Citizens’ group challenges city parks plan

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Kevin Wilson For the third consecutive meeting, a group of citizens frustrated with plans to repurpose the long-unused Hillcrest Park Pool asked the Clovis City Commission to stop action. The commission offered a compromise to vote on the matter, but noted their concerns with such an action and the benefits a park restructuring is already […]

Wednesday morning briefing: A video game, Buddy comes ot town and Uncle Sam

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday morning briefing. Video game of the week From our own Jenna Zamie, the hottest game of the week: Game: Rock of Ages Genre: Action strategy System: 360, PS3, PC What is it? An action strategy game with a delightfully goofy concept and destructive fun. ESRB […]

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 […]

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 […]

Meetings watch: Portales City Council

The Portales City Council met in executive session Friday afternoon to discuss possible litigation. No action was taken when the council convened in open session. — Compiled by Alisa Boswell

DA questions lack of action on closing courthouse entrances

Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler is questioning why an almost 2-year-old resolution to close Curry County courthouse entrances for security reasons hasn’t been implemented. Through a public record request, the Clovis News Journal obtained a series of emails exchanged recently between Chandler and County Manager Lance Pyle. In the emails, Chandler asks why the […]

Police blotter — March 27

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 4 p.m. March 16 an officer responded to a business in the 1700 block of Wallace Street for a report of a fight between two female juveniles. A girl said she and her friend were skating and they fell, causing a […]

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: Military action in Libya not justified

Now in the fifth day of America’s third war, President Barack Obama has failed to offer Congress or the American people a reasonable and thorough justification for Operation Odyssey Dawn, or a definition of the mission and success in Libya. He sought support from European nations and the Arab League in concert with the United […]

ENMU offering helping hands with Eastern in Action

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File photo Eastern in Action volunteers do yard work during the group’s service day last year. With the program, Eastern New Mexico University students and employees volunteer to do various jobs around Portales once a year to give back to the community. Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University is offering many pairs of helping hands […]

Our people: Man of action

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Steve Blakeley began sweeping floors in a printing shop after high school and worked his way up to manager. Eastern New Mexico University’s Director of Printing Steve Blakeley has been in printing since 1972. His passion lies in teaching Taekwon-Do which he has done at his own studio for the […]

Extending tax cuts for all best course of action

Freedom Newspapers What came over U.S. Rep. John Boehner of Ohio? The House minority leader suggested a compromise with Democrats on taxes. Within a matter of seconds, it seemed, the knives were out. His own party ripped him, and the White House fell back on that tired political clich

Stream commission to discuss extending water rights

Thomas Garcia Extending water rights reservation fees for Ute Lake among 12 local entities is on the agenda today at a New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission meeting. Village of Logan Manager Larry Wallin said expects no action will be taken during Friday’s meeting in Albuquerque. Wallin also said the contract has been extended twice before, […]

July 16 —

Q: We live in Portales. Why can’t we use off-base medical care facilities? A: Thank you for the question and giving us an opportunity to explain the TRICARE Prime benefit. The Military Treatment Facility enrollment area and TRICARE guidance state that individuals within 30 minutes from the MTF are to be assigned to the local […]

July 1 Commander's Action Line

Q: Why can’t the pool remain open for a longer period of time with more lap swim hours? Why can’t children wear swim diapers in the pool? Are there any plans for swim lessons to be taught? A: Thank you for your comments. We appreciate and share your concern about the hours of operation of […]

Monday morning briefing: Video games, water and cattle

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Video game of the week Fresh from the desk of our own mistress of games, Jenna Zamie. Game: Snoopy: Flying Ace Genre: Flight Action System: XBox Live Arcade What is it? An arcade flight sim that packs in a lot of action at a […]

May 28 Commander's Action Line

Q: Can something be done about the shrub on the intersection of Arcadia and Olympic? It blocks the view of some drivers. A: We appreciate your bringing this safety concern to our attention. After receiving a report in early April, Base Grounds Keeping trimmed the shrub down to about half its previous size, which alleviated […]

Organizers: Bull riding to offer “non-stop action”

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Organizers are expecting crowds of up to 3,000 fans for two days of “nonstop action” during this week’s bull riding event at the Curry County Events Center. Featuring 90 top bull riders from several professional bull riding associations, the event will take place Friday and Saturday nights. Sponsor Joe […]

DoD disability board understaffed

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A special board established by Congress to review and raise any low-ball disability ratings the services awarded to injured or ailing members since 9-11 needs four times as many physicians as it has now to ensure timely action on a rising number of applications, says the board’s top officer. Michael […]

Attorney: School board receptive to settlement

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education took no action Saturday following a special session to discuss pending or threatened litigation regarding basketball coach J.D. Isler’s lawsuit against the district. Isler was suspended from coaching Dec. 16 by the New Mexico Activities Association and later terminated by the school […]