Thursday morning briefing: They want your blood and the grisly end of a tradition

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Blood needed Roll up your sleeve, there’s a blood drive from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today in the Commons area at Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Blvd. Information: 769-4154. Meetings watch The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meets at 10 a.m. today in the […]

Rodeoing family tradition

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Curry County resident Jo Hughes’ granddaughter Hannah Hughes competed in the 9- to 12-year-olds goat tying event Saturday in the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals at the Curry County Events Center. Liliana Castillo As a girl raced toward the first barrel on her trusty steed, Sally Bland yelled “Go […]

Soap Box Derby scheduled for June 18

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File photo Clovis’ 10th annual Soap Box Derby will be held at 9 a.m. June 18 on Sycamore Street near Yucca Middle School. Freedom New Mexico The 10th annual Clovis Soap Box Derby is scheduled to take place June 18. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Sycamore Street near Yucca Middle School, the race gives youngsters […]

Songs, shows part of tradition

I think I’m Christmas conflicted. Assaulted all day by music media with Christmas themes and all evening with movie and TV show depictions of the holiday, I’m probably not alone when I say it sinks into your consciousness and maybe begins to get on your nerves a little before it’s all over. On the one […]

More than 360 graduate at ENMU

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank ENMU President Steven Gamble applauds graduates during ENMU’s 118th Commencement Saturday at Greyhound Arena. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Tradition took center stage in graduation ceremonies Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University. More than 360 students receiving degrees heard guest speaker and former ENMU President Robert Matheny explain how […]

Antique tractor parade expo tradition

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Herb Newberry of Portales rides his father’s tractor, fixed up for the antique tractor parade Tuesday at the annual Roosevelt County Ag Expo. Newberry said the tractor was used before his dad bought it in the 50s. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The antique tractor parade at the Roosevelt […]

Business naming tradition dates back decades

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CNJ illustration: Cheyanne Bardin Many Portales business are named after a non-existent valley and Clovis businesses often reference hills, though there are none in the area. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Plain 1.a. An extensive, level, usually treeless area of land. b. A broad level expanse. That residents of Clovis and Portales live in […]

Residents celebrate Juneteenth

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Juneteenth-goers grab drinks to go with their barbecue at Potter Park. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Doug McAdams plans his vacation around the end of June every year, and his trek from Dallas to his hometown of Clovis has become a tradition. And as he stood Saturday, manning a […]

Taking part in government U.S. tradition

Freedom New Mexico Today’s inauguration of Barack Obama as our 44th president is a special day for all Americans. Many might consider it even more special than many previous transitions of presidential authority. Certainly at the top of the list is the ascension of the nation’s non-Anglo president. Many people consider it long overdue, coming […]

Reporter’s notebook: Horse continues winning tradition

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Courtesy photo My Other Toy’s a Car, ridden by owner Mary Ann Rapp, finished ninth in the non-professional division of Sunday’s National Cutting Horse Association Futurity in Fort Worth, Texas. My Other Toy’s a Car is the daughter of Smart Lena Boon, a My Other Toy’s a Car, the daughter of a horse co-owned by […]