Clovis soldier’s recovery progressing

Kevin Wilson Just a few months ago, Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. had no problem walking. Or running. Or seeing. Or carrying on a conversation. That hasn’t been true since July 15, when the 1999 Clovis High graduate sustained a gunshot wound to the head during battle in Afghanistan. But family members are […]

BBC show represents farm life well

Netflix lied to me but it hasn’t discouraged me from their product yet. On closer examination of the way they’ve been billing me on the credit card number I have on file with them, it’s apparent their former CEO wasn’t shooting me straight in the letter he sent me telling me he was shooting me […]

Region in grip of winter storm

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Sharna Johnson Gripped by an arctic cold that hasn’t been felt in the area in as much as 20 years, Curry and Roosevelt Counties aren’t expected to warm up until the weekend. A winter storm blew into the area Monday night, dusting Clovis with about an inch of snow and leaving trace amounts in Portales. […]

My turn: Shooter bears sole responsibility

I have no insight about the Arizona shootings and toxic political rhetoric that hasn’t already been expressed. Although it seems disingenuous to deny that crosshairs have base-appealing, gun-scope connotations, that is fuzzy compared to the fervent emotions engendered by political discussions that recognize no middle ground. No one has a truth monopoly on complex issues. […]

Carlsbad’s Ross stood out early, locals say

By Rick White: Freedom New Mexico Tim King says San Francisco Giants outfielder Cody Ross hasn’t changed much since the days they played together at Carlsbad High School. Same laid-back personality, same violent swing. “It’s really funny to watch him on TV because he acts the same; same big swing, same big smile,” said King, […]

Governor honors ENMU ropers with day

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Clarence Plank Friday, he was one of the toughest cowboys in New Mexico. It hasn’t always been that way for Michael Trujillo. Eastern New Mexico’s collegiate rodeo national champion was once afraid of horses. “I hated it every day,” Trujillo said, explaining how his parents insisted he work and be around horses. “Until one day […]

My Turn: The ink in my blood hasn’t dried

By Helena Rodriguez: FNM columnist The ink in my blood hasn’t dried, and so I’m back. Before you proceed to the comics, obits or sports page, hold on. I’ve got a few carefully chosen words. Maybe limited space is a good thing. I have just enough space here to continue to share my slice-of-life stories […]

Programs in place to attract, retain Hispanic students

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A national trend of growing Hispanic student populations hasn’t escaped eastern New Mexico’s institutions of higher learning. Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University are offering programs and services designed to appeal and retain their growing Hispanic student population. A recent national survey of 176 institutions noted 55 […]

Lady Chaps take two from Zias

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico It hasn’t taken Lubbock Christian long to get its softball program going into high gear. Now in their third season, the Lady Chaps went 114-16 in two years under Shanon Hays, winning an NAIA national title in 2008 and finishing third last year. When Hays took the Texas Tech […]

No money to pay survivor benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military update It can be a frustrating time of year for 54,000 military widows who see their Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments wiped out or reduced by the monthly amount they receive in Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs. As it has done routinely in recent years, […]