Grant McGee: Small town holds wondrous discoveries

Grant McGee Haven’t you found things around your town and wondered how they got here? For instance The Lady of the House and I were watching a movie we picked up at a yard sale. “NOT FOR SALE OR RENTAL. FOR AWARD CONSIDERATION PURPOSES ONLY.” These words popped up occasionally along the bottom of the […]

Thursday morning briefing: Paint the town, holiday stuff and The Great War ends

Good morning, happy Veterans Day and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Help needed Your chance to paint the town…literally. Clovis MainStreet is still looking for volunteers to prep and paint buildings a block worth of buildings downtown. It’s from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday. Meet at Patchwork House, 519 Main. For more […]

Bullriders make way to Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Dusty Rogers attempts a ride during Saturday’s Clovis Invitational Bullriding and Barrel Race event at the Curry County Events Center. Rogers received a no-time on the ride. Karl Terry When a load of the rankest bulls in the West hits town, you know professional bullriders can’t be far behind. This […]

Attendees: School town hall informative

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Portales High School Principal Melvin Nusser answers a question during Tuesday’s school town hall held at the base theater. Liliana Castillo Despite low attendance, town hall organizers and attendees found it to be helpful and informative. The Airmen and Family Readiness Center hosted a school town hall meeting Tuesday. The […]

Digital signs popping up

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Coli Hunt programs a new digital sign for Joe’s Boot Shop on Mabry Drive. Hunt said the sign seems to be an attention-getter to passing traffic. Sharna Johnson A new breed of sign cropping up around town is downright moving. In recent months, several businesses — from banks to car […]

ENMU alumni honored

By Noelle Bartl: ENMU Director of Development Eastern New Mexico University presented several ENMU Foundation and Alumni Association awards Saturday during homecoming breakfast in the Campus Union Building. The ENMU Foundation Awards: Business of the Year: Doris and James Cassan of Dollar Rent A Car Being raised in the small town of Causey southeast of […]

Higher education master plan up for discussion at town hall meetings

Argen Duncan Members of the public have a chance to tell state officials what they want in higher education in New Mexico. Higher Education Department Secretary Viola Florez and members of her staff are scheduled to hold town hall meetings Monday in Clovis and Portales to collect input about their state higher education master plan. […]

No matter our status, we all need Christ

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Last week, I was out shopping for a birthday gift and ran into Barbara in the town section. I had not seen her in months. She was with her 4-year-old granddaughter Maggie. Barbara and Maggie were shopping for Maggie’s birthday. Barbara had decided to let Maggie choose her own birthday gift. […]

Family holds yearly reunion at Border Town Days

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lindsey Seales, left, and cousin Bethany Utzman look over auction items Saturday at the Texico Senior Center during the 59th annual Luce family reunion. Liliana Castillo A birthday celebration for a widow became a 59 year — and counting — tradition for the Luce family. For the 59th year, the […]

Thursday morning briefing: A concert, Border Town days and a front row seat

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Shameless self-promotion Cnjonline.com is holding a drawing each week in August for our newsletter subscribers. Check out the newsletter for a form to enter. The prizes are: • Aug 2-8: $20 gift certificate to Weinerschnitzel • Aug 9-15: $20 gift card to S&S Supermarket • Aug 16-22: […]

Ticket feature: Texico, Farwell getting ready for Border Town Days

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File photo Farwell and Texico are celebrating the 44th annual Border Town Days Saturday. Freedom New Mexico Farwell and Texico are celebrating the 44th annual Border Town Days Saturday. Border Town Days is an event shared between the two communities which border the New Mexico/Texas state line. The annual celebration began as a spin-off from […]

Friday morning briefing: Rodeo riding into town and nuclear power

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Rodeo time The High Plains Junior Rodeo finals ride into town Monday at the Curry County Events Center and

Editors face multiple challenges

By Don McAlvay: Freedom columnist Editors, as a lot, are usually decent, hardworking and totally dedicated to their task. Editors of small town newspapers in the old days, not too unlike their counterparts today, often found it difficult to please everybody. The editor of Clovis’ first daily newspaper, The Pony Post, in his first issue […]

A parting gift from ‘The Girls’

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I was enjoying my early morning bicycle commute to work and the sounds of birds of all kinds welcoming the dawn: Robins, mockingbirds, Western kingbirds, a rooster. A rooster? In town? Sure you can have chickens in town…as long as your neighbors don’t care or animal control doesn’t come a-callin’. […]

Rep. Lujan hosting town hall via phone

Freedom New Mexico U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luj

Dreamers should not settle on mediocrity

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist In response to a number of reader inquiries, I want to update readers of this column on a story which I submitted several weeks ago. The story concerned an entrepreneur, whose name happens to be Brice Hoskins, and his struggles with the zoning commission of the town of Silverton, Colo. […]

Zoning should be a case-by-case decision

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist It was couched under fiction, but a cursory reading revealed that it almost had to be factual. A brief Internet research time confirmed that to be the case. Mountain Gazette, a no-frills chronicle for outdoor lovers, carried the original story. In a ski town in Colorado, a ski town in […]

Education column: Students visit ocean without leaving town

When was the last time you went on an underwater expedition…and did not leave Clovis? Impossible, you say? Well, you would be wrong, because that is exactly what the third grade class of Lockwood Elementary School did recently. Without leaving Clovis, they experienced an underwater expedition via technology. The Clovis school system was visionary enough […]

Friday morning briefing: Cowboys in town

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday morning briefing. Video of the day In your backyard – Blackwater Draw Museum. Cowboys in town The Board of Directors of the North American Corriente Association are in Clovis today to scope out the new location for their national annual Convention Show and Roping. They met in the Bank […]

First person: Santa’s coming to town

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes for 11 years. Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes at Roden-Smith Pharmacy and about 40 other engagements during the Christmas […]