Big plans for small communities

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By Wendel Sloan: Local columnist Unprecedented, and possibly illegal, I’m running as a write-in candidate for mayor of Clovis and Portales. I live in Portales, but have spent enough time at Clovis golf courses, Jeff Naggs’ dental office and Webb’s Watering Hole for dual citizenship. I will debate myself on my dual-hamlet stimulus plans anytime, […]

Dodge announces re-election plans

CNJ staff Democrat George Dodge of Santa Rosa plans to run for re-election for District 63 in the state House of Representatives. The district includes Curry, Roosevelt, De Baca and Guadalupe counties. He has held the position since 2011. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve my constituents the last two years and […]

Sen. Clint Harden announces plans to retire

Kevin Wilson State Senator Clint Harden, R-Clovis, has announced he will not seek a fourth term and plans to retire following 10 years in the state Legislature. “It’s something I’ve been thinking about during the interim, basically since last session,” said Harden, who was appointed to the position in 2002 by then-Gov. Gary Johnson. His […]

Monday morning briefing: Industrial plans, a joyful noise and a president’s eyes

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Meetings watch There’s a special meeting noon today at Portales city hall to outline the city’s industrial park master plan. It’s open to the public. A joyful noise The Vienna Boys Choir concert is 7 p.m. Tuesday at Marshall Auditorium in Clovis. General admission […]

Residents share Super Bowl plans

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Clovis resident Christine Solano, office manager at The Hartley House, has been a New York Giants fan for 24 years. Solano said Eli Manning is her favorite Giant and naturally feels the Giants will win Sunday’s Super Bowl. Tonjia Rolan Like it or not, the Super Bowl is one of […]

Brumfield running for re-election

CNJ staff Gayla Brumfield announced her intention to run for re-election as Clovis mayor. Brumfield, 58, is the owner and a broker for Coldwell Banker Colonial Real Estate of Clovis. She plans a further announcement Tuesday afternoon. “Four years ago when I ran, I had a five-point platform,” Brumfield said. “We’ve worked hard to check […]

Year in review: Region expecting hundreds of new jobs

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Lee Malloy, president of Clovis Industrial Development Corp., was one of several city officials who spoke during a news conference in November to announce Beauty Health and Science Innovations intent to move its corporate headquarters to Clovis. Beauty Health and Science Innovations, a beauty supply manufacturing company, announced plans to open in Clovis in April […]

Snow days help with pre-holiday plans

Things to do on a snow day, especially when that snow day comes several weeks before Christmas. • Finish hanging and arranging the Christmas lights you did not get to, which was most of them. Remember that your northeastern native body does not really perceive this weather as unbearably cold, as most in the southwestern […]

Monday morning briefing: Highway plans, jazz and the queen of mean

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Highway talk The highway reconstruction project cutting through the center of Portales is the subject of Roosevelt County Chamber quarterly luncheon. It’s noon Tuesday at Mark’s Latte Lounge, 1126 W. First St. Tickets: $10 in advance and $12 at the door. To RSVP contact […]

For area residents, Thanksgiving plans vary

It’s turkey time in New Mexico. Or pork time, or lasagna time, or something else, depending on who you ask. We asked two simple questions — what is for dinner and what else are you planning — and asked follow-ups when necessary. We got some simple and not so simple answers. ••• Clovis Mayor Gayla […]

Honors —

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Lopez Fabian Lopez Jr. was inducted into the Academy of Civil, Agricultural and Geotechnical Engineering, which involves former civil engineer students from New Mexico State University. He has been asked to serve on the board for ACAGE, which he plans to pursue. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in science in civil engineering in May […]

Education column: Reading focus at La Casita

That deliciously crisp fall air means fall festivals and Halloween parties are in the works. Sylvia Martinez, principal at La Casita Elementary, shared plans for fall activities this year. “For the last three years we have really been focusing on literacy and have tied classroom and school-wide activities to supporting reading.” For example, La Casita […]

Redistricting plans stir up debate

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Current districts Robin Fornoff By most accounts, it’s boiled down to two choices. One changes little. The other changes everything and brings the threat of a lawsuit, according to Curry County Commissioner Robert Sandoval. At stake is who will represent county voters in the 2012 election and beyond. Commissioners plan to make their critical decision […]

Commissioners hold last study session on districts

Kevin Wilson With six weeks of minimal feedback, and an empty meeting room Thursday evening, Clovis city commissioners reached a conclusion that residents would be fine with whatever they did regarding redrawing city commission districts for the next decade. Six weeks after Research and Polling of Albuquerque presented the commission with four plans for new […]

Business feature: Quality Liquid Feeds joining industrial park

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Quality Liquid Feeds, which sells 750,000 tons of molasses-based liquid feed for dairy and feedlot animals annually, plans to open a production plant Nov. 1 in Clovis. Kevin Wilson A second tenant is in the process of calling the Clovis Industrial Park home. Dodgeville, Wisc.-based Quality Liquid Feeds plans to […]

Residents share Labor Day plans

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Freedom New Mexico: Sharna Johnson Zia Elementary Principal Jeralynn Butler monitors a fourth grade class as they pass through the hallway Friday morning. Butler said she spends the majority of her days on the go, moving from classroom to classroom and interacting with students and teachers. She said she looks forward to her holiday vacation […]

Some carriers dropping unlimited data plans

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CNJ photo illustration: Kevin Wilson Cell phone companies are moving towards a trend of tiered pricing for heavy data users. Kevin Wilson Data: It’s the new roaming. Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest wireless carrier, dropped its unlimited data plan for new smartphone customers starting Thursday. New customers must now choose between limited data plans that […]

Honors —

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Lee [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Garrett Shannon Lee of Portales has won one of the four Mary Johnston Scholarship $1,000 scholarships this year. The scholarship is is sponsored by the The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). Garrett plans to major in animal science at New Mexico State University. He is the grandson of OOIDA member […]

Pecos League plans game in Clovis

CNJ staff The Pecos League is coming to Clovis — at least for a day. A game between the Alpine Cowboys and Carlsbad Bats is planned 7:05 p.m. July 28 at Mike Harris Field. Tickets are $6. The six-team league, which sought to have a franchise in Clovis this season, is seeking game sponsors and […]