USDA to close 259 facilities

Staff and wire reports DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will close 259 domestic offices, labs and other facilities as part of an effort to save $150 million per year, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday. While the closures and other cost-cutting steps will affect the USDA headquarters in Washington and […]

Santorum leaves Iowa carrying momentum

Freedom New Mexico Iowa’s first-in-the-nation voting did what it was supposed to do for the Republican presidential primary: narrow the field and create front-runners for the nomination. Even though he finished in second place, Rick Santorum, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, was the big story of the evening and heading into the first state […]

Clovis pastor working to import hay from Iowa

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MCT photo With a surplus in Iowa and a shortage in the Southwest, a Clovis pastor is working to bring hay to area farmers and ranchers in need. “We’re gauging the need and seeing where we can be the hands in God’s work. You never know until you ask,” said Bonita Knox, pastor of Trinity […]

Still too early to pick leading GOP candidate

Freedom New Mexico The Republican presidential race is tightening. The Iowa straw poll Saturday didn’t pick any delegates, which will be done at the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 6, but the poll began culling the herd of GOP candidates. Finishing first with 4,823 votes was Rep. Michele Bachmann, who was born in the Hawkeye State […]

Ticket feature: Music Man to take stage in Clovis

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Courtesy photo The Music Man focuses on a con man in small town America. Freedom New Mexico The Music Man is set to take to the stage at the Marshall Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Presented by the Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series, The Music Man is the tale of a fast-talking con artist […]

Club notes — Jan. 16

P.E.O. Sisterhood P.E.O. Sisterhood was founded by seven college friends on Jan. 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and is a philanthropic and educational organization interested in bringing to women increased opportunities for higher education. There are 71 chapters in New Mexico and three in Clovis. Chapter AY of Clovis was […]

Grady resident protests school-sponsored coyote hunt

Sharna Johnson Ranchers say the coyote is a menace and a threat to the way of life around the ranching community of Grady. May be, a community newcomer contends; but killing them is not supposed to be sport and there are more appropriate ways to raise money for school athletics. Cliff Sagnotty, who moved to […]

New plant owner optimistic about future of biodiesel

Sharna Johnson An Iowa renewable energy company that has acquired a Clovis biodiesel plant says it is optimistic about the future of biodiesel. Wednesday, Renewable Energy Group announced it has purchased a twice-stalled biodiesel plant planned for Clovis. Company spokeswoman Alicia Clancy said REG is “excited” about its future in Clovis. However she said the […]

Engagements — Sept. 12

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Merchant-Rogers Elizabeth Merchant and Brian Rogers of Clovis will be married 1 p.m. Sept. 18, 2010, at the Sunken Garden in Clovis. The prospective bride is the daughter of Jack and Toni Merchant of Clovis. The prospective groom is the son of Linda Rogers of Springville, Iowa, and Rick and Dianne Rogers of Marion, Iowa. […]

USDA announces additional 300,000 acres for wildlife habitat expansion

DES MOINES, Iowa — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has approved an additional 300,000 acres for conservation projects under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). These additional areas include 150,000 acres for the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) Initiative; 50,000 acres for the Duck Nesting Habitat Initiative; and 100,000 acres for the Habitat […]

Meaningful guest-worker program needed

Freedom New Mexico One might expect a crowd of cattle at the National Cattle Congress Fairgrounds in Waterloo, Iowa. Instead, today’s visitor to the cattle grounds would see hundreds of mostly Hispanic workers, herded into the fairgrounds cattle-style to live as prisoners in a modern American internment camp. And why are they here? They’re herded […]

Romney drops out

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — John McCain effectively sealed the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday as chief rival Mitt Romney suspended his faltering presidential campaign. “I must now stand aside, for our party and our country,” Romney told conservatives. “If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall […]

Obama, Huckabee win Iowa caucuses

By David Espo and Mike Glover: The Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa — Sen. Barack Obama, bidding to become the nation’s first black president, captured the Iowa caucuses Thursday night, opening test in the race for the 2008 Democratic nomination. Mike Huckabee rode a wave of support from evangelical Christians to victory in the Republican […]

Paul campaign is surprising step for freedom

By Freedom New Mexico Ron Paul, the libertarian-oriented and commendably anti-war 10-term Texas Congressman and Republican presidential candidate, has in some ways been the most interesting phenomenon of the early going in the campaign. Paul’s Internet-oriented supporters are not only fervent, they have supported him with record-breaking amounts of money, most notably in two single-day […]

Center of universe beats cold any day

By Grant McGee: Local columnist You’ve been tempted to leave Clovis, haven’t you? Come on, admit it. Well, such temptation came to me in an e-mail the other day. A former co-worker wanted to know if I’d like to be on his staff at a business in Iowa. I hadn’t been looking for a new […]

Anderson, Douglas J.

Douglas James Anderson, 51, of Lubbock died Saturday, June 24, 2006, at a local hospital. Born Oct. 19, 1954, to Raymond and Midge (Hendriks) Anderson in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was raised, he entered the U.S. Air Force in 1973 after graduation. He spent the next 20 years serving his country, and was an […]

Soderberg, Wilver

Wilver Soderberg, 93, of Carlsbad died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at Plains Regional Hospital. He was born Feb. 29, 1912, in Isabel, S.D. He married Gertrude Schmitt on June 2, 1936. He left to serve in the Pacific Theater during World War II on Oct. 29, 1943. He achieved the naval rank of storekeeper 2nd […]

Camp, Georgia

Georgia Christina Camp, 80, of Roswell died on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006, at her home. She was born on Jan. 9, 1926, in Oakville, Iowa, to George William and Sophia Nell Cunningham. She graduated from Oquawka High School in Illinois in 1943. She worked at an ordinance plant in Burlington, Iowa, for two years after […]

Reed, Ann

Ann I. Reed, 77, of Muscatine, Iowa, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2005, at Unity Hospital in Muscatine. She was born July 8, 1928, in Tahoka, Texas, to William Dolf and Mattie Flay Cleveland. She was a homemaker. Family members said she enjoyed clogging, square dancing, listening to gospel and blue grass music, crocheting, cooking, baking […]

Myers, Edward

Edward Leon Myers, 63, of Clovis died Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, at his home in Clovis. He was born Aug. 28, 1942, to Maynard and Mildred Harker Myers in Boone, Iowa. He married Paula Shaw in Boxholm, Iowa. Sept. 10, 1960. He was a high-voltage electrician for Iowa Electric and PNM. He was preceded in […]