Sumner Lake boat ramp reopened

Sumner Lake State Park officials have reopened the east-side boat ramp, according to a news release from New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. The water level at the lake has risen substantially since irrigation season ended Oct. 31, improving conditions for fish and allowing the lake to reopen the ramp, the release said. Also, […]

Sumner Lake closed to boating

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico State Parks Division and the Department of Game and Fish have closed Sumner Lake to boating until further notice due to tests indicating the potential presence of Quagga mussel veligers, or larva. Sumner Lake State Park will remain open for camping and other recreational activities. Nearby Santa Rosa, Conchas […]

Wind company expects first turbine to go up near end of June

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The first turbine in a windfarm planned about a half mile south of the city’s landfill is expected to be erected by the end of June. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A wind turbine manufacturing facility coming to Clovis is pushing projections by about a month but is still […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Spelling tests, video games and a little blood

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the day: It’s joking around. Can you spell Espanol? Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. is the Spanish Spelling Bee at the Portales Municipal School office at 501 Abilene. The winner advances to the state spelling bee. Question of the day What’s your dream spring […]

Press release: Bingaman: Federal grant will help students pay for AP tests

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that the New Mexico Department of Public Education will receive a $119,990 federal grant to help low-income students defray the cost of Advanced Placement tests. Bingaman is responsible for creating the U.S. Department of Education program from which this grant was awarded. “This grant award will allow […]

Police: Mesalands president failed three sobriety tests

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Albuquerque police say Mesalands Community College President Phillip O. Barry failed three sobriety tests when he was arrested last October for driving under the influence. Barry faces pre-trial hearings Jan. 4 on charges of driving while intoxicated. According to a police report obtained by the Quay County Sun: Barry […]

TB tests now law for Curry, Roosevelt cattle

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Roosevelt hospital tests for MSRA

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt General Hospital started testing last week for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus bacteria — the precursor for the so-called “super bug” — as part of a statewide program. RGH is one of 16 state hospitals voluntarily participating in the program that is monitoring the spread of MRSA in healthcare facilities, […]

TB tests ongoing for Clovis residents

CNJ staff State health department officials said Tuesday roughly half of the 80 Clovis residents who were potentially exposed to tuberculosis through an infected health care worker have been screened with no positive tests. Officials announced April 16 that approximately 250 Clovis and Albuquerque residents were potentially exposed after a health worker was diagnosed with […]

2-8 Police blotter

CNJ staff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 2 a.m. Feb. 1, police made a traffic stop for erratic driving on Norris Street near Chaparral Avenue. The 52-year-old female driver failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DWI, second offense, and cited for driving left of […]