Policies can’t always be relied on

When working out what should guide public institutions and policies, those who chime in have advanced various proposals and they have often been divided into two groups. Members of one of these advance certain basic principles that ought to ground the institutions and policies, while those of the other suggest the way to decide is […]

Music can be soothing to soul

There’s a famous story that Nero fiddled while Rome burned. I looked it up, and it turns out Nero supposedly played an instrument called a cithara. There is another problem with that story. He couldn’t have fiddled, because fiddles weren’t invented until much later. There’s even disagreement over whether he played any musical instrument at […]

Government seeking new ways to snoop

Freedom New Mexico T he White House wants additional power to snoop on private e-mail and social- network communications in the interest of national security. These are thorny issues, not easily resolved. Our advice is to go slowly. Once government intervenes, even for the best of motives, that authority rarely is rescinded. There also promises […]

Greyhounds have foreign flavor

Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Eastern New Mexico University has 10 foreign-born players on its 30-man roster. The Hounds are ranked 17th in this week’s NCAA Division II poll. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team is as culturally diverse as some professional soccer teams. There are six […]

Curry County holding meetings on jail complex

Curry County will host a pair of public forums Monday and Oct. 12 regarding the general election questions for the first phase of the proposed Curry County Criminal Justice Complex. Both forums begin at 6 p.m. at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s North Annex. Those attending will be able to ask questions about the two ballot […]

Blessing of animals in fourth year

CNJ file photo Three area churches plan to hold a pet blessing ceremony Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church on West 21st Street. Sharna Johnson Organizers are hoping to have a zoo Saturday on the lawn of the Trinity Lutheran Church. The fourth annual pet blessing ceremony begins at 3 p.m. and will bring together pastors […]

Jury hands down guilty verdict in 1993 slaying

By Jared Tucker: Freedom New Mexico A jury has convicted 38-year-old Arnoldo Navarette of first degree murder in the May 1993 shooting death of Reynaldo “Rey” Ornelas. The guilty verdict was handed down around 4 p.m. Thursday in Portales District Court after the jury deliberated for several hours. District Judge Teddy Hartley presided over the […]

Religion feature: Youth group joins effort to help Ugandan women

Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan First United Methodist Church youth group members Sam Rice, left, and Maranda Stone show examples of jewelry made by women in Uganda. The youth plan to sell the jewelry and loose beads Oct. 16 to raise money for the Ugandan women. Argen Duncan PORTALES — A group of Portales teenagers […]

Sharing faith an in-house activity

Made in the USA…That is just one of the phrases that seems to be seen less on tools, toys, cameras, cell phones and televisions that we buy. Last week I bought an inexpensive plastic measuring spoon sets. On the back of the tablespoon measure: Made In China! I was interested in what kinds of things […]

Friday morning briefing: Colleges, (Hotel) California and campaign contributors

Welcome to October, and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday morning briefing.

Officer foils burglary

A Clovis police officer foiled a burglary Thursday morning while on patrol. Around 10 a.m., Detective Charlie Aguirre was in the 200 block of Ninth Street when he noticed a car parked in the alley, said Capt. Patrick Whitney. Whitney said Aguirre decided to make sure everything was all right and came upon two women […]

Special Olympics holding fundraiser

The Clovis Special Olympics is hosting the second annual “Life’s A Pitch” corn bag toss tournament 10 a.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Park, according to a news release. The event will benefit the Clovis Special Olympics team to help pay travel and operating expenses. Special Olympics provides year-round training and sports competition for children and adults […]

Comic changes coming

We know change is hard. But after more than a decade of nearly the same Sunday comics lineup, we believe it is time to introduce some new features. Beginning Sunday, old standards such as Peanuts, Doonesbury, Dennis the Menace and others will be replaced by characters and storylines we think are more relevant to the […]

Press release: Man convicted of first-degree murder in Portales

Old Timers event celebrates early settlers

They gather to remember towns that once dotted northern Curry County and the families who founded them. The 73rd Northern Curry County Old Timers Day will take place Sunday in Broadview. The event is a celebration of families who homesteaded in northern Curry County and formed towns such as Bellview, Hollene, Grady and Broadview. Many […]

Meetings watch: Eastern NM water authority

The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority met Thursday morning in Melrose. Here’s a report on the meeting: • John Ryan, a federal consultant for the project, said he is hoping for an appropriation of $2 million to $4 million in the 2011 federal budget, and is hoping to ramp up appropriations and construction with […]

Reader submitted: Wildcat marching band begins competition season

It began with long, hot 12-hour practice days in July. The days turned into weeks of marching and learning the music. Finally they were ready. This coming Saturday, the Clovis Wildcat Marching Band takes to the competition field for the start of the 2010 season. Once again, they will start the season at the Tumbleweed […]

Clovis firm awarded $6.1 million base contract

The Department of Defense has chosen a Clovis construction company to create a 242,000 square foot load apron for the AC-130 aircraft. Nick Griego and Sons Construction has been awarded a $6.1 million construction contract for the apron, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Work will include a concrete pad over […]

Clovis Business Awarded Construction Contract for Improvements at Cannon Air Force Base

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that Nick Griego and Sons Construction, Incorporated, of Clovis, has been awarded a $6.1 million construction contract to make improvements at Cannon Air Force Base. The funding will be used to construct a 242,000 square foot AC-130 load apron, which will make it easier to load and […]

Police investigating child abuse cases with critical injuries

Sharna Johnson Police are investigating unrelated child abuse cases that resulted in two infants being hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney said both children, a 1-month-old girl and a 6-month-old boy, are at a Lubbock hospital with poor prognosis from doctors. Interviews are being conducted and arrests are expected in both cases […]