers, an olive bar, salsa bar and chocolate fountain. The food is part of the attraction at the annual Downtown Gala, which serves as the biggest fundraiser for Clovis MainStreet. Clovis MainStreet is […]

Blessing of animals in fourth year

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CNJ file photo Three area churches plan to hold a pet blessing ceremony Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church on West 21st Street. Sharna Johnson Organizers are hoping to have a zoo Saturday on the lawn of the Trinity Lutheran Church. The fourth annual pet blessing ceremony begins at 3 p.m. and will bring together pastors […]

Ticket feature: Circus show features zombies

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Courtesy photo The Zombie Circus Extravaganza follows a circus that has a ringmaster, strongman, tightrope walker and the normal circus cast, but director Bryan Hahn said there is a twist. CNJ staff report It might have been a nightmare to put together, but the director of an upcoming zombie show said there’s no nightmare for […]

Firm contracted for Tres Amigas management services

CNJ staff Tres Amigas, the electric power transmission company planning to build a superstation near Clovis, has given global consulting, design and construction firm CH2M Hill a contract to provide program management services, according to a news release. The Tres Amigas superstation is expected to tie together America’s three power grids for the first time […]

Area churches bring movie about teen issues to Clovis

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Courtesy illustration Churches in Clovis and Portales are working together to bring the movie “To Save A Life” to Clovis. The movie addresses life issues teenagers deal with daily. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Churches in Clovis and Portales are joining together to bring a movie to town. A movie they are hoping will […]

Festival offers quilted ‘eye candy’

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan High Plains Quilt Festival organizer Elizabeth Lawrence with the quilt “Exiting Eden with Eve Firing Up the Pickup” by Ellie Kreneck of Lubbock. The piece is one of about 175 on display at the Memorial Building this week. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Nell Hardin of Arch has pieced […]

Portales Smokin’ Third bash kicks off Independence Day festivities

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PNT Photo: Zhongming Jiang A fireworks display explodes over the city of Portales. The show is part of the Smokin’ Third of July Bash. The event kicks off Independence Day festivities in Eastern New Mexico. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Every holiday seems to be a time for family to get together. The Fourth […]