Legislature may see ‘dramatic’ facelift in 2013

Tuesday was the official filing day for New Mexico’s primary election. Political blogger Joe Monahan tells us the state Legislature is “poised for its most dramatic facelift in two decades.” He also reports the lawmaking game is not as much fun as it used to be and writes: “The bull market days of an overflowing […]

Area will have four state races

Robin Fornoff Eastern New Mexico voters will have a quartet of primary elections for the New Mexico Legislature, but only one contested race once the general election comes around. Tuesday was the lone day to file for elections at the Secretary of State’s Office in Santa Fe and at county courthouses — only for legislators […]

Businesses: Windy days mean fewer customers

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Paul Ramirez, middle, and his son Sergio, left, purchase a drill extension Thursday at Burns Do It Center. Burns cashier, Patty Gallus rings Ramirez up. Benna Sayyed When winds go up in Clovis, business goes down. Mariah Smith said she becomes bored on windy days as business slows at the […]

Club notes —

Fairfield club The Fairfield club met Feb. 24 at Cheyenne Meadows with 10 members present for a pot luck luncheon. A suggestion was made to help with the angel tree at Christmas instead of holding a secret pal. One day in May was chosen for everyone’s birthday to go out to eat and continue with […]

Mail delivery may take day longer

Benna Sayyed Mail delivery in the area could take a day longer when the U.S. Postal Services moves its Clovis mail processing center to Lubbock, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service. The U.S. Postal Service announced its plan Thursday to move the processing center. Dates for the transition have not been set, […]

In search of ponies: Losing pets eventual

It was a normal, insignificant day, the kind of day where the sight of grown man covering his face with his hands, shoulders heaving, was not what I expected as I rounded the corner. It was a scene especially surprising because I was accustomed to his smiling face and cheerful greetings as I passed his […]

McGee: Waiting in line can be enlightening

I had to stand in line the other day. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with standing in line, I get into the Zen of it: If I am to stand in line, I will stand in line. In my younger years I would’ve been fuming. Over time I’ve learned various ways to […]

Co-worker known for dedication, service

One more day, one more conversation, one more outburst of laughter and even one more time just to argue with you. These are a few things I and many others wish we could have with Catherine Bugg. I’d like one more chance to speak up and let her know just how much she and her […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Happy Valentines Day!

Good morning and Happy Valentines Day! It’s the freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Fresh from our own Jenna Zamie, who prowls the Internet looking for the best games: Game: Soul Calibur V Genre: Fighting System: 360, PS3 What is it? The newest installment in the franchise jumps forward in time […]

Final day of tourney canceled

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANTONIO — The final day of games in the St. Mary’s NCAA Division II College Classic softball tournament was canceled on Saturday due to storms in the area. More rain was expected today and Monday, so the slate of games will not be made up. Eastern New Mexico University, which went […]

Official: Base should do well despite cuts

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base should survive military budget cuts in better shape than many other bases across the country, says Curry County Commissioner Caleb Chandler, fresh from a three-day conference with Air Force top brass. Chandler said Friday that he sees continued growth for Cannon because its mission fits in with the new […]

McGee: Faded denim not enough to get hot dates

I ran across an article the other day that told of the clothing industry shying away from buying denim things that had been sandblasted. Sandblasting gives that “worn look” that some folks like when they buy jeans. It seems workers doing the job were destroying their lungs by breathing the fine silica in the air. […]

Friday morning briefing: Certified, all about trains and the day the music died

Good morning a welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Certified Curry County’s Chief Deputy Clerk Beni Dampier has earned her certificate as a New Mexico Certified Public Supervisor. Dampier says the program is a lengthy series of classes and study to help her be a better public servant as well as improve her […]

Hounds expect to sign 25-30 prospects

Dave Wagner First-year Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn anticipates signing 25-30 players today on national signing day. “The emphasis is obviously on the offensive and defensive lines,” Lynn said. “We got real aggressive with New Mexico and west Texas kids.” Lynn said he originally didn’t anticipate a large first-day signing group. “We’re […]

Monday morning briefing: Homecoming, free music and fun with plastic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Homecoming week Elida Municipal Schools celebrate Homecoming next week with Spirit Week and the coronation. Monday is Pajama Day; Tuesday is Fashion Disaster; Wednesday is Tossed Salad Day; and Thursday is Duct Tape Day and Way Out Games. Star in town County bass player […]

No write-ins for municipal elections

CNJ staff There will be no write-in candidates for the March 6 municipal elections, according to Clovis City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon. Tuesday was the only day to sign up to be a write-in candidate. Write-ins would not have appeared on the ballot, but would have received credit for any votes cast in their favor. The […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Country music and a midlife crisis solved.

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday morning briefing.Write-in day: Today is the only day for write-in candidates to declare their intention to seek office in March 6 municipal elections. Write-ins will not appear on the ballot, but they will receive credit for any votes they do receive on election day. Local […]

Monday morning briefing: MLK Day, perfect fruit pies and prohibition

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. MLK Day There are celebrations and commemorations galore today to mark Martin Luther King Day. In Clovis, the annual walk to commemorate King’s march from Selma to Montgomery gets started at 9 a.m. in Potter Park. In Portales, a similar march starts at 10 […]

Martin Luther King Day parade set for Monday

Benna Sayyed The Clovis Martin Luther King Jr. Commission annual Martin Luther King Day parade starts 9 a.m. Monday at Potter Park, emulating King’s civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama. The first stop will be at Lincoln-Jackson Elementary, where the commission will stage a short program and offer refreshments. The next stop will […]

Time for some GOP candidates to call it a day

Freedom New Mexico The TV networks declared Mitt Romney the winner in New Hampshire about five seconds after the polls closed, so commentators had to scramble to find something interesting to say the rest of the night. It wasn’t easy. Mr. Romney had been expected to win Tuesday’s GOP primary and did. Jon Huntsman tried […]