South Clovis residents may get water help

Sharna Johnson The scope of water issues in South Clovis is more far-reaching than Curry County officials anticipated, based on a meeting held to identify problems. Tuesday night, the county held a meeting at Lockwood Elementary School to talk with residents and get a feel for how many people are experiencing water shortages. Residents south […]

Press release: West Texas communities asked to conserve power

Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in Sudan, Muleshoe, Farwell and Morton its Texas service territory to conserve energy after a Tuesday evening wildfire damaged a key transmission line supplying electricity those towns and the surrounding areas.

Hounds add game at Long Beach State

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds will play in California next season. The Greyhounds play at Division I Long Beach State on Dec. 19, according to a school press release. The 49ers finished 22-12 last season and played in the National Invitational Tournament. “We are excited to be playing a […]

Portales officials: Water demand led to restrictions

Argen Duncan City officials have reiterated that they can’t ban firework sales or use, and said water demand exceeding supply has led to the recent water restrictions. The statements came at a town hall meeting on questions and concerns about fireworks and water Tuesday in the Memorial Building. Officials and citizens have expressed concerns about […]

Fire closes highway between Muleshoe, Sudan

CNJ staff Muleshoe fire crews were working Tuesday night to contain a grass fire that closed U.S. 84 between Muleshoe and Sudan due to visibility issues from smoke. Bailey County Judge Sherri Harrison said one business, Track Dairy, was threatened by the 3,000-acre fire, which was 60 percent contained as of 8:30 p.m. Central time. […]

Airline sponsoring food drive

CNJ staff Great Lakes Airlines is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. Through July, anybody who brings a non-perishable food item to Great Lakes will be entered in a drawing to win one of four round-trip tickets between Clovis and Albuquerque. Donations will be accepted 5 a.m.-2 p.m. […]

Clovis man to pay city $20,000

CNJ staff A 63-year-old Clovis man has been ordered to pay Clovis $20,000 by next week as part of his sentence for stealing, then reselling city-owned milk tanks. Sentenced Thursday, a jury convicted Thomas Campbell in October of felony receipt of stolen property after prosecutors said he sold city-owned milk tanks to a Texas milk […]

Programs offering fire assistance

CNJ staff Federal programs are offering help to those affected by recent wildfires. Services offered include help for the direct loss of homes, infrastructure, community facilities, crops, livestock, and processing facilities, according to a press release from the USDA. For information, contact: • Farm Service Agency (505) 761-4900 www.fsa.usda.gov/nm • Natural Resources Conservation Service (505) […]

Committee OKs TRICARE increase

The Senate Armed Services Committee has agreed with House colleagues to approve a small increase in TRICARE Prime enrollment fees for working-age retirees, and to allow these fees to be raised annually by the percentage cost-of-living adjustment applied to military retired pay. The vote ensures that TRICARE Prime enrollment fees for individual retirees under age […]

Gay marriage: Let speculation begin

Whenever somebody tells me that allowing same-sex marriages will decimate heterosexual marriage, I tell them gay marriage will make hamburgers tastier. As long as neither of us has proof … A slightly more rational argument is taking place after New York’s Legislature approved same-sex marriage. There’s already talk of a domino effect, how New York […]

Spending won’t solve nation’s debt dilemma

Freedom New Mexico We cannot spend our way out of economic despair, yet we keep on trying and expecting a different result. The latest effort by the Obama administration to spend our way out of trouble involves the president’s agreement to tap our country’s strategic oil reserves, liquidating a strategic asset to spend it now […]

Group working to restore Lyceum Theater

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo From left, Mission Improv-able members Chris Trevino, Nick Johnson, Brandon Tautfest, Lydia White and Alexis Richards perform during a benefit show for the Lyceum Theatre. A nonprofit that leases the building from the city is trying to raise $10,000 for paint work. Kevin Wilson Fans of Clovis’ Lyceum Theater profess […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Growth management, game of the week and a star dies

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Meetings watch The Local Growth Management Committee meeting is 2 p.m. today at Portales City Hall. The agenda includes a closeout report on goals achieved from an initial planning grant. The committee includes various local public, private and Defense Department individuals to manage the […]

Pecos League plans game in Clovis

CNJ staff The Pecos League is coming to Clovis — at least for a day. A game between the Alpine Cowboys and Carlsbad Bats is planned 7:05 p.m. July 28 at Mike Harris Field. Tickets are $6. The six-team league, which sought to have a franchise in Clovis this season, is seeking game sponsors and […]

Los Alamos nuclear lab under siege from wildfire

The Associated Press LOS ALAMOS — A wildfire burning near the desert birthplace of the atomic bomb advanced on the Los Alamos laboratory and thousands of outdoor drums of plutonium-contaminated waste Tuesday as authorities stepped up efforts to protect the site and monitor the air for radiation. Officials at the nation’s premier nuclear weapons lab […]

Rain falls, but no more in sight

CNJ staff Much needed rain pelted most of eastern New Mexico and West Texas late Monday in a gusty thunderstorm that was also blamed for igniting a series of grass fires near Muleshoe. Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service was reporting 1.22 inches of rain fell in Clovis. Officials at Clovis Airport recorded .14 inches […]

Clovis hires basketball coach (Updated)

Kevin Wilson After a month of searching, Clovis High School has a new basketball coach. Matt King, who coached last season at Los Alamos, is planning a 5:30 p.m. Thursday meet-and-greet at Rock Staubus Gymnasium for players and parents from seventh grade and higher. He replaces J.D. Isler, who left earlier this month to take […]

Freedom Fest offers insight for libertarians

Freedom New Mexico Anyone curious about the direction of the conservative or libertarian movements, priorities for Tea Party enthusiasts or Republicans — or anyone generally interested in the hottest topics for right-leaning politicos — ought to pay close attention to what happens at Freedom Fest, set for July 14-16 in Las Vegas. This conference may […]

About 6,000 attend Dairyfest

CNJ staff This year’s DairyFest drew about 6,000 people Saturday to the Curry County Events Center. That’s a little more than half the 2009 draw of 11,000, said Michelle Heavyside, founder and director of United Dairy Women, which sponsors the annual event. “I believe the heat had something to do with that,” Heavyside said in […]

CATS taking after-school reservations

CNJ staff Clovis Area Transit System will begin taking reservations 7 a.m. Friday for after-school transport for the upcoming school year. All reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Routes will be determined based on reservations placed at each school and available drivers, and extra reservations will be placed on a waiting list. No transportation […]