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 – […]

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

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 […]

Cannon airmen step in to help save garden

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Airmen from the 27th Logistic Readiness Squadron provide help Thursday preparing a field for planting as part of the Gabriel’s Garden project on U.S. 60/84 near the Cannon Air Force Base. Lori Yanez, of Clovis, said that the field was flooded by rain and the equipment she needed to work […]

Press release: Bingaman backs measure to help keep teachers in the classroom

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today joined in introducing a bill to help prevent educator layoffs. The economic downturn of the past two years has led to extremely tight state budgets. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – legislation that is helping rebuild the New Mexico economy – provided over $500 million over two […]

Bingaman Backs Measure to Help Keep Teachers in the Classroom

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today joined in introducing a bill to help prevent educator layoffs. The economic downturn of the past two years has led to extremely tight state budgets. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – legislation that is helping rebuild the New Mexico economy – provided over $500 million over two […]

Census forms available

Residents who have not received a census form in the mail can pick up and complete a form at various Questionnaire Assistance Centers located in the City of Clovis. There will be Census workers at these locations who can help residents complete forms where necessary. The sites are as follows: • MVD 814 W 6th […]

Pet licensing ordinance vote split

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Animal Task Force Chairwoman Linda Cross told city commissioners Thursday that a pet licensing ordinance will help the city get grant money to pay for enforcement. The ordinance was passed on a 5-3 vote. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Despite objections from three commissioners who called it redundant and […]

Sheriff’s office appeals for help finding suspect

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department is appealing for public help to locate a man charged with aggravated battery. Greg M. Sena, 28, of Las Vegas, N.M., beat his girlfriend with a baseball bat as she was holding their child, said Sheriff Darren Hooker. “It was a bad situation that took place the […]

Loaning tax dollars to fund reactors risky

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama has announced that the government will offer an $8.3 billion loan guarantee to help Atlanta-based Southern Co., one of the largest producers of electricity in the United States, build two more nuclear reactors at its Vogtle plant near Augusta, Ga. The guarantee would cover about 70 percent of the […]