Tuesday morning briefing: Battle won in Lubbock, and one fast car

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday morning briefing.

Youthful Texans hunting first win at ENMU

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico After going through an un-Tarleton State-like 3-8 campaign in 2010, second-year Texans coach Cory Fowler is looking to change the culture of the program. Forty-three of the 100 players on Tarleton’s roster are in the freshman class as Fowler tries to steer away from a reliance on transfers and […]

Three communities rejoin EPCOG

CNJ staff Three communities that once declined to be members of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments have opted to rejoin the regional planning agency. Newly-appointed EPCOG Executive Director Sandy Chancey said members of the agency’s executive committee, who met Wednesday, learned the villages of Logan, Mosquero and San Jon are members once again. Chancey […]

Commission makes changes in hotel ‘Plan B’

Kevin Wilson Going with what Mayor Gayla Brumfield called a “Plan B,” the Clovis City Commission passed three items in a special meeting Tuesday regarding the city-owned Hotel Clovis. Tierra Realty Trust of Taos, which plans to convert the building — which many residents regard as a historic gem and/or albatross — into a series […]

Curry County celebrates Melrose health clinic opening with ribbon cutting

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Courtesy photo More than 80 people attended a Friday ribbon cutting for the Melrose health clinic, in operation since July 18. Freedom New Mexico Curry County held a ribbon cutting Friday for its new health clinic in Melrose. La Casa is managing the clinic, which opened July 18 under a three-year contract with the county. […]

Business digest — July 26

Clovis couple wins $10,000 Shawn and Tina-Marie Schiller, members of High Plains Federal Credit Union in Clovis, were top winners in an 11-month Savings Challenge New Mexico contest, walking away with $10,000 after meeting three goals, according to a press release. The couple was coached by High Plains Federal Credit Union coach Tammy Lewis. The […]

Lack of growth in area could mean loss of legislative representation

Sharna Johnson The one consistent thing that emerged in discussion of state redistricting during a three-hour meeting Monday was that because it lacks the growth of the northern part of the state, eastern New Mexico could lose legislative representation. The discussion came during a meeting at the Clovis Civic Center, the first of three meetings […]

Club notes —

Altrusa Club of Portales The Altrusa International, Inc. Club of Portales met July 11 at noon in the Central Annex. President, Gaynelle Thomas, called the meeting to order. There were 24 members and three guests present. JoAnna Baker led the opening ceremonies. The minutes and treasurer’s report were approved. Dannah Brown gave the Altrusa Accent […]

Moms Gear: Feeding time just got greener, cleaner

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MCT These organic bibs have three cute text language messages on them. They are $36 for three at www.textmessagebaby.com. Melissa Schweiger Kleinman I remember so clearly all the milk that dribbled down my son’s chin during feeding time, finding their way into hidden crevices that could only be uncovered after digging deep into his neck […]

County voting districts to be realigned

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Courtesy illustration Curry County Commission districts must be adjusted to compensate for growth shown in the 2010 census. The commission was given four possible plans during a Monday special meeting. Sharna Johnson Monday began the first of three hearings to determine redistricting of Curry County — an issue to be decided by the commission Sept. […]

Commissaries to be consolidated

In these tight budget times, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has learned it must cut current spending to fund new initiatives for veterans. For example, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., committee chairman, would pay for her Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 by extending by three years, to 2014, a higher fee on veterans who reuse their […]

Six-word summaries say a lot

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Six-worders arrived on the scene a few years back. The six-worder brevity grasps a life story or current condition or philosophy. Column readers were invited to offer their own, did so with creativity, and the invitation is repeated. Here is a current crop of mine: She is a Tea Party […]

Planning fund meetings to be held

CNJ staff Beginning June 30, Curry County will hold three public hearings to discuss possibilities for use of Community Development Block Grant planning funds. The CDBG program’s purpose is to assist communities in providing essential facilities, decent housing, promoting economic development and maintaining a suitable living environment, according to a press release. Communities are eligible […]

ENMU narrows baseball coach search to three

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University athletic director Jeff Geiser left no doubt about the most important factor in narrowing the search for a new baseball coach to three finalists. “Recruiting is the lifeblood of any program,” Geiser said. Veteran West Texas high school baseball coach Jimmy Webster, Culver-Stockton College (Mo.) head coach Chris Terry […]

Press release: ENMU baseball coach search narrowed to three

PORTALES, N.M. — Eastern New Mexico University Athletic Director, Dr. Jeff Geiser has announced the three finalists for the position of Greyhound baseball coach. Jimmy Webster, Chris Terry and Mike Silva bring a strong amount of experience to the table in the search for a new coach after Phil Clabaugh announced his retirement last month. […]

Police say fugitive nabbed in Clovis hotel

CNJ staff An almost three-month search for a 34-year-old man accused of shooting at his girlfriend’s car while her child was in it ended Wednesday at a Clovis hotel. Police said they arrested Narcizo Soto around 10 p.m. at the Econo Lodge on Mabry Drive. He is being held without bond on a warrant from […]

MMA: Cannon airman notches first pro win

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Cannon AFB Senior Airmen Gilbert Cuhen got an armbar on opponent Derek Cansino while upside down during the first round of their mixed martial arts fight Friday during Fright Night Fights at the Clovis Civic Center. Cansino submitted to Cuhen 52 seconds into the first round. Gabriel Monte Gilbert Cuhen […]

Never found a pie I didn’t like

Pie could very well be one of the best things in this life. Three layers in sweet harmony —crust, filling and topping. My mouth waters just writing about pie. I don’t know if I can name a favorite kind of pie because I can’t really remember a pie I didn’t like. It was encounters with […]

Citizens’ committees given three-month extension

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners voted Thursday to seek an architectural study to remodel the postal building and gave jail and courthouse citizens’ committees a three-month extension. The unanimous votes came during a special meeting held in the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Proposing both, Commissioner Bobby Sandoval said he believes the county […]

Ticket feature: Our Lady of Guadalupe fiesta gears up for weekend

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File photo The Our Lady of Gualdalupe annual fiesta will take place this weekend at 108 North Davis. The three-day event will feature live music, food, games a car show and more. Freedom New Mexico With an emphasis on community, the traditional Fiesta at Our Lady of Guadalupe will take place this weekend. Offering food, […]