Everybody’s business: Banker talks business loans

A great management tool for business owners is to have current and relevant information in order to make good business decisions. The decisions to expand, hire additional employees, or to introduce a new product or service requires planning and usually capital infusion. This holds true for starting a new business as well. An interview about […]

Business licenses — Aug. 9

The following business licenses were obtained from the city of Clovis in July: • Cool StuffType: General Merchandise Owner: Meredith EngerLocation: 316 N. Main St. • New Orleans Snow Type: Concession StandOwner: Larry GulleyLocation: Farwell • Sunshine Plumbing Type: PlumbingOwner: Joseph Santangelo Jr.Location: 257 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque • Diamonds EvermoreType: JewelersOwner: Gail TarsonLocation: 1407 […]

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

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

Seconds matter in team roping

Julie Bryant In team roping, seconds can mean thousands of dollars to be won, or lost, and that was the case for more than 200 team ropers who made their way on Saturday to the Curry County Event Center to compete in the United States Team Roping Championships Southwest Regionals. Among them was a pair […]

Only fair to do verifications locally

Enough is enough! And I am not talking about the nearly catastrophic Tea Party Takedown of America. No, reference here is to the abuse I must take from certain readers of this fair and balanced column. Check this email response to a fair, balanced column that said, in effect, that Governor Susana Martinez is crazy […]

Monday morning briefing: Hot times, and a hometown question

Good morning, and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing.

Police blotter — Aug. 7

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 5 p.m. July 22 an officer responded to the area of Seventh and Upsilom streets for a report of robbery. The officer made contact with a man pushing an ice cream cart and noted he appeared afraid and anxious, but the […]

Weekly update — Aug. 7

Region IV housing office closed The Region IV housing office in Clovis, located at 600 Mitchell Street in Clovis, was closed Friday. Chris Herbert, Executive Director of Eastern Regional Housing Authority in Roswell, said the Roswell office took over supervision of the Mitchell Street office in 2009 when the state was consolidated from seven regions […]

FAA fight halted for now

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — With tens of thousands of jobs and more than $1 billion on the line, Senate Democrats gave way Friday to a power play by House Republicans in order to end a partial two-week shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration. Operations at Clovis Municipal Airport, including a runway extension project, […]

Officials to break ground on Ute water project

Kevin Wilson Nearly half a century after the idea was conceived, eastern New Mexico entities have planned a Thursday groundbreaking on the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System — also known as the Ute Water Project. An 11:30 a.m. groundbreaking is set for Ute Reservoir, on N.M. 522 about two-and-a-half miles west of Tucumcari. Many […]

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 […]

New Mexico ropers competitive in USTRC

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Donnie J. Helmer, front, the header, and son Chad Helmer, the heeler, competed on Friday in the United States Team Roping Southwest Regional finals at Curry County Events Center. They didn’t get a time on the run. Julie Bryant New Mexico ropers took on the competition in fine fashion from […]

Curry County celebrates Melrose health clinic opening with ribbon cutting

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Courtesy photo More than 80 people attended a Friday ribbon cutting for the Melrose health clinic, in operation since July 18. Freedom New Mexico Curry County held a ribbon cutting Friday for its new health clinic in Melrose. La Casa is managing the clinic, which opened July 18 under a three-year contract with the county. […]

In search of ponies: Yankee makes home in Southwest

Sharna Johnson “Oh man, the flies are awful here!” my visiting family member exclaimed by way of a greeting when I arrived home from work. “Actually they haven’t been bad this year at all,” I replied, a little confused as he guided me to my kitchen counter, turned-killing fields and proudly showed me the carnage. […]

Grant McGee: House guests always welcome to pitch in

A lady came by the bicycle shop the other day. She was there to pick up a grandkid’s bike. After we settled up we had a chance to sit and visit. She got to talking about a bunch of relatives coming to town for a family get-together. “A lot of them are staying at my […]

Local schools ready for students

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Clockwise from left, Mario Cabreras and Bo Cravy, of Newt & Butches Roofing, pass some tectum decking to Jared Ryan and Caesar Ramirez Friday morning as they work on the new special education building at Marshall Middle School in Clovis. According to the workers, tectum decking is sound-deadening material built into […]

Fort Sumner cowboy signs to rodeo at Mesalands

CNJ staff Kit Pettigrew of Fort Sumner signed a National Letter of Intent to compete on the Mesalands Community College rodeo team for the 2011-2012 season. The Mesalands Rodeo Team competes in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Last year, Mesalands claimed the Grand Canyon Regional Championship title.

Lazbuddie roper wins USTRC open

By Julie Bryant: U.S. Team Roping Championships In what was a star-studded field of open ropers at the U.S. States Team Roping Championships Southwest Regionals, it was the local ropers who fought to the top of the 63-team field Thursday at the Curry County Events Center. Josh Morris of Lazbuddie and Brandon Gonzales of Bosque […]

Aug. 5 — Fishing report

This fishing report is provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

State tax-free weekend begins Friday

Cannon Connections illustration: Gabriel Monte The tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday of August and concludes midnight Sunday. Kevin Wilson For the seventh year in a row, back-to-school shopping will be slightly less taxing. Numerous merchants in New Mexico are getting set for the state’s tax-free holiday. According to the state’s […]