Local bond questions spark contention

Sharna Johnson Whether to build a new judicial complex and jail may prove to be the most contentious local questions voters are asked to answer Nov. 2. The first phase of the proposed project is expected to cost $33 million, split between a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase and a general obligation bond raising […]

Volunteering has biggest payoff

I visit the local hospital on a regular basis to receive a special medication. Each time, I’m greeted by volunteers. They wear pink along with a friendly smile, and are willing to provide any assistance I might need. One of my daughters is a March of Dimes director, and many volunteers help her in the […]

Fishing report — Oct. 5

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Air Force seeking local input on proposed training area

Jared Tucker The Air Force is seeking input from Portales and other local communities about a proposed training area that will be used for low-altitude training flights. Officials say communities shouldn’t be dramatically affected. The training is vital for the Air Force, especially in mountainous terrain, because it supports the development of special operations mobility […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A winner, local 4-H hall of famers and the death of a princess

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Final winner John Zitzelsberger is this fifth, and final, winner in the drawing for The Freedom New Mexico newsletter contest.

Local DJs carry traditional spirit

Less than five weeks away, it is about time to start planning for the Clovis Music Festival. No, I don’t mean for the people who organize it; if they haven’t started planning by now, there is a siginificant problem. I mean for the families who plan to attend. Talk about an event that has grown […]

Hands-free device better on animals

Glenda Price My friend and I were strolling through the local farmers’ market one day, when she suddenly began talking. I tried to answer her, even though I really didn’t know what she was talking about. This went on a few minutes — her talking, then me talking — when she finally turned toward me […]

Fishing report – Aug. 10

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cimarron River — The flows are 16 cfs below Eagle Nest […]

Information sharing should be part of policy

I mmigration activists are rightly starting to rethink their trust of the Obama administration. They have good reason: This administration has been more active in pursuing and deporting illegal residents than its immediate predecessors. Those advocates might, however, be a bit too sensitive about one recent development. People are voicing alarm that the government is […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Calling area farmers and ranchers

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Nominations needed The Roosevelt County Farm Service Agency is taking nominations for the County Committee until Aug. 2. The committee administers FSA programs at the local level, and farmers and ranchers who are members decide how to make the programs serve local needs. Eligible […]

Local color shows in sayings

Karl Terry My wife thinks I just like to embarrass her in public but it’s probably just the way I was raised. We were out of town in a restaurant recently and while we waited on our food I was busy looking around at all the vintage decorations. You know the type popular in restaurants […]

County fair celebrates local culture

Clyde Davis It all began with the turtle — or, more properly, the tortoise, the box tortoise. Sorry, but before switching to education in college, I was a wildlife biology major. Those little distinctions distract me. It is a tortoise, not a turtle; it is a bison, not a buffalo. Anyway, the huge tortoise was […]

Police blotter — July 25

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 2 a.m. July 10 officers responded to a business in the area of Llano Estacado Boulevard and Prince Street for a report of a drunk driver. Witnesses said someone who appeared intoxicated had purchased beer and then drove from the store, […]

Local happenings in 1937

Selected items from “The Local Happenings” column as printed in a 1937 edition of the Clovis Free Press: • Buck Barnes of the Barnes Cleaners must be trying to reduce as he was seen last Friday during the worst of the wind and sand storm coming from Hillcrest Park riding a bicycle. Surely it couldn’t […]

Airmen barred from three local smoke shops

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Up In Smoke employee Tasha Hicks said there are signs and warnings posted throughout the store cautioning people against ingesting incenses such as “spice” and Salvia. Tuesday, Cannon Air Force Base issued an order making three Clovis smoke shops off limits to airmen because of the herbs. Sharna Johnson Cannon […]

Local officials providing quarterly updates at luncheon

Kevin Wilson Numerous entities from Clovis and Curry County will let residents, and each other, know what’s going on in their departments. The quarterly information luncheon is set for noon Wednesday at the Clovis Civic Center. Residents interested in attending are asked to RSVP by calling the county at 763-6016. Curry County Manager Lance Pyle […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Milk money, scrambled golf and local Harley ladies

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday morning briefing. Did you know? Xcel Energy, which provides power in Clovis and Portales, has 3.4 million electricity customers and 1.9 million natural gas customers through its companies in eight states, according to its website. Xcel’s headquarters are located in Minneapolis. Got milk? Milk is the No. […]

Two-state team stocked with local talent

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A team with plenty of local talent is helping put New Mexico on the girls basketball map. Four area players are set to leave today for the first of three tournaments as part of the New Mexico/Texas Heat. The Heat is a collection of players from across the two […]

Monday morning briefing: Local fireworks video and relatives in Texas

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Video of the day Check out our videos of the fun and fireworks in case you missed them in…or saw them and just can’t get enough. Relative help Are you looking for ancestors from Texas? The General James Smith Chapter of Daughters of the Republic […]

Cigarette tax hike concerns local merchants

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Maggie Cheverez, a clerk at Cigarette Express, rings up a carton of cigarettes Tuesday. Cheverez reminds every incoming customer of the tax increase of 75 cents per pack, which takes effect Thursday. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Not everything in Texas is bigger. The state’s cigarette taxes are less […]