High school football fans eager for start of season

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Sharna Johnson Bill Parson is known as Portales Rams’ greatest fan. Whether he’s sitting with the band during football games — he’s been named an honorary band member — marching with them in a parade, or breaking out across the field to wave a flag in celebration of a scored touchdown, Parson has become a […]

Dora school news — Aug. 23

Preschool begins Patty Mohon, preschool teacher, and Elaine Schneider, educational assistant, began their classes Monday. Again this year we have a Monday/Wednesday group and a Tuesday/Thursday group, and classes meet in the preschool building behind the high school.

Honors —

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Slocum Air Force Airman Marcus A. Slocum recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of Teresa Slocum of Clovis. Slocum graduated […]

Our people: Voice of the Cats

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Clovis resident Bill Gaedke has been called the voice of Clovis High School Wildcat sports. He earned the name by announcing for every home game of nearly every sport at the high school. Gaedke said he couldn’t pick a favorite sport. He doesn’t like them all — he loves them all. “I like that I […]

Portales mascot earns All-American designation

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Portales High School mascot Rammy will be representing the Portales school district at the 2012 Capital One Bowl pre-game in Orlando, Fla., in January of 2012. Rammy was the only mascot out of the several Curry and Roosevelt county mascots who tried out for the event to be chosen to attend. The event is the […]

Friday morning briefing: School days, music in the streets and the big race

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. School days The fall semester at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales begins Wednesday. The semester ends on Dec. 16, and commencement is Dec. 17. Music in the streets The Clovis Wildcat Marching Band Marchathon starts 8 a.m. Saturday at Clovis High School. The […]

High school seniors share advice on first day of school

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Argen Duncan In with the new — school year, that is. Third through 12th-graders in Portales Municipal Schools started the new academic year Tuesday. Kindergarten through second-grade students come back to school next Tuesday, while pre-school begins Aug. 30. “It’s been a very smooth start,” said Michael Terry, district coordinator for the Student Teacher Accountability […]

Clovis grad honored by Texas Bandmasters

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Randy Vaughn, retired band director at Klein High School, was installed July 26, in the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame in ceremonies held in conjunction with the annual Convention of the Texas Bandmasters Association meeting in San Antonio. Vaughn began his music career with the Gattis Junior High Band under the direction of Harold Van […]

Fort Sumner 14-year-old dies in accident

CNJ staff An accident Friday has claimed the life of a Fort Sumner teenager. Colten Gunn, 14, died at the scene of the accident at approximately 3:50 p.m. in the Fort Sumner Valley when an all-terrain vehicle he was driving struck the rear of a vehicle at an intersection, according to Juan Chavez, deputy medical […]

My turn: Not afraid to tell truth

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Recently, several young people asked me if I ever inhaled. They wanted juicy details about my high school and college days. Instead of pleading the fifth, I told the whole truth and nothing but. “Yes, I’ve inhaled,” I said. With no plans for an Oval Office run, I also admitted to exhaling, cigarettes that is, […]

New Teen Court coordinator named

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The new Teen Court coordinator says the juvenile alternative sentencing program teaches civics and gives teenagers a second chance. The Portales City Council approved Mary Poynor to replace Barbara George as the coordinator earlier this month. In the Teen Court program, middle- and high-school students volunteer to serve as attorneys and jury members in a […]

Ticket feature: Wiener Nationals set for Saturday

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Freedom New Mexico The third annual Wiener Nationals is taking place Saturday morning at Hillcrest Park. The event, designed to raise money for the High Plains Humane Society’s spay and neuter program, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. with registration at 9 a.m., said Jim Hailey, owner of Clovis’ Der Wienerschnitzel. Hailey said the […]

Upward Bound program could be cut

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Argen Duncan Leaders of the Upward Bound program, which aims to help high school students get to college, fear they’ll have to stop work for at least a year due to federal budget cuts. Upward Bound, part of the federal TRiO program, gets all of its money from the U.S. government. Upward Bound operates at […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Rodeo, volleyball camp and Tyson’s fall

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Rodeo The High Plains Junior Rodeo finals start today, all day, at the Curry County Events Center. Website of the day The revised Dora Consolidated Schools 2011-2012 calendar and elementary school supply list are available at http://www.doraschools.com/. Volleyball Kindergarten through eighth-grade students can participate […]

Officials: Water restrictions could last through summer

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Argen Duncan Portales has two new wells, but mandatory water restrictions may last the rest of the summer, according to city officials. To keep water storage levels high enough, city water users were banned from outdoor watering in late June and early July, and restrictions limiting which days users can water their yards have been […]

High Plains Junior Rodeo kicking off next week

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Freedom New Mexico In its 37th year, the High Plains Junior Rodeo will kick off July 20, beginning three days of competition at the Curry County Events Center. The rodeo will feature youth ages 6-18 in action-packed competitions in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, calf, steer and bull riding, calf roping, ribbon roping, shoe […]

Our people: Clovis resident Tina Vassar enjoys working with children

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Clovis resident Tina Vassar has two jobs. One as the Clovis High School principal administrative assistant and another as a children’s director at Highland Baptist Church with her husband. The second she doesn’t even consider work. At both jobs, Vassar helps people and she enjoys being able to help people every day. Vassar said she […]

Too much time spent on problems

I enjoy solving problems. Not abstract puzzles as much as real-life situations, although the occasional puzzle can sometimes be fun, too. This does not mean I like having problems arise that need to be solved, or that I enjoy people who intentionally cause problems for me. Enough little things crop up spontaneously to provide ample […]

Engagements — June 12

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Odegaard-Owen Roger and Paula Odegaard of Clovis announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Amber Odegaard, to Trevor Owen, son of Billy and Ruth Owen of Muleshoe. [image #1, align= left, size= medium] The couple will exchange vows July 16, 2011, at First Baptist Church of Texico. The bride-elect is a 2010 graduate […]

Building resilience in children: Set reasonable expectations

Kenneth R. Ginsburg Now more than ever, it’s critical that families, schools and communities understand how to raise children and teens to be emotionally and socially intelligent so they will thrive in both good and challenging times. The following excerpt is taken from “Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings,” (American […]