County moves forward on events center contract

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File photo Global Spectrum was awarded a two-year contract Sept. 1 to manage the new events center and the fairgrounds. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Event management specialists Global Spectrum will save Curry County about $150,000 a year operating the special events center and fairgrounds, County Finance Manager Mark Lansford told commissioners Tuesday. Lansford’s […]

Portales couple charged with child abuse

Freedom New Mexico A Portales couple is in jail, charged with abusing their 10-year-old daughter. Mern and Athena Shepard, both 33 years old, are charged with felony abuse of a child, according to a press release from Portales police. They are being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on $5,000 bonds. A school referral […]

Zias post fourth consecutive shutout

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Zias midfielder Andrea Elizondo makes a play on the ball from the ground after a collision with New Mexico Highlands forward Kimberly Hutchings in the first half of Monday’s women’s soccer match at the ENMU pitch. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — A letdown wasn’t a fear, or […]

Portales Main Street switching to two-way traffic

Freedom New Mexico Beginning Wednesday, Main Street between First and Second streets in downtown Portales will be converted to a two-way street from its current one-way traffic configuration. In partnership with the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the city will configure the new signals for two-way traffic flow. The project also includes rebuilding the signal […]

Church provides MNF option

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kevin_wilson@link.freedom.com Seven days a week, the room with a few tables and chairs is called Fellowship Hall at Trinity United Methodist Church. For a few hours each Monday, it could also be called football central. Like they’ve done since 2008, a few people at the church are using the small room to give a different […]

Clovis believes graduation numbers correct

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File photo Clovis HIgh’s graduation rate of 78.8 percent compares favorably with the national average of 70 percent. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis municipal school system isn’t joining a recent wave of criticism toward the New Mexico Public Education Department over the release of tentative 2008-09 graduate rates. With rates exceeding the […]

Hounds break away in second half for 5-1 win

CNJ staff PORTALES — Freshman midfielder Diego Santos scored two second-half goals Sunday to help the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team pull away from winless Adams State 5-1 at the ENMU soccer pitch. The Greyounds (7-2-1) and Grizzlies (0-7-3) played to a 1-1 tie in the first half, but ENMU dominated the second […]

9-29 business digest

Freedom New Mexico Brumfield recognized as state’s top Realtor Clovis Realtor and Mayor Gayla Brumfield has been named as the 2009 Realtor of the Year, the highest honor given by the Realtors Association of New Mexico. According to an association press release, Realtor of the Year is awarded to “an outstanding leader who has committed […]

Seniors should hear all sides of Obamacare

Freedom New Mexico A flap over what critics are calling a gag order on a major provider of Medicare Advantage health insurance policies raises immediate questions about a bureaucracy constraining First Amendment free-speech rights — and a longer-term concern about whether deepening government involvement in health care could mean curtailing informed discussion of policies on […]

Commission to vote on improvements plan

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners are expected to approve a five-year, $56.1 million capital improvement plan during a special meeting Tuesday. The Infrastructure and Capital Improvements Plan — which outlines capital improvement requests the county will make from 2011 to 2015 — shows a focus on road improvement. The commission will […]

Udall: Improved technology will allow for quicker emergency response

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced that New Mexico will receive almost $900,000 to upgrade the state’s E-911 technology so that emergency responders can more quickly locate people who call 911 from wireless or Internet-connected phones. The $888,893 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will allow New Mexico to improve […]

Lula Washington dance theatre celebrates its 30th in New Mexico tours to seven NM cities

Los Angeles, CA – September 17, 2009 – In honor of its 30th anniversary, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre is kicking off a 17-theatre national tour in New Mexico. Returning to the state for the first time in 10 years, the contemporary modern dance company will travel around New Mexico from October 15 to 30, […]

Best part of gardening is sharing

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Linus of Peanuts fame would be proud. “The Great Pumpkin” hasn’t descended on my garden but “The Great Zucchini” has arrived. I’m not sure how a person can carefully search a garden each morning for squash and cucumbers that are just the right size for tenderness, then out of the […]

Obama needs to take care of U.S. first

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s speech Wednesday to a U.N. General Assembly packed with more than 100 heads of state was a strange combination of modesty and chutzpah, of a change in tone designed to persuade people that more substantive changes in policy had occurred. Insofar as a more modest tone reflects an understanding […]

Musician likes keeping old tunes alive

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist He began playing music for cowboy dances at age 12. Oh, I forgot, I’m talking about Wayne Crume, who was born in 1924 in Kenna. Wayne’s mother, Helen Crume, was an accomplished piano player, and she tried to teach Wayne to play piano, but she finally gave up and let […]

Experience necessary hiking tool

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The clearest memory, the one which stands out above all others, and there are many beautiful ones, was the beginning. 5:15 a.m. Cold to many. Not to me. And we started up the mountain. In all there would be 450 of us. But some of us, who deemed ourselves slower, […]

Zias stun sixth-ranked Lady Buffs

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Zias midfielder andrea Elizonodo heads a West Texas A&M pass in front of the ENMU goal in the first half of Saturday’s contest. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — So far this season, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team hadn’t given an indication of beating a […]

Texas A&M-Commerce sweeps past Zias

CNJ staff COMMERCE, Texas — Texas A&M-Commerce held off an Eastern New Mexico University rally in the first game and the Lions went on to a 26-24, 25-14, 25-16 Lone Star Conference volleyball victory over the Zias on Saturday. Commerce (15-4, 3-1 LSC) opened an 11-2 lead in the first game with nine unanswered points, […]

No. 2 Abilene Christian rallies past Hounds

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — Junior running back Reggie Brown rushed for 235 yards and scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns Saturday night as second-ranked Abilene Christian rallied for a 44-33 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in the Lone Star Conference South Division opener for both teams. The Wildcats (5-0) held the high-powered Greyhounds to […]

Car, music shows featured events at ethnic fair

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo LeDonna Dawson with Sahai Yoga and daughter Olivia Ballard dance to African drum music played by musical group Agalu at the Ethnic Fair. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Those looking for classic cars and cultural music made sure to attend the Ethnic Fair on Main Street Saturday. Event organizer […]