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 […]

New Mexico celebrates 100 years as state

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s celebrates its 100th birthday Friday with a host of events that kick off a yearlong Centennial party. An official birthday party will be held from 11 to 1 in the Roundhouse, to be followed by Centennial Ball Friday night at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Communities around the […]

New museum would enrich town

On Dec. 26, I gave a presentation to Fort Sumner Mayor Windell Bridges, resident J.W. Wilson and DeBaca County News Publisher Scot Stinnett. The subject of my presentation was Fort Sumner Army Air Field and what I foresee as a World War II museum commemorating that training field to be located at the municipal airport. […]

New Mexico marks 100 years of statehood

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Courtesy photo: New Mexico History Museum President William Howard Taft signed the declaration of New Mexico’s statehood at 1:35 p.m. on Jan. 6, 1912. New Mexico was the 47th state. Freedom New Mexico The state of New Mexico turns 100 today and statewide celebrations will be going on all weekend in commemoration of this historical […]

Lyons to remain PRC chairman

Freedom New Mexico Clovis native Patrick Lyons will remain chairman of the New Mexico’s scandal-tainted Public Regulation Commission (PRC). The PRC voted unanimously Tuesday to re-elect Lyons and Vice Chairman Theresa Becenti-Aguilar. “We’re looking forward to cleaning up the PRC and making it a better agency for the consumer,” Lyons said. “We want to be […]

Friday morning briefing: A rack, a rodeo and Happy Birthday New Mexico

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Rack replacement Lighthouse Mission is in need a clothing rack. During the hectic holiday season, one of the mission’s clothing racks broke. Questions about size and type call 762-1933. Ranch rodeo The second annual Steven Watson Memorial Ranch Rodeo is 6 p.m. Saturday at […]

Press release: Water line replacement announced

New Mexico American Water is beginning construction work to improve the Clovis water system by replacing approximately 2,300 feet of aging, undersized water mains with new 6-inch PVC pipes to improve fire protection and water service. The total cost of the project is expected to be $250,000. “Most of our recent, large investments in the […]

Redistricting shuffles local representatives

Alisa Boswell Local state representatives say big changes are in store for state House districts under a new redistricting plan declared law Tuesday by Santa Fe Judge James Hall. “My district currently stretches from Portales to the Colorado state line, but in the new map, I would take on a bigger portion of Portales, almost […]

Education column: New year means renewed commitment to students

The New Year has begun, and resolutions are resounding everywhere. Despite challenges, most everyone begins the new year filled with hope and resolve, wanting to do better or be better in some way. There’s even a government website that documents the most common New Year’s Resolutions and provides a considerable array of associated links with […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Basketball tournaments and a big buy

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

Monday morning briefing: A new year, and still making history

Good morning, and welcome to the first Freedom New Mexico Morning Briefing of 2012. You might be reading this from your office or your home, depending on how your business is marking the New Years holiday. The Freedom New Mexico offices are closed, but the newsrooms are still available throughout the day (depending, of course, […]

Now is best time to do right

The end of the old year and the beginning of the new gives some people the feeling of a rite of passage. For them it represents a chance to clean the slate; they get to start fresh and try to do better next year than they did last year. Birthdays can provide the same opportunity, […]