Vacationing Muleshoe family witnesses chase of fugitives

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Courtesy photo: RayAn Dosher The view from the vehicle of RayAn and Cary Dosher, who were traveling south along I-25 Wednesday adjacent to the standoff between police and the “Dougherty Gang,” a trio of siblings who were sought by the FBI for an alleged three-state crime spree. Kevin Wilson RayAn and Cary Dosher flipped on […]

Hard to tell which news is fake

The heat wasn’t the only thing that bothered me last week. Add these two to the list: • Last Thursday, parody news site The Onion posted, “Obama Turns 50 Despite Republican Objections.” It was good for a quick chuckle, while not so subtly pointing out two inherent problems President Obama has — Republicans’ inclination to […]

Government should spend within means

Freedom New Mexico What happened to our economic recovery? Recent days have seen a slew of negative economic news: • U.S. single-family home prices dropped 0.2 percent in March from February, as measured by the S&P Case-Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas. “The price index was below the low seen in April 2009 during […]

Severe storms expected

Sharna Johnson Severe thunderstorms with dangerously high winds and large hail could move through Curry and Roosevelt counties by tonight, according to the National Weather Service. The storm front, which is expected to begin west of Clovis, will start moving through the area in the afternoon, said Tim Shy, NOAA senior forecaster. Shy said rain […]

Newspaper delivery delayed (Updated)

Delivery of the Clovis News Journal was delayed Thursday morning because of a loss of electrical power late Wednesday. Crews from Xcel and Southwestern Public Service Co. worked through the night, replacing three transformers regulating power to the Freedom New Mexico press and newsrooms. Problems began about 7:30 p.m. and power was finally restored about […]

Still too early to celebrate fiscal recovery

Freedom New Mexico Good news for a change, at least in California. California exports have been soaring. “The value of shipments in March totaled $13.95 billion, up 12.8 percent from $12.37 billion reported in March last year,” the Sacramento Bee reported, using figures from the U.S. Commerce Department. “The value of the dollar is down, […]

Military mama: Fight will still continue

The recent news that the U.S. had accomplished a mission nearly a decade in the making brought on an outpouring of support. There were levels of excitement that varied from a calm sense of relief all the way to pure jubilation and parades. I found myself feeling satisfied that a long-time terrorist was officially out […]

Education digest — April 14

Students participate in state competition Clovis Municipal Schools Gifted and Talented students participated in the state competition of the Stock Market Game, according to a news release. The game provides students a way to learn about investing. Mesa Elementary students won second place and Zia elementary students took third place. The teams will be honored […]

Legislators need to rethink laws

Freedom New Mexico The results of a poll conducted on the Portales News-Tribune website concerning the individuals charged with the “crime” of gambling at the Portales Country Club gives me hope. It showed that a substantial percentage of those who took the poll recognize that laws can be wrong. A third of the respondents took […]

AgSense: Soil temperature key to crop survival

We are slowly warming up from the record breaking low temperatures of early February. Although it is too early to assess the damage on many crops, reports on damage to different crops are appearing in news reports. The growing tip or crown of most winter crops, including winter wheat, is below soil surface. In northern […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Idol news, book talk and a baseball legend

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Idol news Angie Brewer of Clovis is one proud mother. She tells us her son, Dominic Yanez of Austin, Texas, is one of four folks to win the “American Idol” competition in that city. Yanez, a singer, advances to the show’s finals in Hollywood. […]

Road will be closed during airport construction

CNJ staff Construction has beguin on the extension of the runway at the Clovis Municipal Airport, and there will be road closure during the construction, according to a news release. Curry Road 12 will be closed from Curry Road C east to State Road 108 north of airport. Detours have been placed guiding drivers through […]

Administration being deceptive with provisions

Freedom New Mexico In the New York Times News story, Robert Pear wrote drily: “While administration officials cited procedural reasons for changing the rule, it was clear that political concerns were also a factor.” No kidding. The rule in question was an administrative decision to do what Congress chose not to do when it passed […]

Portales bioethanol plant restarting

Freedom New Mexico Abengoa Bioenergy USA is restarting its Portales bioethanol plant today after nearly two years of inactivity, Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Executive Director Greg Fisher said Tuesday. The Portales plant will employ 47 people to manufacture 25 million gallons of bioethanol per year, using dryland sorghum, according to a news release from […]

News release: Remarks of Sen. Udall on introduction of rules reform resolution

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today delivered the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate as he introduced a resolution to reform the body’s rules. Udall’s remarks as prepared for delivery: “I rise today to introduce a resolution on behalf of myself and my colleagues from Iowa and Oregon – Senators […]

City’s involvement not necessary

Hotel Clovis keeps turning up in the news. Is it destined to be an eyesore, a money pit, or a slum? Or will tax money be spent to demolish it? As long as government is involved, you can bet those are the only realistic outcomes. I realize the city believes it owns Hotel Clovis, but […]

Empty Stocking program launches Friday

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The Salvation Army is hoping to raise $25,000 for this year’s Empty Stocking fund to help families in need through the holidays. Freedom New Mexico With 100 more families applying for help this holiday season, the Salvation Army is hoping to raise enough money to meet their needs and help […]

Missing Portales woman remains in hospital

Argen Duncan A missing Portales woman remained hospitalized Tuesday after being found under a mobile home within a block of her North Avenue A home about 11:30 p.m. Monday. Maria Galvan, 63, disappeared from her residence on foot Saturday afternoon. According to a news release from the Portales Police Department, Galvan’s condition was unavailable Tuesday. […]

Freedom considering purchase offers

By Wayne Heilman: Freedom Communications Six months after emerging from U.S. Bankruptcy Court protection, Freedom Communications officials said Thursday they are considering offers to buy its newspapers and television stations. Irvine, Calif.-based Freedom is the parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. Company officials said the offers have come […]

Martinez elected first female governor

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Susana Martinez won the election Tuesday as governor of New Mexico, making history as the first Hispanic woman to become a state’s chief executive. Martinez, 51, defeated Democrat Diane Denish to also be elected New Mexico’s first female governor. There was no incumbent in the race, […]