Counties report rise in sexually transmitted diseases

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Carol Morgan, nurse manager for Portales Public Health Office, performs a lab procedure to test for chlamydia Friday morning in the public health office laboratory. Morgan said the office saw 27 patients with chlamydia in the first six months of the year. Alisa Boswell The number of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) […]

Rainstorm soaks Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A storm swept over Clovis on Thursday, bringing with it much needed rain. The area has been under extreme dry conditions for months, causing increased fire danger and drought. CNJ staff Have no fear, eastern New Mexico residents. That wet substance from the sky Thursday night was completely safe. It’s […]

Press release: Police looking for man soliciting girls

Clovis Police are actively seeking to identify and capture a suspect described in three recent acts of Child Enticement in varying locations in Clovis. The suspect has been described by two different potential victims as a white male, 18 to 30 years of age, clean shaven face, wearing eye glasses and driving a red Pontiac […]

Semi-pro football tryout draws 74

CNJ staff A tryout for the inaugural Curry County Cats was above expectations, the team’s general manager said. Mike Muscato said 74 hopefuls came to Leon Williams Stadium Sunday morning to take their shot at a spot on the roster for the semipro team, which is gearing up to play February 2011 in the New […]

God’s warnings require our attention

Curtis K. Shelburne It had to be a government production, the sign I saw. Only a glassy-eyed bean-counting bureaucrat with common sense completely and laboriously expunged by years of mind-numbing training could have produced it. (Your tax dollars at work.) Posted above a busy tramway, the sign proclaimed in large letters: TOUCHING WIRES CAUSES INSTANT […]

Wheat farmers see high yields

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Area wheat farmers are expecting an above-average harvest this year, if they haven’t seen it already. Rick Ledbetter, who farms near Portales, said he and his neighbors have finished harvesting wheat to use the plant for silage and hay. Farmers growing wheat for grain expect to harvest in June. […]

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 […]

Area residents remain charitable despite sluggish economy

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Charitable organizations in Roosevelt and Curry counties are reporting donations mostly equal or above last year’s levels as Christmas approaches. Most of those organizations say they have enough to meet community requests for the holiday. Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico Executive Director Nancy Taylor said her organization has […]

Growers: Peanut harvest slightly above average

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PNT Staff Photo: Clarence Plank Mark Brewer of Portales rakes peanuts into a grate, which are carried to a shifter that takes out rock, vines and leaves on Saturday at Sunland, Inc. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico With the harvest about halfway there, this year’s peanut crop is good to average, according to people […]

Vultures summer residents in eastern New Mexico

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo More than 50 vultures have claimed a patch of trees on city property north of North Plains Mall as their roost. The birds leave their roost to search for food during the day, according to Wildlife Biologist Tony Gennaro, and return each evening. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer More […]

Zias finish above .500 for season

CNJ staff GOODWELL, Okla. — Junior Kristen Cruickshank had three hits and pitched her third shutout of the season Tuesday as Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team completed a season-ending doubleheader sweep of Oklahoma Panhandle State with a 3-0 win. The Zias, who stranded 24 runners in the two games, had to go nine innings […]

New Mexico’s economic freedom needs boost

Are you someone who values freedom above all else, including health, safety and welfare? If so, New Mexico has a ways to go to reach the top tier of states. A new study released by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the first comprehensive ranking of “economic and personal freedom in the American states,” […]

Trying to keep my head above water

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I’d make the Mafia more efficient. It’s probably not good to say such things when everybody’s looking to save a few pennies. But it’s true. If the Mafia decided to take me for a swim, they wouldn’t need a bag to put me in. Or rocks for the bag. Or […]

Education feature: Lunch ladies keep stomachs satisfied

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Alejandro Chacon, from left to right, Lydia Gonzales, Lindsey Perry and Saul Molina help food service manager Sonya Campos serve lunch on the first day of school after the holiday break at La Casita Elementary School. La Casita serves 417 meals at La Cas By CNJ staff writer: Liliana Castillo […]

Livestock show gives 4-H youth chance to show off

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Michelle Wauson, 15, prepares her sheep for the show ring Saturday at the Farwell Junior Livestock Show. Tomee England, Farwell’s Future Farmers of America chapter advisor, said the show is intended to give the children experience showing animals. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer At a wispy 4-feet-10-inches-tall, Heath Hadley […]

Dec. 2 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife by Cathryn Ramin explains what happens to the human brain in middle age, the factors that affect its strengths and weaknesses, and the best way to cope when your memory is not what it […]

Don’t reach for stars, reach higher

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers We were not told, we were ordered, to pack light this year. And so I did an amazing act, which was nothing short of a miracle, making all my stuff fit into one huge bag. My daughter, Laura, and I recently went once again to a church youth conference, Steubenville […]

Overpass opening official

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle City and state officials cut the ribbon Tuesday at the opening of the N.M. 467 overpass. The project took about nine months. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Residents living south of the N.M. 467 overpass are enjoying the new stretch of steel and concrete that allows them to cruise […]