Commissioners discuss jail options

Sharna Johnson Commissioner Bobby Sandoval asked the public for help and solutions after voters sent a “loud and clear” message on recent bond issues. “Our constituents spoke and they are our bosses and we got the message loud and clear,” he said during a Friday meeting. “Tell us how to do it. If somebody out […]

TriWest ready to help you quit

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years sooner than nonsmokers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since about 20 percent of the United States’ population smokes, that means almost a fifth of the country could live at least a full decade longer. With the Great […]

Hounds will help open new Pit

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank ENMU freshman Logan Turnbow rebounds the ball and tries to dunk during practice at Greyhound Arena on Tuesday. Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team played well in the first of three preseason exhibitions on Saturday, losing at Texas-El Paso 80-76. UTEP is coming […]

Online ballots can help overseas votes count

By Karen Parrish: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Defense Department’s Federal Voting Assistance Program has a solution for overseas servicemembers and other U.S. citizens living outside the country who haven’t received an election ballot: get it online. With Nov. 2 midterm elections two weeks off, Illinois and New York recently joined the list […]

Cemeteries help keep life in proper perspective

Curtis K. Shelburne I’m weird, and I know it. But I sort of enjoy spending some time in cemeteries. I’m talking, of course, about the times when I want to be there, not the times when I have to be. Big difference. There’s been way too much of the latter recently, it seems to me. […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Call for volunteers, cornbread tips and a reporter gets out of jail

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. A little help needed United way needs volunteers to help stuff bags of goodies for Health and Wellness day. Meet 1 p.m. Thursday at UW’s offices in Clovis, 1200 Thornton St., to help stuff bags. Health and Wellness Day is Saturday from 9 a.m. […]

Lincoln county voters approve tax to help Ruidoso Downs

Staff and wire reports RUIDOSO — Lincoln County voters have approved a five-year gross receipts tax aimed at helping Ruidoso Downs racetrack. The tax proposal passed by 420 votes in Tuesday’s mail-in election. County officials reported 3,719 votes supporting the tax and 3,299 opposed. The county will increase the gross receipts tax by 3/16ths of […]

Thursday morning briefing: Ethnic fair needs help and Billy the Kid busted

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Fair needs help Selmus Price, the director of the Clovis Ethnic Fair, is looking for volunteers to help with set-up and tear down at the fair this week. Below are the times he needs help. To volunteer call Price at 575-749-6570: Friday – […]

Nonprofit groups step up to help military families

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — America’s support of our troops and their families has been a welcome theme during this past decade of war. The stories of support are abundant, from top leaders encouraging Americans to salute troops to neighbors pitching in to help a deployed family. Some people have taken […]

Club notes — Aug. 29

Friendship Rebekah Lodge The Friendship Rebekah Lodge held its regular meeting 2 p.m. Aug. 22 at 405 Main St. Members discussed and made plans for the upcoming rummage sale, which is to be Sept. 3-4 at 8 a.m. It will be a clean up sale and will have a variety of things, such as chairs, […]

Freshmen may help Hounds

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Freshman Greg Scott of San Antonio is trying to break into a crowded field of wide receivers at ENMU By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University freshman wide receiver Greg Scott was used to running a no-huddle offense in high school at San Antonio Stevens. After about […]

Bingaman: Bill would help New Mexico close its budget gap

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced the U.S. Senate has approved legislation that would help New Mexico close its budget gap with an eye toward preventing cuts to health care and teacher layoffs. Under the proposal, the state would receive an additional $126 million through Medicaid, which frees up this amount in state dollars […]

Press release: Ag bill will help NM farmers and ranchers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that legislation moving through Congress contains more than $36 million to help New Mexico farmers and ranchers, and to preserve New Mexico’s natural resources.

Celebrity waiters to help raise money for Red Cross

CNJ staff Honorary and celebrity waiters, including city officials, will help raise money for the American Red Cross. They will serve patrons from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cotton Patch Cafe. They include City Manager Joe Thomas, Clovis Community College President John Neibling, Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce President Tom Phelps […]

Recent rain gets mixed reviews

Argen Duncan The recent abundant rains have been both a help and a hindrance to area residents. The downpours have damaged roads and made weeds grow. But they’ve also watered crops and urban grass. In Portales, City Manager Tom Howell said parts of streets where water has pooled will need patching. He said he wouldn’t […]

Officials: Moisture will help make fireworks season safer

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Brad Bender, left, and Marty Bender, center, buy fireworks from Paul Bennett at the Giant Fireworks stand on U.S. 60/70/84 Tuesday afternoon. The Bender brothers said they are using fireworks as part of a car sales promotion where customers who purchase a car get $100 in fireworks. By Sharna Johnson: […]

Ticket feature: Clovis Soap Box Derby taking place Saturday

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File photo The ninth annual Clovis Soap Box Derby will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday on Sycamore Street. Freedom New Mexico Thirteen youngsters will gather Saturday for the ninth annual Clovis Soap Box Derby. The race begins at 10 a.m. on Sycamore Street near Yucca Middle School. According to Director Larry Erwin, racers are ages […]

Press release: Seniors to receive $250 checks to help close prescription costs

HUD allocates $58 million to help homeless veterans

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden: American Forces Press Service

Charter schools may help ease Texas’ budget

Freedom New Mexico Texas’ next legislative session is nearly eight months away, but already analysts are predicting a revenue shortfall as high as $15 billion. More than half of our neighboring state’s general revenue funds are spent on education. Some state lawmakers have begun looking for ways to trim the education budget, and class size […]