Recent rains benefit farmers’ market vendors

Freedom New Mexico: Sarah Meyer Local growers say the crops are looking good and they’re ready for the official opening of the Portales Farmers’ Market. The market will be open at a new time — 5 p.m. — Mondays and Thursdays through the end of October, said Margie Plummer, market manager. “We got a lot […]

July 2, 2008 Education Digest

Local artist featured at Eula Mae Edwards Gallery The Eula Mae Edwards Museum and Gallery at Clovis Community College will feature local artist Jon Birdsong, according to a press release. The show of watercolors will be on display until Aug. 29, with a public reception held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the […]

‘Stay-cation’ my kind of vacation

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist The Lady of the House and I ran into Clovis City/Curry County Commissioner Bobby Sandoval and his wife at a local eatery last Sunday morning. “We’re just back from an Alaskan cruise,” he said. He was grinning from ear to ear. He had the glow of someone refreshed and rejuvenated. […]

Ute Water Project faces U.S. House vote

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Local and federal government officials are optimistic the U.S. House will pass a bill Wednesday authorizing $327 million in federal funding for the Ute Water Project. The House is scheduled to deliberate on the bill late in the afternoon, according to Sam Simon, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Tom […]

Scooter sales see increase

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bill Pyle said he bought himself and his wife matching scooters two years ago “just to have fun on.” “But now we use them to conserve fuel,” Pyle said. “Gas prices dictated that we use them more.” By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer Local retailers say interest in scooters has […]

Local summer happenings

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File photo Smoke on the Water Fireworks display is held at Greene Acres Lake in celebration of Independence Day. Freedom New Mexico Looking for something to do this summer? Here is a list of some events happening in the eastern New Mexico area. Today • Pioneer Days — 8 p.m., PRCA Rodeo at Curry County […]

Legal ads best left untouched by government

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps local newspapers and local governments should come to an agreement in which each party says to the other: We reserve the right to take issue with how you do your job, but we’ll stop short of actually trying to do your job. This proposition comes to mind because of efforts across […]

Locals divided on farm bill

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A dairy cow eats feed at a Roosevelt County farm. Freedom New Mexico Reaction among local ag producers and lawmakers to a farm bill passed in Congress this week is split. The $290 billion measure will increase food aid for the needy as well as subsidies for farmers enjoying record […]

Local TV auction underway

KENW TV’s annual auction is under way, and more than half the items already have bids. The annual fundraiser features more than 700 items ranging from art to vacations and a little bit of everything in between. This is the second year the auction has been held online, said Sheryl Borden, director of marketing for […]

May 8, 2008 Education Digest

Local students earn scholar honors Two Clovis High School students and a Floyd High School student were selected as Golden Apple Scholars, according to a Golden Apple press release. Ana Olivas and Rosa Rosas of Clovis High and Alexis C. Benoit of Floyd High were selected among 64 New Mexico students. The Golden Apple Foundation […]

Local meth labs seized 5/8/08

CNJ Staff The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office seized three methamphetamine labs Sunday and arrested three people in the process, according to a news release. The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip Sunday about an active meth lab at 137 Mesilla Park, according to the release. All the major components of a meth manufacturing […]

First priority for police are local matters

Freedom New Mexico Widespread public interest in getting local police more involved with federal immigration law should not become an unfunded mandate that usurps local control to focus on a problem that’s not even a crime. So we applaud Ariz. Gov. Janet Napolitano’s veto last week of House Bill 2807. It was an important and […]

Local committee has vacancies

CNJ Staff The Clovis/Curry County Local Emergency Planning Committee has three vacancies on its executive council. The group meets on the third Wednesday of odd-numbered months at 1 p.m.

Participants wanted for local cancer study

By Rick White, Cannon Connections Penny Bailey is willing to do whatever she can to find a cure for cancer. President of the Cannon Spouses Club, Bailey lost her grandmother to cancer about 15 years ago. She doesn’t want her children to experience the pain of losing a loved one like she did. Bailey plans […]

Local teens worried about license changes

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Antonio Martinez said he looks forward to getting his driver’s license when he turns 16 years old. But Gov. Bill Richardson’s new education initiatives has the Marshall Middle School seventh-grader worried he might have to wait a little longer to get it. Starting next school year, New Mexico eighth-graders […]

Local girl named new Masked Rider

CNJ staff The lineage of Texas Tech’s Masked Rider is staying in the area. Ashley Hartzog, a senior animal science and Spanish major from Farwell, will replace Texico’s Kevin Burns as Texas Tech’s mascot, according to a school press release. In donning the rider’s mask, Hartzog fulfills an ambition that took seed when she first […]

Chief speaks his mind

In case you missed it, here’s what retiring Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair had to say about local crime in Sunday’s paper.

Local pastor publishes prayer book

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo The Rev. Gary D. Mitchell, dean of Wayland Baptist University-Clovis, will have a book-signing event April 26 for his first published book, “The Believers’ Prayer Manual: A Study on Prayer.” By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico For most of Mara Mitchell Andrews’ 31 years of life, her father Gary has […]

Local group collects cell phones for soldiers

Eastern New Mexico University student Jennifer Hunter, left, and Wesley Foundation interim director John Lowry-King look over some of the used cell phones donated locally for the national nonprofit program, “Cell Phones for Soldiers.” Used cell phones By Janet Bresenham Local group collects cell phones for soldiers The chance to call home and hear the […]

Local girls advances to Hoop Shoot nationals

CNJ staff PLANO, Texas — Niki Cordova of Yucca Middle School