Experts advise gardening caution

CMI photo: Tonjia Rolan Charles Guthals of Guthals Nursery in Clovis prepares a Cleveland pear tree for spring planting. Tonjia Rolan With spring just days away and temperatures hitting the mid-80s this week, area residents may be anxious to start greening up lawns and planting gardens. Local lawn and garden experts urged gardeners not to […]

Experts predict more heat

Freedom New Mexico If you thought Friday got hot, hold on. There’s more on the way, according to the National Weather Service. Clovis Municipal Airport reported a high temperature of 106 degrees on Friday. The last time the city got near that high was June 24, 1980, when the thermometer hit 104 degrees. Weather service […]

Forensics experts testify suspect handled items in victims home

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Transport Officer Tim Morrison, left, and Officer Shane Dodson, right, escort murder trial defendant DeAngelo Montoya, 13, away from the Roosevelt County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon after the second day of his trial. Argen Duncan Thirteen-year-old murder suspect DeAngelo Montoya handled items from the victim’s house, and the bullets and casings […]

Baby boom sustains, boosts economies

It seems that when soldiers return home in droves from a year of service overseas, babies start showing up about nine months later. Experts are trying to figure out what’s causing it. Joking. From March 1 through March 17, Fort Carson’s Evans Army Community Hospital has helped bring 182 babies into the community. That is […]

Local experts provide winter tips

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CNJ staff photo: Alisa Boswell Juan Olguin of Guthals Nursery loads outdoor plants onto a trailer to take to the indoor nursery in preparation of winter. Alisa Boswell Winter weather is approaching the Clovis and Portales areas, which means it’s the time of year when electric bills jump higher, lawns hibernate and driving to work […]

Health experts: Take proper precautions in sun

Clarence Plank Summer sun may be a pleasure but area cancer experts say safely enjoying the sun means taking proper precautions. There are an estimated two million cases of skin cancer diagnosed yearly in the U.S. Most are considered to be sun-related, according to the American Cancer Society. James Townson, 66, of Melrose is one […]

Officials: Milk industry financial troubles catalyst in unemployment jump

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Indian River Transport employee Jason Runner of Clovis washes down a tanker Thursday that is used to transport milk. Local experts say a hurting dairy industry is one of the reasons for high unemployment across eastern New Mexico. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local experts say financial ripples in […]

Experts say farmers will see benefits of wet winter within weeks

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Freedom New Mexico: Chris Schmaedeke Tucumcari farmer Jack Smith shows how much snow he still has on his field. Smith believes all the snow should help this harvest season. By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Area farmers may not be seeing the benefits of a wet winter now, but they will in a few weeks, […]

Local experts offer opinions on health care reform

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Local health care experts offered their take on health care reform Thursday and no one offered any easy or simple answers. Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino, La Casa Health Center CEO Seferino Montano, ENMU Economics professor Michael Snipes and Chris Simons, an insurance executive from Artesia, offered their […]

Obama strategy for Afghanistan poorly planned

Freedom New Mexico The Obama administration has announced it may have to turn to military personnel, mainly reservists with relevant civilian skills, to fill hundreds of posts that had been intended for civilian experts. The Obama strategy for Afghanistan announced last month included a dramatic increase in “nation-building” efforts that would include, as President Obama […]

Curry and Roosevelt counties see unemployment increase

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American Medical Alert center grew from 45 employees to 75 in 2008. By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer Local economic development experts said Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operations wing has softened the blow of unemployment in the area. New Mexico’s unemployment rate climbed to 4.9 percent in December, a 53 percent […]

Experts share tax tips

CNJ staff It’s never too early — or too late — to think about taxes. With the tax year ending in two days, the Internal Revenue Service and local tax preparers have tips to help reduce taxes and possibly increase refunds. Clovis and Portales Jackson Hewitt Manager Robin Hardage said mortgage insurance that first time […]

Clovis police, Cannon experts called in for suspicious package

CNJ Staff Clovis police and Cannon Air Force Base explosive experts were called in Thursday night after a baseball team spotted a suspicious item at Bell Park. Capt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department said about 8:30 p.m. Cannon Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians were in the process of X-raying the item to determine if […]

Local experts: Clovis shielded from economic strain

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Phyllis Salguero, of The Bank of Clovis, counts back cash to customer Mike Reyna of Clovis on Friday. According to local bankers Clovis’ economy remains sound despite turmoil in the financial markets. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local bankers and economic experts say the Clovis and Portales area is […]

Local finance experts: Think longterm

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Remember to have a long-term view. That’s the advice area financial advisors are giving their clients as daily news coverage highlights financial woes in the U.S. markets. This week, the nation watched unprecedented upheaval in the markets, marked by several hundred-point gains and losses in the Dow Jones industrials, […]

Bedbugs bite nobly in pursuit of world peace

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist TUCUMCARI — New York City is being eaten alive — literally — with a bedbug epidemic. Yes, those infamous creepy creatures of nighttime rhyme have infested the Big Apple, where they’ve been chewing their way through town worse than those squirmy worms depicted in cartoons. Alas, you may ask, why […]

Restraint key in holiday feasting

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Restraint. It is a word, and a concept, horridly out of place during the holiday season, especially around Thanksgiving. It is possible, however, to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast without causing irreparable damage to the waistline, according to local fitness experts. “The entire holiday season is the season of […]

Judges should interpret laws, not moralize

Freedom Newspapers Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, delivering the third annual Madison Lecture at Chapman University’s law school Monday night, offered at least a partial explanation for why the upcoming confirmation hearings for Judge John Roberts to join him on the high court are likely to be more heated than might seem justified by Judge […]

Energy ruling blow to open government

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. appeals court for the District of Columbia Circuit dealt a serious blow to openness in government and pretty much gutted the Federal Advisory Committee Act in a ruling last week. In siding with the administration that it did not have to reveal the names of those Vice President Dick Cheney consulted […]

Experts say fall best time for planting

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer If you want a spring garden blooming with flowers and green lawn grass now is the time to get digging, experts say. It may seem like it is too early to be thinking about a spring garden, but experts say the fall is the best time to plant. “I […]