Warm weather sparks thoughts of outdoors

The recent, though probably not permanent, trend of warm weather turns one’s thoughts to outdoor activities. This is especially true when that trend is coupled with the garage cleaning — the connection being that all outdoor equipment is stored in one corner of the garage and I wanted to make sure that my two-person tent […]

Pet grooming growing trend

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Alice McMath, a groomer for Pet Care in Clovis, trims a Shih Tzu named Shelby Friday. McMath said she has been in the dog grooming business for more than 20 years and sees a lot of passion in people towards their pets. Alisa Boswell Pampered pets may be the new […]

Officials: Child abuse severity spikes

Sharna Johnson Critical injuries stemming from the abuse of two Clovis infants are in line with a statewide trend of increased severity in abuse cases. “What we’re experiencing now is an increase in cases that the abuse is more severe,” said Romaine Serna, spokeswoman for New Mexico’s Children Youth and Families. “Recently we’ve seen some […]

Programs in place to attract, retain Hispanic students

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University students, from left, Jazmin Loya, Daniela Garcia, Aric Serrano and Rey Coss work Friday to plan the annual Cinco de Mayo banquet that honors graduating seniors. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A national trend of growing Hispanic student populations hasn’t escaped eastern New Mexico’s institutions […]

Food market investments helpful, risky

Freedom New Mexico The New York Times reports that in light of the world food crisis, large private investment funds around the world are going beyond placing bets on agricultural commodities like corn, wheat, soybeans and the like. Several are buying farmland, fertilizer, grain elevators, barges and ships. They figure that although the current run-up […]

Area housing trend reversed

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MCT graphic Staff and wire reports Clovis and Portales and the surrounding areas are seeing a somewhat different trend than the nation in the housing market. The number of houses sold is down for the first three months of this year compared to 2007 — but the average price is up, according to Skip Overdier, […]

Portales Police making more cocaine arrests

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The number of cocaine-related arrests is on the rise, according to Portales Police officials. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry gave some examples: n A recent drug bust near the city park uncovered 50 to 54 baggies of prepackaged cocaine. n A search warrant executed May 27 netted several […]

Texico students spend morning doing manual labor

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Texico High School senior John Schueler, right, pulls up a fence post with the help of Glen Neie on Thursday. “To tell you the truth, I would rather be doing this than be in school,” said Schueler (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Texico senior Natalie Walton had the sleeves […]