Jamboree draws young and old

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Amy Carter of Portales opened up the 60th Floyd Jamboree with “Thanks A Lot.” This was her sixth year to perform at the jamboree. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Young and old came out for music and a special anniversary for the Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree. Among many […]

Taco Box celebrates election to Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail runs right through Portales and Clovis. Taco Box celebrated its recent election to the New Mexico Department of Tourism Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail on Wednesday. Taco Box owner Tom Martin said his restaurants were among the 20 independent establishments and chains voters, mostly visitors […]

Curry, Roosevelt among healthiest counties in state

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt and Curry counties are ranked among the 10 healthiest in the state. The University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the results of their nationwide study of counties’ health Wednesday. The study included factors such as individual behavior, quality of and access […]

Hounds looking for line help

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico University is hoping to sign 15 to 20 prospects today, the first day players can sign a letter of intent to play college football. Among them will be Portales’ running back Jesus Davalos, who looked at the University of New Mexico briefly before making the hometown […]

Baby central: PRMC provides area’s lone obstetrics department

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Nurse Kaylynn Fahsholtz finishes paperwork for a patient in the labor and delivery department at Plains Regional Medical Center. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Plains Regional Medical Center has a unique distinction among the hospitals that dot eastern New Mexico and neighboring West Texas towns — they are the […]

Muleshoe’s Riley among Texas Tech assistants released

MCT News Service FORT WORTH, Texas — New Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville released five assistants who worked for former coach Mike Leach, including Muleshoe’s Lincoln Riley. Also released were running backs coach Clay McGuire, safeties coach Carlos Mainord, cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell and special teams coordinator Eric Russell. Gil Brandt, who works for NFL.com […]

U.S. realizing pitfalls of big governemnt

Freedom New Mexico Quitting must be a cool new trend among leading Democrats. Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter became the latest, announcing Jan. 5 he won’t seek re-election next fall. He cited family concerns, but maybe he considered a re-election bid futile. It should be a great time to be a Democrat. One of the left’s […]

Floyd, Texico rank among best high schools

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Floyd High School students, from left, Ashlee Banister, 18, Madeline Love, 18, Levi Nicholson, 17, Alex Rodriguez, 18, and David Slusser, 18, participate in a computer class at school Monday. Floyd, Logan and Texico High Schools were named U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best High Schools. By Clarence Plank […]

Emissions bill would derail economic recovery

Freedom New Mexico A cap-and-trade program to curb greenhouse gas emissions and financially penalize businesses emitting them faces new opposition among moderate Senate Democrats, apparently worried about voter backlash in next year’s election. Cap-and-trade, along with sweeping changes in health care, are the Obama administration’s two principle initiatives, but polls already show more Americans oppose […]

Year in review: Cannon sees growth, new commander

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File photo By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base saw a year of continued growth in 2009, with the arrival of a new commander, new squadrons, new aircraft and extensive construction and renovation. Personnel surpassed 4,000 and continues to grow. Here are three highlights among many important events of the year: Change […]

President’s actions don’t warrant Nobel

Freedom New Mexico To his credit, in his acceptance address, President Obama addressed several of the ironies involved in his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for Peace with humility, humor and a thoughtful disquisition on the delicate relationship among conflict, war, fanaticism and peace. Although he made the best of the situation, there was […]

Clovis ranked among lowest for tax burdens

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A New Mexico think tanks says, comparatively speaking, living in Clovis just isn’t that taxing. The Rio Grande Foundation has ranked Clovis as the third-best city for lowest tax burdens among New Mexico’s 10 most populous cities. The study, also performed in 2007, looks at both property and gross […]

ENMU designated ‘military friendly’

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico In services for military members, their spouses and veterans, Eastern New Mexico University is among the top 15 percent of post-secondary schools in the nation, according to the magazine G.I. Jobs. The magazine has given ENMU the “Military Friendly School” designation. “At Eastern New Mexico University, we very much […]

Flag salute monument to be dedicated

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler Jane Hilliard, 89, checks over a monument honoring Portales women who created the salute to the flag of New Mexico in 1963. Hilliard was part of the effort and will be on hand when the monument is dedicated. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico I salute the flag of the […]

Shakedown at Curry County jail

CNJ staff A cell phone, medication and a questionable substance were among items found during an early morning shakedown at the Curry County jail. Around 7 a.m. Tuesday, sheriff’s officers along with jail personnel conducted the shakedown, according to a press release from the Curry County Adult Detention Center. The search was initiated by county […]

Area farmers eligible for disaster aid

Freedom New Mexico U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom J. Vilsack has declared Roosevelt County a disaster area in a move that also affects Curry and Quay counties. Roosevelt is among seven New Mexico counties listed as disaster areas because of production losses from high winds and drought, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Curry […]

Lobby group encourages political involvement among local business owners

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Association of Commerce and Industry President Beverlee McClure told area political and business leaders Thursday it’s time they get involved in the political process to protect their interests. Environmental legislation, taxes, health care, regulatory and legal reform and other legislative moves, she said, are continually impacting business. “We are […]

The Parable of the King’s Bridge

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist Once upon a time in a land far, far away, a large and ornate bridge connected two bustling villages and spanned a mighty river. The bridge had stood for decades, having been built by a great king who had spared no expense in building it to last for many […]

Congress needs to take vacation from meddling

Freedom New Mexico Disney theme parks are known for their thrilling rides, cutting-edge video performances, top-notch fireworks displays and souvenir shops. At least one, Disney World in Florida, has an entire shopping district where visitors can leave with the signature mouse ears, high quality jewelry and anything Disney in between. Among the many articles of […]

Meetings watch: Clovis school board

CNJ staff A Clovis Municipal School Board meeting will be held at Zia Elementary School at 5:30 tonight. Among things to be discussed are: • Recognition of the volunteer of the year and state board of education’s Excellence for Student Achievement award recipient. • A name change from the CHS Freshman Campus to the CHS […]