Local grower: Peanut acreage down, but prices high

Argen Duncan Peanut acreage in the Portales valley is down, but prices are high, a local grower has said. The Portales valley stretches from Floyd to Arch. Roosevelt County peanut farmer Wayne Baker said contracts for peanuts are offering $950 per ton for conventional peanuts and $1,400 per ton for organic peanuts, although farmers don’t […]

Friday morning briefing: On marriage, no degree and a deadly fire sparks change

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing.Quirky quote of the day “An open marriage is nature’s way of telling you that you need a divorce.” — Ann Landers Peek-a-blog Political blogster Joe Monahan’s latest posting includes this comment from Tommie Newman of Clovis regarding questions raised about possible GOP Senate candidate […]

ENMU administration recommending tuition increase

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University administration is recommending a 6.5 percent tuition increase for next year, Director of Media Relations Wendel Sloan said Thursday. For the increase to become effective, the Board of Regents would have to approve it. The next Regents meeting is April 26.

Religion calendar — March 25

Saturday Matt’s Coffee House Interdenominational Jam Session Concert — 7 p.m., second Saturday of the month, First United Methodist Church, open to the public to perform and watch, free refreshments provided. To perform, contact Vyanne Bradley at 760-4071 or 742-3389 or Matt Carter at 799-2696. The Right to Life Committee of New Mexico’s 34th Educational […]

Human feelings pass, but God’s love lasts

I am reader of John Piper and his writings. John Piper is the senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minn., Piper is the author of more than 30 books over his 25 years of preaching and teaching. Not long ago I read again one of Piper’s statements. He said: “A snake bites Paul, […]

First person: Community cop

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Daron Roach is the Clovis Police Department’s new community relations officer. The Clovis native has been with the department since 2006. Officer Daron Roach has spent a lifetime getting to know Clovis. Now he’s trying to do the same on behalf of the Clovis Police Department. Roach is in his […]

Equine summit set for Saturday

CNJ staff The first New Mexico Equine Industry Summit is set for Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. New Mexico State University horse specialist and summit organizer Jason Turner said dozens of people involved in the horse industry were scheduled to attend from across the state. Attendance is by invitation only. Speakers come from horse, […]

Officials: Water pipeline groundbreaking to take place soon

Kevin Wilson Members of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority had planned Thursday to announce a groundbreaking date for the first piece of the Ute Water Project, and announce it would take place soon. But the definition of a groundbreaking changed. At the authority’s meeting in Melrose, federal consultant John Ryan said he received […]

Zias continue climb out of early hole

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Tony Bullocks: Freedom New Mexico ENMU junior pitcher Erin Roufosse brings some heat in the top of the fourth inning of the first game against University of Texas Permian Basin Wednesday at Zia’s Field. Permian Basin went on to win the first game 5-4. Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Senior first baseman Taylor Howard hit […]

Police chief says he’s pleased with citizen involvement in preventing crime

Sharna Johnson Clovis citizens get an “atta boy” from Police Chief Steve Sanders, who said a reduction in violent crimes for the second year in a row shows proactive citizen involvement is helping keep Clovis safe. In 2010 violent felony crimes —murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault — dropped by 9 percent in Clovis and […]

LSC weekly baseball update — March 23

Standings Team LSC All W-L W-L Incarnate Word 13-5 16-8 Southwestern Oklahoma 15-6 20-7 Tarleton State 12-6 17-7 Cameron 10-5 17-8 Southeastern Oklahoma 10-5 13-10 Angelo State 11-7 17-12 West Texas A&M 9-6 18-8 Texas A&M-Kingsville 10-8 13-11 Abilene Christian 7-8 14-11 Central Oklahoma 6-12 11-14 Eastern New Mexico 3-12 5-16 East Central 3-15 7-20 […]

Bills impacting schools await governor’s signature

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Liliana Castillo There are more than 15 bills waiting for the Governor Susana Martinez’ signature that will affect local schools. Many will touch schools in a small way, such as changing a way something is reported or requiring schools to begin recycling. Others will have much bigger impact. Rep. Dennis Roch, also Texico assistant principal, […]

Ticket feature: Slide Ireland performing in Clovis

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Courtesy photo Slide Ireland’s sound is described as traditional Irish “with attitude.” The band will perform in Clovis March 31. Freedom New Mexico A spirited revival of tradition, Slide Ireland is posed to bring a taste of Ireland to Clovis audiences March 31. The five person multi-instrument band, with everything from wedding fiddles to mournful […]

Education digest —

Eastern in Action service day April 16 Eastern New Mexico University’s Eastern In Action group has scheduled its second annual community service day for April 16, according to a news release. Students, faculty and staff will assist Portales residents in teams with anything they need help with such as cleaning, painting, yard work and pulling […]

Editorial: Keep lookout for more ‘sin’ tax on smoking

There’s enough medical evidence about the harmful effects of smoking to give anyone pause before lighting up, but deciding what’s good for you and what’s bad for you is your job, not that of the government. A group of North Carolina Democrats introduced last week a bill that would increase the state’s tax on a […]

ENMU combining film festival and science fiction lectureship

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Kaci Tibbs, an Eastern New Mexico University student, adjusts a book display in the Special Collections section of the Golden Library Wednesday afternoon. The display honors Jack Williamson and all of the authors who will attend the Jack WIlliamson Lectureship on March 31 through April 2. Tibbs said she is very […]

Education column: Sandia Elementary staff always pushing to improve

Just before spring break, I went by Sandia Elementary to talk with Principal Matt Vetterly. It was an interesting process, because we were delightfully interrupted over and over again by passing students who had to greet the clearly beloved Vetterly. I asked all about Sandia, and Vetterly was so eloquent and described so well what […]

CCC board of trustees discuss terms for next president

CNJ staff During a closed session Wednesday, the Clovis Community College board of trustees discussed terms for the next president to replace retiring President John Neibling but made no decision on which direction to take in replacing him, according to board Chairman Charles Guthals. Neibling announced in February that he will be retiring in August […]

Thursday morning briefing: A video game, the truth about cats and dogs and a Spring Fling

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Video game of the week From our own particularly picky gamer Jenna Zamie. Game: Shogun 2: Total War Genre: Turn-based strategy System: PC What is it? The latest in this strategy game series is artistic, formidable and action-packed.ESRB Rating: Teen Web site: http://www.totalwar.com/shogun2 Compiled […]