Economic growth top priority for local officials

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When business owner Bobby Newman moved to New Mexico 50 years ago, the state, he said, was infamous for three things. “There were three things everybody said about New Mexico: They had the worst roads in the union, we were second only to Louisiana as far as being politically […]

Country life marred by bad roads

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The charms of country life are instantly evident. The German Shepard pads around the yard regally. There is no leash to restrict his movements, so he follows closely behind three tow-headed children. A little girl sits on the cement steps, under a big, blue sky, and her brothers run […]

Machine could clear tumbleweeds

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Dan Kinnison may have the solution to the tumbleweed problem in Roosevelt County in the form of a machine. The retired Nebraska farmer said his relatively new tumbleweed eradicator can break the weeds into little pieces. Owner of Prestige Manufactur-ing Inc. of Kimball, Neb., Kinnison’s invention snags tumbleweeds […]

My daughter had wild balloon ride in Clovis

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. The second part will be published in next Sunday’s Lifestyles section. Clovis is not the best place to have a hot air balloon fiesta, but that is just what Clovis did from 1980 through 1986. You never know what the […]

Wintry storm blows through area

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Voters make their way through the snow to the polls Tuesday at Zia Elementary School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer A batch of cold and snowy weather waltzed through Curry County Tuesday, leading to slick and icy roads and a chilly wind that made freezing temperatures seem much colder. Clovis […]

Elimination of federal fire roads makes no sense

Freedom Newspapers Five feet and just a few seconds: That was the difference between life and death for 23-year-old firefighter Eva Schicke on Sept. 12, when she perished while battling a blaze in California’s Stanislaus National Forest. Schicke and other members of an elite helicopter forest fire fighting team suddenly found themselves scrambling for their […]

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Bob Huber Here at the Institute for Nitty-Gritty we raised our scholarly sights recently to delve into that age old conundrum, “Why does a chicken cross the road?” From a variety of sources we found answers from celebrities, some of them dead and rightfully so. Simply precede each quote with the question. • Ernest Hemingway: […]

Heavy rains, wind pound area

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By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor An army of rain marched through eastern New Mexico and West Texas on Tuesday night, bringing big grins to those who work in agriculture and big frowns from motorists traveling through some of the more waterlogged areas. Portions of three major highways — State Highways 206 and 88 and […]

Clovis man survives rollover

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New Mexico State Police said a Clovis man flipped his car at least three times south of Clovis on County Road 4. He sustained only cuts and bruises. CNJ staff photo: Darrell Todd Maurina CNJ STAFF REPORTS A 19-year-old Clovis man escaped with only cuts and bruises after falling asleep and rolling his car at […]

Weather slows Clovis

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Annie Hauser, 70, shovels snow on the sidewalk in front of her home Thursday in Clovis. Hauser said she shovels the sidewalk because she is afraid kids might slip and fall on the ice and snow. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico’s first major snowstorm of the season closed […]