Panel snuffs tobacco tax hike bill

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican A bill to raise money for education by boosting state cigarette taxes by $1 a pack went up in smoke Thursday when a legislative committee voted unanimously against the idea. The House Business and Industry Committee voted to table House Bill 35, sponsored by state Rep. Brian […]

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 […]

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 […]

Paint rehab won’t thwart terror attacks

Freedom New Mexico Chile is on the way to becoming the first Latin American nation to move to “developed country” status from “developing country” status, especially in light of the recent invitation to join the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. It has moved from a debtor nation to a creditor nation and its poverty […]

2010’s first baby family’s third daughter

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Laura Larko and Chris Austin welcomed their third daughter, Aaliyah Lynn Austin, at 2:19 p.m. Saturday, making her the first baby to be born in 2010 at Plains Regional Medical Center. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Laura Larko has never had a baby on her due date. With her […]

Accepting Christ defining moment in life

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Here we are in the year 2010 and it seems we should be just half way through 2009. I have to agree with the saying that time “really does fly by.” The Psalmist wrote about time when he was thinking about how his little short life fit into the whole […]

Jesus’ birth showed new way to think

Freedom New Mexico It is curious in some ways that modern-day Western Christians have created a more lavish holiday — which in many ways has become a thoroughly secular and in some ways excessive celebration in which Santa Claus and Rudolph play a larger role than the baby in the manger — of the birth […]

A little child shall lead them

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist The Lord Jesus and Charles Dickens were both right: the way to be saved is to become a child. That’s not easy. We spend most of our lives trying to be all grown up. Sadly, we generally succeed. All too often, our imaginations start to shrivel about the time […]

Commissioners table financial relief request

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis city commissioners are looking for a way for a slogan to circumvent a clause. That’s why, at an otherwise brief regular meeting Thursday, the group opted to table a request from a resident who sought financial relief for a building he recently tore down. Junior Dallas of Clovis […]

Family biking to Alaska

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Courtesy photo: Harrison family The Harrison family take a break to look at some wind generators in Texas. The Harrison family are biking through New Mexico in the coming weeks on their way to Fairbanks, Alaska. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico A family of five is partaking in a long journey to Alaska by […]

Winter weather on way

Freedom New Mexico Old man winter wasn’t expected to bring much snow overnight to eastern New Mexico. But look out. National Weather Service forecaster Mark Fettit said overnight and most of today not much in the way of snow should be happening in Clovis and Portales. “Once we get this one system out of the […]

Friendship quilt returns to Friona

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Emma Lu Stewart said she plans to keep a recently discovered quilt, made in Friona the 1940s, to show it to people. Then she hopes it will be added to the Friona museum. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A piece of Friona history has made its way back to […]

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 […]

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, […]

Census count on the horizon

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MCT graphic By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The year is winding its way to an end and 2010 is right around the corner. For many in the state who are aware of the importance of numbers, that means one very important thing: It’s time for a new census. Though many population estimates are taken […]

Festival offers quilted ‘eye candy’

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan High Plains Quilt Festival organizer Elizabeth Lawrence with the quilt “Exiting Eden with Eve Firing Up the Pickup” by Ellie Kreneck of Lubbock. The piece is one of about 175 on display at the Memorial Building this week. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Nell Hardin of Arch has pieced […]

Portales Main Street switching to two-way traffic

Freedom New Mexico Beginning Wednesday, Main Street between First and Second streets in downtown Portales will be converted to a two-way street from its current one-way traffic configuration. In partnership with the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the city will configure the new signals for two-way traffic flow. The project also includes rebuilding the signal […]

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 […]