Verizon purchasing portion of Plateau Wireless

CNJ staff Verizon is purchasing a portion of Plateau Wireless but the sale will not affect Plateau customers in Curry, Roosevelt or Quay counties. Plateau CEO Tom Phelps said Saturday that Verizon is purchasing the southwest New Mexico quadrant, which includes portions of Roswell, Carlsbad, Artesia, and Hobbs and Ruidoso. Phelps said the sale won’t […]

Grant program accepting proposals for quality of life projects

CNJ staff The Southeast New Mexico Grant Program for 2011 is accepting grant proposals, according to a news release. The deadline is July 30. Proposals will be accepted from counties, municipalities, public schools and 501c(3) non-profit organizations in Chavez, Curry, Eddy, Lea, Lincoln, Otero and Roosevelt counties. Proposals should explain how each project can improve […]

Evacuation orders lifted on Ruidoso fire that burned five houses

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Residents were returning home Monday after officials lifted evacuation orders forced by a wind-driven wildfire that burned five houses, drove people from a racetrack casino, and knocked out power in part of a southern New Mexico resort area. Barriers into neighborhoods in the Ruidoso Downs area were lifted at 3 […]

Ruidoso fire claims five houses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A wind-driven New Mexico grass fire that has destroyed five houses and several barns, forced evacuations and knocked out power to about 1,000 homes and businesses has tripled in size, but fire crews hoped improved weather conditions would help them Monday, officials said. More than 100 people at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack […]

Lincoln county voters approve tax to help Ruidoso Downs

Staff and wire reports RUIDOSO — Lincoln County voters have approved a five-year gross receipts tax aimed at helping Ruidoso Downs racetrack. The tax proposal passed by 420 votes in Tuesday’s mail-in election. County officials reported 3,719 votes supporting the tax and 3,299 opposed. The county will increase the gross receipts tax by 3/16ths of […]

Book review: “Fly Fishing, Life, and Other Things I Have Tried”

Former Portales resident Joe Farr has written a humorous book about his fishing and RV experiences. Joe lived in Portales from 1973 to 1985. He opened his first KFC in Portales in 1974 and operated it until 1985. He also owned the KFC in Clovis from 1981 to 2007. He is now retired and lives […]

Alamogordo vying for Ruidoso track

The Associated Press ALAMOGORDO — Alamogordo city commissioners have asked the staff of the southern New Mexico community to put together an incentive package to lure Ruidoso Downs horse racing to Alamogordo if the track’s owner decides to relocate. Clovis is competing for the track, and Ruidoso Downs officials have discussed the possibility of moving […]

Meetings watch: ENMU board of regents

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents met Friday at the ENMU-Ruidoso campus. According to ENMU President Steven Gamble, the board: • Elected new officers. Regent Marshall Stinnett is president, Regent Chad Lydick is vice president and Student Regent Robert Wachter is secretary/treasurer. • Approved administrator emeritus status for Dwight Rogers […]

Reid tied for 12th in New Mexio Open

CNJ staff Ruidoso — Clovis’ Travis Reid is tied for 12th after shooting a 2-under-par 69 Wednesday in the first round of the New Mexico Open at the Inn of the Mountain Gods. Ashdon Woods and Chris Thompson are tied for the lead at 7-under.