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 […]

Allergy tests covered for TRICARE beneficiaries

By Peter Holstein: TRICARE Management Activity FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Every year millions of Americans suffer from allergies, with symptoms ranging from irritating to life-threatening. TRICARE beneficiaries are eligible to receive care for the testing and treatment of conditions relating to allergies. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, allergy symptoms are […]

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 […]

Education Feature: State student testing revamped

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Public Education Department is remodeling standardized tests for high school students designed to map out their academic lives after graduation. State education officials say the tests will follow the progress of individual students, instead of comparing the progress of an entire class. Clovis school officials are […]

Expert can’t link guns, bullets

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A state firearms expert testified Monday during the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men she could not say for certain if guns displayed in the courtroom were used in the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy. Alison Quereau, a Department of Public Safety firearms expert with the state […]

Test shows Thomas under legal limit

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CNJ File Photo Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas was arrested Aug. 3 and charged with driving under the influence and open container. A blood test showed Thomas’s blood alcohol content was .04 percent, half the state’s legal limit. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas’ blood alcohol level was half the legal limit the night he was […]

Terminally ill deserve chance to try new drugs

By Freedom Newspapers The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit apparently believes that bureaucracies can and do have power so absolute that they trump the traditional right of free people to control their own bodies and try to protect their own lives. If that’s not the case, it’s difficult to see how […]

Community InfoFair Thursday

27th Fighter Wing staff report Cannon leadership will host an Information Fair for military housing residents from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at The Landing to answer questions and address concerns in response to a letter provided to First Sergeants Wednesday for distribution to their Airmen. The letter, signed by Col. Scott West, 27th Fighter […]

Cannon asbestos testing planned

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base is testing its military housing units for asbestos following the discovery of the potentially hazardous material in two unoccupied military houses, according to Cannon spokesperson Capt. Rebecca Garcia. Approximately 30 homes will be tested and test results will be released in June, Garcia said Thursday. […]

Congress sets sights on No Child Left Behind

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer For Clovis special-education teacher Lisa Gershon, the coming weeks will be a lesson in frustration. Students in her classroom and in public schools across New Mexico will begin New Mexico Standards Based Assessments on Feb. 26. The tests, required under the No Child Left Behind Act, will continue through […]

Clovis Schools delayed

Clovis schools will be under a two-hour delay today. The final decision was made early this morning based on multiple factors, according to Jelayne Curtis of Clovis Municipal Schools who explained things planned for the day such as programs, parties and make-up tests weighed into the decision. Today is also an early dismissal day, school […]

DNA important tool in righting wrongs

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist For a prosecutor, DNA analysis can be the best thing in the world. Nothing facilitates a conviction more than biological evidence irrefutably connecting the defendant to the crime through blood, saliva or semen. But DNA analysis can also be the worst thing in the world for prosecutors. It can prove […]