Health reform could boost drug trade rings

Freedom New Mexico If the new health care law leads to long waits and deteriorating medical care, as many people expect, more Americans might be tempted to head across the border to Mexico for relief from minor or chronic illnesses. So Thursday’s announcement that the Mexican government plans to clamp down on non-prescription antibiotic sales […]

Hank Baskett accomplished on, off field

Freedom New Mexico Thousands of residents across eastern New Mexico — even some non-football fans — will pay close attention to today’s Super Bowl game. That’s because we’re hoping to see one of our own do well. Hank Baskett III will be living the childhood dream of many boys when he becomes the first Clovis […]

Press release: More snow possible

Another round of rain and snow is possible by midweek across much of north and central New Mexico, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. A deep upper level storm system currently over the eastern Pacific ocean is expected to push east into northern old Mexico Wednesday morning then across eastern New Mexico through […]

Snow settles down

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Brandon Jackson decided to put his tractor to good use Friday by helping friends and neighbors clear their driveways on Rosewood Drive. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Life started returning to normal across eastern New Mexico Friday as residents began digging out from a vicious winter storm that shut […]

Outages keep workers busy

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy power crews spent Thursday working to restore power across eastern New Mexico and west Texas. “There were a few scattered outages early on, but they were really limited,” said Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry. “The power company has been right there on the spot to take […]

Veterans cautious of health reform

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist As House and Senate Democrats negotiate a final compromise national health care reform bill, military people across the nation — and their advocates in Washington D.C. — remain vigilant for side effects. The Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders have tried to reassure military members, retirees and veterans that national […]

Area prepares for Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebrations are scheduled across eastern New Mexico this week and next. Saturday is the annual scholarship breakfast at Clovis High School, said Joyce Pollard, who is president of the Clovis Dr. Martin Luther King Commission. “Our guest speaker is Joe Campos and we will […]

ENMU graduates nearly 230

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Josh Messer receives his hood for his master’s degree in business Saturday during ENMU commencement. Messer said he enjoyed his time and the friendships he made at ENMU. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Saturday was a day of reflection for almost 230 Eastern New Mexico University graduates who walked […]

High winds expected Tuesday

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a high wind warning in effect from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. West to southwest winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 60 or 65 mph are expected. The strongest winds are expected across Guadalupe, DeBaca and Chaves counties. Blowing dust is possible, […]

Press Release: Medicaid public hearings set across the state

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Human Services Department has scheduled six public meetings and one tribal consultation to discuss the proposed Medicaid Coverage Concept developed to improve the current Medicaid program and create new options for more uninsured New Mexicans.

Clovis Salvation Army doing without credit card machines

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Salvation Army ringers across the country are being armed with a bell, a kettle, sometimes a Santa hat and now a mobile credit card machine. Clovis Salvation Army Maj. Tammy Ray said New Mexico’s fickle weather is causing trouble for Clovis’ ringers as far as adding the machine to […]

Student absences, flu concerns on rise

Incidents of flu in the schools: Relatively normal. Worry from some parents because of the H1N1 virus: Elevated. School officials across eastern New Mexico are experiencing what they often do this time of year — increased absence due to sicknesses like the flu. What Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari Schools, among others, are also fighting is […]

CIDC director touting new “quality of life tax”

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Economic development dollars are available to New Mexico communities for industrial plants that bring in new economies. Chase Gentry and others across the state want those dollars to enhance what’s already there, as well. Gentry has been touting a “quality of life tax” at recent public meetings. It would […]

Communities committed to prep football

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PNT Photo: Argen Duncan Portales Rams booster club secretary Chelle Strawn talks with her son, Justin, after the football scrimmage Friday. Justin Strawn, a junior, plays right guard. Chelle Strawn said football is an important part of her family’s life. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Large cheering crowds, sponsorship posters, t-shirts in school colors […]

Republican governor hopeful tests political waters across state

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico It may be a year off, but the New Mexico Gubernatorial race already has candidates out and about. In a swing through eastern new Mexico, Republican hopeful Doug Turner of Albuquerque met Curry County, Roosevelt County and Quay County Republican party members Wednesday to talk issues. He is traveling […]

Some traditions fade, others still going strong at Roosevelt County Fair

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler Portales’ Carol Calderon, 38, and her 9-year-old son Gerardo pause while setting up a booth at the Home Arts Building for the annual Roosevelt County Fair. Calderon is the county extension office’s manager for the Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition program. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Whatever new-fangled innovations […]

Patience key word in school shopping

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist I decided to homeschool my kids again this year, but I also feel the back-to-school frenzy that sweeps Wal-Mart aisles across the country, if only because I buy supplies that school children use for the kids’ curriculum, co-ops and various classes. Like many other adults across the country, I get […]

Tax holiday brings local stores steady business

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Erika Meadows of Raton took advantage of tax free weekend at Joe’s Boot Shop Saturday in Clovis. Meadows was on her way to Portales to drop her two oldest children at Eastern New Mexico University for the fall semester. Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer It looks like customers from across […]

Playground project draws community support

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Kerry Crawford figured she and the neighborhood kids would sell a few baked goods, hold a few car washes and make cosmetic upgrades to the playground across from the Grand Avenue Apartments. But she didn’t count on so many people caring. Now, what started with a phone call to […]

A view from under the pew: amos finds a firecracker

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist amos finds a firecracker one grand and brightsunshiny day as i waswhistling on my way boss – it was just before thefourth of july and i wasso happy i could cry -when across my wearypath i spied this odd hot dogwith its tail just friedand it had printed – […]