Group testing home energy measurement method

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Dalinda Bangert of EcoTerra Enterprises in Santa Fe seals an air duct Tuesday prior to a leak test at a home being built in Clovis. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Current and past officials of the New Mexico Home Builders Association are pretty sure standards for energy efficiency will […]

United Way hosting block party

The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is hosting a block party Saturday to raise money for a new playground at the Grand Avenue Homes community. According to a press release, money will be raised through a “Duck Drop.” Individuals can purchase a square for $20 and when all squares are sold, a duck will […]

Road trip reveals state of national economy

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist The signs of a bad economy reveal themselves, to some extent, all around us. We have just made a cross country drive, New Mexico to Florida, and couldn’t help but be aware of what was going on, in terms of the economy, in different areas. Even Dallas, sometimes seen as […]

Portales fire guts downtown warehouse, Dollar General

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan A fire broke out Friday morning in a warehouse located on Avenue C and 7th Street. The fire quickly spread to Dollar General as firefighters fought to contain it. Nearby homes were evacuated and some traffic was diverted because of the heavy smoke. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico A […]

Official: Evidence of 2007 tornado still visible

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Numerous mobile homes off of South Prince Street were destroyed by the tornado, as seen in this photo taken March 24, the morning after. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Two years ago today, many residents were greeted by sights of destruction and debris when they emerged from their homes […]

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Reporter’s notebook: Residents organizing slipper drive

Two local residents are organizing a slipper drive to help senior citizens in Curry County keep their feet warm this winter. Jo Eyster and Kimberly Clark are taking donations to purchase slippers and hope to be able to purchase and deliver 4,500 pairs by Dec. 15. Slippers will be given to seniors in retirement homes, […]

First Person: Bingo is her game-o

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Glenda Null finds joy in ovolunteering for local seniors. Glenda Null, 54, calls bingo at a senior residence center, Dumpster dives for clothes to donate and makes rounds to homes of the elderly that are unable to leave their homes. She turned to volunteering after she was diagnosed with rheumatoid […]

Housing aid fails, despite best intentions

Freedom New Mexico Most of what Congress does is ill-advised. But when Congress is in a hurry to appear especially active and responsive to a perceived crisis, it is likely to go beyond ill-advised to downright boneheaded. It is becoming increasingly obvious that several aspects of the bill passed in response to the decline in […]

Two missing in Ruidoso flood

The Associated Press RUIDOSO — About 300 people were evacuated from homes, campgrounds and a recreational vehicle park Sunday after flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Dolly. Two people were reported missing in the water.

Using food for fuel not solution

By Pat Lyons: Guest columnist As Americans continue to look for alternative fuels to power our homes, schools, businesses, and automobiles, we must rethink one such “alternative” that is taking a big bite out of major food crops — ethanol. Far more corn grown in this country is going toward fuel production, not food consumption, […]

Newman Project equips homes with safety measures

CNJ Staff The Newman Project, which promotes safety for local seniors, helped to equip 20 homes in Curry and Roosevelt County this week. The Newman Project was formed by District Attorney Matt Chandler to ensure the safety of the seniors in the community. The project was named in honor of Odis and Doris Newman, an […]

Bingaman: $1.7 million to help New Mexico low-income families weatherize homes

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced today that the state of New Mexico has been awarded more than $1.7 million from the federal government to help low-income residents make their homes more energy efficient and resistant to extreme heating and cooling costs. “Weatherizing is a great way to cut energy costs. But many families […]

Portales homes evacuated for gas leak

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Portales — A natural gas leak Monday morning on Yucca Drive led to the evacuation of several homes. A city of Portales crew digging in an alley in the 100 block of Yucca Dr. hit a PNM gas line about 8:30 a.m., causing the leak, according to city and […]

Businesses work to offer variety of flavors

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield Portales resident Robert Locke picks up a jar of peanut butter at Sunland Peanuts’ retail store outside of Portales in April. Sunland produces several different flavors and types of peanut butter. Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield When it comes to developing new products, local peanut and candy manufacturers rely on […]

Cuba change significant, albeit slow

Freedom New Mexico Of itself, the change was not quite as significant as it seemed to be at first glance. Cuba was not legalizing private property or even moving toward anything that might be deemed an actual market in real estate. All the notice on Friday in the official gazette of the Cuban Justice Ministry […]

Storm recovery joint effort

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Courtesy photo: Jerry Priest Jerry and James Priest’s house in south Clovis — built in 1923 — was destroyed in the tornado. By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico The first anniversary of the March 23, 2007, tornado that struck eastern New Mexico with such destructive force falls on Easter Sunday. For some people involved in […]

Cannon moves ahead with housing plans

CNJ STAFF REPORT The demolition of 278 Gemini Housing units, an asbestos abatement plan in 250 Chavez Manor units and the relocation of 90 military families will be the focus of two town hall meetings Thursday at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a news release. Base personnel and their families are invited to the […]

Area home construction down

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A home under construction in a new subdivision on the east side of Clovis. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis is mired in a house-building slump like the rest of the nation, but for a different reason, according to local officials. According to the latest information from the U.S. […]

Developers: Portales housing market strong

By Casey Peacock Planners and developers said the market for new homes in Portales is still strong and will get stronger as Cannon Air Force Base grows. Larry Combs of Combs Properties is in the early stages of putting in a 55-lot residential development adjacent to Western Skies, west of Greyhound Arena. Territorial Estates will […]