Former Tucumcari officer accused of trying to smuggle illegal immigrant

Freedom New Mexico A former Tucumcari police chief was arrested Friday and accused of trying to smuggle an illegal immigrant into the U.S. Ronald Lewis Haley was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port near San Diego, according to a border patrol press release. Haley, 41, was hired as […]

Portales resident named Firefighter of the Year

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Courtesy photo: Janice Culpepper Portales firefighters Steven Cain, left, and Dathan Culpepperbattle a blaze at Dollar General Store last spring. Culpepper was named Paid Firefighter of the Year in eastern New Mexico last Saturday. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Portales firefighter Dathan Culpepper was named Firefighter of the Year in eastern New Mexico. Culpepper […]

Special interests keep expanding defense budget

Freedom New Mexico One thing you can say about the defense budget presented as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.8 trillion federal budget — it’s marginally more honest than some previous budgets. In years past Defense secretaries have pretended the costs of waging active wars are separate from the “baseline” military budget and have not […]

Clovis high students awarded

CNJ staff Clovis High School seniors Tara Dewitt and Kyler Brewer-Hill have been presented the “Wendy’s High School Heisman Award” for Clovis. They were awarded a certificate, a Wendy’s patch and a $10 Wendy’s gift card, according to a news release from Clovis Municipal Schools. According to the release, this award is presented to two […]

Ethnic committee chair presented with key to city

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer On an otherwise light agenda for Thursday’s Clovis City Commission meeting, heavy praise was reserved for Selmus Price. The longtime chair of the Clovis Ethnic Affairs Committee was presented with the key to the city, primarily for his work over the last 19 years with the Clovis Ethnic Fair. […]

Meetings watch: Col. Lenfant presented key to city

This is a supplemental report to Thursday’s Clovis City Commission meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s North Annex: • Mayor Gayla Brumfield presented outgoing Cannon Air Force Base Col. Babette Lenfant with a key to the city. As commander of the 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group, Brumfield said Lenfant was like a city manager […]

Xcel delays submitting energy rate revision

Freedom New Mexico An Xcel Energy spokesman said Wednesday the company has postponed filing its revised rate increase request. Spokesman Wes Reeves said the revised request will be significantly lower than the 6.2 percent increase orginally sought last December. Reeves said the new filing could be presented Friday to the state Public Regulatory Commission.

12/7 Club notes

Curry County Extension Club The Curry County Extension Club held its annual banquet Nov. 20 at Kingswood United Methodist Church with 50 members and four guests attending. Ginger Beck was mistress of ceremonies. Council President Sheryl Abdill introduced council officers. Lucille Johnson gave the invocation. The United Methodist Women prepared a meal, which was served […]

City official: Investments haven’t been affected adversely

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Correspondent In unsteady economic times, it was a natural question from Commissioner Robert Sandoval. As city of Clovis chief budget officer Don Clifton presented his financial report of the city’s investments, Sandoval wanted to know how the recent Wall Street downturn affected the municipality. Clifton’s response at Thursday’s regular […]

Always a competitor

David Lansford is stepping down as Clovis’ mayor after 12 years. We’ve been asking family and friends to share stories about him. Here’s what his brother Mark had to say: “My earliest memories of David are that he has always been a fierce competitor. It did not matter what the situation was, he wanted to […]