We are all entitled to our own opinions

Recently, I have been reminded that this is a free country and that we all have freedom of speech. I assure you, I am fully aware. In regard to a recent column, I received a tremendous amount of feedback. And honestly, I can say that at least 95 percent of it was positive. So many […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Meetings watch, voting begins and the first Corvette

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Meetings watch • The Clovis Municipal Schools board meets 5:30 p.m. today at the administration building. • The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meets 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Portales Municipal Schools Administration Building. The board plans to close out the 2010-2011 fiscal […]

Planning fund meetings to be held

CNJ staff Beginning June 30, Curry County will hold three public hearings to discuss possibilities for use of Community Development Block Grant planning funds. The CDBG program’s purpose is to assist communities in providing essential facilities, decent housing, promoting economic development and maintaining a suitable living environment, according to a press release. Communities are eligible […]

Meetings watch: Roosevelt County Commission

At the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse, commissioners: • Approved awarding janitorial services for the Roosevelt County Public Health Office. • Approved the acceptance of a water storage tank for the Arch Fire Department. • Decided not to appoint road viewers for the closure of South Roosevelt Road 2 1/2 as […]

County holding grant meetings

CNJ staff Curry County will hold a trio of public hearings to discuss possible uses of Community Development Block Grant planning funds. The meetings will be 5:30 p.m. June 30 at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, 6 p.m. July 5 at the Melrose Senior Center and 5:30 p.m. July 14 at the […]

Tuesday morning briefing: First Clovis train, open meetings and the law of the land

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Fast facts The first Santa Fe Railway cars arrived in Clovis from Albuquerque on Dec. 18, 1907. Engineer Jeff Roberts brought the train in at night and initially failed to see the townsite. He had to back his train into the station. Meetings watch […]

Meetings watch: Portales City Council

The Portales City Council met in executive session Friday afternoon to discuss possible litigation. No action was taken when the council convened in open session. — Compiled by Alisa Boswell

City commission adopts phone attendance provision

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Commission, anticipating a costly failure to make quorum at its Thursday meeting, adopted a provision allowing commissioners to join meetings by telephone. After debate on the language of the expansion to the open meetings act, the commission approved the resolution in a 7-0 vote. The commission has a regular meeting […]

Monday morning briefing: Meetings watch, ENMU auction and Miranda rights

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Meetings watch Roosevelt County school boards are meeting this week. They are: • Portales board of education, 6 p.m. Monday, Portales Municipal Schools Administration Building. The agenda includes various bid awards and an item on district-wide accreditation with North Central Association AdvancED. • Elida board […]

Monday morning briefing: Meetings watch, fireworks and drive-in movies

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Meetings watch Two governing bodies in Roosevelt County are meeting Tuesday: • Roosevelt County Commission, 9 a.m., Roosevelt County Courthouse. The agenda includes a report on the proposal to list the dunes sagebrush lizard as endangered and the designation of county precincts. • Portales […]

Monday morning briefing: Meetings, a graduation and Buddy Holly hits in Clovis

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Meetings watch The following Roosevelt County governing bodies are scheduled to meet this week: • Roosevelt County Commission, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Roosevelt County Courthouse. The agenda includes the budget for the next fiscal year and discussion about Dalley windmill collection relocation expenses. • Roosevelt […]

Meetings watch: ENMU regents

At the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents meeting Friday regents: • Approved a blended degree and licensure program for elementary education and special education. Vice President of Academic Affairs Jamie Laurenz said the program combined the requirements for elementary and special education so students could get licenses in both areas. He said that […]

Meetings watch: ENMU board of regents

Freedom New Mexico At the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents meeting Friday regents: • Approved a blended degree and licensure program for elementary education and special education. Vice President of Academic Affairs Jamie Laurenz said the program combined the requirements for elementary and special education so students could get licenses in both areas. […]

Group holding meetings for public input on health care

Alisa Boswell With the deadline for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act approaching in January of 2013, state organizations and officials are taking a look at health care possibilities for New Mexico. New Mexico First is holding community meetings in various locations around the state to get public input on whether a Health Insurance Exchange […]

Officials present updates at city-county luncheon

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers during the city/county luncheon Tuesday at the Clovis Civic Center. Myers spoke about legislation and the challenges of teaching 200 more students with 20 fewer teachers in the district. Kevin Wilson What’s happened? What’s coming ahead? How does lunch sound? Representatives from the area’s […]

Monday morning briefing: Open meetings, quirky quote and the King killing

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Open meetings Two Roosevelt County governing bodies are meeting Tuesday: • Roosevelt County Commission, 9 a.m., Roosevelt County Courthouse. The agenda includes the issue of whether to close a 1-mile section of South Roosevelt Road U. • Portales City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. […]

Rise in fuel costs based on demand

Price gougers are evil executives who harm us at the gas pump. They set outrageous prices that are approaching $4 a gallon. They hold their conspiracy meetings in the Land of Make Believe, among the unicorns and spaghetti monsters. Despite the ranting of pundits and politicos — from Bill O’Reilly to Nancy Pelosi — price […]

Meetings watch: Eastern Plains Council of Governments

During a Wednesday meeting, the Eastern Plains Council of Governments board of directors: • Heard a presentation on USDA rural development programs. There are a variety of loan and grant programs available to rural communities which can help finance everything from water, waste water and solid waste to needed community facilities such as day care […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Splitsville, video games and public meetings

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday morning briefing.

Citizens’ committee opens meetings to public

Sharna Johnson A citizens’ committee has appointed its own chairman and voted to open meetings to the public, overriding two directives from Curry County commissioners as its first order of business. Attorney Richard Rowley II said during the group’s first meeting Tuesday, he was selected to serve as chairman and spokesman for the courthouse committee. […]