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 […]

Commissioners approve preliminary budget

Sharna Johnson In a unanimous vote Tuesday, commissioners approved a $12.1 million preliminary budget for Curry County despite concerns over the jail’s out-of-county housing costs, commissioner expense budgets and oversight of capital outlay purchases. The final budget has to be approved and submitted to the state by the end of July. During a presentation of […]

Housing markets tight near bases

The inability of homebuilders to secure construction loans in this weak economy, combined with major force realignments from Europe and other areas, has created housing shortages for families at many large stateside military bases, the Government Accountability Office reports. The housing squeeze, which impacts at least 19 bases, isn’t going to be relieved anytime soon […]

3D not worth movie upcharge

I went to my favorite gas station Tuesday. It’s not my favorite because it has the cheapest prices on gas. Actually, the more expensive gas is, the more counterproductive it is to drive to a specific station to save pocket change. It’s because that station is the only place I can find a particular candy […]

Bill makes it easier for U.S. to go to war

Freedom New Mexico The killing of Osama bin Laden has provoked a much-needed reassessment of American defense and security needs. Our country needs to be able to defend itself against mass murderers. Yet we also need to make sure our precious liberties are not infringed in the process. In “America the Beautiful,” we sing of […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Rodeo time, Allsup’s origins and Star Wars opens

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Ride ‘em cowboy The second annual Curry County Ranch Rodeo starts 1 p.m. Friday at Curry County Events Center and continues through the weekend. Information: 935-7000. Library hours The Dora School Library is scheduled to be open during the summer on Tuesdays from 10 […]

Officials eye first step of parks plan

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson A view of the enclosed patio at the Youth Recreation Building, through a hole in the patio’s west wall. Lead-based paint and asbestos removal could begin by next week, Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell said. Kevin Wilson At Hillcrest Park sits about 5,000 square feet of concrete, paint and […]

Tucumcari sexual harassment complaint settled out of court

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Public Schools has awarded employee Diane Trujillo $28,000 in an out-of-court settlement stemming from her sexual harassment complaint against former school principal David Castillo and her allegations that school district officials retaliated against her for filing the complaint. According to court records released by Tucumcari Public Schools at the request of […]