A parting gift from ‘The Girls’

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I was enjoying my early morning bicycle commute to work and the sounds of birds of all kinds welcoming the dawn: Robins, mockingbirds, Western kingbirds, a rooster. A rooster? In town? Sure you can have chickens in town…as long as your neighbors don’t care or animal control doesn’t come a-callin’. […]

$9,000 stolen from Subway in overnight break-in

CNJ staff Clovis police said the Subway restaurant at Prince Street and Mabry Drive was burglarized. Police Chief Steve Sanders said employees found a front window broken when they arrived at work early Thursday. He said the burglary was reported at 6:40 a.m. Subway Manager Stephanie Martinez said she came to work at 6:35 a.m. […]

Education digest: Art display available until July 15

Art display available until July 15 The Portales Artist-in-Residence work will be on display at the Runnel’s Gallery at Eastern New Mexico University until July 15. Ryder Richards and Sue Anne Rische of Dallas, Texas, created the art.

Letter to the editor: Seidenwurm dedicated to students

In my 25 years as an administrator at four community colleges, I have had the opportunity to work with about 40 superintendents of schools at 27 different school districts. While I found most of those superintendents easy to work with, I have never worked with a superintendent more supportive of the local community college than […]

People not always who they claim

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Max showed up at our ranch headquarters one late spring day, looking for work. Said he’d caught a ride the 25 miles from town with the mailman and walked the two miles from the mailbox. Said he wasn’t a great horseman, but he was willing to do any kind of […]

Street section closed Wednesday for sewer work

CNJ staff A section of Kimberly Street will be closed Wednesday for repair work, according to the city’s public works department. According to a release from the city, work will take place on a broken sewer line along the road between Pineway and Prince streets.

Immigration reform should not be rushed

Freedom Newspapers Sen. Lindsey Graham seems the odd man out in Congress these days. The South Carolina Republican has taken heat from both parties for trying to work with the Democratic majority on major legislation, particularly energy and immigration. He and New York Democrat Chuck Schumer have worked the hardest to bringing immigration reform off […]

Golf more recreation than work

By Karl Terry: Freedom columnist Bob Hope once said “If you watch a game it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.” I guess it’s recreation because I think my golfing partners on a recent outing will attest that I wasn’t working all that hard at the game. […]

Railroad work closing Sugarbeet Road

CNJ staff Railroad work is closing a portion of Curry County Road G, also known as Sugarbeet Road. The road will be closed Friday at the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe rail crossing from 8 a.m. until at least 6 p.m., according to the Curry County Road Department.

Press release: Portales Dream Center calling for volunteers

The Dream Center Building in Portales is taking shape with final work scheduled for Saturday, April 24. Walls and racks have been constructed and electrical work is being done this week. Volunteers are needed to finish the project. Anyone who wishes to help is invited to be at the Dream Center, 222 Main Street, in […]

Ranch life was hard work

By Ruth White Burns: FNM correspondent Editor’s Note: This is another in a continuing series about the H-Bar Ranch and the hardships of life on the plains before 1900. When my grandparents, Ora and R.L. “Bob” Wood arrived at their new home at the H-Bar Ranch on the plains of Eastern New Mexico in 1897, […]

Our people: Teaching soulful work

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LilianaCastillo: Freedom New Mexico Gary Mitchell keeps his references close by while teaching classes at Wayland Baptist University. • Name: Gary Mitchell • Birthday: Feb. 18, 1948 • Hometown: Clovis • Profession: Executive director and dean, Wayland Baptist University-Clovis campus • Family: Wife Judy Mitchell, daughter Mara Andrews, grandchildren Thomas Andrews and Aubrey Andrews, and […]

County road work scheduled

CNJ staff The Curry County Road Department will be working on roads in the northern part of the county until June. According to a press release from the road department, work began Monday on Curry Road 13 from Curry Road K to NM 209 and Curry Road K from Curry Road 12 to 14. Residents […]

Ticket feature: Pintores Art League gearing up for show

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Courtesy photo The Pintores Art League Spring Fling art show will be on display in the Clovis Community College commons area until April 16. Freedom New Mexico The Pintores Art League is kicking off its Spring Fling art show Friday at Clovis Community College. The PAL hosts an annual show of student and professional artwork […]

Letter to the editor: Hard work is the American way

Hard work is the American way After reading Karen Black’s letter in the March 30 CNJ regarding the health care bill, it is apparent that ignorance of the truth is still bliss. She should be outraged, not overjoyed, that this travesty ever made its way into law. Not to worry, I’m here to help her […]

Education feature: Some students work toward future in sewing class

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School senior Tkeyia Coats re-sews a seam on a computer bag that she designed for her Commercial Sewing class. Coats learned to sew from her grandmother. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Among the scraps of cloth, mannequins, pins and professional grade sewing machines in the clothing design […]

Weather slows overpass progress

CNJ staff Recent winter weather has slowed progress of the replacement of the Hull Street Overpass. City Engineer Justin Howalt said the target date for the overpass is now November. Howalt said the plan this week is to work on drilling for the bridge’s foundation. The step involves drilling 70-foot holes, and filling them with […]

Sheriff proposes sending inmates to other jails

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In the 10 days since Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray took over command of the jail, he says deputies have discovered a complete contradiction to what the former interim administrator was telling county commissioners. Speaking Tuesday to commissioners, Murray said he found a jail understaffed, with poorly trained personnel […]

Work to save Dems needs to begin now

Freedom New Mexico The surprise victory — well, it wasn’t a surprise by election day, but virtually nobody except the most Pollyannaish Scott Brown adviser would have predicted it a month ago — by Republican Scott Brown over Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley in Massachusetts last week has politicians and pundits alike scrambling to find […]

Year in review: Major crimes down

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CNJ file photo An investigator holds up homicide victim Clifford Webber’s New Mexico driver’s identification card found in his wallet by collecting evidence at a house on west 14th Street. The case was one of three homicides in Clovis and Curry County during 2009. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local law enforcement focused on […]