Move to end ethanol tax credits overdue

Freedom New Mexico Corn ethanol not so long ago was the darling of the green movement, and Congress responded by lavishing on growers and blenders of the alternative fuel lucrative tax credits and favored tariff protections. So much for the free market. But that was then. Now, by a huge bipartisan margin, the U.S. Senate […]

N.M. fishing report — June 22

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Education column: Operations department installing shaded areas on schools

We have been reporting on the Clovis Municipals Schools’ Operations Department and the range of activities with which they’re involved during the summer months. In addition to the waxing and stripping of floors, shampooing of carpets, and extensive grounds maintenance, summer is also the time for construction, repairs, additions, remodeling and execution of the many […]

Thursday morning briefing: Music, building and the Teflon Don

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Music, music, music Evening of music is 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1101 Pile St., in Clovis. It features Jane Begley Saied of Clovis with acoustic, bluegrass, folk and contemporary music. There is also poetry and readings. Free and open to the public. […]

Press release: Luj

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Press release: Complaints against police ruled public records

Citizen complaints filed against police officers are public records and must be released upon demand. That’s the upshot of a New Mexico Supreme Court order issued Monday, which ends a five-year battle by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to withhold records from Charles Cox, a former State Police captain. Cox’s attorney Cindi Pearlman […]

Officials: Collecting livestock taxes long-standing problem

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Barbara Hamar of the Curry County Tax Assessor’s Office flips through the file of declared livestock in the county. Aside from commercial cattle operations, very few people declare their horses, cattle and small livestock as they are required to by law. Liliana Castillo Only a small percentage of livestock in […]

Summer food program offers children free lunch

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Siblings Alleanna Medina, left, Angel Medina, center, and Alex Medina eat lunch in the back of their mother’s SUV Tuesday at Highland Park. Liliana Castillo Any child ages 1 through 18 can receive a free lunch throughout June and July at 25 locations in Clovis. And at two locations in […]

Hearing to discuss water shortages being held

CNJ staff A hearing is being held 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the multi-purpose room of Lockwood Elementary School to discuss the possibility of using emergency funds from a Community Development Block Grant to address water shortages in south Curry County. The county is eligible to apply for up to $500,000 for activities that benefit low […]

Meetings watch: Roosevelt County Commission

At the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse, commissioners: • Approved awarding janitorial services for the Roosevelt County Public Health Office. • Approved the acceptance of a water storage tank for the Arch Fire Department. • Decided not to appoint road viewers for the closure of South Roosevelt Road 2 1/2 as […]

Police blotter — June 22

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Saturday • About 6:15 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 500 block of East 18th Street to take a report of a stolen porch swing. A 65-year-old woman said the swing was hanging from the porch at 6:45 a.m., and she noticed […]

County holding grant meetings

CNJ staff Curry County will hold a trio of public hearings to discuss possible uses of Community Development Block Grant planning funds. The meetings will be 5:30 p.m. June 30 at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, 6 p.m. July 5 at the Melrose Senior Center and 5:30 p.m. July 14 at the […]

Officials: Bank consolidation should mean job gain

CNJ staff Officials for US Bank said their plan to consolidate two branches in Clovis should result in a small gain of jobs. Following the close of business July 15, the branch located at 801 Pile Street will close. On July 18, services will resume at the bank’s location at 2501 N. Prince Street. US […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Catfish, quilts and a legend

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Video game of the week The latest from our own tireless gamester Jenna Zamie. Game: Child of Eden Genre: Shooter System: 360, PS3 What is it? A unique rail shooter where the player’s mission is to save Edent from a virus. ESRB Rating: Everyone […]

Official says fire burned between 30,000 and 32,000 acres

CNJ staff Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said Saturday’s fire near McAlister, nicknamed the Windy Fire, burned between 30,000 and 32,000 acres. Initial estimates put that number around 25,000 acres. Jacobs said two fires started around the same time Saturday, both beginning near highways. Jacobs said a cause for the fires is unknown. He said […]

Joint health care proposal criticized

The military’s top medical officers are divided over a House-passed mandate to reorganize the health care system under a unified medical command. The plan, in effect, would merge commands that the Army, Navy and Air Force have run with separate staffs and resources for decades. Two of three surgeons general, for Air Force and Navy, […]

Repeat birthday social experiment

The day had finally come. I had turned 18. I could legally vote and buy cigarettes — two things Americans do in dwindling numbers. A few birthday wishes came at school that day, and it was a great day. Until, that is, my best friend turned to me in pre-calculus and said, “Stop joking around.” […]

Ruling puts end to states’ power grab

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a sensible ruling concerning the regulation of pollution and the supposed threat of global warming. The ruling directly affects eight states that sued four electric power companies, the main one being American Electric Power Co. of Ohio, for causing global warming. The court’s summary of Monday’s […]

Udall Discusses Bill to Expand Federal Contracting for Small Businesses, War in Afghanistan and His Proposal to Treat PTSD and TBI in Southern N.M.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about a bill he plans to introduce that will expand federal contracting opportunities for small businesses trying to recover from the recent recession. He also gave his thoughts on Afghanistan ahead of the President’s announcement on Wednesday regarding troop reductions. In addition he previewed […]

Issues or causes should not take God’s place in our lives

Curtis Shelburne Tell me, if you please, does the name Wayne B. Wheeler ring any bells for you? It didn’t for me, either, until I read Daniel Okrent’s fascinating book Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Wayne Wheeler died in 1927, less than a paltry 100 years ago. At that time, the editors […]