Education digest — June 16

ENMU newsletter takes top honors Eastern New Mexico University’s Monday Memo won first place in the nation in the category of Electronic Newsletters in a competition by the National Federation of Press Women. The Monday Memo is a weekly newsletter at ENMU featuring news, features, photos, videos and sideshows. Director of Media Relations Wendel Sloan […]

Friday morning briefing: A bite for charity, top volunteers and a chance of rain

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. That’s a burger Taco Box’s green chili cheeseburger — once again namd one of the state’s best — is raising money for local charities. Now through June 15th when you buy one at Taco Box of Clovis or Portales, Taco Box will donate $1 […]

Cannon leaders move on to success

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster, from left, Col. Timothy Leahy and Col. Stephen Clark take part in the change of command ceremony in May 2009 held at Cannon Air Force Base. At the ceremony, outgoing commander Leahy formally handed the reins to new commander Clark. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections Philip Breedlove […]

Freedom New Mexico picks up 11 awards

Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico picked up 11 awards on Saturday, including the seven top prizes, in the Texas Panhandle Press Association’s 2011 Better Newspaper Contest. The Clovis News Journal was honored with PPA’s General Excellence award. CNJ photographers Tony Bullocks, Liliana Castillo and columnist Kevin Wilson all won individual first place awards. The […]

Texico cheerleaders take top honors

Kevin Wilson An entire year of work comes down to two days for New Mexico high school cheerleading squads. For the second time in three years, Texico had the best two days in Class 2A. The school, which took its first cheerleading trophy in 2009, took top honors again at the state spirit competition in […]

March 11 — Local sports briefing

Cannon Connections: Tony Portales senior Gabby Garcia looks up to see Socorro’s senior Jaden Jones closing in during Friday’s Class 3A state basketball tournament game in Portales. The Lady Rams beat Socorro 48-22 to advance to the state quarterfinals. Fab 5 Top area performances during the week of Fed. 26-March 5: • Texico sophomore Shaylee […]

March 4 — Local sports briefing

Cannon Connections: Kevin Wilson Curry County Cats receiver Adam Garcia gets past Las Cruces defensive back Felton Nichols in the first quarter of last week’s New Mexico Premier League game at Leon Williams Stadium in Clovis. Fab 5 Top area performances from the week of Feb. 21-27 • Clovis senior Lathan Lieb scored 33 points […]

Feb. 18 — Local sports briefing

Cannon Connections: Kevin Wilson Portales forward Gabby Garcia goes around Texico’s Delanie Crist during the third quarter a non-district matchup at Texico. Defending Class 2A champion Texico beat the Class 3A Lady Rams 37-26. The Fab 5 Top area performances for the week Feb. 7-12 • Clovis sophomore Nikki Cordova scored 11 of her career-best […]

Top gloves to meet in interservice bouts

By Patrick Desmond: 502nd Air Base Wing OL-A Public Affairs LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — With national champions, world military champions and 2012 Olympic Team hopefuls stacking the upcoming 2011 Armed Forces Boxing Championships at Lackland Air Force Base Feb. 15 through Friday, the interservice event is truly an elite competition. Foremost among the […]

Thursday morning briefing: Top grades, an auction and a night at the opera

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Top grades Melrose High School and elementary school were recognized for top science performance on the 2010 New Mexico Standards Based Assessments, according to a news release. Melrose Elementary School had the highest percentage of students performing at proficientor advanced level in science in fifth grade […]

Feb. 11 — Sports briefing

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks ENMU’s Tyler Jefferson attempts to shoot over two Incarnate Word defenders in the first half of Saturday’s action at Greyhound Arena. Fab 5 Top area performances for the week of Jan. 29 to Feb. 5: • Dora freshman Dylan Privett has 25 points and 23 rebounds in the Coyotes’ 60-51 […]

Fort Sumner fills three spots in school board election

CNJ staff Fort Sumner voters filled three spots in their at-large school board vote Tuesday. Incumbent Tom Wilton was elected to a second four-year term, while Ray Drake earned his first elected term after serving five months as an appointed member. Kerrilyn Webb, running for her first time, was chosen for the third open spot […]

Jan. 28 — Local sports briefing

Freedom New Mexico Clovis senior Ashlee Pierson drives around a pair of Rio Rancho defenders in the first quarter of a game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium in Clovis. Clovis defeated Rio Rancho 57-24. The Fab 5 Top area performances from the week of Jan. 17-22: • Freshmen Madison Silveira (100 butterfly and 100 backstroke) and […]

Command chief selected for top enlisted position at Hurlburt

Chief Master Sgt. William H. Turner Cannon Connections staff Cannon Air Force Base’s Chief Master Sgt. William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been chosen as the Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command in Hurlburt Field, Fla., according to a news release. Turner’s new position is […]

In Search of Ponies: Gift horses tether to Grandpa

Sharna Johnson The childhood memories are many and vivid. There were the sweets; sugared mulberries and raspberries on top of vanilla ice cream, butterscotch candies, the nectar from honey suckle blossoms, boxes of oranges and grapefruits at Christmas and thin ribbon candy. And the countless hours I spent at Grandpa’s house, sitting in the branches […]

Nov. 12 Sports briefing

The Fab 5 Top area team and individual performances last week: • Clovis Christian senior Mike Urioste rushed for 360 yards and scored nine touchdowns as the top-ranked Eagles routed Hondo 63-12 in a 6-man state semifinal game. • Junior Kelsey Laurenz had 13 kills and 10 blocks and Portales swept Ruidoso in the District […]

Glance at top NM races

The Associated Press (AP) 11-02-10 20:48,, U.S. House District 1 25 of 462 precincts – 5 percent Martin Heinrich, Dem (i) 59,279 – 50 percent Jonathan Barela, GOP 59,190 – 50 percent

Health care remains top priority

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Dr. George Peach Taylor Jr., says he doesn’t yet know if President Obama’s defense budget for fiscal 2012 will propose higher TRICARE fees for military retirees or any other beneficiary group. If past budget requests are any guide, going back deep into the George W. Bush’s presidency, then higher TRICARE […]

Honors — Oct. 3

Area quilters top show Area quilters took honors at the Roswell Quilt Show, which was presented by Pecos Valley Quilters Sept. 24 and 25. Linda Custer of Rogers won Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice and first place for her “Finally!!!” large appliqued and machine-quilted (one-person) quilt. Lou Sikes of Portales won first place for “The […]

First person: Appaloosa girl

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis native Kyla Myers has been riding horses since she was 5 years old. Kyla Myers of Clovis won four top 10s at her first trip to the 2010 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show. That means she ranked in the top 10 in four competitions. The 14-year-old Clovis native has […]