Local Roundup: City holding press conference

By Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis will hold a press conference this morning regarding a city event this weekend, and Mayor David Lansford’s political intentions for the 2008 election cycle, according to a city press release. In 2004, Lansford won his third term as mayor, earning 73 percent of the votes in a […]

Farm bill lacking reform promised

By Freedom New Mexico Democrats took control of Congress vowing to take a fresh look at wasteful programs and spending priorities. The expiration of the federal farm program — it has to be renewed every five years — was a golden opportunity to put some substance behind those promises. Crop prices are high, and farmers […]

Fall festivals make for great memories

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist I must have been 9 or 10 years old, for I recall it very clearly. We loaded my cousins, my brother and myself into my uncle’s brown station wagon, kids in the back, riding in ways that would warrant a traffic ticket nowadays. We headed out on the farm lane, […]

Oct. 5, 1976

Members of the Clovis Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics team arrested two would-be burglars inside the Surplus City Discount Center building at 1609 Mabry. … The New Mexico Farmers Union was meeting with state and national legislators in Clovis to talk about farm costs, farm markets and other matters dealing with agriculture at the […]

Booming local job market expected in near future

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Darvin Lamm, facility manager at AquaRanch, said preparations for constructing the fish farm are under way. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer As Illinois-based AquaRanch Industries waits for state approval to raise tilapia, a fish from the Nile River region sold for food, some construction for the fish farm has already started, officials say. Facility […]

Food handouts harm economy in U.S., abroad

By Freedom Newspapers Even as many Americans continue to clamor that government hand just about everything into our waiting palms, elsewhere more people and groups are recognizing how vital free markets are to international development. The international humanitarian relief group CARE recently rejected a shipment from the U.S. government of some $46 million worth of […]

Company says feet already wet on fish farm

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Aquaranch president Garth Watson said plans to convert the former Swift/Frozefruit plant on Curry Road K south of Clovis to a $4 million-a-year fish farm have already begun. Although the project still needs state approval, Watson told county commissioners Tuesday workers are reroofing the building, fixing the water systems, […]

Clovis fishing for business

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer A Canadian company is interested in bringing a new type of agriculture industry to Curry County — fish farming. Aquaranch Industries representatives will present plans today to the Curry County Commission to establish a fish farm at the former Swift/Frozefruit plant south of Clovis on County Road K. The […]

Farm bill gets Friday focus

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., said she learned more in a Friday roundtable on the farm bill reauthorization at Eastern New Mexico University than she ever could have learned in Washington, D.C. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., stepped outside her district Friday to gain some […]

Wilson to host Farm Bill meeting

CNJ Staff Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., will be in Portales Friday to host a roundtable about the 2007 Farm Bill reauthorization bill currently being considered in Congress. The roundtable will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Sandia Room of the Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University. The public is invited to attend.

Business Digest: Emergency loan deadline set

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Farmers have until Dec. 2 to apply for low-interest emergency loans from the Department of Agriculture to help cover the cost of losses suffered from the March tornadoes, according to a news release from New Mexico’s legislators. President Bush declared a state of disaster on April 2 in Curry […]

Farm systems simulation important

By Victor Cabrera: Ag Sense Computer modeling of farm systems looks at key characteristics and functions of a farm in order and then simulates how different conditions and courses of action will affect the farm. Farm enterprises are complex, interrelated systems with multiple interacting components. Each component or factor affects and is affected by its […]

Local Roundup: Highway closed for railroad repairs

CNJ staff U.S. 60-70-84 will remain closed at the railroad crossing between Texico and Farwell until Friday afternoon, according to the New Mexico Department of Transportation. BNSF Railway is repairing the crossing, according to railroad officials. Traffic is being detoured along U.S. 60 and Farm-to-Market Road 292. United Way annual banquet scheduled United Way of […]

Business Digest: Sorghum growers meeting slated

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor New Mexico Grain Sorghum Association will hold its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 13 at the Jacob Lopez Building at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, according to an association announcement. Mark Marsalis, extension agronomy specialist with the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, will give an […]

Labor bill will be tough sell

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A bill that would help farm and ranch laborers injured at work has gotten a lukewarm reception in the Legislature, and local lawmakers predict it has too many hiccups to pass. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, and others said a bill that would amend the Workers’ Compensation Act to include […]

Ag Sense: New hay regulations protect consumers

By Mark Marsalis: Local columnist Hay growers and buyers in New Mexico will be required to follow new hay transporting regulations in December. In an effort to protect the nation’s feed and food supply, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has included — as part of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response […]

Safety grows at camp

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksTech Sgt. Charles Derflinger of the Cannon Air Force Base Fire Department guides Candice Vineyard of Melrose through fire and fire safety practices Thursday afternoon at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The program was By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As the flames leapt through the metal grate, the spooked 8-year-old flinched […]

Drought assistance available to farmers

CNJ staff Federal disaster assistance is available to farmers and ranchers in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties who have endured economic hardship as a result of the region’s continuing drought, Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) has announced. For information about low-interest emergency loans, contact the Farm Service Agency, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, at […]

Wood, Gladys

Gladys Alverna Wood, 101, of Portales, died Sunday, March 5, 2006, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born Aug. 14, 1904, on a farm near Abilene, Kan., to Samuel Aaron and Laura Ellen Kopenhaver Romberger. She graduated from Abilene High School in 1924. She enjoyed playing the piano, singing and participating in […]

Donald Ray Read

Donald Ray Read, 66, of Portales, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at his farm outside Portales. He was born April 21, 1939, in Levelland, Texas, to Lura and Homer D. Read. He began his career with El Paso Natural Gas Company in the welding shop in Jal. Upon graduation from the College of the Southwest […]