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 […]

Combined Federal Campaign under way

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USAF photo: Greg Allen Nicole Luft, the Curry and Roosevelt counties Combined Federal Campaign coordinator, watches Oct. 27 as Col. Stephen Clark, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, signs his donation to the 2010 CFC. By 27th SOW Public Affairs The 2010 Combined Federal Campaign season is under way, and the goal this year for the […]

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.

New trial under way in Portales for Casillas

Jared Tucker PORTALES — A new trial is under way for Anthony Casillas, 23, who is charged with two shooting deaths in Clovis in 2008. District Attorney Matt Chandler said 911 tapes from the night of the shooting were introduced Tuesday morning as evidence after opening statements. The trial in District Court is expected to […]

Manners sign of respect

Clyde Davis Pulling into the crowded drive-through of a fast food chain restaurant on a Saturday morning, I paid for the iced mocha and began to fold the change back into my wallet. The young woman taking the money at the window looked at me in a way which gives life to the clich

To be fearless cowboy way of life

Glenda Price When a cowboy gets the worst of a horseback wreck he straightens his hat, dusts off his britches and gets back on the horse. When someone asks, “Are you hurt?” he laughs, points to his body part that hit the ground first — usually his rear end — and says, “Nah … landed […]

Each individual writes story of one’s life

I could call myself a writer. I am smart enough to know that I cannot write professionally and make a living. But I have been writing since my teen years just as a way to express the emotions, thoughts and ideas of my heart. But think about this: Really, everyone is a writer. A person […]

Letter to the editor: True believers can be church

Friday’s CNJ contained an article about Christians who do not attend church. But there is so much more to the story than what was printed. There are many true believers who do not attend a traditional form of church whose story needs to be told. These believers have decided to simply BE the church instead […]

Matt 25, United Way seeking fan donations

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Matt 25 Hope Center Administrative Assistant Terry Osborne carries a fan Thursday donated for a needy family to keep cool this summer. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico United Way of Eastern New Mexico and Matt 25 Hope Center are teaming up to help Curry and Roosevelt county residents in […]

United Way taking diaper donations

CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is partnering with Casel-Land Fun Center for its day of action. Anybody who brings one pack of diapers to either the Matt 25 Hope Center or the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce before June 18 will receive two passes to Casel-Land. Information: 935-0211.

Extended heat wave on way

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Carmen Hollis and her son Carter Hollis, 4, both of Clovis, enjoy the sun and try to beat the heat Thursday at the Potter Park pool. This was Hollis first time at Potter Pool and she said, “I really like it.” By Jared Tucker Forecasters say predictions of record-breaking heat […]

Cannon spouse says census work has been good way to get to know community

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bethany Mueller hosted a training class in Portales April 15 for crew leaders in the area at Portales City Hall. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When her husband was assigned to Cannon Air Force Base in October of last year, Bethany Mueller finished teaching a semester at a community […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Slinging mud and United Way

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing.Web site of the day The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100000169033411 Slinging mud The Fifth annual Mud Volleyball Tournament is Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University starting at 10 a.m. Five courts will be dug behind Lincoln Hall. They also plan to play […]