Officials: Tres Amigas groundbreaking set for July

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Benna Sayyed Groundbreaking for the Tres Amigas superstation that will serve as the nation’s first renewable energy market hub is expected in July, according to Tres Amigas officials. The new power facility to be built on 14,400 acres will be located northeast of Clovis, near the intersection of Hwy 209 and Curry County Rd. 31. […]

Veterans understand service

I would have liked to have been there to see it as Portales veteran Joe Blair got a personal visit to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. One of the things I miss the most about not being at the newspaper office is having Joe stop by to chew a cigar and tell […]

Ticket feature: Mounted Shooting All-Stars returning to Clovis

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Courtesy photo: Ken Amorosano The Mounted Shooting All-Stars will be returning to Clovis, Sat. Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Curry County Events Center. Freedom New Mexico The Mounted Shooting All-Stars will be returning to Clovis 7 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. Twenty of the nation’s best Cowboy Mounted Shooters will […]

Cannon, first responders protect our freedom

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil in our nation’s history. Victims numbered 2,753 in the World Trade Center, including 343 firefighters and 60 police officers from New York City and the Port Authority, and eight private emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Another 184 people were killed in the […]

Realtor: Area housing market still reasonably strong

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Portales Home Spot is putting in eight duplexes at Boston and Lime streets. Company employee Troy Hinton said the housing market in the area is doing well, despite a worrisome national economy, because of growth. Argen Duncan The local housing market is slower than in the past but doing better […]

Spending won’t solve nation’s debt dilemma

Freedom New Mexico We cannot spend our way out of economic despair, yet we keep on trying and expecting a different result. The latest effort by the Obama administration to spend our way out of trouble involves the president’s agreement to tap our country’s strategic oil reserves, liquidating a strategic asset to spend it now […]

Tres Amigas official hopes to break ground in fall

Kevin Wilson Tres Amigas is pushing paperwork at the moment. The company is hoping to push materials by August, and push power across the nation two to three years later. Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Executive Director Chase Gentry figures it will be mid-2012 before any significant economic impact comes from the project, which will connect […]

Lack of nuclear support could prove positive

Freedom New Mexico In Europe, which gets an even greater percentage of electrical energy from nuclear power than does the United States, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, spooked by the Fukushima disaster in Japan, says she wants to shut down all her nation’s nuclear reactors by 2022. Although Merkel tried to put a happy face on […]

Public quickly responds during times of crises

Freedom New Mexico In the wake of the deadly storms that killed more than 300 people and wreaked destruction through a large swath of the South last week, a horrified nation assessed the devastation — and already had began to respond in person with aid and comfort. Natural disasters cannot be prevented, as President Barack […]

Editorial: States should have Obamacare opt out choice

A Republican effort to allow states to opt out of Obamacare has begun in the U.S. Senate, adding another front to the war waged against the nation’s sweeping new health care law. We prefer the finality of a Supreme Court ruling that the law is unconstitutional. Governors of 28 states Wednesday urged President Barack Obama […]

Residents prepare for Super Bowl

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Friday afternoon, Eastern New Mexico University Kappa Sigma members, from left to right, Juan Duran, Kyle Suadheier, Brian Campbell and Joe Wilson prepared the recreation room in the Kappa Sigma house for their upcoming Super Bowl party. Alisa Boswell Sunday marks the day football fans across the nation wait for […]

State’s history one of integration

During our nation’s bicentennial celebration in 1976, a group I belonged to at the time decided to build a series of dioramas explaining the previous 200 years in the American Southwest. It was part of an ambitious project presented in the local library. It turned out to be more difficult than we’d thought. We didn’t […]

Area lawmakers say Cannon unlikely to be impacted by defense cuts

Sharna Johnson Cannon Air Force Base is unlikely to be impacted by proposed cuts to the nation’s defense budget, according to area lawmakers. For the first time in more than a decade defined by costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Pentagon announced plans Thursday to freeze its ballooning budget, forcing the services to shrink […]

Officials: Clovis superstation step closer to reality

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Tres Amigas LLC CEO Phillip Harris, left, and Public Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons sign a lease agreement for land to be used for the power superstation. Kevin Wilson Paperwork, then power. Tres Amigas LLC and the State Land Office signed a lease agreement Thursday that clears another hurdle to create […]

Debt panel takes aim at military

Tom Philpott Military members and retirees have more financial darts to dodge after a second bipartisan task force on reducing the nation’s debt unveiled a different set of cost-cutting recommendations on Wednesday. The Debt Reduction Task Force, co-chaired by former Republican Sen. Pete Domenici and economist Alice Rivlin, takes sharper aim at the military community […]

First person: Setting the bar

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Courtesy photo Jimmie Reyna, a Clovis native, was recently nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Jimmie Reyna is hoping to go from the flat terrains of Clovis to one of the nation’s highest courts. Reyna, 57, has been nominated by Barack Obama to the United States Court of Appeals […]

Fire safety should be on your mind

Freedom New Mexico Our leaders in Washington, when not rationally discussing the issues of the day in meaningful and noncombative ways (yeah, right), frequently find time to designate or support days, weeks and months for awareness of certain causes. While the nation’s founders would wonder what in Betsy Ross’ bonnet Congress was wasting its time […]

Nation must move past 9/11 attacks

Freedom New Mexico The images are still vivid in many Americans’ minds: Planes careening into buildings; New Yorkers staring upward as people launched themselves toward certain death; families grasping photos of the missing, clinging to flimsy hopes; the numerous memorials in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. More than nine years have passed now, but the […]

Internet should remain free of censorship

Freedom New Mexico Google and China continue to spar over Internet freedom in the Communist nation. Google is trying to stay as clear of government censorship as possible; China wants to control information flow with a heavy hand. The two could be reaching a pivotal moment, and the outcome could have lasting implications for the […]

Friday morning briefing: Life in Portales and yes, they want your blood

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Did you know The quality of life in Portales is rated 15th in the nation and 9th in the West by Bizjournal.com. Here’s a link: www.portalesnm.org Blood drive United Blood Services is staging a blood drive from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at […]