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 […]