Debris from wind caused power outage

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Crews with the city and Xcel Energy worked together Friday afternoon to clear roofing material on the intersection of Second and Pile streets in Clovis. About 376 Clovis customers lost power when the roofing material knocked lines loose from transformers and opened a breaker at a city substation, Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said. CNJ […]

Wind advisory in effect

Freedom New Mexico A red flag warning and wind advisory is in effect from noon to 9 p.m. Of particular concern with low humidity and winds of 20 mph or higher are higher fire dangers and difficult driving conditions for high-profile vehicles, particularly Highway 209 between Clovis and Tucumcari. Motorists are advised to exercise caution […]

Republican candidates agree on issues

By Karl Terry: FNM correspondent Eastern Plains residents got their first taste Thursday of Republican challengers for the 3rd Congressional District seat held by Democrat Ben Ray Lujan. The opportunity came at a standing-room-only forum at the Masters Centre sponsored by the High Plains Patriots organization. The candidates each gave opening and closing statements and […]

Health care individual obligation

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist Here is what some would consider a hard case: Someone very ill is attempting to purchase insurance but companies refuse to provide it because they have a pretty good idea that covering the illness will cost big bucks, way above what the insured and others with similar conditions can help […]

Government mandates are always costly

Freedom Newspapers T he passage of the federal health care bill is likely the result of a confluence of various factors. A costly existing system, primarily due to doctor shortages, the cost of existing regulation and hefty lawsuit awards that drove up costs and insurance premiums, convinced many that change — any change — was […]

Life of cowboy’s wife hardly idyllic

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist The cowboy rides up horseback, leading a good-looking sorrel mare that’s his gift to you, and the two of you ride off into the sunset and live “happily ever after.” That’s the way it happens in the movies and the romantic novels. Excuse me. Here is a typical morning […]

Police: Three arrested for attempting to transport meth

CNJ staff Three people were arrested Wednesday after police said they tried to transport methamphetamines into Clovis. Aleasha Shober, 29, Charles Landon Bannister, 27, both of Clovis, were arrested in Texico after agents with the Region V Drug Task Force stopped the vehicle they were driving, said a press release from the Curry County Sheriff. […]

Commission approves loan for wastewater pretreatment plant

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The city commission approved a $728,661 loan Thursday as an advance on cash Southwest Cheese is expecting from the state to complete a wastewater pretreatment facility. Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry told commissioners the plant was previously granted more than $800,000 through state appropriations. But in […]

Friday morning briefing: A youth survey and high winds

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Friday morning briefing.

Fertilizer prices drop

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Ursula Parker with bags of fertilizer Thursday in the SPRA-Green warehouse. Fertilizer prices have dropped since last year, but some farmers have switched to manure because it is cheaper. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Fertilizer prices have dropped in recent months, but not enough for some area suppliers and […]

God’s miracles surround us

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist On that first Palm Sunday, when Jesus made his Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey, the crowd hailed him as their king. As he passed by, they cried, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” and they spread palm branches on the road to carpet the path of […]

Press release: Woman pleads to second-degree murder

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Robin Bannister, age 54, was convicted of Second Degree Murder for the death of Clifford Webber. Bannister now faces a maximum sentence of fifteen (15) years in the New Mexico State Penitentiary. The charges stem from an incident that occurred in the month […]

Dance band coming to Clovis

Dance to the big band sound of Swing Fever, a San Francisco-based band bringing fresh excitement to old favorites on Sunday, April 11 at 4 pm at the Clovis Civic Center as part of the Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series. Swing Fever musicians have cut their musical chops with Jazz legends Count Basie, Duke […]

Ticket feature: Opera tour stopping in Clovis

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Courtesy photo The Santa Fe Opera’s spring tour will be in Clovis on April 20 as part of its spring tour. They will perform for area students and the public. The Santa Fe Opera’s spring tour, featuring soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine and baritone Sean Anderson, will be in Clovis on April 20. With a free 7 […]

Thursday morning briefing: Floyd girls, Clovis grads and no snow

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Be there Monday, the Floyd Lady Broncos officially get the prize. 8 a.m. at the Floyd High School, the Lady Bronco basketball team will be presented the official state championship trophy. Their win in New Mexico’s version of March Madness marked the first state championship […]

Disease-related livestock rules to be outlined at meeting

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico New state livestock rules prompted by a spreading reproductive disease in cattle will be outlined Monday at a special informational meeting. Called Trichomoniasis, the disease is becoming a problem for New Mexico beef producers. The meeting will cover the state of the disease in the area, management options and […]

Melrose Schools principal promoted to superintendent

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Melrose Schools have promoted high school Principal Jamie Widner to replace retiring Superintendent Ron Windom. Widner said Windom submitted his formal retirement at the January meeting of the school board. On Feb. 21, the board held a special meeting to hire him as the next superintendent. “The board asked […]

Education digest: CCC scholarship established

CCC scholarship established The Clovis Community College Faculty Association has established a scholarship to support CCC students, according to a news release. The CCC Faculty Merit Scholarship rewards academic achievement and community service, the release said. Recipients will be recognized at the spring commencement ceremony on May 14. Two $600 scholarships will be awarded each […]

Trash bin plan not well thought out

I wonder who came up with the idea of doing away with our dumpsters. It is my opinion this would be a horrible mistake. First let me say it would be more costly to the city to buy all the containers. And instead of the truck making a stop for every three or four houses, […]

Polls will tell whether voters accept reform

Freedom New Mexico Liberty died a little on Sunday. The government gained a little more control over our most personal decisions, about our health, about our very lives, on the promise that some taxpayers will subsidize health insurance — which every American will be required to buy, an unprecedented mandate — for other Americans. What […]