Home severely damaged in Saturday fire

CNJ staff A home fire Saturday night cause severe damage before firefighters were able to extinguish it. Firefighters were called to the residence at Curry Roads 5 and L around 6:45 p.m., according to Fire Chief Ray Westerman. When they arrived, the home was fully engulfed. “It was defensive in nature upon our initial arrival […]

Business digest — June 28

Clovis businessman completes leadership program Randy Kamradt, vice president of Davtek in Clovis, is among 39 statewide leaders who recently graduated from the Leadership New Mexico Core Program. Graduates attended six educational sessions for the 2010-2011 program. Leadership New Mexico is a tax-exempt organization founded in 1995 to identify current and emerging leaders throughout New […]

Residents hope for support at water meeting

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Rosemary Metcalf picks up a young alpaca Tuesday to place back under the shade with the rest of the herd. Metcalf chose alpacas because they didn’t require as much water as other animals, but her well is having problems despite conservation efforts. Sharna Johnson Residents of south Clovis are hoping […]

Clovis’ Pierson will join Zias

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Ashlee Pierson led the Clovis Lady Wildcats in scoring last season as a senior. CNJ staff Clovis’ Ashlee Pierson will join the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball for the 2011-12 season, according to first-year Zias coach Lindsey Wilson. A 5-foot-7 guard, Pierson was a two-time, first team all-district selection […]

Los Alamos evacuation ordered because of wildfire

The Associated Press LOS ALAMOS — Authorities ordered Los Alamos evacuated Monday as a fast-growing and unpredictable wildfire bore down on the northern New Mexico town and its sprawling nuclear laboratory. The blaze that began Sunday already had destroyed a number of homes south of the town, which is home to some 12,000 residents. It […]

South Clovis residents lose power temporarily

CNJ staff About 2,000 Xcel Energy customers in South Clovis lost power for more than three hours after winds knocked down utility poles on Brady Avenue between Prince and South Main streets late Sunday, officials said. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said about 14 customers were still without power as of morning, but their power […]

Custom Classic A to Z

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson First baseman Cody Hosler of Amarillo-based F2D slaps a single to center in a Saturday night game at the Custom Classic. Kevin Wilson The Custom Classic entered its 28th year in Clovis this weekend, drawing players, teams and themes from A to Z. A stands for “Amistad Pavilion, with picnic […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 8 p.m. June 18 an officer responded to a residence in the 900 block of Ash Street for a report of a battery. When the officer arrived he noted a broken beer bottle in the driveway with blood all over the […]

Portales veterans honoring returning, deploying airmen

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Attendees at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515 “Hail and Farewell” event Friday listen to a speaker. Once a month since January, the local VFW post has been recognizing Cannon Air Force Base 27th Special Operations Support Squadron personnel who are deploying or have returned from deployment. Argen Duncan […]

Q&A with Rob Sanders

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Rob Sanders played high school golf and football at Portales High, and later graduated from Eastern New Mexico University. He was recently hired as the teaching pro at Colonial Golf Course. Rob Sanders learned the game of golf at Portales Country Club. An Eastern New Mexico University graduate, Sanders, 49, […]

Unemployment rates drop in Curry, Roosevelt

Sharna Johnson Monthly unemployment numbers in Curry and Roosevelt counties dipped to rates that haven’t been seen in two years and officials are crediting expanding industries as the reason. The most current data available from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions shows in April, Curry County’s unemployment dropped to 4.2 percent and Roosevelt County’s […]

Weekly update — June 26

Absentee ballots available for Aug. 2 election Tuesday is the first day voters can request an absentee ballot for the Aug. 2 city election on the affordable housing plan. It was approved by the city commission May 5 in a 6-1 vote, but forced into a referendum election through petitions filed by the High Plains […]

Tres Amigas official hopes to break ground in fall

Kevin Wilson Tres Amigas is pushing paperwork at the moment. The company is hoping to push materials by August, and push power across the nation two to three years later. Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Executive Director Chase Gentry figures it will be mid-2012 before any significant economic impact comes from the project, which will connect […]

Dairyfest draws crowd

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Heather Steinle preps ice cream cups for the root beer float stand during Dairyfest Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The event featured free dairy products and demonstrations from the industry. Liliana Castillo United Dairy Women’s Dairyfest attracted thousands of people Saturday after taking a year off in 2010. Michelle […]

Firefighters invaluable resource

By Russell Anglin: Freedom New Mexico Last Sunday was an awfully strange day. It started for me at 10 a.m. with the phone waking me up. My editor called and asked me if I had electricity. With my eyes still hazy and without my wits about me, I replied, “Um … I don’t know.” Turns […]

Middle East wars can’t end soon enough

Freedom Newspapers It’s a start. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he would withdraw 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2011. He promised, “(We) will bring home a total of 33,000 troops by next summer, fully recovering the surge” of troop levels he began in 2009. About 67,000 troops then would remain […]

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 […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Meetings watch, voting begins and the first Corvette

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Meetings watch • The Clovis Municipal Schools board meets 5:30 p.m. today at the administration building. • The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meets 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Portales Municipal Schools Administration Building. The board plans to close out the 2010-2011 fiscal […]

Monday morning briefing: Growth issues, special meeting and no more Route 66

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Growing issues The Local Growth Management Committee meets 2 p.m. Wednesday at Portales City Hall. The agenda includes a closeout report on goals achieved from an initial planning grant. The committee meets periodically to consider any growth issues associated with the mission at Cannon […]

When is the best time to start potty training?

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Tonjia: Developmentally speaking, there are two important things to remember about potty training children. First, girls typically reach developmental milestones more quickly than boys and thus potty train earlier than boys do. Second, potty training depends upon a child’s ability to control bladder and bowel functions. In most children, awareness of these functions does not […]