Bingaman: New Mexico counties eligible for drought disaster aid

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that six New Mexico counties been declared eligible for disaster assistance due to their proximity to Texas counties, which were declared disaster areas due to continuing drought. As a result of the declaration, farmers and ranchers in Do

Joint land use on tap for Monday meeting

Freedom New Mexico Curry and Roosevelt counties will host a policy committee meeting 3 p.m. Monday at the Curry County Courthose commission room. The meeting, which is open to the public, will focus on existing conditions regarding land uses in the counties and Cannon Air Force Base. The purpose of the joint land use study […]

EPCOG sharing grant money

CNJ staff The Eastern Plains Council of Government is one of seven New Mexico groups that will share in more than $2 million in economic development grant money, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. EPCOG is a consortium of seven counties in eastern New Mexico and helps local governments with infrastructure […]

County manager discusses jail administration

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Photo illustration of Curry County Manager Lance Pyle The Clovis News Journal on Tuesday obtained a report related to the Feb. 21 attempted escape of four inmates at the Curry County jail. Curry County Manager Lance Pyle is in Washington, D.C., at the National Association of Counties conference, and could not immediately be reached for […]

County manager appointed to serve on jail standards council

CNJ staff Curry County Manager Lance Pyle has been appointed to serve on the professional standards council of a newly developed detention center accreditation program for the state. Pyle will serve alongside four detention center commanders, according to a press release from the New Mexico Association of Counties. Other council members include jail administrators: David […]

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 […]

NWS issues winter storm warning

Freedom New Mexico The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow in Quay, Curry and De Baca counties in effect until noon Thursday. Expect total snow accumulations of 3 to 8 inches. The heaviest snowfall will occur across the northeast plains of New Mexico…particularly Harding and Union counties. […]

Girl Scout cookie presales hit ground running

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MCT photo The Girl Scouts will be selling favorites such as Thin Mints, Do-si-dos, Tagalongs, Trefoils and Samoas. By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico The middle of January means one thing to most cookie lovers. It is time to get their hands on some Girl Scout Cookies. The Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails have […]

Training, education keys to disaster response

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Firefighters Cody Bell, left, and Weldon Kube inspect a new emergency tool Friday provided by an emergency management grant according to Chief Ray Westerman. The device works much like the Jaws of Life, which can cut through steel. By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico While local counties don’t have to […]

Business feature: Realtors say home sales turnaround may be on horizon

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For reasons that extend to Cannon Air Force Base and beyond, a turnaround seems on the horizon for local home sales. Over the last two months, Clovis Realtor Kathy Corn said, deals on 96 properties in Curry and Roosevelt counties have been finalized, with an average price of $138,143. […]

Expect strange weather mix

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Weather officials are calling for a strange mix of weather Tuesday with a frosty morning, pockets of sunshine and snow. Expect a real mix of weather Tuesday. Most of eastern New Mexico awoke to frost, then sunshine and then snow. The National Weather Service says through late morning a cold […]

Quilt raffle date changed

Freedom New Mexico The quilt raffle drawing for the Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties fundraiser has been moved to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, after the community Thanksgiving dinner at the Memorial Building. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Habitat office at 359-1344 or the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce […]

Bingaman: Eastern New Mexico counties eligible for disaster aid

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today confirmed that the counties of Lea, Curry, Quay and Roosevelt have been declared eligible for disaster assistance due to their proximity to Texas counties, which were declared disaster areas due drought and other disasters that occurred earlier this year. As a result of the declaration, farmers and ranchers […]

Curry to host county conference

CNJ staff Curry County will host the 2013 New Mexico Association of Counties annual conference. The county was selected Friday, according to Curry County Manager Lance Pyle. The conference will be held June 19-21, 2013, and about 700 attendees from the state’s 33 counties are expected to attend. “We are excited about this opportunity to […]

Players aren’t only winners in New Mexico Lottery

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CNJ illustration: Tony Bullucks and Liliana Castillo Curry and Roosevelt County residents won more than $3.4 million by playing the lottery in fiscal year 2009, according to the New Mexico Lottery. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer For a handful of area residents, scratching, picking and rubbing has turned out to be lucrative. Curry and […]

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 […]

USDA declares seven counties disaster areas due to drought

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Acting Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Brenda Archuleta, announced that the US. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack has designated seven (7) New Mexico counties as disaster areas due to the ongoing drought and high winds in portions of the state, from October 1, 2008 and continuing. Secretary Vilsack […]

Volunteers repair vandalized home

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PNT Photo: Clarence Plank Gary Rhode, construction committee chair for Habitat for Humanity, looks over the water heater in a house vandalized recently. Volunteers from Curry and Roosevelt counties gathered Saturday in Portales to repair the damage. Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Volunteers from Roosevelt and Curry counties gathered Saturday to raise hammers, drive nails […]

News release: Senators press for drought declaration for seven N.M. counties

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to quickly approve New Mexico’s request for a natural disaster declaration for seven counties due to severe drought and high winds.

Grass fires consume 5,000 acres of land

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico More than 5,000 acres of grassland have burned in three days from multiple fires in Quay and Harding counties. Eleven fire agencies responded to five fires ignited by lightning in Harding County, said Logan Fire Chief Rex Stall. “The different crews did an outstanding job of containing and putting […]