USDA declares seven counties disaster areas due to drought

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Acting Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Brenda Archuleta, announced that the US. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack has designated seven (7) New Mexico counties as disaster areas due to the ongoing drought and high winds in portions of the state, from October 1, 2008 and continuing. Secretary Vilsack […]

Storm dumps hail, rain on Portales

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Portales got some much needed rain, but some residents took a battering in the process. Heavy rain caused problems in troublesome areas of town with flooding leading the Police Department to block off roadways. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said they had to block off Third Street and Kilgore Avenue […]

Bill would change infrastructure development authority

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 25 Development bill: The House Taxation and Revenue Committee has approved a measure (HB552) that would allow infrastructure development zones to be set up with local government approval. The bill, sponsored by House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, would allow newly developed areas to pay for their own infrastructure […]

Winter supplementation program used as grazing management tool

By Manny Encinias: Ag columnist Beef producers in the Southwest are commonly challenged to balance forage supply and demand on their grazing operations. While typically not documented, a tenured manager is always aware of the grazing use patterns within and across pastures on a ranch. Regardless of the year, most managers would like to get […]

United Way still short of goal

CNJ staff With two days left until the deadline to accept donations, United Way is more than $130,000 from reaching its fundraising goal for Curry and Roosevelt counties. According to a press release, just over $488,000 has been pledged to date by individuals and businesses. The goal is $627,000. United Way funds are used to […]

Obama aides prefer pricey regulations

Freedom New Mexico With his choices of top aides in the areas of economics and national security, President-elect Barack Obama veered toward the center of the Democratic Party. He’s mostly appointed people who initially supported the misbegotten Iraq war (and keeping nominal Republican Robert Gates on) to national security posts and people with Clinton-era experience […]

Increased BAH rates announced

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to service members living off base in stateside areas will increase an average of 6.9 percent in January to keep pace with local rental costs. The new BAH rates will pump an additional $1 billion into service member paychecks in 2009, raising total BAH […]

Older neighbor helped with other areas of growing up

Glenda Price Every young girl needs an older lady friend/advisor – specially if she lives way out in the country. A girl’s own mother doesn’t qualify because she’s got too much invested in her offspring’s hoped-for successful life. The girl’s friend/advisor, unlike Mom, doesn’t give advice the usual straightforward way. (“If you don’t leave those […]

USDA declares counties disaster areas

CNJ staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture declared 31 New Mexico counties disaster areas Thursday because of persisting drought conditions, including Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties according to a USDA press release. Eligible farmers have an eight-month deadline to apply for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency to help cover their losses, according […]

Hiking relaxing getaway

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist I remember the old story, or analogy, about not being able to see the forest for the trees. The reality, which underlies so much of life, is that we cannot find that which is right in front of us. The story applies, among other areas, to summer and the beauty […]

Area housing trend reversed

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MCT graphic Staff and wire reports Clovis and Portales and the surrounding areas are seeing a somewhat different trend than the nation in the housing market. The number of houses sold is down for the first three months of this year compared to 2007 — but the average price is up, according to Skip Overdier, […]

House candidate advocates fiscal responsibility

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Don Wiviott, candidate for U.S. representative in the 3rd Congressional district, told the Roosevelt County Democratic Women on Monday he is capable of finding solutions to America’s problems and will actively work for change in government. “This is a year, honest to God, for change,” Wiviott said. […]

State Forestry warns of winter fire danger

Santa Fe, NM – While many areas of New Mexico are seeing considerable snow and rainfall this year, parts of the state are still at high risk for fire danger, according to New Mexico State Forestry. The New Mexico State Forestry Division is urging residents, especially those living in the southeast corner of the state, […]

Flood protection shouldn’t fall on rest of us

By Freedom Newspapers The American dream includes owning one’s own home. For many in New Mexico, those homes are in or near the mountains. In coastal states, it’s often beach-front property — where folks such as Cindy Armour can be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves washing ashore and awaken to the cries […]

Environment must be protected by law

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Last week, in this column, I wrote about my recent trip back to Western Pennsylvania, and specifically mentioned the day I spent at Lake Erie. This lake is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, and is subject to sudden and dangerous storms. I have actually had the dubious privilege of being […]

Vandalism increases in northern Clovis

CNJ staff Police are investigating a rash of vandalism incidents in north-central Clovis. More than a dozen residents called police to report graffiti to homes and fences and auto burglaries Wednesday. Police believe the incidents began Tuesday night and residents discovered the damage Wednesday morning, Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Affected areas ranged from the 2700 […]

March 27, 2007 Tornado Notebook

• Curry County Crime Stoppers is requesting information leading to the arrest of the persons involved in a burglary of a Salvation Army Mobile Kitchen at 317 East 2nd St. in Clovis. According to a Crime Stoppers news release, the incident occurred sometime between the hours of 11 p.m. Sunday night and 7 a.m. Monday […]

Hounds expect big recruiting class

CNJ staff PORTALES — If everything falls into place next week on national signing day, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo says he’ll be one happy man. The third-year coach said Tuesday the Greyhounds have 16 verbal commitments from high school prospects for next season, and he’s hoping to add more in the […]

Base Allowance for Housing rising effective Monday

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) will increase an average of 3.5 percent next year for the nearly 950,000 service members who live off-base stateside. Some BAH recipients will see their housing allowance rise two to three times the average percentage increase while others will see no BAH raise in the […]

Portales ranks high in quality of life

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers A quality-of-life study conducted by an Internet subsidiary of American City Business Journals has ranked Portales 15th in the nation among micropolitan areas. “Isn’t that something? I’m surprised we’re even on the list,” Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Manager Sharon King said. “How interesting. I think it’s absolutely wonderful and […]