Press release: Lease to expand Melrose bombing range signed

(SANTA FE, New Mexico) – A lease signing ceremony took place today in Santa Fe, New Mexico resulting in the lease of a large parcel of state trust land – about 11,000 acres in Roosevelt County – to the U.S. Air Force. Officials present for the signing ceremony included: New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, State […]

ENMU’s growth continues

Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University students walk the halls of the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts building Tuesday for classes. Freshman students said they have so far enjoyed the university and are excited about starting another semester. Alisa Boswell Enrollment for Eastern New Mexico University is over 5,000 students for the first […]

Legislators expected to debate PRC reform

Trip Jennings Two years from now, will the state Public Regulation Commission look the same? New Mexico’s 112 state lawmakers will likely answer that question in this year’s 30-day legislative session, which starts Tuesday. While an extensive makeover of the commission is not a sure bet, it is a distinct possibility as legislators grapple with […]

Letters to the editor: Contractors not responsible for jail

Contractors not responsible for jail I find new Curry County jail administrator Gerry Billy’s comment (in Wednesday’s article), “Obviously the person who built the jail had never built a jail before,” offensive. “The person who built the jail” is obviously a contractor. A contractor places a “bid” for a specific job, which is laid out […]

Zias fall short in OT

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Tony Bullocks: Freedom New Mexico ENMU junior guard Hannah Altheide brings the ball up against Midwestern State freshman Shatoia Gober during the second half of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference women’s basketball game at Greyhound Arena. Dave Wagner One of these days, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team is going to quit knocking on […]

New pastor serving Word of God Lutheran Church

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed The Word of God congregation meets on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in The Chapel at 1500 Thornton Street. Pastor Rollinson will strive to help the congregation get its own building. Benna Sayyed The Word of God Lutheran Church in Clovis now has a new pastor. John T. Rollinson, 73, has […]

Romney has best policies on conflict

Freedom New Mexico The Republican debates Saturday night and Sunday morning were intended to give last-minute guidance to voters in New Hampshire, which holds its presidential primary today. But they were useful also to voters in military-rich eastern New Mexico. The candidates offered glimpses into how they view the armed forces, overseas conflicts and when […]

Press release: Ex-Hound signs with Europe League

Former Eastern New Mexico University football standout, Tillman Stevens has signed to play for the Vienna Vikings of the European Football League. Stevens played for the Greyhounds from 2007-2011 and made 283 tackles and 12 interceptions. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to continue my career as a football player and I am really looking forward […]

What's Happening: Jan. 13 — Jan. 19

Friday Pre-Deployment Briefings 11 a.m. Airman and Family Readiness Center Youth New Year’s Dance 5:30 p.m. Youth Center

New administrator talks jail priorities

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Gerry Billy Robin Fornoff Retired Ohio sheriff Gerry Billy doesn’t officially take over as administrator until Feb. 1, but he met with Curry County jail staff for about an hour Wednesday morning to get one thing straight. “I just wanted to reassure them it’s going to be OK,” Billy said afterward. “I worry most about […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Dinner and a play, Imelda’s shoes and Reagan says farewell

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Dinner and a play There’s a dinner heater presented by the Clovis High School drama class 5 p.m. Thursday at Wheatfields Senior Living Center. The performance is free and the dinner is $5 per guest but you must make a reservation and today is […]

Retired Ohio sheriff hired to head jail

Robin Fornoff Retired Ohio sheriff Gerry Billy was hired Tuesday as the new Curry County jail administrator among rave reviews from all five commissioners. Commissioner Bobby Sandoval, however, questioned how a new arrangement that has Billy reporting directly to commissioners instead of County Manager Lance Pyle was going to work. “I am very impressed with […]

Local leaders helped state thrive

As New Mexico celebrates its 100th year as a state it’s easy to daydream about what life in our portion of the state was like back in 1912. Portales had been around just over a decade, Texico was 10 years old and Clovis had been established six years earlier when a division point for the […]

Resolving to be more loving

Somewhere in the confusion of passing into 2012, I forgot to make New Year’s resolutions. I suppose these can still be tendered, since we are less than a fortnight into the new year. Perhaps the most appropriate resolutions would center around the broad, yet vital theme of learning to be a more loving person. Love […]

Hollywood doesn’t need discounts

The Lone Ranger is galloping into New Mexico and he just can’t get here quickly enough. He’ll bring Johnny Depp who will portray his Native American sidekick, Tonto. One might wonder why they couldn’t have found a Native American to play Tonto, but that is an argument for another day. Johnny Depp is a hugely […]

Tuesday only day to file for candidacy

Tuesday will be a busy day at city and town halls across eastern New Mexico, with candidates having an 8 a.m.-5 p.m. window to file for office. The following is a list of items that will be on Clovis’ March 6 ballot, including candidates who have announced their intentions to run so far: • The […]

Proposed flood maps available for viewing

Proposed new Curry County flood plain maps can be viewed at the Department of Building Safety in Clovis City Hall. The maps are located in the office of Louis Gordon, planning and zoning administrators. Gordon can be contacted at 763-9639. The maps can also be found at www.fema.gov.

Tuesday morning briefing: Early call, a break for moms and a gusher

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing Commander’s call If you feel like getting up early Wednesday… The ROTC Commander’s call is at 7:15 a.m. in the Clovis High School Activities Building behind the Rock. There will be an assumption of command for the corps commander and both squadron commanders. There […]

Monday morning briefing: Meetings watch, calling kid singers and ugly mermaids

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Meetings watch The Curry County Commission meets 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library north annex room. Tops on the agenda are hiring a new jail administrator and considering ways to finance a new jail. Meetings are open to the public. Kid singers […]

Mexico native sentenced to 27 years

Freedom New Mexico A man found guilty of kidnapping and raping a Clovis woman in 2010 was sentenced to 27 years in prison Friday, according to a news release from the office of Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler. Jesus Oscar Dominguez, 22, a native of Mexico, was convicted by a Curry County jury in […]