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 […]

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Next year’s DairyFest canceled

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File photo Sponsors of the annual DairyFest, United Dairy Women, confirmed Wednesday they are shutting down the event for a year, citing a tough economy. Robin Fornoff There won’t be any free ice cream, milk or yogurt because there won’t be a DairyFest in Clovis next summer. Sponsors of the annual event, United Dairy Women, […]

Education column: Reading focus at La Casita

That deliciously crisp fall air means fall festivals and Halloween parties are in the works. Sylvia Martinez, principal at La Casita Elementary, shared plans for fall activities this year. “For the last three years we have really been focusing on literacy and have tied classroom and school-wide activities to supporting reading.” For example, La Casita […]

Official: Tres Amigas construction could begin early next year

Robin Fornoff If all goes as planned, construction could begin on the $1.5 billion Tres Amigas electrical power project near Clovis sometime in the first quarter of 2012. That’s what President and CEO Phillip Harris told a gathering of community leaders Wednesday. Harris said construction would bring “literally hundreds” of temporary jobs to eastern New […]

Local vendors see decline in farmers market

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Freedom New Mexico: Robin Coffey Urvano Ordonez, second from left, talks with customers at the Portales farmers market Thursday. He sells watermelons, chilies, squash and jalapenos. Alisa Boswell According to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report, farmers markets have been on the rise in popularity in the U.S. this year with markets having increased […]

Tailoring tips featured on show

Information on making a year’s worth of jackets from one pattern, using onions as a side dish, and making vintage fabric covered-button crafts will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday, October 4th at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday, October 6th at 12:00 noon. (All times are Mountain.) Rae Cumbie is a custom […]

Education column: Education foundation helps support teachers, staff

A few years ago a handful of educators and community members had a vision to create an education foundation for additional support for teachers and staff members with innovative and creative ideas for their classrooms. Established separate from the school district, the Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation was set up so that teachers and staff […]

AFA recognizes 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year

By Senior Master Sgt. David Byron: Air Force Public Affairs Agency NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2011 were recognized during a formal banquet hosted by the Air Force Association during its 2011 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition on Sept. 19 at the National Harbor in Oxon […]

Tragedy worse when manipulated

It was early in my sophomore year of high school. I wasn’t driving yet, but other classmates were. The whispers in first-period geometry were that fellow sophomore “Tiffany” hit a kid who ran in front of her car the previous night. The kid was OK, but Tiffany was visibly shaken. A few days later, I […]

Portales family named farm family of year

Freedom New Mexico A Portales family has been named “Farm Family of the Year” by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. Rick and Evelyn Ledbetter produced chile, cotton, alfalfa and corn silage, according to a news release from the ag department. Rick Ledbetter grew up on a farm in eastern New Mexico, and took out […]

Special Olympics community effort

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Benna Sayyed: Freedom New Mexico Special Olympics athletes help Melissa Richards, left, and Roxie Burgess, second from right, set up for Saturday’s awards dinner and dance, which included participants from Albuquerque, Lubbock and Portales. Benna Sayyed Participants and volunteers at the state Special Olympics on Saturday in Clovis said the event is all about helping […]

Equestrian competition held at events center

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Special Olympics athletes help Melissa Richards, left, and Roxie Burgess, second from right, set up for Saturday’s awards dinner and dance, which included participants from Albuquerque, Lubbock and Portales. Benna Sayyed Participants and volunteers at the state Special Olympics on Saturday in Clovis said the event is all about helping […]

Ethnic fair in 20th year

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File photo Everette Sage, a 2008 performer with the Dineh Tah’ Navajo Dancers, was one of four Navajo dancers to perform the bow and arrow dance at the Ethnic Fair on Clovis’ Main Street. The dance group from Albuquerque is again one of the entertainment acts slated for this year’s fair. Kevin Wilson In 1992, […]

Parks and Recreation conference coming to Clovis

CNJ staff The Clovis Civic Center will host this year’s New Mexico Recreation and Park Association state conference, running Wednesday morning through Friday. An estimated 200 parks and recreation employees will attend the conference, with speakers from around the region offering educational sessions and National Recreation and Park Association Board of Directors Chair Janna Rankin […]

Family of child hit by car planning vigil

CNJ staff The family of a 4-year-old struck and killed by a car last year in Clovis is planning a candlelight vigil 8 p.m. Monday near the accident site. Xzavier Salcido died Sept. 19, 2010, after he was struck on Cameo between Ninth and 10th streets. Police said he said he followed other children onto […]