Education column: Superintendent looks forward to upcoming year

After the district’s incredible kick-off convocation last Friday, keynoted by Mike Moses, retired superintendent and commissioner of education, the doors are open, and students have arrived and crossed the threshold of school year 2011-2012. That first-day-of-school excitement is in the air; new school clothes are still crisp; and brand new school supplies barely used. Moses […]

Rite of passage: the busted wing

Landon Hall For my 5-year-old daughter, a broken arm actually has been a positive learning experience. She’s learned that her body isn’t invincible — and yet it’s not fragile, either. She’s learned how the body works, and how it heals. On Aug. 2, she fell while playing hide-and-seek with the neighbor kids, smacking her elbow […]

Education column: Faculty, staff gearing up for school year

Every year we begin school with a bang. Communications fly back and forth, all departments shift into high gear and, as far as staff is concerned, we are about to experience the payoff of careful and thorough long-term planning. Even though teachers officially started back this past Monday, many have been coming in for weeks, […]

A festive affair: Counties prepare for fairs

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Logan Hinders, left, and Austin Bagwell, of New Day Productions in Amarillo, put together sound equipment at the Curry County Events Center Friday afternoon in preparation for the upcoming Shattering the Silence concert and the Curry County Fair. General Manager Kevin Jolley said the fairgrounds will be ready Monday for […]

Dirty Laundry: Off to study raising children in this digital age

Aisha Sultan Recently, my youngest child asked a question about love and God. He quickly realized from my reaction that he must have said something clever. As I reached for my laptop, he said, “Are you going to write what I said on Facebook? Do not write it there!” I was stunned. In fact, I […]

Education column: Music teacher organizes art gallery

A sense of anticipation is being felt throughout the district, meaning that school is about start. Our operations department is wrapping up summer projects or reorganizing ongoing projects. Our administrative and support staff have returned, and teachers will return full-force next week to finish preparations for this fall’s students, arriving Aug. 22. We’ll continue reporting […]

57-year-old killed in crash

CNJ staff A 57-year-old man was killed in a motor vehicle accident Sunday afternoon on U.S. 60/84. The crash occurred around 4 p.m. in front of Indian River Transport at 4100 Mabry Dr., according to police records. Clovis Police Chief Sanders said the man’s identity is not being released at this time to ensure notification […]

Officials concerned fire season could run long

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Portales Firefighter Chay Chenault checks fire equipment on one of the Portales fire trucks Tuesday afternoon. This fire season has marked one of the worst and the longest for eastern New Mexico and fire officials say it could last well into the fall. Alisa Boswell Usually, August and September would […]

AgSense: Conserving rainfall challenge of dry season

Many people who have spent more than half a century in the southern High Plains say that they have not seen a year like this before. This year is unique. Rainfall stopped after a wet summer in 2010 and less than three inches has been received in the last nine months. Distribution is also erratic. […]

Portales woman charged with bringing contraband to jail

Freedom New Mexico A 27-year-old Portales woman was arrested earlier this month on charges of bringing tobacco, pills and marijuana into Roosevelt County Detention Center. Stephanie Warren is charged with bringing contraband into a jail, a fourth-degree felony. According to Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office reports: • About 11:20 a.m. July 2, a deputy went to […]

State Police search for sixth suspect in homicide

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Courtesy Photo Dennis Joseph Hendren 36 , of Tucumcari is being sought by State Police in connection to Pacheco’s homicide. QCS Staff State police have arrested a fifth suspect and are asking the community for help in locating a sixth suspect in connection with the slaying of 33-year-old Shirley Pacheco, said Sgt. Tim Johnson. Henry […]

Witness: 20-year-old admitted to slaying

Freedom New Mexico A witness told police 20-year-old Randall Jones admitted to beating a 33-year-old Tucumcari woman with a claw hammer, according to court documents released Tuesday. The documents — sworn affidavits filed by New Mexico State Police investigators — say Shirley Pacheco was found dead July 9, lying in a pool of blood next […]

20-year-old charged in Pacheco homicide

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Courtesy photo Orlando Martinez, 21, of Tucumcari, charged with tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper with evidence. Four suspects are charged in connection with the homicide of a Tucumcari woman, New Mexico State Police said Monday. Sgt. Tim Johnson said Randall Jones, 20, of Tucumcari was charged Friday with murder in connection to the […]

Officials: Drought may affect fair entries

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Jacque Wuest of Clovis displays one of the potted plants she plans on entering in the Curry County Fair this year. Alisa Boswell The drought could change the competition in plant and livestock entries this year at the Curry and Roosevelt county fairs. According to county agriculture officials and local […]

Dallas man being held on drug charges

CNJ staff A 20-year-old Dallas man is being held at the Curry County jail on drug charges after local drug agents say they saw him throw a bag of methamphetamines into a Clovis street near a yard where children were playing. Angel Lechuga is being held on a more than $63,000 bond on charges of […]

Business digest — July 12

New operations manager at Western Dairy Transport Marty Lewis is the new operations manager in New Mexico for Western Dairy Transport LLC, according to a news release from WDT. Lewis, who has worked for the company for 17 years, came from the position of assistant terminal manager after holding several other supervisory roles with WDT. […]

Music festival committee meeting Friday

CNJ staff The 2011 Clovis Music Festival Committee will meet noon Friday at the Business Enterprise Center, 105 E. Grand Ave. The committee is responsible for planning and organizing the Clovis Music Festival. This year’s festival will be held Sept. 8-11 at the Curry County Events Center. The committee is chaired by Randy Petty. Volunteers […]

Cannon command changes in emotional ceremony

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Capt. Paul Sula, along with the others from the 16th Special Operations Squadron, honor outgoing commander of Cannon Air Force Base Col. Stephen Clark with a final salute Friday during a change of command ceremony. Liliana Castillo Col. Stephen Clark paused during his outgoing speech to quell a rush of […]

Hounds playing exhibition at UTEP

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University will visit the University of Texas-El Paso for an exhibition contest Nov. 3 at the Don Haskins Center. The Miners defeated the Greyhounds 80-76 in last year’s exhibition meeting. UTEP advanced to the National Invitational Tournament last season.

Friday morning briefing: About rain, the price of gas and a pop classic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Fast fact The rainiest year in Clovis’ history was 1941 with 46.91 inches falling. To date, Clovis has received 1.71 inches this year. Price of gas AAA New Mexico reported Thursday the statewide average price for a gallon of gas is 11 cents below […]