Business digest: Leal’s to raise funds for United Way

Leal’s to raise funds for United Way The Leal’s Mexican Restaurant crew is gearing up to give to United Way on Thursday, when 10 percent of sales will go towards United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s fundraising drive. The organization, which funds charities in Curry and Roosevelt counties, reported last week it is at $481,137 […]

Court ruling advances free speech

Freedom New Mexico The First Amendment is healthier following a Supreme Court decision Thursday that strengthens its roots: protecting political speech. The court ruled 5-4 in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that the federal government cannot restrict how corporations and labor unions may spend money to advocate for or against candidates for political office. […]

Court ruling paves way for freedom

Freedom New Mexico In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, commonly known as the “Hillary movie” case, the U.S. Supreme Court finally vindicated a proper understanding of the First Amendment, which provides that “Congress shall make no law” restricting freedom of speech. One might ask what part of “no law” do you not understand, but […]

United Way still taking donations

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo United Way volunteer Betty Wagner processes donations Tuesday at the United Way office on Main Street. Wagner said she’s a four-year volunteer for United Way. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer While the official deadline for donations has passed, it’s not too late to donate to the United Way of […]

No winners in foreign trade wars

Freedom New Mexico Remember back in September, when the United States — about the same time President Barack Obama was lecturing the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh about not resorting to protectionism — slapped a hefty 35 percent tariff on certain low-cost automobile tires made in China? It may not have seemed like a big deal, […]

Workers sought for census taking

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Recruitment assistant Jack Mullins oversees test-takers for jobs with the U.S. Census Tuesday at the 21st Street Church of Christ. Mullins said another test is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A key element of the United States of America […]

United Way short of fundraising goal

Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is 26 percent short of its goal with 11 days left in the fundraising cycle, according to a news release. So far, $430,385 has been raised toward the community-wide goal of $580,000, the release said. Deadline for donations is Jan. 20. This year’s goal is […]

United Way is Coming Up Short

Clovis ~ So far, $430,385 has been donated or pledged to United Way by individuals, business owners, and corporations. That’s 74% of the $580,000 community-wide goal and approximately $100,000 less than was raised in last year’s campaign. The standings for each county are as follows: • Curry County Goal — $500,000 • Roosevelt County Goal […]

Education data encouraging for Hispanics

Freedom New Mexico A new study of Hispanic youth in the United States offers interesting data about one of the country’s fastest-growing groups. For political and social leaders, it has valuable information about their attitudes and risks for the future. It also can help dispel many myths and assumptions about them. The Pew Hispanic Center […]

Some charities finding season less giving than usual

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Salvation Army ringer Dave Garza thanks Randy Lee of Clovis for his donation outside Wal-Mart. Garza has been a ringer for 10 years and said he does it because he enjoys seeing and helping people. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Fundraising during the holiday season is taking local non-profits […]

Farm Service Agency elections end Monday

Freedom New Mexico The United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in New Mexico is reminding farmers, ranchers and other eligible voters to cast their ballots in the local FSA County Committees elections by the Monday deadline. Ballots were mailed to voters earlier this month and must be returned to FSA offices or post […]

Church drive looks past coats

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lorraine Weingates, who organized a drive for hats, gloves, socks and scarves, said she’d seen a tree decorated with those items that would be donated. She said the idea stuck with her. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The United Methodist Women’s group at Trinity United Methodist Church is throwing […]

Ticket feature: Handbell festival rings in season

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File photo The Eastern New Mexico Handbell Festival will bring 105 ringers together from Canyon and Levelland, Texas, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Clovis and Portales. Freedom New Mexico The 17th annual Eastern New Mexico Handbell Festival will kick off the holiday season on Saturday. Event organizer William Wood said the festival is held on the […]

Music will ring in holiday season

Cannon Connections file photo Michael Mazzetenta will come from Mesa, Ariz. to direct the public concert during the festival. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections staff writer The 17th annual Eastern New Mexico Handbell Festival will kick-off the holiday season on Saturday. Event organizer William Wood said the festival is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving […]

United Way director: Companies ‘bread and butter’ of fundraising campaign

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Freedom new Mexico: Tony Bullocks James Bickley principal Todd Morris places some food items into a backpack Friday for student to have for over the weekend. This is one of many programs funded by the United Way of Eastern New Mexico. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Anyone who works in a Clovis or Portales […]

First person: Bell ringer takes on musical challenge

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jill Whitehead of Clovis performs with the First United Methodist Church’s hand bell group. The group performs every two months during services. Jill Whitehead has been playing in the First United Methodist Church hand bell group for 25 years. To start: When I started, we were new to town and […]

United Way, CCC offering training

Freedom New Mexico United Way of Eastern New Mexico and Clovis Community College are teaming up to provide non-profit training. Erinn Burch, director of United Way of Eastern New Mexico, said the training will consist of nine monthly four-hour training sessions via instructional television. Topics will include strategic planning and marketing, staff management, financial management, […]

Energy answers lie in shale beds

By Jim Constantopolous: Guest columnist As the United States begins to pull out of the worst economic crisis since the end of World War II, energy policy has taken on increasing importance. President Obama has called on Congress to pass legislation that would reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil. The administration is correct in doing […]

United Way kickoff set before Rams-Mules game

Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is holding a kickoff party from 5-6 p.m. tonight at Greyhound Stadium, preceding the Rams’ football game against the Muleshoe Mules. United Way board members will be on hand to give information about the charitable organization and its upcoming fundraising drive. Hot dogs and drinks […]

United Way ready to kick off fundraising

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Some people don’t have to look far to see the impact the United Way has on the community. Todd Morris only needs to look down the hallway at work. “Without kids getting fed, getting clothed, getting things taken care of,” said Morris, principal at James Bickley Elementary in Clovis, […]