Local hardware stores merging

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Richard Petty, owner of Triangle Ace Hardware, and James Burns, owner of Burns Hardware Do-It Center, have decided to merge their stores starting in 2012. The stores will have to undergo some changes, including their national affiliations, but both said the merger will be able to provide more services to […]

Area officials share new year goals

Benna Sayyed While today brings the promise of a new year, it also brings a year of new promises. Less eating, spending and complaining. More working out, saving money and helping others. We asked area officials what they hope to hold themselves to for 2012.

New year won’t change opinions

New Year’s resolutions that I can’t possibly keep include: • Not yawning when stars are praised excessively for charitable acts — even though it costs them little for the fawning attention. • Not Sunday-morning-quarterbacking pietists who say that the United States was founded on Christian principles — but can’t name any. • Not scoffing at […]

Judge signs off on Congressional map

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state judge on Thursday adopted a redistricting plan that will establish slightly different boundaries for New Mexico’s three congressional districts and made the fewest changes among the proposed alternatives. The new map keeps Clovis in the state’s 3rd Congressional District, represented by Democrat Ben Ray Lujan. Dora, […]

N.M. Kmarts, Sears stores survive first closure round

New Mexico locations for Sears and Kmart stores survived the first round of closure announcements Thursday. Sears announced plans Tuesday to close between 100 and 120 stores, and will post additional rounds of closures online. The first round of closures named 79 locations in 25 states, including three stores in Colorado (Longmont, Glenwood Springs and […]

Friday morning briefing: Holiday safety, bluegrass music and about that ball

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Fair warning Be careful celebrating the New Year. Clovis police will be conducting DWI saturation patrols targeting drunk and impaired drivers somewhere in the city on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Most area establishments are participating in the Curry County Sheriff’s Designated Driver Program […]

Education column: School entering new year with big project

We’re about to begin a new year and somehow the prospect of a clean slate, a new beginning, fills us with hope and anticipation. One of our own new beginnings in the Clovis school district is the completion of a new addition at La Casita Elementary. A new beginning for our La Casita staff and […]

Thursday morning briefing: Closings, important meetings and Pat Boone tops the charts

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Holiday closings A reminder that most government offices and financial institutions are closed Monday for the New Year holiday. For a complete list, check this website. Meetings watch Two important meetings Tuesday: Roosevelt County Commission meets at 9 a.m. in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. […]

Year in review: Wildfires mark year

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File photo File photo Curry County Extension Agent Stan Jones said an April 17 wildfire that burned 71,000 acres of south Curry County is expected to cost the agricultural community $16 million just this year with an estimated $40 million over time, according to an economic feasibility study. A dry, windy spring created conditions for […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Roping in the New Year and a raisin in the champagne

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Lasso the New Year World Series of Team Roping is bringing in the New Year with two-day event starting with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Curry County Events Center. Roping starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday . Information: 505-469-4388 Check […]

Letters to Santa

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The following letters to Santa Claus are from area children given to Freedom New Mexico by teachers and the post office.

Monday morning briefing: They want your blood, a movie break and Christmas credit

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Blood needed There’s a Blood Drive starting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Curves, 2909 Prince St. Information or to make an appointment: 762-2574. Free movie If you’re looking for something to keep the kids occupied, “Kung Fu Panda 2” is the winter break movie […]

Finding ways to help others better than gifts

Freedom New Mexico Give thanks to God during Christmas and as we head toward and New Year’s Day. These are good times, and here’s why: • All over the country, people are walking into retail stores and paying off layaway items for perfect strangers. ABC’s “Nightline” on Tuesday featured a video from our sister paper, […]

Heavy snow closes roads in New Mexico

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Heavy snow from a winter storm blanketed parts of the West on Friday, stranding motorists throughout New Mexico and delaying holiday travelers trying to fly in and out of Albuquerque and Denver. The snow and high winds struck the region Thursday and forced dozens of drivers off Interstate 40 after […]

Friday morning briefing: Christmas dinners, long walks and part of an ear

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Christmas dinners A couple of free Christmas dinners: The Lighthouse Mission in Clovis is hosting a free Christmas dinner from noon until 2 p.m. Sunday at the facility, 407 Casillas Blvd. It’s part of the mission’s “no one should be alone” outreach and is […]

Thursday morning briefing: Story hour, a food drive and a new baby

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Hear a story Preschool Story Hour is 10 a.m. today at the Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 769-7840. Food for the holidays Roosevelt General Hospital is conducting a food drive through Tuesday. Boxes for donations are in the RGH nurse’s lounge and in the business office […]

New jail administrator to report to commission

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File photo Curry County Detention Officer Cody Longenecker operates cell doors Tuesday and monitors cameras at the Curry County Detention Center from within the master control room. Robin Fornoff Whoever is picked as Curry County’s new jail administrator will report directly to county commissioners, not County Manager Lance Pyle, according to commission Chairman Caleb Chandler. […]

Commissioners tackle jail issues

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Robin Fornoff A sometimes frustrating nine-hour marathon meeting of Curry County commissioners ended with what seemed like more questions than answers for fixing problems at the troubled jail. County Manager Lance Pyle presented commissioners with a lengthy report of problems needing immediate attention at the jail, most of them costly. He also suggested several ways […]

Hounds hope to build on Long Beach outing

CNJ staff If the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team can get itself healthy and play as hard as it did on Monday night at Long Beach State, the Greyhounds should be a factor when Lone Star Conference play resumes in two weeks. Playing without 6-foot-8 senior forward Curtis Wilkinson (hand injury) and getting […]

Proposal an invitation to voter fraud

Freedom New Mexico More dead people could be voting if U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has his way. Speaking last week at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, Holder decried new laws in South Carolina and Texas that require voters to present a state-issued ID at the polls. He said the Justice […]