Jesus our hope in uncertain times

In this Christmas season 2011 the fact that Jesus is our hope means so much more to me. As I write this column four days before Christmas, I am thinking about the changes in our world since our children were small. Many things have changed. Christmas presents for kids have changed. Annie and Buffy went […]

Edward Salas makes 15 Most Wanted list

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Salas CNJ staff Edward Salas, the only inmate who has eluded capture since the August 2008 Curry County Adult Detention Center escape, has been added to the U.S. Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted fugitive list. A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Salas’ arrest. That reward is up from […]

In search of ponies: Horses share strength

Her voice was strained and tired as she described the stress and challenges their family was enduring. But most of all, what she wanted was her baby boy with her. Though it’s been years, I can still remember hearing her pain as she told me how it just wasn’t right leaving him there at the […]

Wanted Clovis man arrested in Albuquerque

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A Clovis man on supervised release for a number of crimes but disappeared last week has been caught. Albuquerque police said detectives from the gang unit arrested Marco Rivera on Monday after receiving a tip that he was hiding with a friend in the Albuquerque area. New Mexico State Police […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Sarah Drew talks about her pregnancy and plans to be a working mom

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Provided by Celebritybabyscoop.com Actress Sarah Drew, who plays Dr. April Kepner on “Grey’s Anatomy,” is expecting her first child with her husband Peter Lanfer, who is a professor of Second Temple Judaism at UCLA and Dartmouth. Carolyn Robertson With her first trimester behind her, actress Sarah Drew is immersed in all things baby these days, […]

Our people: Portales music teacher Eunice Schumpert wanted to be an opera singer as a child

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Music is a part of each of Eunice Schumpert’s days. Eunice Schumpert of Portales doesn’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t singing and playing the piano. She is on the cusp of her 90th birthday and continues to be active as a piano and voice teacher. Schumpert […]

Mustang adoption begins

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A group of about 30 attended the opening bidding for wild mustangs and burros Thursday during the Bureau of Land Management wild mustang and burro adoption action at the Curry County Events Center. Sharna Johnson The sorrel filly with the flax mane and tail was the one he wanted as […]

Herding Squirrels: Greetings from a super villain

Traci Arbios As a young lass, I never wanted the “typical” dream of growing up and getting married and having 2.5 kids and settling down into the 3-bed, 2-bath home with the picket fence. Partial lie — I wanted the picket fence, but mostly I just wanted my parents to build a picket fence around […]

Grant: Yard project never ending

When I asked The Lady of the House what she wanted for Mother’s Day she said, “A chocolate cake and an afternoon of yard work.” There’s always plenty of yard work to be done around the Stucco Hacienda. You see, The Lady of the House always has projects on her “honey-do” list: Things to be […]

Tucumcari homicide suspect also wanted in Ohio

Freedom New Mexico A man charged in two recent Tucumcari homicides is also wanted in connection with two homicides in Ohio, according to state police. Muziwokuthula “Muzie” S. Madonda is charged with two open counts of murder and tampering with evidence connected to the March 24 shooting deaths of Gabriel Baca, 37, and Bobby Gonzales, […]

U.S. Homeland Security’s 10 most wanted

Our sister paper the Orange County Register recently posted a slideshow by immigration reporter Cindy Carcamo on U.S. Homeland Security’s 10 most wanted. Click here to view the slideshow.

Not all indigenous customs honorable

Curtis K. Shelburne The last thing I wanted to do on a recent trip to San Antonio was to have to think much. Thinking is work and I do it poorly. I just wanted to relax. But my wife and I took a tour to a couple of the vintage San Antonio missions, and—here’s the […]

Monday morning briefing: Winners wanted and Elvis gets notice

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. And the winner is… The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 2011 Annual Awards until 5 p.m. Dec. 31.

Grant Mcgee: Insurance job was ‘divine’ calling

Grant McGee The Lord wanted me to have a job one time. Let me explain. Years ago I needed more money for my growing family. So I moseyed on down to the state employment commission to find a job that would bring in wheelbarrows full of cash. “The Lord said you were coming. He has […]

In search of ponies: Easy living comes at cost

Sharna Johnson He wanted to be with us. It was one of those bizarre instances that feeds theories — perhaps he sought refuge with us because of hunting season, or maybe he was a lost pet — but the answer was never known. He flew into the yard a short distance away then waddled to […]

Father says shooting victim loved life

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Courtesy photo Angel Vale, 22, was found shot to death outside her Portales residence Thursday evening. Sharna Johnson Raymond Vale remembers his daughter as a dedicated, hard-working girl who wanted to help people and loved life. Angel Vale was found dead Thursday evening in the sideyard of a Portales home she was renting. The 22-year-old […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Poached fish and the Van of Enchantment

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Tell the world Here’s a chance to tell the world about your charitable organization or non-profit and maybe get some help. United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s HOME meeting is 9 a.m. Thursday at the

Young bucks

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Kristyl Jaure, 15, applies rosin to her rope before the junior bullriders took to the arena Friday at the Curry County Events Center. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer When her dad asked her brother if he wanted to try bullriding, Kristyl Juare said she spoke up and said she wanted to. Friday night, the […]

Prosecutors: Defendant wanted to see what it felt like to kill

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Prosecutors say Anthony Ray Casillas shot two people because he wanted to see what it felt like to kill. But his lawyer says Casillas’ behavior was too absurd to have been planned, implying alcohol and drugs may have influenced him the night Gary Payne and Melissa Ward died. Casillas, […]

Education feature: Students raise money for one of their own

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Courtesy photo Chase Caron, far left, was chosen as the target of Operation Caring by the sixth graders at Ranchvale Elementary School. Carson has a tumor on his brain stem. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When November and Operation Caring rolled around, sixth graders at Ranchvale Elementary School knew what they wanted to do. […]