Wednesday morning briefing: Roping in the New Year and a raisin in the champagne

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Lasso the New Year World Series of Team Roping is bringing in the New Year with two-day event starting with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Curry County Events Center. Roping starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday . Information: 505-469-4388 Check […]

Year in review — sports

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• Clovis’ Eric Roanhaus finished his 34th season as Wildcat head football coach with 310 wins, which left him tied with former Roswell and Mayfield coach Jim Bradley for most prep football wins in New Mexico. • Texico won its sixth straight Class 2A state volleyball title in convincing fashion. The Lady Wolverines joined Goddard […]

Finding ways to help others better than gifts

Freedom New Mexico Give thanks to God during Christmas and as we head toward and New Year’s Day. These are good times, and here’s why: • All over the country, people are walking into retail stores and paying off layaway items for perfect strangers. ABC’s “Nightline” on Tuesday featured a video from our sister paper, […]

Jail perimeter fence proposal tabled

Robin Fornoff A perimeter fence to prevent escapes like the Nov. 13 flight of 35-year-old Narcizo Soto Jr. of Clovis from the Curry County jail didn’t make it off the drawing board Tuesday when presented to county commissioners. If there was a consensus among commissioners on the reason for dismissing the idea, it was likely […]

Portales biofuel plant to close temporarily

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Alisa Boswell The Portales plant will be one of two Abengoa Bioenergy Corp. plants to be temporarily closed in the new year because of depressed market conditions, according to Abengoa Executive Vice President Chris Standlee. “There’s some really depressed market conditions right now, so we just made the decision to temporarily stop production and begin […]

Train to move to Hillcrest Park parking lot

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte David Ortiz of Joe Bennett Trucking Co. sets a piece of wood under the No. 9005 train engine on Saturday at Hillcrest Park. Crew members worked to prepare the locomotive to be moved to the Clovis Train Depot on First and Main streets. Benna Sayyed The first movements of the […]

Chamber hosting Christmas outreach

CNJ staff For the third year in a row, Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will be hosting a “Random Acts of Kindness” Christmas Outreach Project today. The project involves ambassadors going to local supermarkets and giving money to customers to help pay for groceries. The recipients are selected at random. The ambassadors have contributed […]

Salvation Army donations slightly lower than same time last year

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Salvation Army bell ringer Frank Mitchell thanks a Walgreens shopper for a donation Saturday afternoon in Clovis. Mitchell, who has been doing ringer shifts since Nov. 19, is in his first year as a volunteer. Kevin Wilson With roughly two weeks to go before Christmas, the Salvation Army’s local Empty […]

Lawmakers paint brighter Legislature picture

By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor What a difference a year makes. This time around the tone from lawmakers is radically different than it was just a year ago, as they tune up for a January budgeting session of the Legislature. “Last year we started at $240 million in the hole and were in some […]

Season on parade

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Alexis Richards of the Curry County Cats Spirit Squad tosses candy Saturday night at the Clovis Christmas Light Parade on Main Street. The squad did a dance routine to “Santa, Baby,” throughout the parade. Benna Sayyed Tressa Ilg watched the Christmas Light Parade from the side of Main Street wearing […]

Retired locomotive moving again

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A crew from Joe Bennett Movers places steel beams under and though the train car Wednesday in Hillcrest Park. The beams will be uses to lift and support the car onto a truck which will take it to its new home at the train museum. Benna Sayyed The 105-year-old locomotive […]

Education column: Forensics lessons making return

Following upon a unique and innovative idea introduced last year, Clovis High School Freshman Academy students are about to launch into crime investigation once again. Nicole Hahn, science teacher at CHSFA recently shared the details. “Last year’s project was such a success that we decided to do it again, so if you’re driving by CHSFA […]

Libertarians not anti-government

By Kent McManigal: FNM columnist Recently in this column, which as of this week I have now been writing for a year (party hats and balloons all around!), I have been addressing the misconceptions I have heard repeated about libertarians. I think it’s important to understand your libertarian neighbors, rare though we may seem at […]

Clovis man facing 10-year prison sentence

Freedom New Mexico A 38-year-old Clovis man faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to assaulting a police officer, possession of a controlled substance and breaking and entering. Chief Deputy Prosecutor Andrea Reeb said David “Bo Bo” Lopez was charged with trying to break into a car in June while free on bond […]

Hillcrest train on the move soon

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A 105-year-old locomotive retired in Hillcrest Park since 1954 will be moved to the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum. By Benna Sayyed: CNJ staff writer A 105-year-old locomotive retired in Hillcrest Park since 1954 will soon be on the move. It’s headed for the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum at […]

Children’s home more than house

My newest buddy is a 4-year-old from the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home — eight miles from Portales on Highway 236. Gary Cox, a house parent, brings the little ball of energy when he joins us for noon-time hoops in Portales. The boy, whose parents are incarcerated, and I visit when I get benched for […]

Zias coach trying to change culture

By Larry Booker: FNM correspondent First-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Lindsey Wilson brings a strong pedigree of success to the job. A former Lone Star Conference player at Southeastern Oklahoma and Central Oklahoma, Wilson says she’s quite happy with the reception she’s received in Portales. “ENMU is great,” said Wilson, who spent […]

Mom was wiser than she realized

My mother died one year ago tomorrow. My niece Carol — her primary caregiver and one of several grandchildren and great-grandchildren that my parents raised — and I went through mother’s modest possessions trying to decide who would want what. None of her six kids, 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren or six great-great-grandchildren is starving, so […]

Elida graduate named FFA president

Freedom New Mexico Elida High graduate Ryan Best was recently named president of the National Future Farmers of America organization for the 2011-12 year at the 84th annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. For the next year, Best and his national officer peers will be the face and spirit of FFA. They will travel […]

Man arrested on drug charges

Freedom New Mexico A 25-year-old man was arrested Sunday after Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies found 12 pounds of marijuana in his house while answering a complaint of a vicious dog in the area of Simnacher Road. Tyler Davis, the owner of the dog, admitted to smoking marijuana in the residence and agreed to allow […]