Portales gas line repaired

Freedom New Mexico Repairs to a ruptured natural gas line in Portales were completed as of 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to a New Mexico Gas Company official. The pipe was broken at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday on Boston Avenue, which led Portales police to evacuate four homes and a daycare center as a precautionary measure. Monica […]

Zias drop LSC volleyball opener

CNJ staff At Wichita Falls, Texas, the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team managed small leads in each game, but Midwestern State eventually pulled away to take a 25-17, 25-21, 25-16 win over the Zias on Tuesday night in the Lone Star Conference opener for both squads. Junior Tarrah Sweet’s ace gave the Zias a […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Photo exhibit, a new splash pad and a candle in the wind

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing: Photo exhibit Runnels Gallery in Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is hosting a solo exhibition, “Our Fill of Elsewhere,” of the photography of Sherwin Rivera Tibayan. It started Sunday and continues through Oct. 1 during normal library hours. Call 575-562-2624 for hours. […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Website of the day, college boards and kid stuff

Get ready for the day. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing: Website of the day Eastern New Mexico University has a mass emergency notification system designed to send text and e-mail messages about inclement weather and other information in the event of an emergency. Sign-up is available at: https://www.getrave.com/login/enmu College boards Eastern New Mexico […]

Fatal crash victims from Oklahoma

CNJ Staff State police on Tuesday identified the victims from Monday’s fatal accident in Roosevelt County as a married couple from Elk City, Okla. Cassandra Horton, 67, and her husband Claude Horton, 84,

Tuesday morning briefing: A hot car, classes begin and Clint making your day

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Car for a cause The Desert Cruzers Car Club is raffling off a rare 1993 Chevy Camaro to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation of New Mexico, Clovis Community College and Lighthouse Mission. Tickets are $10, and only 4,000 will be sold. […]

Monday morning briefing: Video game of the week, rodeo days and Ruby Ridge relived

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Rodeo days La Nina Classic Ranch Rodeo is set for 6:30 p.m. today and Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Fifteen teams compete each night in events including branding, stray gathering, doctoring, trailer loading and bronc riding. Bull riding is Tuesday night only. Admission […]

Tuesday morning briefing: School days, rocket science and the last gold rush

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. School days Just a reminder: Portales Municipal Schools start today. The first day of school in Clovis is Monday. Eastern New Mexico University classes begin Aug. 24. The countdown The Civil Air Patrol is launching model rockets at their Aug. 25 meeting. The launch […]

Vacationing Muleshoe family witnesses chase of fugitives

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Courtesy photo: RayAn Dosher The view from the vehicle of RayAn and Cary Dosher, who were traveling south along I-25 Wednesday adjacent to the standoff between police and the “Dougherty Gang,” a trio of siblings who were sought by the FBI for an alleged three-state crime spree. Kevin Wilson RayAn and Cary Dosher flipped on […]

Commissioners to consider concepts for new jail

Sharna Johnson The Curry County Commission will consider concepts for a new jail under a lease plan presented during a special meeting Tuesday. Since November — when voters defeated two $16.5 million bonds aimed at building the first phase of an estimated $90 million jail and courthouse — the county has been exploring options to […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Camping and Owens goes gold (again)

Good morning, and welcoming to Tuesday’s Freedom New Mexico morning briefing.

Hotel Clovis redevelopment still possible

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File photo The affordable housing ordinance’s failure — more than 58 percent of voters disapproved — has left a gap in funding that will now have to fill to accomplish the proposed project. Sharna Johnson While the Affordable Housing Ordinance died at the polls Tuesday, a proposed project to redevelop Hotel Clovis isn’t off the […]

Police looking for mistakenly released Clovis woman

Area law enforcement are looking for a 25-year-old Clovis woman who was mistakenly released Tuesday from the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Catalina Ortiz was released on her own recognizance Tuesday after being arrested July 28 for failing to appear in Clovis Municipal Court on a misdemeanor charge, court records show. However, she still has […]

Affordable Housing Plan defeated

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Brad Heath of Clovis signs in to vote at Precinct 18 while precinct clerk Pat Moody assists at Zia Elementary School during the affordable housing referendum Tuesday. Heath brought along his son, Brad Heath, 8, to provide him a lesson on his civic duty to vote. Sharna Johnson The mood […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A video game, golf and a dead man’s hand

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Game: From Dust Genre: Strategy System: 360, PS3, PC What is it? A god game offering a rich world full of engaging challenges. ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ Web site: http://www.ubisoft.com Compiled from Gamespot.com Meetings watch The following governing bodies […]

Clovis police hosting National Night Out on Tuesday

CNJ staff The Clovis Police Department’s annual National Night Out is planned from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday night at Greene Acres Park. The event is held with the intention of heightening crime and drug prevention awareness, to generate support for local crime efforts, to strengthen neighborhood spirit and to send a message to […]

Affordable housing plan goes to vote Tuesday

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Sharna Johnson When Clovis voters head to the polls Tuesday, they will decide whether to • give the city authority to reduce private developers’ permitting fees; • donate city-owned property to private developers; • give grants and loans to develop city-owned property in the downtown area; • give grants for weatherization and rehabilitation of privately […]

Woman jailed on charges of evading officers

CNJ staff A female is in the Parmer County jail on charges of evading officers in her vehicle Tuesday after she led Bovina police on a pursuit into Curry County. Around 2 p.m. CDT, Curry County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of State Road 523 and 108 on the east side of Curry […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Rodeo, volleyball camp and Tyson’s fall

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Rodeo The High Plains Junior Rodeo finals start today, all day, at the Curry County Events Center. Website of the day The revised Dora Consolidated Schools 2011-2012 calendar and elementary school supply list are available at http://www.doraschools.com/. Volleyball Kindergarten through eighth-grade students can participate […]

Meetings watch: Parks and Recreation Board

The Clovis Parks and Recreation Board met Tuesday at the Parks and Recreation Department, 500 Sycamore. • Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell said the Clovis Municipal Golf Course would stay open until the end of August, at least. He said the Colonial Golf Course is averaging 100 rounds a day on the weekend, and […]