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 […]

Our character written all over our faces

Curtis Shelburne “At [the age of] 50,” writes George Orwell, “everyone has the face he deserves.” Well, that kinda hurts, largely because I suspect it’s true! Not long ago, I happened to rush past a mirror at church, shot it a quick glance, and then almost broke my neck in the subsequent double-take. Somebody else […]

Roosevelt fire scorches more than 2,000 acres

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Clovis firefighters prepare to hose down the remains of a grass fire along New Mexico Highway 202 Tuesday afternoon. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Shannon Lee said the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Staff and wire reports Firefighters were expecting to be up most of the […]

Letters to the editor: Oversight needed for housing plan

Oversight needed for housing plan I have read with interest the articles and letters concerning the city’s affordable housing plan. I find it deplorable that so much sarcastic rhetoric has been used by both sides, such as “obstructionists,” “misguided and misleading,” “smells like sour grapes,” “socialist policies,” and “from what planet a handful of citizens […]

Outdated laws keep markets from growing

Freedom New Mexico This month marks the expiration of the 10- year antitrust settlement the U.S. Justice Department reached with Microsoft Corp. in 2001. We wrote extensively about the action beginning in 1998, when the Justice Department first went to court against Microsoft. In those 13 years, even a casual observer of technology couldn’t help […]

Hay prices continue to rise

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Cassandra Campbell of Clovis loads wheat hay Monday with help from Austin Hale, an employee with One Stop Feed. Campbell, who owns four horses, said her hay prices have increased $1.50 a bale in just the past month. Sharna Johnson Without rain and in light of high demand, the cost […]

Drought won’t delay farmers’ markets

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Don Wiley, owner of Good Shepherd Farm in Curry County, inspects carrots pulled Monday from inside his greenhouse. Wiley also grows kale, tomatoes and broccoli. Kevin Wilson The drought in Curry County hasn’t stopped Don Wiley from getting ready for annual farmers’ markets in both Clovis and Portales. “We’re in […]

Business digest —

Bee Hive Homes announces new manager Bee Hive Homes of Clovis and Portales has announced Sarah Stricklin as its new manager at both facilities. Stricklin, a registered nurse and former caregiver at Bee Hive Home, has also worked in a Denver hospice and a neuroscience critical care unit in Casper, Wyo. She succeeds Pam Norberg, […]

Press release: Bingaman talks about bill to increase judgeships

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about a bill he has introduced to increase New Mexico’s District Court Judges. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman052311m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman talks about a bill he has introduced to authorize […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A video game, summer classes and the Brooklyn Bridge

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Our own Jenna Zamie’s pick, just for you gamers. Game: L.A. Noire Genre: Adventure System: 360, PS3 What is it? A journey through the seamy side of the City of Angels featuring absorbing investigations and intoxicating sense of style. […]

Letters to the editor: Affordable housing plan no-brainer

Affordable housing plan no-brainer Clovis’ mayor and all but one of our commissioners, Randy Crowder, seem to be on the right track for growth in Clovis. Let our elected people work for us as they said they would and support affordable housing that is not accessible in this current real estate market. I should know. […]

Hotel plan comes with concerns

The issue of what to do about the Hotel Clovis has been a sticking point since the hotel closed in the 1980s. At various times different plans surfaced and were discarded. There was a group planning to buy the property and use it for a radio station, but that fell through. The city of Clovis […]

Americans have right to discriminate

Freedom New Mexico The war on obesity has come to this: Some doctors refuse to treat fat people. This latest twist in the war on obesity — which some characterize as a war on fat people — provides a counter to the odd assertion that health care is a right. It is not. We have […]

Weekly update —

Clovis man charged with torturing animal A 32-year-old Clovis man is in jail on a felony charge of maliciously torturing an animal after police say he stabbed his sister-in-law’s dog. Benito Chavez is being held without bond for an unrelated probation violation, records show. A woman called police around 3 a.m. May 17 and said […]