Friday morning briefing: Memorial day, arguing with women and a mountain man

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Graduation day Don’t forget…the Portales High School commencement is 7 p.m. today at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena. Memorial Day A couple of big Memorial Day observances to mark on your calendar coming up: Clovis — 10 a.m. Monday at Lawn Haven Memorial […]

Press release: Murder charges filed in district court

Clovis, NM — Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that charges were filed in District Court on May 20, 2011 on Louis Guerra and Desiree Rodriquez in connection with the shooting death of Daniel Perez occurring on April 13, 2011. Probable cause has been found to charge Louis Guerra with one (1) count of […]

Letters to the editor: Amarillo VA appreciates veterans

Amarillo VA appreciates veterans I wanted so much to write a negative letter to the editor about the way I have been treated by the VA Clinic here in Clovis but decided to write one instead about the treatment I have received in Amarillo In Amarillo, I was greeted in the parking lot by a […]

Patriot Act needs to be reassessed

C rucial votes on extending the USA Patriot Act could happen soon in both houses of Congress. The current extension of the act, passed three months ago, expires May 27. The act originally was passed by Congress in the wake of the 9/11 attacks almost 10 years ago. It greatly expanded government surveillance powers. This […]

Ticket feature: Events center hosting ranch rodeo

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Courtesy photo: Kimberly Stone The Working Ranch Cowboy’s Association rodeo begins Saturday and will offer family fun as women, children and cowboys compete against one another in events fashioned after traditional ranch chores and some just for fun, such as “Mutton Bustin,’” in which children ride sheep. Freedom New Mexico This weekend’s Working Ranch Cowboy’s […]

Education digest — May 26

Texico senior receives scholarship award Texico High School senior Fallon Scanlan won a 2011 Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year Award, according to a news release. The award comes with a $7,500 college scholarship. Each year, the National Milk Mustache “got milk?” campaign and USA Today recognizes 25 outstanding high school senior student athletes […]

Padgett adds to soccer recruiting class

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer coach Todd Padgett has added all-state forward Alysia Carrasco of La Cueva to a large recruiting class. Carrasco was La Cueva’s leading scorer in her senior season. “Alysia is very gifted technically and, because of her individual attributes, will fit into the way we […]

Former Portales residents lose home in Joplin tornado

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Courtesy photo: Kari Nevins A shot from the living room of the Nevins home looking toward their neighborhood Sunday after the storm. Numerous homes were destroyed and 123 people were killed in Joplin, Mo., Sunday when an EF5 tornado hit the city. Portales resident Carolyn Thompson has started a fund for her daughter, Kari Nevins’ […]

Reader-submitted content: ENMU student heading Joplin donation effort

Lawrence Baker, an Eastern New Mexico University senior communications student from Portales and Dumas, Texas, is spearheading an effort to donate goods to the children impacted by the devastating tornado that decimated Joplin, Mo. Baker lived near Joplin, Mo., for a few years. While watching the news he was shocked “to just see everything gone. […]

Thursday morning briefing: Mrs. Clovis, biker bash and stringing the maypole

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Mrs. Clovis The search is on for the next Mrs. Clovis. Once selected, the winner will advance to represent her community in the 2012 Mrs. New Mexico Pageant Feb. 4 in Albuquerque. Applicants must be at least 18 years old (no age limit), married […]

Area communities receive block grants

By Kevin Wilson and Sharna Johnson This week five communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties got the more than $2 million boost they need to complete important projects. State community development block grants were awarded Tuesday during an allocation council meeting. Of 11 communities in Eastern New Mexico that applied, Curry and Roosevelt counties were […]

Air Force veteran receives CHS diploma

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Korean War veteran Troy Howard, right, received Clovis High School diplomas for himself and his brother Saturday during commencement wearing his Air Force uniform from the 1950s. Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers, left, said it was an honor to recognize the Howard twins. Liliana Castillo After 54 years, being […]

Two more fires break out in Roosevelt County

Alisa Boswell The Portales Fire Department is estimating 2,200 to 2,500 acres for the Blackwater Fire that ignited Tuesday on a U.S. 70 median then moved northeast towards New Mexico Highway 202. The New Mexico State Forestry Division said Wednesday the fire has been slowed, but is not yet contained. Another fire broke out on […]

New Mexico fishing report — May 25

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Education column: Education opportunities available during summer

Unbelievably, another school year is gone and kids are out for the summer. Suddenly without a structured environment, it takes us a moment or two to get our balance for the summer months. Working parents juggle schedules, and older kids are looking for summer jobs. As educators, there is always concern over the summer about […]

Grant program accepting proposals for quality of life projects

CNJ staff The Southeast New Mexico Grant Program for 2011 is accepting grant proposals, according to a news release. The deadline is July 30. Proposals will be accepted from counties, municipalities, public schools and 501c(3) non-profit organizations in Chavez, Curry, Eddy, Lea, Lincoln, Otero and Roosevelt counties. Proposals should explain how each project can improve […]

City receives grant for sewer line along Martin Luther King Boulevard

Kevin Wilson The city has received $500,000 in Community Block Development Grant money toward construction of a new sewer line along Martin Luther King Boulevard. The project, which will require a $176,000 match in city dollars, will replace the sewer line between Mendenhall and 21 st streets. The sewer lines there are 6- to 8-inch […]

Press release: Clovis gets $500,000 grant

The City of Clovis was informed at a hearing of the Community Development Council in Albuquerque on Tuesday morning that it had received a $500,000 grant for the construction of a sanitary sewer line between 21st Street and Mendenhall on Martin Luther King. One of the uses of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding […]

Press release: Black Water Fire Update

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James Bickley renovation becomes new building project

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File photo Clovis Municipal Schools administration has asked that architects incorporate the front of the current James Bickley Elementary School into a new building for the school if the project is approved by the state. Liliana Castillo With cost estimates to renovate James Bickley Elementary School coming in at about $9 million, Clovis schools is […]