Farmers: Last week’s rain little help

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Argen Duncan: Portales News-Tribune A pivot sprinkler waters Colin Chandler’s corn field Saturday morning on N.M. 236. Even though he hasn’t turned the sprinklers off since February, Chandler said, the irrigation can’t keep up with the drought. Half an inch of water evaporates from the soil a day, and the sprinkler takes six days to […]

Friday morning briefing: Wildfire smoke help and the battle of Gettysburg

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Smoke help The New Mexico Department of Health is reminding residents that there are toll free numbers they can call to discuss health-related or mental health concerns due to wildfires burning in New Mexico.

United Way offers help with prescription cost assistance

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CNJ photo illustration: Liliana Castillo The United Way of Eastern New Mexico can connect users of prescription drugs with cost assistance programs from various pharmaceutical companies. Liliana Castillo United Way of Eastern New Mexico can help connect people with prescription drug cost assistance. Volunteers at the nonprofit have been trained on a computer program that […]

Disaster loans available for small, non-farm businesses

CNJ staff Small, non-farm businesses in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to a news release from the SBA. Small non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million. The […]

Programs offering fire assistance

CNJ staff Federal programs are offering help to those affected by recent wildfires. Services offered include help for the direct loss of homes, infrastructure, community facilities, crops, livestock, and processing facilities, according to a press release from the USDA. For information, contact: • Farm Service Agency (505) 761-4900 www.fsa.usda.gov/nm • Natural Resources Conservation Service (505) […]

Fund established for child with leukemia

CNJ staff A fund has been established to help with medical costs for 9-year-old Lynzie Barton of Clovis, who is diagnosed with leukemia, according to her mother Rebecca Barton. Donations can be made to the Lynzie Barton Donation Fund at any area branch of Wells Fargo Bank.

Area farmers, ranchers say federal aid little help in drought

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County farmer Gene Massey harvests some of his wheat crop Friday in Rogers, southeast of Portales. He said the yield is down from 20 bushels an acre last year to 5-12 bushels an acre this year. Argen Duncan Drought is making this year more difficult for area farmers and […]

Press release: New Mexico American Water Announces Water Leasing Program

New Mexico American Water announced that it intends to supplement its existing Clovis-area water supplies by entering into water leases with area well owners. The company is requesting expressions of interest from well owners in the Clovis area. The plan is to use leased water to help ensure a reliable water supply for Clovis customers […]

Thursday morning briefing: Habitat help, library fact and a Triple Crown legend

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Volunteer-Op Habit for Humanity needs volunteers but you need to notify them by 2 p.m. Friday. The group needs about a dozen people Saturday for two work sites in Portales. Work begins is 8 a.m. until mid-afternoon with a break for lunch (provided) at […]

Press release: Lujan Highlights UDSA Program to Help Ranchers and Livestock Producers Suffering From Grazing Losses

Santa Fe, NM – Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Tuesday morning briefing: Kid stuff, help at hand and a civil rights landmark ruling

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Keeping them busy Are you looking for something for teenagers to do? The Portales Public Library has the following activities for 13- to 18-year-olds scheduled for this week: • Teen Writers Group, 4:45 p.m. today. • Teen book discussion, 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Participants can […]

ENMU backups look to give defensive help

Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — With several holes to fill on defense from last season, Eastern New Mexico University’s football team is hoping help may come from within. Defensive tackle Stephen Smith and strong safety Jason Serda, both from Albuquerque, may be able to plug a couple of those holes. Both players saw some duty […]

Press release: CCC sponsoring blood drive

Find the HERO in you! Every two seconds, someone needs blood. You can help!

Friday morning briefing: Breakfast is on, help the Gov and the Babe’s record falls

Grab a cup of coffee. Sit back and relax. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Over

Police ask for help finding suspect

Police are asking for help finding a man accused of shooting at his girlfriend’s parked car while her child was sitting inside. Narcizo Soto Jr., 34, is charged with two counts of assault against a household member, shooting from or into a motor vehicle, abuse of a child, felon in possession of a firearm and […]

Surnames carry reputations

Surnames are a pretty big deal in Eastern New Mexico. They connect you with a family, good or bad and help connect us. I met a guy working a booth at the N.M. Ag Expo this year who was wearing a co-worker’s nametag. He wasn’t from the area but he had a last name in […]

Monday morning briefing: Help a kid, a free movie and a dialing up

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. A little help from friends Eastern New Mexico….fifth-grader Linda Mariana of Napa, Calif., needs your help to complete a school project. She’s putting together a PowerPoint report on New Mexico and needs pamphlets, postcards, souvenirs and the like from the region. A nice letter couldn’t hurt […]

Conservative leadership easily distracted

Freedom Newspapers Leading conservatives are the greatest asset President Barack Obama could ask for. They help his cause each and every day. In a country of rising fuel and food prices, unpopular foreign wars, high unemployment and hope for change at an all-time low, the president and first lady should be in political turmoil. They’re […]

Financial help available for weather damage

CNJ staff Individuals, communities and utilities may be able to receive financial help with repairing damages from the recent winter storms, according to a news release from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. According to the release: • Telecommunication and electric cooperatives have access to normal lines of credit through the USDA Rural Utilities Service […]

Education digest —

Clovis High holding workshop Clovis High School is hosting a workshop for seniors and their parents to help them complete financial aid forms, according to a news release. A representative from the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation will be available. The workshop will be held 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at CHS library computer lab. Information: […]