Wednesday morning briefing: Hank Baskett, pitch your cause and it’s all OK

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Cast your vote Hometown favorite Hank Baskett has become a website favorite in the Athlebrity Madness tournament. The site asks you to vote for your favorite pro football player who blends athleticism and celebrity — Athlebrity. Baskett sent Mark Sanchez packing by garnering 54 […]

Teen not at fault for bad publicity

Today is Wednesday. Two days later, it’s “Friday, Friday, Friday.” That’s bothering a lot of people lately. The hoopla started a few weeks ago when YouTube received “Friday,” a music video starring 13-year-old Rebecca Black that’s visually on par for MTV, but left much to be desired lyrically. As of Tuesday, “Friday” is in the […]

Air Force events spark flashbacks

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Wednesday morning briefing: A talented crew, a kid needs help and West Point

Good morning. It’s our version of must reading…the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. And they can cook, too? The Single Airmen group at Cannon Air Force Base is volunteering to be the Habit for Humanity construction crew Saturday in Portales. Habit says not only are the Single Airmen handy around the house, but they’re furnishing […]

Tops in Blue show set for Wednesday

CNJ staff The annual Tops in Blue show is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Greyhound Arena. The show is an all-active duty US Air Force special unit made up of talented amateur performers selected for their entertainment abilities. Each year, thousands compete in base talent contests and the most talented move on to higher […]

Meetings watch: Eastern Plains Council of Governments

During a Wednesday meeting, the Eastern Plains Council of Governments board of directors: • Heard a presentation on USDA rural development programs. There are a variety of loan and grant programs available to rural communities which can help finance everything from water, waste water and solid waste to needed community facilities such as day care […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Lent, a special election and a blond moment

Good morning. Hope you’re ready for it. Here’s the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Test the waters New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience can apply for internships in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. There are two sessions for summer internships: May 29 through July […]

Birthday —

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Mullins Ethel Mullins, left, of Portales, celebrated her birthday Wednesday with all of her sister bowlers. She is a young 95-year-old!! She is the Matriarch of the Wednesday Morning Coffee League. For 37 years, Ethel has been admired and loved by all of her sister bowlers. Laquita Terry, right, of Clovis, is one of Ethel’s […]

Organizers say they’re pleased with Ag Expo turnout

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan John Baker of Friona carries his Australian kelpie puppy into the ring during the working dog clinic Wednesday at the New Mexico Ag Expo at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Baker said he comes to the expo every year. Argen Duncan The New Mexico Ag Expo ended Wednesday with an average […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Football update, and a historic battle

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s morning briefing.

Agents seize more than $100,000 in drugs

CNJ staff Regional drug agents intercepted a drug delivery in Clovis Wednesday, seized more than $100,000 in drugs, cash and property and arrested three area residents. Among items seized was more than $31,000 cocaine and $11,000 worth of meth, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Terming the seizure as “substantial,” […]

EPCOG regains major contract

Sharna Johnson The Eastern Plains Council of Governments has regained a major contract that triggered layoffs when it was lost in December to a competitive bidder. The Eastern Area Workforce Development Board (EAWDB) contract has been returned to the hands of EPCOG, where it is expected to remain for at least 18 months, Interim-Director Sandy […]

Wednesday morning briefing: An author, school photos and a king

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Fast fact Michael Blake, the author of “Dances with Wolves” attended Eastern New Mexico University. Website of the day This is a link to a collection of photos of construction projects going on at Clovis Municipal Schools: http://www.cms.k12.nm.us/operations/construction-gallery/Main.html Question of the day Freezing one […]

Delayed reporting Wednesday for Cannon personnel

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — There is a two-hour delay for non-essential personnel to report to work due to weather conditions.

Wednesday morning briefing: Idol news, book talk and a baseball legend

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Idol news Angie Brewer of Clovis is one proud mother. She tells us her son, Dominic Yanez of Austin, Texas, is one of four folks to win the “American Idol” competition in that city. Yanez, a singer, advances to the show’s finals in Hollywood. […]

Blood drives being held

CNJ staff United Blood Services of Lubbock is holding two blood drives next week in Curry County. Drives are scheduled for 3:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Texico Fire Department Administration Building, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday Clovis Community College. Donors must be 16 or older (younger than 18 require parental […]

Muleshoe’s Washington opts for Texas Tech

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Muleshoe’s Cooper Washington, right, was the All-South Plains Class 2A defensive player of the year. He also passed for 2,348 yards and 30 touchdowns while leading the Mules to a 9-2 record. Rick White Muleshoe’s Cooper Washington called an audible Wednesday, opting to sign a national letter of intent with […]

Wednesday weather closures

Area agencies and institutions being impacted by the cold weather have begun announcing early closures for Wednesday and hours for Thursday. • Eastern New Mexico University will conclude classes at 1 p.m. Wednesday and will close the campus at 5 p.m. The campus will reopen at 10 a.m. Thursday with classes resuming at 11 a.m. […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Books or movies, money for college and a fickle rodent

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Book signing Mystery writer Darynda Jones will be autographing copies of her debut novel from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Vines Restaurant in Portales. “First Grave on the Right” is set in Albuquerque and categorized in the paranormal romance genre. Question […]

Press release: No evening classes at ENMU-Portales

PORTALES–Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will close at 5 p.m. today (Tuesday), and the present plans are to re-open at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday).