Group: Tax petition has two thirds of necessary signatures

Kevin Wilson A little more than one week into their efforts, the High Plains Patriots appear roughly two thirds of the way into forcing a special election on a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase. “We have somewhere around 300 (signatures), is what I’ve gotten from people we’ve talked to over the weekend,” High Plains […]

Bill would change schools’ measure of success

Liliana Castillo A bill that would change the way student success is measured in New Mexico’s schools is headed to state legislators this session. Bill sponsor Rep. Dennis Roch, an assistant superintendent with Texico schools, said under the bill, House Bill 355, each school in the state would be rated by a letter grade, A, […]

Way back to Father through Jesus

Curtis Shelburne We are all on a journey. What is particularly ironic about the journey is that we spend most of our lives trying to get back where we started. We spend most of our lives trying to fulfill our deepest longing, the desire to be home, truly home. If you think about the journey […]

United Way donations total $522,599

CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico raised $522,599 during its 2010-11 campaign, according to a release Monday from the organization. The amount raised is up about 1 percent from last year’s total of $514,694. But the total is about 10 percent below the 2008 total of $580,000 raised between Curry and Roosevelt […]

Clovis’ Lee K. Howard found a way to stay in the game — as a TV sports reporter

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Courtesy photo Howard, who beat Hank Baskett out for homecoming king his senior year — played basketball and tennis in high school. According to his bio, sports have been Lee K. Howard’s “passion from a young age, but he soon

Ticket feature: ENMU event schedule packed

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Courtesy photo Eastern New Mexico University has a full lineup of performances and arts exhibitions through its spring semester. Freedom New Mexico The next few months are sure to be busy on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University as numerous performances and exhibitions are rolled out for the community. Already under way with the […]

Lawmaker proposes using permanent fund to fix state budget

Trip Jennings As state lawmakers begin to debate where to cut spending or raise revenue, one legislator suggests a third way to plug New Mexico’s sizable budget shortfall. New Mexico sits on a huge pot of money called the permanent funds, made up of minerals royalties and other revenues. Why not take advantage of that […]

Officer on way to lunch before crash

Sharna Johnson A Clovis police officer was on his way to lunch when he was involved in a fatal crash Nov. 17. Officer Stephen Gallegos radioed dispatch at 9:38 p.m. to let them know he was done at the police department and to ask if he was clear to go to lunch, according to an […]

Cartoons can’t fight child abuse

Kevin Wilson Monday was a big study day for my friend, so I told her not to expect any texts for me throughout the day. That way, she could get out of the library sooner. She upped the offer, and I caved. “This is my Facebook password,” she said. “Change it, and don’t tell me […]

God expects of us only what we can give

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Several years ago, I had purchased a CD with Christmas songs sung by children for my grandchildren. Not long after that, I was on the way home from some doctor appointments in Lubbock and pushed that CD into the player to get into the Christmas sprit. I headed west back […]

United Way officials say campaign outperforming last year’s

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks United Way campaign associate Sara Newell of Clovis works on the United Way 50-50 campaign Monday. Sharna Johnson Three quarters of the way from deadline, the United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s fundraising campaign is outperforming last year. At $341,014 for Curry and Roosevelt counties, donations are already about $100,000 […]

Friday morning briefing: Bright lights, cookies with Santa and inviso-power

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Bright lights in the big city Registration is under way for the annual Clovis Christmas Light Parade. This year’s illuminating line-up gets started 6 p.m. Dec. 4. Registration forms are now available at the chamber, 105 E. Grand, and Clovis MainStreet office, 621-A Main […]

Convenience store expanding

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jimmie Amerson, job superintendent with Steward Builders of Weatherford, Texas, checks the bolt pattern Monday in the foundation of the Allsup’s store at 21st and Prince streets. CNJ staff Work is under way on a project that will more than double the size of a convenience store at one of […]

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 […]

Hounds need win to stay in LSC North title hunt

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White Hounds junior wide receiver Chase Kyser is stopped short of the goal line by a pair of Southeastern Oklahoma defenders during last week’s game at Greyhound Stadium. By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Few people, outside of the participants, saw this coming. Eastern New Mexico University plays at Northeastern State […]

Life more fulfilling with God’s ‘perfect ten’

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Three weeks ago the date was Oct. 10, 2010. That will not happen again until Oct. 10, 3010 when it will again be 10-10-10. On that day I attended a church service in Rochester, Minn. The pastor opened the beginning of the service this way: “Today it is 10-10-10. I want […]

Grant McGee: Airplane travel still amazing

Grant McGee The morning broke crystal-clear and cool the other day, a beautiful High Plains morning. I was outside tending to my chores when the sound of a jet caught my ear; that jet noise from far away and high above. I scanned the wide blue yonder and saw it way up there. Five miles? […]

United Way focusing on outreach

CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is in campaign mode. The charitable organization that aids non-profits throughout Curry and Roosevelt counties kicked off its fundraising campaign last month, but in the last week has done 10 presentations to area groups with another five scheduled for Wednesday. “We are in it,” Executive Director […]

Struggle gives way to innovation

Glenda Price The bossman bid on a fence building job along the right-of-way of a newly paved road in the northern New Mexico mountains. He didn’t tell the ranch hands about it until he actually got the contract in hand. All chores having to do with fencing — building, repairing, riding in search of problems […]

Our people: Agent of Service

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Erinn Burch of Clovis is a mother of two and runs United Way of Eastern New Mexico. Erinn Burch of Clovis has run the United Way of Eastern New Mexico for eight years. She said she enjoys her work because everyone she works with is working to improve the community.