North Plains Mall corporate owner reaches bankruptcy deal

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The nation’s second-largest shopping mall operator General Growth Properties Inc. said Wednesday it reached a deal with Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management Inc. that will speed its exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. General Growth is the corporate owner of North Plains Mall in Clovis. Speculation raged for weeks that […]

Freedom strikes deal for Arizona paper sale

Freedom New Mexico Freedom Communications filed a motion Tuesday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware seeking approval of the sale of its Phoenix-area publications to 1013 Communications LLC, an affiliate of Thirteenth Street Media. In a statement, Freedom said company officials hope a hearing will be held in early March and that the transaction […]

Freedom, creditors reach bankruptcy deal

By Dena Bunis WILMINGTON, Del. — A federal bankruptcy court judge Thursday approved a deal between Freedom Communications, its unsecured creditors and its lenders that could allow the company to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of March. Freedom properties include the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun in Tucumcari. The arduously […]

Area farmers struggling with water restraints

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File photo Farmers in Quay County were forced to cut back even further on water last year because of low levels of Conchas Lake. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Area farmers are having to deal with water restraints limiting them to seasonal crops or even preventing them from planting crops. In Curry and Roosevelt […]

Thursday morning briefing

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s morning briefing: Video of the day Clovis Community College cosmetology student Danielle Landers shows how to do a side-swept bang cut in this week’s installment on How to do … Gobble up a deal Grab your bird. It’s the final day for the Curves of Clovis Give a Gobble event. […]

Richardson orders furloughs to deal with budget

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson has ordered five furlough days for workers in executive branch agencies under his control. Richardson made the announcement as he signed bills Thursday to help the state deal with a $650 million budget shortfall. The governor signed a budget-cutting bill but used his […]

Believing in ‘foolproof’ for foolish

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist My friend Bob spent a great deal of time horseback on his cousin’s family ranch when he was a kid. After he grew up, he left that behind and became a musician — a financially successful one, which is unusual. Through the years Bob rode horseback now and then at […]

My mom didn’t need a script

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Anytime a hard-working mother has a dilemma to deal with all they really need to remember is the acronym WWJD. The acronym I’m thinking of here is what would June (Cleaver) do.

March 8 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 11 a.m. Feb. 20 an officer responded to a school in the 100 block of Commerce Street for a report of a drug deal. A staff member said he witnessed two boys doing a drug deal and provided the officer with […]

“The New Deal” art treasures viewing and discussion

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National New Deal exhibit on way

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal initiatives transformed the economic landscape of New Mexico, employing upwards of 40 percent of N.M.’s population during the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Fifteen million Americans had no jobs in 1933. In Curry County the currency and the banks were unstable, farm prices were […]

Canada trade deal needs to be protected

Freedom New Mexico President Obama’s visit to Canada was notable for the ever-so-slight undercurrents of uneasiness between two countries that have enjoyed generally amicable relations over the sometimes touchy issue of trade. Obama made foolish comments during the presidential campaign (in the heart of a Rust Belt filled with people and union leaders eager to […]

Politics prevent square deal for Curry County

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Curry County may be New Mexico’s third smallest county, but it’s never hard to find. “You see a map of New Mexico,” said County Commissioner Frank Blackburn, “and you can spot Curry County quickly because of those stair steps.” The “stairs” that separate Curry County, from Quay County to […]

Clovis Community College and the Eula Mae Edwards Museum/Gallery present The New Deal: A 75th Anniversary Celebration

The National New Deal Association’s exhibit of New Mexico’s photo-documented New Deal Treasures will be on exhibit during March and April, 2009, in the Eula Mae Edwards Museum/Gallery, Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Ave.

Regarding goals, perceptions matter

By Margie Blatnik: Guest Columnist Our perceptions matter a great deal when it comes to achieving our goals.

Cowboy Homebrew

by Glenda Price People who grew up during the Great Depression have lessons for those of us born and raised in the years since. A few Depression survivors are still here, and they can teach us whippersnappers a great deal about self reliance, self control, neighborliness – and most important of all, survival skills. I’ve […]

Zoo animals keep it cool

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Alpacas sport a new hairdo Thursday at Hillcrest Park Zoo. Zookeeper Mark Yanotti said the pair were sheared recently to remove their heavy winter wool. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Shade, misters, dipping pools and extreme hair cuts are but a few of the ways Hillcrest Park Zoo helps […]

Jesus makes his followers “new creations” indeed

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist My wife and I got a great deal the other day on an old china cabinet. At least, that’s what she and our close friends who discovered it for us at a garage sale tell me. We paid 50 bucks for it. On the day I drove to […]

Despite progress, China remains political tyrant

The ongoing unrest in Tibet demonstrates once again that while mainland China has liberalized its economic system considerably and taken steps toward relatively responsible behavior internationally, politically it is still a one-party tyranny without even minimal respect for the human rights of its citizens. Reprisals against China may not be wise or practical just now, […]

First person: Judge comfortable on the border

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Robert Brack was appointed a U.S. district judge in 2003. By Liliana Castillo: Staff writer U.S. District Judge Robert Brack, 54, moved to Clovis in 1965. In the 42 years that Brack lived in Clovis, he met his wife and became a state judge. In 2003, Brack moved his family […]